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April 12 2014 7:33 AM

The Bear in the Woods

A month after seizing and annexing Crimea—and with thousands of troops still massed on its border with Ukraine—Russia says it’s being unfairly portrayed as a menace.

"The constant accusations against us by [NATO’s] secretary general convince us that the alliance is trying to use the crisis in Ukraine to rally its ranks in the face of an imaginary external threat,” protests Russia’s foreign ministry. Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister, says NATO is catering to the “absolutely groundless fears, phobias and ambitions of a minority of its country members.”

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April 9 2014 2:42 PM

Coming Out Is Contagious

First it was Jason Collins. Then Michael Sam. Now Derrick Gordon.

One openly gay athlete leads to another, and another, and another. Collins is in the NBA. Sam, a college football player, is trying out for the NFL. Gordon, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, came out today as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball .

April 8 2014 4:28 PM

Is Brendan Eich Queer?

Ross Douthat recognizes what I was trying to get at yesterday: Brendan Eich’s ouster is in some ways a model for what religious conservatives would like to do in their own communities. They want the freedom to invoke their values in the appointment and removal of officers whose views offend them.

Liberals For Eich, meet Conservatives For Mozilla.

April 7 2014 9:04 AM

Brendan Eich and the New Moral Majority

Many self-styled liberals are celebrating Brendan Eich’s resignation as CEO of Mozilla. They say the company had every right to remove Eich for supporting a 2008 referendum campaign against gay marriage. It’s a matter of free enterprise and community standards, they argue. ...

The argument should sound familiar. It has been used for decades to justify antigay workplace discrimination.

April 2 2014 3:34 PM

Is the Campaign Against “Judaization” Anti-Semitic?

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have blown up again. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, unhappy with Israel’s failure to release Palestinian prisoners as part of the negotiations, has applied for membership in international agencies, circumventing the U.S. and Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry has responded by canceling his trip to the Middle East. Meanwhile, Israel is soliciting bids from contractors for more settlement construction in east Jerusalem.

April 1 2014 1:01 PM

Does Sex Surgery Defy God’s Will?

When a person is born with a male body but a female psyche, is his body a divine gift to be respected? Or is her body a birth defect, an error by her creator? does sex-reassignment surgery overturn God's will?

Kim Seok-Kwun, a doctor who pioneered gender surgery in South Korea, struggles with these questions in an interview with the Associated Press...

March 31 2014 1:22 PM

Why Pro-Lifers Kill

The death-penalty drug fight has engulfed a third state. First it was Texas. Then Oklahoma. Now Louisiana.

On Thursday, a panel of federal judges refused Louisiana’s request to conceal its execution drug formula and drug supplier from inmates the state was preparing to kill. On Friday night, the Louisiana Department of Corrections gave in. It will accept the court’s ruling.

The further this fight spreads, the clearer the pattern becomes: States that practice capital punishment, and fight to hide the identities of their lethal drugs and suppliers, are the same states that restrict abortion in the name of life.

March 27 2014 11:02 AM

The Pro-Life Execution Problem

The debate over concealment of state-sanctioned killing has moved on to another “pro-life” state.

Last week, the venue was Texas. There, the state department of criminal justice refused a request from the Associated Press to disclose the pharmacy that supplied the state with drugs for lethal injections.

Now the controversy has spread to Oklahoma.

March 25 2014 9:28 AM

Why Can’t Big Brother Find MH370?

On one side of the earth, Americans are afraid that the U.S. government is watching everything they say. On the other side of the earth, millions of people, scouring hundreds of millions of satellite images, have failed to locate the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

These two stories are related. The search for MH370 shows that analyzing surveillance data is much harder than collecting it. That’s what keeps the National Security Agency from reading your email or listening to your calls. Its people simply don’t have the time

March 21 2014 11:27 AM

Is Texas Covering Up After-Birth Abortions?

Texas is a pro-life state. If you sell drugs that kill unborn babies—or, to be a bit more technical, if you offer non-surgical abortions using an FDA-approved combination of mifepristone and misoprostol—the state will demand lots of information from you. It will also provide information about you to the public. Citizens are entitled to know what you do.

If, however, you sell drugs to the state for its favorite pro-life activity—killing fully born people who have murdered others—the state will protect you. It will hide your complicity, even under direct questioning.