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Face to Face With More Electronic Privacy Concerns

As facial recognition on the fly becomes more and more possible, are there any uses that don’t send chills up the spines of civil libertarians?


Peace Protest Kabuki Now Booked for the High Court’s Stage

How far does the writ of the military run? Only to the highway’s verge, argue professional peace protesters who will make their case before the Supreme Court.


Keeping a Human Finger on the Killer Robot’s Trigger

The U.N. wants to hit pause on autonomous killing machines right now—before the robotic cat is out of the bag.


Human Rights Watch’s Take on Obama’s Drone Speech Is Worth Reading

Did you miss the president’s important speech about the War on Terror? Here’s the one response you should make some time for.


Should We Retire the Word ‘Sweatshop’?

Sweatshops are great political targets for unions, who have incentives to drive up the price of manufacturing abroad. But better building inspectors is a rare union demand, at least compared to longer break times and higher wages.


Here Is Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s Parole Hearing Speech. She Was Denied.

Tolokonnikova received a two-year sentence for her participation in a protest in Moscow’s main Orthodox church last year.


America’s Sea-Born Terrorism Challenge: the Panga Boat

Low-slung speedboats from Mexico are smuggling millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana along the California coast. And we can’t do a thing about it.


Expect Gay Marriages in the Courthouse, Not the Statehouse

In Europe and most of the rest of the world, gay marriage arrives via legislatures, not courts. But the U.S. is different, as always.

Parisians protest against the legislature's "marriage and adoption for all" draft law in January. The girl's placard reads, "I know where I come from; I wonder where we're going." (PHOTO: ANDREY MALGIN/SHUTTERSTOCK)

How (Not) to Smuggle a Dinosaur

The weird story of one Tyrannosaurus’ journey from Mongolia to a Manhattan courtroom

The skeletal head of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, or Tarbosaurus (PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA)

How True is Zero Dark Thirty? A Former Operative Weighs In

Despite debates over its depiction of torture, Zero Dark Thirty became the most-watched movie in America this week, and looks to be heading for another strong weekend. How reliable the film’s portrait? Does it give an accurate picture of how the CIA anti-terrorism efforts really work? Nada Bakos, who spearheaded the CIA’s Zarqawi Operations team from 2004-2006 as a targeting officer, weighs in. Prior to the operations position, Bakos served as an analyst for the agency primarily in the Counterterrorism Center, and was a member of the team charged with defining the relationship between Iraq, al Qaeda, and 9/11.


Whose Body Is This?

Forensic scientists are working to identify the anonymous corpses of thousands of unlucky immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.


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