Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Italy’s War Crimes Come to Light

Frederic Wehrey
In the Cave of the Rebel

One of the worst massacres perpetrated by Mussolini’s forces in Ethiopia has only come to light in the past two decades, bringing a belated reckoning with Italy’s colonial atrocities.

Gabriel Winslow-Yost
‘To Leave This World’

In his recent trilogy of films, Paul Schrader uses his signature device—a man in a room, arguing with himself—to study society’s sins.

Nawal Arjini
Look Up!

In the original plan for their book Changing New York, Berenice Abbott and her partner, Elizabeth McCausland, refused to romanticize the “city of the future.”

Robin D. G. Kelley
The Long War on Black Studies 

It would be a mistake to think of the current wave of attacks on “critical race theory” as a culture war. This is a political battle.

Free from the Archives

According to the Missing Migrants Project, since 2014 more than 25,000 people have drowned while trying to get from Northern Africa to Europe. Last week, a ship carrying as many as 750 people from Libya to Italy capsized off the coast of Greece. To date, only 104 survivors have been rescued.

“Boatloads of poor and persecuted people have become a global norm,” observed Jason DeParle in the Review’s February 23, 2017, issue, “and they are as likely to meet rejection as rescue.” Surveying a white paper, a book, and a documentary about the crisis, DeParle finds medics, coast guard workers, migrants, and their loved ones united by dismay—“the mass drowning of migrants has become so routine that it scarcely qualifies as news”—as governments hem and haw about what to do. “‘There was no end to them—no end,’” DeParle quotes an Italian doctor from the documentary, Fire at Sea. “He adds: ‘It is the duty of every human being to help these people.’”

Jason DeParle
The Sea Swallows People

“To bet on waters so perilous, the migrants must truly be desperate.”


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