David A. Anderson: Sikivu Hutchinson’s work provides valuable insight into the personal, cultural and historical motivations for black women’s involvement in Peoples Temple and their emigration to Jonestown.
Jessica Goodheart: Youth, the elderly and whole families are tumbling into homelessness at a faster rate than they can be helped onto their feet.
Jessica Goodheart: A federal program’s critics say it provides questionable benefits for low-income communities and hastens gentrification — while awarding large tax breaks to the wealthiest.
Kathy Kelly: The greatest outlier in terms of possessing nuclear weapons is the United States, which in an alarming new development has granted seven permits for the transfer of sensitive nuclear information by U.S. businesses to the Saudi government.
Mel Gurtov: Iran is doing nothing that constitutes a new threat to US or any other country’s interests, and Iran’s latest actions—even if Tehran is responsible for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and the downing of a US drone—are best understood as responses to US provocations.
Valerie Vande Panne: Poor People’s Campaign and Institute for Policy Studies release a “Moral Budget,” ask 2020 candidates to end poverty.
Frank Fear: Does it make sense, for example, to support public policies that address climate change but then invest public funds in industries that contribute to climate change?