Shakespeare’s Lucid Take on Dylann Roof

June 29, 2015

As Peter Isackson explains, the comparison between Dylann Roof and Othello is clear. Interpreting literary tragedy has never been an easy task. At school, we learn about the critical emotions an audience is meant to feel: pity and fear, terms Aristotle so kindly provided to successive...

The South Carolina Shooter is Not a “Terrorist”

June 29, 2015

Lowering the bar for white people instead of raising the bar for non-whites is the wrong approach for equality. In the wake of the South Carolina shootings, the US government has showed it is capable of swift action. Within days, the incident was labeled a hate crime, which allows prosecutors...

Look for Patterns in South Carolina Shooting

June 21, 2015

As the dust settles in South Carolina, Ethan Zuckerman argues that as long as we treat each mass shooting as an isolated tragedy, there’s nothing we can do. When you read about Dylann Roof, think about the patterns he represents. There’s more than one. Over the next few days, we’re...

The World This Week: Race, Refugees and Russia

June 19, 2015

Children of empires bred on ideologies such as “the white man’s burden” are struggling to cope with a changing world and are unleashing violence on imagined enemies. On June 17, Dylann Storm Roof, a fanatical white supremacist, killed nine African Americans at the historic Emanuel African...

No America, the South Carolina Shooting Matters

June 19, 2015

The Daily Show’s presenter, Jon Stewart, reacts to the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. Jon Stewart’s job is, as he says, quite easy. He comes into work, writes a few jokes, makes a few funny noises and is out of there. But not today. In the 21st century alone, the United...