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Mayor’s Race Gets More Complicated, But Advantage is Still Quinn’s

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chris Quinn remains the frontrunner in the race for mayor, but she is not likely to be win the Democratic nomination flat out in the September 10 primary election. The City Council speaker’s leg up among her party’s field has been narrowing, but she had enjoyed such a large lead that this […]

Compassion and a Mayoral Campaign that Could Put a Crimp In It

BY NATHAN RILEY | With a Democratic mayor, New York City’s government would be more compassionate than the business-like regime of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Just how far this sympathy should extend caused the biggest division among the candidates at the March 20 LGBT mayoral forum at Baruch College. Chris Quinn, the speaker of the City Council […]

The Lessons of Benedict — And Why They Won’t Be Learned

BY NATHAN RILEY | Pope Benedict XVI is leaving defeated, with the Catholic Church’s problems unresolved. Bracketing the Pope’s retirement were votes approving marriage equality in France and Great Britain. The rejection of the Church’s teaching, said the Tablet, a British Catholic newspaper, “undermined [its] authority” in the global dialogue on gay rights. Staunchly defending traditional […]

A Taste of What’s Left

BY NATHAN RILEY | Marijuana law reformers, trade unionists, civil libertarians, and feminists greeted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech with enthusiastic applause, matching his passionate delivery. The raves came for the part of his long speech that concerned the progressive agenda, which balanced his opening remarks focused on his fiscally conservative pledge […]

Taking On the New Jim Crow

BY NATHAN RILEY | Drug policy reform will play a bigger role in American politics during President Barack Obama’s second term, and it behooves our leaders in Washington, DC, and elsewhere to welcome this shift. Public attitudes are changing, and the drug reformers’ condemnations have taken on a new, more confident and aggressive tone. Voters in […]

Making Good HIV Outcomes Possible

BY  NATHAN RILEY | The United States trumpeted its leadership in the global campaign against the HIV epidemic when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the recent International AIDS Conference and pledged to create an AIDS-free generation. “Children and teenagers,” she said, as they “become adults, will be at significantly lower risk of ever becoming […]

The Two Faces of US Policy

The Two Faces of US Policy

BY NATHAN RILEY | Nothing illustrates the continued tensions between science and morality than the opening of the XIX International AIDS Conference and the US announcing it would embark on a “significant expansion of the war on drugs” in Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Conference promising “a generation that is free of […]

Stop and Frisk and the Coalition for Reform

Stop and Frisk and the Coalition for Reform

BY NATHAN RILEY | The Father’s Day march against the stop and frisk practices of the NYPD demonstrated the public’s rising skepticism about the harsh police tactics associated with the war on drugs. The coalition against stop and frisk fuses opposition to racism, the war on drugs, and illegal police searches. Harsh police tactics face […]

Hijacking the President’s Idealism on Gay Marriage

Hijacking the President’s Idealism on Gay Marriage

BY NATHAN RILEY | A great hijacking has begun to rob President Barack Obama of a narrative that credits his idealism in his support for marriage equality. One reason the hijacking gained traction is a false notion of what idealism is. Simply put, many feel that if something is heartfelt, it shouldn’t be tarnished by […]

AIDS Memorial Planning Kicks Off April 25

AIDS Memorial Planning Kicks Off April 25

BY NATHAN RILEY | Plans for an AIDS memorial at a new park in Greenwich Village –– up in the air through the winter months –– are now on track and moving at a rapid clip that will likely be finalized in mid-July. The first formal step in that process takes place on Wednesday, April […]