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Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

Hate Crimes Surge in Wake of Trump Victory

BY DENNIS LYNCH | Hate crimes have surged in New York City during this divisive election year – and show no signs of letting up – but authorities at the state and local levels are mobilizing to address the problem. The NYPD has logged 35 percent more bias crimes so far this year over the […]

Hundreds March to Create Hate Free Zone in Queens

Hundreds March to Create Hate Free Zone in Queens

BY MARK HALLUM | Neighborhood organizations and immigrant groups turned out with banners and signs on December 2 to declare a hate-free zone in Queens. The march began at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights and ended in Corona. Nearly 1,000 people were involved in the demonstration against the backlash immigrant, ethnic, and LGBTQ communities may […]

Trump Tower’s Troubling Shadow

Trump Tower’s Troubling Shadow

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Not that it should surprise anyone, but President-elect Donald Trump is off to a disquieting start, one that offers little comfort — other than a few cheap words, “And I mean everyone,” in his YouTube infomercial this week — that he truly aims to unite the entire country. Let’s look at […]

Punching Down

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Though much of the news media has rightly taken note of Donald Trump’s ability to surge to the top of the Republican presidential field without filling in more than a bumper sticker’s worth of detail about his many far-flung policy pronouncements, there is a grudging — though, to me, disturbing — respect […]

Report from the Jihadist Front

Report from the Jihadist Front

BY STEVE ERICKSON | It’s sad when foolish people try to defend their faith in ways that wind up promoting stereotypes about it. It’s even tragic, as the massacre at Charlie Hebdo shows. Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” made in Mauritania but set in Mali, is a cri de coeur from a Muslim artist against Islamic fundamentalism that […]

Against Religion –– Again

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I noticed nobody in the queer community is rushing to chastise Brandeis University for caving in to pressure from religious groups and right-leaning academics in deciding not to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali the honorary degree it had promised. Apparently all our high-mindedness about free speech and academic independence doesn’t apply when […]