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  • For NATO, terrorism becomes a test of central role

    The Manchester attack nudged counterterrorism up the agenda at NATO’s meeting in Brussels this week. But pressure remains for the alliance to do what it was built to do: Keep a check on the challenges that Russia’s actions pose to Western democracies. 

  • Signs of a new Russian tack on Chechnya?

    Here’s a piece about the prospect, at least, of an unexpected kind of intervention. Russia – which has long allowed Chechen leaders to rule with a heavy hand in exchange for keeping a lid on separatists there – has sent investigators to Chechnya to investigate reports of the torture and murder of gay men. 

  • The Redirect

    The immigration story, in four charts

    Immigration arrests during President Trump’s first 100 days were up about 40 percent over the same period last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But from raw numbers to countries of origin to US public attitudes, the story might not be exactly what you think.

  • For artists, too, a hard road back from tragedy

    Sifting the less-discussed consequences of Monday’s attack got writer Mike Farrell thinking about how artists – from Ariana Grande to the creator of Pepe, a cartoon frog that has become a symbol of the "alt-right" movement – can respond to their inadvertent association with a tragedy or movement and help others heal in the process. 

  • In Boston, plan to curb gang violence runs through college

    Nationally, gang violence has been an outlier – growing where other forms of violence have waned. Josh Kenworthy reports on the latest example of a shift in thought that promotes the power (and the relative economic efficiency) of education over incarceration.

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We think it is time to rethink the news.

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