Dressed for Columbia’s Military Ball, an Iraq veteran found himself straddling America’s unspoken fault line on the streets of Manhattan.
As I squeeze into my dress blues for the first time since 2009, I think of my grandmother. She’d told my brother and me that Americans were once embarrassed to be seen in public with young men not wearing a military uniform. Then she’d shake her head, say that had been a long time ago, and ask if we wanted another bowl of Raisin Bran.
Members of the United States Marine Corps attend the 234th Annual United States Marine Corps Birthday Gala at the Intrepid Sea on November 5, 2009, in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty)
My grandmother was a practical woman and a career Navy wife, so nostalgia didn’t soak her words when she said this. Just consideration. She passed away 10 years ago. The World War II–era America she referenced has been dead far longer than that.
The Washington landmark is commemorating its 20th year this weekend with a reunion and remembrance. For one tour guide, her mission to fight intolerance isn’t finished yet.
Never Again is the theme of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th anniversary. A two-day tribute begins Sunday for the victims and witnesses of the Nazi slaughter and to the thousands of World War II veterans who will gather on the Mall in Washington, D.C. to reflect on both the past and the future.
Holocaust survivor and United States National Holocaust Museum guide, Margit Meissner, 90, at the genocide exhibit "From Memory To Action" during a personal tour of the museum with Rwanda genocide survivor and Country Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Freddy Mutanguha, on August 4, 2012. (Jared Soares for The Washington Post, via Getty)
Bill Clinton, who dedicated the museum two decades ago, is giving the keynote address. Survivor Elie Wiesel, the founding chairman, will present special awards to Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, for his singular leadership of Polish-Jewish relations following the war.
The daughter of the Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and many like her will forever wonder if they are also ‘bad seeds.’ Are they right?
A week after her father, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly set off a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds more, 3-year-old Zahara Tsarnaev was seen happily playing on a slide in her grandmother’s backyard in Rhode Island.
A second explosion goes off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty)
Zahara is likely oblivious to her father’s suspected crimes and perhaps to her father’s death in the early hours of April 19, when he was shot by police trying to apprehend him and his brother, Dzhokhar, who ran him over with a car in a desperate attempt to escape the police.
The birds have returned to the beach for their annual nesting—and the uncommon people never left. Michael Daly reports.
The government-protected shorebirds of Rockaway have begun their annual nesting, just as they would if Hurricane Sandy had never swept through there six months ago.
Some of the birds have nested on an 11-block stretch of beach that the urban park rangers close off each spring as a breeding sanctuary. Others have settled in a debris-strewn patch of sand outside the preserve and just across the street from a huge housing development that was begun when such a storm as Sandy had not seemed possible.
Six months after Sandy ripped through the East Coast, it’s National Volunteer Week. Jill Iscol of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service on what volunteers meant to the recovery.
Is volunteer work worth less than paid work? My answer is no. Volunteers roll up their sleeves every day to make New York a stronger and better place to live.
Volunteers at Camp Bulldog serve a meal to those in need after Hurricane Sandy. (Courtesy of Camp Bulldog)
If you want something done when the going gets tough, ask a volunteer. Earlier this month, I traveled to the south shore of Long Island to talk with some of the volunteers who put self-interest aside as Hurricane Sandy devastated communities and destroyed homes.
Torturous force feedings and hunger strikes at Guantánamo Bay are a sign of just how desperate the men there are. Baher Azmy on why the situation must be fixed—now.
Last week President Obama stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his predecessor to help celebrate the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and the legacy of President Bush’s eight years in office. A central part of that legacy—much criticized by candidate Obama—was the creation of Guantánamo, an offshore prison in violation of our most basic constitutional and human rights principles. Now in his fifth year in office, Obama has only perpetuated Guantánamo as a symbol of human rights denied by abandoning his promise to close the prison. Today its continued existence is literally a matter of life and death.
U.S. military guards move a detainee inside the American detention center for "enemy combatants" on September 16, 2010, in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. (John Moore/Getty)
For nearly three months, a majority of the 166 men imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay have been on hunger strike. Men have lost over 30 and 40 pounds. Some are skeletal and too weak to move. At least 17 men are being “saved” by being strapped into chairs and force fed through a tube inserted through their noses, down their throats and into their stomachs. In the words of Tariq Ba Odah, one of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ clients, “I am tortured in the restraining chair when they fill my belly with Ensure. All my limbs are restrained and my clothes soaked from vomiting the formula mixed with water and laxatives.”
TSA has shelved its plan to allow small knives on planes. Air crews are happy, but ultimately this is a debate that requires getting out from under the emotions of 9/11, writes Patrick Smith.
Back in March, the Transportation Security Administration announced it would rescind its longstanding prohibition against the carriage of small knives in airplane cabins. Beginning in mid-April, passengers would be allowed to carry implements with blades of up to 2.36 inches* onto planes.
Well, it's mid-April, and it's not happening. The announcement triggered strong backlash from flight attendant groups, pilot groups, and airlines, and in response the TSA has postponed the changes until further notice.
The first sitting U.S. president to do so.
In a passionate speech delivered to Planned Parenthood on Friday, President Obama assured the women's group that—despite Republican efforts to strike it down—the organization is "not going anywhere." Becoming the first sitting U.S. president to address the organization, the president told the estimated 1,000 gathered that he plans to fight GOP-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and contraceptives. "When it comes to a woman's health, no politician should get to decide what's right for you," he said. "As long as we've got a fight to make sure women have access to affordable, quality health care ... I want you to know that you've also got a president who's going to be right there, fighting every step of the way."
The FBI found that imprisoned gang members infiltrated staff, allegedly impregnated four guards, and sipped on Grey Goose. Gary Maynard is tasked with restoring order.
To call Gary Maynard embattled doesn’t do full justice to the word.
Gary Maynard of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said other arrests may be made. At left is Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. attorney, and at right is Gregg L. Bernstein, Baltimore city state’s attorney. The press conference, at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Baltimore, announced the indictments of several members of the Black Guerilla Family (a prison gang) as well as some correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post,via Getty)
The secretary of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services watched this week as the agency he has run for the last six years turned into a national laughingstock after federal officials indicted 13 women who, as guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center, acted like little more than underlings for members of a dangerous prison gang, the Black Guerrilla Family. Four of the correctional officers became reportedly pregnant by the leader of the gang, and two of them had his name tattooed onto their bodies—one on her neck, the other on her wrist.
Official calls plan "aspirational at best."
Authorities are learning new details from Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital room, where he is reportedly "lucid" and answering questions clearly. Discrediting reports that he and his brother planned to head to Manhattan to simply "party" after the bombing, Dzhokhar told authorities that they had, in fact, discussed detonating the explosives there. (Police discovered at least one pressure cooker bomb and four pipe bombs in the hijacked car the two boys left behind.) Despite the alarming report, authorities continue to assure the nation that no specific plan to attack Times Square was in place, with one source calling their NYC attack plan: "aspirational at most."
KFOR meteorologist Emily Sutton says she’s never seen anything like what she saw on Monday while storm chasing the tornado that hit Moore, OK.
Months after his state was ravaged by extreme weather, the New Jersey governor is now publicly denying climate change. Expect more of that kind of idiocy as he gears up for 2016.