Supremes fumble 4th Amendment case

by Nat Hentoff -- I was thrilled to see this headline on the American Civil Liberties Union's website after the Supreme Court's unanimous Jan. 23 ruling on United States v. Jones: "Supreme more…

Escaping Mugabe's killing machine

by Nat Hentoff -- A survivor of Robert Mugabe's relentlessly brutal dictatorship in Zimbabwe, Patience Mhlanga would like you to know what it was like to grow up in grinding fear there. more…

The 'Hitler of Africa' still rules

by Nat Hentoff -- Our planet abounds in horrific dictators, most of whom eventually are erased from power by their suffering, mutinous subjects. But one of them – Robert Mugabe – continues more…

Romney targets Big Bird

by Nat Hentoff -- Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney insistently pledges that he will end public funding for NPR and for PBS (the latter partially funds NPR). Other congressional Republicans agree more…

Freedom-of-press battle in Israel

by Nat Hentoff -- I have been reporting on Israel since before its Declaration of Independence in 1948. This is a nation that purportedly entitles everyone within its borders to freedom of more…

Supreme Court shuns us common folk

by Nat Hentoff -- I have often criticized the Supreme Court for continually refusing to allow TV cameras in its courtroom. That way, We The People can see and hear – during more…

What does being American mean now?

by Nat Hentoff -- Soon after George Washington died, Thomas Jefferson recalled that our first president often told him "he considered the new Constitution as an experiment on ... what dose of more…

America's elusive 'post-racial society'

by Nat Hentoff -- I remember when the civil-rights movement was cresting in the late 1950s – not only in the South – sitting at jazz concerts and other public events, linking more…