Evaluate school principals, too

by Nat Hentoff -- Fierce battles continue around the country among school officials, teachers unions and parents about how best to evaluate teachers so that the incompetents can be terminated. Largely overlooked, more…

Big Sis: The new J. Edgar Hoover?

by Nat Hentoff -- The Obama administration appears so confident of its expansion of the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney surveillance of our personal lives – starting with the Patriot Act – that more…

Police State USA: It's here

by Nat Hentoff -- Celebrations resounded far too prematurely on Jan. 23, when a unanimous Supreme Court appeared to be returning our personal privacy in United States v. Jones. The court ruled more…

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…