America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together | Cornel West

The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried to lay bare the realities and challenges to American democracy in light of the doings and sufferings of black people. Back then, I reached heartbreaking yet hopeful conclusions. Now, the heartbreak...

San Francisco or Mumbai? UN envoy encounters homeless life in California

Leilani Farha, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, says ‘unacceptable’ squalor amid US wealth violates rights law Sign up to our monthly...

'If black shoot them', former Kentucky acting police chief told recruit

Court documents described a pattern of ‘racist and threatening’ messages from the assistant chief Todd Shaw, who was fired in November The former...

Why Lyndon Johnson, a truly awful man, is my political hero | Jack Bernhardt

Yes, LBJ was a crude warmonger. But in today’s climate, a leader who also declares war on poverty comes over as an inspiration I wish I had a normal...

Houston? No problem – SaberCats bullish about latest US pro venture

The crowd at an incongruous venue to see visiting Uruguay offers hope that Texas will take Major League Rugby to its heart It is arguably one of the...

​‘I overdosed, but survived​'​ – artist Nan Goldin​ takes on the billionaire family behind OxyContin

The photographer became a heroin addict after getting hooked on the prescription opioid. Now clean, she is waging war on the art philanthropists who...