How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad’s War

Afghan refugees in Iran have a choice between deportation or fighting in Syria and a residency permit.comment icon Comments


A Sign of Hope From Mr. Tillerson

The secretary of state and Ivanka Trump have made forceful statements on human trafficking. But we need to hear more from this administration.comment icon Comments


Tuners and Spinners

Members of one social category are adventurous, while members of another are more intimate. comment icon Comments


I’ve Overestimated Donald Trump

Shouldn’t he have been in meetings instead of tweeting about Mika Brzezinski?comment icon Comments


Understanding Republican Cruelty

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is having a hard time selling his health insurance plan.

There are reasons the health insurance legislation is morally obscene.comment icon Comments


The Blood on a Tax Cut

A demonstrator in Chicago protesting against the Republican health bill.

The toxic Senate bill is the broadest attack on working Americans by a governing political party in our lifetime.comment icon Comments

President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List

We have catalogued nearly every outright lie the president has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

Amal Bouhabib with her husband, Jeff Malinowski, and their 1-year-old son, Julian, at home in Nashville.

If We Lose Our Health Care …

We asked Times readers how the Republican bill would affect them. Here are a few of their stories.


Your Fourth of July Quiz

The demands of concerned citizenship never wane. Let’s see how much attention you’ve been paying to current presidential events.


The Muslim Prom Queen and Me

Why is the idea of a hijabi reaching peak high school popularity so disconcerting?


What Cookies and Meth Have in Common

Modern humans have designed the perfect environment for drug and food addiction.comment icon Comments


What Trump’s Tweets Say About Him

Mika Brzezinski in Trump Tower in November.

Readers discuss the president’s tweet about Mika Brzezinski.


Civilian Casualties of War

Rescue workers searching through debris for bodies in Mosul, Iraq, in March.

The Center for Civilians in Conflict says some no longer believe that minimal effort to prevent harm to civilians matters as much as defeating ISIS.


Debt Collection: Navient Responds

The Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington. A group of senators say that I.R.S. contractors are using illegal and abusive collection tactics.

The president of Navient, which owns Pioneer, defends the company against what he calls “false allegations.”


The Travel Ban, and an Appalled Grandma

Demonstrators waited outside the Supreme Court on Monday, when it was announced that a limited travel ban would be allowed until the justices could hear arguments this fall.

A reader is shocked that grandparents are not included as close family members in the travel ban.


Nuclear Power and Climate Change

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa. Exelon has said it will shut down the last reactor there by 2019 unless it receives financial assistance.

Carol M. Browner, a former E.P.A. administrator, writes that we need to preserve the critical carbon-free power we get from nuclear plants.


From Aleppo to L.A.

Julia Meltzer

A refugee girl comes of age in America. comment icon Comments


No Country for Bangladesh’s Gay Men

A funeral prayer for murdered activist Xulhaz Mannan last year in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Justice is becoming increasingly rare for the families and friends of L.G.B.T. activists murdered in Bangladesh.


Puerto Rico’s Creditors

A power station run by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on the outskirts of San Juan in 2015. The authority’s physical plant is woefully in need of repairs and an upgrade, which are likely to cost billions of dollars.

The National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation writes that the island’s creditors are not a monolithic group of opportunistic human “sharks.”


Canada’s Hidden History, My Mother and Me

Indigenous children in their dormitory at a Canadian boarding school in 1950.

Seven generations of my First Nations family were sent to residential schools, separated from their parents and stranded from their own culture.


Israeli Leaders Bend to Religious Conservatives at Their Peril

Praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The ultra-Orthodox genuinely believe that their conduct is what guarantees the security of the Jewish people.


Happy Birthday, America. One Small Suggestion …

Let us embark together on an Independence Day thought experiment.


Chinese Ways of Empire, Then and Now

President Xi Jinping of China gave a speech shortly after his arrival in Hong Kong yesterday.

Hong Kong, beware: Ancient history provides ominous examples of China subjugating rebellious peoples on its periphery.


Chris Patten: Did Beijing Betray Hong Kong?

Soldiers participate in a military parade as part of the Hong Kong handover ceremonies on June 30, 1997.

Hong Kong is a small place, but its fate will loom large over the 21st century.


You Don’t Need Blue Apron to Teach You to Turn On Your Oven

The whole point of training wheels is that eventually you don’t need them anymore.


Mr. Trump’s For-Profit Campaign

Protesters outside the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday.

Now that he is raising re-election funds, the president appears to again be following the questionable practices of last year.


Please Let This Be a Pivot Point for the Subway

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday declared the subway system to be in a state of emergency.

A series of subway delays, breakdowns and a recent accident have led to the declaration of a state of emergency.


Vietnam ’67: A Newsletter About the War

American soldiers watching helicopters landing as part of Operation Pershing in South Vietnam in 1967.

Patrick Christain/Getty Images

Examining America’s long war in Southeast Asia through the course of a single year.