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The History Behind the Birthright Citizenship Battle

The 14th Amendment, which declared that African-Americans were citizens, turned 150 earlier this month. But even as it was being commemorated as one of the signal achievements of post-Civil War Reconstruction, its bedrock provisions were colliding with the furious 21st-century debate over immigration. In June, President Trump tweeted that undocumented …

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Irrational Authoritarianism: Ismail Kadare’s “The Traitor’s Niche”

JULY 19, 2018 FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1978, only to be pulled from the shelves in Enver Hoxha’s repressive Albania, Ismail Kadare’s The Traitor’s Niche, recently translated by John Hodgson, immerses the reader in a fictionalized Ottoman Empire, a significant creative locus for the author. With narrative action situated partly in …

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Mahmood Mamdani · The African University · LRB 19 July 2018

It is striking, in the postcolonial era, how little the modern African university has to do with African institutions. It draws its inspiration from the colonial period and takes as its model the discipline based, gated community that maintained a distinction between clearly defined groups: administrators, academics and fee-paying students. …

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