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Destroying democracy: China in Hong Kong

On July 1, 1997 the United Kingdom formally handed Hong Kong over to China under an agreement that was supposed to give Hong Kong 50 years of autonomy: “one country, two systems,” Deng Xiaoping promised.  

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Wim Laven: The annual American whitewash

These days is it a mistake to bring up the storied practices of racism in the United States.

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What are we getting for the millions we spend on the Middle River Regional Jail?

Inmates at the Middle River Regional Jail are being deprived of their 15-minute weekly visit from the outside because of a low number of COVID cases among inmates and staff.


The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the world’s future

Late January of this year will mark the first anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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Earth Talk: Yellowstone wolves at risk from hunting

When the last gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park was gunned down in 1926, park managers and ranchers on neighboring lands alike rejoiced together that the dark predator of the range would no longer torment them.

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Morgan Griffith: The inauguration of Virginia’s new governor

Seventy-three governors have served the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1776. On January 15, 2022, that number will rise to 74 with the inauguration of Glenn Youngkin.


Robert C. Koehler: The myth of a good war

What, in God’s name, is the difference between the multi-millions we have killed, in all the wars we’ve waged (and lost) since World War II, and those killed by Hitler?

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David Swanson: There will be many acts of kindness on the way down

The Piedmont area of Virginia has seen the temperature rise at a rate of 0.53 degrees F per decade. Even if that doesn’t speed up, Virginia will be as hot as South Carolina by 2050 and as northern Florida by 2100.

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Northam: ‘We are in serious danger of losing our democracy’

A defeated president continues to spread lies about his loss, while members of his party are sacrificing democratic principles in an effort to appease voters and retain power.

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Warner: ‘Democracy must be upheld each and every day

One year ago today, the world watched as a violent mob stormed and desecrated the U.S. Capitol in an effort to rob the American people of the sacred right to elect their President.

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McEachin: Jan. 6 insurrection was ‘assault on America’s values’

January 6th was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, as a mob of insurrectionists and seditionists attacked our nation’s Capitol and the seat of our democracy.

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Beyer: Insurrection failed because of actions of heroes in uniform

One year ago today insurrectionists launched a violent assault on the home of American democracy.

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Spanberger: ‘We cannot and should not move on from the events of Jan. 6’

Jan. 6 marked the continuation of a trend of falsehoods — and tragically, the lies that spawned this act of insurrection are still present in American politics.

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John Miksad: New Year’s Resolutions for a nation

Many of us make resolutions at this time of year. These are some of the New Year’s Resolutions I’d like to see my country make. 

Alon Ben-Meir: Our democracy faces the gravest danger

On Jan. 6, Donald Trump was planning to hold a press conference during which he was expected to repeat lies for the hundredth time that the election in 2020 was stolen.

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Kaine: ‘Attack on the Capitol was an attack on our democracy’

Sen. Tim Kaine, fresh from 27 hours stuck on Interstate 95 trying to get back to the Capitol for a meeting on voting rights legislation, is thinking Jan. 6, 2021.

Despotism is the new normal: Looming threats to freedom in 2022

Despotism has become our new normal.


Robert C. Koehler: Poisoning ourselves with war

When we wage war, we dehumanize — then kill — a specific segment of humanity.

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The struggle between consumerism and sustainability

With the holiday season winding to a close and the world moving forward into another New Year, it may be the perfect time to reflect on our way of buying and using goods. 

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COVID hospitalizations increasing with Omicron: How are vaccines holding up?

More than 2,600 people are hospitalized with COVID in Virginia today, still 16.4 percent off last January’s second-surge peak, but the number would be expected to rise with the continued spread of the Omicron variant.


Do wealthy people generate more pollution, carbon emissions?

The richest 10 percent of humanity was responsible for 52 percent of global emissions between 1990 and 2015, according to a 2020 Oxfam report.


Reclaiming moral high ground

The questions of faith and values are ubiquitous, especially during the holiday season. Especially troubling is the fraught intersection of organized religion, mainstream and social media, politics, and the classroom.

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Why the path to citizenship remains blocked: And why it matters

One of the signal stories of 2021 was a narrative of unfulfilled promise: the promise by a new president to open a path to citizenship to 10.2 million immigrants – and the thwarting of that promise by the politics of a particular historical moment.


Tate Dunn: We can’t let Congress cut Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage is an amazing program that has that most rare of qualities these days, bipartisan support in Congress.

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Rivera Sun: Seasonal insomniacs in times of climate chaos

This year, 2022, we must change, shedding the skin of our old existences as surely as a snake, shifting toward more respectful ways of living on this beloved and imperiled planet.