Editor's note

President Donald Trump’s statement yesterday condemning the violence committed by racist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia fell short of calling the car ramming attack of James Alex Fields Jr. an act of domestic terrorism. Arie Perliger, director of Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, argues that downplaying the threat of right-wing violence ignores the facts. Data show more people have been killed on U.S. soil by domestic terrorists than by attacks planned by outsiders, and the trend is on the rise.

In the early 21st century, however, America’s far-right fringe movements seemed dead, with a number of leaders prosecuted under anti-terrorism statutes enacted after 9/11. So what happened? George Michael, an expert in America’s far-right, explains how an internet counterculture and a new set of charismatic leaders and intellectuals combined forces to create a potent political movement.

And seventy years ago, at midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947 India became independent from 300 years of British rule and the new nation of Pakistan was born. To mark the occasion we have a series of articles explaining this painful and momentous moment in history – and its contemporary legacy. Today historian Haimanti Roy asks: was the partition inevitable?

Danielle Douez

Associate Editor, Politics + Society

Top story

James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a white supremacist rally took place. Alan Goffinski via AP

Charlottesville attack shows homegrown terror on the right is on the rise

Arie Perliger, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The United States is seeing an uptick in far-right extremist violence. It's time to pay more attention to this scourge and its causes.

Arts + Culture

Politics + Society

  • The road to India's partition

    Haimanti Roy, University of Dayton

    At midnight on August 15, 1947, India achieved freedom from more than two centuries of colonial rule. Hours earlier, Pakistan was declared a new nation. Was partition inevitable?

Economy + Business

Health + Medicine

Science + Technology


  • The legal threat to diversity on campus

    Liliana M. Garces, University of Texas at Austin

    For colleges and universities that lack the multi-billion-dollar endowments of schools like Harvard, the mere threat of legal action may be enough to put an end to race-conscious admissions policies.

From our international editions

  • Al Gore Q&A: Fixing democracy to combat climate change

    Mark Maslin, UCL

    Climate scientist Mark Maslin interviewed the former US vice-president about his new film, An Inconvenient Sequel.

  • Eclipse of reason: Why do people disbelieve scientists?

    Bryan Gaensler, University of Toronto

    People universally believe scientists' solar eclipse calendars, but vaccine warnings or climate predictions are forms of science that strangely do not enjoy equivalent acceptance.

  • A short history of the office

    Agustin Chevez, Swinburne University of Technology; DJ Huppatz, Swinburne University of Technology

    The history of the office illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work's physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.

Today’s quote

A recent study found that over the last 20 years, a public commitment to race-conscious admissions has become far less common, particularly among institutions that are relatively lower in the status hierarchy.


The legal threat to diversity on campus

Liliana M. Garces

University of Texas at Austin

Liliana M. Garces