At a civil rights demonstration in Washington with Sammy Davis Jr

The actor and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, who has died aged 91, played an important part in the struggle for equality for African Americans, both (...)

The Eastern Market, Washington’s original and premier food and arts market. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
Weekend in ... Washington DC

  While most Americans associate Capitol Hill with congressional misadventures and general dysfunction, thousands of people – senators, re(...)

Maya Angelou: when asked exactly how many times she had been married she declined to be specific, ’for fear of sounding frivolous’. photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

The writer Maya Angelou, who has died aged 86, won acclaim for her first autobiographical memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), a scathing i(...)

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For the first two scenes of Olivier Dahan’s peculiar hagiography of Princess Grace, the director shoots his heroine from the rear. Nicole Kidman manag(...)

Rancher Cliven Bundy: has refused for 20 years to pay for grazing on federal land. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

When a cranky anarchist in a cowboy hat starts a sentence saying “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro”, you can be dang su(...)

In the annals of political activism, it is often said that silence is consent. But in a city engulfed by relentless noise, silence can become t(...)

Was Martin Luther King right that white people in a position of supremacy can only be free if black people are free? Photograph: AP Photo/File

Freedom is almost certainly the primary political value of our time. It is invoked as the justification for innumerable causes, its two syllabl(...)

A customer carries a T-Mobile US shopping bag after leaving a retail store in Torrance, California. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The US economy expanded at a 3.2 per cent pace in the fourth quarter as Americans’ spending climbed the most in three years.The growth in gross domest(...)

Greenpeace activists hold up a banner reading “Nuclear Free Pacific” as one of two ships carrying a cargo of weapons-grade nuclear waste passes through international waters off Australia in 2002. Photograph: Greenpeace/Sandy Scheltema

Two hundred and 40 years ago today citizens in the city of Boston, wearing Mohawk Indian costumes to disguise their identity, boarded a ship docked in(...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela travels through a street in Pretoria, this morning, on its way to the Union Buildings, where his coffin will lie in state for three days. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived at South Africa’s main seat of power for public viewing.The streets were lined with people who had gathered to wat(...)