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  • Essay

    The Black Angeleno Who Took on the ‘Problem of Palestine’

    Diplomat Ralph Bunche's UN Work Paved the Way for Israel's Birth

    by Kal Raustiala |

    On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, soon to be the first prime minister of Israel, gave the first public reading of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. With an eye toward wooing …

  • Connecting California

    Why Everyone (Except Donald Trump and Xi Jinping) Loves the Reagan Library

    Atop a Ventura County Hill Sits an Institution That Has Succeeded Far Beyond Politics

    by Joe Mathews |

    Here’s a new rule of thumb for Californians: If Donald Trump and the Chinese government both want to boycott a Golden State place, you should get yourself there as fast …

  • Essay

    Is Puerto Rico a Global Model for Disaster Recovery?

    In the Wake of Three Hurricanes—And Centuries of Exploitation—Islanders Turned to One Another for Relief

    by Omar Pérez Figueroa |

    When Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on September 18, 2022, the U.S. colony had still not fully recovered from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in 2017. Collapsed bridges had not been …

  • The Takeaway

    There’s Power—and Promise—in Talking About Monuments

    Doing Better By Future Generations Starts With Breaking Today’s Culture of Silence

    by Jackie Mansky |

    “I get the feeling some people don’t want this conversation to happen,” said historian William Sturkey during last night’s public program at Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Mississippi.

    The framing question …

  • Poetry

    Cityscape With Dysthymia

    Despy Boutris Wins a 2023 Zócalo Poetry Prize Honorable Mention Award

    by Despy Boutris

    Every year, we award the annual Zócalo Poetry Prize to the poem that best evokes a connection to place. Zócalo is pleased to recognize …

  • Essay

    Who Are the Anglo-Indians?

    Our Small, Enduring Community—Invisible in Most Colonial Histories—Straddles Two Worlds

    by Moira Shourie |

    “I thought they died out,” a woman remarked flippantly to my friend just the other day. She, like many Indians, has long believed that Anglo-Indians ceased to exist when the …