Margot Patterson is a writer who lives in Kansas City, Mo.
Stephanie Jones posts a sign mandating one-way foot traffic among the cubicles at the design firm Bergmeyer, in Boston, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonMay 14, 2020
After the 9/11 attacks, the United States threw out international law and established a surveillance society, writes Margot Patterson. Covid-19 calls for a less heavy-handed approach, but will we realize that?
A Shiite Muslim girl points at a portrait of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. attack, during a protest against the United States in Mumbai, India, on Jan. 9. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonJanuary 30, 2020
The long-term objective of the Trump administration’s campaign against Iran is unclear, writes Margot Patterson, raising comparisons to U.S. failures in Iraq and Afghanistan.
National Security Adviser John Bolton, seen here at the commencement for the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., on May 22, has been a proponent of putting “maximum pressure” on Iran. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonMay 30, 2019
A U.S. war with Iran would be far costlier than our disastrous invasion of Iraq, writes Margot Patterson, but it may be the outcome of the Trump administration’s draconian economic sanctions and reckless saber-rattling.
Politics & Society Last Take
Margot PattersonJune 25, 2018
Two of the most influential anti-Muslim organizations have direct ties to the Trump administration.
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonMay 14, 2018
Why did Mr. Trump choose to leave the agreement at a time when he is negotiating a similar agreement with North Korea?
A Syrian soldier documents the damage to the Syrian Scientific Research Center from U.S., British and French military strikes on April 14. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonApril 17, 2018
The U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria are a show of force that will accomplish nothing in a country that has seen nothing but war for seven years.
Arts & Culture Art
Margot PattersonMarch 26, 2018
This Croatian artist Ivan Mestrovic taught me how art can be used for prayer.
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonFebruary 22, 2018
Leaving Haiti should be a goal of every N.G.O.
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonJanuary 18, 2018
In the wake of my reading The Dark Is Rising, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to try to keep pace with time, not lag behind it as I usually do.
Politics & Society Short Take
Margot PattersonDecember 11, 2017
The ‘chaos candidate’ is now our pyromaniac president.