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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 & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
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 & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
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 & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
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 & SocietyLast Take
Margot Patterson
Two of the most influential anti-Muslim organizations have direct ties to the Trump administration.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
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 & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
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 & CultureArt
Margot Patterson
This Croatian artist Ivan Mestrovic taught me how art can be used for prayer.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
Leaving Haiti should be a goal of every N.G.O.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
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 & SocietyShort Take
Margot Patterson
The ‘chaos candidate’ is now our pyromaniac president.