Why Are Black Students Punished So Often? Minnesota Confronts a National Quandary

Fourth graders at Lyndale Community School in Minneapolis. Tim Gruber for The New York Times MINNEAPOLIS — When Erin Rathke, the principal at Justice Page Middle School, is called to extract a student from class, she hears the same plea over and over again, most often, she has to admit, from black children: “The teacher …

Op-Ed Contributor: The Dirty Secret of American Nuclear Arms in Korea

A TM-61C Matador being assembled at Osan Air Base, Pyeongtaek, South Korea, in 1958. Matadors could be armed with nuclear warheads. Associated Press As President Trump prepares for a possible meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, many American are raising warnings that North Korea has walked away from previous arms agreements. But those …

Op-Ed Contributor: The U.S. Needs to Talk to the Taliban in Afghanistan

Suicide bombers from a breakaway Taliban faction in the border area of Zabul Province in Afghanistan in 2016. Mirwais Khan/Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban appear to have rejected the bold proposal by President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to invite them for direct peace talks with the government. In an unsigned commentary published last …

Devastating Australia Bush Fire Destroys Scores of Homes

SYDNEY, Australia — A devastating weekend fire that continued to rage into Monday consumed at least 69 homes in southern New South Wales, the state’s rural fire service said. The blaze began midday Sunday in Tarraganda, southeast of Bega, and quickly crossed the Bega River before advancing toward the seaside town of Tathra. Hundreds of …

‘World Upside Down’: As Trump Pushes Tariffs, Latin America Links Up

Chile’s then-President Michelle Bachelet with her foreign minister, Heraldo Muñoz, at a signing ceremony for a trade pact among 11 Pacific Rim countries, signed on March 8 in Santiago. Esteban Felix/Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile — Latin American leaders braced for the worst last year as they watched President Trump take office, with his vows to …