Aleppo after the fall: As the Syrian civil war turns in favor of the regime, a nation adjusts to a new reality — and a complicated new picture of the conflict emerges. Syria needs $1 trillion dollars to rebuild from the ashes (and China is waiting). The Shi’a revival: In Syria, the community has been undergoing considerable political and institutional change. What happens when a culture disperses? Eliza Griswold on mapping the journeys of Syria’s artists. “Siege, starve, and surrender”: Alex Ward goes inside the next phase of the Syrian civil war. North Korea supplying Syria’s chemical-weapons program is horrific, yet unsurprising. Michael Sharnoff on why Russia will prevail in Syria.

From Boston Review, a forum on To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice. From Black Perspectives, Kasturi “Rumu” DasGupta on a discourse on race and inequality in the United States; race, injustice, and philosophy: Neil Roberts interviews Tommie Shelby, author of Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform (and more and more); black aesthetics and the philosophy of race: Neil Roberts interviews Paul C. Taylor, author of Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics; and Keisha N. Blain interviews Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry, authors of To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Donald Earl Collins: “Black history is U.S. history — but some of my students don’t want to hear it”. Democrats and Republicans are increasingly divided on the value of teaching black history. The introduction to Civil Rights: An American History by Christopher W. Schmidt. Brandon Tensley interviews Jeanne Theoharis, author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (and more). Trump’s Justice Department isn’t enforcing civil rights.

Luke Kallberg (SLU): Does Evolution Select for Rationality? The many faces of Ben Shapiro: The conservative firebrand has built a massive young audience by bashing liberals and standing up to Trump — whose side is he really on? It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that sting: Rafia Zakaria writes in praise of negative reviews. Why a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians is closer than you think. Scientists are freaking out about “crazy” temperatures in the Arctic. Is democracy to blame for the loneliness epidemic? David Palumbo-Liu: “I’m a Stanford professor accused of being a terrorist. McCarthyism is back”. How Don McGahn has become the worst White House counsel ever. Hope, you had the time of your life.

America’s gun laws are already weak — and a growing loophole is making them even weaker. If white privilege were a sentient being, it would make sweet love to this article in The Atlantic on gun culture. How gun ownership became a powerful political identity — or, how the NRA won. Charlotte Hill on the real reason the NRA’s money matters in elections. I’m a teacher who went through firearm training — and it was an absurd disaster. Trump and the NRA are trying to distract you. Nivedita Majumdar on the socialist case for gun control. For the first time since Columbine, most Americans believe mass shootings can be stopped.

Mass shootings have made gun stocks toxic assets on Wall Street. Arming teachers would put black and Latino kids in danger. “Taking them down fuels it more”: Why conspiracy theories are unstoppable. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the NRA but were too embarrassed to ask. We aren’t having an evidence-based debate about guns. “Teenagers don’t really take no for an answer”: Young activists see a turning point on guns. There’s no good argument against letting 16-year-olds vote — but there are plenty of good arguments for it. Why the GOP might finally pay a price for its pro-NRA extremism.

David M. Driesen (Syracuse): President Trump’s Executive Orders and the Rule of Law. David J. Reiss (Brooklyn): The Trump Administration and Residential Real Estate Finance. Stephen Rushin (Loyola) and Griffin Sims Edwards (Alabama): The Effect of President Trump’s Election on Hate Crimes. Derek Robertson on how the “Overton window”, an obscure conservative theory, became the Trump era’s go-to nerd phrase. Koch document reveals laundry list of policy victories extracted from the Trump administration. Thread: “Trying think of all the things Republicans only care about when the president is a Democrat”.

How Trump wins reelection: Last year, it seemed certain that he would be a one-term president, if he even lasted that long — but he has a plausible path to victory in 2020. Trump’s fantasies meet the harsh reality of his presidency. Washington society and Team Trump: A year in, the fear and loathing is mutual. What the hell is going on at Trump’s Panama property? Robert Mueller has Trump and family in his crosshairs. Josh Marshall on Manafort, the cinematic arc of history and the wildest coincidence. The force of decency awakens: Something big is happening, and bad men in power should be very, very afraid.