The Long Version

Jonathan M. Katz
A newsletter about the world for people who weren't born yesterday. By Jonathan M. Katz.
Created 02 May 2019
  • Who's afraid of the vaccine mandate?
    08 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 7 0
    ullstein bild Dtl./Getty Images Pre-order GANGSTERS OF CAPITALISM: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire Subscribe now This week we got monumental news in a pand...
  • Back to Guantánamo
    01 Oct 2021 • 31 min read • 6 0
    Haitians detained at Guantánamo Bay, 1992. Steve Starr/CORBIS via Getty Images Subscribe now Audio editing by Evan Roberts For the Biden administration, the arrival of thousands of Haitian immigrants ...
  • Foote's resignation letter, annotated
    27 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 7 0
    Jérémie, Haiti, 2003. THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP via Getty Images) Subscribe now Over the weekend I had an op-ed in the Washington Post about the Biden administration’s wave of deportations to Haiti and how ...
  • 'They are forcing us to go'
    20 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 8 0
    Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images Subscribe now For weeks, the messages from our Haitian friend in Brazil had grown increasingly dire. “Yes, we are still planning on going on the road. We’ll leave next ...
  • The sudden, unexpected obsession with Afghanistan
    31 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 11 2
    Subscribe now I didn’t take many life lessons from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012), but one line has stayed with me. It comes when Thaddeus Stevens, played by Tommy Lee Jones, is confronted by a gro...
  • This newsletter reads YOU
    25 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 5 1
    When I started this newsletter two and a half years ago, email newsletters weren’t really a thing yet, or at least not a genre. Some saw them as a potential return to the glory days of blogging (an er...
  • Hell of a week
    20 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 9 2
    Subscribe now A week ago today I closed my computer, signed off Twitter, and prepared for a much-needed shabbos rest with my family. How charmingly naïve. Within hours I would be jolted back to work b...
  • Haiti Cherie
    15 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 10 0
    For over a decade people have been asking me the same question. “Have things gotten better in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake?” Yes and no, I’d say. I’d note it had been X years since that quake; that...
  • A hot day in Charlottesville
    13 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 10 0
    Subscribe now Today is the fourth anniversary of Unite the Right, the 2017 white supremacist rampage in Charlottesville. There are no big events planned in town. So I took a walk, alone, past the site...
  • Short Version: Getting Warmer
    10 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 6 0
    Subscribe now Tuesday grab bag edition, here we go. High and Rising Looking back on this summer a generation from now, if there’s one story people will remember, it probably won’t be COVID, the postpo...
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