A Father’s Love Knows No Bars

A Father's Love Knows No Bars by @andrewdkaufman #family #love #jail

With Father’s Day around the corner, I’ve been thinking about a kind of love familiar to millions of men around the globe—including the nearly eight hundred thousand incarcerated men in America with children on the outside. I am reminded of the power of that bond as I listen to Kory, a 21-year-old Black man with…

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Fearless Woman Warrior Stands Up to Putin’s Oppression

Fearless Woman Warrior Stands Up to Putin's Oppression by @andrewdkaufman #putin #women #warrior

On March 8, to mark International Women’s Day, Putin gave a speech extolling the virtues of women: “You cope with a great pile of problems and worries while all the while remaining charming and beautiful,” he gushed to his mostly female audience. “How can one not simply admire this?” Promising government support to those who…

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The Art of Swimming in the Great Sea of Sadness

The Art of Swimming in the Great Sea of Sadness by @andrewdkaufman #swimming #sadness #ukraine #israel

Words have failed me in recent months. As a Jew and a human, I experience the horrific bloodshed in Israel as a firehose of tragedy so overwhelming that I can’t seem to catch my breath long enough to say anything meaningful at all. Then there’s the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, tame by comparison, as if…

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The Humane Russia I Love, The Brutal Russia I Hate

The Humane Russia I Love, The Brutal Russia I Hate by @andrewdkaufman #russia #culture #life

As someone who’s dedicated much of my professional life to studying Russian literature and culture, I’m following the tragic war in Ukraine with great interest and sadness. It is teaching me lessons both personal and political: how dictatorships work, how bullies maintain their grip on power, how leaders’ deep inferiority complexes often masquerade as superiority…

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