Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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The Little Picture: Word Banning.

(Flickr/ velo_city ) A display of Mark Twain 's Huckleberry Finn at the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Next month, NewSouth Books will release an edition of the book that replaces "the 'n' word" with "slave."

The Little Picture: 'Cuz We Have to Pay for Stuff We Buy.

(Flickr/ soukup ) A sign from Jon Stewart 's "Rally to Restore Sanity" in November. A recent poll found that 61 percent of Americans favor increasing taxes on the wealthy.

Best of TAP 2010: Bouie's Review of American Taliban.

The mark of a good journalist is the acuity -- and intellectual honesty -- to identify propaganda wherever it's coming from, and that's why one of my favorite pieces this year was Jamelle Bouie 's Homegrown Mujahideen , which took on Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas for his hyperbolic comparison of the religious right in America to the Taliban. It's not just that, as a liberal journalist, I have a soft spot for David-and-Goliath stories. It's that in this instance my instinct would be to join the histrionic voices equating American conservatives with the Taliban. Then I read Jamelle's piece: Now, it's true that certain tendencies on the American right have analogues in fundamentalist Islam; for example, and as Moulitsas points out in his chapter on sex, right-wing conservatives share a hatred of pornography with fundamentalist Iranian authorities. Of course the similarities end there; conservatives boycott pornography, Iran punishes it with death. But, this gets to the huge, glaring...

The Little Picture: A Promise Kept.

(Courtesy of Sen. Harry Reid 's Office) Sen. Harry Reid returns gay-rights advocate Dan Choi 's West Point ring, which Reid promised he would return after "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed. "Five months after I promised to repeal #DADT, I’m so happy to give back this West Point ring to @ltdanchoi," he tweeted.

Sustaining Dalal.

A follow-up on Gershom Gorenberg 's piece last month about the plight of a young girl in the West Bank in need of medical attention. At 10:03 on Monday morning, Osama Rusrus phoned from Beit Umar in the West Bank with wonderful news: His wife Sunya and daughter Dalal had crossed through the checkpoint into Jerusalem, on their way to Alyn Hospital. It took nearly two months of wrangling with the Israeli authorities, especially a security agency that never signs its name. Before I tell the story, let me note that this is just an early chapter. The next chapter is getting Dalal the full treatment she needs at Alyn, in order to allow her to live as fully as a girl with brain damage can. Right now she is unable to walk, has use of one hand, and has a vocabulary of one word. Treatment, according to Dr. Eliezer Be'eri of Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem, will allow her "to develop to her potential, whatever that is" and enjoy a greater quality of life. It will require a lot of money . As described...