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All 6 Oscar nominees for best foreign film wrote a letter denouncing “fanaticism and nationalism among leading politicians” in the U.S.

Here is the text of the letter released by ABC News: .

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Joan E. Bauer: Exile in Gorky

They gather close, melded, like titanium and iron, in an upholstered chair.   Academician Sakharov, upright, Elena Bonner, leaning hard against him. Her face stained   with foreboding. His eyes … Continue reading

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Abby Zimet: Trump and Putin Great Leaders, Yes?

We’ll Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conclave and Herr Trump’s abject nightmare of a speech was … Continue reading

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Jeremy Brecher: ‘Climate Kids’ vs. Trump is no ordinary lawsuit

Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against ‘Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life’ Two days after the election of Donald Trump, 21 plaintiffs aged … Continue reading

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Michael Simms: Saul Alinsky’s 13 strategies to take your community back from Trump

Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972) is generally considered to be the founder of modern American community organizing. Alinsky focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across America, especially the … Continue reading

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Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

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Video: Throw

. From Early Light Media’s passion project series, Throw tells the story of an outsider from East Baltimore, an area challenged by gang violence and poverty. Often misunderstood, Coffin Nachtmahr … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Why Me?

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deb Marett: Cease Fire

Leningrad, 1942 “Rehearsal did not take place. Srabian is dead. Petrov is sick. Borishev is dead.” This is an excerpt from a journal entry by the conductor of a rag-tag … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump’s War On Us

Trump’s war on immigrants comes home. Guess what? It’s part of a larger war on our economy and our values. The other day I was at a friend’s house when … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Deborah Bogen: Learning to Eavesdrop

The Summer I Took The Special Art Class I began to understand — the moon could be aspirin, or Necco, or clock or porcelain plate in the sky. The moon … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Pebble on a Gravestone

In a rising tide of racism and anti-semitism around the world, vandals toppled and damaged more than 170 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in the St. Louis … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience asks the question

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: The Electrical Engineer

He could make a radio out of anything You’d come home and he’d have put one together out of the parts of that old Defunct television set that died one … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment