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Video: Le Clitoris

. Women are lucky, they get to have the only organ in the human body dedicated exclusively for pleasure: the clitoris! In this humorous and instructive animated documentary from French … Continue reading

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Video: Slavoj Žižek — The Dusty Balls of Capitalism

. Slavoj Žižek tells an old Russian joke, expounding its political relevance today. Slavoj Žižek (born 1949) is a Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist. He is a senior … Continue reading

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Andrew J. Bacevich: “There Will Be Hell to Pay” — Writing History in the Trump Era

Did History Begin Anew Last November 8th? Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: As Afternoon Darkens into Evening

the words we didn’t say I take a bite of my lunch silence sour and salt This afternoon I sit on my porch, proud of all I’ve won, thinking of … Continue reading

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Ellery Akers: 21 Kids Sue the Government for Not Protecting Them from Climate Change

–Trump Tries to Derail Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit We can do this. We can thread a needle with a river and stitch up the drought. We can dismantle the large, … Continue reading

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Jess McIntosh: Are we finally realizing the men who commit mass shootings started by beating women?

We always debate religious and political affiliation in the wake of these events. But one enormous and tragic corollary has been consistently ignored. One would think, listening to the devastated … Continue reading

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W. D. Ehrhart: Beautiful Wreckage

What if I didn’t shoot the old lady running away from our patrol, or the old man in the back of the head, or the boy in the marketplace?   … Continue reading

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Doug Anderson: Prayer for Paul

The fist that held your heart releases, the hot knife of your shame turns to water, the kernels of blackened corn by which you counted your imagined crimes, are carried … Continue reading

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Video: Diet & Climate Change

. While epidemics of chronic disease are currently by far our leading causes of death, global warming is considered a looming public health threat as well. How can we change … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

W. H. Auden: Refugee Blues

Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: The Ocean is Wide Enough for Many to Walk Upon It

(For Mahmoud Darwish)   On the night that Muhammad entered the gospels, Christ was out on the water, Dipping his toes into the sea.   Muhammad walked down to the … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: Supreme Court Delivers ‘Dangerous Message’ — Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab … Continue reading

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John Samuel Tieman: Of Guns And Our Crazy Neighbor

I teach in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Belleville is the home of James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on congressmen and staffers at a G. O. … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Dominique Christina reads “Mothers of Murdered Sons”

. Dominique Christina performs her poem “Mothers of Murdered Sons” at the 2016 Split this Rock festival. Dominique Christina is a poet and teacher who lives in Colorado. She is mother … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 1 Comment