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Jim Stewart: Birthing a Day

Originally posted on The Blue Hour:
You can hear the ocean early in the morning from here, this house hunkered on the hill, the back side of Soledad Mountain. Mexico…

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Socialism

In the town of Front Royal where I live I am a socialist. I live there with my socialist wife and my socialist daughter and my socialist son. We think … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sarah Van Gelder: 10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014

In 2014, we saw a lot of brutality. Unarmed black men and women were killed by police, women were raped on college campuses and in military barracks, foreign nationals were … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

3 Poems by Robert Okaji

Originally posted on The Blue Hour:
Wind That it shudders through and presages an untimely end, that it transforms the night’s body and leaves us breathless and wanting, petals strewn…

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wendell Berry: The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer

From Wendell Berry: Poet and Prophet, an interview by Bill Moyers. http://

December 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms

First published on Dec 17, 2014 Since 2012, the director of “Speciesism: The Movie” has been secretly using spy drones to investigate and expose the environmental devastation caused by factory … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

America’s Longest Wars

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Just a few of the battles fought against Native Americans W.J. Astore A popular headline in the media is to describe the Afghan War…

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: A Spiritual Practice

The word “spiritual” is problematic and yet we use it as a place holder for those things as yet untouched by metaphysics, and I dare say untouchable, or those things … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Phyllis Chesler: My Jewish Feminist Problem

Why my sisters can’t think straight about Israel. These days, Israel is far too dangerous a word to pronounce in a Western intellectual or social setting. Say it—and you risk … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Origins of the police

Originally posted on Works in theory:
The Five Points district of lower Manhattan, painted by George Catlin in 1827. New York’s first free Black settlement, Five Points was also a…

December 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Solnit: Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart

The Climate for 2015 It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: For my Nam buddies

this isn’t a poem about manly battlefields and the many dead it’s a modern sonnet about traffic jams and medical exams and my eyes dilated and my novel a block … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lewis Turco: Thoughts from the Boston Post Road

[ed. note: I often like to read the early work of an established poet in order to see where he or she started. This poem about automobile pollution was written … Continue reading

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Naomi Shihab Nye: Blood

“A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands,” my father would say. And he’d prove it, cupping the buzzer instantly while the host with the swatter … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment