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Doug Anderson: Poetry, A River

If you set out on it, raft or riverboat, if you sound your way through the sandbars and submerged barbed wire, if you watch the crows riding the floating corpses … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: A Brief Meditation on the Days as They Rise

The other night my wife and I were talking about the murder of Walter Scott when our eleven year old daughter asked, “Why?” And she looked at my wife and … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Choosing Life

The animal agriculture industry is an integral part of the corporate state. The corporate state’s exploitation and impoverishment of workers and its poisoning of the environment, as well as its … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Video: Is Milk Good for our Bones?

For decades, Dairy Councils sponsored by state governments across the United States have carried on aggressive ad campaigns and educational programs promoting the practice of drinking milk to ensure we … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Traveler

another gray road a homeless veteran stands at attention — You consider your obligations. You drive on. There is a running man, a shabby man. It would be easy to … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eduardo Galeano: The Right to Bravery

. In 1816 the government in Buenos Aires bestowed the rank of lieutenant colonel on Juana Azurduy “in virtue of her manly efforts.” She led the guerrillas who took Cerro … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Christine Rhein: Drone Pilot

He changes into his flight suit, goes to war each morning— just a twenty-minute drive from Vegas, his wife and kids. He doesn’t talk much about the base, the windowless … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

W. J. Astore: A Nixon Quote Explains the Root of So Many U.S. Foreign Policy Blunders

On 30 April 1970, 45 years ago this month, President Richard M. Nixon ordered an invasion into Cambodia. Explaining his reasoning for widening the war in Southeast Asia, Nixon declared: … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: New Kansas law picks the pockets of the poor

New Kansas law picks the pockets of the poor while humiliating them in the process. When Republicans support or pass a law to address a non-problem, they usually have an … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Take a Giant Step

All the out of business auto body shops on this slow highway, all the abandoned buildings with peeling paint, the vacant lots overgrown with junk trees and weeds bounded by … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “Strange Fruit” sung by Billie Holiday

. Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sarah Browning: Petworth, Early Evening

A man is stabbing women in my neighborhood. Most poor people in my city are Black   and because of the warnings of 400 years I assume the man stabbing … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Adrian Blevins: Portrait of my X

I met him nearly twenty years ago in an early morning college yard and in all this time he has changed very little. Nothing about being alive exasperates me more … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 9 Comments

Video: A Virtual Tour through Ancient Rome in 320 C.E.

In this virtual tour, we discover ancient Rome, guided by renowned “virtual archaeologist” and overseer of the Rome Reborn project Dr. Bernard Frischer, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

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