Vox Populi

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Abby Zimet: The Way Forward

Declaring, “We choose love,” thousands gathered in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night to honor three victims of a savage hate crime on a local train, the pernicious, inexorable dross of … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Hearth Song

Nevertheless, blindly, we smile: and again our ancient vision sponges paint and sunlight,   our ears prick at the stuttering clock, the hiss of tires on pavement. Blindly,   a … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Adriano Celentano performs “Prisencolinensinainciusol”

Vox Populi contributing editor John Samuel Tieman says of this video:  . I love this song. I first heard it on the TV show Fargo. . Wikipedia says, “The song … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel C. Maguire: Comedians to the Rescue

Let’s hear it for the comedians.  We never needed them more than now in the age of Trump.  Historically, societies have learned with a stunning unanimity that power untamed by … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deborah Bogen: This Poet’s Occasional Alternative

after the great Grace Paley to mark these dark and dangerous times   I was going to write a poem I made a call instead it took about the same … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

James A. Lucas: US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II

After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Paul Brown: Food industry is cooking the planet

One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking. LONDON, 25 May, 2017 – The food … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: 3 acres in Detroit

. This strikingly beautiful short documentary by French director Nora Mandray portrays two unlikely characters as they turn one of Detroit’s many abandoned properties into a three-level greenhouse. .

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Justin Vicari: Sun-Bleached Zapruder

July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994 Jacqueline Kennedy died on my birthday, in her Manhattan apartment with only her attorney present and a few close friends. Stoically, independently, behind … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jeremy Corbyn: We Must Be Brave Enough to Admit the War on Terror is Simply Not Working

Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: My Father’s Favorite Bookstore in Shiraz

Is on a small side street a few miles from his house. “What wonders it has,” he tells me, As if he were describing King Arthur’s castle, Or the Impressionist … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abigail Fielding-Smith: Meet the Amputees Fighting America’s War

Police commander Kudai Rahm Shakir only had six men with him when the Taliban started firing at his post in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The phones weren’t working, so he couldn’t call … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Binta Baxter: Trump’s Budget Is a Blueprint for a Banana Republic-Style Military Dictatorship

The overall implication of this budget should have all Americans on alert. The Trump Administration has officially unveiled its proposed budget to “Make America Great Again,” and by all accounts … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chard deNiord: Herr President

Ringed with a scum of chicken-necked bosses he toys with the tributes of half-men. — From “The Stalin Epigram” by Osip Mandelstam Have you no sense of decency, sir?— Joseph … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment