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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 · Leave a 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 · Leave a comment

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

Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Deconfliction Dance Party

  What’s your mood and modus operandi? We’ve got many rooms, one for every need and every provisional alliance, each contingency. Sound-proofed so your experience will not be compromised. Here’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump

. This new feature-length video made available by Salon, explores the connections between Donald Trump and the Russian Mob. The documentary explains how Russia has collected damning intelligence about Trump … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: How I Came to the Valley

When there are so many things in the world to regret, why is it I regret so little? Lessons I learned either by doing or not doing, outcomes that in … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment