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Medea Benjamin: Who Will Stop Trump from Tweeting Us into War with Iran?

Trump’s crippling sanctions will go into effect on November 4th. Donald Trump may be taking us to war on Iran and those who should be trying to stop him—from Congress … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Nightmare at Dawn

I just let go of a nightmare And jumped out of my coffin. The moon peeks out from behind my neighbor’s rooftop. At this moment one should pick a pen. … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Andrea Hollander: Betrayals

At least my father did not betray anyone. It was the plaque in his brain that betrayed him.   As for my ex—well, time passes, and I see how some … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 10 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Turning 74 in a Failing World

Three Failing Experiments? Mine, America’s, and Humanity’s.  There was a period in my later life when I used to say that, from the age of 20 to my late sixties, I … Continue reading

July 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Cedar Forest

There’s a cedar forest near where I live in the south of France, which sprawls across the slopes of a mountain otherwise covered in what the French call the garrigue. … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · 7 Comments

Video: “the stone of me” by Gail Langstroth

http://www.wordmoves.com/uploads/files/17/the_stone_of_me.mp4 . the stone of me   you lay your arm around me I feel its weight   we sleep   I wake   to find your arm but not … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Mariposa

Butterflies are white and blue In this field we wander through. Suffer me to take your hand. Death comes in a day or two. All the things we ever knew … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Swingrowers — Butterfly

. Italian group Swingrowers perform their song “Butterfly” in English with animation produced by Freshly Squeezed. Today I learnt that a small gust of wind can change the direction of … Continue reading

July 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Korten: Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?

Our future depends on bridging the partisan divide that elevates corporate interests above our personal well-being. “Irrespective of where we fall on the political spectrum, a great many of us … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Edwin Arlington Robinson: The House on the Hill

They are all gone away, The House is shut and still, There is nothing more to say. Through broken walls and gray The winds blow bleak and shrill They are … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lawrence Norden: Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests Russia’s Infiltration of U.S. Election Systems Could Get Worse

With the 2018 midterms looming, we need to prepare for an even more damaging attack. . . Much of the analysis following special counsel Robert Mueller’s Friday indictment of 12 Russian … Continue reading

July 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kieran Cooke: Ireland Spurns Fossil Fuel Investments

Ireland has decided to bring down the curtain on the Age of Coal by ending its fossil fuel investments. DUBLIN, 25 July, 2018 – Other countries talk about it, Ireland … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Eileen McCabe: We are all Pro-Choice

Who among us can say that we know another person’s challenges and conscience, and that we can judge for her? On July 9, 2018,  President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh as … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Young: What My Daughter Thinks of Herself

My daughter browses a book on puberty. It tells her not to worry about her hips getting big and how to watch her weight.   Even at eight she’s being … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · 3 Comments