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Ellery Akers: 21 Kids Sue the Government for Not Protecting Them from Climate Change

–Trump Tries to Derail Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit We can do this. We can thread a needle with a river and stitch up the drought. We can dismantle the large, … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Diet & Climate Change

. While epidemics of chronic disease are currently by far our leading causes of death, global warming is considered a looming public health threat as well. How can we change … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

W. H. Auden: Refugee Blues

Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: The Ocean is Wide Enough for Many to Walk Upon It

(For Mahmoud Darwish)   On the night that Muhammad entered the gospels, Christ was out on the water, Dipping his toes into the sea.   Muhammad walked down to the … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: Supreme Court Delivers ‘Dangerous Message’ — Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jess McIntosh: Are we finally realizing the men who commit mass shootings started by beating women?

We always debate religious and political affiliation in the wake of these events. But one enormous and tragic corollary has been consistently ignored. One would think, listening to the devastated … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

W. D. Ehrhart: Beautiful Wreckage

What if I didn’t shoot the old lady running away from our patrol, or the old man in the back of the head, or the boy in the marketplace?   … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Of Guns And Our Crazy Neighbor

I teach in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Belleville is the home of James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on congressmen and staffers at a G. O. … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Dominique Christina reads “Mothers of Murdered Sons”

. Dominique Christina performs her poem “Mothers of Murdered Sons” at the 2016 Split this Rock festival. Dominique Christina is a poet and teacher who lives in Colorado. She is mother … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Adam Johnson: Action Alert — With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet

New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor (6/14/17) started with a false premise and patched together a dodgy piece of innuendo and guilt-by-association in order to place the blame for a … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: Parochial Pain

Screened-in porch. In summer. Orchard darkness in a fox pelt of woods. Quiet flat as a dime, as the Midwest itself. I rock, smoke cigarettes. The bead-heads of tobacco smell … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Liz Ryan Murray: What They Want to Hide Tells You Who They Are

The Treasury Department has released their report on financial regulations they want to scrap. Spoiler alert: the Wall Street sharpies who Trump put in charge of our economy, who made fortunes … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sunnivie Brydum: Southern Baptist Convention Kicks Out Gay Attendees, Waffles on White Supremicists

While the Southern Baptist Convention considers whether or not to denounce white supremacy and the “alt-right,” it apparently has no such equivocation over the place for LGBT Christians at its … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment