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T.S. Eliot: Rhapsody on a Windy Night

The memory throws up high and dry
A crowd of twisted things

December 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Veronica Frans, Jianguo Liu: Protecting 30% of Earth’s surface for nature 

A biodiversity crisis is reducing the variety of life on Earth. Under pressure from land and water pollution, development, overhunting, poaching, climate change and species invasions, approximately 1 million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction.

December 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Sabine Oishi: Heart to Heart | The Grandmother Thing

Thanks to our grandchildren we have a future. We are their bridge back to the land of ‘before’. They are the road not yet traveled.

December 8, 2022 · 2 Comments

Helen Benedict: Unequal Mercy

Most of the countries embracing Ukrainians are simultaneously persecuting equally desperate refugees from elsewhere.

December 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: Let’s Honor Kevin Johnson by Dismantling the Systems That Failed Him

Last week, on November 29, the State of Missouri killed Kevin Johnson.

December 5, 2022 · 5 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Nightmare of Power

Over and over, I read and hear about power. The United States is a power, a great power, a super-power locked in ineluctable contests with other powers that pundits comment … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · 5 Comments

Clarence Lusane: The Decline of Democracy

White Christian Nationalism now forms the basis of the Republican Party and is now targeting every facet of public life.

December 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

Uttara: Fire

As dawn was breaking,
wisdom rose in the east—
and set fire to the long dark night.

December 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Ukraine’s Battle of the Somme

Putin’s bloody debacle in Ukraine reflects a system “in which medievalism meets Stalinism meets dark farce.”

December 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”

Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.

November 30, 2022 · 19 Comments

Jacob Goodwin: America Should Not Be Governed by Fear—And Neither Should Its Teachers

Robust civic life requires a renewed focus on civics and history in our public schools and a reversal of a decades-long trend limiting instructional time.

November 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Hanganh Vo: COP27 | Progress or Performance?

COP27 was sponsored by Coca-Cola, the world’s leading polluter of plastics. Unilever, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Endesa, and a host of coal companies are past sponsors.

November 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: When Will Climate Change Become the Crucial Issue in American Elections?

We’re now on a tipping-point planet.

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

I had not imagined drowning 
was the way to reach the shore.

November 27, 2022 · 17 Comments

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