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Lynn Freehill-Maye, Phillip Pantuso: Return to Nature

Green burials go beyond not polluting or wasting. It’s about people needing and caring for land, conducting life-affirming activities there—including death.

September 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Hiding the truth

For decades, the news media have been ignoring research that disproves their cherished myths.

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: Reflections on “Peace” in Afghanistan

However great my distaste for President Trump, I support his administration’s efforts to extricate the United States from Afghanistan….Prolonging this folly any longer does not serve U.S. interests. Rule number one of statecraft ought to be: when you’re doing something really stupid, stop.

September 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hedy Habra: Topography

Sometimes I think my face is a map,
each line a faint record of hidden scars,
of what I’ve seen or felt.

September 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Nutshells

The inside of a nutshell is chambered like the heart, with little ridges and flanges where the nut grew and prepared itself for falling into the waiting earth. That’s what I smell when I hold up a nutshell to my nose. It is the odor of anticipation, the willingness to be sacrificed to the sharp teeth of an animal worrying the shell until it breaks.

September 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: A Blessing

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.

September 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

Julia Conley: A Solution for All Generations

With her plan for Social Security expansion, Elizabeth Warren demands that the rich pay their fair share to lift 5 million out of poverty: “No one who spends 30 years working and contributing to Social Security should retire in poverty.”

September 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tamara MacLeod: Lolita understood that some sex is transactional. So did I.

It is perfectly consistent to be deeply critical of the economic and gender inequalities that give rise to sex work, and still advocate for sex workers. The way to deal with cognitive dissonance is to tilt your head a little.

September 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Piper: Why I’m Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S.

Twenty-two activist climbers from Greenpeace blockaded the Fred Hartmann Bridge in Baytown, Texas Thursday morning in order to shutdown what they called “the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare” in the country. Here is a letter from one of the activists on the bridge.

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sydney Lea: To Sydney Lea, Whom I Found Online

You must get tired of requests from witless strange men to meet up.

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

David V Johnson: Let us now stop praising famous men (and women)

The smog of praise that permeates the upper echelons of society is a product of perverse incentives.

September 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

Miranda Cady Hallett: How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Considering that wealthier countries pollute more but are often shielded from the worst effects, how can responsibility be assigned for the harms of climate change? And more importantly, what is to be done?

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

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