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Doug Anderson: Another Birthday and the Heart Sutra

Now well past the age T’Ang poets sent old men to the mountains to wander and live close to the bone. How a sudden gust could sound a chord through … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

George Goehl: Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination

This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.” — David … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous — On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance

If you haven’t been following the Strangelovian Korea debacle – so many debacles, so little time – it’s still, alas, unfolding thanks to our utterly clueless loser-in-chief and his historically … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — The Five Filters of the Mass Media Machine (animated)

. According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy.  In this short animated film, … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: Civility and Academic Freedom

American Universities in the Age of Trump I’ve been teaching university-level courses – first as an adjunct, then as a full time academic – since January of 1987. In the … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Klare: Climate Change as Genocide

Inaction Equals Annihilation Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lauren McCauley: Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America’s Door

Pair of new studies show how American climate refugees will ‘reshape’ population landscape of the nation. Americans in many cases have been slow to acknowledge the real threats posed by … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jo McDougall: A Way With Mules

I don’t like writing about the dead, conjuring them in language that some of them never would have used— pushing them onstage, saying, “Go. It doesn’t have to be the … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Birthday in Beijing

April thunderclouds in battleship formation but the rain is light as we touch down. At last, the swarming, noisy, candy-   colored streets of the city. Breakfast: soy boiled eggs, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hank Edson: Reaching Impeachment Critical Mass

Regaining Our Common Sense Two things are inhibiting our exercise of common sense as a self-governed people: First, the cancer of our corporate media monopoly has ravaged the culture of … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Richard St. John: The Sparrows of Bahrain

Behind Beit Al Qur’an – its thirteen centuries of texts enshrined in glass, where you can see beneath a lens the holy verses on a grain of rice – the … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lauren McCauley: Americans Bracing for More War Under Trigger-Happy Trump

‘It is as if he has discovered the keys to the family gun cabinet’  The American public is bracing for war now that President Donald Trump has seemingly stumbled upon … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

William Butler Yeats: The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Mighty Sam McClain — When The Hurt Is Over

. Samuel McClain (1943 – 2015), billed as Mighty Sam McClain, was an American blues singer and songwriter. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, McClain began singing at the age of five … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment