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Video: My Story of Love and Loss as a Transracial Adoptee

A mysterious tattoo on her forearm was all that linked Sara Jones, adopted as a child by white parents, to her South Korean origins.

November 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: America’s Native Prisoners of War

Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson.

November 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Welcome to the Martians!

Our World Is Increasingly Like a Science-Fiction Novel.

November 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Miracle Jones | The Radical, Revolutionary Resilience of Black Joy

In the face of trauma, happiness is resilience: a revolutionary act of thriving despite all odds, rather than wilting or surrendering. Community organizer and activist Miracle Jones offers a heart-to-heart … Continue reading

November 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Godwit Beach

Remember? It was late in the afternoon,
we walked a while along these limestone cliffs,
under the silver ghosts of eucalyptus trees.

November 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

George Monbiot: Domino Theory

Now it’s a straight fight for survival. The Glasgow Climate Pact, for all its restrained and diplomatic language, looks like a suicide pact. After so many squandered years of denial, … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Michael Waldman: The GOP’s Next Coordinated Attempt to Steal an Election Won’t Be So Amateurish

Proponents of the Big Lie are removing obstacles to stealing elections in states around the country.

November 17, 2021 · 4 Comments

Mandy Smithberger, William D. Hartung: How to Cut $1 Trillion from the Pentagon

A CBO report requested by Bernie Sanders lays out three options for a modest Pentagon trim over the next decade. Can we pull it off?

November 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

George Monbiot: Wealth Curse

Why do we tolerate the massive environmental impacts of the very rich?

November 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Grace & Dignity

This video is about faces and bodies and how we move them, which is far, far more important than we realize. This crazy journey begins with Audrey Hepburn, runs through German and Chinese philosophy, and, by various and sundry routes, arrives back at each and every one of us.

November 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Christiana Spens: In the cinema, my father’s unspeakable childhood finally surfaced

Catharsis was a communal experience: although an individual might seek treatment on their own, their healing would require some form of safe social interaction,

November 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Water Got No Enemy | The Peace Poets

We losing our humanity/ They fire at our family/ Our flow be the remedy/ Cuz water got no enemy/ Na I ain’t commit no felony/ What’s that ish you tellin’ me/ You don’t know the man i plan to be/ Gotta go home to my family

November 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jeff Goodell: 10 Reasons to be Optimistic (Without Being Naive) About Climate Change

These are dark times, but hope is not lost nor foolish, and change has already begun.

November 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

James Dubinsky: Veterans turned poets can help bridge divides

Today, there are approximately 20.17 million veterans – 7 percent of the U.S. population. That’s more than 20 million stories, along with the stories of their loved ones. Sometimes poetry is the most effective way to capture both the ambiguity and the story.

November 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

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