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Daja E. Henry: Environmental Justice Activists in Memphis Are Finally Turning the Tide

Black women, particularly mothers, are leading efforts to treat people currently harmed by toxic neighborhoods and prevent future damage.

March 21, 2023 · 4 Comments

Shimri Zameret: A mass wave of army refusal offers a transformative moment for Israel

A new movement of Israeli army refusers has put the government in a crisis, presenting an opportunity for those fighting the occupation of Palestine.

March 20, 2023 · 23 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Good Life

It’s plain that the world as we know it is literally choking on its machine- and money-driven complexity.

March 19, 2023 · 11 Comments

James C. Nieh: Unlocking secrets of the honeybee dance language

Bees learn and culturally transmit their communication skills.

March 19, 2023 · 2 Comments

Barbara Hamby: My Translation

I am translating the world into mockingbird, into blue jay,
into cat-bombing avian obbligato, because I want
more noise, more bells, more senseless tintinnabulation

March 18, 2023 · 11 Comments

Sabine Oishi: Nazi Gold & The Gnomes of Zürich

A hoard of gold, jewels and priceless art is securely tucked away, guarded, so the joke has long gone, by the gnomes of Zürich.

March 17, 2023 · 2 Comments

Philip Levine: Belle Isle, 1949

We stripped in the first warm spring night
and ran down into the Detroit River
to baptize ourselves in the brine
of car parts, dead fish, stolen bicycles,
melted snow.

March 17, 2023 · 10 Comments

Beverly Gologorsky: Hunger in America

How It Feels to Be Hungry

March 16, 2023 · 3 Comments

Juan Cole: The American War from Hell, 20 Years Later

The Iraq War ruined what credibility America had as a pillar of international order in the global south and gave Putin cover for his own atrocity.

March 15, 2023 · 7 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: EPA Can Save Lives with Tighter Protections on Fine Particulate Pollution

Globally, fine particulate pollution kills at least 4.2 million people a year, according to the World Health Organization, and perhaps as many as 5.7 million a year…

March 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

David Hassler: Intensive Care

Children under the age of fourteen weren’t allowed in the ICU. I was eleven, and my brother was thirteen, but no nurse or doctor was going to stop us from seeing our mother.

March 12, 2023 · 7 Comments

Audio: Robert Frost reads ‘West-Running Brook’ and ‘The Death of the Hired Man’ (with texts)

‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.’

March 12, 2023 · 2 Comments

Mel Packer: Hots and a Cot

Payphone only cost a dime
in 1963 Wickenburg Arizona
where I had bedded down
courtesy of the local police

March 11, 2023 · 4 Comments

Video: Adjany Costa | A Roadmap for Indigenous communities to reclaim stewardship of the land

Conservation efforts should center those who know the land best, enabling them to tailor solutions to their unique environmental, social and economic realities.

March 11, 2023 · Leave a comment

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