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Lindsay Koshgarian: $21 trillion spent by US on war since 9/11

For just a fraction of what we’ve spent on militarization these last 20 years, we could start to make life much better.

September 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

George Drew: The Poem about the Beatles (with video)

This is the poem about the Beatles that
I never wrote, and now there are more
yesterdays than tomorrows

September 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: Animal agriculture emits nearly 60% of greenhouse gases, according to new study

If people are concerned about climate change, they should seriously consider changing their dietary habits.

September 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Julia Conley: Environmental Threats Rapidly Becoming ‘Single Greatest Challenge to Human Rights’ according to UN

“Governments’ failure to act on climate change in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence may well be the biggest intergenerational human rights violation in history.” —Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International

September 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Kenny Stancil: US Airstrikes Have Killed Up to 48,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Airstrikes conducted by the United States have killed between 22,000 and 48,000 civilians since September 11, 2001, according to a report published Monday by Airwars, a military watchdog that monitors … Continue reading

September 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Rachel Hadas: What do the classics teach us about hope?

How do we weather this welter of bad news? How do we adapt?

September 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Wislawa Szymborska: Utopia

If any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly.

September 10, 2021 · 8 Comments

William Blake: The Fly

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

September 10, 2021 · 5 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies: Waking from Our Post-9/11 nightmare

Our only hope for the future is to abandon the futile quest for hegemony and instead commit to peace, cooperative diplomacy, international law, and disarmament.

September 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Decline and Fall of the Roman… Whoops!… American Empire

What Really Matters in the U.S. of A.

September 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Claire Provost: Women Are Tougher Than Right-Wing Legislators

Did a little bird tell you that women are obedient and law-abiding, and always do what they’re told? It’s time to shoot that bird.

September 7, 2021 · 3 Comments

David Bacon: At the end of this hated war, we need truth

The U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should force a reckoning with a long history of military intervention.

September 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Nicholas P Money: The Fungal Mind

By responding to the need to create the shortest connections between its food stations, the slime mould achieved the same economies as human architects.

September 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: Astronaut Leland Melvin Reads Pablo Neruda’s Love Letter to Earth’s Forests

Anyone who hasn’t been in the Chilean forest doesn’t know this planet. I have come out of that landscape, that mud, that silence, to roam, to go singing through the world.

September 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

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