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David Korten: The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

Humanity is reawakening to a basic truth understood by earlier humans, by many Indigenous people today, and now confirmed by the leading scientists: We are born of and members of a living Earth community.

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jason Baldinger: Résumé

apparently just to live
just to experience life
is not an acceptable trade

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tiffany Muller: The Court Ruling That Sold Our Democracy

Ten years after Citizens United, the damage is broad and deep — but we can still fix it.

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Daniel Burston: 'In Your Guts You Know He's Nuts'

If Americans re-elect Trump, he will shatter what little is left of American democracy, rendering the whole system of governance completely dysfunctional or irrelevant, and all American citizens ever more vulnerable to corruption and manipulation by anti-democratic powers abroad, imperiling the lives of virtually everyone on this planet in the not too distant future.

January 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Olga Tokarczuk: The Tender Narrator (Nobel Lecture)

I believe I must tell stories as if the world were a living, single entity, constantly forming before our eyes, and as if we were a small and at the same time powerful part of it.

January 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Re-reading Christina Rossetti's 'In an Artist's Studio'

The value of Rossetti’s poem lies in both the expert use of the Petrarchan sonnet, a particularly challenging form to master in English, and in the poet’s complex stance on the role of art in creating and re-enforcing images of women.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Charlotte Turner Smith: Sonnet Written in the Churchyard at Middleton in Sussex

She saw herself as a poet first and foremost, poetry at that period being considered the most exalted form of literature. Scholars now credit her with transforming the sonnet into an expression of woeful sentiment. Although an important writer and poet, Smith had a difficult family life and died in poverty, largely forgotten.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Emma Parker: This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Together these sequential images tell a family history, focussing on a central character called Charlotte Kann, a semi-autobiographical version of Salomon herself. They document Charlotte’s development as an artist, her struggles against madness and her first love affair, all painted against a backdrop of increasingly violent Nazi rule.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: What the White Debate Stage Says About Racial Equity

Sanders and Warren are the only remaining candidates who’ve introduced policies aimed at addressing racial inequity, but many folks of color are skeptical of their commitment to those policies.

January 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sandra McPherson: Richard Milhous

He was ill-favored and uncraved and yet had we known
his secret life we would have perceived his lyingas a form of gentleness…

January 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jeffrey C. Isaac: The Warren-Sanders Squabble is Foolish

The current kerfuffle between Warren and Sanders has almost nothing to do with the real issues at stake in this election and even this primary.

January 18, 2020 · 3 Comments

Vanessa K. Bohns: Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance – which research shows isn't easy

Did the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault consent to his sexual advances of their own free will, or were they coerced?

January 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Miracle of Kindness

Take a brief journey through the eyes of American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges to Jerusalem, Gaza, and Iraq, and discover the sacred bonds that make us human.

January 15, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: A Worthy Man

Night after night Erik works alone in his bakery. His only company is the late-night radio show host whom he persistently attempts to get through to and be honored with “Joker of the Week”. He has gradually become more and more distant to his family, and all his efforts to re-establish the connection seem in vain. A growing depression hurls Erik into a tailspin that in the end culminates in a bizarre cry for help.

January 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

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