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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

Sharon Fagan McDermott: The Lapses of Rain

Even in dreams, I fail to recognize these men. They are white blurs, edgeless, still talking. They turn rivers into sludge. Eagles into silica; air to lead.  I wake up, … 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

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Dhayaa’

In my language the word for loss is a wide-open cry, a gaping endless possibility. In English loss sounds to me like one shuddering blow to the heart, all sorrow … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Paul Christensen: In Praise of Spring

As I got down from the car after shopping, my wife led me to the side yard. She pointed down into the tangle of winter grass and let me discover … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a 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

Dawn Potter: Petition

Notice is directed to unknown father, whereabouts unknown. Twitching in a patch of daylight, gulping Cold grits and water, tramping through dust. Dogs forget to bark.   Motion is submitted, … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Arabic Lesson

Unlike the illiterate villager in an Arab novel I know alef from a telegraph pole single stroke of the definite article first letter of my French name I have chanted … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Resurrecting Jesus

“…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” Bow head at His name. Finish the Hail Mary. Make the sign of the cross. Blow … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 10 Comments

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

Dan Kovalik: ‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War

Simultaneously with Trump’s Inauguration, the liberal “opposition” announced the beginning of “The Resistance” against Trump’s openly racist and xenophobic reign. Most notably, “The Resistance” protested in airports against Trump’s ban … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment