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Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Deconfliction Dance Party

  What’s your mood and modus operandi? We’ve got many rooms, one for every need and every provisional alliance, each contingency. Sound-proofed so your experience will not be compromised. Here’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump

. This new feature-length video made available by Salon, explores the connections between Donald Trump and the Russian Mob. The documentary explains how Russia has collected damning intelligence about Trump … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis   How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: What to do with the Confederate War Memorial?

Recently my wife and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas. The town square is like the setting of a Sherwood Anderson novel — quaint shops, courthouse. At the center of the … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says

. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence.” Supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, and Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lead in Drinking Water

. Public health researcher Dr. Michael Greger asks, “What happened in Flint Michigan, how was it discovered, and how many more Flints are there?” First published in NutritionFacts. Email subscribers … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jo McDougall: In a Muddy Town

She was my classmate in a muddy town, an uncle they say for a father, skinny in a bad dress. No one noticed a dream or two lost. No one … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: Bumper Sticker Politics in the Age of Trump

I grew up in Arizona during a time when it was more desert than concrete, when there were a lot of dirty pickup trucks sporting gun racks, roll bars, and, … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Black Mamas Bailout Day — Because All Of Us Are Fallen

Citing the tradition of their enslaved ancestors to “free ourselves,” a coalition of 25 grassroots, black-led organizations bought the freedom of about 60 black women jailed around the country for … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Paul Buchheit: Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans

Americans with wealth and power don’t generally care about the middle and lower classes. Even worse, they are doing real damage to the people they don’t care about. But why? … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mike James: Tu Fu, In Exile, In Middle Age

calm lake a mirror to the mountains at the center a fisherman’s boat rests   tu fu, so long away from the capital, envies the fisherman and his net   … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: If We Live

For John Reoli   to be of arab descent is a practice of disassociation, you write. I read dislocation, wrenched identity. Hanging limply from sorrow’s shoulder. You write, i guess … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment