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Rachel Hadas: The Mothers on the Wall

Young men stamping; clouds of dust their feet
Stir up; the gleaming weapons and the heat –
the women, poised and fearful, gazing down
as the squadron marches out of town

April 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dan Brook: The Cost of Meat

The costs of meat are impoverishing and killing us. We can save a lot by ditching meat and dairy, while creating a more compassionate, healthy, just, and environmentally-sustainable world.

April 17, 2021 · 12 Comments

Video: What Gordon Parks Saw

‘I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.’ – Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

April 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mary Beard | Women in Power

The Western world’s demonization of women in power can be traced back to Ancient Greece, argues the celebrated UK classicist Mary Beard.

April 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Slaughter Central

The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine

April 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Katey Lauer: How to develop movement candidates and win rural governing power


In elections, we are facing setbacks locally and more broadly. A bold new experiment in West Virginia offers lessons for long-term success.

April 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Jose Padua: Union Square

their crazy dad, his singular
song, with the only people putting money
in his cup looking as crazy as he did

April 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Molly Fisk: How to Stop

It depends on the way you were broken:
Body from soul? Mind from memory?

April 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Youth

A teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters | Lacquer, Gold and Cane

Mario Agustín crafts religious icons and lavishly adorned plates from local plants, soil, insects and cow urine to create unique materials and brilliant pigments, his crafts combine indigenous techniques dating back as far as 500 BCE with methods from the colonial era to create distinctly Mexican works of art.

April 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Karima Sorel: What Would a White Woman Do?

While white women are protected and treated as the “weaker sex,” Black women have been cultivating a culture of matriarchal strength and endurance.

April 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Nan Levinson: The Far Right in Uniform (corrected version)

How extreme is the military?

April 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Thom Hartmann: The GOP Has No Interest in Actual Governing

The GOP is no longer a serious political party. Instead, it’s now a coalition of disparate groups made up of racists, homophobes, misogynists, gun nuts, conspiracy theorists and the ultra-rich.

April 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Sandra Mitchell: To have you listen at all, I have to stop talking

In times like these, to get you to listen,
I must show you how
To grasp history with your hands.


April 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

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