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Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Masters of Photography — Diane Arbus

. Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971) was an American photographer and writer noted for photographs of marginalized people—dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, circus performers —and others whose normality was perceived … Continue reading

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Mexican Handcraft Masters/Copper

. ABDÓN PUNZO and his crew make beautiful, functional artifacts from waste copper in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan. Directed by Mariano Rentería Garnica, Mexican Handcraft Masters is a documentary series about … Continue reading

December 8, 2018 · 3 Comments

Anna Massoglia & Kaitlin Washburn: 2017 Financials of the Koch’s Dark Money Network

Charles and David Koch maintain an extensive, powerful network of nonprofit organizations to further their libertarian and conservative ideological values. Four nonprofits at the crux of the network — the Charles Koch … Continue reading

December 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East

Why the movements that pressured the U.S. Senate to reject current U.S. foreign policy regarding Saudi Arabia and its war on Yemen must continue to raise their voices. On November … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yahya Frederickson: What I Learn About Poetry in Yemen

 Sana’a What I learn about poetry in Yemen, I learn at a sidewalk café off Zubairi Street, one of the main streets in Sana’a named after the poet who fomented … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 4 Comments

Marco North: Moscow 2018 — The Migrant

I load the tiny Leica at the kitchen table, the CL that almost fits in my palm. There are piles of broken asphalt downstairs and the remnants of a flash … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: Sheep

I saw as they led my children away. To slaughter. One by one. I saw the sharp terror in the eyes of my daughter. As the master grabbed her by … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mehnaaz Mome: The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse — The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: The Pallor of Survival

                  I’m lucky: autumn is flawless today,  sidewalks freckled rust and red, and the sun  gentle. I’ll take the back streets to … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 5 Comments

Todd Miller: Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

Drought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change. Less than a mile south of the U.S.-Mexico … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Henry Giroux: Trump’s fascist efforts to demolish democracy

Fascist politics is once again on the rise in the United States, Europe and Latin America.  As an echo from the past, its principles and attitudes are re-emerging in a populist … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

How to Treat a Stranger in Need: A Moral Response to the Migrant Caravans

By Rabbi Ted Falcon & Pastor Don Mackenzie & Imam Jamal Rahman Throughout history, the biblical story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution. Migrants fleeing persecution and violence in their … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: A Minyan Plus One

was taken from us on the Shabbat, the most joyous of the holidays, the only holy day even God Himself . celebrates, the emulation of Eden, the day of completion. … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

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