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David Korten: Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction

Around the world, people are realizing the current path will lead only to disaster, and they’re beginning to ask the hard questions about what to do next. When I ask … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · 4 Comments

Robert Wrigley: Taking Care

Tornillo, Texas   It must be assumed that the caretakers— if that’s what they are called and not guards— are kind.  If not parents then parental in appropriately incarcerative ways. … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · 3 Comments

Maya Srikrishnan and Adriana Heldiz: Border Report

The Long Simmering Tensions That Led to the Border Shutdown: Understanding the desperation of the people who are fleeing violence and corruption in Central America is an essential part of … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Phoebe A. Cirio: 22 July — A film that helps us understand a mass killing

22 July, a film currently streaming on Netflix, depicts the events that occurred on that day in 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik began a killing rampage in Norway. Breivik turned … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Molly Fisk: Desolation :: Reservation

Thousands of acres of parched ground. Dead sage, scattered shacks made from tin and rescued plywood, burned-out single-wides, pick-ups rusting in place where their engines stopped. No sign of life … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: The Gift of Death

Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it. There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Greater Love Of Stanley Rother

News of the Catholic Church is so appalling these days that it is fair to ask, of any Catholic, why are you still a member of The Church? So this … Continue reading

November 25, 2018 · 5 Comments

Edgar Gabriel Silex: The Planting of the Blue Corn

after the fields are planted and the blue corn seeds are nestled in the red earth     after the Corn Planter has put away his sacred planting stick he says … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jefferies: Don’t Trash Thanksgiving. Decolonize It

Despite the holiday’s false origin tale, we can celebrate with our families in ways that honor those whom the day originally dishonored. Ultimately, within our families and communities and schools, … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Amnesty International: Twenty-Nine Families Ordered Released from Dilley Detention Center

WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary move, twenty-nine families seeking a better life have been ordered released from the South Texas Family Residential Center in the town of Dilley, including Gloria … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving today.  Soaked with sleet. No sun for six days — six is the Devil’s number. I have looked through this window, at these American skies for 5 times 6 … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · 4 Comments

Video: How to talk to a conservative about politics

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Valerie Vande Panne: 7 Economic Terms That Are Often Used to Destroy Communities

If it sounds too good to be true, take a closer look beyond the buzzwords. There are so many plans these days to “transform” an area via a “public-private partnership” … Continue reading

November 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Laura Carlsen: Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning

The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

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