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Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad: The Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction

The short story ‘Sultana’s Dream’ (1905) by Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a Bengali writer and activist, takes place in the mythical realm of Ladyland. Gender roles are reversed and the world is run by women, following a revolution in which women used their scientific prowess to overpower men.

November 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Made in Iowa

In 2011, Webster City, Iowa, experienced a massive economic shift after the town’s large appliance manufacturing plant shut down. But the community refused to let their town die…

November 22, 2019 · 1 Comment

Mattea Kramer: Finding Peace Amid the New Opium Wars

I learn so much from people in recovery that sometimes I think my head will explode. Instead what happens is that my heart grows.

November 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Unlearning

Boarding school, a peculiarly British form of abuse, has devastating impacts not only on the boarders, but on those they grow up to dominate.

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: George Habash Sandwich

We returned from a Trump protest
And wanted to walk in Golden Gate Park.
We stopped at a sandwich shop
Which smelled like Tehran.

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies: Why Aren’t People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?

Without a mass movement continually pushing and prodding for real change and holding politicians accountable—for their policies as well as their words—our neoliberal rulers assume that they can safely ignore the concerns and interests of ordinary people.

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Fence

Kosovar filmmaker Lendita Zeqiraj shows us a group of French women from different generations of the same family loudly confronting each other with their views on life, love, desire, race, men, and the patriarchy. The family gathering turns into chaos while the youngest one – the only boy – looks for an escape.

November 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Out of Chaos

When a judge handed me two life sentences, it felt like drinking a cup of fire.

November 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Denise Levertov: At the Justice Department November 15, 1969

Brown gas-fog, white
beneath the street lamps.
Cut off on three sides, all space filled
with our bodies.

November 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Notes on the Crepuscular Effects of the Music of Thelonious Monk on the Noise of White Supremacy

the little glimmers
of late autumn light
are more than
enough to take you
where you need
to go

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Patricia Spears Jones: an American haze

Trumpeter lilies argue the loudest scents — you could wrap
a fiesta with that smell

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naomi Oreskes: The Greatest Scam in History

Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Thank you for your service

At the gym the other day, a few of us old veterans were talking among ourselves. The subject drifted to how tired we are of that “Thank you for your … Continue reading

November 11, 2019 · 6 Comments

Video: While I Yet Live

Five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together.

November 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

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