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Majid Naficy: A Nowruz Card to Evin Prison

Aha! That’s the one I want: A simple Nowruz* card With raised and golden margins, The design of a narcissus flower, The scent of Georgian biscuits And “May spring be … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Todd Gitlin: Frightbart

The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point. The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sweet Nostalgia for War

Donald Trump and the triumph of fantasy The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Fall Of An Khe

I never saw Saigon.   In 1970, I was stationed at Camp Radcliff next to the village of An Khe in the Central Highlands.   I was assigned to the army’s 4th … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

George Lakoff: Trump Tweets, Press Leaps.

  . George Lakoff: Now that we understand how Trump uses Twitter to divert and distract, many of you have asked how we can respond. This handy chart by Greg … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

. Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) is best known for his memoir Walden, a reflection on the joys of living simply, but it could be argued that his essay Civil Disobedience … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: How To Tell A War Story

  I remember the day Senior Drill Sergeant Rose lined us up in squads of eight. It was the first week of Basic Training. “Every single one of you is … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Rana Choir — I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier

. The Jewish Arab women’s choir Rana, based in Jaffa, implores us: “Here and everywhere else in the world, there’d be no war today if mothers all would say: I … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: American Carnage

Fighting the Forever War In his inaugural address, President Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country overrun by criminal gangs and drugs, a nation stained with the … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites

The liberal elites, who bear significant responsibility for the death of our democracy, now hold themselves up as the saviors of the republic. They have embarked, despite their own corruption … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Robert Reich: Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Truths

. Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Half-Truths Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted that the Wall Street Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.” … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bernie Sanders: On Anti-Semitism, Israel, and the Palestinians

The following transcript, as published by Haaretz, is the full speech given by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the J Street 2017 Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 2017: Thank … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Return of American Race Laws

The warmup act for a full-blown American fascism and orchestrated race war is taking place in immigrant and marginal communities across the United States: Racial profiling. Random police stops. Raids … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment