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Karen Greenberg: Will America’s Forever Offshore Prison Ever Be Closed?

Can Guantánamo ever be shut down?

May 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nina Kossman: Upon seeing a portrait of Genrikh Yagoda* on a wall in a Moscow police station

so many feet that did not run away,
so many mouths that did not speak,
so many inheritors of what can’t be described

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Wake Up Love

Love sleeps nude and unashamed,
a glass of water near to quell the fires
we mistake for love, a blanket to wrap
the broken who come to her bed alone.

April 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

John Feffer: Waiting for the Cyber-Apocalypse

The Cold War Has Already Turned Hot — on the Internet.

April 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Little Armenia

The city remained apart from you
Lying beyond Zaiandeh River.
Only poets of midnight
Knocked at the door of your taverns…

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: American Ash (text and video)

Old warriors rarely
say anything about
people they killed or
horrors they saw

April 24, 2021 · 10 Comments

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies: U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard

An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. “We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Siegfried Sassoon: ‘The Hero’

The cruelty in this poem is overwhelming – as Sassoon intended. So opposed was he to jingoistic propaganda, he deliberately slashed very tender imagery with the sharpest irony.

April 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

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

Tom Engelhardt: Slaughter Central

The United States as a Mass-Killing Machine

April 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

William Astore: Back to the Future at the Pentagon

‘It hardly occurs to us to question how the Pentagon’s mad military scenarios about near-peer wars could indeed end in nuclear annihilation.’

April 12, 2021 · 3 Comments

Nina Kossman: The Bomb

A bomb said to a city:
“I’m falling.”

April 12, 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

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