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Majid Naficy: The Engraver

You put on your eyeglasses
And read me your daughter’s will
Word by word.

June 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Social Security Versus National Security

The U.S. “national security” budget is still the third rail of politics in this country.

June 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: An Open Letter to Steve Kowit on his poem “Intifada”

Right now, civil conversation on these subjects is difficult to impossible to sustain because both the Zionist and the Palestinian narratives have been carefully curated to highlight the harms that each side inflicted on the other, and to minimize or ignore the harms that they inflicted on their adversaries.

June 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When I Shut the Door

The news arrived by e-mail — a scribble of a long, single sentence, broken up, like little chunks of wood, the way a year is broken up into months and weeks, days, hours.

June 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Steve Kowit: Intifada

bekippad Sabras dance thru the Tel Aviv streets chanting
gleefully: No school tomorrow in Gaza; all of their children are dead. 

June 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Andrew J. Bacevich: My Son Was Killed in Iraq 14 Years Ago—Who’s Responsible?

The Islamic Republic? George W. Bush? Both answers feel like evasions.

June 1, 2021 · 7 Comments

Richard Levine: Disturbing the Peace

“Do you want to know what war is about?”
Jake asked the talkative one. 
“Don’t say it, Jake,” I said. 

May 31, 2021 · 5 Comments

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

To end reliance on government-provided foods, many Native communities are seeking a different approach: a return to traditional foods and practices that are healthy and culturally centered.

May 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Alessia Carneval: The history of protest songs in Tunisia and their link to popular culture

In Tunisia, the protest song is called al-ughniya al-multazima in Arabic, or chanson engagée in French. Both literally mean “committed song” and put an emphasis on the political and social aim of this genre.

May 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: My Brother’s Keeper

A former Guantánamo Bay prisoner and his guard reunite as equals 13 years later.

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tracey L. Rogers: Palestinian Lives Matter | We Must Reject Crimes Against Humanity

Just as Black Lives Matter, so do Palestinian Lives Matter. We cannot campaign for racial healing and justice on stolen land in our own country while simultaneously backing a campaign to occupy and displace people abroad.

May 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Amira Hass: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose

The numerous incidents of killing entire families in Israeli bombings in Gaza—Parents and children, babies, grandparents, siblings—attest that these were not mistakes. The bombings follow a decision from higher up, backed by the approval of military jurists.

May 20, 2021 · 7 Comments

Patrick Gathara: Colonial Powers Have Long Demanded the ‘Right to Self-Defense’ Against the People They Have Colonized

Colonial occupiers have long claimed a “right” to defend themselves from the resistance of native communities, including by committing mass murder.

May 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

James L. Gelvin: As the Palestinian minority takes to the streets, Israel is having its own Black Lives Matter moment

As in the United States, a brutalized minority group, facing systemic racism and discriminatory acts has taken to the streets. And, as in the United States, the only way out starts with serious soul searching on the part of the majority.

May 17, 2021 · 3 Comments

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