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Hina Shamsi: U.S. Strikes in Syria Are an Illegal Response to Atrocity

ACLU National Security Project No one disputes that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable. But Assad’s illegality does not excuse illegality in … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Eight Notes on the Rain   

Kien waited for death, calmly recognizing             that it would be ugly and inelegant. -Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War   1 spring rain, like ether, daubs down memory, mutes … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future II

In our time, war seemed perpetual, an economic fact: pay to build a bomb, blow it up, pay to build another bomb, repeat, repeat, repeat. We stopped asking people of … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Unveils Agenda to Combat Poverty, Racism, and Militarism

“The Democrats talk about the middle class. The Republicans talk about the military. No one’s talking about the poor.” — Reverend William Barber . In the spirit of Dr. Martin … Continue reading

April 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: The Last Story of Borhan

Borhan Hoseini passed, too. His heart stopped beating Behind the red light. He was in a death car With his last story Carried in a Samsonite brief case. Of our … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

Muslims in this age of racialized authoritarianism have been stripped of due process in our courts and are subject—as Abid Naseer and Haroon Aswat were in Britain before being extradited to … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Scent of Geranium

. There’s no denying that we’re living in a defining cultural moment. A war of ideas is taking place on many fronts and fundamental principles once considered secure are being … Continue reading

April 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Ades: Fairy Tale

Once there was a room, a house. Once there was a family, all threaded lives, there were books and learning,   photographs, happy memories. Once there was a path, a … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Making Atrocities Great Again

War Crimes and War Criminals, Old and (Potentially) New. A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fran Schor: Spiritual Death/Spiritual Awakening

 “I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Matthew Hindman: How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Josué Rivas and Bailey Williams: “Decolonization Starts Inside of You”

Photographer Josué Rivas spent seven months living at Standing Rock, documenting the gathering force of Native Americans and their allies. He says it wasn’t just a protest; it was an … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Savell: We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

15 years after the invasion of Iraq, what are the costs? . Anti-war protesters gather in London at the start of a demonstration against war on Iraq, February 15, 2003. … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nate Terani: Being Demonized in Your Own Country

Already Hell Enough for This Muslim-American Understand this: I’m an American veteran. I’m also a Muslim-American in a country in which, in these years, that hasn’t exactly been the happiest … Continue reading

March 23, 2018 · 1 Comment