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George Goehl: Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination

This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.” — David … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous — On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance

If you haven’t been following the Strangelovian Korea debacle – so many debacles, so little time – it’s still, alas, unfolding thanks to our utterly clueless loser-in-chief and his historically … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — The Five Filters of the Mass Media Machine (animated)

. According to American linguist and political activist, Noam Chomsky, media operate through 5 filters: ownership, advertising, the media elite, flak and the common enemy.  In this short animated film, … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Dhayaa’

In my language the word for loss is a wide-open cry, a gaping endless possibility. In English loss sounds to me like one shuddering blow to the heart, all sorrow … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Red Baron

Perhaps the most memorable character from the First World War is “The Red Baron.” Manfred Von Richthofen died about 11 AM on Sunday, the 21st of April in 1918. There … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Birthday in Beijing

April thunderclouds in battleship formation but the rain is light as we touch down. At last, the swarming, noisy, candy-   colored streets of the city. Breakfast: soy boiled eggs, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: Arabic Lesson

Unlike the illiterate villager in an Arab novel I know alef from a telegraph pole single stroke of the definite article first letter of my French name I have chanted … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Richard St. John: The Sparrows of Bahrain

Behind Beit Al Qur’an – its thirteen centuries of texts enshrined in glass, where you can see beneath a lens the holy verses on a grain of rice – the … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lauren McCauley: Americans Bracing for More War Under Trigger-Happy Trump

‘It is as if he has discovered the keys to the family gun cabinet’  The American public is bracing for war now that President Donald Trump has seemingly stumbled upon … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

William Butler Yeats: The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dan Kovalik: ‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War

Simultaneously with Trump’s Inauguration, the liberal “opposition” announced the beginning of “The Resistance” against Trump’s openly racist and xenophobic reign. Most notably, “The Resistance” protested in airports against Trump’s ban … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: A Heartfelt Message to our President from Keith Olbermann

. What kind of man is Donald Trump? In this video for the web series The Resistance, Olbermann calls Trump a “jackass” 27 times, and even refers to him as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Poet Amal Kassir tells us what war really is

. Amal Kassir is a 20 year old Syrian-American student and spoken word artist. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she says she came from a dinner table of tabouleh … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diane Randall: Stop U.S. from Making the War in Syria Even Worse

More bombs won’t end the crisis in Syria. After more than six years of war, with millions displaced and a death toll of nearly half a million people, it’s clear … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment