Vox Populi

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Ann Fisher-Wirth: Prayer

Let the mothers rush toward their babies and wrap their arms around them tight enough to hold back even the sea if it would harm them.   Let the anguish … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dominik W. Rettinger & Christine Skarbek: Kommando Puff

A new novel From Poland recounts the industrialization of rape at Auschwitz.  Kommando Puff is a novel that exposes the lives of two women:  Anna, the German mother of an SS-officer … Continue reading

June 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fadi Abu Shammalah & Jen Marlowe: The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza

Why Palestine’s Feminists are Fighting on Two Fronts “I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor.” Fifty-seven-year-old Um Khalid Abu Mosa … Continue reading

June 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Allison Skinner: The slippery slope of dehumanizing language

Comparing people to animals seems to increasingly be a part of our political discourse. When Roseanne Barr tweeted that former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was the child of … Continue reading

June 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Time Beyond Memory

. It’s rainy here in southern France, and chilly. The sky is the color of winter, and a fitful sun keeps popping in and out of mountains of black rain-bloated … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Tango Under a Narrow Ceiling

My heart is delicious to take a bite from. It is an alcove for blue rabbits, A shark with fins of stubborn cactus. My heart is delicious to take a … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yara Hawari: Seventy Years of Palestinian Resistance Since the Establishment of the State of Israel

In 1948, the Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) saw the state of Israel established, 750,000 Palestinians forced into exile, and over 500 Palestinian villages and towns destroyed. (Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Image) … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: To mourn the man by name

Guillaume Apollinaire As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, it is easy to think of all that as distant. Distant and perhaps overwhelming with its … Continue reading

May 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Camillo Mac Bica: Rationalizing Genocide

It’s long past time for the United States to end its complicity with Israeli war crimes. “Many of whom who hold dual Israeli-American citizenship, e.g., Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Richard … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kathy Kelly: Scourging Yemen

There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians. “At the very least, citizens in countries supplying weapons … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Ending Wars, Not “Winning” Them, Should Be America’s Goal

Beware the tunnels you choose to go down (Wikimedia) . You can’t win wars that should never have been fought.  The U.S. should never have fought the Iraq and Afghan … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Don Krieger: Breendonk Generations

1. Anna and Isaac met in an orphanage where they were hidden as Catholics. They married in Antwerp. The house door was six inches thick. Two great bolts shot into … Continue reading

May 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The Symbolism of Jerusalem

The terrible consequences of the largely symbolic move of U.S. embassy: At least 61 dead and 2,700 injured, plus U.S. credibility in international circles sinks lower. The demonstrations and killings … Continue reading

May 18, 2018 · 1 Comment