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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Naomi Shihab Nye: Trees Gossip with the Birds

When the orange sun sinks over the AZIZI sign I feel
the darkening world soaking up all the extra noise

July 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Great Feast

Death, like a weary actress
Has gone behind the stage
To take off her black dress
And put on her lounging gown.

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate.

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The Office of Missing Children

Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Bone Mother

In this beautiful and terrifying animated film from the National Film Board of Canada, an arrogant young man tries to cheat Baba Yaga of her due. [8 min.]

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: We’re not the good guys

Addicted to war? Not us.

July 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Never Again. Still. Really.

“When Jews say never again,” said one marcher, “We fucking mean it.”

July 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nick Turse: What Does War Have to Do With Me

TRIPOLI, Libya — Sometimes war sounds like the harsh crack of gunfire and sometimes like the whisper of the wind. This early morning — in al-Yarmouk on the southern edge of Libya’s capital, Tripoli — it was a mix of both.

June 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Allegra Harpootlian: Ending the Forever Wars?

What if there’s an antiwar movement growing right under our noses and we just haven’t noticed because it doesn’t look like any antiwar movement we’ve even imagined?

June 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

James J. Zogby: Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid To Criticize Israel’s Violations Of Palestinian Rights

Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies are viewed negatively by most Democrats. This shift in opinion has placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Danusha Laméris: Insha’Allah

How lightly we learn to hold hope,
as if it were an animal that could turn around
and bite your hand.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Ugly

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. William J. Barber II, Dr. Liz Theoharis: A Visionary Budget

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster
death, The rape and rot of graft, and
stealth, and lies, We, the people, must
redeem The land…
And make America again!
— Langston Hughes

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Feffer: Democracy Desperately Needs a Reboot

Democracy faces a global crisis. And this crisis couldn’t be coming at a worse time. If you’re a supporter of Donald Trump — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

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