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David Korten: The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

Humanity is reawakening to a basic truth understood by earlier humans, by many Indigenous people today, and now confirmed by the leading scientists: We are born of and members of a living Earth community.

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: 'In Your Guts You Know He's Nuts'

If Americans re-elect Trump, he will shatter what little is left of American democracy, rendering the whole system of governance completely dysfunctional or irrelevant, and all American citizens ever more vulnerable to corruption and manipulation by anti-democratic powers abroad, imperiling the lives of virtually everyone on this planet in the not too distant future.

January 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mandy Smithberger: How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder in Contract After Contract

Washington has already spent at least $2 trillion on its war in Afghanistan alone, and the corruption, waste, and failure associated with those expenditures was (or at least should have been) mindboggling.

January 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Emma Parker: This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Together these sequential images tell a family history, focussing on a central character called Charlotte Kann, a semi-autobiographical version of Salomon herself. They document Charlotte’s development as an artist, her struggles against madness and her first love affair, all painted against a backdrop of increasingly violent Nazi rule.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The end of civilization as we know it

I want to apologize for walking in
When the dog was licking
Your bald head as you lay
On the couch drinking rum
Straight from the bottle…

January 18, 2020 · 13 Comments

Chris Hedges: The Miracle of Kindness

Take a brief journey through the eyes of American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges to Jerusalem, Gaza, and Iraq, and discover the sacred bonds that make us human.

January 15, 2020 · 5 Comments

Allegra Harpootlian: How the U.S. Presidency Became a Killing Machine

The assassination complex from Bush to Obama to Trump. We’re only a few days into the new decade and it’s somehow already a bigger dumpster fire than the last. On … Continue reading

January 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer as Activist

Dorothea Lange not only created a number of iconic images, but she also was a pioneer in the use of photography as a tool in addressing social injustice.

January 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sandy Solomon: On “Adlestrop”

“Adlestrop” is a poem which, though written in a time of war, takes place during that last, long, beautiful Edwardian summer. The speaker is describing a prewar train journey in full consciousness of the disruption that is soon to follow.

January 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sarah Anderson: Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump's Attacks on Iran

As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.

January 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: I am an Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US Forever Wars

Mainstream media seldom help us recognize ourselves as a menacing, warrior nation. Yet we must look in the mirror held up by historical circumstances if we’re ever to accomplish credible change.

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sarah Gordon: Threshold

You see them there
their arms weary with
holding the guns
withholding their fire
You see them in the light

January 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Anti-war Pragmatists and Pro-war Fantasists

What if peace is really based on pragmatism, and war on fantasy?

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stacy Bannerman: In 2020 Live Your Prayer

We need spiritual warriors willing to do the hard, heartbreaking work of becoming the light; capable of walking through the valley of the death of their old life and finding their way out.

December 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

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