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Andrew Bacevich: Answering the Armies of the Cheated

But No Questions about War Please!

August 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Hanan Abukmail: A Doctor’s Torment

Weeks have gone by since the fourth Israeli war on Gaza came to a close. And although the world has moved on, we in Gaza are left to pick up the pieces. And me? I find myself questioning my decision to become a physician.

August 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Gravestone and the Continuing Self

When I was in my twenties I thought old age was an island only accessible by a bridge I’d never cross. But I’ve crossed it, and at seventy-eight the subject … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 10 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: The Forbidden Word

Is America a Failed Empire?

July 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Aviva Chomsky: Migration Is Not the Crisis

What Washington Could Really Do in Central America

July 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: The Tyrant

The people beat him so badly
that afterward
they could not distinguish him
from the pigs the rebels slaughtered

July 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Alfred W. McCoy: America’s Drug Wars

Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

July 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Majid Naficy: Khomeini’s Visit

My father never told us
That Khomeini had visited him
For medical treatment many years ago

July 6, 2021 · 13 Comments

Michael Gregory: Two Songs (audio and text)

I went to the drugstore and I looked inside
Saw my good gal had upped and died
Hung my head down and I cried
Don’t want no more war

July 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Four Coups of Joe Medicine Crow

According to the Crow tradition of counting coups, a warrior can earn the title by completing four coups or deeds in battle. The four coups are: lead a war party into battle, sneak into an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, take away an enemy’s weapon, and touch an enemy without being harmed.

July 4, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: Tower

This animated documentary from director Nádia Mangolini mines the memories the four Gomes da Silva siblings whose father went missing and whose mother was imprisoned in a tower during a period oppressive dictatorship in Brazil.

July 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Riad Saleh Hussein: Like a Star in the Sky, Like a Buck in the Jungle

Here is a rock and two eyes
Here is a moon, there is a goose
And still there are more things I could not see

July 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Simms & Friends: Poets for the People of Gaza

Naomi Shihab Nye, the current Young People’s Poet Laureate, and poet Michael Simms gather international poets to share works that navigate themes of identity, displacement, and home in Gaza.

July 1, 2021 · 8 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Meatball Subs, Not Nuclear Subs

Or How to Deliver 16,128 Hiroshimas

June 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

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