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Angele Ellis: Reading the Cup

Unfathomed, the deep blue sea is black and bitter – Arabic coffee boiled three times in a copper pot. Drink to the silted grounds in heart-scalding gulps. Turn your cup … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Conquering the Garden

Larks do not send troops As noisy crows do And have better ways To conquer the garden. In a respite between two storms They come out of their shelters And … Continue reading

June 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

James A. Lucas: US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II

After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn: We Must Be Brave Enough to Admit the War on Terror is Simply Not Working

Our whole nation has been united in shock and grief this week as a night out at a concert ended in horrific terror and the brutal slaughter of innocent people … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abigail Fielding-Smith: Meet the Amputees Fighting America’s War

Police commander Kudai Rahm Shakir only had six men with him when the Taliban started firing at his post in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The phones weren’t working, so he couldn’t call … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic

The deep state’s decision in ancient Rome—dominated by a bloated military and a corrupt oligarchy, much like the United States of 2017—to strangle the vain and idiotic Emperor Commodus in … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump

. This new feature-length video made available by Salon, explores the connections between Donald Trump and the Russian Mob. The documentary explains how Russia has collected damning intelligence about Trump … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis   How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: US involvement in Yemen Civil War Continues to Grow under Trump

While the American mainstream media is diligently reporting on the scandal of Melania not wearing a headscarf in Riyadh and cheering the triumph of her husband not bowing to the … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: What to do with the Confederate War Memorial?

Recently my wife and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas. The town square is like the setting of a Sherwood Anderson novel — quaint shops, courthouse. At the center of the … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sharon Doubiago: Jesus was a Terrorist

“The most important deficiency in the U.S. counterterrorism policy has been the failure to address the root causes of terrorism.” Philip C. Wilcox Jr., former US Ambassador at Large and … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: If We Live

For John Reoli   to be of arab descent is a practice of disassociation, you write. I read dislocation, wrenched identity. Hanging limply from sorrow’s shoulder. You write, i guess … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Congressional Progressive Caucus: Budget Proposal for the Federal Government

8.8 MILLION JOBS BY 2017 $4 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION During our economy’s best decades, Congress invested in the American workforce and every family was better off for it. But … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Grandma in Santa Monica

“Do you live alone?” “No! I am living with God” Up there: one, two, three In a room filled with scents of spices And the familiar sound of bubbling soup. … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment