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Michael Simms: Meet our new Secretary of Defense — General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

In the list of frightening cabinet appointments by President-elect Donald Trump, perhaps the most disturbing is his pick for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Not only would … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

Stephen Dobyns: Napatree Point

A mile from where I live is a beach where in winter I walk the dog, console myself with the ocean’s beauty and ponder the imponderables, like what to do … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 7 Comments

Christine Rhein: Oh 2016,

how gaunt you’ve grown, but then, it’s no surprise, what with all that vanished weight (Bowie, for starters—   Sound and Vision) and those workouts we put you through, loading … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jayde Tynes: Seven Inspirational Protests of 2016

Needless to say, 2016 has been a tough one for social justice activists around the world. With the rise in xenophobia after Brexit, the presidential election of Trump and the … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: News is the Noise of Civilization

Book reviews are more often than not ways to relegate and marginalize ideas that ought to supplant front-page news. They constitute a point of entry to an issue the recent … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Pope Francis: Two Prayers on Climate Change

I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Dystopian Donald

The Future According to Trump Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: All I Want For Christmas Is –

A society that respects all races and religions; A culture that honors its LGBTQ community; A woman’s right to choose what happens to her body; A near total ban on … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 6 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Donald Trump and Nuclear Weapons Don’t Mix

 A Trump Presidency is a Clear and Present Danger Donald Trump is not mentally well. We’ve witnessed him for years now, exhibiting behaviors that are much more child-like than adult. … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: The Megalomaniac, The Tyrant, and Republican Treason

  Before the fall of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin served in the KGB for 17 years, rising to lieutenant colonel, and later became the director of Russia’s Federal Security … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · 8 Comments

Priscilla McCelvey: My Manifesto for Global Citizenship

When I was younger, I kept scraps of the poems of ee cummings and T.S. Eliot in my pockets; I would find lines like “sunset)edges become swiftly”[1] deep within my … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Patti Smith sings A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremony

. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son And where have you been, my darling young one I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Laura Nyro sings “Save the Country”

. Come on, people, come on, children Come on down to the glory river. Gonna wash you up and wash you down, Gonna lay the devil down, gonna lay that … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: The Trump Cabinet of Billionaires and Generals

There’s an obvious trend in Trump’s cabinet picks: billionaires and generals. The billionaires favor private enterprise, capitalism unconstrained by regulations (especially those pesky environmental ones), and a view of the … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 3 Comments