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Video: Poet Amal Kassir tells us what war really is

. Amal Kassir is a 20 year old Syrian-American student and spoken word artist. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she says she came from a dinner table of tabouleh … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Diane Randall: Stop U.S. from Making the War in Syria Even Worse

More bombs won’t end the crisis in Syria. After more than six years of war, with millions displaced and a death toll of nearly half a million people, it’s clear … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Escape from Syria – Faiza’s story

. Donald Trump’s recent bombing of Syria was a cynical attempt to distract the media’s attention from the investigation of his ties to Russia. His diversionary ploy worked. Mainstream news … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Time of Useful Consciousness

A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, bookseller, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, environmentalist, publisher, painter, creator of community, patron saint of the Beat artists, Poet Laureate of San … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Gregory: Battleship America

Most Americans, like most people in the world for the past hundred years, have lived with the threat of war hanging over them, or have been in actual combat. For … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: Are You Ready For More War?

Following through on campaign pledges to support American troops, on Thursday President Trump gave a green light to the military, enabling them to increase airstrikes in the Middle East. Here are … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Round-up of top stories in the news

Maryland’s state legislature has passed a ban on fracking which, with the blessing of the Republican governor, is expected to be signed into law any day now. This twist shows … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Trump’s Troubling Ties to Russia

. For at least ten years, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to influence government policy, public opinion, and news coverage inside the United … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: A Nowruz Card to Evin Prison

Aha! That’s the one I want: A simple Nowruz* card With raised and golden margins, The design of a narcissus flower, The scent of Georgian biscuits And “May spring be … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Todd Gitlin: Frightbart

The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point. The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Sweet Nostalgia for War

Donald Trump and the triumph of fantasy The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Fall Of An Khe

I never saw Saigon.   In 1970, I was stationed at Camp Radcliff next to the village of An Khe in the Central Highlands.   I was assigned to the army’s 4th … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

George Lakoff: Trump Tweets, Press Leaps.

  . George Lakoff: Now that we understand how Trump uses Twitter to divert and distract, many of you have asked how we can respond. This handy chart by Greg … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment