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W.J. Astore: U.S. Politicians and their Love of the Military

James Madison.  We need his wisdom more than ever.. If there’s one area of bipartisan agreement today, it’s politicians’ professed love of the U.S. military.  Consider George W. Bush.  He … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: “Do Kids Die, Mom?”

Facing the Future With Trepidation in the Age of Trump As a mother and an activist, here’s what I’ve concluded as 2018 begins: it’s getting harder and harder to think … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sandy Solomon: Demonstration, Summer 1992

Serbian men outside her house, her cousins shot, her sister raped repeatedly:  the woman from Kosovo told this story as she cupped a candle to shield its fuddled flame. Elbow … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Mapping a World From Hell

76 Countries Are Now Involved in Washington’s War on Terror. He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Holding A Mirror Up To A Shameful Occupation

Ahed Tamimi, the fierce 16-year-old Palestinian girl arrested last month for daring to confront an Israeli soldier who’d allegedly shot her cousin in the head, has been indicted on 12 … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: How Russia Hacked America — And Why It Will Happen Again

. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian hackers attacked the U.S. on two fronts: the psychological and the technical. Hackers used classic propaganda techniques to influence American voters, bought thousands … Continue reading

January 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Senator Bob Casey, Jr: A Brief Summary of the Trump-Russia Investigation

Russia’s efforts to intervene in and influence the November 2016 election are deeply troubling. Even more troubling are allegations of contact between senior officials on President Trump’s campaign and the … Continue reading

January 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: On the Road to Jerusalem    

Sabra is Hebrew for cactus flower, prickly on the outside, sweet in the middle.   In Arabic, the word, saber: the virtue of patience & tenacity.   I leave a … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Charles Davidson: A Christian looks back at the first year of Trump

IT CAME AS NO SURPRISE nor was it widely welcomed. As herald of the imperial census taken every fourteen years for the sake of universal taxation in support of ancient … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: The German Who Came to Tea

. This award-winning film tells a story relayed by Annie Day, a 102 year-old English woman who remembers taking in two German prisoners of war for Christmas holiday at the height … Continue reading

December 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Susan Sailer: Dust, Blowing in the Wind

Into Newton’s laws of motion Boko Haram storms, rifles smoking, kidnap 276 girls, force them onto truck beds, tires raising red dust as they drive north.   The girls want … Continue reading

December 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: Re-enactment

A friend invited me to a Civil War re-enactment. He was well meaning enough, although why he’d think that I, a Vietnam veteran, would enjoy such a thing, who knows? … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Tim Seibles — “One Turn Around the Sun”

. Tim Seibles reads “One Turn Around the Sun” at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 28, 2014 at the National Geographic Grosvenor … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Chris Hedges — “Fascism in the Age of Trump”

. Journalist, author and war correspondent Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 10, 2017 on fascism and empire in the age of … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 2 Comments