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Sandra O’Hare: How to Keep the Government from Spying on You

For most of us, the thought of the government spying on us conjures up images of a futuristic, Orwellian society where Big Brother and the Thought Police seek out and … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leonard Gontarek: Playing the Long Game

The helicopter drops down in flames in a sea of wheat. The leader is a skeleton. The leader is a statue. The leader is a ghost. I met him once, … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael T. Klare: America’s Carbon-Pusher in Chief

Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Foreign Policy Who says President Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy?  Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: My sister’s bones

keep breaking. A midnight cough sharp as a rifle shot cracks a rib.   Hefting a hissing tomcat by its scruff shears a wrist. It’s not only skin that consents … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads “Pity the Nation” (text included)

. Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti (born 1919) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Leonard Steinhorn: Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s

Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sarah van Gelder: To the Millions Who Have Stood Up to the Trump Administration — Thank You

The Republican health care bill is dead. Good riddance. The bill was so harsh that even Donald Trump called the House version “mean.” And yet, this legislation was stopped at … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Charlotte Mew: May 1915

Let us remember Spring will come again To the scorched, blackened woods, where the wounded trees Wait with their old wise patience for the heavenly rain, Sure of the sky: … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Van Buren: How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy — Hide the Bodies

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: On Hearing That FBI Anti-Terrorism Agents Spied on the Thomas Merton Center

For Molly Moore Rush   Pacifism is dangerous. Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who rose above his Seven-Storey Mountain to the Buddhist peaks of Nepal, was electrocuted by a faulty … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Garrett Hongo: An Ode to Independence Day, Laguna Beach, 2007

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear… —Walt Whitman We came like a tide swelling to the shore except from inland— places named for saints in Spanish, a … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Frida Berrigan: Feeling Not Quite So Hopeless in a World on the Skids

Why the Resistance is fertile, not futile. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s 1984 soared onto bestseller lists, as did Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here and … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ian Boyden: Frog Song

—Dedicated to everyone who has lost their freedom in the pursuit of freedom 1. This page is a quiet pond The lamp an unmoving sun My hand traces familiar arcs … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Putin Apologizes for Hacking US Election

Claims it was a practical joke that got out of hand. According to detailed notes taken during their private meeting in Hamburg, Germany, the Great American President, Donald Trump, sternly … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · 6 Comments