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Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The US must grow up and respect Iranian Independence

One of the lessons from our recent visit to Iran as a Peace Delegation is that Iran is a mature country. It is 2,500 years old, ten times as old as … Continue reading

March 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: We Know What Hate Looks Like — Standing With Ilhan

Amidst the ongoing, breathtaking hypocrisy of rabid charges of anti-Semitism – aka daring to criticize America’s toxic complicity with Israeli war crimes – heedlessly leveled against her, often from down-and-dirty bigots, Ilhan Omar is all done apologizing.

March 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

H. Patricia Hynes: Hands off Venezuela

The arc of U.S. militarism across the 20th century and into the 21st is neither moral nor does it bend toward justice. Hope and US Aid at the Border: the … Continue reading

March 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jordan Goldwarg, Aneela Afzali: Progressives Must Stop Weaponizing Charges of Anti-Semitism Against Critics of Israel

We need to accept in our American political discourse that anti-Zionism does not equate to anti-Semitism. When we fail to do this and instead conflate the two, the American Jewish community becomes less safe.

March 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Equal Justice Initiative: What was the Red Summer of 1919?

African American veterans returned home from World War I eager to continue the fight for freedom at home. Many black soldiers returned from the war with a newfound determination to … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: They Took My House, They Took My Life, They Took Everything.

Israeli police forcibly expelled a Palestinian family from their home in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday and promptly turned it over to right-wing Jewish settlers, who raised the Israeli flag over it as family members wept.

February 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Yahya Frederickson: Hussam’s Heart

 al-Wa’r, Syria .  My flat smells stale, so I go ask Hussam, the young neighborhood grocer, if he sells incense, a shard to crumble over my censer’s coals. He raises … Continue reading

February 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Sophie Scholl from diary, letters, pamphlets

21-year-old Scholl, with her older brother Hans,  was guillotined on 22 February 1943 for being part of the White Rose, a group of students  arrested for distributing anti-Nazi flyers.  — … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mohammad Omidvar: How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails?

. Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: A Return to the Garden of Goethe

If your son asks you When was the best day of the Revolution What will you tell him?  Will you say instantly: February 11, 1979? The day you opened the gate of Evin … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The Uses of a Well-Regulated Militia by an Unregulated President

Where Will the National Guard Be Sent in 2019?  A young friend is seriously considering joining her state’s National Guard. She’s a world-class athlete, but also a working-class woman from … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: War Metaphysics for a Sudanese Girl

  For Aciek Arok Deng I leave the camp, unable to breathe, . me Freud girl, after her interior, she “Lost Girl,” after my purse, . her face: dark as … Continue reading

February 11, 2019 · 16 Comments

Stephen Zunes: ‘More AIPAC Than J Street’ — Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy

Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she’s branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she’s taken some foreign policy positions that should give pause to supporters of human rights and international law.

February 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

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