Vox Populi

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Michael T. Klare: Climate Change as Genocide

Inaction Equals Annihilation Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chuck Taylor: In the Woods Near Cut and Shoot, Texas

You brought her off the road And laid her on the kitchen Table – road kill, gorgeous, her pelt Clean, vigorous, youthful. Under the kitchen Fluorescent she seemed full of … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha: Dhayaa’

In my language the word for loss is a wide-open cry, a gaping endless possibility. In English loss sounds to me like one shuddering blow to the heart, all sorrow … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Red Baron

Perhaps the most memorable character from the First World War is “The Red Baron.” Manfred Von Richthofen died about 11 AM on Sunday, the 21st of April in 1918. There … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Lauren McCauley: Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America’s Door

Pair of new studies show how American climate refugees will ‘reshape’ population landscape of the nation. Americans in many cases have been slow to acknowledge the real threats posed by … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jo McDougall: A Way With Mules

I don’t like writing about the dead, conjuring them in language that some of them never would have used— pushing them onstage, saying, “Go. It doesn’t have to be the … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Birthday in Beijing

April thunderclouds in battleship formation but the rain is light as we touch down. At last, the swarming, noisy, candy-   colored streets of the city. Breakfast: soy boiled eggs, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: In Praise of Spring

As I got down from the car after shopping, my wife led me to the side yard. She pointed down into the tangle of winter grass and let me discover … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hank Edson: Reaching Impeachment Critical Mass

Regaining Our Common Sense Two things are inhibiting our exercise of common sense as a self-governed people: First, the cancer of our corporate media monopoly has ravaged the culture of … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Dawn Potter: Petition

Notice is directed to unknown father, whereabouts unknown. Twitching in a patch of daylight, gulping Cold grits and water, tramping through dust. Dogs forget to bark.   Motion is submitted, … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Arabic Lesson

Unlike the illiterate villager in an Arab novel I know alef from a telegraph pole single stroke of the definite article first letter of my French name I have chanted … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Richard St. John: The Sparrows of Bahrain

Behind Beit Al Qur’an – its thirteen centuries of texts enshrined in glass, where you can see beneath a lens the holy verses on a grain of rice – the … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lauren McCauley: Americans Bracing for More War Under Trigger-Happy Trump

‘It is as if he has discovered the keys to the family gun cabinet’  The American public is bracing for war now that President Donald Trump has seemingly stumbled upon … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Resurrecting Jesus

“…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” Bow head at His name. Finish the Hail Mary. Make the sign of the cross. Blow … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 10 Comments