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Abby Zimet: The Torturers of Children

“These aren’t people. They are animals.” — Donald J. Trump

April 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Only Hope Is To Be The Daylight

Belatedly, we mourn the passing of W.S. Merwin, masterful poet as well as fierce environmentalist and defender of justice, who died in his sleep March 15 at his home on Maui, where over several … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

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

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

Abby Zimet: An Affront To Justice

Amidst our grim, slow slide into a police state where almost no one is safe comes a new report showing ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants at courthouses in New York state have … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: A Dream Where Our Differences Are Erased

 Improbably, we found a welcome break from MAGA-hatted punks and the debacle that is D.C. in Wichita, Kansas, where immigrant artists are breaking down barriers, celebrating disparate cultures, bringing together … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: After A Year of Grief and Death, “We Are Here and We Will Never Leave”

With Palestinians facing staggering losses amidst the increasingly flagrant ethnic cleansing campaign that is the Occupation, many view 2018 as the year Israel went finally, openly, blatantly authoritarian and apartheid. … Continue reading

January 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Mother On A Mission — What Else Could You Do To Hurt Me?

Campaigning. Photo by Jessica McGowan/AP . Among the stories still trickling in of improbable mid-term victories – including news that recounts are now underway in the Florida races of both … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is An Invasion of Our Country

No, not these spent and sweet-faced kids asleep on a floor in God knows where, having trudged for days with their families and thousands of bedraggled others seeking safety and … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On the Migrant “Army” of Poor Brown People — This Comes From Hunger

The caravan passes by sympathetic Mexicans. Photo by Moises Castillo/AP . As a battered procession of up to 7,000 hungry, thirsty, blistered, desperate Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty continues … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry

A member of Code Pink protests as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: White Privilege 101 — How To “Survive” Killing An Unarmed Black Man With His Hands In the Air on Video and Somehow Continue Insisting You’re the Victim

  Screenshot from the air. Photo: Mike Simons/Tulsa World . Betty Shelby, the white Tulsa police officer who shot and killed Terence Crutcher for being a big black guy and … Continue reading

August 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Obama delivers stirring speech on Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday

. Arguing that “we have no choice but to move forward” and that “those of us who believe in democracy and civil rights and a common humanity have a better … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

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