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Jesse Jackson: Congress Must Defend Democracy Against Those Who Are Trying to Destroy It

A minority party—grounded in the white South—is intent on taking and keeping power, despite the will of the majority—even if democracy itself is destroyed in the process.

January 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Leaden Hat of Fall

Once in a while the tufted sky would break open into dazzling radiance. I would often look up from my reading to behold a waterfall of fiery light, as if the Golden Fleece were hanging in a waterfall shedding all its precious minerals into the valley below.

November 28, 2021 · 10 Comments

Jeff Goodell: 10 Reasons to be Optimistic (Without Being Naive) About Climate Change

These are dark times, but hope is not lost nor foolish, and change has already begun.

November 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: ‘Code Red’ for Climate Means Reducing US Oil and Gas Production Now

For all the obvious climate impacts, the United States does not yet seem disturbed enough to demonstrably disrupt our burning of fossil fuels.

October 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: ‘To Change Course of History,’ US Climate Movement Takes Aim at Biden White House

Five days of direct action and civil disobedience are planned this week to denounce “broken promises” and demand ambitious action against the planetary threat.

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: Wildlife Defenders Cheer Restoration of Migratory Bird Protections Gutted Under Trump

Over the last 50 years, the population of North American birds has declined by an estimated three billion birds.

October 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

David Orr: Letting the World Burn | The Question of Governance

The primary cause of the worsening situation is not the combustion of fossil fuels, but the massive political dereliction that has allowed the bonfire to go on after we knew that it posed a potentially lethal threat to humankind.

September 20, 2021 · 3 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: The Endless Shadow of the War on Terror

Will the Forever Wars Become Forever Policy?

August 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Andrew Bacevich: Answering the Armies of the Cheated

But No Questions about War Please!

August 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: The Forbidden Word

Is America a Failed Empire?

July 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

William Astore: Tough Truths Are Desperately Needed About America’s Lost Wars

Americans may already be lying themselves out of what little remains of their democracy.

June 21, 2021 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: There’s No Compromising on Science When it Comes to Protecting the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

Unlike the previous administration, the Biden administration must prioritize science and water quality over the demands of big industry.

May 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tracey L. Rogers: Palestinian Lives Matter | We Must Reject Crimes Against Humanity

Just as Black Lives Matter, so do Palestinian Lives Matter. We cannot campaign for racial healing and justice on stolen land in our own country while simultaneously backing a campaign to occupy and displace people abroad.

May 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

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