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John Samuel Tieman: Bernie Sanders 2016

Last week, I invested $3.75 in my first “Sanders 2016” button. Like Senator Sanders, I usually caucus with the Democrats. I am also like the senator in that I am … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: The Wars Come Home

A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond As Baltimore braced for renewed protests over the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Police … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: Make the Rich Panic

As we saw in Baltimore, the corporate elites who hold absolute power react only when they become afraid. And they become afraid only when we take to the streets. It … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Drones dehumanize the enemy and make it easier to go to war

It’s so easy to kill an animated figure on a screen in a video game. And then another, and then another, each of them so realistic in their detail that … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Laura Gottesdiener: A Foreclosure Conveyor Belt

The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Sandy Tolan: The Flute at the Checkpoint

The Everyday Politics of Confinement in Palestine The SUV slows as it approaches a military kiosk at a break in a dull gray wall. Inside, Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian musician, … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

In Support of Baltimore: Or; Smashing Police Cars Is Logical Political Strategy

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Rise of the New Black Radicals

The almost daily murders of young black men and women by police in the United States—a crisis undiminished by the protests of groups such as Black Lives Matter and by … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Surveys show Americans succumbing to lies of the gun lobby

A new Pew Research Center survey shows that more Americans now believe that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, and a 2014 Gallup poll says that … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: A Brief Meditation on the Days as They Rise

The other night my wife and I were talking about the murder of Walter Scott when our eleven year old daughter asked, “Why?” And she looked at my wife and … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: New Kansas law picks the pockets of the poor

New Kansas law picks the pockets of the poor while humiliating them in the process. When Republicans support or pass a law to address a non-problem, they usually have an … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sarah Browning: Petworth, Early Evening

A man is stabbing women in my neighborhood. Most poor people in my city are Black   and because of the warnings of 400 years I assume the man stabbing … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: Disunited States

The recent invitation John Boehner extended to Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress was an unprecedented sign of disharmony between Republicans and Democrats. Usually, heads of state … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Hillary will win in November unless…

Hillary will win in November unless Americans want to end Social Security, Medicare & aid to public schools Now the media attacks on Hillary will begin in earnest, if for … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

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