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John Fetter: China Will Decide the Outcome of Russia v. the West

Is Putin the Face of the Future or the Final Gasp of the Past?

June 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kim Stafford: Top Hit

But comrades, if we kill him, someone will make
a martyr song and it will become the anthem sung
by thousands in the streets

April 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

Bill McKibben: Putin’s Aggression Shows Why Defeating Autocracy Is Key to Combating Climate Crisis

Climate activists have arguably been a little too focused on politics as a source of change, and paid not quite enough attention to the other power center in our civilization: money. Efforts to punish Russia economically for its attack on Ukraine may hold valuable lessons.

April 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Cold War II or World War III?

Given our world, we should all probably be in the streets now. I mean, here we are heading into Cold War II, while facing the possibility of World War III on a planet that, thanks to the way we live and produce energy, is heading for hell.

March 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Worried about nuclear war? You can actually do something to prevent it

If anything good can come out of the horrific war in Ukraine, it might be a renewed movement to abolish nuclear weapons once and for all.

March 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kenny Stancil: Russia Warns Kyiv Residents to Leave Homes Ahead of Bombing Blitz

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced plans for a bombing campaign in the Ukrainian capital.

March 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kimberly Parish Davis: The Messenger

When he came to the bottom of his street he could hear the screams. Chaos unfolded before him. Houses were burning and women were running hunched over as they tried to protect their children. Soldiers on horseback ran them down, shooting and slashing and impaling people indiscriminately.

February 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Rumor of War | February 24, 2022 

I’ll say it again and say it differently
because the horror of war must never be forgotten.
The boy hid beneath the stairs
when the Good Guys came to kill him.

February 26, 2022 · 14 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Over 1,000 Russians Arrested for Protesting Putin’s Ukraine Invasion

“This is an unprecedented atrocity, for which there is no and cannot be any justification,” said nearly 200 officials from cities across Russia.

February 25, 2022 · 10 Comments

Norman Solomon: Bob Dylan and the Ukraine Crisis

I’ve learned to hate the Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight

February 23, 2022 · 7 Comments

Jake Johnson: ‘Is Pelosi Insane?’ Dems Rebuked Over $500 Million in Military Aid to Ukraine

“We can think of a lot better uses of $500 million than weapons to Ukraine that only intensify the conflict.”

January 26, 2022 · 2 Comments

Valerie Duff: Russian Chapter

Deserters call and wave their sacks
at the carriage bound for Petersburg.

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Marina Tsvetaeva: Thank God for the Rich

For their root, putrid and loose,
For their weeping-wound from the cradle,
For their perplexing habit of taking
More from my pocket into their pocket.

January 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Marco North: The Street of Flowers

Two weeks ago, I spied those splotches of blood against the white concrete, the roses scattered across the sidewalk. I imagined it was a fist fight or a knifing at … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

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