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Rajan Menon: The Economic Consequences of the War

The conflict in Ukraine Is a disaster for the poor of this planet.

May 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Dmitry Blizniuk: Three poems

the night is the clear conscience of the beast

April 19, 2022 · 6 Comments

Andrew Bacevich: What Would Martin Say?

The attention given to racism of late has had exactly that unintended effect — relieving Americans of any obligation even to acknowledge the insidious implications of materialism and militarism.  In that sense, even now, two of King’s giant triplets barely qualify for lip-service.  In the political sphere, they are either ignored or, at best, treated as afterthoughts.

April 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: If the State of the World Makes You Want to Scream, You’re Not Alone

We must face the weight of such social evils and be prepared to also face the ways in which we are complicit with them, especially when we are often indifferent.

April 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

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

Rebecca Gordon: Confessions of a Failed Tax Resister

I knew that the IRS wasn’t visiting me as part of an audit of my returns, since I hadn’t filed any for eight years. My partner and I were both informal tax resisters — she, ever since joining the pacifist Catholic Worker organization; and I, ever since I’d returned from Nicaragua in 1984. I’d spent six months traveling that country’s war zones as a volunteer with Witness for Peace.

April 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

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

Video: Zarlasht Halaimzai | What it’s like to be a war refugee

In this poignant, vital talk, Zarlasht Halaimzai articulates the lingering trauma of being expendable — and shares how belonging to a community can help bring back feelings of long-lost safety.

April 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

F.R. Foksal: A Slice of Surreality

a cozy little square
where local drunks would
congregate to damn
the vicissitudes
of their tipsy
fate

April 12, 2022 · 2 Comments

Khury Petersen-Smith: Binary thinking on Russia’s war on Ukraine is a losing strategy

We need a progressive politics that shows solidarity with all victims of military violence — while resisting the militarism of our own government.

April 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Ukraine in Perspective

A Historical Feast of Death and Destruction from the Peloponnesian Wars to Late Tomorrow Night.

April 8, 2022 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Hinge of Summer’s Door

The vernal equinox came and went, like a cat creeping over the newly sprouted heads of anonymous weeds. You hardly knew, unless you were listening to NPR, that such an … Continue reading

April 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Rachel Hadas: ‘Laugh right in its face’ – a poet reflects on her craft’s defiant role in the middle of a war

Poets write poetry to help them come to terms with the terror of their times. The process of writing those poems, and the process of reading them, both offer respite.

April 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

Andrea Mazzarino: The Costs of (Another) War

When We Could Be Fighting Climate Change

March 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

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