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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

Bunkong Tuon: Two Poems

I wake up overwhelmed
with love. Time slows.
I hear each beating of
the wings on a hummingbird.

April 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Richard Hoffman: Refugee

A man carries his door,
the door of his house,
because when the war is over
he is going home

April 21, 2022 · 6 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

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

Matt Hohner: Remembering “The Jar” On the Eve of Another War 

we decided
at 2:30 a.m. to flick the cockroaches scuttling
along the low wall on the front edge of the roof
onto traffic on Charles Street below

March 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: War

This intensity, this buildup
of noise—Help us! —an echo of an old human
refrain through the mad and fucked up timbres
of our human history.

March 14, 2022 · 6 Comments

Charlie Brice: Out of the Closet

Clothed in my cheap JC Penny’s suit, holding a bible, sitting on a container of disinfectant that smells like murder, like what they’d use to clean the war machine of … Continue reading

March 12, 2022 · 7 Comments

Video: Paths of Glory | How Corrupt Leaders Destroy Our Humanity (& Good Ones Fight For It)

Humanity fluctuates with power, morality, and truth. There’s more than one way to be objectified.

January 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Michael Gregory: Two Songs (audio and text)

I went to the drugstore and I looked inside
Saw my good gal had upped and died
Hung my head down and I cried
Don’t want no more war

July 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

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

Rebecca Gordon: It’s Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11

Perhaps the horrors of 2020—the fires and hurricanes, Trump’s vicious attacks on democracy, the death, sickness, and economic dislocation caused by Covid-19—can force a real conversation about national security in 2021. Maybe this time we can finally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.

December 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

W. D. Ehrhart: Paul Fussell — A Remembrance

While Fussell wrote on a wide variety of subjects over his long life—ranging from Augustan humanism, Samuel Johnson, and Kingsley Amis to the 2nd Amendment, the Indianapolis 500, and travel in between-the-wars Europe—war, the irony of war, the suffering and lunacy and permanent damage of war, the unfairness of war, lay at the heart of his writing and of his being.

May 31, 2020 · 3 Comments

Sarah Gordon: Threshold

You see them there
their arms weary with
holding the guns
withholding their fire
You see them in the light

January 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

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