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George Lakey: As the US empire declines, what openings exist for progressive movements?

Hard as it may be to see beyond the chaos and suffering in Afghanistan, the larger picture reveals real opportunities for social change.

August 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle): The Walls Do Not Fall

tendons, muscles shattered, outer husk dismembered,
yet the frame held:
we passed the flame: we wonder
what saved us? what for?

August 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Four Coups of Joe Medicine Crow

According to the Crow tradition of counting coups, a warrior can earn the title by completing four coups or deeds in battle. The four coups are: lead a war party into battle, sneak into an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, take away an enemy’s weapon, and touch an enemy without being harmed.

July 4, 2021 · 6 Comments

Frida Berrigan: ‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore’ chronicles 260 years of war resistance and conscientious objection

From the American Revolution through the Global War on Terror, author Chris Lombardi tells the inspiring stories of people who refused to kill.

January 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Josephine Baker: Siren of the Resistance

Iconic entertainer of the Jazz Age, famous for her risqué performances, Josephine Baker responded to the start of World War II by becoming a spy for the French Resistance. Known as the “Creole Goddess” of France, Baker used her celebrity to gain access to high-ranking Axis officials.

June 20, 2020 · Leave a 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

Emma Parker: This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Together these sequential images tell a family history, focussing on a central character called Charlotte Kann, a semi-autobiographical version of Salomon herself. They document Charlotte’s development as an artist, her struggles against madness and her first love affair, all painted against a backdrop of increasingly violent Nazi rule.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Reading Suite Française

“Remove your yellow star.
Head for Switzerland or try
for Nice. Don’t write your will
Don’t imagine what the Germans feel.”

July 31, 2019 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: War and Memory

I asked my grandmother after he left what was wrong with him. “The war,” she said acidly.

July 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Harry Blain: American Concentration Camps

When human beings are framed as a national security threat, barbed wire is the next logical step. But unlike during the Japanese internment, today there’s high-level political resistance.

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Drummond Allison: Come, let us pity not the dead but Death

Come, let us pity not the dead but Death
For He can only come when we are leaving,
He cannot stay for tea or share our sherry.

May 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Sophie Scholl from diary, letters, pamphlets

21-year-old Scholl, with her older brother Hans,  was guillotined on 22 February 1943 for being part of the White Rose, a group of students  arrested for distributing anti-Nazi flyers.  — … Continue reading

February 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: The U.S. Military’s Lost Wars

Overfunded, Overhyped, and Always Over There. One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Bird’s Landing, Monongahela

They were flying steady in the winter of ’56, from Nevada, the B-25, six men on board, three pilots and crew bound east. At a stop in Oklahoma, the snow … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

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