Rebecca Solnit: Too Soon to TellMay 21, 2013
The case for hope, continued.
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: Somebody Give Bill Gates and Drew Faust a Copy of Citizens DisunitedMay 21, 2013
The new book by “class traitor” Robert Monks shows a system at its breaking point—and names the twenty-four Americans who can fix it.
Paul Kiel: The 182 Percent LoanMay 21, 2013
How installment lenders put borrowers in a world of hurt.
Robert Reich: The IRS and the Real ScandalMay 20, 2013
The problem is that the IRS has interpreted our tax laws to allow big corporations and wealthy individuals unlimited political influence.
Mimi Hanaoka: Misadventures with the MukhabaratMay 20, 2013
How can you prove to the Syrian secret police that you’re not an Algerian spy?
Andy Kroll: Billionaires UnchainedMay 17, 2013
America’s new pay-as-you-go democracy.
Robert Reich: Pyromaniacs on the PotomacMay 17, 2013
The problem with Obama’s second term.
Kaavya Asoka: Shifting the GazeMay 16, 2013
The Guggenheim’s current exhibition, No Country, challenges conceptions of modern Asian art.
Sarah Browning: Poetry as ProvocationMay 16, 2013
Camille Gage interviews the poet, activist, and director of Split This Rock.
Paul Kiel & Mitchell Hartman: Soldiers Defeated by DebtMay 16, 2013
Federal law is supposed to protect service members from predatory lending, but many military personnel are trapped in high-interest debt.
Keith Meatto: Seven Ways of Looking at The Great GatsbyMay 15, 2013
Meditations on Jay G, Jay-Z, the art of plagiarism, and America’s love affair with money, guns, and decadence
David Vine: Where Has All the Money Gone?May 15, 2013
Contractors have raked in $385 billion to build and maintain military bases overseas. How much of the total is fraud?
Nick Turse: Nuclear Terror in the Middle EastMay 14, 2013
Lethality beyond the pale.
Carlos Franz: Normalcy without LibertyMay 14, 2013
Life in East Germany on display in a strange Berlin museum.
Robert Reich: Working Mother’s DayMay 14, 2013
In 1966, only 20 percent of mothers with young children worked outside the home. By the late 1990s, 60 percent did.
Mira Ptacin: Is a Baby a Luxury?May 13, 2013
When a chemical stick revealed that our little family was about to change, we were overjoyed. But not insured.
Rachel Riederer: Salman Rushdie’s Happy IrreligionMay 13, 2013
At an evening with the AAWW, the celebrated novelist shares thoughts on influence and identity, and offers advice to young writers
Jesse Eisinger: Act of Congress Stresses Hopeful Creation of Dodd-Frank, Omits Grim EndingMay 13, 2013
To a Beltway expert such as Robert Kaiser, that a dysfunctional and hyperpartisan Congress passed such a sweeping bill constitutes a small miracle.
Peter Van Buren: Homeland InsecurityMay 10, 2013
Seven years, untold dollars to silence one man.
David Morris: Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own FuturesMay 10, 2013
Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments—and thwarting innovation.
Gina Myers: Holding It DownMay 9, 2013
Keith Meatto talks with poet Gina Myers about leaving New York, darkness in poetry, and the difference between growing up and settling down.
Christie Thompson: Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a “21st Century” Approach to Drugs?May 9, 2013
A look at the administration’s latest approach to drugs, and what they’ve done so far.
Tom Engelhardt: And Then There Was OneMay 8, 2013
Imperial gigantism and the decline of planet Earth.
Lois Beckett: Kansas Gov. Insists it’s OK to Ignore Federal Gun LawsMay 8, 2013
Governor Sam Brownback rejects Washington’s argument that his state’s gun laws are blatantly unconstitutional.
Sergio Hernandez: Intern vs. MayorMay 7, 2013
FOIA battle bares Bloomberg’s argument for secrecy.
Robert Reich: The Hollowing Out of GovernmentMay 7, 2013
When Republicans can’t repeal laws they don’t like, they hollow them out, deny funds to fully implement them, and reduce funds to enforce them.
Earl Lovelace: A Story in Which I Look GoodMay 7, 2013
Flash Fiction: If he feels pushed, he will turn into a bull, a storm.
Lois Beckett: NullificationMay 6, 2013
How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws.
Theodoric Meyer: Pay to Prescribe?May 6, 2013
Two dozen doctors named in Novartis kickback case.
Ellen Cantarow: The DownwindersMay 3, 2013
Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania.
Robert Reich: A Story for May DayMay 3, 2013
The Fed, Apple, and Trickle-Down Economics.
Jonathan Rowe: The Real TragedyMay 2, 2013
Ecological ruin stems from what happens to—not what is caused by—the commons.
Justin Elliott: House Finance Chair Hensarling Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall StreetMay 2, 2013
A getaway with Hensarling, whose committee oversees Wall Street and its regulators, is an invaluable opportunity for industry lobbyists.
Elizabeth Kadetsky: MothsMay 1, 2013
You’ve never liked spring, as if its optimism, that sense of opportunity, is something you can never match.
Eduardo Galeano: The Life and Death of Words, People, and Even NatureMay 1, 2013
From walking libraries and a god named “Word” to what Sherlock Holmes never said.
Michael Grabell: Taken for a RideMay 1, 2013
Temp agencies and ‘raiteros’ in immigrant Chicago.
Vaddey Ratner: The Cripple’s Last DanceApril 30, 2013
Flash Fiction: Dossier No. X recovered from Interrogation Cell B of Sala-XX
Christie Thompson: Billions Proposed for New Border SecurityApril 30, 2013
Where would the money go?
Robert Reich: Public Debt and Economic GrowthApril 30, 2013
Government should fuel growth by spending more—at least in the short run.
Editors’ Reading Recs: Collectors’ ItemsApril 29, 2013
Guernica‘s staff recommends collections of stories, essays, poems, and more.
David Rosner & Gerald Markowitz: You Are a Guinea PigApril 29, 2013
How Americans became exposed to biohazards in the greatest uncontrolled experiment ever launched.
Sebastian Rotella: How Hezbollah Trained an Operative to Spy on Israeli TouristsApril 29, 2013
Hezbollah’s recent activity casts doubt on its relationship with Europe.
Todd Gitlin: Is the Press Too Big to Fail?April 26, 2013
It’s dumb journalism, stupid.
Theodoric Meyer: What Went Wrong in West, TexasApril 26, 2013
And Where Were the Regulators?
Allison Benis White: The Luminous, Grieving MindApril 25, 2013
The author of Small Porcelain Head on how poetry can help us mourn.
Robert Reich: The Xenophobe PartyApril 25, 2013
Can we just get a grip? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a naturalized American citizen.
Tom Engelhardt: Filling the Empty BattlefieldApril 25, 2013
A new book from Jeremy Scahill, America’s blowback reporter.
Colson Whitehead: Each Book An AntidoteApril 24, 2013
Colson Whitehead on labels in literature, wearing genre drag, and getting lost in New York.
Marian Wang: The Admissions Arms RaceApril 24, 2013
Six ways colleges game their numbers.
Taxcast: G20-Endorsed Transparency and the End of Secrecy for SaleApril 24, 2013
‘Offshore leaks’ blows the lid off secrecy for sale.
Angela Boskovitch: Expressions of EmotionApril 23, 2013
An artist catalogs usage of a versatile Egyptian swear.
Ru Freeman: SiegeApril 23, 2013
Flash Fiction: The gun empties. He returns.
Charles Seife and Rob Garver: FDA Approved New Drug Despite Ongoing Investigation of Lab MisconductApril 23, 2013
Though agents found blatant fraud in a Houston lab, the FDA refused to question drug safety.
Jack Tuholske: The Great American CommonsApril 22, 2013
Our National Forests cover 191 million acres in forty states.
Kathryn Joyce: The Purpose-Driven NationApril 22, 2013
Rick Warren exports American-style evangelism—and the gospel of adoption—to Rwanda.
Michael Klare: Entering a Resource-Shock WorldApril 22, 2013
How resource scarcity and climate change could produce a global explosion.
Teddy Wayne: The Celebrity MachineApril 19, 2013
The author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine talks to Matthew McAlister about the publishing industry, narrative forms, and the nature of child stardom in the digital age.
Erika Eichelberger: House of HorrorsApril 19, 2013
Violence on the home front.
Cora Currier: Hunger Strikes and Indefinite DetentionApril 19, 2013
A rundown on what’s going on at Gitmo.
Sebastian Junger: We Kind of Assume We Won’t Be KilledApril 18, 2013
The director of Which Way is the Front Line From Here? talks with Leah Carroll about his friend Tim Hetherington, the strange allure of war, and what it takes to document combat.
Robert Garver and Charles Seife: Double DoseApril 18, 2013
In a second case of flawed drug research, FDA response was slow and secretive.
Alex Marshall: Commons Has Expanded, Not Shrunk, Over Past 200 YearsApril 18, 2013
Public water systems, public education, public libraries, and public roads are modern innovations.
Kirsten O’Regan: These Dark HistoriesApril 17, 2013
A profile of photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier, whose exhibition A Haunted Capital is at the Brooklyn Museum through August.
Rafia Zakaria: The Tragedies of Other PlacesApril 17, 2013
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, a columnist for Pakistan’s largest English newspaper reflects on why violent attacks leave a more lasting impression if they happen on American soil.
Jeremiah Goulka: It Doesn’t Take MuchApril 17, 2013
On almost getting PTSD in Iraq.
Randa Jarrar: A SailorApril 16, 2013
Flash Fiction: Her husband wants to know what she had in common with the Turkish sailor.
Robert Reich: Why This is the Worst Recovery on RecordApril 16, 2013
Wages keep dropping and government debt keeps growing. Simply arguing “more” won’t cut it.
Liz Day & Justin Elliott: Republicans and Dems Come TogetherApril 16, 2013
To keep the IRS from competing with TurboTax.
Christie Thompson: Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?April 15, 2013
Prison officials claim they need race-based methods to fight gang violence.
Tom Engelhardt: The Enemy-Industrial ComplexApril 15, 2013
How to turn a world lacking in enemies into the most threatening place in the universe.
Mattea Kramer: A Tax Day Plan for Righting the RepublicApril 12, 2013
Just doing what’s popular would make us healthier, wealthier, wiser, and less indebted.
Cora Currier: Gitmo Defense Lawyers Say Somebody Has Been Accessing Their EmailsApril 12, 2013
Concerns about the breaches are causing delays to long-awaited hearings.
Stephen Engelberg: A Simple FixApril 11, 2013
Should New York compel judges to report problem prosecutors?
Lois Beckett: Senator Pushes for Investigation of ‘False Statements’ by Dark Money GroupsApril 11, 2013
Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island, is calling for the Justice Department to do what the IRS won’t.
Mary Jo Bang and Lynn Melnick: The Poetic ConfessionApril 11, 2013
As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, a conversation on Lynn Melnick’s collection If I Should Say I Have Hope.
Matthew McAlister: Criminally UnderappreciatedApril 10, 2013
Georges Simenon might be the best French-language novelist you’ve never heard of.
Barbara Garson: Down Is a Dangerous DirectionApril 10, 2013
How the 40-Year “Long Recession” led to the Great Recession.
Lois Beckett: Voter Information WarsApril 10, 2013
Will the GOP team up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?
Chloe Pantazi: Detritus of InnocenceApril 9, 2013
“We Went Back: Photographs from Europe, 1933 – 1956″: Chim at the International Center of Photography
Justin Elliott: Another Layer to Rendell’s Fracking ConnectionsApril 9, 2013
The former Pennsylvania governor is a paid consultant of the natural gas industry.