Jillian Steinhauer: Hannah Arendt’s Passionate ThinkingJune 19, 2013
Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic yields an insight that’s fresher than “the banality of evil,” and just as true.
Nick Turse: The Terror DiasporaJune 19, 2013
The U.S. military and the unraveling of Africa.
Theodoric Meyer and Peter Maass: No Warrant, No ProblemJune 19, 2013
How the government can get your digital data.
Kiran Herbert: Portland and Portlandia, Two Worlds of WhitenessJune 18, 2013
Oregon’s liberal mecca was made white by explicitly bigoted laws, and its hometown satire white-washes race relations.
Ikhide Ikheloa: Notes from my Middle PassageJune 18, 2013
Nothing could prepare me for America.
Tom Engelhardt: The Making of a Global Security StateJune 18, 2013
The five uncontrollable urges of a secrecy-surveillance world.
Rebecca Solnit: The Far North of ExperienceJune 17, 2013
In praise of darkness (and light).
Joaquin Sapien: Objection OverruledJune 17, 2013
Top prosecutor must testify in wrongful conviction case.
Ocean Vuong: I Remember AnywayJune 14, 2013
Remember. You are already Vietnamese.
Leah Carroll: They Wanted Beautiful, Gorgeous ThingsJune 14, 2013
The teen crime ring that robbed Hollywood’s starlets, and the infinite media loops who love them.
Editors’ Picks: Reading About RaceJune 14, 2013
Guernica‘s staff brings you their favorite writing on race, in America and beyond.
Zahir Janmohamed: Writer of ColorJune 13, 2013
On being asked to speak for a whole community and region rather than yourself.
Caroline Cooper: The Act of Seeing The Act of KillingJune 13, 2013
A new documentary on Indonesia’s 1965-66 anti-communist genocide is taking the international festival circuit by storm. But in the country that most needs to see it, the film is underground, its crew largely anonymous.
Michael Grabell: Walmart Accepted Clothing from Banned Bangladesh FactoriesJune 13, 2013
The world’s largest retailer last month released a list of more than two hundred factories it said it had barred from producing its merchandise.
Chase Madar: How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless WarsJune 12, 2013
The future of U.S. security depends on freeing Bradley Manning, not punishing him.
Robert Reich: A National Economic Strategy For Better JobsJune 12, 2013
Job creation has stalled since the Great Recession but there’s plenty to be done to change that.
Kirsten O’Regan: Agora-phobiaJune 12, 2013
Creative resistance, via public art, in an age of pessimism and a city of commerce.
Reginald Dwayne Betts: Travellin’ ManJune 11, 2013
His father taught him to crave brown liquor.
Jay Walljasper: FoodopolyJune 11, 2013
Our dysfunctional, corporate dominated food system threatens our health and the planet.
Victoria Brittain: Guilty Until Proven InnocentJune 11, 2013
How to pre-convict and pre-punish an American Muslim.
Bob Ostertag: Why I No Longer Give Away My MusicJune 10, 2013
How the digital music biz makes it difficult for musicians to offer free downloads.
Christie Thompson: The Best Stories on the Government’s Growing SurveillanceJune 10, 2013
What we know about what the government knows.
Robert Reich: The Quiet Closing of WashingtonJune 10, 2013
Gridlock in the federal government exacerbates division between the states.
Jay Walljasper: Bicycling Surges Across the US, Outpacing Noisy CriticsJune 7, 2013
How the “bikelash” was overcome in New York and other cities.
Tom Engelhardt: Just BeginJune 7, 2013
A graduation day speech for the post-post-docs of life.
Nafeesa Syeed: Setting Down Roots in Istanbul’s Gezi ParkJune 7, 2013
Protestors in Istanbul are settling in to Gezi park, where the demonstrations across Turkey began.
Joe Sexton: Problem WitnessJune 6, 2013
A case to make prosecutors personally accountable.
Christie Thompson: Five Ways Congress is Trying to Curb Rape in the MilitaryJune 6, 2013
Senators have rushed to draft legislation to hold attackers accountable and provide support for victims.
Jay Walljasper: Potential Partners We Don’t RecognizeJune 6, 2013
Why local government, co-ops, community organizations, and unions are commoners.
Cora Currier: Four Years Ago Obama Promised to Investigate Afghan MassacreJune 5, 2013
Has anything happened since?
Richard Falk: Ending Perpetual War? Endorsing Drone Warfare?June 5, 2013
President Obama, drone warfare, and the self-mystifying glories of American exceptionalism.
Noam Chomsky: Humanity ImperiledJune 4, 2013
The path to disaster.
Lois Beckett: Now, You Can’t Ban Guns at the Public PoolJune 4, 2013
The latest victory in a long-standing push to deny cities the power to regulate guns.
Lewis Lapham: The (Less Than) Eternal SeaJune 4, 2013
The Poet’s Metaphor and the Styrofoaming of the Waters.
Julia Cooke: Alice Aycock’s Five-Year PlansJune 4, 2013
The artist’s new retrospective finds a midpoint between text and structure, narrative and image.
Roz Bernstein: My EsquireJune 3, 2013
Looking back at Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, Tom Wolfe, and the magazine that brought them all together.
Daniel Moss: Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream CommunitiesJune 3, 2013
Latin American water leaders discuss a commons approach for safe water.
Robert Reich: Economic Storm Clouds AheadJune 3, 2013
Low wages are threatening future growth.
Andrea DenHoed: A Year of Amanda F***ing PalmerMay 31, 2013
Self-expression, self-promotion, and fan-participant culture via the divisive musician and artist of “asking.”
Michael T. Klare: The Cold War Redux?May 31, 2013
Are Washington, Moscow, and Beijing using the global arms trade to create a new Cold War?
Robert Reich: A Time for Harry Reid’s BackboneMay 31, 2013
A president’s court picks shouldn’t require sixty Senate votes.
Tara Isabella Burton: Grounded by the TroutMay 30, 2013
Vasily Grossman’s newly translated meditation on travel writing, Armenian Sketchbook, embraces the messy truth.
Taxcast: “Britzerland,” Google and Apple in Court, and How Secrecy KillsMay 30, 2013
Google and Apple are forced to defend their tax affairs in public, the Lord of War makes an appearance, and more.
Joe Sexton: Ex-Prosecutor Won’t be Watching Brooklyn DAMay 30, 2013
A decade ago, Robert Reuland played a role in what surely would have made for a lively episode of the new series.
Andrew Bacevich: Naming Our Nameless WarMay 29, 2013
How many years will it be?
Giulio Capperchi: America’s Most Enduring Common GroundMay 29, 2013
Since 1634 the Boston Commons has been shared by all.
EJ Dickson: The Art of MenstralaMay 29, 2013
Whether they consider it a painful burden or a “release” of the body’s “energies,” some artists are painting their monthly period. Literally.
Robert Reich: Lessons from the World of Tax AvoidanceMay 28, 2013
How nations can negotiate with global capital.
Theodoric Meyer: As Need for New Flood Maps Rises, Congress and Obama Cut FundingMay 28, 2013
Congress has cut funding for updating flood maps by more than half since 2010, from $221 million down to $100 million this year.
Chat Travieso: A City for ReadingMay 28, 2013
Inside the movement to bring the world thousands of tiny, crowd-sourced, community libraries.
Kim Barker & Justin Elliott: Six Facts Lost in the IRS ScandalMay 24, 2013
Amid the outrage, the big picture of social welfare nonprofits is easily forgotten.
Tom Engelhardt: Terracide and the TerraristsMay 24, 2013
Destroying the planet for record profits.
Camille Gage: How Artists Strengthen CommunitiesMay 23, 2013
Public art is attracting government funding, but can it effect social change?
Raymond Bonner: A Prolonged StayMay 23, 2013
The reasons behind the slow pace of executions.
Lisa Germano: Apathy and the DevilMay 22, 2013
The singer-songwriter talks with Dave Evans about her new label, the “protest album,” and her cats.
Mattea Kramer & Jo Comerford: How America Became a Third World CountryMay 22, 2013
Ten years from now, looking back on the sequestration.
Robert Reich: Global Capital and the Nation StateMay 22, 2013
Global corporations are holding governments and citizens up for ransom.
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.