David Bacon: Protestors Demand Immigrant Rights and Condemn SB1070

August 3, 2010 In San Francisco and Oakland, immigrants and community activists protested Arizona’s SB 1070. A day earlier Federal Judge Susan Bolton invalidated much of the law, but demonstrations involving thousands of people took place against the law around the country nevertheless.

Remediate/Re-vision: Public Artists Engaging the Environment

August 3, 2010 The new exhibition of ecological art features works in public spaces that raise awareness about environmental fragility, as well as effect change within the immediate environment itself.

David Bollier: The Couchsurfing Culture

August 3, 2010 The gift economy is alive and global among a network of "Couchsurfers" who stay in strangers' homes while traveling.

Rec Room: Erica Wright: The Vicious Kind

August 3, 2010 The Vicious Kind is a tense dark comedy…and a warning to get more sleep.

Daniel Moss: Historic Expansion of Human Rights: The UN Declares the Right to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation

August 3, 2010 After more than a decade of grassroots organizing and lobbying, the global water justice movement achieved a significant victory when the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to affirm “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

Ann Jones: Here Be Dragons: MRAPs, Sprained Ankles, Air Conditioning, Farting Contests, and Other Snapshots from the American War in Afghanistan

August 2, 2010 Should war be gussied up like home? In this post, Jones suggests that if war were undisguisedly as nasty and brutish as it truly is, it might also be short.

Margaret Regan: An Unsolved Murder, A Wave of Hysteria, and Deaths in the Desert

August 2, 2010 The unsolved murder of a rancher on his own land changes the conversation about immigration in the United States.

Guernica’s Top 5 Whistleblowers

July 30, 2010 In light of last week’s act of epic whistleblowing, Guernica presents its top five favorite whistleblowers and leak enablers, all of whom have appeared in the magazine in some capacity.

Guernica‘s Top 5 on Latinos in the U.S.

July 30, 2010 With the fracas over Arizona's immigration law putting Latin Americans in the spotlight, Guernica thought a countdown of our top stories on Latinos and Latin America would be apt. Here are our top 5.

Andrew J. Bacevich: The End of (Military) History?: The United States, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of War

July 30, 2010 What are the implications of arriving at the end of Western military history? In this post, Bacevich asserts that the prospect of Big Wars solving Big Problems is probably gone for good.

Aviva Chomsky: Immigration Mythology: The Rules Apply to Everyone

July 30, 2010 In this excerpt from “They Take Our Jobs!”: and 20 Other Myths about Immigration, Chomsky describes the huge population movement of people from the former colonies into the lands of their former colonial masters.

Guernica at Park Lit Photo Recap

July 29, 2010 Photos from Guernica's reading in Union Square Park that featured Alexander Chee, Joshua Kors, and Terese Svoboda

Danielle Ofri: Americans by Choice

July 29, 2010 “Somehow, it seems to have been forgotten that every American is or was an immigrant. Most of our grandparents and great-grandparents came here ‘illegally’ because immigrants were never particularly welcomed. But those generations of “Americans by Choice” built up our society and economy in a manner that has come to define America.”

David Bollier: Wikileaks, the War, and Accountability: Leaked Documents from the Afghanistan War Confirm Some Hard, Dismal Truths

July 29, 2010 “We can now see more clearly that it is not just government that practices deception and censorship to advance its political interests; the commercial press is complicit in its own way, for its own reasons.”

Erica Wright: On Adultery or Why Merwin is the Right Man for the Job

July 28, 2010 A humiliating night becomes life altering as Wright experiences Merwin’s “negative capability” for the first time.

Norman Solomon: State of Denial: After the Big Leak, Spinning for War

July 28, 2010 In the current stage of denial, administration spinners are acutely eager to distinguish Obama’s “new policy” from events as recent as last year—as though we’re supposed to believe it’s no longer the case that the Taliban is “gaining strength.”

Chuck Collins: A Long-Ago Meeting With The Remarkable Shirley Sherrod

July 27, 2010 Lost in the chatter about the firing of Shirley Sherrod and subsequent USDA apology is the unquestionable fact that she had devoted her entire life to economic justice.

Tom Engelhardt: The Opposites Game: All the Strangeness of Our American World in One Article

July 27, 2010 Historically, it has undoubtedly been the nature of imperial powers to consider every strange thing they do more or less the norm. For a waning imperial power, however, such an attitude has its own dangers.

Jay Walljasper: Detroit City Limits: Finding Devastation and Hope in a Hard Hit City

July 26, 2010 The urban-suburban divide in Detroit shows the need to treat a metropolitan area as a single organism, rooted in a sense of the commons.

Robert Reich: We’re In A One-and-a-half Dip Recession

July 26, 2010 Herbert Hoover’s ghost seems to have captured the nation’s capital, and the prevailing sentiment is government can’t and mustn’t do anything but aim to reduce the deficit, even though the economy is going down.

Chelsea Green Publishes the First Book on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

July 25, 2010 Written by an industry insider, Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in U.S. history, which has led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe in the Gulf.

David Bollier: Buying Respectability? Pepsi Funds a Fellowship to Study Obesity and Diabetes

July 25, 2010 In an effort to spin its image as a health-conscious company, Pepsi endows a fellowship at Yale. What sorts of corporate endowments could be next? What does this spell for independent research?

William J. Astore: “Our American Heroes”: Why It’s Wrong to Equate Military Service with Heroism

July 23, 2010 Whether in the military or in civilian life, heroes are rare—indeed, all-too-rare. That’s the reason we celebrate them. They’re the very best of us, which means they can’t be all of us.

Sherrilyn Ifill: Shirley Sherrod’s Story Begins Our Conversation on Race

July 23, 2010 A law professor explains why Shirley Sherrod is emblematic of how we think about race today.

Rec Room: Rachel Louise Ensign: Tinkers

July 22, 2010 Unique, captivating, and a measure more magical than most other contemporary novels, Tinkers is a finely rendered tale of a father and son who exist mostly in separate, but twin, narratives that reflect their tragic inability to connect with one another.

David Bollier: NAFTA, Mexican Corn, and the Commons

July 22, 2010 What happens when a market-based agricultural juggernaut invades a nine thousand-year-old system in Mexico?

Sudanese President Charged With Genocide: Guernica Offers Two Views on Darfur

July 21, 2010 Last week, the International Criminal Court charged Sudan's president with genocide. Two interviews previously published in Guernica offer vastly opposing views of the conflict in Darfur.

Robert Reich: Why We Can’t Rely on Foreign Consumers to Rescue American Jobs, and Why the “Jobs for America Summit” is a Bad Joke.

July 21, 2010 We can’t expect foreign consumers to fill the shortfall in demand left by American consumers who can no longer maintain their pre-recession standard of living. The only answer is to lift the standard of living of Americans. But how?

Rec Room: William Brewer: Abner Jay’s The True Story of Abner Jay

July 20, 2010 The re-release of the American blues-roots musician is an eerie collection of traditional Pentecostal gospel, powerful lyrics underscoring a minimalist style, and humble instrumentation.

News for Guernica Contributing Editor Michael Shankman

July 20, 2010 Contributing Art Editor at Guernica, was featured in yesterday’s San Francisco Examiner. Shankman reflects on his art, the recession, and the intractable differences between San Francisco and New York.

Alex Halperin: Summer in the City

July 19, 2010 Last fall, Keith Nelson, co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, and his friend Rob Hickman had been tooling around with their unicycles when they decided to ride over the Williamsburg Bridge. Their journey inspired them to unicycle over every bridge in the city.

Rhoda Feng: The Plight of Migrant Tobacco Workers in Kazakhstan

July 19, 2010 In Kazakhstan, migrant workers are essentially indentured servants: they are often cheated of earnings, deprived of regular wages, and have their passports confiscated by their employers.

Rebecca Bates: The Daily Show’s (Nonexistent) Woman Problem

July 19, 2010 Jezebel’s accusation of sexism on the set of The Daily Show relies heavily on the sour feelings of fired employees, ironically depriving the women of the show a voice.

Moshe Adler: Possible Cause of Death: Privatization

July 18, 2010 The death of a baby from a falling tree limb in Central Park raises a one hundred and eighty-five year-old problem. Namely, the contracting out of Central Park maintenance diminishes the level of know-how of the government on the one hand, and contractors save money by cutting corners on the other.

Rachel Somerstein: Mohamed Bourouissa’s “Documentary” Photography

July 18, 2010 The Algerian-born photographer turns his lens to the male-dominated communities of Parisian suburbs—always on the precipice of trouble.

Ella Cantarow: Big Oil Makes War on the Earth: The Gulf Coast Joins an Oil-Soiled Planet

July 18, 2010 Our addiction to oil is now blowing back on the civilization that can’t do without its gushers and can’t quite bring itself to imagine a real transition to alternative energies.

Susie Linfield Interviewed on Late Night Live

July 16, 2010 “[Genocide is a] negation of the human…Until that is recognized, words like reconciliation are a bit too easy, a bit too glib.”

Adam Davidson-Harden and Jay Walljasper: Rehydrating India

July 16, 2010 Knowing that “[w]ater is a very emotional, spiritual thing,” Rajendra Singh, founder of the Young India Association, helps bring the Arvari River back to life.

William Powers: Declare Independence from Stuff

July 15, 2010 Do we want to spend our time and energy earning money and contributing to a carbon-intensive economy, or fostering creative pursuits, the arts, and strengthening our relationships and community?

Guernica at Park-Lit 2010

July 15, 2010 Wednesday, July 21, 6:30 P.M. Guernica will be participating in the Park-Lit reading series at Union Square Park, and will feature non-fiction by Joshua Kors, poetry by Terese Svoboda, and fiction by Alexander Chee.

Nancy D. Polikoff: What Married Same-Sex Couples Owe to Hippie Communes

July 15, 2010 Last week's ruling in Gill v. OPM shows how much debt gay rights advocates owe to hippie communes.

Rafia Zakaria: Banning the Veil, Loving the Face?

July 14, 2010 The veil debates in France are not relegated to the face veil issue alone. Covering up the face in any manner is seen as a simulation, the pretense of an identity but one that prevents the onlooker from actually discerning it.

Keith Farnish: Anger is Good

July 14, 2010 Anger is a protective instinct. But by what means is it a constructive instrument for change?

News for Guernica Poet Paula Bohince

July 14, 2010 Bohince blends the pastoral with something decidedly more sinister, placing her poems within a landscape that is at once dream-like and familiar.

Jane Fulton Alt’s “Crude Awakening”

July 14, 2010 Alt’s project is like a series family portraits gone wrong. Pregnant women, children, the elderly all find themselves casualties of the oil spill, their bodies drenched in the stuff, confusion and feelings of betrayal stretched across their faces.

Nick Turse: Death on Your Doorstep: What Sebastian Junger and Restrepo Won’t Tell You About War

July 14, 2010 If Americans care only sparingly for their paid, professional soldiers…they care even less about Afghan civilians. That’s why they don’t understand war. And that’s why they’ll think that the essence of war is what they’re seeing as they sit in the dark and watch Restrepo.

Chuck Close at Strand Bookstore

July 13, 2010 Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m. Photorealist painter Chuck Close will speak at Strand Bookstore’s Rare Book Room with biographer Christopher Finch.

Rachael Goldberg: Rec Room: Oddsac

July 13, 2010 Animal Collective’s psychedelic visual-musical series is a study of stress, agitation, and alienation.

Xiaoda Xiao: Prison Paintings

July 12, 2010 Artist Xiaoda Xiao spent seven years in a forced labor prison in his native China for defacing a portrait of Chairman Mao. He completed following works to accompany the release of his new book.

Tom Engelhardt: Why Are We in Afghanistan?: As Petraeus Takes Over, Could Success Be Worse Than Failure?

July 12, 2010 Failure breeds critics, you might say, the way dead bodies breed flies. Or put another way, it’s easy enough to criticize a failing American project, but what about a successful one?

Robert Reich: The Vanishing American Consumer and the Coming Trade War

July 12, 2010 When the world’s productive capacities exceed the buying power of the world’s consumers, every government wants to increase exports and discourage imports. That spells trade war.

Greg Pahl: Excerpt from The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis

July 9, 2010 “If I had to choose between relying on my community, or some large, faceless, out-of-state corporation for my survival, I’ll put my money on the community. And that is exactly what I am proposing. Literally.”

William J. Astore: Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures: Seven Reasons Why We Can’t Stop Making War

July 9, 2010 Why do our elites so readily and regularly give war, not peace, a chance? What exactly are the wellsprings of Washington’s (and America’s) behavior when it comes to war and preparations for more of the same?

Robert Reich: Slouching Toward a Double Dip or a Lousy Recovery at Best

July 8, 2010 The bank bailout, the stimulus, and the Fed brought us back from the brink just enough to dampen zeal for anything more. As a result, we are now heading for a weak comeback.

Roger Wilkins: A Deeply American Experience: Excerpt from Jefferson’s Pillow

July 8, 2010 “One famous African American has been quoted recently as saying, ‘At no time have I ever felt like an American.’ Well, I have—all my life.”

David Bollier: The Enclosure of the Gulf of Mexico

July 7, 2010 The noxious gusher of oil flowing from one mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico is an unprecedented environmental disaster, no doubt about it. But will we learn the right lessons from it?

Sherrilyn Ifill: Trashing Thurgood Marshall

July 7, 2010 For Republicans, the issue of race is good for confirmation hearings. But they may have gotten more than they bargained for in the negative reactions to their bashing of a civil rights icon.

Stephan Salisbury: Stage-Managing the War on Terror: Ensnaring Terrorists Demands Creativity

July 7, 2010 Informers have by now become our first line of defense in our battles with the evildoers. How expansive will the stage become for informers and their government directors now working the theater of the Great Recession?

Norman Solomon: Unanimous Conformity in the Senate

July 6, 2010 In the Senate of 2010, the baseline of conscience and courage is at an abysmally low level.

Khadija Sharife: FIFA’s Love of Tax Havens

July 6, 2010 Although the Swiss parliament has allowed FIFA to keep their non-profit status, the international soccer organization will certainly be cashing in during the 2010 World Cup, thanks to the set of financial conditions that they impose upon all host countries

Margaret Regan: Fourth of July in the Borderlands: Praying for Rain

July 6, 2010 The true culprit [for migrant deaths] is the increased border enforcement. The more walls we build, the more Border Patrol agents we add, the farther into the wilderness these migrants go, and the more that die.

Meakin Armstrong: On Getting Rejected by Guernica

July 4, 2010

“Call me the Great Rejector. But don't take the rejection personally.”

Michael Avery: Remarks on Contemporary Government Themes in Henry V

July 2, 2010 “I suggest, war is war. If you make war on the Constitution, you are as accountable as if you make war on the country.”

Ann Jones: Counterinsurgency Down for the Count in Afghanistan…But the War Grinds On and On and On

July 1, 2010 Why, when President Obama fires an insubordinate and failing general, does he cling to his failing war policy? And if our strategy isn’t working, what about the enemy’s? And if nothing much is working, why does it still go on nonstop this way?

Rec Room: William Brewer: The Master and Margarita

July 1, 2010 Social conditioning is a bitch. But it’s damned hilarious too.

Rec Room: Rebecca Bates: Graphomania, Blogs, and Masturb8tion

July 1, 2010 Our world is saturated with blogs. They’re easy to start, even easier to abandon, and are often as insular as a wall of mirrors.

Stephen Kinzer: BP in the Gulf—The Persian Gulf: How an Oil Company Helped Destroy Democracy in Iran

July 1, 2010 Many Americans are outraged by the corporate recklessness that allowed the Deepwater Horizon spill to happen. Those who know Iranian history have been less surprised.

Rec Room: Alicia Hyman: So Cow’s So Cow

June 30, 2010 An uneven album of cringe-inducing honesty and some damn catchy moments.

Rachel Louise Ensign: South of the Border Goes Into the Fire

June 30, 2010 In last Friday’s New York Times, Steven Holden’s review of the new film South of the Border was accompanied by a piece alleging that the film is full of “mistakes, misstatements and missing details.” Filmmakers Oliver Stone, Tariq Ali, and Mark Weisbrot issued a biting rebuttal.

David Chura: A Law That Could Keep Kids out of the System

June 29, 2010 When you’re fifteen, sitting in a cramped, dirty, smelly cell, cut off from anyone and anything that has any meaning to you, you get mighty skeptical and feel abandoned. Many congressional sponsors feel the JJPDA could reinstate hope for incarcerated teens.

Rebecca Bates: Q&A with Bill Clegg, Author of Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

June 29, 2010

“There was still a residual paranoia and I could not tell what was real and what was delusional…[Death] is there. It’s fundamentally always there, not as a fixation or believed-in solution but a drift, a tendency.”

Robert Dreyfuss: The Land Where Theories of Warfare Go to Die: Obama, Petraeus, and the Cult of COIN in Afghanistan

June 27, 2010 Having ousted one rebellious general, the president now has little choice but to confront—or cave in to—the entire COIN cult, including its guru.

David Gessner: A House That We Built: A Nursery Rhyme for the Gulf

June 27, 2010 This is the marsh that breathes with the sea, and protects the land,/ That now fills with oil That spills from the pipe/ And gushes into the Gulf.

Robert Reich: Why China’s Currency Announcement is Hokum

June 25, 2010 Don’t be fooled. China’s decision to allow its currency to rise against the dollar is nothing to get excited about.

Tom Engelhardt: America Detached from War: Bush’s Pilotless Dream, Smoking Drones, and Other Strange Tales from the Crypt

June 25, 2010 With the increasing use of the robotic drone—the Lady Gaga of weapons—America may be instigating the next era of lawless and valorless warfare.

Michael T. Klare: BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come: Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-Disaster

June 24, 2010 As long as we continue our reckless pursuit of “extreme energy,” political and environmental instability will inevitably cause a domino effect of unprecedented calamities.

Rafia Zakaria: Honor and Terror

June 23, 2010 In recent honor killings of Muslim women in Canada, faith becomes entangled with a controlling ego and produces disastrous consequences.

Rec Room: Erica Wright: Angela Carter

June 22, 2010 At once magical realism, post-modernism, and science fiction, Carter’s work defies categorization.

Kevin Canfield: Soccer Stats

June 22, 2010 In the new era of sophisticated soccer statistics, we no longer have to rely solely on gut feelings.

Robert Reich: My Father and Alan Greenspan

June 21, 2010 In this belated Father’s Day post, Alan Greenspan may have sired today’s “federal debt explosion.”

Rec Room: Alex Halperin: Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

June 21, 2010 Despite its cultural impact, being a gamer has never shed its associations of pimply adolescence. Are the artistic aspirations of a few genius game designers worth the social cost?

Aseem Chhabra: Confused American Critics

June 20, 2010 Many U.S. critics treat Bollywood films with kid gloves for the fear of offending sensibilities.

Robert Lipsyte: We Won, Dad, But I’m Lost: Lessons from Tiger, Lance, and Andre

June 20, 2010 When it comes to Pee Wee—and professional—sports, benign fatherly neglect may be the healthiest mode of parenting.

Nick Turse: Kick Ass or Buy Gas?: How Taxpayers Are Subsidizing BP’s Disaster Through the Pentagon

June 18, 2010 Even as the tar balls hit Gulf beaches, American tax dollars are subsidizing BP, and the U.S. military continues to carry on a major business partnership with the company, despite its disastrous environmental record.

Meakin Armstrong: Just Ignore That Damned New Yorker List

June 17, 2010

The New Yorker is lauded for keeping the literary flame alive, but is that flame sucking all of the oxygen out of the room?

Tom Engelhardt: Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble: Entering the Soviet Era in America

June 17, 2010 As the military continues to hemorrhage money and get drunk with power, the U.S. begins more and more to resemble its once mighty rival, the Soviet Union.

David Bollier: A New Global Landmark for Free Speech

June 16, 2010 The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative will provide unparalleled protection for online journalists and whistleblowers.

Rafia Zakaria: Reform or Renounce? Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Muslim Women

June 15, 2010 The Somali-born former Dutch parliamentarian finds herself in a political conundrum: What can be done to save lives of women destroyed by patriarchal interpretations of Islam while reform is still a work in progress?

Rec Room: Rachel Louise Ensign: Poetry Podcasts

June 15, 2010 Rethinking the familiar and exploring the unknown through sound.

WikiLeaks Responds to Arrest of Alleged Leaker

June 15, 2010 Bradley Manning is being held without trial for allegedly leaking U.S. military video.

John Feffer: Stealth Superpower: How Turkey Is Chasing China to Become the Next Big Thing

June 14, 2010 The Ottoman Empire turned "sick man of Europe" builds a new identity and reinserts itself into international conflicts.

Rec Room: Alicia Hyman: Roger Ebert and Twitter

June 14, 2010 After losing the ability to speak, Roger Ebert reclaims his voice by Tweeting.

Rec Room: Rebecca Bates: Literature and Cinematography

June 13, 2010 “We live in a poor and enclosed world. We do not feel the world in which we live”…and we should.

Robert Reich: Why the United States Can’t Get BP to Do What’s Necessary

June 13, 2010 UK pensioners versus American workers. Who wins?

Juan Cole: Iran’s Green Movement: One Year Later

June 11, 2010 How Israel's Gaza blockade and Washington's sanctions policy helped keep the hardliners in power.

David Bollier: What Financial Crisis?

June 10, 2010 Wall Street and Washington collude to sabotage meaningful financial reform.

Rec Room: Noelle Bodick: The Word Book

June 10, 2010 Mieko Kanai's aesthetic is indifferent to the notion of nation, irreverent to rootedness of place, allowing her to create bold experiments.

Bill McKibben: If There Was Ever a Moment to Seize

June 9, 2010 Will Obama stand up to big energy in deeds as well as words?

Rec Room: Jake Whitney: Paths of Glory

June 9, 2010 The best anti-war film ever made is not Stanley Kubrick's brilliant dark comedy, Dr. Strangelove, but his 1957 masterpiece.

Rafia Zakaria: Victims and Victimizers

June 8, 2010 Can Muslims expect tolerance from western nations where they are minorities when their own nations are unwilling to apply similar concepts?