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.
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.
The gift economy is alive and global among a network of “Couchsurfers” who stay in strangers’ homes while traveling.
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 SanitationAugust 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 AfghanistanAugust 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.
The unsolved murder of a rancher on his own land changes the conversation about immigration in the United States.
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.
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 WarJuly 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.
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.
Photos from Guernica’s reading in Union Square Park that featured Alexander Chee, Joshua Kors, and Terese Svoboda
“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 TruthsJuly 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.”
A humiliating night becomes life altering as Wright experiences Merwin’s “negative capability” for the first time.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
A law professor explains why Shirley Sherrod is emblematic of how we think about race today.
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.
What happens when a market-based agricultural juggernaut invades a nine thousand-year-old system in Mexico?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Algerian-born photographer turns his lens to the male-dominated communities of Parisian suburbs—always on the precipice of trouble.
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.
“[Genocide is a] negation of the human…Until that is recognized, words like reconciliation are a bit too easy, a bit too glib.”
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.
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?
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.
Last week’s ruling in Gill v. OPM shows how much debt gay rights advocates owe to hippie communes.
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.
Anger is a protective instinct. But by what means is it a constructive instrument for change?
Bohince blends the pastoral with something decidedly more sinister, placing her poems within a landscape that is at once dream-like and familiar.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 15, 7 p.m. Photorealist painter Chuck Close will speak at Strand Bookstore’s Rare Book Room with biographer Christopher Finch.
Animal Collective’s psychedelic visual-musical series is a study of stress, agitation, and alienation.
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?
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.
“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 WarJuly 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?
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.
“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.”
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?
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.
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?
In the Senate of 2010, the baseline of conscience and courage is at an abysmally low level.
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
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.
“Call me the Great Rejector. But don’t take the rejection personally.”
“I suggest, war is war. If you make war on the Constitution, you are as accountable as if you make war on the country.”
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?
Social conditioning is a bitch. But it’s damned hilarious too.
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 IranJuly 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.
An uneven album of cringe-inducing honesty and some damn catchy moments.
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.
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.
“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 AfghanistanJune 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.
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.
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 CryptJune 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-DisasterJune 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.
In recent honor killings of Muslim women in Canada, faith becomes entangled with a controlling ego and produces disastrous consequences.
At once magical realism, post-modernism, and science fiction, Carter’s work defies categorization.
In the new era of sophisticated soccer statistics, we no longer have to rely solely on gut feelings.
In this belated Father’s Day post, Alan Greenspan may have sired today’s “federal debt explosion.”
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?
Many U.S. critics treat Bollywood films with kid gloves for the fear of
When it comes to Pee Wee—and professional—sports, benign fatherly neglect may be the healthiest mode of parenting.
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.
The New Yorker is lauded for keeping the literary flame alive, but is that flame sucking all of the oxygen out of the room?
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.
The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative will provide unparalleled protection for online journalists and whistleblowers.
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?
Rethinking the familiar and exploring the unknown through sound.
Bradley Manning is being held without trial for allegedly leaking U.S. military video.
The Ottoman Empire turned “sick man of Europe” builds a new identity and reinserts itself into international conflicts.
After losing the ability to speak, Roger Ebert reclaims his voice by Tweeting.
“We live in a poor and enclosed world. We do not feel the world in which we live”…and we should.
UK pensioners versus American workers. Who wins?
How Israel’s Gaza blockade and Washington’s sanctions policy helped keep the hardliners in power.
Wall Street and Washington collude to sabotage meaningful financial reform.
Mieko Kanai’s aesthetic is indifferent to the notion of nation, irreverent to rootedness of place, allowing her to create bold experiments.
Will Obama stand up to big energy in deeds as well as words?
The best anti-war film ever made is not Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant dark comedy, Dr. Strangelove, but his 1957 masterpiece.
Can Muslims expect tolerance from western nations where they are minorities when their own nations are unwilling to apply similar concepts?