December 30, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

December 30, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Joy Wood: Best Unfinished Novel of 2011: The Pale King

December 30, 2011
 There are only two certain things in life: death and taxes. David Foster Wallace’s final book deals with both.

Before It’s Next Year…

December 30, 2011
 Hangovers aside, 2011 was another banner year for us. Let’s make 2012 better.

Conversations With History: U.S.-Iranian Relations in the 1970s

December 30, 2011
 How the Shah’s dependence on the rise of oil prices and his need to fund his new military role ultimately led to his downfall and the implosion of Iran.

David Morris: Occupy Giving

December 29, 2011
 Why do the 1% give less than the rest of us?

Jillian Steinhauer: Best Political Art of 2011

December 28, 2011
 The American soldiers honored in artist Jane Hammond’s Fallen installation are remembered as individuals instead of as a statistic.

Aseem Chhabra: The 10 Best Films of 2011

December 28, 2011
 2011 was filled with 3-D, childhood favorites, franchises reboots, and existential indies, but what stood out most were the human dramas.

Christine Larusso: Best 2011 Microessay on Poetry

December 27, 2011
 Poet Rachel Zucker asks us to demand sentimentality. Because we’re human, dammit.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Now the Bombs

December 27, 2011
 Who’s to blame for the car bombs in Damascus? Answering this question might be the least of our worries.

Russ Baker: Justifying War With Iran

December 27, 2011
 Is the U.S. preparing the public for war with Iran? You bet.

December 23, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

December 23, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Maryam Abolfazli: Collisions

December 23, 2011
 A year inside a governmental ministry in Afghanistan.

Julia Grønnevet: Anders Breivik: Madman or Fighter for an Idea?

December 23, 2011
 Guernica brings you an extensive translation of Brevik’s psychological evaluation.

Dario Robleto: Best 2011 Art Show NYers Won’t See

December 22, 2011
  The Texas-based artist’s solo exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center confronts human-induced extinction.

Rebecca Solnit: Our New Currency

December 22, 2011

How 2011 became the year of compassion.

Joanna Eede: Christmas Reindeer Mystery As World’s Largest Herd Plummets

December 21, 2011
 Reindeer aren’t just for Christmas. They are central to the lives and cultures of indigenous peoples across the sub-Arctic.

Susie Linfield: The Best and the Worst Events of 2011

December 21, 2011
 As 2011 draws to a close, the world is faced with a host of uncertainties of what will come next.

Nick Turse: The Drone That Fell From the Sky

December 21, 2011
 What a busted robot airplane tells us about the American Empire in 2012 and beyond.

Belén Fernández: The Latest Installment of the Iranian Terror Plot

December 20, 2011
  Why is the Daily Beast buying into a right-wing plot to place Iranian “terrorists” in Latin America?

Robert Reich: The Defining Issue

December 20, 2011
 Mo’ money, mo’ problems. Why “big government” isn’t the problem.

Sam Kerbel: Best Battle Royale of 2011: Chomsky vs. Hitchens

December 19, 2011
 Guernica recalls the ferocious (and prose-laden, foreign policy-focused, and politically savvy) battle of heavyweights.

Tom Engelhardt: The Four Occupations of Planet Earth

December 18, 2011
 How the Occupied became the Occupiers.

Emily Fragos: An Eternal Poet

December 16, 2011
 Five questions for a lyric poet at her finest.

Bill McKibben: At Last, A New Story for the Future

December 16, 2011
 Why we must control our appetite for natural resources.

Eboo Patel: Becoming All-American Muslims

December 16, 2011
 If the #loweshatesmuslims campaign illustrates anything, it's that Muslims will never be Ground Zero Mosque-d again.

Guernica on Longform’s Best of the Year List

December 15, 2011
 Meghan O’Gieblyn’s “Sniffing Glue,” chosen as one of the top 10 essays of the year.

Genevieve Walker: Maurizio Cattelan’s Drying Laundry

December 15, 2011

It’s easy to hate on Maurizio Cattelan’s 21-year retrospective at New York City’s Guggenheim, but its perpetual pantsing and mooning grow on you.

Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich: The Fall of the “Liberal Elite”

December 15, 2011
 The making of the American 99% and the collapse of the middle class.

Julia Cooke: Bloggers of Havana

December 14, 2011
 Internet renegades in post-millennial Cuba.

Conversations With History: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

December 14, 2011
 Glenn Greenwald analyzes the relationship between principle, power, and law, and describes the erosion of justice in the United States.

Nick Turse: Did the Pentagon Help Strangle the Arab Spring?

December 13, 2011
 Uncovering the military’s secret military.

Jonathan Z. Larsen: The Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Revisited

December 13, 2011
 Was Dominique Strauss-Kahn set up? Or more importantly, why would someone make the effort to?

Justin Alvarez: My Favorite Commercial of 2011

December 12, 2011
 It’s a good thing when advertising makes you feel a little bit stupid.

Justin Alvarez: Yasujiro Ozu, Life’s Poet

December 12, 2011
 A commemoration of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu on the anniversary of his birth and death.

Robert Reich: The Remarkable Political Stupidity of the Street

December 12, 2011
 It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. How Wall Street is its own worst enemy.

Tom Engelhardt: The 1% Election: Their Bread, Our Circus

December 12, 2011
 How to turn election year into election life.

December 11, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

December 11, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Jenny Odell: All the People on Google Earth

December 9, 2011
 The graphic artist on visiting the Google headquarters, the limits of photographic “reality,” and the rapidly changing face of contemporary photography.

Russ Baker: The Saudi Arab Spring Nobody Noticed

December 9, 2011
 Why Saudi Arabia can’t count on the handy boost the West gave to revolutions in nearby countries.

Lex Paulson: Applied Classics: A Letter from the 99% of Ancient Rome

December 9, 2011
 What the Occupy movement can learn from Ancient Rome.

William J. Astore: Fighting 1% Wars

December 8, 2011
 Why America’s wars of choice may prove fatal.

Guernica’s Interviewees Featured on Foreign Policy’s Top 100

December 7, 2011
 Our top 9 of FP’s movers and shakers of 2011 (including one dude who’s kind of meh)

Video: President Obama’s Osawatomie Speech

December 7, 2011
 Video footage of what Robert Reich calls Obama’s most important speech on the economy

Clark Row: The Lucky One

December 7, 2011
 On the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the author recalls his experience as a child watching the attack from his home in Honolulu.

Carmen García Durazo: Beats, Rhymes, and Shabazz

December 7, 2011
 A Seattle duo’s enigmatic contribution to 2011’s hip hop sound.

Robert Reich: The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency

December 7, 2011
 Barack Obama channels Theodore Roosevelt as he addresses America’s “gaping inequality” as the “defining issue of our time” and lays out the possible layout for his 2012 reelection platform.

Michael T. Klare: A New Cold War in Asia?

December 6, 2011
 How President Obama is playing with fire by threatening China.

Travis Holloway: Performing Art or Democracy? On Poetry at Occupy Wall Street

December 6, 2011
 Could it be that the generation seemingly structured by a new politics is also structured by a new kind of art?

Robert Reich: The Jobs Report: Don’t Break Out the Champagne

December 5, 2011
 Why it’s too early to celebrate November’s job growth.

Genevieve Walker: Best Art of 2011

December 5, 2011

The best art wasn’t found in galleries this year. It was found online.

William deBuys: The Parching of the West

December 4, 2011
 The greatest water crisis in the history of civilization. The grimmest show on Earth.

December 2, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

December 2, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Kaye Cain-Nielsen: Best Manifesto on Stealing Other Writers’ Work

December 2, 2011

This year, ask yourself: why create when you can steal?

Jamal Mahjoub: Free Alaa

December 1, 2011
 How to save one of Egypt’s most prominent anti-regime voices.

Tom Engelhardt: Into the Whirlwind

December 1, 2011
 After almost nine years of war and occupation, what does Washington have to show for itself?

Erica Wright: Best YA Trend of 2011

December 1, 2011
 Hint: It has nothing to do with vampires.

Sam Kerbel: Top 3 Book Review Take-Downs

December 1, 2011
 A sample of this year’s most linguistically creative and intellectually exasperating spankings.

U Win Htein: The Return of Burma’s National League for Democracy

November 30, 2011
 Aung San Suu Kyi’s senior staffer U Win Htein on how and why the Burmese government is now reforming, the grounds for that change, and the National League for Democracy’s role in the transformation.

Justin Alvarez: The Day After

November 30, 2011
 How Congolese rapper Baloji reminds his native country that what’s most important in times of struggle is sticking together.

Conversations With History: U.S. Foreign Policy in a World Undergoing Change

November 29, 2011
 In a video conversation with Harry Kreisler, the journalist Tom Wicker, former columnist for The New York Times, discusses the Presidency and the media at the height of the Cold War.

Steve Fraser: Take Our Children, Please!

November 29, 2011
 A modest proposal for Occupy Wall Street.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: The Aftermath

November 29, 2011
 Nir Rosen records the hardening of sectarian boundaries, the firming up of assabiya, or group identity, in the Middle East.

Justin Alvarez: The 5 Best Films By Georges Méliès

November 29, 2011
 Martin Scorsese’s recent film, Hugo, revives interest in the silent film pioneer.

Robert Reich: A Thanksgiving Reflection: Looking Beyond Election Day

November 28, 2011
 Why we should be worrying less about how America’s economy will influence Obama’s reelection and more on how to solve the problems with which whoever wins in 2012 will have to deal with.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Turn It Up

November 28, 2011
 The end to Syrians’ anti-regime whispers.

Peter Van Buren: No Free Speech at Mr. Jefferson’s Library

November 27, 2011
 How “rights” are increasingly meant for those who behave themselves and don’t exercise them.

Maryam Abolfazli: On Fire

November 23, 2011
 The uncertain future of Tunisian secularism.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Reporting Syria

November 23, 2011
 How journalists Robert Fisk, Nir Rosen, and Joseph Massad have framed Syria all wrong.

Robert Reich: The First Amendment Upside Down

November 23, 2011
 Why we must occupy democracy.

Rebecca Solnit: Ms. Civil Society v. Mr. Unaccountable

November 22, 2011

How ten years after 9/11 Occupy Wall Street may signify a return to a civil society.

Justin Alvarez: Show, Don’t Tell

November 22, 2011
 How does the 2008 global financial recession impact the U.S. versus Europe? (Now with visuals!)

Andy Kroll: Occupy Wall Street’s Political Victory in Ohio

November 21, 2011
 The unsung victors in the hottest election of 2011.

Elizabeth Kadetsky: Joiners and Haters

November 19, 2011
 What the womblike warmth of being a part of something means for Penn State.

November 18, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

November 18, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Alan Chin: Occupy Wall Street’s Eviction

November 18, 2011
 Photographs from Occupy Wall Street’s eviction from Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza on November 15th.

Lex Paulson: Applied Classics: Aristotle and the Supercommittee

November 18, 2011
 How Greek philosophy can solve America’s budget crisis.

Thomas Friedman—Greenwashing Imperial Messenger?

November 17, 2011
 In this excerpt from her latest book, Belén Fernández gapes incredulously at the logical missteps of a three-time Pulitzer winner.

Rebecca Bates: 101 Ways to Be Impossible

November 17, 2011
 The Impossible Project gets crafty with instant film.

Tom Engelhardt: How the Movies Saved My Life

November 17, 2011
 Seeing the world in black and white (with subtitles).

Justin Alvarez: The Balance Between Love and Hate

November 17, 2011
 Is the United Colors of Benetton’s new UNHATE campaign a stroke of genius or a tasteless stunt?

Conversations With History: Rogers M. Smith on Politics and American Political Ideals

November 17, 2011
 In a video conversation with Harry Kreisler, the political scientist Rogers M. Smith discusses the importance of building community and political identity and the increasing polarization around issues of inequality and relative international decline.

Justin Alvarez: Happy American Censorship Day

November 16, 2011
 Is SOPA a threat to the Internet?

VIDEO: Larry Siems on The Torture Report

November 16, 2011
 Larry Siems dissects 140,000 government documents to get at the real story behind U.S. torture.

Alexis Rizzuto: A Tar Sands Explainer

November 16, 2011
 How great a green victory was the president’s decision to reexamine the tar sands pipeline? An eco activist explains.

Robert Reich: Occupiers Occupied

November 16, 2011
 Occupy Wall Street and the hijacking of the First Amendment.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Peace Be Upon Syria

November 16, 2011
 Syrian actress Fadwa Sulaiman releases a video statement and talks about the possibility of getting arrested.

Bill McKibben: Is Global Warming an Election Issue After All?

November 15, 2011
 It’s time for Americans to wake up to climate change.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Stranger Magic

November 14, 2011
 A review of Stranger Magic, “a post-Saidean endeavor to uncover ‘a neglected story of reciprocity and exchange.’”

Robert Reich: Why We May Be In Store for a Passionless Presidential Race

November 14, 2011
 Only a couple of months before the presidential race begins. Don’t expect any surprises.

Genevieve Walker: The Bunny Stigma

November 13, 2011

Hugh Hefner was once called a protofeminist and a social radical. But it’s been a while.

Andrew Bacevich: The Passing of the Postwar Era

November 13, 2011
 How the United States’s international order has faded.

Justin Alvarez: Haskell Wexler at Occupy L.A.

November 11, 2011
 Academy Award-winning cinematographer and long-time activist Haskell Wexler points his camera at Occupy L.A.

November 11, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

November 11, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Robert Reich: Trigger Happy

November 11, 2011
 Why deficit cuts should be triggered only when unemployment reaches 5 percent.

Glenna Gordon: Liberia’s Fraught Election

November 11, 2011
 Photographer Glenna Gordon captures Liberia’s first independent presidential elections and the rough aftermath.

Juan Cole: Protest Planet

November 10, 2011
 How a neoliberal shell game created an age of activism.

Sarah Mathews: No, You’re the Cunty One!

November 9, 2011
 A feminist comedian rethinks a four letter word.

Sherrilyn A. Ifill: Dear Camp Cain: Stop Calling It a Lynching

November 8, 2011
 Whatever one thinks of either Thomas or Cain, neither is the victim of a lynching, and their deliberate invocation of the racial crime to shield their own conduct from scrutiny is an insult.

Robert Reich: A Corporate Pledge of Allegiance

November 8, 2011
 If corporations do not take the pledge, we should boycott them. (Occupiers—are you listening?)

Tom Engelhardt: An All-American Nightmare

November 8, 2011
 This is what defeat looks like.