Russ Baker: Corporate Media Stumped on How to Cover the Occupy Movement

November 7, 2011
 Does conventional journalism fail to do Occupy Wall Street justice?

Justin Alvarez: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Waste Land

November 7, 2011
 A review of Phantom Limb Company’s 69°S. at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

Frances Fox Piven: How the 99% Could Stop the War Against the Poor

November 7, 2011
 We desperately need a movement for a new kind of moral economy. Occupy Wall Street may well be its beginning.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Syrian Eid al-Adha 2011

November 7, 2011
 The address of Syrian National Council President, Dr. Burhan Ghalyoun, to the Syrian nation.

November 4, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

November 4, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

David Chura: First the Good News: At-Risk Kids (May) Get Some Justice

November 3, 2011
 News on juveniles in the federal justice system.

Robert Reich: Washington, Pre-Occupied

November 3, 2011
 Until we reverse the trend toward inequality, the economy can’t be revived.

Sergio Chejfec: A Machine of Illusions

November 3, 2011
 The Argentine writer on the English translation of his novel My Two Worlds, its meandering motifs, and its desire to remain or disappear.

Ann Jones: The Incredible Shrinking Woman in Post-9/11 Hell

November 3, 2011
 One citizen’s misadventure in Securityland.

Carole Joffe: Turning the Telephones on the Anti-Choice Bullies

November 3, 2011
 How one man fought back against the “civilians in the abortion wars.”

Robert Reich: Greece’s Choice—and Ours: Democracy or Finance?

November 2, 2011
 Rule by democracy or by financial markets? Based on what’s happened in America, choose the former.

Carmen García Durazo: PAGE TURNER 2011: “Hanging Out” with Junot Díaz and Min Jin Lee

November 2, 2011
 A breakdown of the Brooklyn literary festival that dark, snowy Saturday.

Jesse Tangen-Mills: Mark Twain and Rubén Darío: The Prince and the Pauper

November 1, 2011
 North America’s most famous comic author proves to Latin America’s most influential poet that sometimes a person never really dies.

Lawrence Weschler: The Art of the Shakedown, from the Nile to the Potomac

November 1, 2011
 How corruption in the U.S. puts everyday corruption in Africa to shame.

Conversations With History: Eric Foner on Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

November 1, 2011
 In a video conversation with Harry Kreisler, the historian discusses Lincoln’s relationship to slavery over the course of his career and the comparisons between Lincoln and President Obama and the political situations they have confronted.

Lex Paulson: Applied Classics: Qaddafi, Rome, and the Perils of Tyrannicide

October 31, 2011
 3 reasons why present-day Libya and ancient Rome are more similar than you think.

Tom Engelhardt: Wall Street by the Book

October 31, 2011
 A (self-)graduation speech for the occupiers of Zuccotti Park.

Genevieve Walker: The Intelligent Dysfunction of We Live Here

October 30, 2011

Kazan’s play is full of the “come to dinner!” kind of hollering that merely stands in for familial normalcy that never really happens outside of television.

Jake Whitney: Will a Skeptic’s Study Confirming Global Warming Lead to a Change in the Deniers’ Talking Points?

October 28, 2011
 Long-time climate change skeptic Richard Muller may be singing a different tune, but global warming deniers will continue to deny its dangers and that humans are fueling it.

Chip Ward: Someone Got Rich, and Someone Got Sick

October 27, 2011
 What if the assault on America’s middle class and the assault on the environment are one and the same?

Rebecca Bates: Comic Con Tales from Behind the Booth

October 26, 2011
 Glimpses into adult Halloween, where delusion is (more than) a costume you wear as second skin and candy is JJ Abrams’s used napkin.

J.E. Hamilton: The Spanish Summer: Notes Towards a Comparative Revolutionology

October 25, 2011
 A look at the Spanish side of Occupy Wall street:los indignados.

Guernica at PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Literary Festival

October 25, 2011
 Guernica editor Joel Whitney and other Guernica contributers will participate at this weekend’s PAGE TURNER: The Asian American Literary Festival.

Glenn Greenwald: Immunity and Impunity in Elite America

October 25, 2011
 How the legal system was deep-sixed and Occupy Wall Street swept the land.

Stacey Mickelbart: Brecht’s Imperfect Opera Meets OWS

October 24, 2011
 OWS’s rhetoric may not be fool-proof, but if you could ask Brecht, he ’d say that’s no problem.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Homeless in America

October 24, 2011

Why homelessness is becoming an Occupy Wall Street issue.

Jillian Steinhauer: In Defense of Youth Activism and the “Like” Button

October 23, 2011
 Are young people not entitled to political opinions, or do opinions simply not count when they come from anyone under 30?

October 21, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

October 21, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Guernica at the Asian American Literary Awards

October 21, 2011
 Guernica contributors Amitava Kumar and Oliver de la Paz honored for literary excellence.

Rob Goodman: The Abuse of Symbolism

October 21, 2011
 Why English teachers love symbolism, and why that’s a problem.

Rafia Zakaria: The Art of Survival

October 20, 2011
 Art and artifacts are expressions of the intangible; they are by definition tenuous and fragile. Pakistani art and music poised at the cusp of actual annihilation is even more so.

Tom Engelhardt: Bailing Out the Complex

October 20, 2011
 Is the National Security Complex too big to fail?

Conversations With History: Pranab Bardhan Assesses the Economic Rise of India and China

October 20, 2011
 In a video conversation with Harry Kreisler, the political economist cuts through the hype surrounding India & China’s rise, how socialism laid the groundwork for it and India’s edge.

Elliot Ross: Anthology of Martyrs

October 20, 2011
 A review of Jack Mapanje’s memoir, And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night

Lex Paulson: The Egyptian Revolution: A Metaphysical Primer

October 19, 2011
 Forget what the talking heads have told you about the spectral Muslim Brotherhood or the halting momentum of the Arab Spring. There are 3 simple truths to understanding the Egyptian Revolution.

Guernica at the PEN 2011 Literary Awards

October 19, 2011
  “Well, you better stop crying and start writing.”

Michael Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros: The Architect Has No Clothes

October 19, 2011
 Why does modern design tend to look so harsh and feel so unhospitable?

Rebecca Solnit: Letter to a Dead Man About the Occupation of Hope

October 18, 2011

This land is your (occupied) land.

Claire Lambrecht: Town Crier Michael Lewis Travels the New Third World

October 18, 2011
 A review of Michael Lewis’s new book, Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, which illuminates the underpinnings of the global financial crisis.

Aaron Gilbreath: A Bag Isn’t Just a Bag

October 18, 2011
 Portland, Oregon, is the latest city to initiate a ban on plastic grocery bags. In celebration of the bag ban, our writer, a Powell’s Books cashier, offers a sampling of responses to his question, “Would you like a bag?”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Thank You So Much

October 18, 2011
 A message from the father of the murdered nine-year-old Ibrahim Shayban to Russia, China and Bashaar al-Asad.

Craig Reinbold: Further Reading After “The Many Ways to Die”

October 17, 2011
 What to read after Craig Reinbold’s feature on the Tucson shootings, reading W.G. Sebald, the limitations of love, and how we manage to keep going.

Nick Turse: Mapping America’s Shadowy Drone Wars

October 17, 2011
 America’s secret empire of drone bases—its full extent exposed for the first time.

Aaron Shulman: Letter from Spain: Occupy Wall Street Abroad

October 16, 2011
  A look at how Occupy Wall Street is inspiring global demonstrations, including Spain’s 15th of May movement.

October 14, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

October 14, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Anthony Kammer: The Eternal Politics of Debt and Forgiveness

October 14, 2011
 A review of early Occupy Wall Street organizer David Graeber’s latest book, Debt: The First 5,000 Years.

Robert Reich: The Triumph of Dogma, and a Sad Goodbye to David Frum

October 14, 2011
 Was it David Frum’s responsibility to “represent” the views of conservative Republicans? He thought so, at least.

Andrew B. Eisenman: Flash Fiction: The Volunteer Hospital

October 14, 2011
 The emptied mother shifts dreamily under heavy anesthetic.

Steve Fraser: The All-American Occupation: A Century of Our Streets Vs. Wall Street

October 13, 2011
 If Occupy Wall Street signals the end of our own, atypical period of acquiescence, could a return to a version of “class warfare” that would, once upon a time, have been familiar to so many Americans be on the horizon?

Joshua Hammer: Weighed Down by a Good Meal

October 13, 2011
 The author reflects on an innocent comment he’d made years earlier about a meal—a compliment that would brand him in some people’s eyes as a dangerous, pro-Palestinian stooge.

Jake Whitney: 5 Republican Talking Points on the Economy Quickly Exploded

October 12, 2011
 The stimulus was a failure? Taxing “job creators” will crush the economy? Think again.

A. Igoni Barrett: Flash Fiction: To Fall Twice for the Same Trick (or Déjà Vu)

October 12, 2011
 I took a deep breath, and then struggled to my feet to answer what did not sound like any phone I knew…

Bill McKibben: Where Did the President’s Mojo Go?

October 11, 2011
 Instead of using all those millions of supporters to force through ambitious health-care proposals or serious climate legislation or [fill in the blank yourself here], Barack Obama governed as the opposite of a movement candidate.

Anthony Cudahy: An Evolving Dialogue

October 11, 2011
 The young artist on his relationship with the persons he portrays, what he finds frightening in his own work, and the power of filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.

Lauren Spohrer: Flash Fiction: The Numbers

October 10, 2011
 It’s more lively, you see, when something has to come out that’s unexpected.

Ariel Dorfman: A Warning for Barack Obama

October 10, 2011
 Salvador Allende has words for Barack Obama from the other side of death.

October 7, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

October 7, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Andy Kroll: Flat-Lining the Middle Class

October 7, 2011
 The deep polarization between the very rich and everyone else has been decades in the making and is a global phenomenon. Reversing it could be the task of a lifetime.

Hunter Braithwaite: A White Void

October 7, 2011
 Photographer Clifford Owens’s show Photographs with an Audience stands as an antidote to the distance and simulacra currently dictating how people interact with each other and themselves.

Guernica Contributor Tomas Tranströmer Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

October 6, 2011
 Congrats to the Swedish poet and Guernica contributor.

Duncan Murrell: Occupy Wall Street, Liberate America

October 6, 2011
 “Occupy” fine and all, but #OccupyWallStreet should consider a new verb.

Patrick Young: Dismissing #OccupyWallStreet—We Got it Wrong, So What Now?

October 6, 2011
 A union organizer’s perspective on the Occupy Wall Street project: Is it too early to define the movement?

Justin Alvarez: Wikipedia, Italian-Style

October 5, 2011
 Wikipedia shuts down its Italian site in response to Italian Prime Minister’s speech restrictions.

John Feffer: Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World

October 4, 2011
 Can Washington Move from Pacific Power to Pacific Partner?

Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World

October 4, 2011
 Series host Harry Kreisler interviews Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics.

Jillian Steinhauer: A Case of “Contagious Shooting”

October 3, 2011
 How are tightening gun laws and reining in illegal firearms going to solve excessive gun use when uniformed men and women are still legally carrying lethal weapons out in the streets?

Event: Book Launch for Erica Wright’s Instructions for Killing the Jackal

October 3, 2011
 Join Guernica for a reading and reception to celebrate the publication of Erica Wright’s debut collection.

Robert Reich: The American Jobs Depression, and How to Get Out of It

October 3, 2011
 We’re in a deep hole—and the hole is deepening.

Noam Chomsky: My Response to #OccupyWallStreet

October 1, 2011

With #OccupyWallStreet, the linguist and political critic sees a reason for hope that lies closer to home.

Peter Van Buren: Chickening Out in Iraq

October 1, 2011
 How your tax dollars financed “reconstruction” madness in the Middle East.

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

September 30, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Joel Whitney: #OccupyWallStreet’s Declaration

September 30, 2011
 #OccupyWallStreet releases a declaration to the media.

Tom Engelhardt: Washington’s Field of Screams

September 29, 2011
 In the last decade, there has been only one definition that truly matters: the almost instantaneous post-9/11 insistence that we are “at war,” and not even in a specific war or set of wars, but in an all-encompassing one.

Joel Whitney: NYPD Blues: Why Thuggishness Helps OccupyWallStreet

September 29, 2011
 Protestors contrast their own nonviolence with the brash violence of the state to draw public sympathy.

Jake Whitney: Muhammad Yunus and His Bonsai People

September 29, 2011
 A new film about Muhammad Yunus, Bonsai People may be a moving tribute to the Nobel Peace Laureate, but the Bangladeshi government isn’t showing Yunus much love.

Justin Alvarez: Why Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Is Still Not Doing Enough for His Country’s Women

September 28, 2011
 How can a woman run for office in Saudi Arabia if no one knows who she is?

Peter Van Buren: Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department: The Only Employee at State Who May Be Fired Because of WikiLeaks

September 28, 2011
 Is our nation so fragile that legitimate criticism becomes a firing offense?

Glenna Gordon: “Two Wives: Nollywood”

September 27, 2011
 A series of photographs inspired by Nigeria’s film industry that demonstrates the possibility for multiple narratives within the same space.

Guernica Contributor Nathan Schneider on Democracy Now! About #OccupyWallStreet

September 27, 2011
 A response to the #OccupyWallStreet campaign, now on Day 10.

Robert Reich: Why This is Exactly the Time to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

September 26, 2011
 If Washington only had a brain…

Jalees Rehman: “Occidentophobia&#8221: The Elephant in the Room

September 26, 2011
 Is the Muslim anti-Western prejudice due to ignorance, or is it the consequence of a very selective view of Western society?

Pepe Escobar: The West and the Rest in a One-Model-Fits-All World: The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone

September 26, 2011
 If the West is going down, and Atlantic bust is giving way to Pacific boom, what’s to be made of the fate of a planet in the embrace of a single grim model of economic “development?”

Inside the Wall Street Protests: An Eyewitness Account of Police Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators

September 26, 2011
 Protesters from the week-old “occupation” in New York’s financial district were arrested, penned up, and Maced on Saturday when the NYPD showed up to their march.

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

September 23, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Justin Alvarez: Welcome, South Sudan, to Google Maps! It’s Only Been Two Months Since Your Independence

September 23, 2011
 If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If a country is not on a map, is it a country?

David R. Dow: Troy Davis: Why Poster Boys Don’t Matter

September 22, 2011
 Is the Troy Davis case the tipping point on the capital punishment debate? Unfortunately, not until the majority of Americans believes that killing—even an unquestionably guilty murderer—is wrong.

Sandy Tolan: It’s the Occupation, Stupid: The State to Which the U.N. May Grant Membership Is Disappearing

September 22, 2011
 By anyone’s measure the Israelis are winning the war of and on the land. However, the culture of occupation is a lonely place.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Blind Orthodoxies

September 21, 2011
 What a sad world we live in, where we have almost no space in it for honest exploration.

Joel Whitney: Save Troy Davis: Judge’s Email

September 21, 2011
 Others have posted the phone number. Here is the email address of the judge who can allegedly prevent Davis’s execution.

Genevieve Walker: Lost In Translation

September 21, 2011

The “Social Media” exhibit at New York City’s Pace Gallery explores the way social media provides a peek at the new ways people can emote, communicate, and connect with each other.

Joel Whitney: Over-Educated?

September 21, 2011
 The generation just out of college has done some cool stuff, but it hasn’t cured cancer.

Tom Engelhardt: Scamming Washington: Exclusive Letters from the ScamiLeaks Archives

September 20, 2011
 Who knew that the highest officials in Washington receive scam “Nigerian” letters as well?

Mandy Van Deven: America’s Winter of Discontent: A Review of the New Anthology We Are Wisconsin

September 20, 2011
 The question We Are Wisconsin raises is, what will come next, now that the hornet’s nest has been disturbed?

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: 8 Reasons Nirvana’s Nevermind Is The Most Important Rock Album of All Time

September 20, 2011
 This week marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s magnum opus. Here’s why it’s better than any of the rest.

Nick Turse: Obama’s Arc of Instability: Destabilizing the World One Region at a Time

September 19, 2011
 A startling number of nations in the global south are now in turmoil, and in every single one of them—from Afghanistan and Algeria to Yemen and Zambia—Washington is militarily involved, overtly or covertly, in outright war or what passes for peace.

Sam Kerbel: The Tree of Lacrimosa

September 19, 2011
 Zbigniew Preisner’s Requiem for my friend headlines a magnificent score that complements the sublimity of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

Jillian Steinhauer: The Elements of F*cking Style

September 16, 2011
 The “f*cking” in Chris Baker and Jacob Hansen’s The Elements of Style parody is a bit desperate, but any effort to get people to write better and to make grammar sexy seems worthwhile.

2nd Annual Dzanc Books / Guernica International Literature Award Opens, Judged by Colson Whitehead

September 16, 2011
 The winner will receive airfare, tuition, and accommodations to the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon and publication in Guernica.

Tad Crawford: A Memory of Attica on the Fortieth Anniversary of the Prison Revolt

September 15, 2011
 A first-person account of what really happened at Attica prison in September 1971.

Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: Pakistan

September 15, 2011
 Series host Harry Kreisler interviews Anatol Lieven, author and Professor of War Studies at King’s College, London.