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.

Alan Chin: “The 9/11 Decade”: Beyond Pushpins On A Calendar

September 15, 2011
 A reflection on the September 11 attacks, in fourteen parts.

Robert Reich: How to Create More Jobs By Lowering Wages: Texas and America

September 15, 2011
 The productivity of American workers continues to soar. The problem is fewer and fewer Americans are sharing the gains.

Mike Davis: Edward Gibbon at America’s Grave: What the Future Will Remember About America’s Decline and Fall

September 14, 2011
 These days every crisis in American society can be transformed with remarkable ease into eyeball-gluing screen fare. Politics is now part of bread-and-circus time in the increasingly chaotic American version of empire.

Sarah Jaffe: Are Jobs on Their Way to Becoming Obsolete? And Is That a Good Thing?

September 14, 2011
 Do we have it backward when we call for job creation? Could we instead radically rethink our economy to benefit everyone?

Joanna Eede: “Trucks of Men” Brutally Attack Indigenous Brazilians

September 14, 2011
 The Guarani Indians communities of Pyelito Kuê and M’barakai are forced to run to safety after their huts are set alight, clothes burnt, and families threatened by armed men.

John Sevigny: From the Grave, de Kooning Challenges the “Death of Painting”

September 13, 2011
 Is painting dead? The Willem de Kooning retrospective opening at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art on September 18th re-opens the debate.

Julia Grønnevet: Wild Ducks and Fascists: Wartime in Norway

September 13, 2011
 What Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck tells us about Anders Behring Breivik and his false understanding of the world.

Claire Lambrecht: No Sound, But So Loud

September 12, 2011
 The International Center of Photography’s installation, “Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts in Hangar 17,” reminds us how simple items, such as an aging subway ad and a newspaper clipping, have the ability to access a truth that exceeds the grasp of words.

Steve Fraser and Josh Freeman: Uncle Sam Does(n’t) Want You: America’s Reserve Army of Labor Marches Through Time

September 12, 2011
 The unemployment rate officially stands at 9.1% and last month saw zero job growth. Think of this year’s Labor Day as our country’s economic 9/11.

Majed Neisi: The Heroin Lab of Darayem

September 12, 2011
 Iranian-Arab filmmaker Majed Neisi attempts to shoot a heroin lab… at great risk to his own life.

September 10, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

September 10, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Nigel Young: 9/11: Working in the Fields of Memory

September 9, 2011
 As we near the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is important that we consider how we choose to remember.

Joanna Eede: Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Leave Their Land

September 9, 2011
 While people continue to buy Shell’s ethanol as an “ethical” alternative to fossil fuels, there’s nothing ethical about its horrendous treatment of the Guarani Indians of Brazil.

Matt Petronzio: 6 Male Poets Who Are Not Afraid to Write About Feminism

September 9, 2011
 The web is teeming with lists of feminist poets, but there are some men (all too few) who aren’t afraid to write about women.

Tom Engelhardt: Let’s Cancel 9/11: Bury the War State’s Blank Check at Sea

September 8, 2011
 Our “ceremonies of hubris” have for the last decade provided a blank check to the war state, so isn’t it time to start talking about how to end them? A call to end our 9/11 ceremonies and rip the Band-Aid off the wound.

Rebecca Bates: Mr. McKibben Goes to Washington: The Final Anti-Tar Sands Pipeline Rally

September 8, 2011
 These days it seems you can’t be a real environmentalist without a rap sheet… but to what avail?

Jim Shultz: Protests Erupt in the U.S. and Bolivia Targeting “Progressive” Presidents Who Are Failing to Protect the Environment

September 8, 2011
 Together these two actions highlight important, universal lessons about what it takes to press for protection of the planet, in countries both wealthy and impoverished.

Claire Lambrecht: Welcome to Ost

September 8, 2011
 The skeletons of the lost Soviet empire continue to fascinate Americans.

Tim Peters: A Sentimental Correspondence

September 7, 2011
 A literary infographic on love, travel, and When Harry Met Sally….

David Sirota: China’s Making Everything in the U.S. From Bridges to Civil Rights Memorials: That’s a Huge Problem and China’s Not To Blame

September 7, 2011
 The Chinese invasion tells us the true problem is that America is no longer willing or able to invest in its own future.

Anthony Cuthbertson: Radical Thinking to Recreate and Reimagine Our Cities

September 7, 2011
 Some “nutty” ideas tried years ago by “wild and crazy” Latin American mayors might offer inspiration for a world seeking urban reinvention.

Noam Chomsky: Was There an Alternative?: Looking Back on 9/11 a Decade Later

September 6, 2011
 Osama bin Laden may be dead, but his American legacy lives on fiercely in Washington policy when it comes to surveillance, secrecy, war, and the national security state (as well as economic meltdown at home).

Robert Reich: Why Inequality Is the Real Cause of Our Ongoing Terrible Economy

September 6, 2011
 Historian James Truslow Adams coined the American Dream as “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone;” however, unless you're one of the 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes, this land is still merely a dream.

Joshua Holland: Are Wikileaks and Anonymous Hackers All There Is Left We Can Rely On, with Trust in Business and Government at Rock Bottom?

September 6, 2011
 Their ability to bring powerful giants to heel is as compelling as the mythical Robin Hood’s battle with a haughty medieval aristocracy.

Genevieve Walker: The Unbearable Lightness of Books

September 6, 2011

While book sales are making a comeback the question remains, will e-books continue to make thousand-percent leaps in growth, eventually swallowing the book publishing industry whole?

Mallika Kaur: Grave Lessons from Kashmir

September 2, 2011
 For the anniversary of the International Day of the Disappeared, our writer reports on Kashmir’s “half widows” and their unaddressed needs, which threaten to fuel further insecurity in the volatile region and globally.

Mark Winne: Troubled By Paradise

September 2, 2011
 To grow and sell a half-million dollars of organic fruits and vegetables every year is no small feat. But to raise dozens of young leaders who can restore the economic and physical health of their people would no doubt bring a smile to the ancient kings and queens of Hawaii.

Kaye Cain-Nielsen: Trecartin and His Mad World

September 2, 2011
 Although it sort of hurts the mind, watching artist Ryan Trecartin’s creations elicits transcendental pain.

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

September 2, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: 10 Best Movies Where Humanity Gets Its Comeuppance

September 2, 2011
 Humanity does terrible things to the earth and to each other. But Hollywood loves to depict our punishment.

Russ Baker: Now That We’re Celebrating Qaddafi’s End, Can We Get A Little Truth?

September 1, 2011
 As the dust settles in Libya, it’s starting to look suspiciously like an invasion for spoils.

Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: Nigeria

September 1, 2011
 Series host Harry Kreisler interviews John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.

Susanne Slavick: Out of Rubble: How Art Helps Us Recast 9/11 and Imagine a Peaceful World

September 1, 2011
 On “10 Years And Counting,” an all-inclusive, activist artist movement starting in September.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Libyans: Passive Tools?

August 31, 2011
 While many anti-Libyan commentators have felt free to make sweeping predictions about Libya and the Libyans without actually possessing any knowledge of the people or the country, the people are by no means passive and are not in the mood to exchange one tyranny with another.

Justin Alvarez: U.S. Eco-Activist Tim DeChristopher Speaks Out From Prison

August 31, 2011
 DeCristopher may be serving a two-year sentence, but that doesn’t mean he’ll keep his outrage to himself.

Joshua Holland: The 10 States With the Worst Economies In America

August 31, 2011
 The global economic crash hurt everyone, but not equally; here are the states that are feeling the greatest economic pain.

Medea Benjamin: No Way to Honor Dr. King

August 30, 2011
 The tribute to peacemakers, organized by the MLK National Memorial Foundation, was mostly a night applauding warmakers, corporate profiteers and co-opted musicians.

Jillian Steinhauer: Reach The Skies!

August 30, 2011
 Digital designer Mike Bodge’s new Web project, N SKY C, allows users to get up close and personal with the colors of the sky.

Nicola Twilley: The Politics of Our Changing Foodscape

August 30, 2011
 A Q&A with the food writer on her blog’s inspiration, the Foodprint Project, and why food is a political issue.

Zafar Anjum: Fighting Corruption In India

August 30, 2011
 More important than wholesale and retail corruption is the moral corruption that has to be checked. This can only be stopped if we are ready to suffer by not giving, or accepting, bribes. Indian citizens have to go through that painful phase.

Max Blumenthal and Joseph Dana: How Could the Largest Social Justice Movement in Israel’s History Manage to Ignore the Country’s Biggest Moral Disaster?

August 29, 2011
 The decision to exclude the occupation from the grievances of the July 14 Tent City movement was entirely organic. The key question is why.

Joshua Holland: The 10 States With the Best Economies in America

August 29, 2011
 Not all states have experienced the same kind of economic pain since the Great Recession began.

Sarah Jaffe: NY Attorney General Schneiderman Removed From Foreclosure Settlement Group For Doing His Job

August 29, 2011
 As scrutiny intensifies on Bank of America and pressure for a settlement mounts, Schneiderman isn’t backing down.

Robert Reich: This Labor Day We Need Protest Marches Rather than Parades

August 29, 2011
 The ratio of corporate profits to wages is now higher than at any time since just before the Great Depression. It’s time for the American worker to do something about it.

Spencer Mandel: Let Them Eat Baklava: Food Prices And The Arab Spring

August 29, 2011
 Studies show a paradigm shift in food prices could also mean a broader increase in violence in the developing world in the near future. We have been warned.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: 8 Ways Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Show More Leadership Than Our “Leaders”

August 29, 2011
 Why are two comedians stronger beacons for the American people than our elected officials?

August 26, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

August 26, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Bill McKibben: Arrested at the White House: Acting as a Living Tribute to Martin Luther King

August 26, 2011
 Making clear that civil disobedience is not just history in America is vital, even if that means standing in front of the White House in handcuffs.

Tom Engelhardt: Details of Secret Pact Emerge: Troops Stuck in Afghanistan Until 2024

August 26, 2011
 If you thought President Obama was ending the war in Afghanistan, think again. Your children will be fighting it in 2024 if the Pentagon has its way.

David Chura: A Global History Lesson in Hope

August 26, 2011
 There are people out there who care about real justice, not just for the “done to” but for the “doer” as well; who worry not only about “the system”—child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice—but about the kids in the system.

Deborah Glassman: A Prayer For Rain: Tunisia’s Next Steps

August 25, 2011
 While many Tunisians remain unconvinced that things will change, others are impatient with the transition government that cannot bring about the changes they want quickly. Tunisians need to take the future into their own hands by voting.

Mikhal Dekel: Where Have All The Protesters Gone?

August 25, 2011
 Will the social protests die, now that a new stage in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems upon us?

Rafia Zakaria: City Of The Almost-Dead

August 25, 2011
 What are the consequences of living among constant violence?

Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall: Did Fracking Cause the Virginia Earthquake?

August 25, 2011
 Obama and the EPA need to stop “studying” the issue and finally show some testicularity in standing up to the energy companies that are financing his 2012 campaign.

Joshua Holland: Media Malpractice: CBS Pins Bush Debt On Obama

August 24, 2011
 Get the facts straight—the current economic distress began under Bush.

Andy Kroll: The Badger State’s Bloody Stalemate: What Comes Next For Wisconsin’s Fledgling Uprising

August 24, 2011
 Consider Ohio Governor John Kasich’s sudden concession gesture a straw in the wind, but just where and how strongly that wind is blowing is anybody’s guess.

Lauren Kelly: 10 Faux Progressive Companies… With Some Dirty Secrets

August 23, 2011
 Many of these companies have earned credibility among progressives, despite having a poor track record with the environment, sexism, union busting, monopolizing, and more.

Justin Alvarez: A Crisis In India

August 23, 2011
 Writer Arundhati Roy blasts Anna Hazare’s hunger strike protesting the Indian government’s Lokpal Bill. However, she’s just one against thousands of supporters.

Karen J. Greenberg: Crisis of Confidence: How Washington Lost Faith in America’s Courts

August 22, 2011
 Can you even remember the world before 9/11? Now, barely noticed, basic American institutions are starting to wobble under the strain of our post-9/11 world.

Courtney E. Martin: The World Is Whose?: Beyonce, Nas, and the Politics of Utopia

August 22, 2011
 How a speech at the Lower East Side Girls Club forces the author to question the version of freedom that is often misrepresented by pop culture.

Justin Alvarez: The Same Old Song (3 Trillion Years Ago)

August 22, 2011
 New York Fringe Festival wonder boys Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman return to the launching pad of their Tony-winning musical Urinetown, but their new show Yeast Nation is a real gas. Literally.

Robert Reich: Stock Tip: Be Worried. Workers Are Consumers

August 22, 2011
 Corporate earnings are the highest they’ve been relative to worker wages and benefits since just before the Great Depression. It was only a matter of time before the boom on Wall Street turned into a bust.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Victory in Tripoli

August 22, 2011
 As rebels take control over Tripoli from Qaddafi, the question now lies in where the country shall go from here.

Guernica Contributors Nominated for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

August 19, 2011
 Congrats to Guernica contributors Patricia Engel, Assaf Gavron, Stephan Salisbury and Zoya Phan and interviewees Howard Zinn and Ayaan Hirsi Ali for their nominations.

August 19, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

August 19, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Mikhal Dekel: The Tel Aviv Spring: Mass Demonstrations with a Cheesy Origin

August 19, 2011
 The recent protests and rallies in Tel Aviv are evidence that today’s twenty-somethings are suddenly realizing what they have traded in for their supposedly higher, more Americanized “lifestyle.”

Sofian Khan: Shooting Osama

August 19, 2011
 A filmmaker reflects on his experience making a film re-enactment of Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan and how nothing ever appears as it seems.

Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: Searching for Meaning in a Secular Age

August 19, 2011
 Series host Harry Kreisler interviews UC Berkeley’s Hubert Dreyfus and Harvard’s Sean Dorrance Kelly, Professors of Philosphy.

John Sevigny: Open Letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

August 19, 2011
 In protest of the illegal, immoral and cruel Georgia state law known as HB 87, Sevigny asks Deal, “What kind of Southern man are you?”

David Bromwich: Symptoms of the Bush-Obama Presidency: The Saved and the Sacked

August 19, 2011
 On January 21, 2009, Barack Obama promised to return America to “the high moral ground.” Two and a half years later, we’re still waiting.

Guernica Essay “An Unfortunate Discharge” Chosen for Best Sex Writing 2012

August 18, 2011
 From its opening line, “My first year in the United States Navy, I let another boy give me a blow job,” we knew we in for a wild ride.

Don Hazen: The “Unfashionable” Matt Damon, Mensch of the Year

August 18, 2011
 Damon breaks out of Hollywood and into serious activism, earning the respect of hard-working activists and progressive leaders alike.

Justin Alvarez: We’re All In This Together (Online)

August 18, 2011
 PBS Arts’s new video series Off Book explores new definitions of art. Their latest episode explores the world of online memes and remixes. Yes, that includes the Youtube Nyan Cat.

Russ Baker: Who—And What—Are Behind The “Official History” Of The Bin Laden Raid?

August 18, 2011
 When you look closely, nothing seems right about what will surely become the accepted account of the raid that nailed America’s enemy number one. And then things get even weirder…

Robert Reich: How Austerity Is Ushering in a Global Recession

August 18, 2011
 When economies stop growing or contract, economies can fall into vicious cycles of slower growth, lower tax revenues, spending cuts, and even slower growth. Welcome to our current reality.

Wendell Potter: Obamacare’s Journey to the Supreme Court

August 17, 2011
 What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Genevieve Walker: Louise Bourgeois, The Mathematician

August 17, 2011

Is it possible to express emotion through numbers?

Rania Khalek: How the Political Right Bullied the Department of Homeland Security Into Ignoring the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism

August 17, 2011
 After right-wingers freaked out about a report detailing the rise in right-wing extremism, Homeland Security effectively dismantled a unit tasked with tracking it.

Sarah Jaffe: Is Bank of America Headed Toward Collapse?

August 16, 2011
 The nation’s largest bank has only gotten bigger since the financial crisis and the government bailouts. But is big trouble ahead for the big bank?

Adam Lee: Goodbye Religion? How Godlessness Is Increasing With Each New Generation

August 16, 2011
 This demographic transformation has been in progress ever since World War II, but in recent years it’s begun to seriously pick up steam.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: New Film The Help Whitewashes the Civil Rights Struggle into a Heartstring-Tugging Hallmark Card

August 15, 2011
 The film completely trivializes the suffering and hard work that went into making civil rights a reality.

Tony Newman: Why We Need Honest Sex—and Drug—Education in Schools

August 15, 2011
 NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg has made sex education mandatory, but we need the same thing for drugs—let’s stop pretending that teenagers won’t take them.

Noam Chomsky: Drug Cartels and the Growing Border War

August 15, 2011
 In a new interview, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky discusses the drug cartels of Mexico, the government’s error-prone response to the “War on Drugs,” and what the U.S. education system could learn from Mexico.

August 12, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

August 12, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: How Teen Rap Group Odd Future Turned a Posse of Nerdy White Male Critics Into Rape Apologists

August 12, 2011
 As extremist conservatives push the discourse ever rightward, a long-running conversation about hip-hop group Odd Future indicates cultural criticism might be following.

Tom Engelhardt: Could the Pentagon Be Responsible for Your Death? The Military’s Marching Orders to the Jihadist World

August 11, 2011
 A look at a potentially shocking Pentagon program to influence jihadis online that someone in Congress should investigate fast.

Joanna Eede: You Can’t Google It and Get It Back

August 11, 2011
 Why the death of tribal languages matters.

Laurie Penny: British Riots: Elites “Shocked” The Poor Are Rising Up Against Brutal Austerity Measures

August 11, 2011
 Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Resistance Regime?

August 11, 2011
 Nobody knows what kind of regime may rise after the Asads. One thing is certain, however: if the next system is to any extent democratic or representative, it will struggle for the rights of the Palestinian people.

Majed Neisi & Salar Abdoh: The Girls of Opium

August 10, 2011
 Iranian American writer, Salar Abdoh, corresponds with his friend Majed, a documentary filmmaker, in Afghanistan. Majed reports here on his travels in the Middle East.

Guernica Contributors Win Big at PEN Literary Awards

August 10, 2011
 Congrats to Guernica contributors Adam Day, Elliott Holt, and Ishion Hutchinson and Guernica interviewee Stacy Schiff. We’re not surprised you all won.

Jalees Rehman: From Frankfurt to Utøya (Part 2): The Witch-Hunt for “Cultural Marxists”

August 9, 2011
 Part two of the author’s report on Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto. What is “cultural Marxism”?

Robert Reich: Slouching Toward a Double Dip, For No Good Reason

August 9, 2011
 If our lawmakers continue to obsess about the wrong thing and fail to do what must be done, Americans will only become more fearful, insecure, and angry.

Noam Chomsky: Public Education Under Massive Corporate Assault—What’s Next?

August 9, 2011
  Converting schools and universities into facilities that produce commodities for the job market, privatizing them, slashing their budgets—do we really want this future?

Jalees Rehman: From Frankfurt to Utøya (Part I): The Quest for Monoculturalism

August 8, 2011
 Part one of the author’s report on how Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto is a valuable guide to understanding contemporary far right ideology and its potential impact.

Bruce E. Levine: 8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the U.S. Crushed Youth Resistance

August 8, 2011
 The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.

Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: Technology, Culture, and Political Change

August 8, 2011
 Series host Harry Kreisler interviews UC Berkeley’s Ken Goldberg, Craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media.

Rebecca Bates: Soul Selling on Ebay

August 7, 2011
 Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s notated Bible is for sale on Ebay, because we all deserve to get a voyeuristic glimpse into someone else’s serious religious crisis.