William M. Morgan: Woolf’s Wandering, Solnit’s Wanderlust

August 5, 2011
  For Rebecca Solnit and Virginia Woolf, thought travels by detour and collision.

Rebecca Bates: Food Becomes Bad Porn

August 5, 2011
  La Figa: Visions of Food and Form is about “eating well and making love and creating art.” Also, it’s bad.

Nick Turse: A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon’s New Power Elite

August 4, 2011
  Investigative journalist Nick Turse reveals the size and scope of the global war being fought in our name by tens of thousands of secret warriors fighting “in the shadows.”

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd:10 Years + Counting: Artists Challenge the Dangerous Path Taken By America in the Years After 9/11

August 4, 2011
  An arts group attempts to transform a national tragedy into a way to take back America.

Rafia Zakaria: Drones and Democracy

August 3, 2011
  As American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, we must realize the departure is only the end of the War on Terror. There is a larger, invisible war that will quickly take its place.

Justin Alvarez: Too Legit to Quit

August 3, 2011
  Human Rights Watch questions whether the Bush administration will get away with torture. Unfortunately, the answer points to yes.

Scott Thill: Bitcoin: A New Kind of Money That’s Beyond the Reach of Bankers, Wall St., and Regulators?

August 2, 2011
  The Internet’s creative hive mind is charting the future of commerce—the bitcoin phenomenon shows what online currencies are capable of.

Tom Engelhardt: Lowering America’s War Ceiling? Imperial Psychosis on Display

August 2, 2011
  A tour de force exploration of the war crisis that lurks behind the debt-ceiling crisis.

Rebecca Bates: UN Calls for Release of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and His Wife

August 2, 2011
  Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned in 2008 for “inciting subversion” against the motherland. His wife has been under house arrest since 2010. Now the UN has declared their arrests illegal.

Rebecca Solnit: Hope: The Care and Feeding Of

August 1, 2011

How it will all end is anybody’s guess, but the future remains wide open. Not only in the Middle East: everywhere, there are victories and emerging possibilities. You just have to open your eyes.

David Rosen: Remembering the Bonus Army: Where Are Today’s Mass Nonviolent Protests?

August 1, 2011
  On July 28, 1932, World War I veterans marched on Washington to demand their service bonus. Today, in the face of austerity, we see very little protest like that march.

Rania Khalek: 15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops? How Eavesdropping Laws Are Taking Away Our Best Defense Against Police Brutality

August 1, 2011
  More and more people use their smartphones to record police misconduct. But laws against wiretapping are being used to intimidate and stop them.

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

July 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.

Jo Eede: Five Reasons to Stop Africa’s Tallest Dam

July 29, 2011
  The construction of a dam in Ethiopia threatens tribes’ standard of living and promises to be profitable only for those already in a position of power.

Kaye Cain-Nielsen: Sunday at the Sanatorium

July 29, 2011
  It’s July. New York is hot, smelly, and loud. Pedro Reyes’s Sanatorium offered some participants a chance for calm, self-reflection.

Andrew Bacevich: Ballpark Liturgy: America’s New Civic Religion: Cheap Grace at Fenway

July 29, 2011
  A decade of war culminating in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression hasn’t done much good for the country, but it has been strangely good for the Red Sox—and a no-less well funded Pentagon.

Robert Reich: The Empty Bully Pulpit

July 29, 2011
  Cat got your tongue? Why Obama isn’t telling America the truth.

Russ Baker: The New York Times’ Ostrich Act On JFK Assassination Getting Old

July 29, 2011
  If journalism can’t be trusted, democracy is on a slippery slope.

Robert Reich: The Biggest Driver in the Deficit Battle: Standard & Poor’s

July 28, 2011
  Who is Standard & Poor’s to tell America how much debt it has to shed in order to keep its credit rating?

Justin Alvarez: Last Man Standing?

July 28, 2011
  Tim DeChristopher isn’t asking for mercy; he’s asking you to join him.

Majed Neisi & Salar Abdoh: This is Afghanistan

July 27, 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.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: DSK’s Alleged Victim Is Speaking Out—Will She Get a Shot at Justice?

July 27, 2011
  Strauss-Kahn is accused of rape. So why does it seem like his victim is on trial?

Russ Baker: What Rupert Murdoch Means For You Personally

July 26, 2011
  Twelve points where Murdoch has impacted our world and our lives, even if they are obscured in the daily rush of revelations.

Tara Lohan: Water Matters

July 25, 2011
  Deserts may be patient, they may have all the time in the world, but we don’t. We have to act now.

Rafia Zakaria: Defeat of the Drones

July 25, 2011
  An art exhibition attempts to give visual reality to a war that is largely invisible.

Rob Goodman: When Words Fail: The Tree of Life and Bad Religious Art

July 25, 2011
  Why does being caught in contradictions often makes us hold on to them even tighter?

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: The Liberated Keith Olbermann Is Making Powerful TV

July 25, 2011
  Notice anything different about one of America’s favorite progressive anchors lately? It’s not just the station…

John Summers and George Scialabba: Statement in Support of Aaron Swartz

July 23, 2011
  The virtual impunity of the rich and powerful is a widely known fact. Why continue to rub our noses in it?

July 22, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

July 22, 2011
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Tom Engelhardt: How Not to Make Friends in the Greater Middle East: Washington’s Singular Accomplishment

July 22, 2011
  Be proud, America! In the name of security, the U.S. is spreading fear & hate.

Claire Lambrecht: The Bittersweet Romance of the pre-“High Line” High Line

July 21, 2011
  Joel Sternfeld’s photographs show us a time when the High Line was a river of grass.

John Seery: Old Enough To Fight, Old Enough To Vote—Old Enough To Run For Office?

July 21, 2011
  40 years ago the 26th Amendment lowered the U.S. voting age from 21 to 18. Now, Professor John Seery, explains to critics why “old enough to fight, old enough to vote,” should also be old enough to run for Congress.

Holly Welker: Saving One Man From Mormonism or Coercion? Inside Errol Morris’s New Documentary Tabloid

July 21, 2011
  The fascinating, strange, and sad story of a possibly deluded woman who tried to “rescue” her lover from his chosen religion.

Robert Reich: The Shameful Murder of Dodd-Frank

July 21, 2011
  The real reason Wall Street has spent the last year bludgeoning Dodd-Frank into meaninglessness.

Justin Alvarez: Armond White, You Need A Friend

July 20, 2011
  An open letter to New York Press film critic Armond White in response to his review of the latest installment of the Harry Potter film series.

Joshua Holland: No, We Won’t End Up Like Greece: 5 Reasons Conservative Fear-Mongering Is Totally Wrong

July 20, 2011
  Right-wing media and lawmakers are spinning utterly wrong comparisons between the U.S. and Greece.

Jay Walljasper: What Happens When You Open the Streets for People

July 19, 2011
  Closing off streets for the enjoyment of people is a well-tested idea, which happens every Sunday in cities from Bogota to Ontario.

Christian Parenti: Reading the World In a Loaf of Bread—Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and a Planetful of Trouble

July 19, 2011
  A brilliant anatomy of a planet in trouble told in terms of a single loaf of Egyptian bread.

Rebecca Bates: The Writerly Insecurities of Ben Mirov (And How They Are Not a Gimmick)

July 19, 2011
  In the best way, reading Ben Mirov’s Vortexts is like perpetually trying to recover one’s train of thought mid-sentence but always failing.

Fred Branfman: Would We Be Better Off If John McCain Were President?

July 19, 2011
  Presidents serve the institutional interests of the corporations behind them. A President McCain may have at least triggered a true progressive fight.

Rec Room: Jillian Steinhauer: Errol Morris’s Tabloid

July 18, 2011
  Per usual, Morris plays up the humor in an already absurd story…only the end result here is a little disappointing.

Stephan Salisbury: Islam-Baiting Doesn’t Work: It Failed in Campaign 2010 and Will Do Worse in 2012

July 18, 2011
  The writer explores how effective railing against Islam has actually been in past election campaigns and the role it might play in 2012.

Robert Reich: Can Obama Pull a Clinton on the GOP?

July 18, 2011
  If Obama wants a second term, he’ll have to come out swinging on jobs.

Kyle Minor: Further Reading After The Sexual Lives of Missionaries

July 18, 2011
  What to read after Kyle Minor’s novel excerpt that conflates sex, religion, and the impulse to colonize and dominate.

Jessica Mack: Boy or Girl? Why Do More Americans Prefer Male Children?

July 15, 2011
  If you were to have only one child, and could choose its sex, would you prefer a boy or a girl? If you thought “boy,” according to a recent Gallup poll, you’re not alone.

July 16, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary From Citizens For Legitimate Government

July 15, 2011
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

James Schamus: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, or Adorno in Ramallah

July 14, 2011
  Screenwriter and professor James Schamus was invited to the West Bank to teach a class for Israelis and Palestinians on the role of film and art in times of crisis. Here is his report.

Alyssa Battistoni: Apocalypse Investors: How Wall Street Bets on Catastrophic Breakdowns That Destroy Lives

July 14, 2011
  Bankers figure that if global markets collapse, they might as well make money out of it.

Russ Baker: What Panetta Saw—And What We Got

July 14, 2011
  How Leon Panetta’s recent trip to Afghanistan and Iran reveal nothing more than what a microphone in Washington would have.

Tom Engelhardt: Obama’s Bush-League World: Is the Obama National Security Team a Pilotless Drone?

July 13, 2011
  How George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror fantasies and delusions were embedded in our world and have now become the humdrum norm of Obama policy.

Adele M. Stan: 4 Ways the Murdoch Scandal Points To Rot at the Top

July 13, 2011
  Gag money, lies, political warfare, and conflicts of interest are all in a day’s work at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

Russ Baker: Two Million Dead—Now What’s That South Sudan Independence About?

July 12, 2011
  We all like pageantry (Kate and William and all), but the South Sudan independence story shouldn’t bury the strategic angle.

Joshua Holland: Mexicans No Longer Immigrating to U.S.? (What Will Xenophobes Freak Out About Now?)

July 12, 2011
  A common perception that helps fuel hostility toward migrants is that there’s a never-ending pool of people dying to come here, but that’s just not true.

Erica Wright: Sex, Lies, and Iambic Pentameter

July 11, 2011
  The events in Measure for Measure prove we have not come far enough when a man’s word still counts for more than a woman’s and when an elected official can play by a different set of rules than the rest of us.

Eric Benson: Further Reading After “Forgotten But Not Gone”

July 11, 2011
  What to read after Eric Benson’s pilgrimage in search of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges

Barbara Ehrenreich: War Without Humans: Modern Blood Rites Revisited

July 11, 2011
  War has been, and we still expect it to be, the most massive collective project human beings undertake. But it has been evolving quickly in a very different direction, one in which human beings have a much smaller role to play.

Russ Baker and Spencer Mandel: Fact Wrestling: Ashton Kutcher v. Village Voice

July 11, 2011
  When we count on celebrities to provide us with guidance on politics and news, we can easily be led astray. Here, we review a battle between Ashton Kutcher and a newspaper, and find Kutcher coming up short.

Les Leopold: How Dracula Hedge Funds Are Sucking Us Dry

July 11, 2011
  What notion of economics or ethics justifies the fact that it would take the average family more than 35,000 years to earn as much as the top hedge fund managers earn in one year?

July 8, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

July 8, 2011
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Guernica’s Top 5 on Sudan

July 8, 2011
  Tomorrow Republic of South Sudan celebrates its independence. Guernica counts down its top five reports on Sudan.

Adele M. Stan: Murdoch Named PATRIOT Act Architect to Mop Up Paper’s Eavesdropping Scandal; News of the World to Close

July 8, 2011
  One of Murdoch’s UK papers is in trouble over hacking private cell phones, including one belonging to a murder victim—and some familiar U.S. faces may be part of the coverup.

Chase Mader: Bradley Manning, American Hero: Four Reasons Why Pfc. Bradley Manning Deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Not a Prison Cell

July 8, 2011
  Is Secretary of Defense Robert Gates more deserving of the Presidential Medal of Honor than the young private who gave Americans a far fuller sense of what our government is actually doing abroad?

Joshua Holland: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Using Dodgy Statistics to Fuel Child Sex Slavery Panic

July 8, 2011
  Throwing wildly inflated numbers around doesn’t help young people avoid falling into the horrific world of prostitution.

Sarah Jaffe: Car-Share: How to Keep Cars Off the Road and Even Break Our Destructive Consumption Habits

July 7, 2011
  Innovative new car-sharing businesses are changing the way we think about driving—and owning cars.

Lauren Kelley: Journalist’s Essay About Engaging in Violent Sex to Treat Her PTSD Stirs Controversy

July 7, 2011
  Mac McClelland wrote for years from disaster zones. Last week she wrote from inside the experience of her own PTSD and how violent sex helped her cope. Now she faces both backlash and praise.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Outside/Inside

July 7, 2011
  Arrests and beatings have escalated over the last week in Syria. People have been shot dead in the Damascus suburbs. And now the slaughter in Hama.

Justin Alvarez: Everyone Gets Married!

July 6, 2011
  You provide the marriage license. They provide the wedding.

Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith: Why Unions Should Reconsider Support for Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

July 6, 2011
  Presidents of several unions have come out in support of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the damage the pipeline will do far outweighs its benefits.

Tara Lohan: Put Down Your Beach Towel: 10 States Where You Should Think Twice Before Jumping in the Water

July 6, 2011
  If you’re planning to hit the beach this summer, here’s the scoop on which beaches have the worst water quality issues.

Leah Berkenwald: When the FBI Captured Whitey Bulger, the Idealistic Crime Family Myth Finally Died

July 5, 2011
  To South Boston, Whitey Bulger was more than a man. He was a tent post to the familiar.

Russ Baker: “Coca-Cola Plant” Takes On A Whole New Meaning

July 5, 2011
  Something good coming out of the World Wildelife Fund’s infamous chumminess with big corporations? Who knew?

Spencer Mandel: Who Do They Think We Are, Oxymorons? A Look At “Humanitarian” War

July 5, 2011
  Every U.S. intervention is sold as serving beneficent ends. However, there’s always another purpose—and the public is the last to learn the truth.

July 1, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

July 1, 2011
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Tom Engelhardt: The Militarized Surrealism of Barack Obama: Signs of the Great American Unraveling

July 1, 2011
  What President Obama’s words really tell us about the state of the nation.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Marriage Equality: Who’s Next?

July 1, 2011
  It’s no longer just New Yorkers who are dancing for marriage equality.

Sarah Jaffe: Supreme Court OK With Violent Video Games; Porn Still Illegal (for Minors)

July 1, 2011
  Is it hypocritical of the Supreme Court to allow violent video games to be sold to minors, while continuing to ban depictions of sex?

Russ Baker: Libya Update…Featuring Media and Congress as Daffy Duck

June 30, 2011
  The why of the massive bombing of Libya continues to grow more nonsensical. Congress is baffled into paralysis, and our major media stick to the most honorable interpretation—despite evidence to the contrary.

Joshua Holland: How the Hell Do You Get Out of Debt If You’re Not a CEO Raking in Millions?

June 29, 2011
  Americans want to get out of debt, but the working majority are tapped out and having real problems making ends meet.

Sarah Seltzer: Is The Voice A Progressive Alternative to American Idol?

June 29, 2011
  The success singing competition The Voice achieved by positing itself as the anti-Idol suggests America is ready to privilege talent over appearance.

Andrew J. Bacevich: On the Mend? America Comes to Its Senses

June 28, 2011
  At periodic intervals, the American body politic has shown a marked susceptibility to messianic fevers. Whenever an especially acute attack occurs, a sort of delirium ensues, manifesting itself in delusions of grandeur and demented behavior.

Cliff Schecter: How To Really Improve Our Nation’s Schools

June 28, 2011
  Innovation should be about updating. Improving how we teach our children, not figuring out the best way to profit from it. Yes, change is necessary, no it doesn’t need to come in the form of some Randian version of public schooling.

Joshua Holland: Why Are Conservatives Scared of Cameron Diaz?

June 27, 2011
  “White Hispanics” are white people who trace their origins to Spain, and they’re the reason reports of America’s coming “white minority” status are 100-percent wrong.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: How Hacker Activists Are Risking Jail for Everyone’s Right to Internet Freedom

June 27, 2011
  Since WikiLeaks, authorities have been more aggressive about arresting citizen cyber activists. Yet new actions by the biggest “hacktivists” show they’re willing to risk it.

Michael T. Klare: The New Thirty Years’ War: Winners and Losers in the Great Global Energy Struggle to Come

June 27, 2011
  For giant oil companies like BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell, an eventual shift away from petroleum will have massive economic consequences.

Najla Said: An Open Letter to Shakira: We Are Not All Israel

June 24, 2011
  If only everything was like “Waka Waka,” but unfortunately not everything is as euphonious as a pop song.

June 24, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

June 24, 2011
  Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Emily Johnson: SlutWalk Chicago: By Any Other Name?

June 24, 2011
  The essential point of this march is that people must be the subject and not the object in our own lives.

Rafia Zakaria: A Modest Proposal for Reinventing the Burqa

June 24, 2011
  A satirical suggestion that, under the shelter of the burqa, Pakistani women may discover bitter humor in despair.

Tom Engelhardt: Nine War Words That Define Our World: “Victory” Is the Verbal Equivalent of a Yeti

June 23, 2011
  Nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don’t mean what you think they mean.

Sarah-Jane Stratford: The Taming of the Screw

June 23, 2011
  Like the fines leveled against fornicators under the English feudal system, the GOP attack on Planned Parenthood is a way to keep poor women down.

Jake Whitney: It Is Time to Stop Reporting on the Sex Lives of Politicians

June 23, 2011
  Imagine if the public service of Eisenhower, JFK, and FDR were cut short by the media coverage of their indiscretions. Would we be better off if these men never became president? Of course not.

Sarah Seltzer: Lessons to Secular Community from The Book of Mormon Musical: Take on Dogma With Humor

June 23, 2011
  How is it possible that a play can convey a crippling blow to religious dogma and authority without alienating anyone except the most puritan and devout?

Russ Baker: Is Aging Itself A Curable Disease? This Scientist Says Yes—Up To A Point

June 22, 2011
  British aging researcher David Gems says the aging process can be hugely mitigated. He also recognizes that there are ethical dilemmas in further extending life.

Sarah Jaffe: CEO of Walmart Makes in One Hour What the Average Employee Makes In a Year: How Skyrocketing Inequality Is Hurting America

June 22, 2011
  A new report shows exactly who the top 0.1 percent of Americans with all the wealth are. The question is, what can we do about it?

Jonathan Schell: Attacking Libya—and the Dictionary: If Americans Don’t Get Hurt, War Is No Longer War

June 21, 2011
  In an attempt to explain away the powers invested in Congress, the Obama administration has launched a war on words.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Slavoj Žižek, Lady Gaga Bond Over Union Strike

June 21, 2011
  Apparently intellectuals are like catnip to beautiful women.

Michael Winship: Why Is It So Hard to Bring Rapists to Justice?

June 21, 2011
  A new documentary about a real life Special Victims Unit shows how tough it is to make rapists pay for their crime.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Watchdogs, Outraged Over Rihanna’s New Video, Give Kanye’s Misogyny a Pass

June 20, 2011
  The anger against “Man Down” is another tiresome example of a double standard.

Joshua Holland: 9 Countries That Do It Better: Why Does Europe Take Better Care of Its People Than America?

June 20, 2011
  The world’s wealthy democracies have somewhat different priorities, leading to some very different outcomes for their citizens.