Robert Reich: The Republicans’ Big Lies About Jobs (And Why Obama Must Repudiate Them)

March 23, 2011
 [N]othing is more central to average Americans than jobs and wages. Unless the President forcefully rebuts Republican’s big lies, they’ll soon become conventional wisdom.

Robert Greenwald: First Day of Libya Strikes Cost More Than $100 Million—Is It Worth It?

March 23, 2011
 Every time a Tomahawk cruise missile blows up a building in Libya (and everyone inside it), war-profiteer Raytheon makes $1.5 million.

Anneli Rufus: Crime Rates Are Plummeting—And No One Knows Why

March 23, 2011
 Could it be that America is actually turning less violent? Or are we as violent as ever, but have simply found different ways of assuaging our urges?

Tom Engelhardt: The Worst That Could Happen

March 22, 2011
 “And so, for decades, that part of my childhood remained the dark but largely forgotten underside of the golden 1950s. I never thought I'd want it back, but with six nuclear plants threatening to melt down in Fukushima, Japan, I find that I do.”

Frederick Deknatel: Baghdad Chassis

March 22, 2011
 In London’s Imperial War Museum, two artifacts from Baghdad, 90 years apart in age, have become symbols of historic, imperial competition and the continued hubris of war, dressed up by “democracy.”

Corey Hill: Urban Gardening and Green Economy Flourish in Detroit

March 22, 2011
 The greater Detroit area is the nexus of an entire host of progressive enterprises, notable for both the diversity of its participants and the diversity of its projects.

Anneli Rufus: Crime Rates Are Plummeting—And No One Knows Why

March 22, 2011
 Could it be that America is actually turning less violent? Or are we as violent as ever—but have simply found less interpersonal means of assuaging our urges?

Rebecca Solnit: The Butterfly and the Boiling Point: Charting the Wild Winds of Change in 2011

March 21, 2011
 When a revolution is made, people suddenly find themselves in a changed state—of mind and of nation. The ordinary rules are suspended, and people become engaged with each other in new ways, and develop a new sense of power and possibility.

Joshua Holland: Japan Nuclear Disaster Unprecedented—No Way to Know About U.S. Impact

March 21, 2011
 Events taking place in the Fukushima No. 1 power plant are simply unprecedented and the situation appears to be deteriorating.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Infantile Leftism

March 21, 2011
 If Libyans end up handing over economic control to the West, it will be the fault of the Libyans, not of the no-fly zone resolution.

Brittany Shoot: Leaving Home in Search of the American Dream Only to be Forced to Turn Around and Go Back

March 21, 2011
 At times heartbreaking, the memoir is also a comforting tale about the importance of family, making sense of shifting gender roles, and believing in others.

Anonymous from Libya Revealed: Introducing Nafissa Assed

March 20, 2011
 A correspondent in Tripoli renounces her anonymity after fleeing to Morocco.

March 18, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

March 18, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Jake Whitney: The Sad, Strange Sacking of Muhammad Yunus

March 18, 2011
 Through Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus has made entrepreneurs of beggars and community leaders of the disregarded. The very least the Bangladeshi government can do in return is let him step down when he chooses.

Suzanne Kamata: Postcard from Japan: Disability and Disaster

March 18, 2011
 A mother in Japan, whose daughter is confined to a wheelchair, reflects on the difficulties of getting through natural disasters with a disability.

Arun Gupta: Tsunamis and Nuke Disasters: How Human Arrogance Intensifies Suffering

March 18, 2011
 The collision between natural hazards and human society and economy is what creates a disaster.

Robert Reich: As the Global Economy Trembles, Our Nation’s Capital Fiddles

March 18, 2011
 The U.S. economy is flirting with another dip, but nothing is being done because knaves and fools are in charge.

Moshe Adler: Whose Side is the New York Times On?

March 17, 2011
 Declaring that it was neither anti-union nor anti-worker, the Times editorial page recently set out to assess whether New York’s state workers have been overpaid—and, lo and behold, they are.

Justin Alvarez: Barry Hannah in the Oxford American

March 17, 2011
 The March issue of the Oxford American is dedicated to the fierce Mississippi-bred writer and professor Barry Hannah, who died a little over a year ago on March 1, 2010. In a video shot by writer and friend John Oliver Hodges on his time spent as Hannah’s right-hand man, the two revisit some of Hannah’s old ghosts.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: The U.S.-Saudi-Khalifa Alliance

March 16, 2011
 “Following the surprise visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Bahrain, home of the American Fifth Fleet, tanks and troops of the Saud family dictatorship have crossed the causeway and are now occupying Manama.”

Erica Wright: Petition to Add “Dude Lit” to the Dictionary

March 16, 2011
 The editors of the OED just have to add “dude lit” to their database and, in doing so, ensure an equal opportunity for insult.

Medea Benjamin: Activists Stand Up for Bradley Manning and PJ Crowley

March 16, 2011
 How outrageous that PJ Crowley was punished for simply telling the truth about Bradley Manning's imprisonment while the war criminals go free.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Terror and Hypocrisy

March 16, 2011
 “These murders [in Itamar] were immoral and politically counter-productive. They gave Israel an excuse to whine about the bloodthirstiness of the natives and a pretext for building hundreds more homes in the West Bank.”

Robert Reich: Why Obama Isn’t Fighting the Budget Battle

March 16, 2011
 [M]any in the Obama White House have concluded that the president should follow Clinton’s campaign script… If it worked for Clinton, it must work for Obama—or so it’s supposed.

Anne McClintock: Wisconsin: An Epochal Standoff

March 15, 2011
 “Whatever his short-term victory, Walker has overreached, igniting a nation-wide, populist, progressive labor movement that is long overdue, and that will have an epochal reach far beyond Wisconsin.”

Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Peggy Orenstein Takes Aim at “Girly-Girl Culture”

March 15, 2011
  This week Dowie and his guest talk social networking, gender identities, and breast health.

Norman Solomon: Nuclear Power Madness

March 15, 2011
 With the nuclear meltdowns in japan, it’s up to us to peacefully and insistently shut our U.S. plants down.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Should the No-Fly Zone Fly?

March 15, 2011
 “The Libyan revolution risks drowning in blood. If it does, the larger Arab revolution may well grind to a temporary halt.”

Joel Whitney: Mac McClelland’s Burma Refugee Diary

March 15, 2011
 As momentum builds for Security Council action, McClelland’s riveting debut shines a light on the characters behind the Karen refugee crisis, and reminds us of the need for more international attention on Burma.

Guernica and Dzanc Books Announce Winners of Disquiet ILP Contest

March 14, 2011
 The winner’s work will be published in an upcoming issue of Guernica.

Video: Mary C. Matthews: Kill the Bill, Ohio

March 14, 2011
 Thousands of protesters, unionists, and supporters of the American worker descend on Ohio’s capitol city in opposition of Governor Kasich’s SB5 anti-collective bargaining bill.

Jill Richardson: Groundbreaking New UN Report on How to Feed the World’s Hungry: Ditch Corporate-Controlled Agriculture

March 14, 2011
 A new report from the UN advises ditching corporate-controlled and chemically intensive farming in favor of agroecology.

Pepe Escobar: Is Egypt the Future IndoTurkeZil?: So Many Ways to Strut Your Democratic Stuff in a New World

March 13, 2011
 “Three mummies were recently found in an underground temple in Luxor, Egypt. Translated hieroglyphs identified them as the Clash of Civilizations, the End of History, and Islamophobia. They ruled in Western domains into the second decade of the twenty-first century before dying and being embalmed.”

Les Leopold: Why the Government’s Unemployment Rate is Dangerously Deceptive—And the Dark Reality it Hides

March 11, 2011
 The latest jobs report indicates that the unemployment and job creation rates are better than a year ago, but there are problems with the numbers.

Naomi Klein: Why Climate Change Is So Threatening to Right-Wing Ideologues

March 11, 2011
 “Climate change challenges everything conservatives believe in. So they’re choosing to disbelieve it, at our peril.”

Robert Reich: Governor Walker’s Coup D’Etat

March 11, 2011
 Wisconsin Republicans have made it crystal clear that their goal has had nothing whatever to do with the state budget. It’s been to bust the unions.

David Bromwich: The Embarrassments of Empire: Washington Wonders What to Say about Arab Freedom

March 10, 2011
 A person suffers embarrassment when something true about himself emerges in spite of reasonable efforts to conceal it. It is the same with nations.

Clancy Sigal: Why Is the Media Giving Charlie Sheen So Much Attention?

March 10, 2011
 We Americans do love our bad showbiz boys running amok.

Anupa Mistry: John Galliano: Just One of Many Problems In the Fashion Industry

March 10, 2011
 Dior fired its celebrated head designer for making anti-Semitic statements. But don’t expect a renaissance in the racially tense world of high fashion.

Robert Reich: Why The Street’s Euphoric Birthday Has Almost Nothing to Do with a Buoyant Economy

March 9, 2011
 Happy Birthday Wall Street. Party away. Just know that most Americans aren’t joining the celebration.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Democrats Lodge Ethics Complaint Against Walker Over Prank Call With “David Koch”

March 9, 2011
 The tighter Walker holds on to his union-busting bill, the weaker his grip on the office of governor.

Jamie Goldenberg: Willem Andersson and Identity in Military Culture

March 9, 2011
 “Few civilized countries in the world who have such a war fetish as Americans have.”

Mya Guarnieri: Xenophobia in Tel Aviv

March 8, 2011
 Israel, a county of immigrants gripped by Islamophobia and a rising tide of racism, offers the U.S. a reflection of itself … a frightening glimpse of where America could be headed.

Ahdaf Soueif to Host Lecture on Egypt at Columbia University Tonight

March 8, 2011
 Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, who is featured in Guernica's next issue, will be lecturing tonight.

Tom Engelhardt: (N)ever Again: Old Secretaries of Defense Never Die, They Just Write Bestselling Memoirs

March 8, 2011
 It’s time, once and for all, to lock the gates. It’s time to use the U.S. military only in the genuine defense of this country.

Robert Reich: The Birth of the People’s Party

March 8, 2011
 The People’s Party may not yet be recognized by the mainstream media, but it’s growing in numbers and in intensity. And it’s starting to push elected officials—first at the state level—to listen and respond.

Daniel Denvir: Conservative Sleeper Agents in Hollywood? The Right-Wing’s New War for Culture

March 8, 2011
 The new conservative mediamakers are shedding the baggage of culture war hangups, freeing up energy to infiltrate culture industries and attack the left.

James Carroll: Where Did All the Fatwas Go?

March 8, 2011
 How a revolution is changing the way Americans look at Islam.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Rachel Maddow Beats Glenn Beck — Covering Wisconsin Protests

March 7, 2011
 Who says you need celebrities to get ratings? Rachel Maddow had a nice surprise last Wednesday when her show got a major ratings boost — as she covered the protests and injustices in Wisconsin and Ohio.

Robert Reich: The Real News on Jobs

March 7, 2011
 Conservative economists have it wrong. The underlying problem isn’t that so many Americans have priced themselves out of the global/high-tech labor market. It’s that they’re getting a smaller and smaller share of the pie.

Jason Mark: How to Create a Sustainable Economy That Makes Daily Life Better

March 7, 2011
  For too long, environmentalists have been viewed as self-righteous killjoys demanding that everyone overhaul their wasteful habits. It is time to change that.

Video: Mary C. Matthews: Power to the Pizza

March 4, 2011
 Ian’s Pizza in Madison, WI has become a beacon of solidarity for people around the world. More than 500 pizzas have been called in, feeding protesters at the capitol building morning, noon, and night.

Robert Reich: Clarence Thomas and the Politicization of the Supreme Court

March 4, 2011
 While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.

Timothy Donnelly on The Cloud Corporation, Romanticism, and “The Historical Sense”

March 4, 2011
 Poet Timothy Donnelly on the inspirations for his new book The Cloud Corporation.

Trish Bendix: Can Gay Play Straight? What Sexuality Has to Do With Winning Roles and Academy Awards

March 4, 2011
 If gay actors can’t play straight convincingly, and are losing gay roles to straight actors, what parts are left?

Michael T. Klare: The Collapse of the Old Oil Order: How the Petroleum Age Will End

March 3, 2011
 While a handful of major oil-producing areas launched the Petroleum Age … it’s been the Middle East that has quenched the world’s thirst for oil since World War II.

Rose Ann DeMoro: Why Isn’t Obama Standing With Protesters in Wisconsin?

March 3, 2011
 The President must make a clear statement of who is responsible for the crisis — the corporate class and the right and those politicians who enable them.

Sarah Seltzer: Facebook Will Share Users’ Phone Number, Email, and Address with Third Parties

March 3, 2011
 But bit by bit, Facebook privacy has been vanishing—even as more people put more their lives and information on the site.

Iman Said: No Exception for Oman

March 2, 2011
 “[Omanis] are proud of their country’s safety and security and they do not want to ruin that…What they do not know is that what they are doing is a kind of hypocrisy. It is as if you know that your child is sick but you do not want to admit it because you are afraid of what others would say.”

Rafia Zakaria: The End of Post-Colonialism

March 2, 2011
 This recent spate of revolutions suggests a move away not only from Islamism but also from the ideological preoccupation with post-colonialism—a move towards a relocation of the power to change within the people themselves.

Lauren Kelley: How You Can Boycott the Kochs

March 2, 2011
 The backlash against the Koch influence in Wisconsin is gaining steam, with labor supporters starting to boycott Koch Industries' many products (listed here).

Robert Reich: How Democrats Can Become Relevant Again (And Rescue the Nation While They’re At It)

March 2, 2011
  Teachers are being fired, Pell grants for the poor are being slashed, energy assistance for the needy is disappearing, other vital public services shriveling. Regulatory agencies don’t have the budgets to pay the people they need to enforce the law. Where are the Democrats?

Anonymous from Libya: Daughter of a Martyr

March 1, 2011
 “[Qaddafi] and his gangsters are trembling. He has nothing to do but to expose his very true personal Libyan Mafia to the world. The more cities he loses control over, the more he threatens and the more blood he adds to his hands.”

Guernica Contributor Susie Linfield to Participate in Susan Sontag Conference

March 1, 2011
 Susie Linfield will discuss Sontag's relationship to the female intellectual at City University of New York this Friday, March 4.

Chris Hellman: The Real U.S. National Security Budget: The Figure No One Wants You to See

March 1, 2011
 American taxpayers should know just what they are paying for. So let’s go through what we know about the U.S. national security budget, step by step, and add it all up. Buckle your seat belts.

Katie Halper: GOP War on Women: 10 Names for the Pro-HIV, Pro-Cancer Republican Legislation

March 1, 2011
 Nothing says “sanctity of life” better than cervical cancer, breast cancer, and HIV!

Nora Eisenberg: Happy 20th Anniversary to the “End” of the 1991 Gulf War…the War That Never Actually Ended

March 1, 2011
 Did Bush and Baker mean to maintain the friendlier policy toward Iraq and just mismanage, bungling us into war, as Murray Waas argued at the time? Or did they engage in the most Machiavellian of manipulations, using a seasoned and apparently sincere diplomat to say one thing as they were planning another?

Iman Said: Report From Oman

February 28, 2011
 If we have learned anything from the revolts that have spread all over the Arab world, it is that using violence against the protesters makes them more united and determined to get what they came for.

Andy Kroll: Cairo in Wisconsin: Eating Egyptian Pizza in Downtown Madison

February 28, 2011
 “For this brief moment at least, people here in Madison are bound together by a single cause, as other protesters were not so long ago, and may be again, in the ancient cities of Egypt.”

Anne McClintock: Solidarity in Madison: The Wisconsin Mass Protests

February 28, 2011
 A University of Wisconsin professor reports, with photos, on the extraordinary sense of solidarity at the protests against Governor Scott Walker.

Phyllis Bennis: Libya Slips Into Civil War, as Democratic Uprisings Rock the Middle East

February 28, 2011
 Libya, unlike Egypt and Tunisia or the other states where revolutionary upheavals are underway, is moving toward a military confrontation closer to a civil war.

Matt Petronzio: It’s Okay to Be a (Straight Male) Feminist

February 28, 2011
 Do I have to be a woman to believe in women’s rights? Do I have to be gay to believe in gay rights? .

Elissa Strauss: Decades After The Feminine Mystique, Many High-Achieving Women Find Satisfaction in Marriage

February 28, 2011
 A new book explains why Betty Friedan might have paved the way for equal marriages by blowing the roof off the feminine mystique.

Anonymous in Libya: Stay in Your Home, You Will Be Safe

February 27, 2011
 “The world needs to know that what’s happening in Libya is no longer a response to protest; it’s genocide. Qaddafi’s forces shoot civilians from ambulances using anti-aircraft guns! People are struggling against heavy weapons with stones. And now Qaddafi has once again showed up with more bloodcurdling threats to turn Libya into ‘embers of fire.’”

Variety’s Tim Gray on the Oscars, Conspiracies, and James Franco

February 25, 2011
 Variety’s group editor weighs in on this year’s Academy Award nominations and why some films get left out.

Robert Reich: The Republican Shakedown

February 25, 2011
 If America had higher marginal tax rates we wouldn’t be firing teachers or slashing Medicaid or hurting the most vulnerable members of our society.

Greta Christina: High School Atheists Are Organizing—Why Are Schools Pushing Back?

February 25, 2011
 High school students who try to start atheist groups are being buffered at every turn by the administration, so it's time for them to be more aggressive.

Tom Engelhardt: All-American Decline in a New World

February 25, 2011
 You might think that, as vast swathes of the Greater Middle East are set ablaze, someone in Washington would take a new look at our Af/Pak War and wonder whether it isn’t simply beside the point.  No such luck.

Rebecca Bates: In Which the U.S. Military Uses Psychological Warfare Tricks on Americans

February 24, 2011
 According to Rolling Stone, the U.S. military is getting desperate—that is, desperate enough to try and dupe unwitting senators into giving them more money.

Paul Armentano: If the Feds Get Their Way, Big Pharma Could Sell Pot—But Your Dime Bag Would Still Send You to Jail

February 24, 2011
 We should be very wary about the DEA allowing regulation and marketing of pharmaceutical products containing plant-derived THC.

Anonymous from Libya: Two Reports

February 24, 2011
 Our anonymous source in Tripoli reports on the latest violence, and asks, “At what point does it become reasonable for international intervention in Libya to stop the butchering of protesters?”

Carole Joffe: 65-Year-Olds Don’t Go To Planned Parenthood for Abortions

February 24, 2011
 The author of this post asks: why these attacks on an organization whose mission, contained in its very name, is to reduce unplanned pregnancies? How did Planned Parenthood come to be so demonized?

Lauren Kelley: Scott Walker Falls for Killer Prank by Liberal Blogger Posing as Tea Party Sugar Daddy David Koch

February 23, 2011
 Wisconsin governor and union-buster extraordinaire Scott Walker has been fooled by a progressive blog editor posing as David Koch. The prank caller, Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy, got some amazingly off-guard comments out of Walker. Catch the video and part of the transcript here.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Cockroach Rule

February 23, 2011
 Unlike the uprising in Egypt, the revolutionaries in Libya have not been protected by TV cameras. In fact, they have faced the most extreme, Israeli-style violence since the first day.

Jake Whitney: The Supreme Court and the Spying-on-Doctors Industry

February 23, 2011
 What the Supreme Court will decide here is whether corporate interests trump the interests of doctors, patients, and the general public.

Phyllis Bennis: U.S. Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning Illegal Israeli Settlements

February 23, 2011
 The United States’ isolation on the issue of settlements may lead to more engagement from the international community.

Bill McKibben: Money Pollution: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Darkens the Skies

February 23, 2011
 In Beijing, they celebrate when they have a “blue sky day”—when the haze clears long enough so that you can actually see the sun. The view for the inhabitant’s of Washington is obscured by a different kind of smog. Call it money pollution.

Stephanie Staal: Taking Feminism’s Pulse

February 22, 2011
  A conversation with Staal, author of the new book Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life, on Susan Faludi’s accusations in Harper’s of feminism’s ritual matricide, the health of the movement, and whether Sarah Palin should be attaching herself to it.

George Lakoff: What the Right-wing Assault on Women, Unions, the Environment, Health Care and PBS Is All About

February 22, 2011
 Budget deficits are a ruse to conservatives. What they really want to do is change the basis of American life.

Robert Reich: The Coming Shutdowns and Showdowns: What’s Really at Stake

February 22, 2011
 The problem isn’t that “we’ve” been spending too much. It’s that most Americans have been getting a steadily smaller share of the nation’s total income.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: 7 Comedians Who Were Spurred by Politics to Change Up Their Acts

February 22, 2011
 Seven funny folks have changed their lives for progressivism — some on purpose, some not so much — and made us laugh in the process.

Ann Marie Awad: My Egypt

February 22, 2011
 In the wake of revolution in Egypt, a first-generation Egyptian-American questions what her heritage means now.

Anonymous from Libya: How Many Martyrs?

February 22, 2011
 An on-the-ground report of the growing violence in Tripoli as told to Robin Yassin-Kassab. The source remains nameless for her own safety.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Syria Speeding Up

February 21, 2011
 Egypt is closer to Syrian hearts than it seems on the map. If a democratic, non-sectarian Egypt reclaims its regional role, profound change in Syria will be a matter of time. So the regime needs to get a move on.

William J. Astore: The Cost of Our Wars On Listening to Our Troops

February 21, 2011
 Here’s a simple truth Americans seem to have lost touch with: greater security doesn’t come from fighting more wars; it comes from fighting fewer of them or none at all.

Joel Whitney: Radiohead’s new video: ‘Lotus Flower’

February 21, 2011

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke always manages to find a new, not just melody but melodic language to sing in.

Live Webcast: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Speaks at Asia Society

February 18, 2011
 Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST, Hillary Clinton will deliver the inaugural Richard C. Holbrooke Address on U.S. relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Asia Society, honoring the former Asia Society Chairman who was President Obama’s envoy to the Af/Pak region.

Tom Engelhardt: Waist Deep in the Washington Quagmire

February 18, 2011
 If the Obama's budget is passed, its five-year freeze on domestic programs will reduce spending to the lowest level since Eisenhower left office in 1961.

Rachel Somerstein: The “Year’s Best” Photojournalism: What It Is, and Why (Some of It) Still Matters

February 18, 2011
 At a time when camera phones and digital cameras are turning us all into documentarians—a world in which the New Republic’s Jed Perl asks whether photojournalism is a thing of the past—can World Press Photo’s award-winning images show us anything we don’t already know?

Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Michael Krasny on God, Religion, and Atheism

February 18, 2011
  The second installment of Guernica editor-at-large Mark Dowie’s interview series features Mark Krasny, who explores what we lose when we no longer believe in God.