Avi Kramer: The Fine Print

November 14, 2012

To get Internet access in my apartment I had to give up my legal rights.
You probably did too.

Tom Engelhardt: The Mandate of Hell

November 14, 2012

How not to change the world.

Clive Thompson: The Folding Game

November 13, 2012

The info-sharing of early arcade game enthusiasts mimicked the scientific method. Now, video games and collective intelligence could change the way we approach science, shared problems, and school.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain

November 13, 2012

The administration should aim high when it begins its negotiations on deficit reduction.

Robert Reich: The Next Game of Economic Chicken

November 12, 2012

The election hasn’t put an end to the wrangling over taxes and spending in Washington.

Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellman: Washington’s Cliff Notes

November 12, 2012

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump.

Andrew Ross: The Debt Resistor’s Operations Manual

November 9, 2012

Natasha Lewis speaks with Strike Debt member, professor, and author Andrew Ross.

Robert Reich: Why John Boehner May Have More Leverage Over the Tea Partiers in Congess

November 9, 2012

Tea Partiers may be more amendable to compromise now than ever before.

Alfred W. McCoy: Beyond Bayonets and Battleships

November 9, 2012

Technology is reshaping the face of U.S. military power, but is it for the best?

Fundraising, Donations, and Hurricane Sandy

November 9, 2012

In light of Hurricane Sandy, please consider donating to the disaster relief efforts.

Angela Boskovitch and Laura Silvia Battaglia: Operation Iraqi Cinema

November 8, 2012

The Baghdad International Film Festival is part of a larger effort to bring the arts back to Iraq’s once-flourishing capital.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Next Economy: Why He Must Take This Opportunity to Reframe the Economic Debate

November 8, 2012

With the fiscal cliff approaching, it’s time for Obama to make some big decisions. Here’s what he should do.

Richard Falk: Istanbul, a Modest Proposal

November 7, 2012

Could Istanbul be the future capital of the world?

Rebecca Solnit: The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse

November 7, 2012

Hurricane Sandy rides in.

Joseph Gergel: Nigerian Nostalgia Project

November 6, 2012

A massive collection of pre-digital photography shows a nation in transition—and manages bring Facebook-level connectivity into a gallery space.

Medina Dugger: Images from Underground

November 6, 2012

Young Lagosian photographers examine the corners of their city that often go unseen.

Glenna Gordon: LagosPhoto 2012

November 6, 2012

A month-long photography festival aims to capture the spirit of one of Africa’s biggest and busiest cities.

Robert Reich: We the People, and the New American Civil War

November 6, 2012

Amidst an election that has us feeling like a divided nation, the challenge is to rediscover the public good.

Casey Michel: California’s Death Penalty Decision

November 5, 2012

Those in favor of ending capital punishment in California have dramatically outspent their opponents and gathered celebrity endorsements from Joan Baez to Bill O’Reilly, but the race is too close to call. How one notorious criminal might swing the vote on Prop 34.

Emily Raboteau: Daughters of Obama

November 5, 2012

In the wake of the election of Barack Obama, a writer explores black American identity and the ritual of return in Ghana.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Dogs of War Are Barking

November 5, 2012

Would a President Mitt Romney be primed for military action in Iran?

Jennifer Sky: Faith and Politics in the Sunshine State

November 2, 2012

Ballot initiatives in Florida are bringing God into politics.

Robert Reich: Why The Newest Unemployment Report Should Be Taken With A Grain of Salt

November 2, 2012

November’s unemployment report may sway some voters—but it shouldn’t.

Albert Appleton: How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure–And Saved Billions of Dollars

November 1, 2012

How did New York City manage to control pollution in its water supply on the cheap?

Tana Wojczuk: Mitt Romney as Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

November 1, 2012

In the aftermath of Sandy, it’s time to reevaluate what it means to be dependent on government.

David Morris: A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need Government

October 31, 2012

Sandy has been a vivid reminder of the role of Government.

Richard Falk: Comparing Presidential Elections: 2008 versus 2012

October 30, 2012

How hope and fear have defined America’s last two presidential campaigns.

Robert Reich: My Plane Out of NYC in Advance of Sandy, and Mitt Romney’s America

October 30, 2012

Is a $4000 airline ticket a vision of Romney’s America?

Alexia Nader: Literary Miami

October 29, 2012

The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

October 29, 2012

Our political language is in desperate need of a change.

Third Annual Dzanc Books/Guernica International Literature Award Now Open for Entries

October 29, 2012

Enter now for a chance to win a full scholarship to DISQUIET 2013 in Lisbon.

Robert Reich: If You Succumb to Cynicism, the Regressives Win It All

October 29, 2012

Dear progressives: You may think there’s not a huge difference between Obama and Romney. But there is, and you should still vote.

Haniya Rae: Inside the Box with Chris Ware

October 26, 2012

The new graphic novel Building Stories plays with time, form, and the physicality of the book.

Melissa Seley: Giant Intimacy in a Tiny Auditorium–The 2012 PEN Awards

October 26, 2012

Writers, editors, and translators gather to remember Hitchens, honor culture, and experience elephant happiness.

TaxCast: No Tax Havens in Helsinki, Starbucks Joins the Roll of Dishonor, and Following the Money

October 26, 2012

Helsinki declares itself a tax haven-free zone, Starbucks joins the tax avoidance Roll of Dishonor, and we follow the money: asset recovery, dictators, and the selling of secrecy.

Robert Reich: Mitt Romney’s Question-Mark Economy

October 25, 2012

Mitt Romney’s election campaign is rife with questions, and wholly uncertain answers.

Richard Falk: Persisting Syrian Dilemmas

October 25, 2012

Hope, wisdom, law, ethics, and spirituality in relation to killing and dying in Syria.

Tom Engelhardt: Democratic Mockpocalypse

October 24, 2012

This year’s presidential campaign is bigger and louder than anything we’ve ever seen before.

Robert Reich: Obama as Commander-in-Chief, Romney as Banal Bully

October 24, 2012

In last night’s debate, Obama made his dominance clear.

Robert Reich: Romney the Detail Man?

October 23, 2012

Why it’s decidedly ironic that the New York Times ran a story about Romney being a man of details.

David Morris: What Will Happen to Equal Protection Under the Law?

October 23, 2012

The Supreme Court is poised to decide major issues like voting rights and marriage equality.

Tomas Hachard: Denis Côté’s Animal Instincts

October 22, 2012

Bestiaire’s place in the filmmaker’s oeuvre and anthropomorphic conceptions.

Abigail Wender: Gernika at 75 Years

October 19, 2012

Artist Anita Glesta’s Gernika/Guernica: Desde el Cielo Hasta el Fondo (from the Heavens to the Core).

Jay Walljasper: What is Mitt Romney Planning for America?

October 19, 2012

Where does the rage in the Republican Party come from?

Dilip Hiro: The Alliance From Hell

October 19, 2012

How the U.S. and Pakistan became the dysfunctional nuclear family of international relations.

Humera Afridi: Malala Yousufzai and the Bonesetter’s Alchemy

October 18, 2012

On girls, shame, healing what’s broken, and why education is the path to creating an honorable Pakistan.

Robert Reich: Obama is Back

October 18, 2012

President Obama’s performance in Tuesday’s debate was a significant improvement.

Kurt Hollander: Several Ways to Drink in Mexico City

October 18, 2012

The proprietor of Mexico City’s first American-style bar reflects on how history and politics have changed the ways the city indulges, and what this means for his neighborhood.

Rose Lichter-Marck: Circling the Sea

October 17, 2012

A photographer explores an accidental sea in the desert, and a romance—both very much in flux—and returns with this meditation on transformation, control, and the truths we can learn from geology.

Roslyn Bernstein: Okwui Enwezor Traces the Struggle of Apartheid

October 16, 2012

A visit with the curator of “Rise and Fall of Apartheid” shows how photographers revealed South Africans’ struggles to the world.

Noam Chomsky: The Week the World Stood Still

October 16, 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis and ownership of the world.

Jeremiah Goulka: Of Republicans and Race Cards

October 15, 2012

Why I used to believe that voter ID laws really were just common sense.

Robert Reich: How January’s Fiscal Cliff Turns Into a Gentle Hill by February

October 15, 2012

The so-called fiscal cliff might not turn out as dramatic as we imagine.

Eric Knight: Why Do Politicians Break Promises About Tackling Climate Change?

October 12, 2012

The problem may not be their lack of integrity, but how we frame the issue.

Peter Van Buren: Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell

October 12, 2012

During the next two presidential debates, some important foreign policy questions won’t be asked.

Memo to Joe, Re: Debate

October 11, 2012

What Joe Biden needs to know before the vice presidential debate.

Abigail Nehring: Voices in the Sky

October 10, 2012

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s installation combines searchlights, cityscapes, and crowd-sourced voices, challenging the way we conceive of participatory art.

Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought Empire

October 10, 2012

The discrediting of U.S. military power.

Jay Walljasper: The Surprise Behind Detroit’s Emerging Comeback

October 10, 2012

Young people are making a difference in the cities they call home.

Cora Currier: Gitmo Detainee’s Body Being Held in Secure, Undisclosed Location

October 9, 2012

Even in death, the travails of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif aren’t over.

Marilyn Hacker: The Paradox of Translation

October 8, 2012

The prolific translator talks with Guernica’s poetry editor about her work ethic, contemporary Morocco, and what connects poetry with journalism.

Robert Reich: The Politics of the Jobs Report

October 8, 2012

Media headlines are crowing over the drop in the unemployment rate—but we need to look closer.

Michael T. Klare: The New “Golden Age of Oil” That Wasn’t

October 5, 2012

Forecasts of oil abundance collide with planetary realities.

Sherman Alexie: The Value of Subverting Authority

October 5, 2012

Banned Books: The acclaimed author speaks about what motivates his censors, self-censorship, and the value of stories.

Nathaniel Rich: Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

October 4, 2012

Bulgakov’s masterpiece remains a reminder that you can’t fight fire with fire.

Richard Falk: Apollo’s Curse and Climate Change

October 4, 2012

The scientific community is largely united on the dangers of climate change, so why is no one listening?

Guernica EIC Michael Archer To Speak at Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference

October 4, 2012

Guernica editor-in-chief Michael Archer will be speaking about the publishing industry, with an especial focus on magazines and literary journals.

Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for America

October 3, 2012

A guide to the presidential debates you won’t be hearing.

James M. Decker: Henry Miller’s Pyrrhic Victory

October 3, 2012

Banned Books Week: Though Miller defeated censorship, his work was misunderstood and cartoonishly simplified

Lewis West: Guernica Contributors Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu named MacArthur Fellows

October 3, 2012

Congratulations to Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu, recipients of 2012 MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’ in recognition of their wide-ranging literary accomplishments.

Andy Kroll: The Death of the Golden Dream of Higher Education

October 3, 2012

Back to $chool: College is the past, prison is the future.

Katherine Paterson: The Risks of Great Literature

October 2, 2012

Banned Books Week: The celebrated and banned children’s book author speaks with us about the fears of censors, the deaths of children, and what we need to risk for literature.

Lucy McKeon: Sixty Million and More: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

October 2, 2012

Banned Books Week: This year, one Michigan school district tried to keep Morrison’s haunting narrative out of the classroom. A writer explores how Baby Suggs and Beloved teach us what we don’t learn in school.

Alice Walker: Writing What’s Right

October 1, 2012

Banned Books Week: The author of The Color Purple (and one of America’s most censured writers) tells Megan Labrise about finding wisdom in the songs of ancestors, why her acclaimed novel won’t be translated into Hebrew, and approaching writing in a priestly state of mind.

Robert Reich: Romney Wanted to “Harvest [Companies] at Significant Profit”

October 1, 2012

No one should be surprised by this video of Romney talking about Bain’s business goals.

Katie Ryder: Banned Books Week

September 28, 2012

Next Week, the Guernica Daily will feature interviews and essays in support of free thinking, reading, and writing.

Jay Walljasper: How One Dutch Neighborhood Helped People Everywhere Reclaim the Commons

September 28, 2012

A case study in traffic calming, and why it’s sometimes better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Rebecca Solnit: The Rain On Our Parade

September 28, 2012

A letter to my dismal allies.

Seth Rosenfeld: On the Stifling of Dissent

September 27, 2012

The author talks with Natasha Lewis about his new book Subversives: the FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power.

Alex Marshall: Hidden Issues in This Year’s Campaign

September 27, 2012

Can the free market exist without the government’s imposition?