Michael T. Klare: The Hunger Wars in Our Future

August 8, 2012

Heat, drought, rising food costs, and the chaos that could ensue.

Lois Beckett: Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App For That

August 7, 2012

With the Obama app, getting a glimpse of your neighbor’s political affiliation can take seconds.

David Morris: Texas Judge Rules The Sky Belongs To Everyone

August 7, 2012

Has the fight against climate change just taken a monumental step forward?

Legacy Russell: Dead Troops1 Talk

August 6, 2012

On bearing witness, re-viewing trauma.

Jay Walljasper: Changing the World, One Block at a Time

August 6, 2012

The neighborhood is a powerful, but often overlooked, tool for social change.

David Morris: Latest Proposal to Kill Post Office Ignores Real Causes of Its Financial Crisis

August 6, 2012

Peter Orszag, Obama’s former OMB director, stands to benefit from the privatization of U.S. Postal Service.

Alexia Nader: A Lesson from Thomas Hardy on Sex and Drama

August 3, 2012

Character study vs. flimsy romance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Trishna,and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Subhankar Banerjee: Walking the Waters

August 3, 2012

“Extreme oil” and the destruction of our oceans

David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

August 2, 2012

The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.

Peter Maass: Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?

August 2, 2012

Measuring the cost of cybercrime is trickier than we think.

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 1, 2012

A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.

Justin Elliott: Lobbyist-linked Group Footed Bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain Trip

August 1, 2012

The Bahrain American Council says it doesn’t have any lobbyists on its staff. But it sure is close to them.

Erik Wennermark: You Are Small and You Will Die

July 31, 2012

Cambodia’s temples—Angkor Wat, Pre Rup, and Beng Maelea—invite reflections on land mines, Buddhism, and photography.

Robert Reich: The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012

July 31, 2012

Facing the worst economy in at least a generation, both presidential candidates are hamstrung by the machines that would elect them

Stephan Salisbury: Police Shootings Echo Nationwide

July 30, 2012

The Aurora shooting gets the attention, but guns are going off everywhere.

Bonnie B. Lee: Breaking The Ceramic Ceiling

July 30, 2012

At the Joan B Mirviss Gallery’s The French Connection, Japanese women ceramists breathe new life and a welcome strangeness into a traditional artform.

Angela Chen: Ai Weiwei Still Isn’t Sorry

July 27, 2012

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now as notorious for his political actions as for his work. Alison Klayman’s new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, shows that his originality comes precisely from combining the two.

Tomas Hachard: Rose-Colored Doom

July 27, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s dark current.

William deBuys: The Oxygen Planet Struts Its Stuff

July 27, 2012

Not a “perfect storm” but the new norm in the American West.

Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” War

July 26, 2012

Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.

Robert Reich: The Man Who Invented “Too Big to Fail” Recants

July 26, 2012

Sanford Weill brought about banks that were too big to fail, but now he’s changed his tune.

Abhimanyu Das: Bat-Mythos

July 25, 2012

Superhero ideology, Batman, and the Aurora shootings

Katie Ryder: Aurora

July 25, 2012

Chance, survival, and what we wish could be true.

Jina Moore: Colorado, Gun Control and the Great American Malaise

July 25, 2012

Can we afford to be this cynical?

Rob Spillman: Jury Duty

July 25, 2012

A month on a Grand Jury reveals what happens when guns are cheap and easy to come by.

Genevieve Walker: Leigh Stein’s Dispatch from the Future: Poetry for Poetry Haters

July 24, 2012

Leigh Stein’s new collection is captivating even for the most ardent of poetry-haters.

TaxCast: HSBC’s Culture of Entitlement, Norway’s New Regulations, and Offshore Accounts

July 24, 2012

In July’s TaxCast, a discussion of why there have been no HSBC prosecutions, the unanticipated size of offshore accounts, Norway’s new regulations, and more.

Editors’ Picks: Recommended Reading

July 23, 2012

Our editors highlight some worthy books to fill what remains of summer.

Natasha Lewis: The Grand Project of the Olympics

July 23, 2012

What the top-down planning of the games will bring to East London: dispersal zones, rooftop missiles, and a giant shopping mall.

Noam Chomsky: Destroying the Commons

July 23, 2012

How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.

Richard Falk: For What?

July 23, 2012

Richard Falk considers how he came to find himself so drawn to the Palestinian cause.

Maurice Chammah: Egypt’s Military Kitsch

July 20, 2012

As Egypt’s first civilian president assumes his role, it’s unclear how much political power the nation’s generals will wield.

Robert Reich: The Problem isn’t Outsourcing

July 20, 2012

Outsourcing isn’t our problem, it’s that the needs of American businesses are disconnected from the needs of Americans.

Marissa Landrigan: Catch and Release

July 19, 2012

When confronted with homelessness, it’s much too easy to look the other way.

Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic Powerlessness

July 19, 2012

Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.

Leah Carroll: R. Kelly’s (Sexy, Religious) Hysterical Realism

July 18, 2012

In his new memoir Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, the king of R&B reminisces about busking and childhood tragedy, and explains why he is always gonna keep lovin’ on you.

Mattea Kramer: Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

July 18, 2012

How the deficit obsession has been distracting us from our country’s most pressing issues.

Richard Falk: Pros and Cons of Solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle

July 18, 2012

In solidarity efforts, our way may not always be the best way.

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm: Secrets in the Desert

July 17, 2012

Trinity and the legacy of atomic testing.

ProPublica: Inside the Investigation of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson

July 17, 2012

Sheldon Adelson made millions off Macau, then used that money to fund the GOP. Now people are taking a closer look at where that money came from.

Jay Walljasper: A Food Commons Grows in Detroit

July 17, 2012

Contrary to its grimy image, Detroit is playing host to a renaissance in urban agriculture.

Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and History

July 16, 2012

How Berlin’s past shapes its present and future as an artist base.

David Vine: The Lily-Pad Strategy

July 16, 2012

The Pentagon’s system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.

Robert Reich: The Perfect Storm for Selling American Democracy

July 16, 2012

Our democracy is for sale. And people are buying.

Nick Turse: Obama’s Scramble for Africa

July 13, 2012

Secret wars, secret bases, and the Pentagon’s “new spice route” in Africa.

Rebecca Bates: Anne Carson’s Collapse of History

July 13, 2012

The author’s Antigonick is an affecting interpretation of Sophocles’ classic.

Ena Lupine: Young, Beautiful, and Replaceable

July 12, 2012

The documentary Girl Model shows how the industry that promises young models financial freedom instead lands them in debt to their agencies.

Jay Walljasper: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces

July 12, 2012

Many public spaces have long been neglected, but it’s time for their revitalization.

Megha Rajagopalan: How Many Millions of Cellphones Are Police Watching?

July 12, 2012

No one knows for sure why or how many cell phone records have been picked up, or whether it’s fully legal.

Rebecca Solnit: Apologies to Mexico

July 11, 2012

As narcotraficantes terrorize Mexico with surreal acts of violence, it’s time to reconsider our basic assumptions about the U.S. War on Drugs.

Robert Reich: The Truth About Obama’s Tax Proposal

July 11, 2012

There’s the media portraying President Obama’s tax proposal, and then there’s the real thing.

Rachel Arons: Buggled and In Between

July 11, 2012

The subtle ambivalence of Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.

Asian American Writers’ Workshop Journeys of Recovery Salon

July 11, 2012

On July 26, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Guernica will co-sponsor the second installment of the AAWW’s Bricolage series, featuring Pauline Chen, Don Lee, and Aimee Phan.

Eli Cane: Wounds and Scars

July 10, 2012

A Lakota man from the Cheyenne River Reservation went to Rapid City for heart surgery and came back with Klan insignia carved into his chest.

Richard Falk: Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

July 10, 2012

What is the best way to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon?

Glenna Gordon: Andrea Stultiens’s Images of Emptiness

July 9, 2012

Photos of empty performance spaces in Lagos capture the spirit of Fela Kuti’s famous nightclub and strip back the chaos of one of the world’s busiest cities.

William D. Hartung: Beyond Nuclear Denial

July 9, 2012

Nuclear weapons don’t get the attention that they once did, but they’re still very much a part of our world.

Robert Reich: The Wall Street Scandal of All Scandals

July 9, 2012

Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, here’s the insider-trading Libor scandal.

Lucy McKeon: The Art of Rap

July 6, 2012

Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap explores hip hop’s past but skims over important questions about its present.

Andrei Ujica: On The Plagiarist of Bucharest

July 6, 2012

Oana Sanziana Marian talks with the pioneering director about how a plagiarism scandal and an arts-organization takeover sparked a clash in Romanian politics—and how it may lead to reform.

Robert Reich: How Not to Get Big Pharma to Change Its Ways

July 6, 2012

It’s time to crack down on the advertising and marketing of pharmaceuticals.

Claire Lambrecht: Weight and Wit

July 6, 2012

Nora Ephron’s light touch was no accident.

Tom Engelhardt: The Military Solution

July 6, 2012

A process of militarization is working its way through all facets of American government, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon.

Brook Wilensky-Lanford: Empowerment Imperative

July 5, 2012

A writer raised on feminist fairy tales reflects on Brave and Bloody and having it all.

Leodis Scott: Colleges That Serve Everyone

July 5, 2012

Land-grant schools can play an important part in America’s educational future.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The John Roberts Head Fake

July 4, 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare obscures the ruling’s other, deeply conservative result: a road-map for gutting Congressional power.

Robert Reich: Patriotism

July 4, 2012

There are two competing visions of patriotism in America today.

Haniya Rae: Three Wise Owls

July 3, 2012

In the 40Owls Gallery’s “Distinct Ethnic Magical Tales” exhibition, artists explore colonization, pop cultural iconography, and cultural ownership

David Morris: Protect Obama’s Health Care Reform, Then Move Toward a Public Option

July 3, 2012

Now that Obamacare has been upheld, the next steps are preventing its repeal and moving towards a public option.

Richard Falk: On Human Identity

July 2, 2012

It’s time to focus on the things that unite us in the common struggle for a brighter future.

Robert Reich: Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age

July 2, 2012

America’s multimillionaires are buying the 2012 election—and with it, American democracy, taking us back to the Gilded Age.

Julia Cooke: Cuban Zombies and Disappearing Acts

June 29, 2012

What can we learn about Cuba from zombie movies and escape ploys?

Robert Reich: Roberts’ Switch

June 29, 2012

Why did Chief Justice Roberts choose to uphold the Affordable Care Act, alone amongst Republican appointees?

Ela Bittencourt: After the Revolution

June 29, 2012

Mai Iskander, director of Words of Witness, talks with Ela Bittencourt about the reporting/activism dilemma, Egypt’s disappeared, and the rule of law under Morsi.

Nan Levinson: Mad, Bad, Sad

June 28, 2012

Could one key to helping our military veterans be providing assistance for moral injuries?

Robert Reich: Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold the Constitutionality of Obamacare

June 28, 2012

Robert Reich predicts that the Supreme Court will come down six to three in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

Ann DeWitt: Marina Abramovic’s Gestures of Empathy in an Absentee World

June 27, 2012

The documentary Marina Abramovic The Artist Is Present gives an inside look at the artist’s discipline, creative process, and love story.

Tom Engelhardt: And You Thought It Would Be Easy?

June 27, 2012

What do you do when you’re graduating, buried in loans, and can’t afford a lobbyist?

Robert Reich: What’s the True Meaning of Patriotism?

June 27, 2012

Does loyalty to Grover Norquist count as patriotism?

Laura Seay: Old Ideas for the New Africa

June 26, 2012

Obama’s “new” Africa policy prioritizes security over democracy. But the continent is changing rapidly, and U.S. policy needs to adapt–here’s why.