Michael T. Klare: The Hunger Wars in Our FutureAugust 2012
Heat, drought, rising food costs, and the chaos that could ensue.
Lois Beckett: Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App For ThatAugust 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 EveryoneAugust 2012
Has the fight against climate change just taken a monumental step forward?
Legacy Russell: Dead Troops1 TalkAugust 2012
On bearing witness, re-viewing trauma.
Jay Walljasper: Changing the World, One Block at a TimeAugust 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 CrisisAugust 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 DramaAugust 2012
Character study vs. flimsy romance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Trishna,and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
Subhankar Banerjee: Walking the WatersAugust 2012
"Extreme oil" and the destruction of our oceans
David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the RidiculousAugust 2012
The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.
Peter Maass: Does Cybercrime Really Cost $1 Trillion?August 2012
Measuring the cost of cybercrime is trickier than we think.
Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: AfghanistanAugust 2012
A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.
Justin Elliott: Lobbyist-linked Group Footed Bill for Rep. Burton’s Bahrain TripAugust 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 DieJuly 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 2012July 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 NationwideJuly 2012
The Aurora shooting gets the attention, but guns are going off everywhere.
Bonnie B. Lee: Breaking The Ceramic CeilingJuly 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 SorryJuly 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 DoomJuly 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild's dark current.
William deBuys: The Oxygen Planet Struts Its StuffJuly 2012
Not a "perfect storm" but the new norm in the American West.
Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” WarBy Joe Penney
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” RecantsJuly 2012
Sanford Weill brought about banks that were too big to fail, but now he's changed his tune.
Abhimanyu Das: Bat-MythosBy Abhimanyu Das
Superhero ideology, Batman, and the Aurora shootings
Katie Ryder: AuroraBy Katie Ryder
Chance, survival, and what we wish could be true.
Jina Moore: Colorado, Gun Control and the Great American MalaiseJuly 2012
Can we afford to be this cynical?
Rob Spillman: Jury DutyJuly 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 HatersJuly 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 AccountsJuly 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 ReadingJuly 2012
Our editors highlight some worthy books to fill what remains of summer.
Natasha Lewis: The Grand Project of the OlympicsJuly 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 CommonsJuly 2012
How the Magna Carta became a minor carta.
Richard Falk: For What?July 2012
Richard Falk considers how he came to find himself so drawn to the Palestinian cause.
Maurice Chammah: Egypt’s Military KitschJuly 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 OutsourcingJuly 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 ReleaseJuly 2012
When confronted with homelessness, it's much too easy to look the other way.
Ivan Illich: Origins of Our Economic PowerlessnessJuly 2012
Ivan Illich traces poverty and consumer dependency back to the enclosure of the commons.
Leah Carroll: R. Kelly’s (Sexy, Religious) Hysterical RealismJuly 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 WorldJuly 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 StruggleJuly 2012
In solidarity efforts, our way may not always be the best way.
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm: Secrets in the DesertBy Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Trinity and the legacy of atomic testing.
ProPublica: Inside the Investigation of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon AdelsonJuly 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 DetroitJuly 2012
Contrary to its grimy image, Detroit is playing host to a renaissance in urban agriculture.
Roslyn Bernstein: Report from Berlin – Artists, Studios, and HistoryJuly 2012
How Berlin's past shapes its present and future as an artist base.
David Vine: The Lily-Pad StrategyJuly 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 DemocracyJuly 2012
Our democracy is for sale. And people are buying.
Nick Turse: Obama’s Scramble for AfricaJuly 2012
Secret wars, secret bases, and the Pentagon’s “new spice route” in Africa.
Rebecca Bates: Anne Carson’s Collapse of HistoryBy Rebecca Bates
The author's Antigonick is an affecting interpretation of Sophocles' classic.
Ena Lupine: Young, Beautiful, and ReplaceableJuly 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 SpacesJuly 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 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 MexicoJuly 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 ProposalJuly 2012
There's the media portraying President Obama's tax proposal, and then there's the real thing.
Rachel Arons: Buggled and In BetweenBy Rachel Arons
The subtle ambivalence of Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.
Asian American Writers’ Workshop Journeys of Recovery SalonJuly 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 ScarsBy Eli Cane
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 EastJuly 2012
What is the best way to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon?
Glenna Gordon: Andrea Stultiens’s Images of EmptinessJuly 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 DenialJuly 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 ScandalsJuly 2012
Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, here's the insider-trading Libor scandal.
Lucy McKeon: The Art of RapJuly 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 BucharestJuly 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 WaysJuly 2012
It's time to crack down on the advertising and marketing of pharmaceuticals.
Claire Lambrecht: Weight and WitJuly 2012
Nora Ephron's light touch was no accident.
Tom Engelhardt: The Military SolutionJuly 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 ImperativeJuly 2012
A writer raised on feminist fairy tales reflects on Brave and Bloody and having it all.
Leodis Scott: Colleges That Serve EveryoneJuly 2012
Land-grant schools can play an important part in America's educational future.
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The John Roberts Head FakeJuly 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: PatriotismJuly 2012
There are two competing visions of patriotism in America today.
Haniya Rae: Three Wise OwlsJuly 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 OptionJuly 2012
Now that Obamacare has been upheld, the next steps are preventing its repeal and moving towards a public option.
Richard Falk: On Human IdentityJuly 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 AgeJuly 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 ActsJune 2012
What can we learn about Cuba from zombie movies and escape ploys?
Robert Reich: Roberts’ SwitchJune 2012
Why did Chief Justice Roberts choose to uphold the Affordable Care Act, alone amongst Republican appointees?
Ela Bittencourt: After the RevolutionJune 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, SadJune 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 ObamacareJune 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 WorldBy Ann DeWitt
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 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 2012
Does loyalty to Grover Norquist count as patriotism?
Laura Seay: Old Ideas for the New AfricaJune 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.