Christine Lee Zilka interviews Don Lee, author of the new novel The Collective, about cover-art Orientalism, character heritage, and the improbability of becoming a writer.
If Greece could find and tax the billions that wealthy Greeks have hidden in Swiss banks, it could go a long way towards balancing the budget. That and more in June’s TaxCast.
The ascension of science in so many facets of our everyday lives has not sparked a revitalization of belief in the power of reason.
The scariest movies of the summer are at the Human Rights Watch film festival.
President Obama’s approach to energy policy is surprisingly close Dick Cheney’s. What this tells us about America’s new nationalism.
The scholarly press that brought us the collected Langston Hughes and other leading Civil-rights-era thinkers will be “phased out” starting June 30th.
Banks don’t want Dodd-Frank regulations extended to their foreign branches and overseas subsidiaries. Should we listen?
A theater collection of teenage girls takes on child sex trafficking, and the challenges of portraying exploitation in art.
Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration’s Iran problems?
In a series of watercolors, Anna Ludwig explores the complicated history of People’s Park, and sees its echoes in Occupy Oakland.
Mitch McConnell takes the corporations-are-people ethos to a new level. Now, corporations can do more than speak—they can feel.
Even supporters of North Carolina’s gay-marriage ban know it won’t last 20 years. Ed Winstead reflects on the South, the past, and when legislation plans its own obsolescence.
The value of American—and Afghan—lives.
Washington feels under siege. Who’s outside the walls?
Anthony D’Aries explores father, culture, and war in his new book Language of Men.
Civilian soldiers, drones, and cyber attacks are just a few elements of the Obama formula for contemporary war.
What happens to traditional culture when an isolated town in the Caucasus is reshaped in the image of a Western tourism center?
Guernica Editor in Chief Joel Whitney tracked down Noam Chomsky to get his opinion on the President’s recently revealed ‘kill list.’
What do the suicides of U.S. military personnel have in common with the food strikes put on by Palestinian detainees?
Many have said a Supreme Court strike-down of the individual mandate could be the end of Obamacare, but it might be what’s needed to revive the public option.
Is the Obama administration’s crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers indicative of a new sort of Imperial Presidency?
Europe’s economic woes seem endless, but there is a way forward.
The problem isn’t taxes or Wall Street. It’s that we just don’t have enough money.
A new exhibit uses newspapers as instruments of art and manipulation, and shows that in our media, there is no escaping murder and mayhem.
A London artist explores third-sex identity through pop culture icons from Michael Jackson to Margaret Thatcher.
A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.
Despite a recent loss at the ballot box, the fight is far from over for unions in Wisconsin.
Less than half of Americans believe that the Supreme Court is doing a good job. Here’s what that may mean.
Haniya Rae interviews Jessica Porter on the process of curating artist Katarzyna Majak’s new photography exhibition, ‘Women of Power.’
Scott Walker is the first American governor to survive a recall election. It wasn’t just about the money.
Competition between the public and private sectors is rigged—and in not the way you might think.
Border security, it isn’t just about borders anymore. How new surveillance technology has made border-enforcement a big business.
President Clinton’s recent comments on the Bush tax cuts have set off another fight over taxes and spending.
To solve global problems, we have to start thinking in terms of civilizations instead of than nation-states. A dispatch from the recent Istanbul Partners Forum.
An unprecedented expansion of authority has created a new role for the president: Assassin-in-Chief.
There is a massive campaign to discredit President Obama in advance of the 2012 election, and thanks to the Citizens United decision, there is no way of telling who’s behind it.
A year after the Arab Spring, Egyptian voters must choose between a Mubarak minister and a Muslim Brotherhood candidate. How did we get from Tahrir Square to here?
The U.S. Postal Service is scaling back in the face of a massive budget deficit. Did it bring this on itself, or is someone else to blame?
What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?
Why tragedy and impotence mark the struggle in Syria.
Memories of director Seyfi Teoman, whose two feature films drove Turkish film for two decades.
Climate change denial is facing significant new challenges, but the fight is nowhere close to over.
What’s behind the lackluster new jobs report?
Protests at the Chicago NATO Summit get ugly… 1968-National-Democratic-Convention ugly.
Drone technology has long been touted as the future of warfare, but should we believe the hype?
We may be about to enter the worse of both worlds.
The Romney campaign is getting very close to Donald Trump, but why?
True patriotism means taking your share of America’s burden.
A new book reveals the hidden physical infrastructure of the internet.
In Palestine, running can be more than an athletic endeavor.
Dissident Wuer Kaixi talks about fellow activist Chen Guangcheng, his own attempt to return to China, and his continued hope for “counter-talk” with the regime that exiled him.
The costs of fighting wars are projected to drop, but our national defense is still disproportional to what we need.
Should the story of the Palestinian hunger strikers be getting more attention, and, if so, who should give it to them?
Globalizing the global war on terror.
Recent elections in Burma are a step in the right direction, but is now the time to fully normalize relations?
The book New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing, has been banned at that prison since its publication, and so has its author—until now.
Whistling past the graveyard of empires.
Are the recent controversies surrounding JPMorgan Chase and Bain Capital isolated incidents, or symptomatic of a single, larger problem?
Egypt’s presidential election is a tremendous opportunity for the Egyptian people, but does not come without risks.
With surveillance cameras on every corner and our smartphones tracking our every move, we’ve entered a new era of the war on civilian privacy.
On the nearly $1-trillion national security budget.
Mitt Romney has spoken highly of the Clinton administration. Is it pandering, or could he really mean it?
How recent hunger strikes have changed the tone of the day commemorating the Palestinian displacement after the Israeli Declaration of Independence.”
The environmental nightmare you know nothing about.
David Chura’s students went to school, worked hard, and learned—but by any state rubric, they were still failures, and he was still a “failed teacher.”
President Obama could differentiate himself in an election year by coming out strong against the excesses of Wall Street.
The government spends a great deal of money on programs and services for the benefit of the poor. So why is it also, in tandem with corporations, robbing them blind?
Kelly Reichardt’s Oregon Trilogy, screening at the Whitney’s Biennial, explores the thin lines between hope and loss, sorrow and joy, the America we’ve got and the one we could have had.
The Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Polisse has striking similarities to Law & Order.
On how far we should go to stand up for ourselves, the righteous anger of parenthood, and whether “faggot” is the ultimate insult.
The end of the Palestinian hunger strike provides opportunity for reflection on its media coverage, legacy, and history.
There will be a winner in the 2012 election, but it won’t be Obama or Romney.
Robert Reich: How J.P. Morgan Chase Made the Case for Breaking Up Big Banks and Resurrecting Glass-SteagallMay 15, 2012
J.P. Morgan’s mounting losses and poor monitoring reveal the ongoing fragility of the U.S. banking system.
Honduran President Pepe Lobo received an International Leadership Award last week from the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. But why?
On a recent trip to Israel, Randa Jarrar gets detained, denied entry, and sent to the “Arab Room.”
On staring death in the face and not noticing.
Health care reform may be repealed if Republicans win in November, but it may not be the only president’s signature legislation that’s in danger.
Six recent clashes and conflicts on a planet heading into energy overdrive.
Bartolomé de las Casas, a sixteenth century Spanish missionary, had a passion for social justice worth celebrating, and emulating.
The latest election controversies are over gay marriage and abortions, but we’re not in trouble because of what goes on in the bedroom. We’re in trouble because of the CEOs in the boardrooms.