Don Lee: The Ethnic Literature Box

By Don Lee
June 2012

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.

TaxCast: Greece’s Missing Billions, Trade Mispricing, and the G20 Agenda

June 2012

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.

Lewis H. Lapham: Magic and the Machine

June 2012

The ascension of science in so many facets of our everyday lives has not sparked a revitalization of belief in the power of reason.

Rachel Riederer: Human Rights Horror Stories

By Rachel Riederer
June 2012

The scariest movies of the summer are at the Human Rights Watch film festival.

Michael T. Klare: Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?

June 2012

President Obama's approach to energy policy is surprisingly close Dick Cheney's. What this tells us about America's new nationalism.

Leah Carroll: University of Missouri Press On the Chopping Block

June 2012

The scholarly press that brought us the collected Langston Hughes and other leading Civil-rights-era thinkers will be "phased out" starting June 30th.

Robert Reich: Dimon in the Rough

June 2012

Banks don't want Dodd-Frank regulations extended to their foreign branches and overseas subsidiaries. Should we listen?

Abby Rabinowitz: Sex, Lies, and Young Women’s Theater

June 2012

A theater collection of teenage girls takes on child sex trafficking, and the challenges of portraying exploitation in art.

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett: Deep-Sixing the China Option

June 2012

Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration's Iran problems?

Anna Ludwig: Afterimages

June 2012

In a series of watercolors, Anna Ludwig explores the complicated history of People’s Park, and sees its echoes in Occupy Oakland.

Robert Reich: Corporate Feelings

June 2012

Mitch McConnell takes the corporations-are-people ethos to a new level. Now, corporations can do more than speak—they can feel.

Ed Winstead: Empty and Blue and Serene

By Ed Winstead
June 2012

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.

Tom Engelhardt: It Couldn’t Happen Here, It Does Happen There

June 2012

The value of American—and Afghan—lives.

Robert Reich: Ponderings on the New Politics of Extremism

June 2012

Washington feels under siege. Who's outside the walls?

Leah Carroll: Language of Men

June 2012

Anthony D'Aries explores father, culture, and war in his new book Language of Men.

Nick Turse: The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War

June 2012

Civilian soldiers, drones, and cyber attacks are just a few elements of the Obama formula for contemporary war.

Marina Kaganova: Ushba On My Mind

June 2012

What happens to traditional culture when an isolated town in the Caucasus is reshaped in the image of a Western tourism center?

Noam Chomsky Comments on the “Kill List”

June 2012

Guernica Editor in Chief Joel Whitney tracked down Noam Chomsky to get his opinion on the President's recently revealed 'kill list.'

Richard Falk: U.S. Military Suicides and Palestinian Hunger Strikes

June 2012

What do the suicides of U.S. military personnel have in common with the food strikes put on by Palestinian detainees?

Robert Reich: A Back Door to the Public Option

June 2012

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.

Peter Van Buren: Leaking War

June 2012

Is the Obama administration's crackdown on leakers and whistleblowers indicative of a new sort of Imperial Presidency?

Richard Falk: Political Europe Can Save Economic Europe

June 2012

Europe's economic woes seem endless, but there is a way forward.

Robert Reich: Why the Economy Can’t Get Out of First Gear

June 2012

The problem isn't taxes or Wall Street. It's that we just don't have enough money.

Roslyn Bernstein: “Art Und Press”

June 2012

A new exhibit uses newspapers as instruments of art and manipulation, and shows that in our media, there is no escaping murder and mayhem.

Juliet Jacques: XXXora’s Newer Gender

June 2012

A London artist explores third-sex identity through pop culture icons from Michael Jackson to Margaret Thatcher.

Meaghan Winter: Xiaolu Guo’s Modernity Enthusiasts

By Meaghan Winter
June 2012

A fabulist film highlights the absurdity of breakneck-paced development, and its relevance inside and outside of China.

Andy Kroll: Getting Rolled in Wisconsin

June 2012

Despite a recent loss at the ballot box, the fight is far from over for unions in Wisconsin.

Robert Reich: Why the Public’s Growing Disdain for the Supreme Court May Help Obamacare

June 2012

Less than half of Americans believe that the Supreme Court is doing a good job. Here's what that may mean.

Jessica Porter: A Curator’s Look at Katarzyna Majak’s Women of Power

June 2012

Haniya Rae interviews Jessica Porter on the process of curating artist Katarzyna Majak's new photography exhibition, 'Women of Power.'

Loren Lynch: (Re)Call to Action

June 2012

Scott Walker is the first American governor to survive a recall election. It wasn't just about the money.

David Morris: Business Can’t Win the Privatization Game Without a Handicap

June 2012

Competition between the public and private sectors is rigged—and in not the way you might think.

Todd Miller: Bringing the Battlefield to the Border

June 2012

Border security, it isn't just about borders anymore. How new surveillance technology has made border-enforcement a big business.

Robert Reich: Why We Have To Raise Taxes on the Rich

June 2012

President Clinton's recent comments on the Bush tax cuts have set off another fight over taxes and spending.

Richard Falk: On the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations

June 2012

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.

Tom Engelhardt: Praying at the Church of St. Drone

June 2012

An unprecedented expansion of authority has created a new role for the president: Assassin-in-Chief.

Robert Reich: The Big-Lie Coup d’Etat

June 2012

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.

Maurice Chammah: After the Revolution

June 2012

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?

David Morris: A Phony Crisis

June 2012

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?

Tomas Hachard: The Red Ink

June 2012

What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?

Richard Falk: What Can Be Done About Syria?

June 2012

Why tragedy and impotence mark the struggle in Syria.

Kaya Genç: Our Grand Young Filmmaker

June 2012

Memories of director Seyfi Teoman, whose two feature films drove Turkish film for two decades.

Bill McKibben: The Planet Wreckers

June 2012

Climate change denial is facing significant new challenges, but the fight is nowhere close to over.

Robert Reich: The Job Stall

June 2012

What's behind the lackluster new jobs report?

Alan Chin: Violence at the Chicago NATO Summit 2012

May 2012

Protests at the Chicago NATO Summit get ugly... 1968-National-Democratic-Convention ugly.

Nick Turse: A Drone-Eat-Drone World

May 2012

Drone technology has long been touted as the future of warfare, but should we believe the hype?

Robert Reich: U.S. Wages and European Austerity

May 2012

We may be about to enter the worse of both worlds.

Robert Reich: Romney-Trump in 2012

May 2012

The Romney campaign is getting very close to Donald Trump, but why?

Robert Reich: True Patriotism

May 2012

True patriotism means taking your share of America's burden.

Leah Carroll: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

May 2012

A new book reveals the hidden physical infrastructure of the internet.

Ian Rhodewalt: Running in Palestine

By Ian Rhodewalt
May 2012

In Palestine, running can be more than an athletic endeavor.

Wuer Kaixi: Returning Home—Or Not

By Angela Chen
May 2012

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.

Robert Reich: Memorial Day Thoughts on National Defense

May 2012

The costs of fighting wars are projected to drop, but our national defense is still disproportional to what we need.

Richard Falk: Beyond the Politics of Invisibility

May 2012

Should the story of the Palestinian hunger strikers be getting more attention, and, if so, who should give it to them?

Andrew J. Bacevich: Unleashed

May 2012

Globalizing the global war on terror.

Zoya Phan: The Significance of Change in Burma Must Be Kept in Perspective

May 2012

Recent elections in Burma are a step in the right direction, but is now the time to fully normalize relations?

Ted Conover: Rehab

By Ted Conover
May 2012

The book New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing, has been banned at that prison since its publication, and so has its author—until now.

Tom Engelhardt: How to Forget on Memorial Day

May 2012

Whistling past the graveyard of empires.

Robert Reich: Why Obama Should Be Attacking Casino Capitalism

May 2012

Are the recent controversies surrounding JPMorgan Chase and Bain Capital isolated incidents, or symptomatic of a single, larger problem?

Jamal Mahjoub: The Half-Life of a Revolution

By Jamal Mahjoub
May 2012

Egypt's presidential election is a tremendous opportunity for the Egyptian people, but does not come without risks.

Josh Dratel: Updates in the War on Civilian Privacy

By Josh Dratel
May 2012

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.

Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer: War Pay

May 2012

On the nearly $1-trillion national security budget.

Robert Reich: How Odd that Mitt’s Smitten With Clinton

May 2012

Mitt Romney has spoken highly of the Clinton administration. Is it pandering, or could he really mean it?

Richard Falk: The Nakba 2012

May 2012

How recent hunger strikes have changed the tone of the day commemorating the Palestinian displacement after the Israeli Declaration of Independence."

Ellen Cantarow: How Rural America Got Fracked

May 2012

The environmental nightmare you know nothing about.

David Chura: Confessions of a “Failing Teacher”

May 2012

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."

Robert Reich: The Dog that Didn’t Bark

May 2012

President Obama could differentiate himself in an election year by coming out strong against the excesses of Wall Street.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Preying on the Poor

May 2012

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?

Tomas Hachard: At the End of the Arc

May 2012

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.

Rose Lichter-Marck: Love in a Hopeless Place

May 2012

The Cannes Jury Prize-winning film Polisse has striking similarities to Law & Order.

Thomas Beller: The Purple Krama

By Thomas Beller
May 2012

On how far we should go to stand up for ourselves, the righteous anger of parenthood, and whether "faggot" is the ultimate insult.

Richard Falk: Reflections on the Great Palestinian Prison Hunger Strikes of 2012

May 2012

The end of the Palestinian hunger strike provides opportunity for reflection on its media coverage, legacy, and history.

William J. Astore: The National Security State Wins (Again)

May 2012

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-Steagall

May 2012

J.P. Morgan's mounting losses and poor monitoring reveal the ongoing fragility of the U.S. banking system.

Belén Fernández: Honduras’ Illegitimate President and His Cheering Squad

May 2012

Honduran President Pepe Lobo received an International Leadership Award last week from the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. But why?

Randa Jarrar: Imagining Myself in Palestine

May 2012

On a recent trip to Israel, Randa Jarrar gets detained, denied entry, and sent to the "Arab Room."

Tom Engelhardt: America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill

May 2012

On staring death in the face and not noticing.

David Morris: Profiles of Political Courage

May 2012

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.

Michael T. Klare: The Energy Wars Heat Up

May 2012

Six recent clashes and conflicts on a planet heading into energy overdrive.

Joanna Eede: All Peoples of the World are Men

May 2012

Bartolomé de las Casas, a sixteenth century Spanish missionary, had a passion for social justice worth celebrating, and emulating.

Robert Reich: On Bedrooms and Boardrooms

May 2012

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.