When writer Rivka Galchen and neuroscientist David Linden get together, the boundaries of science, emotion, and memory blur.
Watergate led to a grassroots effort to clean up Washington. In the wake of Citizens United, and with the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, is it time to act again?
On the history of the U.S. economy in decline.
Wise words from a document found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.
What America needs isn’t socialism, but a revitalized, more equitable brand of capitalism.
‘Murder is My Business,’ an exhibition of Weegee’s gritty photographs, opens at the International Center for Photography.
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are staging hunger strikes in Israeli detention centers.
It’s a bad idea to enact cuts in government spending right when consumers can’t spend more.
A planet connected by wild weather.
Tales from May Day’s demonstrations.
Larry Abramson reflects on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the upcoming 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War.
Congratulations to J. Malcolm Garcia, who has won the 2011 Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism for his piece “Smoke Screen,” which appeared in the Aug. 15, 2011 issue of Guernica.
Austerity economics is wreaking havoc on world economies, despite gains on Wall Street.
While the United States advocates for international criminal justice, it may be ignoring human rights abuses closer to home.
Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.
Before Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, he was locked in a house for five months with three wives and over a dozen children.
Haniya Ray interviews the Critical Mass agitator and artist.
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The trial of Charles Taylor highlights Western hypocrisy with regard to international human rights law.
On May 2nd at the PEN World Voices festival Guernica’s Editor in Chief will moderate “A Reporter’s Perspective on War” with Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski.
Obama: Weakling at home, imperial president abroad.
Today’s art world, like the realm of finance, is a place of stock and shareholders.
The Hungarian writer talks terror in fiction, the aesthetic of the long sentence, his love of contemporary music, and collaborating with Allen Ginsberg.
The danger here for the United States is clear, but there’s also a clear lesson.
Ah, to be at the center of the world! How Gerard Mercator changed history by creating the first useful map.
Why the international search for the new head of the World Bank was a charade.
Tom Bissell talks about the blurred line between fiction and non-fiction, ridding the world of mediocre writing, and Tommy Wiseau of The Room.
Our economy’s death cycle has a very famous historical parallel: the lead-up to the French revolution.
Congrats to our one-time poetry guest editor. We’re not surprised in the least!
Lessons about the military, war, and revolutionary armed forces learned from a week in a Colombian peace community.
“The Island President,” a new film about the crisis in the Maldives, wants to change the way we talk about climate change.
Robert Reich on why being a class worrier is nothing to be ashamed of.
Dilip Hiro describes how the Pakistani government has outmaneuvered Washington to the tune of several billion dollars.
Richard Falk on the so-called decline of violence, nuclear weapons, and subtle academic corruption.
Beth Harrison, interim director of the Academy of American Poets, talks about the value of a national poetry month, the well-versed movie, and Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Robert Reich on how economic fairness encourages growth, not stifles it.
Do the WikiLeaks war logs reveal war crimes, or the poverty of international law?
Sam Lipsyte on being an American writer in translation and the venerable tradition of masturbation in literature.
Robert Reich on three reasons why Obama’s plan to reduce income equality will not do enough.
The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn’t the first time.
The World Water Forum in Marseille sets the stage for important talks at Rio environment conference.
Vietnam has left town, say “hello” to the new syndrome on the block.
The numbers suggest our economic recovery may be stalling, and it’s for the simplest of reasons.
Director Micha X. Peled’s Bitter Seeds is a compelling portrait of families and biotechnology in modern India.
Anis Shivani interviews Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch, about how today’s political leaders are leading us toward Soviet-era doublethink and decline.
In North Korea, the hunger games have been raging for quite some time.
Skyrocketing student loan debt has dramatically changed the historical conversation about the social worth of education.
America’s student debt reaches one-trillion dollar mark this month. How did we get here and why?
Today’s politicians are still stuck with the same dilemma outlined in 1883.
France has institutionalized discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs, and Jews—but that hasn’t stopped India, home to large populations of Muslims and Sikhs, from brokering an international arms deals with the country.
How the intelligence community is creating a new American world.
Obama’s re-election campaign is building a database about potential supporters—and there doesn’t seem to be any way to opt out.
How a picture of an astronaut set off a court case over student free speech rights.
In this never-published interview legendary actor Omar Sharif speaks about fathering a half-Jewish son in a one-night-stand and working on a bawdy, nearly forgotten film with Peter O’Toole.
How the big energy companies plan to turn the United States into a third-world petro-state.
The numbers make it look like our economy is getting better, but the recovery is lopsided, and most Americans are rapidly losing ground.
Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.
Hoodiephobia is real, irrational, racial—and that’s why the Million Hoodies March is so important.
Deb’s book The Beautiful and the Damned nominated for Britain’s most prestigious political writing award.
The Trayvon Martin case is emotional, high-stakes, and has been getting a lot of attention—but should human drama drive the discourse?
With a bit of political jujitsu, the President could turn any such defeat into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system—Medicare for all.
Chip Ward writes to granddaughter Madeline about the problems of the world she’s about to inherit.
In Madrid, Lucy McKeon reviews Picasso’s “eternal feminine” exhibit, which is grouped around paintings of women, yet presupposes a male perspective.
The latest in a series of podcasts on international tax news.
Candace Feit on her work exploring loneliness and solitude among fishermen in Tamil Nadu, on India’s south coast.
Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Hana Shalabi continues her historic hunger strike to protest abuse that she experienced and her objections to the Israeli practice of prolonged detention without charges, without trial.
The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.
Is the anti-Occupy law fundamentally un-American?
Mitt Romney needs to learn that we’re no longer in an Etch-a-Sketch world.
Cindy Sherman-esque conversations overheard at the Cindy Sherman MOMA exhibit.
A lesson in Republican math.
Keith Haring—rockstar of the art world, New York City street artist, activist—is no longer a household name. Genevieve Walker reviews the exhibit designed to commemorate his legacy.
American Playwright John Guare on Tennessee Williams, writing strong dialog, and discovering a New Orleans lost in history.
Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, on how the most important thing in Washington now is “messaging”, and how this affects Washington’s unnerving national security.
An untold tale from the days of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.
The book of photographs by Rafal Milach, from which Guernica excerpted for our January art feature, have been named Best Photo Book by Pictures of the Year International.
Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.
How we cured the “culture of poverty” but not culture itself.
M.I.A. likes to portray herself as a revolutionary, but if the “Bad Girls” video is any indication, she’s more interested in pandering to Western stereotypes of Arab countries.