Andrea Jones: Brainwave on Brainwaves

May 2012

When writer Rivka Galchen and neuroscientist David Linden get together, the boundaries of science, emotion, and memory blur.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: America Doesn’t Need Another CREEP

By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
May 2012

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?

Noam Chomsky: Plutonomy and the Precariat

May 2012

On the history of the U.S. economy in decline.

Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the Ecotopians

May 2012

Wise words from a document found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.

Robert Reich: We Don’t Need Socialism

May 2012

What America needs isn't socialism, but a revitalized, more equitable brand of capitalism.

Elizabeth Greenwood: Weegee’s New York

By Elizabeth Greenwood
May 2012

'Murder is My Business,' an exhibition of Weegee's gritty photographs, opens at the International Center for Photography.

Richard Falk: Under the Radar

May 2012

Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are staging hunger strikes in Israeli detention centers.

Robert Reich: Why the Economy is Heading for a Stall

May 2012

It's a bad idea to enact cuts in government spending right when consumers can't spend more.

Bill McKibben: Too Hot Not to Notice?

May 2012

A planet connected by wild weather.

Matthew Wolfe: Twelve Ways of Looking at a Protest

May 2012

Tales from May Day's demonstrations.

Roslyn Bernstein: Spying on Reality

May 2012

Larry Abramson reflects on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the upcoming 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War.

Guernica Contributor J. Malcolm Garcia Wins Studs Terkel Award

May 2012

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.

Robert Reich: The Tinder-Box Society

May 2012

Austerity economics is wreaking havoc on world economies, despite gains on Wall Street.

Richard Falk: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal Accountability

May 2012

While the United States advocates for international criminal justice, it may be ignoring human rights abuses closer to home.

Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

May 2012

Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.

Rafia Zakaria: The Retired Terrorist

May 2012

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.

Joe Sharkey: Critical Mass: The Cyclists of NYC Rise Up

May 2012

Haniya Ray interviews the Critical Mass agitator and artist.

Introducing the Guernic-app

April 2012

We're on the Longform app. Buy it.

Richard Falk: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal Accountability

April 2012

The trial of Charles Taylor highlights Western hypocrisy with regard to international human rights law.

Don’t Miss Joel Whitney in Conversation with Wojciech Jagielski this Wednesday

April 2012

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.

Tom Engelhardt: The Obama Contradiction

April 2012

Obama: Weakling at home, imperial president abroad.

Legacy Russell: Beauty & The Beast: Collectivity and the Corporation

By Legacy Russell
April 2012

Today's art world, like the realm of finance, is a place of stock and shareholders.

László Krasznahorkai: The Disciplined Madness

April 2012

The Hungarian writer talks terror in fiction, the aesthetic of the long sentence, his love of contemporary music, and collaborating with Allen Ginsberg.

Robert Reich: How Europe’s Double Dip Could Become America’s

April 2012

The danger here for the United States is clear, but there’s also a clear lesson.

Michelle Legro: Mercator Turns 500

April 2012

Ah, to be at the center of the world! How Gerard Mercator changed history by creating the first useful map.

Richard Falk: Choosing a President for the World Bank

April 2012

Why the international search for the new head of the World Bank was a charade.

Tom Bissell: Solitude at the Fault Line of Literary Culture

April 2012

Tom Bissell talks about the blurred line between fiction and non-fiction, ridding the world of mediocre writing, and Tommy Wiseau of The Room.

Anthony Kammer: After Me, The Flood

By Anthony Kammer
April 2012

Our economy’s death cycle has a very famous historical parallel: the lead-up to the French revolution.

Guernica Contributor Tracy K. Smith Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

April 2012

Congrats to our one-time poetry guest editor. We're not surprised in the least!

Belén Fernández: Waging War on Peace

April 2012

Lessons about the military, war, and revolutionary armed forces learned from a week in a Colombian peace community.

Rachel Riederer: Emergency in Slow Motion

By Rachel Riederer
April 2012

"The Island President," a new film about the crisis in the Maldives, wants to change the way we talk about climate change.

Robert Reich: Thoughts on Tax Day 2012

April 2012

Robert Reich on why being a class worrier is nothing to be ashamed of.

Dilip Hiro: Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

April 2012

Dilip Hiro describes how the Pakistani government has outmaneuvered Washington to the tune of several billion dollars.

Richard Falk: Nuclear Weapons Are Not Instruments of Peace

April 2012

Richard Falk on the so-called decline of violence, nuclear weapons, and subtle academic corruption.

Beth Harrison: Preparing for Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 2012

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: Why a Fair Economy Is Not Incompatible with Growth but Essential to It

April 2012

Robert Reich on how economic fairness encourages growth, not stifles it.

Chase Madar: What the Laws of War Allow

April 2012

Do the WikiLeaks war logs reveal war crimes, or the poverty of international law?

Astri von Arbin Ahlander: Interview with Sam Lipsyte

By Astri von Arbin Ahlander
April 2012

Sam Lipsyte on being an American writer in translation and the venerable tradition of masturbation in literature.

Robert Reich: Why the Buffett Rule Sets the Bar Too Low

April 2012

Robert Reich on three reasons why Obama's plan to reduce income equality will not do enough.

Juan Cole: Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster

By Juan Cole
April 2012

The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn't the first time.

Daniel Moss: Debating the Future of Our World’s Water

By Daniel Moss
April 2012

The World Water Forum in Marseille sets the stage for important talks at Rio environment conference.

Tom Engelhardt: The Afghan Syndrome

April 2012

Vietnam has left town, say "hello" to the new syndrome on the block.

Robert Reich: What Today’s Job Numbers Mean

April 2012

The numbers suggest our economic recovery may be stalling, and it's for the simplest of reasons.

Ela Bittencourt: Biotechnology and Its Human Tragedies in India

By Ela Bittencourt
April 2012

Director Micha X. Peled's Bitter Seeds is a compelling portrait of families and biotechnology in modern India.

Tom Engelhardt: Drone Warfare and the United States of Fear

April 2012

Anis Shivani interviews Tom Engelhardt, creator of TomDispatch, about how today's political leaders are leading us toward Soviet-era doublethink and decline.

Claire Lambrecht: Escape from a “Necrocracy”

April 2012

In North Korea, the hunger games have been raging for quite some time.

Rachel Signer: The Trillion-Dollar Question (Part II)

By Rachel Signer
April 2012

Skyrocketing student loan debt has dramatically changed the historical conversation about the social worth of education.

Rachel Signer: The Trillion-Dollar Question (Part I)

By Rachel Signer
April 2012

America’s student debt reaches one-trillion dollar mark this month. How did we get here and why?

Robert Reich: The Choice in 2012, Social Darwinism or a Decent Society?

April 2012

Today’s politicians are still stuck with the same dilemma outlined in 1883.

Mallika Kaur: France of Institutionalized Discrimination, “J’accuse!”

April 2012

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.

Tom Engelhardt: Data Mining You

April 2012

How the intelligence community is creating a new American world.

Lois Beckett: Three Things We Don’t Know About Obama’s Massive Voter Database

By Lois Beckett
April 2012

Obama's re-election campaign is building a database about potential supporters—and there doesn't seem to be any way to opt out.

David L. Hudson Jr.: The Heckler’s Veto at School

April 2012

How a picture of an astronaut set off a court case over student free speech rights.

Raymond Stock: Omar Sharif Speaks

April 2012

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.

Michael Klare: A New Energy Third World in North America?

April 2012

How the big energy companies plan to turn the United States into a third-world petro-state.

Robert Reich: Whose Recovery?

By Robert Reich
April 2012

The numbers make it look like our economy is getting better, but the recovery is lopsided, and most Americans are rapidly losing ground.

March 30, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

March 2012

Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Rachel Riederer: How the Million Hoodies March Quells Our Unreasonable Fears

By Rachel Riederer
March 2012

Hoodiephobia is real, irrational, racial—and that’s why the Million Hoodies March is so important.

Guernica Contributor Siddhartha Deb Longlisted for Orwell Prize

March 2012

Deb’s book The Beautiful and the Damned nominated for Britain’s most prestigious political writing award.

Russ Baker: The Trayvon Effect, Americans As Tragedy Addicts

March 2012

The Trayvon Martin case is emotional, high-stakes, and has been getting a lot of attention—but should human drama drive the discourse?

Robert Reich: Healthcare Jiujitsu

March 2012

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: A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter

March 2012

Chip Ward writes to granddaughter Madeline about the problems of the world she’s about to inherit.

Lucy McKeon: Picasso and the “The Eternal Feminine”

By Lucy McKeon
March 2012

In Madrid, Lucy McKeon reviews Picasso’s “eternal feminine” exhibit, which is grouped around paintings of women, yet presupposes a male perspective.

TaxCast: The ABCs of Apple, Arab Spring Property, and Letterbox Companies

By Tackle Tax Haven
March 2012

The latest in a series of podcasts on international tax news.

Candace Feit: Order in the Loud and Dirty

March 2012

Candace Feit on her work exploring loneliness and solitude among fishermen in Tamil Nadu, on India’s south coast.

Gal Beckerman: The DNA of the Israeli-American Jewish Relationship

By Gal Beckerman
March 2012

Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Richard Falk: The Ordeal of Hana Shalabi

March 2012

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.

Nick Flynn: Dads, DeNiro, and Turning Memoir into Fiction

Liza Monroy interviews Nick Flynn.
March 2012

The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.

Joshua Dratel: The Evaporation of American Political Dissent

March 2012

Is the anti-Occupy law fundamentally un-American?

Robert Reich: Why Mitt Won’t Be Able to Hide From His Primary Self

March 2012

Mitt Romney needs to learn that we’re no longer in an Etch-a-Sketch world.

Katie Ryder: Cindy Sherman and Her Visitors

March 2012

Cindy Sherman-esque conversations overheard at the Cindy Sherman MOMA exhibit.

William D. Hartung: Throwing Money at the Pentagon

March 2012

A lesson in Republican math.

Genevieve Walker: “Keith Haring: 1978-1982”

March 2012

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.

Strangers in the Dark: Tana Wojczuk Interviews John Guare

March 2012

American Playwright John Guare on Tennessee Williams, writing strong dialog, and discovering a New Orleans lost in history.

Karen J. Greenberg: The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror

March 2012

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.

Majed Neisi: Kumandan Qurban and the Bus to Badakhshan

March 2012

An untold tale from the days of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.

A Guernica Photographer Wins Best Photo Book of the Year

March 2012

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.

March 16, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

March 2012

Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Barbara Ehrenreich: Rediscovering Poverty

March 2012

How we cured the “culture of poverty” but not culture itself.

Carmen García Durazo: M.I.A.’s Controversial “Bad Girls” Video Will Do Nothing For Saudi Women

March 2012

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.