Andrea Jones: Brainwave on BrainwavesMay 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 CREEPBy Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
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 PrecariatMay 2012
On the history of the U.S. economy in decline.
Ernest Callenbach: Epistle to the EcotopiansMay 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 SocialismMay 2012
What America needs isn't socialism, but a revitalized, more equitable brand of capitalism.
Elizabeth Greenwood: Weegee’s New YorkBy Elizabeth Greenwood
'Murder is My Business,' an exhibition of Weegee's gritty photographs, opens at the International Center for Photography.
Richard Falk: Under the RadarMay 2012
Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are staging hunger strikes in Israeli detention centers.
Robert Reich: Why the Economy is Heading for a StallMay 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 ProtestMay 2012
Tales from May Day's demonstrations.
Roslyn Bernstein: Spying on RealityMay 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 AwardMay 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 SocietyMay 2012
Austerity economics is wreaking havoc on world economies, despite gains on Wall Street.
Richard Falk: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal AccountabilityMay 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 GamesMay 2012
Sending debt oeonage, poverty, and freaky weather into the arena.
Rafia Zakaria: The Retired TerroristMay 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 UpMay 2012
Haniya Ray interviews the Critical Mass agitator and artist.
Introducing the Guernic-appApril 2012
We're on the Longform app. Buy it.
Richard Falk: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal AccountabilityApril 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 WednesdayApril 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 ContradictionApril 2012
Obama: Weakling at home, imperial president abroad.
Legacy Russell: Beauty & The Beast: Collectivity and the CorporationBy Legacy Russell
Today's art world, like the realm of finance, is a place of stock and shareholders.
László Krasznahorkai: The Disciplined MadnessApril 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’sApril 2012
The danger here for the United States is clear, but there’s also a clear lesson.
Michelle Legro: Mercator Turns 500April 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 BankApril 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 CultureApril 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 FloodBy Anthony Kammer
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 PoetryApril 2012
Congrats to our one-time poetry guest editor. We're not surprised in the least!
Belén Fernández: Waging War on PeaceApril 2012
Lessons about the military, war, and revolutionary armed forces learned from a week in a Colombian peace community.
Rachel Riederer: Emergency in Slow MotionBy Rachel Riederer
"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 2012April 2012
Robert Reich on why being a class worrier is nothing to be ashamed of.
Dilip Hiro: Taking Uncle Sam for a RideApril 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 PeaceApril 2012
Richard Falk on the so-called decline of violence, nuclear weapons, and subtle academic corruption.
Beth Harrison: Preparing for Poem in Your Pocket DayApril 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 ItApril 2012
Robert Reich on how economic fairness encourages growth, not stifles it.
Chase Madar: What the Laws of War AllowApril 2012
Do the WikiLeaks war logs reveal war crimes, or the poverty of international law?
Astri von Arbin Ahlander: Interview with Sam LipsyteBy Astri von Arbin Ahlander
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 LowApril 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 DisasterBy Juan Cole
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 WaterBy Daniel Moss
The World Water Forum in Marseille sets the stage for important talks at Rio environment conference.
Tom Engelhardt: The Afghan SyndromeApril 2012
Vietnam has left town, say "hello" to the new syndrome on the block.
Robert Reich: What Today’s Job Numbers MeanApril 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 IndiaBy Ela Bittencourt
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 FearApril 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
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
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 YouApril 2012
How the intelligence community is creating a new American world.
Lois Beckett: Three Things We Don’t Know About Obama’s Massive Voter DatabaseBy Lois Beckett
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 SchoolApril 2012
How a picture of an astronaut set off a court case over student free speech rights.
Raymond Stock: Omar Sharif SpeaksApril 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
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 GovernmentMarch 2012
Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.
Rachel Riederer: How the Million Hoodies March Quells Our Unreasonable FearsBy Rachel Riederer
Hoodiephobia is real, irrational, racial—and that’s why the Million Hoodies March is so important.
Guernica Contributor Siddhartha Deb Longlisted for Orwell PrizeMarch 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 AddictsMarch 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 JiujitsuMarch 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 GranddaughterMarch 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
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 CompaniesBy Tackle Tax Haven
The latest in a series of podcasts on international tax news.
Candace Feit: Order in the Loud and DirtyMarch 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 RelationshipBy Gal Beckerman
Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Richard Falk: The Ordeal of Hana ShalabiMarch 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 FictionLiza Monroy interviews Nick Flynn.
The memoirist/poet on adaptation and how all literary trilogies come back to Star Wars.
Joshua Dratel: The Evaporation of American Political DissentMarch 2012
Is the anti-Occupy law fundamentally un-American?
Robert Reich: Why Mitt Won’t Be Able to Hide From His Primary SelfMarch 2012
Mitt Romney needs to learn that we’re no longer in an Etch-a-Sketch world.
Katie Ryder: Cindy Sherman and Her VisitorsMarch 2012
Cindy Sherman-esque conversations overheard at the Cindy Sherman MOMA exhibit.
William D. Hartung: Throwing Money at the PentagonMarch 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 GuareMarch 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 TerrorMarch 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 BadakhshanMarch 2012
An untold tale from the days of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.
A Guernica Photographer Wins Best Photo Book of the YearMarch 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 GovernmentMarch 2012
Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.
Barbara Ehrenreich: Rediscovering PovertyMarch 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 WomenMarch 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.