Danny Thiemann: In Syria, “Holding a Camera is a Death Sentence”

March 2012

Danny Thiemann interviews the founders of the Syrian citizen-journalist movement.

Erik Raschke: A Dutch Dissonance

March 2012

The Dutch love to chide America on its unethical domestic policy—so it’s time they looked at their own.

Michael T. Klare: A Tough-Oil World

March 2012

Why 21st century oil will break the bank—and the planet.

Robert Reich: Why We Need a Surtax on the Super Wealthy

March 2012

With the wealth gap so large, shouldn’t we be aiming higher than a “Buffet tax” on the incomes of millionaires?

Stanley Greene: Nigerians Documenting Nigerians

March 2012

The famous documentary photographer on the importance of Nigerians archiving their own history.

Joy Lo Dico: Kneeling Towards Riyadh

March 2012
  For the British Museum, the preservers of cultural history, to omit items from an exhibition about the Hajj is at best negligent.

Alex Halperin: Is Invisible Children for Real?

March 2012
  As of this writing, Kony 2012 has been on YouTube for seven days and has attracted more than 70 million viewers, but is the organization that created it telling the truth?

Julia Cooke: “Are They Really Selling That Mirror As Art?”

March 2012
  Art fairs are like big, gaudy (AWP-ish) conferences.

Tom Engelhardt: The 0 Percent Doctrine

March 2012

Obama breaks new ground when it comes to war with Iran.

Cora Currier: Charting Obama’s Crackdown on Leaks

March 2012
  Obama says he is protecting whistleblowers, but that might not apply to the people who are turning an eye on his government.

Tana Wojczuk: Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster Foretold In 1976

March 2012

The origins of the problems at Fukushima are far older and far more sinister.

Ann Jones: Green on Blue

March 2012
 Dead Americans, dead goats, and half a million gunmen on the loose.

Eyal Press: Chilling Dissent on Wall Street

March 2012
 Whistleblowers: Washington’s friend or foe?

Carl Elliott: Big Pharma Stands Strong, Funds “Research” Prizes

March 2012
 A look into the dark side of medicine.

Guernica Contributor Tim Elhajj to Participate in Reading for Best Sex Writing 2012

March 2012
 Elhajj’s piece for Guernica was included for Best Sex Writing 2012.

Carrie Hamilton: Excerpt From Sexual Revolutions in Cuba: Passion, Politics, and Memory

March 2012
 Guevara, Castro, love, and revolution in Cuba.

Robert Reich: The Challenge of the Productivity Revolution

March 2012
 Bye bye American Pie: How the technology boom has impacted our economy.

Maryam Abolfazli: Let Them Separate

March 2012
 The author visits Thala, Tunisia, after the Arab Spring.

Stephan Salisbury: Weaponizing the Body Politic

March 2012
 How to fund an American Police State: or, what you may be doing right now.

Juan Cole: Khamenei Takes Control, Forbids Nuclear Bomb

March 2012
 For all the focus on Ahmadinejad, the real power in Iran is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and it’s time we treated his words as such.

March 2, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

March 2012
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Andy Kroll: The Unlikely Oracle of Occupy Wall Street

March 2012
 How empires—including the United States—fall.

Zehra Naviwala: Voices from Israeli Prisons

February 2012
 Countless Palestinian refugees are abducted and detained without charges in Israeli prisons every week… sometimes just for throwing a rock.

Robert Reich: The Ongoing Housing Crisis and the End of an Era

February 2012
 It looks like the economy is starting to recover, but this is actually the start of a fundamental change in how we think about homes.

Dara Kerr: Occupy Oakland, Police Bruality, and a Change in Tactics

February 2012
 How the Oakland Police’s long history of violence finally forced Occupy Oakland’s hand.

Rebecca Bates: A Critique of War, An “Orgy of Death”

February 2012
  Artist Adel Abdessemed presents a brutal commentary on violence and spectatorship.

Sam Kerbel: What We Talk About When We Talk About Jewish Writers

February 2012
 Is the “Jewish writer” label still relevant? Was it ever?

Justin Elliott: Revelations on NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Contradict Mayor

February 2012
 A newly procured report on the NYPD’s investigation of “Newport’s Muslims” contradicts Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s claims about how the police work.

Genevieve Walker: The Hawaii in The Descendants

February 2012

There is beauty to Hawaii, sure. But there is also mundanity.

Work for Guernica

February 2012
 Guernica seeks a Web Master, an Assistant Editor, and an Editorial Producer.

TaxCast: The Nature of Risk

February 2012
  The latest in international tax news: bankers’ mega bonuses and Facebook’s move to Ireland.

February 24, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

February 2012
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Juan Cole: Logical Errors in GOP Debate on the Middle East

February 2012
 Republicans fail Juan Cole’s fact check on their assertions about the Middle East.

Richard Falk: Saving Khader Adnan’s Life and Legacy

February 2012
 Israel has agreed to release activist Khader Adnan. Here’s what that means.

Carole Joffe: Wins and Losses in Two Wars on Women’s Health

February 2012
 What increasing support for contraception and decreasing support for abortion rights mean for this year’s elections, and women&8217;s health.

Ela Bittencourt: Wislawa Szymborska: A Portrait in Quotes

February 2012
 In lieu of a character sketch, I have culled 10 quotations from Poland’s most prestigious newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, revealing glimpses of what, over the years, Polish writers and intellectuals have said about their illustrious colleague Wislawa Szymborska.

Salar Abdoh: Thank you, Asghar Farhadi

February 2012
 In the vacuous muddle of political chic and seasoned disingenuousness that often taints visual art and films from Iran enters a filmmaker who makes work for Iranians.

Zoë Carpenter: Tourists in the Promised Land

February 2012
 Mardi Gras has two faces. Zoë Carpenter discovers them both.

Rebecca Solnit: Mad, Passionate Love—and Violence

February 2012

Why the media loves violent acts by protesters, but not that of the banks.

Robert Reich: Manufacturing Illusions

February 2012
 The problem here is the declining power of American workers to share in the gains of the American economy.

Amitava Kumar: Why Amitav Ghosh’s Decision to Boycott the Jaipur Literary Festival is a ‘Sea of Poppycock’

February 2012
 Is it possible that Ghosh simply doesn’t like democracy?

Anita Hill: Kamala Harris’s Bold Stand for CA Communities: Pursuing Banks Who Fleeced Homeowners

February 2012
 Why fighting on the behalf of homeowners is imperative.

Katie Ryder: Two Oscars that Will Never Be

February 2012
  Why two stand-out films will be snubbed at this year’s Oscar ceremony.

The Dyer’s Hand

February 2012 Genre-defying British writer Geoff Dyer on how watching Tarkovsky’s Stalker on repeat turned into his most successful book.

James Huang: Moves We Like: Heist

February 2012
 Who stole the American Dream?

Noam Chomsky: The Imperial Way

February 2012

American decline in perspective, part II.

Hanne Blank: 10 Surprising Facts About Heterosexuality

February 2012
 Scholar Hanne Blank on 10 surprising facts from the short history of heterosexuality.

Russ Baker: But Syriasly, Folks

February 2012
 Russ Baker weighs in on the reports of Syria’s uprising, and why the press might be getting it wrong.

Noam Chomsky: Hegemony and its Dilemmas

February 2012

American decline in perspective, Part I.

Nick Turse: 450 Bases—and it’s Not Over Yet

February 2012
 The U.S. continues to pursue a war in which its supply lines are dependent on the good will of two edgy “allies,” Russia and Pakistan. Here’s why.

Sneak Peak: ASH Smyth Interviews Geoff Dyer

February 2012
 Selected outtakes from our interview with novelist Geoff Dyer, which will be published tomorrow evening.

Guernica Inside & Out: A Talk at Fordham University-Lincoln Center

February 2012
 A talk with Guernica editors on how to start a magazine. With readings by writer Matt Bell & Fordham’s Rebecca Bates.

Carl Elliot: Faking it for the Dean

February 2012
 Should administrators be judged by the norms and standards of corporations?

Peter Van Buren: Fear the Silence, Not the Noise

February 2012
 What’s behind the ever-deepening campaign against whistleblowers in Washington?

Tom Engelhardt: Kicking Down the World’s War

February 2012
 How drones, Special Operations Forces, and the U.S. Navy plan to end national sovereignty as we know it.

Russ Baker: Is Israel Really Iran’s Main Adversary? The West Doth Protest Too Much

February 2012
 If Israel takes the brunt of the criticism for getting things started with Iran, then we let the U.S. off the hook.

Kaya Genc: Conrad’s First Novel & His Personal Record

February 2012
  It’s about time to revive the great modernist’s digressive autobiography about language and writing.

Russ Baker: The Saudis, a Twitter Investment, and the End of the Arab Spring?

February 2012
 Is Twitter (a) a leading vehicle for freedom movements, or (b) primed to control and shut down open discourse throughout the world?

TaxCast: A Difference of Opinions

February 2012
 The inaugural episode of the Tax Justice Network’s new monthly podcast.

Extended Deadline for DISQUIET Contest and Scholarships

February 2012
 Contest deadline tomorrow.

Robert Reich: America’s Jobs Deficit, and Why It’s Still More Important than the Budget Deficit

February 2012
 Jobs first, budget austerity second.

Video: Free Word hosts the launch of Writers Bloc

February 2012
 Kamila Shamsie and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, among others, discuss education around the world at the launch of pioneering writing and education project Writers Bloc.

Conversations With History: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

February 2012
 Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Garry Wills discusses his latest book, compares Obama to past presidents, and analyzes the impact of the atomic bomb on the U.S. constitutional system.

David Chura: Keeping Lock-up Kids and their Families Connected

February 2012
 As anyone who has worked with kids in the penal system knows on a gut level, it is crucial to have supportive community members involved in young offenders’ lives as they serve their time. But why is it so difficult?

Robert Lipsyte: Four Reasons to Watch on Super Sunday

February 2012
 It’s an election season. Although you may be planning otherwise, you need to watch this game to fully understand how jobs, religion, leadership, and healthcare dominate every American contest.

“The Intrigue”

February 2012
 In this excerpt from I Dare to Say, a collection of the real-life stories of African women edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe, Yemo talks about female circumcision.

John Sevigny: Central America to Rome and Back Again

January 2012
 America. Europe. Freedom. Liberation. From Mexico to the streets of El Salvador, these words make mouths water. But the reality is often more complicated than it seems.

Live Webcast: The Security Council Debates Syria

January 2012
  In light of a ten-month siege against protestors, the UN Security Council debates a resolution calling for Syria's leader to step down.

Tom Engelhardt: Iran Through the Looking Glass

January 2012
 Iranian aircraft carriers in the Gulf of Mexico, and why it can’t happen here.

Michael T. Klare: Hormuz-Mania

January 2012
 Why closure of the Strait of Hormuz could ignite a war and a global depression.

Russ Baker: Ten Questions on Romney’s Taxes

January 2012
 So, Romney’s taxes have been disclosed. But what does it all mean?

January 27, 2012—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government

January 2012
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group.

Tess Thackara: Beauty and the Book

January 2012
 Can design alter the future of printed books?

Zoya Phan: Burma Needs Real Peace, Not Just A Pause in Conflict

January 2012
 What’s the benchmark for real change in Burma?

VIDEO: Inshallah, Kashmir: Living Terror

January 2012
 Without India’s Censor Board approval, Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar releases new documentary on Kashmiris’ plight online.

Joel Whitney: Celebrating One Year Since Egypt’s Uprising

January 2012
 This week marks the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s landmark protests. A new film collective reminds us of the courage that spawned it, and the work yet to do.

Christian Parenti: Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government

January 2012
 A secret history of free enterprise and the government that made it possible.

Joanna Eede: The Fate of the Jarawa

January 2012
 Two years after Andaman tribe dies, another “faces extinction.”

Torie Rose DeGhett: Troubadours of the Revolution

January 2012
 The repertoire of musical dissidence performed by hip hop artists and rappers has been a key force in the Arab Spring.

Robert Reich: Who is Sheldon Adelson and What Has Newt Promised Him?

January 2012
 Do you know who Sheldon and Marian Adelson are? Do you know what Newt Gingrich has promised them, or what they think they’ll get out of a Grinch presidency?