Mark Brazaitis: Suicide Epidemic Isn’t Only the Stuff of My Fiction

October 15, 2013

One writer’s fictions overlap, alarmingly, with reality.

Max Blumenthal: The Desert of Israeli Democracy

October 15, 2013

Journey to the center of a refugee camp.

Jake Bernstein: N.Y. Fed Moves to Seal Documents in Ex-Bank Examiner’s Suit

October 15, 2013

The loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act.

Spencer McCall: Roaming San Francisco in Search of Elsewhere

October 11, 2013

Susie Neilson talks to the director of The Institute, a documentary about an alternate reality game that had San Franciscans wandering the city streets in search of heaven on earth.

Tom Engelhardt: The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

October 11, 2013

Colonel Manners demystifies national security etiquette for the masses.

Jake Bernstein: NY Fed Fired Examiner Who Took on Goldman

October 11, 2013

A Federal Reserve examiner hired in the wake of the Dodd-Frank Act is fired after uncovering problems with Goldman Sachs’ conflict-of-interest policy

Kim Barker: ‘America Is Not Stupid’ Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

October 10, 2013

The group spent over $125,000 on election campaigns in 2012, but that was not enough for the IRS to deny their application.

Robert Reich: Republican Crazy Talk About the Debt Ceiling

October 10, 2013

A crazy person with a bomb is much scarier than someone holding a bomb who looks and acts reasonable.

Guernica’s Shutdown-Blues Playlist

October 9, 2013

Songs for the furloughed and frustrated.

Pratap Chatterjee: The Data Hackers

October 9, 2013

When the FBI hires hackers and hacking tools, it’s because they don’t have any other choice.

David Morris: Let Red States Opt Out of Obamacare

October 9, 2013

The government shutdown will have demonstrated the willingness, indeed the eagerness, of Republicans to do everything possible to stop the health care law.

Edie Meidav: Catullus

October 8, 2013

You have to get down on your knees and sniff too. Do it right and they understand you are one of them.

Marian Wang: Breaking Away

October 8, 2013

Many are worried that as public universities gain freedom, they will end up sidelining broader goals such as access and affordability.

Robert Reich: Their Real Goal is to Make Us All So Cynical About Government That We Give Up

October 8, 2013

Tea Party Republicans are managing to get Americans to give up on our government.

Rebecca Wolff: So Long, Suckers

October 7, 2013

“Oh, it’s just so fabulous in New York, you can really just learn to step over people’s suffering bodies.” A response to Didion’s famed 1967 essay.

Kim Barker: Shutdown Prompts Rare Government Mix of Imagination and Laughter

October 7, 2013

Awkward silences from an invisible speaker at a conference during the government shutdown.

Rebecca Solnit: Bigger Than That

October 7, 2013

What happens when the weather morphs into man-made violence, becomes a terrorist?

David Vine: The Italian Job

October 4, 2013

How the Italian peninsula became a major center of U.S. military power.

Raymond Bonner: How A Telecom Helped the Government Spy on Me

October 4, 2013

As early as 2004, an unnamed telecommunications company—identified in documents only as Company A—helped the FBI spy on New York Times reporters.

ECPM: From the Blowout to the Movement

October 3, 2013

Forty-five years after authorities crushed a peaceful student movement in Mexico City, a graphic design collective champions their cause through political prints and cultural workshops.

Jay Walljasper: Getting America Back on its Feet

October 3, 2013

It’s time to launch a walking movement to strengthen our health and communities.

Abigail Sindzinski: Old Designs, Brighter Future

October 2, 2013

In ‘Never Built: Los Angeles,’ a new exhibit at the Los Angeles Architecture & Design Museum, a city’s unfulfilled past offers inspiration for its future.

Ann Jones: The Forgotten War

October 2, 2013

The lack, or sheer failure, of the US exit strategy from Afghanistan’s ruined battlefields.

Robert Reich: Why Obama and the Democrats Shouldn’t Negotiate with Extortionists

October 1, 2013

“Why Obama and the Democrats must not yield to Republican bullying.”

Dilip Hiro: A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

October 1, 2013

Dilip Horo writes about America’s impotence in front of the deepening quagmire in the Middle East.

Sebastian Rotella: ‘They Ordered Us To Kill All The People’

October 1, 2013

At a historic U.S. trial, former Guatemalan army commandos testify about the massacre of 250 villagers in the jungle hamlet of Dos Erres during the country’s civil war.

Thomas Larson: Our Multimedial Beginning

September 30, 2013

The second installment of “The Social Author” looks at multimedia storytelling, from the Chauvet cave to the internet café.

Shaj Mathew: Poetry for an Ailing Homeland

September 30, 2013

The Syrian poet Adunis has largely stayed silent about the civil war currently ravaging his country. His work, though, can help us reflect on the ongoing conflict.

Nina Martin: The Impact and Echoes of the Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

September 30, 2013

Two years after the Supreme Court decision tossing a sex discrimination case against the giant retailer, lawyers for women and minorities are navigating an altered legal landscape

Richard Falk: The Westgate Mall Massacre & the Rage of Fanaticism

September 27, 2013

How does truth inform genocide, and vice versa?

Jannis Brühl: Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?

September 27, 2013

Retracing the steps of Syria’s chemical arsenal.

Sebastian Rotella: In U.S. Trial of Massacre Suspect, a Rare Chance for Guatemalan Justice

September 26, 2013

Following the federal trial of a former military officer from Guatemala’s 1982 civil war.

Jessica Conrad: Taxi Rides Go Communal

September 26, 2013

Shared planes, shared trains; why not shared automobiles?

Scott Cheshire: Rapport

September 25, 2013

No need for physical pain. Abandonment, helplessness, let a man feel these, and it’s more than enough.

Lewis H. Lapham: Memento Mori

September 25, 2013

The death of American exceptionalism—and of me.

Taxcast: On Tina Turner, China, Holland, and Muammar Qaddafi

September 25, 2013

In this month’s Taxcast: Holland’s recent worries about its bad reputation and the similarities between Tina Turner and Muammar Qaddafi.

Christopher Richards: Henry Darger’s Unadulterated Imagination

September 24, 2013

The work of the prolific outsider artist defies labels.

Michael Grabell: The $13 Test That Saved My Baby’s Life

September 24, 2013

Why isn’t required for every newborn?

Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood: Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

September 24, 2013

The NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete.

Emily Nathan: The Engineer of Sunrays and the Pop-obsessed Provacateur

September 23, 2013

What the work of James Turrell and Paul McCarthy mean in the contemporary art world.