December 28, 2006
It’s time to stop the mindless praise of a mediocre man who blew a chance at greatness because he seemed to believe so strongly in civility and goodwill.
Many can plausibly lay claim to stinky media performances, but only a few can win a P.U.-litzer.
On the horizon: Ha Jin: the interview, India’s (non-Bollywood) filmmakers, hyper-rapid urban renewal in China, Frederic Tuten/guest fiction editor, and the Guernica chap book (insert clever name here)…
During the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq major media routinely tossed real journalism out the window in favor of boosting war. It’s happening again.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a tremendous feminist success story. So you can imagine my disappointment when I found out the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) where VAWA lives) is going to be run by yet another wacky Bush appointee.
The American media establishment has launched a major offensive against the option of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.
A teenage narc wunderkind , federal aid for drug dealers, and the poppy fields of Helmand province.
Seattle bounces stealth puritanism from the champagne room
Tuesday’s election results were a huge win for women so why the sour grapes?
Vile theocon Rick Santorum is gone.
How about a referendum to decide the big question on Iraq: should we stay (the course), change strategy, or just leave?
Conservatives and anti-choicers sure must love pregnant teen girls. Because it seems that they’re trying to create more of them at every turn.
One is tempted to ask why the president and his retinue seem so hellbent on getting it wrong.
Despite what the nuclear industry says, plutonium and uranium won’t decrease the need for Middle East oil.
The combatants in this latest pre-election uproar represent perhaps the most diverse sampling of political heavyweights in history. And yet, glaring disparities continue, even if stories of day-to-day inequality and injustice get buried behind the political sniping.
Geniuses don’t just take the money and run. Certified genius George Saunders in Guernica past and future.
Since September 11th, 2001, what has remained unchallenged is the leadership of NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. As commemorations die down and Rudy’s presidential hopes light up, the American Prospect rethinks the Rudy myth.
Events: Photographer Reiner Leist speaking at the Strand Bookstore in New York on Monday, 11 September.
Conservatives can’t seem to make up their mind when it comes to feminism–is it dangerous or dead? Apparently it’s both.
A cult has sprouted up around the following gripe. To feed our domestic oil addiction, say many, the U.S. is in bed with the Saudis. This cult of dependency has been infectious. Here’s the bad news: It isn’t true.
Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis takes misogyny to a new level. And we let him.
Straight from the charter of Hamas to the lips of Mel Gibson.
“Violations of humanitarian law mean kids sleeping, trying to escape from the horrors of war, being blown up. It means rockets coming down on communities that have not taken up arms on anybody. You know, schoolchildren, just regular people.”
Women have been waiting (and waiting) for the FDA to approve over-the-counter status for emergency contraception (EC), commonly referred to as the “morning after pill.” Could Bush’s nominee to head the FDA, Andrew von Eschenbach, be the guy to finally approve the drug?
|Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on July 25 that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government.|
The Burmese are suffering under such dire inflation, some are selling their hair.
First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada’s brigade left for Iraq without him. But his decision not to serve, for which he faces court-martial, wasn’t made overnight.
On Wednesday our House of Representatives, the shorter of our two great legislative pillars, decided that they do indeed have the power to exclude certain federally mandated or regulated practices from the federal court system. Wow! Didn’t know they could do that. And if that wasn’t enough for you, dear reader, take a wild guess as to what they chose to block from the courts . . .
The recent rape and murder charges against a discharged Army private have sparked an inquest, an apology from the Bush administration, and plenty of media coverage. On the surface, it seems like this incident is being taken seriously. Not so much.
Cervical cancer kills 200,000 women worldwide every year. So why are religious conservatives trying to keep girls from a potentially lifesaving vaccine?
Last week the FBI arrested seven men in Miami for wanting to be terrorists. The men, who had no bombs, nor guns, nor plans, were mostly loitering around a windowless warehouse where one of them lived.
Bush has (finally) come out to say that he supports contraception. But the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality.
If the press would just continue to report on celebrities and entertainment, none of us would be in this mess: VP. ‘If you want to know what’s news, ask us and we’ll tell you,’ Cheney continued.
With the 2006 New York State elections, we could be seeing the end of draconian drug laws and mandatory sentencing. With 1 out of every 136 Americans in prison, what could be more welcome a change?
15-year-old Ava Lowry from Alabama has received death threats for her anti-war blog Peace Takes Courage. She has been interviewed on CNN and the Alan Colmes show, and featured in The New York Times.
She’s been under house arrest for 10 of the past 17 years. Her crime? The pursuit of freedom. For these reasons, she has been compared to Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Today is Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday. After a bout with illness, she remains cut off from the world.
Mark Crispin Miller–who’s amassed a disturbing amount of evidence on the theft of the 2004 presidential election–fires back at Salon. Though their writer Manjoo misuses his evidence, he writes, Salon won’t post his letter. Apparently at Salon, an argument can be made only once, and if someone misquotes you you can’t redress.
A preview of what’s to come later this week, this month and in months ahead: Billy Collins interview and poem, Franco Ferrucci fiction, Bolivian ecology 101, the Biafra conflict, the Chad/Sudan oil pipeline…
More perspectives on Rolling Stone’s recent bombshell article by Robert Kennedy on the alleged theft of the 2004 presidential election.
A new article by Robert Kennedy in Rolling Stone examines this earth-shatteringly important question you may have heard some well-timed little mumblings about here and there. Empathically, yes: the 2004 election was stolen! Let the media blackout resume.
Burmese were arrested this spring for writing poems, wearing the wrong clothes, taking pictures and having been elected to higher office–16 years before
Tom Bevan attacks Jesse Jackson’s apparent incoherence on impeachment. Is it demonizing the left or a constitutional duty? It’s both–and more. What’s so hard about that?
What we’re offering our readers now & in weeks to come: Conyers and Collins, Svoboda and Bly, impeachment, global warming and i-poetry… a cornucopia indeed.
Before May ends, stop by Guernica’s Poetry section! We’ve posted two new translations by Robert Bly who was gracious enough to let us publish them. Cecco Angiolieri’s sonnet and Tomas Tranströmer’s three haiku allow us to revisit formal poems through Bly’s expert lens. The quiet and matter-of-fact observations in the haiku contrast with the resounding Continue Reading »
Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana appeared at an event in Manhattan last week and detailed his vision for a better environmental and energy policy and a return to responsible government
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the panel, sounded incredulous about the latest report and railed against what he called a lack of congressional oversight. He argued that the media was doing the job of Congress. ”Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al Qaeda?”
While W. and his spin meisters will most certainly produce more fiction than us this month (why would this one be any different?), we’re going to give them a run for their dirty money.
As the U.S. government flounders between democracy and tyranny, there is a growing synergy among impeachment and censure advocates.
Here in New York there is guffawing and sighing if the subway takes a little longer to come. Imagine your house getting hit by a cluster bomb, your uncle getting blinded by the explosion, your sister or brother being killed and buried under the rubble.
Guernica is proud to congratulate poet Sandy Tseng, who recently won the The Nation’s Discovery Award.
In June of last year, “The Bypass” (one of ten poems in Sandy’s winning manuscript) was originally published in these pages.
Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
As rallies for Darfur are planned for Washington and other cities, have a look at Guernica’s Darfur/Sudan coverage.
In a region increasingly defined by anti-U.S. progressives, President Oscar Arias tells why Costa Rica–erstwhile member of the “Coalition of the Willing” (without an army of its own)–is at odds with U.S. foreign policy.
Guernica to Appear on Built Green TV (Channel 34 in Manhattan) this Friday at 7:30
When Guernica interviewed Nick Kristof of the NY Times last June, he talked a bit about an early love of journalism, his first Pulitzer (for covering Tiananmen Square), about treading the line between journalism and activism, and how we all have to do more to end the genocide in Darfur.
|I have been to New Orleans many times, but I had never been down for Mardi Gras. This year I went down to take the emotional temperature of the city, six months after the devastation of hurricane Katrina. I found, amid the piles of renovation rubble and vast stretches of empty homes, that this city which is so unique and so rich in culture and tradition has not lost its sense of self, and that the people who make New Orleans what it is have no intention of giving up.|
|Mardi Gras in New Orleans, six months after hurricane Katrina, and I find that the people of the city are asserting their spirit in the midst of their reconstruction efforts.|
|This year’s Mardi Gras was like a city-wide barbecue, an open-air party in what is essentially a disaster zone that is also everyone’s home. Now, the party is over, and since I hadn’t been able to before, I take a ride out to see the hardest-hit areas of the city.|
|Recently, at our weekly Guernica staff meeting we sat around the conference room table, ate Dinosaur Barbecue, and worked on our all-important mission statement, one of the principle legal requirements for our move to non-profit status|