Steven Wishnia: What’s Up With Obama’s Cynical Approach to Medical Marijuana?

May 9, 2011
 The previous ten presidents were staunch prohibitionists. Meanwhile, Obama has taken the federal hand off the scale quite a bit.

Robert Reich: Why Washington Should Listen to the Economy Here and Now

May 9, 2011
 As the economy slows and we head toward recession, Washington needs to increase public spending, not fight over how to cut.

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death

May 6, 2011

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.

Joshua Holland: Did Osama bin Laden Win the “War on Terror”?

May 6, 2011
 Perhaps we should stop cheering for our “success.”

Guernica Essay “Lucky Girl” Chosen for Best American Essays 2011

May 6, 2011
  From the stark lines that close its opening paragraph: “I used the pink foam. My period was late,” senior editor Katherine Dykstra knew “Lucky Girl” was perfect for Guernica.

Mike Elk: Major Union Victory for Rite Aid Workers Offers Roadmap for Labor Movement

May 6, 2011
 Workers get affordable health care, protections against outsourcing, and wage increases—a success model in a very tough environment for unionization.

May 6, 2011—Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

May 6, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Tom Engelhardt: Osama bin Laden’s American Legacy: It’s Time to Stop Celebrating and Go Back to Kansas

May 5, 2011
 When the celebrations and partying over his death fade…we’ll once again be left with the tattered American world bin Laden willed us, and it will be easy to see just how paltry a thing this “victory,” his killing, is almost 10 years later.

Russ Baker: 12 Questions about bin Laden

May 5, 2011
 Do we, after all of the years of lying, all of a sudden accept whatever the government says as true?

Les Leopold: How Wall Street and the Toxic Philosophy of Ayn Rand Are Destroying Our Retirements

May 4, 2011
 Washington is talking about balancing the budget on the backs of the elderly, but the economic security they enjoyed at one time is already imperiled.

Short Film: Roshini Thinakaran: Hunting for Oil

May 4, 2011
 In the debut episode of Journey OnEarth, a series about communities affected by pollution, we look at the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of the people trying to understand the impact of the spill.

Jill Richardson: Why Is Damning New Evidence About Monsanto’s Most Widely Used Herbicide Being Silenced?

May 4, 2011
 It turns out that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide might not be nearly as safe as people have thought, but the media is staying mum on the revelation.

Adam Hochschild: Where Have All the Graveyards Gone?: The War That Didn’t End War and Its Unending Successors

May 3, 2011
 What if, from the beginning, everyone killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars had been buried in a single large cemetery easily accessible to the American public? Would it bring the fighting to a halt more quickly?

Rae Abileah: The U.S. Needs to Focus on Not Creating Any More bin Ladens

May 3, 2011
 American Muslim Voice founder Samina Sundas on her reactions to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Adele M. Stan: Bin Laden’s Death: Triumph or Tumult Ahead?

May 3, 2011
 The killing of Bin Laden will win Obama kudos at home, but will it further destabilize Pakistan?

Joshua Holland: Bin Laden’s Killing Shows the Utter Folly of our “War on Terror”

May 3, 2011
 The best outcome of bin Laden’s death would be for us to declare victory in the “war on terror” and bring the troops home.

Phyllis Bennis: The Killing of Bin Laden: Justice or Vengeance?

May 3, 2011
 Does the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the “unfinished business” of 9/11?

Tom Engelhardt: China as Number One?: Don’t Bet Your Bottom Dollar

May 2, 2011
 Is it really so illogical to imagine China as the next “sole superpower” on planet Earth?

Anneli Rufus: Meet Bart Ehrman: A One-Man God Fraud Squad

May 2, 2011
 A world-renowned Bible scholar says the Bible is full of fibs, forgeries and downright lies.

Chauncey DeVega: 10 Ways That the Birthers Are an Object Lesson in White Privilege

May 1, 2011
 In an era of racism without racists, the Tea Party GOP Birther brigands provide one more lesson in the permanence of the social evil known as White privilege.

Bill McKibben: Texas GOP Fights Catastrophic Wildfires With Prayer and Global Warming Denial

April 29, 2011
 Praying for rain will be little help while Texas politicians work to deny global warming and prevent the changes that might actually deal with their troubles.

Sarah Seltzer: Three Videos that Show Why Birtherism is Racist

April 29, 2011
 Commentary from Rachel Maddow, Baratunde, and Ed Schultz on Obama’s newly released birth certificate, and the continuing birther controversy.

Joshua Holland: 5 Fun Facts About the Fight Over the Debt Ceiling

April 29, 2011
 That lawmakers who receive a paycheck to govern this country are threatening to bring about economic catastrophe shows that our discourse is approaching Peak Crazy.

Robert Reich: The Wageless Recovery

April 28, 2011
 Corporate profits for the first quarter of the year are way up. That’s largely because corporate payrolls are down.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Should Well-Meaning Celebs Like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Think Twice Before Diving Into Complex Social Issues?

April 27, 2011
 Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s recent campaign against sex slavery is well-intentioned, but convoluted. Should half-serious celebrities just keep away from causes altogether?

Ellen Friedrichs: Why Get Married? More and More Couples Choose to Have Kids Out of Wedlock

April 27, 2011
 In America, once you have kids, not being married still isn't the norm—but is that finally changing?

Shahin and Juan Cole: An Arab Spring for Women

April 27, 2011
 Shahin and Juan Cole take up the role of women in the Arab Spring uprisings, not in a single place but across the region.

Jess Row on the Fetishization of Elite Schools

April 26, 2011
 The author of “Dear Yale” talks about why cultivating a college’s image as a brand is sad, pathological, and anti-democratic.

Robert Reich: Beware the “Middle Ground” of the Great Budget Debate

April 26, 2011
 If Americans knew what we were really getting with each side of the budget debate, they wouldn't be so quick to advocate moving to the center.

Dana Crum: 7 Poems That Shook the World

April 26, 2011
 From Allen Ginsberg to Adrienne Rich, these poems invoked controversy and shifted our political consciousness.

Alfred W. McCoy and Brett Reilly: Washington on the Rocks: An Empire of Autocrats, Aristocrats, and Uniformed Thugs Begins to Totter

April 25, 2011
 For more than 50 years, Washington has been served well by a system of global power based on subordinate elites. Now those loyal allies look like an empire of failed states.

Steven Wishnia: Inside America’s Almost-Legal Marijuana Industry

April 25, 2011
 Author Trish Regan shares her insights on the clean-cut MBAs pursuing the “American Dream” through cannabis entrepreneurship.

Jordan Elgrably: Colonialism, Christians, and Refugees: Incendies Searches for a Past in a Country Wracked by Civil War

April 22, 2011
 Rarely has a story about modern war and civil strife so powerfully traversed generations and continents as this adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play.

David Rosen: Prostitutes as Victims of Throwaway Capitalism

April 22, 2011
 Why, with all the deaths, beatings and suffering that prostitutes endure under “free market” conditions, is it not a regulated enterprise?

Noam Chomsky: Is the World Too Big to Fail?: The Contours of Global Order

April 22, 2011
 “As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.”

Tyson Slocum: Why the BP Disaster in the Gulf Could Happen Again Tomorrow

April 21, 2011
 Our response to last year’s disaster is the equivalent of rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic.

Tom Engelhardt: Sleepwalking into the Imperial Dark: What It Feels Like When a Superpower Runs Off the Tracks

April 20, 2011
 Empires live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood, to hollow themselves out.

Sarah Seltzer: Recent Yale Male Behavior So Sexist the Federal Government Has to Intervene

April 20, 2011
 The investigation of Yale shows the government may actually be taking sexual assault on campus seriously.

Brad Reed: Yes, the Latest Right-Wing Paean to Sociopath Ayn Rand Is Really, Really Awful

April 20, 2011
 “Take Lisa Simpson and combine her with Gordon Gekko and the obnoxious child-android from ‘Small Wonder,’ and you get the perfect Rand hero.”

Alexis Madrigal: Further Reading Recommendations from a Guernica Writer

April 19, 2011
 Guernica feature writer Alexis Madrigal provides further reading recommendations for reminding us that nature always has the last word.

Letters to the Editor: Irish-Language Lit as a Curio?

April 19, 2011
 A reader of Irish-language literature responds to Amit Chaudhuri’s claim that Gaelic and Welsh failed to become “viable literatures.”

Ira Chernus: Three Myths of Israel’s Insecurity: And Why They Must Be Debunked

April 19, 2011
 What if every solemn reference to Israel’s “security needs” were greeted not with nodding heads, but with the eye-rolling skepticism it deserves?

Alice Pung: Executing History

April 19, 2011
 As part of the University of Iowa project on travel writing, Alice Pung recalls (not) visiting a death prison in Cambodia.

Re-Imagining Palestine in a Changing Arab Region: A Conversation Between Norman Finkelstein and Raja Shehadeh

April 19, 2011
 Guernica and OR Books present a conversation between political scientist Norman Finkelstein and Palestinian writer and lawyer Raja Shehadeh at Alwan for the Arts, 8 p.m., April 19th.

Gara LaMarche: Zero-Tolerance Education Policies are Destroying Young People’s Lives

April 18, 2011
 All too often, the debate about school reform has wrongly emphasized pushing troubled children out of school, rather than making systemic improvements.

Joshua Holland: Tax Day Question: Who’s Paying What?

April 18, 2011
 Happy Tax Day. Remember that while your taxes are lower than in other advanced countries, they don’t get you free or very low-cost health-care, deeply subsidized university tuition, or 21st century infrastructure!

Laura McCullough: Reading Recommendations from a Guernica Poet

April 17, 2011
 The author of “Molecularity” warns us that “a hungry accident is about to happen” and suggests a few things to read in the meantime.

Rafia Zakaria: The Sacred, the Noble, and the Cruel

April 15, 2011
 Was it merely a confluence of chance or circumstance that UN aid workers, from Norway, Sweden, and Romania, would pay for the Pastor Terry Jones’s incendiary acts?

Russ Baker: Getting Real on Budgets—And Who Won’t Budge

April 14, 2011
 If you are one of the lucky ones who has been blessed, fairly or not, with the benefits this country, its people, and its economy can bestow, you might well ask: What have I done in return?

Courtney E. Martin: Escaping the Sex Trafficking Industry

April 13, 2011
 A Q&A with a former sex worker, who weaves her own painful story of being lured into “the life,” with the stories of the girls and women that she now helps.

Brendan Kiely: A Question of Belief

April 12, 2011
 The problem with Bill Donohue’s full-page ad in the New York Times is that it attacks groups of people under the name of faith in the face of equity.

Benedict Rogers: Is It a Crime to Write a Book?

April 12, 2011
 “If my book is a problem, I asked, ‘why did you give me a visa?’ He looked at me. ‘We are also asking that question.’”

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Two Syrians

April 12, 2011
 The regime in Syria will not change by violence and extremism. If anything it will continue to be endorsed and will become more powerful. It is a lost battle, but it could be a long one.

Andrew J. Bacevich: Not Why, But How: To the Shores of (and Skies Above) Tripoli

April 12, 2011
 The question demands to be asked: Are we winning yet? And if not, why persist in an effort for which great pain is repaid with such little gain?

Jamie Goldenberg: Plane Gazing

April 12, 2011
 Josef Hoflehner’s ‘Jet Airliner’ photographs beg the question, just how healthy is our relationship to flight?

Simon Greer and Mik Moore: Three Ways Responsible Citizens Helped Get Glenn Beck Off the Air at Fox News

April 11, 2011
 Fox News and Glenn Beck want the world to believe that all the people who spoke out against him had no impact on this decision. Don't buy it.

Ada Limón: Why Poetry Helps

April 11, 2011
 Poetry is, at once, fueling its own come back, and dying in the back alley of all things that don’t matter? So which one is it? Dying or living? Or, is it like us humans, doing both at the same time.

Arun Gupta: The American Dream as We Know It is Dead

April 11, 2011
 Why progressives need to think beyond the mantra of creating a “middle class America.”

Sheila K. Johnson: The Blowback World of Chalmers Johnson: Remembering the Man and His Work

April 11, 2011
 As his life slowly ebbed, Chal would sometimes exclaim in great agitation, “I don’t know what to do.” I always replied, “You don’t have to do anything, you’ve done enough.”

Glenn Greenwald on WikiLeaks & Establishment Media

April 9, 2011
 Since the technology to reveal government secrets won’t go away, no matter what is done to WikiLeaks, the government wants to make you afraid you’ll end up like Bradley Manning if you blow the whistle. So said Greenwald at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston on Friday.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd: Screw the Royal Wedding: 6 Reasons Pomp and Circumstance Are Bad for America and Britain

April 8, 2011
 While the media goes crazy over the union between Kate and William, here are some more tangible reasons the royal wedding should make you insane.

Ellen Cantarow: Energy Is Ugly: Tar Sands Make Their Mark

April 8, 2011
 Canada is the leading oil-supplier of the United States. Let me repeat that: the U.S. imports more oil from Canada than (yes) Mexico, which ranks second, and (believe it or not) Saudi Arabia, which ranks only third.

Justin Alvarez: “Love the Future!”

April 7, 2011
 As Ai Weiwei’s whereabouts are still unknown, netizens have taken it upon themselves to spread his message.

Robert Reich: Paul Ryan’s Plan, the Coming Shutdown, and What’s Really at Stake

April 7, 2011
 We are the richest nation in the world, richer than we’ve ever been. We can afford to remain a society whose members are in it together.

Robert Reich: Why We Must Raise Taxes on the Rich

April 6, 2011
 Today’s working and middle-class taxpayers are shelling out a bigger chunk of income in payroll taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes than thirty years ago. It’s just the opposite for super rich.

John Patrick Leary: Can’t Forget the People of the Motor City

April 6, 2011
 “The global media and many visiting photographers see Detroit as an abandoned and dead city…What is constantly absent from these soulless images are the people.”

Les Leopold: Why Is Obama’s Treasury Dept. Perversely Siding With Big Banks Against Elizabeth Warren and the State AGs?

April 6, 2011
 Warren and the AGs are demanding that the banks pay for the damage they have done AND create jobs. How refreshing!

Video: Joshua Holland Talks to Laura Flanders About Republican Hostage-Taking on GritTV

April 5, 2011
 “It’s not that we don’t want you to have these things,” conservatives say, “It’s just that they’ll ruin the economy and bring about widespread catastrophe.“

Russ Baker: Should “Frack” Be A Curse Word? A Look At the Hottest New Energy “Solution”

April 5, 2011
 Don’t expect to take your tap water for granted ever again.

Lewis Lapham: The Servant Problem: In Search of the Lost Battalion of America’s Unemployed

April 5, 2011
 For how else could the American leaves of grass join their top-dressed companions on a golf course unless they borrowed money?

Joshua Frank: Why Climate Activist George Monbiot Has Gone Nuclear—And Why He’s Wrong

April 5, 2011
 “As a result of the disaster at Fukushima,” wrote Monbiot, “I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.” Here’s why he’s made a big blunder.

April 5, 2011— Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government

April 4, 2011
 Breaking news from the multi-partisan activist group established to expose and resist U.S. imperialism, corpora-terrorism, and the New World Order.

Juan Cole: Defections, U.S. Withdrawal Point to Political Solution in Libya

April 4, 2011
 It is better that the intervention in Libya not be branded a U.S. one, but rather be seen as the effort of the 28 nations of NATO plus the Arab League. It is true that the U.S. is a big part of NATO, but it doesn’t have to be a big part of the air war.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Dinosaur In Denial

April 4, 2011
 If Arabs elsewhere could insist on their dignity, why should Syrians continue to put up with the regime’s casual barbarity?

Nafissa Assed: Bad Luck, Worse Luck, Concrete Steps

April 3, 2011
 “We all know that the western intervention in Libya is problematic, but it also remains the right decision.”

Nafeesa Syeed: Kashmiri Youth Take Up Arts Amid Conflict

April 2, 2011
 According to Mercy Corps, some 66 percent of the Kashmir valley’s population is under 30 years old. Those youth who have come of age during turmoil are finding new ways to speak out.

Andy Kroll: Return to Wisconsin: The Beginning or the End?

April 1, 2011
 Who knows if Wisconsin wasn’t the beginning of the end, but the beginning of something new?

B.E. Wilson: Mike Huckabee Says He Wants Americans To Be Indoctrinated At Gunpoint

April 1, 2011
 Did Mike Huckabee just flush his presidential aspirations down the proverbial toilet?

Video: Mary C. Matthews: March For Communities and Jobs

March 31, 2011
 Hundreds of thousands of protesters, workers, and union supporters march through downtown Los Angeles in opposition of the nation-wide attack on union rights and the American worker.

Robert Reich: The Truth About the Economy: We’re Heading Back Toward a Double Dip

March 30, 2011
 Watch out. The economy is slowing ominously, and the booster rockets are disappearing.

Mark Dowie: On the Fly Podcast: Peter Gleick On the Impact of Our Bottled Water Obsession

March 30, 2011
  This week, Dowie and his guest address the rising popularity of bottled water and how this practice has changed our environment.

Angela Chen: Republican Party Responds to Professor’s Criticism by Trying to Get Hold of His Emails

March 30, 2011
 The Wisconsin Republican Party wants copies of Professor William Cronon's emails. His crime? He wrote them an open letter that wasn’t wholly congratulatory.

Justin Alvarez: The Art of Getting From Point A to Point B

March 29, 2011
 Nathan Wissell wants Cincinnati to understand its own transit system. A good map can do the trick.

Bill McKibben: Why the Chamber of Commerce Has Been Wrong on All the Issues—For 99 Years and Counting

March 29, 2011
 Though the Chamber claims to represent all of American business, their constituency is really that handful of huge dinosaur companies that would rather lobby than adapt.

Karen J. Greenberg: America’s Growing Intolerance: How “Enemy Creep” Is Guantanamo-izing America

March 29, 2011
 Just in case you thought that “political correctness” had been thoroughly discredited in the culture wars of the 1990s, it’s back—and this time it’s being treated as a stalking horse for terrorism.

Sam Kerbel: Rec Room: Bruno Schulz

March 29, 2011
  Frightening at times, uplifting at others, the liminal, dreamlike spaces of Bruno Schulz’s fiction are rare amongst even our most imaginative artists.

Frances Kissling: Gerry Ferraro’s Other Legacy: How a Good Catholic Girl From Queens Took On Her Church

March 29, 2011
 [Geraldine Ferraro] was not just the first Catholic woman to run for Vice President on a major party ticket. She was the woman who ended the control Catholic bishops had on the Democratic Party. It’s up to us to ensure that her story is told in all its fullness for generations to come.

Robin Yassin-Kassab: Syrian Bloodbath

March 28, 2011
 This is not a moment of hope but the start of a period of great division between Syrians, a period of blood and fear in which Syria’s vital regional role will be problematized.

Jake Whitney: Libya is Just

March 28, 2011
 While it is nearly impossible to justify killing, all evidence suggests that more people will die if the United States doesn’t intervene. So as long as this campaign—this war—is fought to help the Libyan people, and not to advance U.S. interests, it is a just one.

Dan DiMaggio: Six Fired After Demanding Sick Days for Fast-Food Workers

March 28, 2011
 After publicly demanding paid sick days, organized workers at the fast-food sandwich chain were fired.

Kamel Daoud: Meursault

March 28, 2011
 Algeria’s predicament is a massive displacement of the population toward an absolute and irreversible Elsewhere.

Rebecca Solnit: Unpacking for a Disaster: What You Need to Survive the Unexpected

March 27, 2011
 In the wake of its present disaster, Japan may already be changing, and that may not be a bad thing.

Jeremy Harding: Front Runner

March 25, 2011
 Runners run, jumpers jump, boxers stay on their feet if they can. But Guernica’s interview with Sahrawi runner Salah Ameidan is a reminder that athletes can be a problem for regimes that don’t like the values they symbolize merely by being who they are.

Joshua Holland: Eight Unemployed for Every Job Opening: What Are They Supposed to Do Once Their Benefits Run Out?

March 25, 2011
 Is there any hope of help arriving for the “99ers”?

Rebecca Bates: Pakistan’s Growing Blasphemy Fever

March 25, 2011
 Recently in Karachi, the previously unheard of Movement for the Protection of the Invitation to Islam posted banners encouraging the murder of author Tehmina Durrani.

Chip Ward: How the “Peaceful Atom” Became a Serial Killer: Nuclear Power Loses Its Alibi

March 25, 2011
 You might think that a danger virulent enough to outlast human languages would be a danger to avoid, but the hubris of the nuclear establishment is equal to its willingness to deceive.

Terrence McNally: Why We’ve Started Expecting More from Technology and Less from Each Other

March 24, 2011
 Author Sherry Turkle on her new book arguing that relentless connection through technology leads to a new solitude.

Robert Reich: Why Governor LePage Can’t Erase History, and Why We Need a Fighter in the White House

March 24, 2011
 Pro-business goals are breaking out all over. House and Senate Republicans are intent on deregulating, privatizing, and cutting spending and taxes…But most Americans are still in desperate trouble.

Rebecca Bates: The One Where Daniel Ellsberg Gets Arrested

March 23, 2011
 The 79 year-old Guernica interviewee who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times was arrested at a rally for Bradley Manning.

Robert Reich: The Republicans’ Big Lies About Jobs (And Why Obama Must Repudiate Them)

March 23, 2011
 [N]othing is more central to average Americans than jobs and wages. Unless the President forcefully rebuts Republican’s big lies, they’ll soon become conventional wisdom.