Theodoric Meyer: How Bad Is Our Debt Problem, Anyway? And Will a Deal Fix It?December 2012
The reality of America's debt crisis, and the likelihood that Washington can find a solution.
Justin Nobel: The Monster GrowsDecember 2012
In an adapted vignette from the author's new book, Standing Still in a Concrete Jungle, a surreal afternoon at a Wall Street lunch spot.
Kim Barker: In Montana, Dark Money Helped Democrats Hold a Key Senate SeatDecember 2012
With control of the Senate at stake, liberals hit the streets and bought ads for a libertarian candidate who likely siphoned crucial votes away from the Republican challenger.
David Morris: Should Tax Payers Subsidize Charitable Contributions?December 2012
A few surprises about giving in America.
Taxcast: Corporate Responsibility, Prosecuting the Banks, and Stopping Tax System AbuseDecember 2012
In December's Taxcast from the Tax Justice Network: going after the banks, examining Starbucks' offers to pay, and rating corporations based on responsible practices.
Rebecca Solnit: The Sky’s the LimitDecember 2012
The demanding gifts of 2012.
Robert Reich: The Only Way Left to Beat Republican FanaticsDecember 2012
We should call the Republicans' bluff and and go over the fiscal cliff.
Katherine Rowland: City of Light, Laboratory for the FutureDecember 2012
Inside the community of Damanhur, where devotees safeguard connections to the stars, study alchemy, and prepare to rebuild human civilization.
Stories by Students: This Is How the World EndsDecember 2012
Flash Fiction: But I have had the feeling for awhile that the end of the world isn’t necessarily a large tidal wave that will wipe out the entirety of the United States, or a huge volcanic eruption, but that the end of the world could be any day for anyone.
Steve Chang: EternityDecember 2012
Flash Fiction: Here, we pass from time to time and nod. It’s so hard to hold on.
Bill McKibben: Planetary EmergencyDecember 2012
One of the world’s leading climate activists on the science of dangerous weather, the imperative to organize, and how to get out of bed in the morning on a planet in peril.
Anne McClintock: Too Big to See with the Naked EyeDecember 2012
Aerial photos from Greenland take climate change out of the realm of abstraction.
Nathaniel Flagg: Apocalypse IllustratedDecember 2012
A cartoon history of End Times that weren't.
Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead WorldsDecember 2012
Russia doesn’t get extinguished. No, Russia is the one that extinguishes. Russia is the prophecy. It had certainly ended my world, several times over.
Christine Lee Zilka: MapsDecember 2012
Flash Fiction: “Look for the swollen ones,” his mother said. “They said he drowned.”
Meaghan Winter: Extinction is the RuleDecember 2012
Sure, forced abortions are oppressive, but so is not being able to breathe.
Joel Kovel and Quincy Saul: Apocalypse and Revelation Are the Same WordDecember 2012
The founders of Ecosocialist Horizons discuss climate change, the collapse of capitalism, and building a new world in the shell of the old.
Jen Vafidis: Jane Jacobs Looks into the GloomDecember 2012
In her last book, one of the country’s great thinkers lost her edge. Why the decline evidenced in Dark Age Ahead is about more than just Jacobs’s age.
Julia Fierro: InventoryDecember 2012
Flash Fiction: And despite her outward nonchalance, after Wyatt was born, when all she had at stake multiplied exponentially, she had come to see that terrible things – the witches and boogey men and homicidal maniacs of her anxiety-damp childhood – could, and did, happen during the day.
Anna Harrah: Once and Future BlingDecember 2012
(re:)FORM Art founder Anna Harrah talks with us about collaboration, apocalypse, and self-fulfilling prophesies.
Lauren K. Alleyne: The Way The Body GoesDecember 2012
Flash Fiction: Sweet body, forgive me. I bore you so many petty hatreds—Ugly, I said. Dirty and weak. And yet, here is death, making such brief beauty of you.
Erika Anderson: ApocalistDecember 2012
From snowpocalypse to foie-mageddon, what’s behind our new obsession with end-times word endings?"
Marie Myung-Ok Lee: The End of GunsDecember 2012
We don’t have to imagine what a nation cleansed of guns would look like—plenty of other countries can show us. One writer recalls her year in gun-less South Korea.
Rachel Riederer: It’s Not the End of the WorldBy Rachel Riederer
This week, Guernica Daily explores the idea of End Times.
Join Guernica Co-Founder Joel Whitney for a Reading in Williamsburg on Dec. 18December 2012
Guernica's own Joel Whitney will be joining novelist John Reed for a reading tomorrow, Dec. 18, in Williamsburg.
Emma Sokoloff-Rubin: Rules of TravelDecember 2012
A young writer learns to be alone in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Jeremiah Goulka: The Botox SolutionDecember 2012
Why the formerly Grand Old Party needs to change and won't.
Editors’ Picks: Independent BookstoresDecember 2012
The staff's favorite independent booksellers offer their own December recommendations.
Abrahm Lustgarten: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water SupplyDecember 2012
Even as water grows more precious, the Environmental Protection Agency has permitted oil and gas, mining and other industries to contaminate aquifers in more than 1,500 places.
Robert Reich: The Billionaires’ Long GameDecember 2012
America's rich may have lost this round, but they'll be back.
Jeff Parker: A Foreigner to OneselfDecember 2012
On how a sense of “disquiet” can enrich American fiction, and why traveling is like taking acid.
David Vine: Picking Up a $170 Billion TabDecember 2012
How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.
Robert Reich: The Inequality Battle in the HeartlandDecember 2012
The fiscal debate distracts from the power struggle underlying American politics.
Mikey Angelo Rumore: Culture and Disquiet in LisbonDecember 2012
Anti-austerity protests in Portugal highlight a complex culture, at once nativist and transnational.
Lewis Lapham: Raiding ConciousnessDecember 2012
Why the War on Drugs is a War on Human Nature.
Suevon Lee: The Other Crucial Civil Rights Case the Supreme Court Will be Ruling OnDecember 2012
We're all hearing about the gay marriage case, but the Supreme Court is set to rule on a key piece of voting access legislation.
Nora Connor: Learning to FlyDecember 2012
Two women bridge the military-civilian gap to talk about machine guns and womanliness, dealing with trauma, and breaking old rules.
Cora Currier: Cutting Through the Controversy about Indefinite Detention and the NDAADecember 2012
Everything you need to know about Congress and the NDAA.
Robert Reich: Today’s Job Numbers Show Why Job-Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit ReductionDecember 2012
Yes, unemployment is down, but don't believe all the hype coming out of Wall Street.
Erika Anderson: On the TracksDecember 2012
Ki-Suck Han's death on a New York City subway track has the city asking what would I do? One writer examines death in public, how the MTA handles trauma, and what it feels like to be an onlooker.
Rick Prelinger: What Can Artists Do to Create Social Change?December 2012
A conversation with the filmmaker and public-domain advocate about the limits of short-term action.
Robert Reich: Cliff Notes on the Three Real Perils AheadDecember 2012
Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.
Robert Reich: Understanding the Fiscal CliffDecember 2012
Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.
Tim Swinehart: Setting Free Our HistoryDecember 2012
Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more).
Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged HistoryDecember 2012
An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.
J. Malcolm Garcia: Old GunsDecember 2012
An antique weapons dealer in Kabul collects Kalashnikovs and nostalgia.
Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama StoryDecember 2012
An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.
C.D. Wright: The Obstacle Worth EngagingDecember 2012
The poet C.D. Wright discusses book-length works, the political in art, and more.
Cora Currier: How Cellphone Companies Have Resisted Rules for DisastersDecember 2012
Major corporations refuse to go beyond voluntary disaster preparations.
Sasha Houston Brown: Nothing Says Native American Like White Stars in HeaddressesDecember 2012
How American Indian identity is reflected in pop culture.
Steve Fraser: The Archeology of DeclineDecember 2012
Debtpocalypse, austerity, and the hollowing out of America.
Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the MostDecember 2012
Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.
Leah Carroll: Why Does Ke$ha Exist?By Leah Carroll
She may be the perfect pop-culture koan.
William J. Astore: Sucking Up to Military BrassNovember 2012
Generals who run amuck, politicians who could care less, an “embedded” media...and us.
Robert Reich: Opening Positions on the Cliff Deal: Déjà Vu All Over AgainNovember 2012
The President lays out his plan for America's fiscal future.
Robert Reich: Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal CliffNovember 2012
This fear-mongering won't help anything. It's time to jump.
Marshall Allen: Death on the Operating TableNovember 2012
Journalist Mina Kimes discusses illegal drug experiments and medical catastrophe.
Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet ToothNovember 2012
McEwan's new novel raises questions of artistic independence.
Michael Klare: World Energy Report 2012November 2012
The good, the bad, and the really, truly ugly.
Justin Elliott: Have U.S. Drones Become a ‘Counterinsurgency Air Force’ for Our Allies?November 2012
Micah Zenko talks about the uncertain motives underlying US drone policy.
Robert Reich: Why is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?November 2012
Panic over a looming fiscal crisis plays directly into the Republicans' hands.
Dafna Lizer, Michael Grabell, Jeff Larson: Flight Records Say Russia Sent Syria Tons of CashNovember 2012
he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow to Damascus.
Roslyn Bernstein: Frank Moore’s Dark ThoughtsNovember 2012
"Toxic Beauty," a retrospective at NYU’s Grey Gallery, brings together the writing and visual work of an extraordinarily socially engaged artist.
Richard Falk: An Early Assessment of the Gaza CeasefireNovember 2012
The recent Gaza ceasefire may be a turning point in the long Israeli-Palestinian struggle.
Oded Na’aman: It’s Mostly PunishmentNovember 2012
Testimonies by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces from Gaza and elsewhere.
Rachel Arons: Broadwell, Kelley, and the Cinematic CatfightNovember 2012
The fantasy of girl-on-girl violence underlying the Petraeus scandal.
Robert Reich: Why We Should Stop Obsessing About the Federal Budget DeficitNovember 2012
Focusing on the federal deficit only distracts from creating growing economy.
Editors’ Picks: Thanksgiving ReadsNovember 2012
Guernica's staff on the books they'll remember this Thanksgiving.
Amitav Ghosh: Products of FollyBy Amitav Ghosh
The award-winning author on why he loves to write fiction and talk politics, and how nationalism fuels climate change.
Jay Walljasper: Mayors Take Over the WorldNovember 2012
The rising power of local government offers an opportunity to rebuild the commons.
Justin Elliott: From Russia with PRNovember 2012
Several pro-Russian op-eds are revealed to actually have been written by a PR firm employed by the Russian government.
Ellen Cantarow: Frack FightNovember 2012
Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Robert Reich: Why BP Isn’t a CriminalNovember 2012
A timely reminder of the consequences of treating corporations as people.
Rafia Zakaria: Fighting is ForbiddenNovember 2012
Recent Islamist politics have turned the holy month of Muharram into a time of battle. Facing mounting violence, Karachi enters the Muslim year 1434 as a city under siege.
John Patrick Leary: Against CivilityNovember 2012
Concerns over declining 'civility' in politics distract us from the meaningful disagreements that we need to have.
Robert Reich: The Upcoming Mini-Deal on the “Fiscal Cliff”November 2012
For those newly in office, the easiest route is that of least resistance.
Nick Turse: America’s Nation-BuildingNovember 2012
The United States is in the midst of a tremendous building spree, but it isn't happening in America.
Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (II): Put a Trigger Mechanism in the LegislationNovember 2012
Robert Reich weighs in for strategies for getting the economy under control.
Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (III)November 2012
The difference between "broadening the tax base" and raising taxes on the rich.
5+5 Screening and Discussion at BarnardNovember 2012
Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.