BLOGS


  • ‘It Will Never Happen To Me’ I think most of our lives we read about tragedies and hard stuff and breathe a sigh of relief and think that it will never happen to us. It’s easy to think that we’re immune from those crazy events and yet, as I found out this weekend, bizarre things can happen to anyone. Like a vehicle ...
  • How To Combat Both Wasted Food And Wasted Opportunities In The Next Farm Bill Ready your tractors and plows—the farm bill is upon us. This omnibus package of legislation, reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, shapes virtually every aspect of our food and agricultural system. Yet this wide-ranging, $500 billion piece of legislation, which aims to ensure a safe and sufficient food supply for our nation, fails to take ...
  • Australia Is Scrapping A Key Component Of The Merit-Based Immigration System Trump Wanted To Borrow From PERTH, Australia — After a “testy” phone call on refugee resettlement got these two world leaders off to a rocky start four months ago, all eyes were on the face-to-face meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Thursday. But while analysts and journalists alike rushed to speculate about the extent to ...
  • How The Eurozone Damaged French Politics — And This Year’s Presidential Election As France heads into the second and final round of its presidential election on Sunday, a number of observers have compared the choice between the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist neoliberal Emmanuel Macron with the Trump-Clinton contest of 2016. There are similarities: Le Pen, who is politely called xenophobic, like Trump represents an ...
  • The Choice Bus Uses Prisoner Perspectives To Discourage Students From Dropping Out In an effort to stem the school-to-prison pipeline and to keep kids in school, the Choice Bus was rolled out, using the stark contrasts between stories from prisoners who dropped out and statistics on those who completed school to help students understand their options in life, and how their decisions can affect their futures. The Choice ...
  • News Roundup for May 5, 2017 Happy Cinco De Mayo, friends. 1. GOP congressmen passed “Trumpcare” through the House yesterday. Millions are at risk for losing their health insurance. More here. 2. President Trump said Australia’s universal health care system is better than America’s health care because of course he did. More here. 3. Democrats have raised over $4 million dollars in the hours ...
  • 1966 Phil Ochs Concert Resurfaces. Phil, Are We Glad To See You. Hardly a week passes when I don’t think, man, we could really use a new Phil Ochs album. As of Friday, we’ve got one. Or, OK, the closest we’re going to get. RockBeat Records, which specializes in digging up great vintage stuff, has released Phil Ochs – Live in Montreal 10/22/66, an 85-minute concert recording that includes ...
  • Hillary Did Not Lose Because She Was A Lousy Candidate In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey defended going public with his letter on the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server flap at the 11th hour of the presidential election. The question, the answer, and the implication that hung heavy was that Comey’s release of the letter tipped the election ...
  • Why HuffPost Is On To Something Big The Huffington Post just got a makeover, courtesy of incoming Editor-in-Chief, Lydia Polgreen, and the site’s new leadership team. Rechristened “HuffPost,” the sleek new website is a vehicle for a bold new mission: sharing “stories of people who have been left out of the conversation.” Lydia’s new approach resonates with me. She asks, “What if news ...
  • Dear Trump Voters, It’s Time To Get Angry About Trumpcare Dear Trump voters, It was a very big day for you yesterday, what with the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act ― commonly known as Trumpcare ― formerly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. A smug President Trump, at his post-vote Rose Garden masturbatory gloat-fest, bragged, “Make no mistake ...
  • A Note From My Midwife The term “midwife” literally means “with women,” and as I sit here watching what many are calling a “War On Women” unfold in the US, this concept of sisterhood is becoming more significant than ever. As Trump essentially marks womanhood as a “pre-existing condition” in his health care bill, I can’t help but feel an ever ...
  • ‘The Promise’ Is An Artful Reminder Of The Horror Of The Armenian Genocide The surprise film of the year may well be The Promise, about the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians (the Armenian Genocide), on which Turkey is still in denial. A hundred years ago, both my parents’ families escaped certain death. That makes me the son of holocaust survivors. A part of me does not ...
  • Paraguay’s Population Is Booming, But Where Are All The Jobs? Magdalena López, University of Buenos Aires In recent weeks, Paraguay has been shaken by a fierce parliamentary debate about a bill – recently killed off in the House of Representatives – that would have allowed presidents to be re-elected. And although photographs of the Congress building in flames and the murder of a young protester by ...
  • Angela Rye, Black Twitter And The Era Of The Unapologetic Black Woman As a teen and a young adult, I attended overwhelmingly white schools. The college that I went to, in Bellingham, WA, is currently only 2.5{8883afff3f996f915e4087502a0d4bc0cab7d523e6eee37ef51ae9a6c529a071} Black and that number was lower when I attended—my social group mirrored this. When I started becoming heavily invested in political and social matters, I found myself holding back. Even ...
  • Can America Be Racist If We Had A Black President? Yup. “The implications are bizarre.” That’s certainly true. But what are we talking about? Perhaps the fact that the president of the United States doesn’t know basic facts about American history? Or that millions of Americans still believe climate change is a nefarious liberal plot? Or that Eric Thames is leading the league in home runs? No, we’re talking ...
  • Dear Republicans: Shame On You For Making It Harder For Women To Report Rape Dear Republicans, By making rape-related medical treatment a pre-existing condition, you have become an ally of rapists. It is hard being the victim of a sex crime, and you just made it harder by voting for a health care bill that includes an amendment making the medical treatment of rape a pre-existing condition. You’ve provided one more ...
  • Trump Said A Whole Lot Of Nothing In His NRA Convention Speech I just listened to the speech. If you don’t know what speech I’m talking about, then you haven’t been following the latest doings in gun violence prevention, a.k.a. GVP.  It’s the speech that Trump gave last week at the NRA annual meeting, the first president to address the Gun-nut Nation faithful since Saint Ronald showed up ...
  • On Being A Historian Of Yourself Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Our lives are, of course, our histories, which makes us all, however inadvertently, historians.  Part of my own history, my other life ― not the TomDispatch one that’s consumed me for the last 14 years ― has been editing books. I have no idea how many books I’ve edited since I was in ...
  • Here’s Why You’ll Never See ‘Mom’ Listed In My Bio This story was brought to you by Thought Catalog and Quote Catalog. By Mélanie Berliet Now that I’m pregnant, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it will be like to be called “mom” — not just by my kid, but by everyone else. I’m excited to become a mother! My pregnancy could not have been more planned, ...
  • Fiesta! 18 Recipes For Your Cinco De Mayo Feast Who doesn’t love Cinco de Mayo? It’s a day dedicated to all our favorite Mexican foods: guac, tacos, enchiladas, salsa, flan, margaritas, and more. Whether you prefer the classic dishes or want to try something new, everything you need for your south-of-the-border spread is on this list. 1. Chicken & Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Spicy ...