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Katherine Rowland: City of Light, Laboratory for the Future

December 21, 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 Ends

December 21, 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: Eternity

December 20, 2012

Flash Fiction: Here, we pass from time to time and nod. It’s so hard to hold on.

Bill McKibben: Planetary Emergency

December 20, 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 Eye

December 20, 2012

Aerial photos from Greenland take climate change out of the realm of abstraction.

Nathaniel Flagg: Apocalypse Illustrated

December 19, 2012

A cartoon history of End Times that weren’t.

Caleb Daniloff: Russia, Cradle of My Dead Worlds

December 19, 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: Maps

December 19, 2012

Flash Fiction: “Look for the swollen ones,” his mother said. “They said he drowned.”

Meaghan Winter: Extinction is the Rule

December 18, 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 Word

December 18, 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 Gloom

December 18, 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: Inventory

December 18, 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 Bling

December 17, 2012

(re:)FORM Art founder Anna Harrah talks with us about collaboration, apocalypse, and self-fulfilling prophesies.

Lauren K. Alleyne: The Way The Body Goes

December 17, 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: Apocalist

December 17, 2012

From snowpocalypse to foie-mageddon, what’s behind our new obsession with end-times word endings?”

Marie Myung-Ok Lee: The End of Guns

December 17, 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 World

December 17, 2012

This week, Guernica Daily explores the idea of End Times.

Join Guernica Co-Founder Joel Whitney for a Reading in Williamsburg on Dec. 18

December 17, 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 Travel

December 14, 2012

A young writer learns to be alone in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Botox Solution

December 14, 2012

Why the formerly Grand Old Party needs to change and won’t.

Editors’ Picks: Independent Bookstores

December 14, 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 Supply

December 13, 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 Game

December 13, 2012

America’s rich may have lost this round, but they’ll be back.

Jeff Parker: A Foreigner to Oneself

December 12, 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 Tab

December 12, 2012

How U.S. taxpayers are paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet.

Robert Reich: The Inequality Battle in the Heartland

December 12, 2012

The fiscal debate distracts from the power struggle underlying American politics.

Mikey Angelo Rumore: Culture and Disquiet in Lisbon

December 11, 2012

Anti-austerity protests in Portugal highlight a complex culture, at once nativist and transnational.

Lewis Lapham: Raiding Conciousness

December 11, 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 On

December 11, 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 Fly

December 10, 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 NDAA

December 10, 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 Reduction

December 10, 2012

Yes, unemployment is down, but don’t believe all the hype coming out of Wall Street.

Erika Anderson: On the Tracks

December 7, 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 7, 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 Ahead

December 7, 2012

Forget the fiscal cliff, there are three other, bigger dangers.

Work for Guernica

December 7, 2012

We’re currently hiring interns for our publishing and editorial departments.

Robert Reich: Understanding the Fiscal Cliff

December 6, 2012

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Tim Swinehart: Setting Free Our History

December 6, 2012

Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more).

Nafeesa Syeed: Salvaged History

December 6, 2012

An outsider works to restore an abandoned chateau in historic Burgundy.

J. Malcolm Garcia: Old Guns

December 5, 2012

An antique weapons dealer in Kabul collects Kalashnikovs and nostalgia.

Tom Engelhardt: The Barack Obama Story

December 5, 2012

An open letter to the community organizer and Constitutional law professor who became a robot President.

C.D. Wright: The Obstacle Worth Engaging

December 4, 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 Disasters

December 4, 2012

Major corporations refuse to go beyond voluntary disaster preparations.

Sasha Houston Brown: Nothing Says Native American Like White Stars in Headdresses

December 3, 2012

How American Indian identity is reflected in pop culture.

Steve Fraser: The Archeology of Decline

December 3, 2012

Debtpocalypse, austerity, and the hollowing out of America.

Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

December 3, 2012

Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.

Leah Carroll: Why Does Ke$ha Exist?

November 30, 2012

She may be the perfect pop-culture koan.

William J. Astore: Sucking Up to Military Brass

November 30, 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 Again

November 30, 2012

The President lays out his plan for America’s fiscal future.

Robert Reich: Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff

November 29, 2012

This fear-mongering won’t help anything. It’s time to jump.

Marshall Allen: Death on the Operating Table

November 29, 2012

Journalist Mina Kimes discusses illegal drug experiments and medical catastrophe.

Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth

November 28, 2012

McEwan’s new novel raises questions of artistic independence.

Michael Klare: World Energy Report 2012

November 28, 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 28, 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 27, 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 Cash

November 27, 2012

he records of overflight requests show more than 200 tons of “bank notes” from Moscow to Damascus.

Roslyn Bernstein: Frank Moore’s Dark Thoughts

November 26, 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 Ceasefire

November 26, 2012

The recent Gaza ceasefire may be a turning point in the long Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Oded Na’aman: It’s Mostly Punishment

November 26, 2012

Testimonies by veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces from Gaza and elsewhere.

Rachel Arons: Broadwell, Kelley, and the Cinematic Catfight

November 21, 2012

The fantasy of girl-on-girl violence underlying the Petraeus scandal.

Robert Reich: Why We Should Stop Obsessing About the Federal Budget Deficit

November 21, 2012

Focusing on the federal deficit only distracts from creating growing economy.

Editors’ Picks: Thanksgiving Reads

November 20, 2012

Guernica‘s staff on the books they’ll remember this Thanksgiving.

Amitav Ghosh: Products of Folly

November 20, 2012

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 World

November 20, 2012

The rising power of local government offers an opportunity to rebuild the commons.

Justin Elliott: From Russia with PR

November 19, 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 Fight

November 19, 2012

Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Robert Reich: Why BP Isn’t a Criminal

November 19, 2012

A timely reminder of the consequences of treating corporations as people.

Rafia Zakaria: Fighting is Forbidden

November 16, 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 Civility

November 16, 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 16, 2012

For those newly in office, the easiest route is that of least resistance.

Nick Turse: America’s Nation-Building

November 16, 2012

The United States is in the midst of a tremendous building spree, but it isn’t happening in America.

Work for Guernica

November 15, 2012

We’re hiring interns for our publishing department.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (II): Put a Trigger Mechanism in the Legislation

November 15, 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 15, 2012

The difference between “broadening the tax base” and raising taxes on the rich.

5+5 Screening and Discussion at Barnard

November 14, 2012

Barnard & Guernica show a film that shows contemporary Beijing through the eyes of a cabbie.

Avi Kramer: The Fine Print

November 14, 2012

To get Internet access in my apartment I had to give up my legal rights.
You probably did too.

Tom Engelhardt: The Mandate of Hell

November 14, 2012

How not to change the world.

Clive Thompson: The Folding Game

November 13, 2012

The info-sharing of early arcade game enthusiasts mimicked the scientific method. Now, video games and collective intelligence could change the way we approach science, shared problems, and school.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain

November 13, 2012

The administration should aim high when it begins its negotiations on deficit reduction.

Robert Reich: The Next Game of Economic Chicken

November 12, 2012

The election hasn’t put an end to the wrangling over taxes and spending in Washington.

Mattea Kramer and Chris Hellman: Washington’s Cliff Notes

November 12, 2012

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump.

Andrew Ross: The Debt Resistor’s Operations Manual

November 9, 2012

Natasha Lewis speaks with Strike Debt member, professor, and author Andrew Ross.

Robert Reich: Why John Boehner May Have More Leverage Over the Tea Partiers in Congess

November 9, 2012

Tea Partiers may be more amendable to compromise now than ever before.

Alfred W. McCoy: Beyond Bayonets and Battleships

November 9, 2012

Technology is reshaping the face of U.S. military power, but is it for the best?

Fundraising, Donations, and Hurricane Sandy

November 9, 2012

In light of Hurricane Sandy, please consider donating to the disaster relief efforts.

Angela Boskovitch and Laura Silvia Battaglia: Operation Iraqi Cinema

November 8, 2012

The Baghdad International Film Festival is part of a larger effort to bring the arts back to Iraq’s once-flourishing capital.

Robert Reich: Obama’s Next Economy: Why He Must Take This Opportunity to Reframe the Economic Debate

November 8, 2012

With the fiscal cliff approaching, it’s time for Obama to make some big decisions. Here’s what he should do.

Richard Falk: Istanbul, a Modest Proposal

November 7, 2012

Could Istanbul be the future capital of the world?

Rebecca Solnit: The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse

November 7, 2012

Hurricane Sandy rides in.

Joseph Gergel: Nigerian Nostalgia Project

November 6, 2012

A massive collection of pre-digital photography shows a nation in transition—and manages bring Facebook-level connectivity into a gallery space.

Medina Dugger: Images from Underground

November 6, 2012

Young Lagosian photographers examine the corners of their city that often go unseen.

Glenna Gordon: LagosPhoto 2012

November 6, 2012

A month-long photography festival aims to capture the spirit of one of Africa’s biggest and busiest cities.

Robert Reich: We the People, and the New American Civil War

November 6, 2012

Amidst an election that has us feeling like a divided nation, the challenge is to rediscover the public good.

Casey Michel: California’s Death Penalty Decision

November 5, 2012

Those in favor of ending capital punishment in California have dramatically outspent their opponents and gathered celebrity endorsements from Joan Baez to Bill O’Reilly, but the race is too close to call. How one notorious criminal might swing the vote on Prop 34.

Emily Raboteau: Daughters of Obama

November 5, 2012

In the wake of the election of Barack Obama, a writer explores black American identity and the ritual of return in Ghana.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Dogs of War Are Barking

November 5, 2012

Would a President Mitt Romney be primed for military action in Iran?

Jennifer Sky: Faith and Politics in the Sunshine State

November 2, 2012

Ballot initiatives in Florida are bringing God into politics.

Robert Reich: Why The Newest Unemployment Report Should Be Taken With A Grain of Salt

November 2, 2012

November’s unemployment report may sway some voters—but it shouldn’t.

Albert Appleton: How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure–And Saved Billions of Dollars

November 1, 2012

How did New York City manage to control pollution in its water supply on the cheap?

Tana Wojczuk: Mitt Romney as Shakespeare’s Coriolanus

November 1, 2012

In the aftermath of Sandy, it’s time to reevaluate what it means to be dependent on government.

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