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What Was the Bauhaus?

The Bauhaus, a design school founded a century ago this month in Germany, lasted just 14 years before the Nazis shut it down. And yet in that time it proved a magnet for much that was new and experimental in art, design and architecture — and for decades after, its legacy played an outsize role in changing the physical appearance of the daily world... read more .

Bernie Sanders Supports Voting Rights for the Imprisoned

Operation Take Down Bernie

Joe Biden’s long-awaited announcement that he is running for President—in a highly produced video with a distracting piano soundtrack—officially knocked Bernie Sanders out of first place in the Democratic field.  Read more .

The Destruction of a Civil Rights Center

There was a fire at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, on March 29th, 2019. Arson is suspected. White supremacist symbols were found in the aftermath of the blaze, which destroyed the administrative building and decades of archives within it.  Read more .

Forfeit Your Pay and Resign: An Open Letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg

Dear Mr. Muilenburg: On April 4, 2019 you somewhat belatedly released a statement that “We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents.” You added that a preliminary investigation made it “apparent that in both flights” the MCAS “activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information.”  Read more .

Should Walt Whitman Be #Cancelled?

In 2013, Timothy McNair, a black, gay graduate student in music at Northwestern University, refused to perform Howard Hanson’s “Song of Democracy,” a musical piece with lyrics derived from Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. In his writing beyond Leaves of Grass, McNair discovered racist comments in which Whitman refers to black people as “baboons” and “wild brutes” and questions their inclusion in the American body politic.  Read more .

Sen. Warren Wants to Jail Those Who Caused 2008’s Meltdown

Israel Is Killing With Impunity

In an improbably ever-more-racist Israel, soldiers and settlers, their unofficial but accommodating helpmates in apartheid, continue to kill unarmed Palestinians at a chilling rate. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 37 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of the year... read more .

Integration Won’t Solve Racism in Schools

‘Not the first time there’s been a civilization in the universe’

The spectacular rise of human civilization—its agrarian societies, cities, states, empires and industrial and technological advances ranging from irrigation and the use of metals to nuclear fusion—took place during the last 10,000 years, after the last ice age. Much of North America was buried, before the ice retreated, under sheets eight times the height of the Empire State Building.  Read more .

Robert De Niro On Trump: Even Gangsters Have Morals

We All Need Sanctuary From Donald Trump

There is no missing the messages Donald Trump has been sending even before white nationalist senior adviser Stephen Miller was given control over the administration’s immigration policy: Go away, migrants and asylum seekers, the country is full. That this is... read more .

US ‘Tightens Noose’ on Cuba

Black Alliance For Peace Revives Black Anti-War Tradition

Mr. Mueller’s Indictment

So much for “complete and total exoneration.” To the contrary, it turns out that Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators found “substantial evidence” that President Trump broke federal law on numerous occasions by attempting to... read more .

First They Came for Assange

My meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange all took place in the same small room. As the intelligence services of a variety of countries know, I visited Assange in Ecuador’s London embassy many times between the fall of 2015 and December 2018. What these snoops do not know is the relief I felt every time I left.  Read more .

Brazil's Far-Right President Jair Bolsonaro To Be Honored At American Museum of Natural History Gala

Each year, leaders of the international business and finance community gather in the American Museum of Natural History for a black-tie gala hosted by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. In the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, under the blue whale, the attendees honor two "persons of the year" — one Brazilian, one American — seen as... read more .

A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC Smashes The Overton Window

Hillary Clinton, with her focus group-tested moderation, may have failed to break the glass ceiling. But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with her fearlessness, outspokenness, and mastery of social media has broken another piece of metaphorical glass... read more .

Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes

The F-35 Fighter Jet Will Cost $1.5 Trillion. It’s Time for New Priorities.

U.S. taxpayers are no strangers to getting saddled with monstrously expensive weapons programs at the expense of basic needs like food, shelter and education. The Pentagon paid $44 billion for 21 very fragile B-2 stealth bombers, few of which still fly in combat roles. The F-22 fighter, coming in at more than $350 million per plane, was built to combat Cold War adversaries who ceased to exist six years before the first jet rolled off the production line.  Read more .

Assange’s Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime

After living under a grant of asylum in London’s Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was forcibly ejected and arrested by British police on April 11. Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, accused Assange of “repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols.” After an anonymous source revealed... read more .

Rising Rents Threaten Berlin’s Diversity, Activists Demand Expropriation

How the left also dehumanises Palestinians in Gaza

Along the political spectrum, from the far left to extreme right, and spanning racial and ethnic lines, nearly everyone who has something to say about protesters in Gaza seems to fail the task of recognising Palestinian humanity. If it's coming from the right, the narrative is of terrorists, rockets and Hamas, a legitimate Palestinian resistance fully cemented as the... read more .

Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom

America must stop Binyamin Netanyahu from annexing Palestinian land

Make it official: henceforth, the Hebrew word for magician is Bibi. This is not just because Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, appears to have won a record fifth term in office on April 9th. It is also because he pulled off the trick with corruption charges hanging over him, and in the face of a tough challenge from a... read more .

When Cemeteries Became Natural Sanctuaries

In the nineteenth century, American cities had a problem with the dead. As urban areas became more densely populated, the churchyards in which the dead were interred became overcrowded and were considered public health hazards. Outbreaks of epidemics like cholera and yellow fever were blamed on... read more .

How the Bay of Pigs Invasion Changed JFK

The Bay of Pigs invasion, which began on April 17, 1961, featured a United States-sponsored force of Cuban anti-communist exiles, who landed in their home country only to be routed by forces loyal to President Fidel Castro. The failed invasion took place just... read more .

Nipsey’s Murder Reminds Us That We Live in a Lethal Anti-Black Society

The recent murder of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle caused heartbreak across the city and the nation. People reacted in shock that Nipsey, who was a known community activist and an outspoken artist, was murdered. His model of Black entrepreneurship and development was well documented. Nipsey owned businesses that... read more .

External Powers Fuel Bloodshed in Libya

Richard Wright Helped Bring Mental Healthcare to Harlem

In 1946, a mental health clinic opened its doors in Harlem. It was groundbreaking in both its philosophy and in its intended patient population. The Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic was borne of the unlikely friendship between African-American novelist and intellectual Richard Wright and preeminent Bavarian-born psychiatrist Dr. Frederic Wertham. Read more .

Ernst Röhm, The Highest-Ranking Gay Nazi

A man in make-up and pearls condemning transgender people may seem counterintuitive, but Milo Yiannopoulos is hardly the first gay reactionary. The case of Ernst Röhm, the highest-ranking gay Nazi, presents an interesting study in the construction and containment of masculinity by the right.  Read more .

Global Empires Built on Nazi Collaboration

Coffee drinkers and donut eaters learned something troubling recently. The owners behind JAB Holding Company — the German firm that owns or controls Krispy Kreme; Panera Bread; several coffee brands, including Keurig Green Mountain, Peet’s and Caribou; Pret a Manger and Einstein Bagels — revealed that the... read more .

Trump and Pelosi Both Cater to Private Health Insurance

New York Sues Big Pharma for Opioid Crisis

How Big Tech Helped Big Oil Automate the Climate Crisis