Category Writers

A Worker Reads History by Bertolt Brecht

Who built Thebes of the 7 gates ? In the books you will read the names of kings. Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock ? And Babylon, many times demolished, Who raised it up so many times ? In what houses of gold glittering Lima did its builders live ? Where, the […]

Daniel Handler’s Offensive National Book Award Jokes Prove Industry Has A Long Way To Go

His comments marred the presentation of the Young People’s Literature Award to a celebrated black author, Jacqueline Woodson, for her book Brown Girl Dreaming. The book explores, through evocative free verse, Woodson’s childhood in South Carolina and New York in the ’60s and ’70s. She grapples with Jim Crow, the effects of the Civil Rights […]

Gilberto Freyre – Wikipedia

Gilberto de Mello Freyre March 15, 1900 – July 18, 1987 was a Brazilian sociologist, anthropologist, historian, writer, painter, journalist and congressman, born in Recife, Northeast Brazil. He is commonly associated with other great Brazilian cultural interpreters of the first half of the 20th century, such as Sérgio Buarque de Holanda and Caio Prado Júnior. […]

“The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of”: Remembering William Worthy 1921-2014 | Democracy Now!

During the height of the Cold War, Worthy defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and Algeria. He also worked closely with many African-American leaders, including A. Philip Randolph and Malcolm X. In the late 1950s, the State Department refused to renew his passport after he returned […]

Pablo Neruda: A Poet Possibly Poisoned By A CIA Agent Working For Pinochet

It is certain that Allende died during the coup staged by Pinochet’s forces. What remains unclear, however, is how. With the presidential palace La Moneda surrounded by Pinochet’s forces, Allende either committed suicide — as the official account of his death states — or was assassinated on Sept. 11, 1973.As with Allende, there is a […]

Message from Leonard Peltier 08/28/2014… – Friends of Peltier

The Constitution of the United states was a copy of Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy Law. Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin all wrote down as to where they got the ideas and inspiration from. The main premise of the constitution being, you have the freedom to do anything you want as long as you don’t […]

Ferguson and Parallel Universes | The Nation

I expected a reasonable discussion in which Bohannon, a veteran broadcaster, would take a position to the right of one I had taken in this space on the topic of Ferguson. What I got instead was some perspective on the challenges of having such a conversation across race and political divides at moments like this, […]