One hundred years later, Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution is still the most compelling narrative of that world-shaking event.
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Black athletes revive political protest in the sports world.
White trash, redneck, clay eater, cracker. This is only a partial list of all the sneering names developed over hundreds of years to stigmatize poor white people in the United States. In her new book White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg traces the evolution of language, perception and public policy… Read more »
“A time full of hope has been replaced by a time of fear. The era has turned around and headed back in time. The time we live in now is second-hand….”
In his courageous book Between the World and Me, written as a letter to his 15-year-old son, Ta-Nehisi Coates explains to him the “justifiable” verdict in the killing of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was shot eight times by a white police officer and then left in the streets. This fatal shooting came on… Read more »
Hardly War, by Don Mee Choi / Wave Books, 2016 / Illustrated; 97 pages Don Mee Choi is a South Korean poet, translator and anti-militarist now living in the U.S. Through a startling, kaleidoscopic collection of prose, poems, and photographs in her new book, Hardly War, she makes a powerful case against the U.S. justification… Read more »
There’s a ferocious new wit in town. Her name is Samantha Bee and her late-night cable show, Full Frontal, is passionate, outraged, straight-forward, and honest. Bee spares nobody and nothing in politics or public life: “There’s a lot of shame to go around.” The Canada-born comic appeared for a decade as a correspondent on The… Read more »
Hats off to Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refuses to stand for the national anthem at NFL games. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” He’s also spoken out for police accountability and against cop… Read more »
Oliver Stone’s Snowden is a gripping dramatization of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s journey through the totalitarian madness of the CIA and National Security Agency (NSA). Commenting on the film, the director and co-writer blew a little whistle of his own. “They say we have freedom of expression; but thought is financed, and thought is controlled, and… Read more »
Southern trees bear strange fruit, / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. Using these lyrics from a poem by Abel Meeropol, immortalized in Billie Holliday’s song about lynching, author Patrick Phillips opens his tale of terror, theft and racial apartheid in one Georgia county, USA. Following a brutal assault on a white… Read more »