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For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

The Father of Our Country

Kim Roberts Southern Review
With tongue in cheek, Kim Roberts explores the patriarchal origins of our Thanksgiving holiday.

The Right-Wing War on American Voters

Bob Moser Right Wing Watch
Anyone who imagined, after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, that the Republican right had maxxed out the possibilities for suppressing the votes of people unlikely to vote for its candidates was sorely mistaken.

Reflecting on Immigration this Thanksgiving

Ruth Needleman Portside
Centuries of genocide against indigenous peoples have erased the real history of our hemisphere. Descendants of colonizers call the US a nation of immigrants, claiming ownership of land in the name of white people who displaced original inhabitants

Suspicious: A Biography of Master Spy Richard Sorge

Tariq Ali London Review Of Books
Unlike Kim Philby, Cold War-era Soviet master spy Richard Sorge is not yet the subject of multiple novels, profiles and transatlantic espionage dramas. He, his exploits and his tragic end at the hands of Japanese militarism should be better known.

New York Democrats Just Passed a Measure that Could Take the Working Families Party Off the Ballot; What You Can Do - Demand the “Fair Elections Fix”

Akela Lacy; Fair Elections for New York The Intercept; Fair Elections for New York campaign
The Commission created in response to public outcry around the undue influence of big money ended up approving a program that will not do enough to reduce big money’s dominance, and abused its power in an anti-democratic attack on NY's minor parties