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News, Feb 16 2018

by WW

How do I escape the abyss of gay loneliness? Does anyone anywhere find queer love? I am answering your question first, …

Five Ring Activism

NOlympics LA and global resistance to the Olympic Games

News, Feb 16 2018

by Lucas Smolcic Larson

In 1932, while millions of unemployed Americans waited in breadlines, Los Angeles hosted the Olympics for the first time. Leading up …

Week in Kingdom Animalia

News, Feb 16 2018

by Ivy Scott & Will Weatherly

Birdbrains “It is the things we love most that destroy us,” wrote Suzanne Collins in the third book of the Hunger …

Day Zero

What happens when the taps run dry?

News, Feb 09 2018

by Chris Packs

Last week, in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, a fight broke out on a typically quiet cul-de-sac. The instigator, who …

Week in Bad Role Models

News, Feb 09 2018

by Eve Zelickson, Ivy Scott & Harry August

Don’t Drink & Drone The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had until September 30, 2015 to establish comprehensive rules for the use …

Week in Civil Disobedience

News, Feb 02 2018

by Ella Comberg, Soraya Ferdman & Kayli Wren

#CHRISTIESTILLHATESTRANSPORTATIONLAWSGATE Four years after #Bridgegate flooded Twitter, Chris Christie’s name is once again under fire over a gate scandal. Then, it …

Priming the Capital

Amazon’s bidding war and the allure of corporate takeover

News, Feb 02 2018

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single corporation in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of …

Greener on the Other Side

Climate justice activists hold California Governor accountable at world summit

News, Dec 01 2017

by Mara Dolan

The group members, huddling together in the German winter, have banners strewn across their shoulders. Unfurled only moments ago, their messages …

Week in Post-Apocalypse

News, Dec 01 2017

by Mark Benz, Sophie Kasakove, Patrick McMenamin, Eve Zelickson & Will Weatherly

A Fizzling Housing Market Like a specter haunting Middle America, the remnants of Cold War industry are making for a strange …

Week in Party Animals

News, Nov 17 2017

by Julia Rock, Julia Petrini & Kelton Ellis

THE POLISH WAY Last week, the Polish Health Ministry released a public service announcement encouraging it citizens to “breed like rabbits.” …

Week in Unresolved Cases

News, Nov 10 2017

by Harry August & Eve Zelickson

Iditaroids The walls of my boyhood room, once decorated with Sports Illustrated Kids centerfolds of Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, …

The Politics of Fragmentation

Mobilizing for secularism in sectarian Lebanon

News, Nov 10 2017

by Isabel DeBre

On November 4, Saad Hariri resigned as Prime Minister of Lebanon, shocking the country. “I sensed what’s being woven in secret …

Chronicle of a Fraud Foretold

The dilemmas and pitfalls of voting in Venezuela’s rigged elections

News, Nov 03 2017

by Oriana van Praag

"You have a house, and you know there are thieves around. If the thieves are going to break into your house, …

Week in Royalty

News, Nov 03 2017

by Pia Mileaf-Patel, Sydney Anderson & Liz Cory

Purple Reign This week’s saddening use of zeugma ([zoog-ma] noun: a figure of speech in which a word applies to two …

Breaking Bonds

Countering legislative violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa

News, Oct 27 2017

by Marly Toledano

content warning: abuse, rape, suicide Last April, on Beirut’s seaside promenade, wedding dresses billowed in the wind. The dresses were torn, …

Week in Purgatory

News, Oct 27 2017

by Paige Parsons, Isabelle Rea & Nora Gosselin

Last Boarding Call to Hell The airline industry seems sinister in its everyday workings, occupying our heavenly realm with 6000 fuel-burning, …

Emerging Borders

Independence struggles in Kurdistan and Catalonia

News, Oct 20 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

In the weeks leading up to the October 1 Catalonian vote on the region’s independence, tens of thousands of people flooded …

Week in Bittersweet Bites

News, Oct 20 2017

by Signe Swanson, Anna Hundert & Julia Tompkins

A Star Dies in “Holy Wood” Hugh Hefner is dead. He died of chronic old age on September 27 at the …

The Borders in the Camp

How the UN and NGOs are neglecting African refugees

News, Oct 06 2017

by Tal Frieden

I stepped into the Mediterranean sun outside Thessaloniki’s international airport to meet Maurizio, a curt Italian man. He leads the Firdaus …

Week in Sad Developments

News, Oct 06 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Sydney Anderson & Julia Petrini

LOCK THEM UP! Remember last year when the words ‘email’ and ‘scandal’ were inseparable? When your friend mentioned emails over lunch, …

DACA Has Never Been Enough

Supporting justice for all undocumented people

News, Sep 29 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

On September 18, over 70 undocumented students disrupted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s news conference in San Francisco. They were protesting …

Week in Bad Progress

News, Sep 29 2017

by Mara Dolan, Julia Rock & Mariela Pichardo

Chronicles of Nambia It was a busy week of making peace, making deals, and making enemies. With a flourish of a …

Week in the Home of the Whopper

News, Sep 22 2017

by Julia Petrini, Eve Zelickson & Jack Brook

Burger Kremlin? Step aside, loyalty cards. Cryptocurrencies are set to revolutionize reward programs by enabling trading of one’s accumulated assets online. …

Spreading Sanctuary

Queer refugees and the LGBTQ+ asylum process

News, Sep 22 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: anti-queer and trans violence, torture. There is no clear sense of when the raids began. Human Rights Watch suggests …

Week in Lifestyle Improvement

News, Sep 15 2017

by Soraya Ferdman, Eve Zelickson & Nora Gosselin

Aw Shucks Since when has keeping up with the internet age meant automating oyster consumption? I don’t know. But apparently it …

The Storm on the Ground

Local and national reporting on Hurricane Harvey

News, Sep 15 2017

by Isabel DeBre & Chris Packs

Before Hurricane Harvey hit on August 25, panic descended on the Texas coast. “There was a really nasty rumor going around …

Indivisible Labor

Vermont’s migrant farmworkers organize for justice

News, Apr 21 2017

by Piper French

content warning: xenophobia, violent death Patricio Hernandez, Pato for short, lives and works on a dairy farm that sits just off …

Week in the Munchies

News, Apr 21 2017

by Zack Kligler, Julia Tompkins, Jamie & Chris Packs

KIDDIE MEAL It was 7PM, supper had come and gone, and our hero’s tummy had the rumblies, the phantom taste—his favorite …

At The Presiding Moment

US media’s coverage of Trump’s strike in Syria

News, Apr 14 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Jonah Max & Will Tavlin

In the wake of last Thursday’s supposedly retributive airstrike against the Syrian Army and Bashar al-Assad, the Trump administration’s actions were …

Week in Intractability

News, Apr 14 2017

by Katrina Northrop, Patrick Orenstein & Sam Samore

GETTIN’ EDEN The setting: a former World War II training ground in rural Scotland. The objective: to create a new society …

A Crowded Field

The upcoming Iranian election

News, Apr 13 2017

by Golnoosh Asghari

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested Ali Ahmadnia and Ali Heydar Valizadeh in mid-March. The two managed channels on Telegram, …

Politics Down Under

Renegotiating Australian-Chinese Partnerships

News, Apr 07 2017

by Hannah Maier-Katkin

On Tuesday, March 28, after weeks of warming relations with The People’s Republic of China, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull abruptly …

Week in High School

News, Apr 07 2017

by Sam Samore, Josh Kurtz & Brionne Frazier

LET GRANDMA GO TO PROM Prom is an eternal category, cutting across boundaries of time and space. Prom has no age. …

Las Niñas de Guatemala

State crime, femicide, and a blaze at a children’s home

News, Mar 24 2017

by Camila Ruiz Segovia

Quiero, a la sombra de un ala, contar este cuento en flor: la niña de Guatemala, la que se murió de …

Week in Our Art Has Failed Us

News, Mar 24 2017

by Eve Zelickson & Ivan Rios-Fetchko

ON THE ROCKS Last week, French performance artist Abraham Poincheval took up residence inside a rock for seven days at Paris’ …

Negligence is not Neutral

The ongoing plight of child refugees in Calais

News, Mar 17 2017

by Piper French

Fifteen year-old Khalid* has been trying to get to the United Kingdom for almost a year now. He left his family …

Week in Clothing Betrayal

News, Mar 17 2017

by Lance Gloss, Sam Samore & Brad Breymoore

NO GUARDIAN ANGELS The trials of master illusionist Criss Angel have been manifold. He once spent 24 hours inside a phone …

Restricting the Public

The Trump administration and the exclusion of trans people from public spaces

News, Mar 10 2017

by Jack Brook

content warning: transphobia Gavin Grimm had a speech written down, but he didn’t bother to look at it. When he took …

Week in WTF is Happening in the UK?

News, Mar 10 2017

by Sophie Kasakove, Lance Gloss & Will Weatherly

“The Pub is Closed, Long Live the Pub!” The walls of the nation-state are looking a bit knackered, but the walls …

Week in Animal Disasters

News, Mar 03 2017

by Signe Swanson, Jack Brook & Sam Samore

NUCLEAR MELTDOWN IS (NOT) A BOAR It’s safe to say that the weather has been wrong these days on planet Earth. …