Democracy

Shaun Randol

Since the 1960s, Noam Chomsky has been a formidable critic of U.S. foreign policy; many (most?) of his ideas highly unwelcome in corporate media. Though the decades march on, his biting critique remains sharp, his political philosophy unwavering. In this interview, Chomsky discusses self-censorship and names the political crises intellectuals and activists should be acting on now. 

Ed Hancox

Mehmet Çakıroğlu

Lisa McKeown

Edward Snowden, just like Bradley Manning, has been labeled a traitor and at times an aid to terrorists. It has even been suggested that he might be faking the information leaks, or simply wanting attention, otherwise he would have gone through the proper whistleblower channels. Snowden, some say, should have been more patient; he should have been more careful in revealing the NSA's secrets.

The Mantle

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Bruce Southworth

Student. Lawyer. Activist. Revolutionary. Freedom fighter (or was it terrorist?). Prisoner. President. World leader. Husband. Father. Grandfather. Family man. As Nelson Mandela nears the end of a very full life, Bruce Southworth offers this reflection on the man of history.  

The Mantle

In the Fourteenth Century, the Roman Catholic theologian Nicholas Eymerich published Directorium Inquisitorum, a text that described many anti-religious and forbidden practices, like witchcraft, sorcery, and fortune telling.

Kayhan Irani

There is a very simple exercise that we do in the Theater of the Oppressed to demonstrate the essence of a conflict: two people stand face to face; one person says, “I want it” and the other person replies “You can’t have it.” They repeat these, and only these, phrases to one another—each person trying to get the other to concede to her will by modulating her voice, moving her body, etc. The battle of wills, one desire against another, is a simple way to define conflict. In the real world conflict is layered with complexity.

Ed Hancox

In the space of a week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina have arguably become the world's most famous political prisoners following their sentencing in a Moscow courtroom last Friday.

World Policy Journal

 

by Natasha Yarotskaya

Russia by mind comprehended cannot be

Nor by wide arshins measured:

Its uniqueness be that—

In Russia is possible only but to believe.

(Tiutchev, I. 28 November, 1866, translation by Fr. S. Janos)

 

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