Utne Q&A with John Donvan of Intelligence Squared

by Soli Salgado

John Donvan, moderator of the Intelligence Squared debates, speaks with Utne Reader before the series' 100th debate.

American Poetry: Walt Whitman and the Songs of Ourselves

By John Marsh

How one American man’s poetry affected the future of his country.

War Porn

By Peter Van Buren

Hollywood and War from World War II to "American Sniper"

Uprising of ISIS: How the Jihadist Group Became a Household Name

By Loretta Napoleoni

The recent uprising of ISIS can be attributed to its focus on fear propaganda and implementation of technology to both recruit members and disperse threats to the public.


The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

By Matthew Harwood

Why the cure for lone-wolf terrorists will be worse than the disease.

Utne Reader Bookshelf: Politics

A selection of books that pique our interest.

More and War

By Tom Engelhardt

The Tao of Washington: The unwillingness of our government to explore new options in the 21st century.

The Kill Box: A Temporary Zone of Slaughter

By Grégoire Chamayou

How kill boxes and drone technology are changing the world into a giant hunting ground with no borders or escape.