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    An Unfinished Revolution

    A former student activist reflects on a life of dissent. Standing in CJ Brune’s cavernous library on the south side of Lawrence, Kansas, it’s hard not to get caught up in history. Along with hundreds of books on everything from Afghan geopolitics to radical feminism, the walls are adorned ...

    Visions of Sochi

    Making sense of Russia’s Olympic resort. Sochi seems like a weird place. With the Winter Olympics beginning at the Black Sea resort last week, Western correspondents have uncovered everything from murderous gangsters to toothpaste terrorists to the hundreds of stray dogs that call the city ...

    On Climate, Obama’s Hands Are Far From Tied

    Congress or no Congress, Obama has plenty of room to address climate change. At the heart of President Obama’s State of the Union address last week was the message that if Congress won’t pass meaningful legislation, he’s prepared to go it alone. On everything from minimum wage to job ...

    How to Win the War on Poverty

      Welfare programs have long attacked the symptoms of poverty. What if we targeted the roots? Last month, progressives celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of War on Poverty. In January 1964 Johnson laid out an ambitious set of programs that have helped countless ...

    The Hunger Cliff

     Deep cuts in the safety net have enabled a man-made disaster of food insecurity. Four years after the recession official ended, hunger in America is reaching a new level of crisis. With millions of Americans stuck in poverty and Congress shredding every bit of the safety net they can find, ...

    The Revolution Doesn’t Need a Permit: An Interview with Keith McHenry

    The Food Not Bombs cofounder on justice, community, and the radical idea of sharing.  Back in 1980, while Keith McHenry was working for a moving company in Boston, he came across a poster of children climbing on a jungle gym. A caption read, It will be a great day when the schools get all the ...

    25 Years Ago in Utne: The Information Monopoly

     Corporate media ownership is every bit as serious today as it was in 1988. In 1988, media ownership and consolidation was a new concept for many Americans. Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman’s Manufacturing Consent had just appeared in print, and Extra!, by now perhaps the most important ...

    U.S. Officials Say

    Something about Thursday’s New York Times top story stayed with me. You know, the one about the NSA searching Americans’ email and text messages to recipients overseas. I wasn’t thrown off by the story itself—after a summer of PRISM slides and XKeyscore leaks, it’s hard to be ...

    Book Review: Educational Courage

    Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public EducationEdited by Mara Sapon-Shevin Nancy SchniedewindAvailable now through Beacon PressEducation reform used to mean something very different. Before the neoliberal education agenda took shape in the 1990s, reform was not about standardized ...

    Race, Climate, and the Urban Heat Island

    As climate change speeds up, nonwhite inner city neighborhoods will face a high risk of extreme heat.  When it comes to fighting climate change, nothing beats trees. Not only can trees absorb CO2 emissions, their shady canopies can also combat the urban heat island effect—the tendency for ...

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