A Week in the Northeast

by David Rovics

Dissident Voice | September 29, 2019

“Are you going to write something about this?  If you do, I’ll share it.”

This wasn’t exactly a writing assignment, from one of the co-founders of the venerable anarchist newspaper from Detroit, Fifth Estate, but close enough to prompt a travelogue that I’d likely have written anyway…Read More »

From scientist to activist

by Heather Price

Union of Concerned Scientists | September 19, 2019

“Dr. Doom.” fellow students joked as we walked out of our department seminar. It was 1998 and the presenter was Richard Gammon, a co-author of the first IPCC report. I didn’t share my fellow University of Washington grad students’ joke. I was uneasy, wondering about the timing of forecasts and feedback loops.Read More »

A letter from a reader on the poverty line: “I know what it means to go hungry for five days until you get your next paycheck”

by Quentin Fottrell

MarketWatch’s Moneyist | August 19, 2019

This woman from Texas, then aged 36, wrote to the Moneyist in September 2018. She didn’t have a college degree, said she would never earn more than $30,000 a year, and worked full-time for $15 an hour, in addition to a part-time job for $10 an hour. She paid $1,050 a month in rent.

The reason for her letter: She was about to inherit $150,000. It was more money than she had ever had in her life. She had grown up in a family that had experienced generations of poverty. It was a life-changing opportunity for her, and she did not want to waste it.

She wanted to get dental work done, invest some money and, if she could afford, buy a house. “I feel like this money is my chance to finally be financially safe and maybe have a shot at retiring. I’m just not sure which one will get me there safely and hopefully before I’m 70,” she wrote.Read More »

“NATO get out from the Balkans, the Balkans belong to the people!”

by Muhammed Shabeer

People’s Dispatch | July 24, 2019

The opposition parties in Serbia have been protesting in the country since late 2018 against the rule of Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić and his governing Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). Peoples Dispatch spoke to Aleksandar Ðenić, first secretary of the League of Yugoslav Communist Youth (SKOJ), regarding the nature of the ongoing protests and the policies of the current government. He also talks about the history of interventions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the region as well as the initiatives taken by the NKPJ and the SKOJ towards mobilizing people against imperialism and the right-wing.Read More »

India: Reject Information, Eject Tribals From Forests


Countercurrents | June 14, 2019

There is an easy way of denying rights or declaring a rightful tribal an encroacher : Just deny him the information within time.

There is an easy way of denying rights or declaring a rightful tribal an encroacher. Just deny him the information within time. He is evicted from the forest where he was dwelling for generations.

Delay the order of rejection of claim by sixty days, so that he cannot appeal within prescribed 60 days. Or don’t send summons or don’t deliver them to right persons. It is not the issue of denial of information sought under RTI Act.Read More »

The People’s Winter of Kolkata: Little Magazines and Literature Festivals

by Abhishek Bhattacharyya

GroundXero | March 15, 2019

We were standing in a group and chatting in College Square. It was a not-so-cold winter evening in Kolkata, in mid-January. The ‘little magazine’ fair was being launched with a series of performances – from plays to poetry recitations to songs. We were discussing how there were many such ‘alternative’ cultural events lined up at this time of the year, from the present event to the upcoming film festival organised by the People’s Film Collective that overlapped partially with the fair, and the People’s Literary Festival subsequently in February. One comrade in the group, who was amongst the organisers of the little magazine event, joked – you see, everyone in Kolkata remembers the “people” suddenly in winter, no one cares for the rest of the year; if only Kolkata had more of a winter, we’d probably have seen a revolution by now!Read More »

The People’s Winter of Kolkata: Film Screenings, and more

by Abhishek Bhattacharyya

GroundXero | March 16, 2019

In the first part of this article I’d discussed a little magazine festival and the People’s Literary Festival, and in this one I turn to the People’s Film Festival – to report on a number of events this winter in Kolkata, that mobilised and laid claim to a figure of the people. Weaving a report of the festival with brief reviews of some movies screened there, and quickly contextualising them within both the People’s Film Collective’s overall project, and their location within a politics of the people in Kolkata, I look at how alternative cultural formations are often thriving here, albeit with limitations. To what extent and how might such alternative spaces be ritualistic? What can be the power of such ritual performances? And where might they be exceeding familiar bounds? These are some questions I carry over from the earlier piece.Read More »

My Love Affair With Books: Self-Education From Greaseball to Street Intellectual – Part II 1989- 2017

by Bruce Lerro

Between the worlds

Throughout all my formal studies, I continued to be an artist model and it wasn’t until I began teaching in college that the paths of teaching and modelling crossed in irreconcilable ways. My first teaching gig was at New College of California in 1988, teaching Soviet Personality Theory, a course that I made up. About the second week I was teaching there the booking secretary of the Model’s Guild offered me a modelling job in the New College Art Department. The possibility of students in an art class turning up in my Soviet Personality Theory class was not a prospect I wanted to consider. At that point I realized that I was at the end of the line of my modelling life. From that point on, while I was expanding my part-time teaching work, I also took part-time work as a psychological counselor, working in halfway houses for two years. Throughout it all I continued to read about two hours a day, come hell or high water.Read More »

Reporter: Seymour Hersh’s spellbinding story


A Journal of People report


Seymour Hersh, who disclosed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians by the U.S. army, and one of the greatest investigative journalists in U.S. history, tells his story in his Reporter, A Memoir.

His first job in journalism was at the City News Bureau of Chicago. “I will happily permit history to be the judge of my recent work,” he writes in Reporter.Read More »