All Further Articles

Friday, March 1, 2019
A Resolve Not To Do What Was Done To Him: Guantánamo Diary's Mohamedou Slahi Is Still Not Free
Having endured 14 years as "the most tortured man in Guantánamo," Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been denied a passport from his native Mauritania to seek medical treatment abroad for the effects of his detention and abuse - a refusal lawyers deem a brutal extension of "the extrajudicial punishment" of a man who was never charged with or convicted of a crime. Now "a prisoner in my own country," Slahi vows he "will get my rights peacefully" just as "everybody wants, my people and your people."
Read more
Thursday, February 28, 2019
#AOC AOC's Superhero Inside Us
After her laser-like questioning of Michael Cohen to prep for going after Trump's taxes and other financial misdeeds, what better day to reveal "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force," a comic honoring the fierce AOC - a big comics nerd - as the standard-bearer for young lawmakers promising a progressive "new party." With a cover featuring a triumphant AOC, a felled elephant, and an anxious donkey, the project celebrates AOC as "a jolt of smelling salts to a comatose system.”
Read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
When We're Dancing With The Angels
The testimony of Michael Cohen - a loser with nothing to lose, a grimy reflection of Trump’s "venal and vicious world," an exemplar of Trump's "best people" who knows where the bodies are buried - was a sordid if cleansing spectacle. It was also, noted Elijah Cummings in his stirring summary, very painful. "As a country, we are so much better than this," he said. "When we're dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact?"
Read more
Monday, February 25, 2019
This Moron Is the Only Emergency
Almost 60 former national security experts have written a letter declaring there is "no emergency that remotely justifies" Trump's move to build a wall. But - breaking news! - there's def an emergency, and he's it. In the last days, he publicly pouted about a term he didn't understand in trade talks - prompting snickering from Chinese officials - and described said officials as "from central casting" with this cringey gesture. Surely slanty eyes are next. Cohen, Mueller, Congress, please hurry.
Read more
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Intrepid Journalism 101: Watch This Reporter Jump Over the Border Wall!
Bestowing hope on beleaguered journalists, 12-year-old reporter and publisher Hilde Lysiak faced down an Arizona cop who threatened to "have you arrested and thrown in juvey" for chasing down a tip on her bike - ie: doing her job. When she challenged his claim it was illegal to film him - not - he said he didn't “want to hear any of that freedom-of-the-press stuff.” Fans of her now-viral video tried to dox him, but she objected: "My focus is on protecting our First Amendment Rights. Thank you.”
Read more
Friday, February 22, 2019
Malcolm: We Want Freedom
This week marks 54 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, radical, orator, proud Muslim, evolving but abiding advocate and what Ossie Davis called "our own black shining prince," who rose from poverty to fight unwaveringly against racism until his death at 39. Rather than requesting civil rights, he demanded "God-given human rights" for people of color, declaring "our right on this earth to be a human being (in) this any means necessary."
Read more
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Their Worst Instincts: Alabama Newspaper Calls For the KKK To Ride Again
Because so much winning, another good ole bigot - with an actual bully pulpit - has crawled out of his cave to call for the Ku Klux Klan "to night ride again" and hang Democrats, "Republican Democrats" and "socialist-communists" with "hemp ropes to clean out D.C." The newspaper of one Goodloe Sutton has evidently long been "a cesspool of indefensible bilge." Hence, when asked about the propriety of his call, this defense of the Klan: "Well, they didn't kill but a few people." Thanks Trump.
Read more
Monday, February 18, 2019
They Took My House, They Took My Life, They Took Everything.
Israeli police just forcibly expelled a Palestinian family from their home in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and promptly turned it over to right-wing Jewish settlers under a convoluted racist law that declares Jews the pre-Nakba "rightful owners" of the property. The family has lived in the house for 67 years. Police also arrested the Abu Asabs' father and son, and assaulted other relatives. Video of the action is wrenching; it also makes clear the Nakba is ongoing.
Read more
Friday, February 15, 2019
We Will Be Here: On Donuts, Dogs, the Duck of Justice and Other Non-Emergencies
Needing a break from the latest executive follies - nominating himself for the Nobel, grazing for omelettes, whining SNL is "the real collusion!" - we turn to the improbable, heartening, slice-of-Maine-life that is the Bangor Police Department's Facebook page. Herein, find wry tales of good deeds, small crimes, hope, grief, empathy, larceny, cereal, rules on snowstorms and flannel shirts, the painful universal "fight to find the light," the grace of small acts of kindness, and, yes, donuts.
Read more
Thursday, February 14, 2019
1,200 Kids' Gun Deaths Since Parkland: Did I Say I Love You?
A year after the Parkland slaughter, a hopeful sliver of light with the Dems' passage of a background check bill, the first progress in years. Alas, it comes not a gut-wrenching moment too soon: Since Parkland, nearly 1,200 more kids - roughly, inconceivably a Parkland every five days - were gunned down in our bloodstained country. The Trace chose to tell their stories to render them, not numbers, but "human beings with rich (if achingly short) histories." May they rest in peace and power.
Read more