Photo showing Irina Ermakova, a leading scientist at the Russian Academy of Scientists, as she joins the GMO-Free Midwest picket.

ALERT: Saying “NO” to Monsanto in Pima County

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías is arguing that creating a state-authorized, taxpayer-subsidized “free-trade zone” to bring Monsanto Corporation to Pima County is the wrong kind of economic development for our county not only because of the relatively few people their local operation would employ but also because of their long record of environmental mismanagement and […]

Continue Reading 0
The image is a reproduction of the first view of trapped, but later rescued, miners in the San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile. The image was captured from a video taken with a Chilean Government video camera. In the Pike River Mine disaster that occurred in New Zealand three months later, in which 29 miners died, there is no such image and to this day the bodies have still not been recovered.

Underground (a poem)

Underground by Judy Ray  In Chile and New Zealand, 2010   A rumble too loud, a silence too long. Families gather at the mine, and in surrounding desert a media tent city springs. Underground there is no glow to tell how night prolongs the day. They will be called heroes, champions, these miners in the […]

Continue Reading 0
Illustration showing logo of the Gates Foundation poised above that of the Pima County Public Library

Are Billionaire Foundations Dumbing Down Our Public Library?

It all started innocently enough. I and some other members of the Tucson Chapter of the National Writers Union had been noticing that books which we’d been intending to or had already read — written by some very established international and “mid-list” literary authors — were disappearing from our public library’s shelves to, it seemed, […]

Continue Reading 1
Flyer for the play reviewed

Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country (review)

There is a rare and wonderful feeling when you know you have witnessed something remarkable live onstage. That is the punch Borderlands Theater delivers with Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country. It’s not only that you have just watched Richard Montoya, accomplished playwright and actor, in a brilliant interpretation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (spoiler alert: […]

Continue Reading 1
Title from original cover of Uncle Tom's Cabin

Who the hell is Uncle Tom?

The original Uncle Tom was the slave-as-Christ-like figure in abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-known book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Begun in 1851, her series of stories, intended to depict the evils of slavery, stretched into 40 magazine installments. Publication in novel form brought international acclaim and made Stowe a successful author. Unless he defines it differently, […]

Continue Reading 0

Making America Bullshit Again

The rise of Donald Trump is convincing evidence of a moral and philosophical bankruptcy across the Right in the United States today. What is there to say about the litany of bullshit1 we’ve heard from this man since he announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015? That day he announced that Mexico was not a […]

Continue Reading 0