Monday, July 14, 2014


Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer, South African novelist and Nobel prize winner, passed away in Johannesburg yesterday. Gordimer, an outspoken critic of apartheid and close friend of Nelson Mandela, was the daughter of Jewish immigrants.

Saturday, July 05, 2014


Pathway to the Truth

Investigative Journalism for Indigenous Peoples needs your support!

Sunday, June 08, 2014


Freedom 50

June 25-29, Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th anniversary convenes in Jackson.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Mississippi Roots

The morning Medgar Evers was assassinated by a member of the White Citizens' Council in Jackson, Mississippi -- June 12, 1963 -- President John F. Kennedy made a televised speech in support of civil rights. Evers, a Negro* veteran of the Battle of Normandy, had been working to desegregate the University of Mississippi. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22.

On June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers -- one Negro and two white -- were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan and police in Philadelphia, Mississippi. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were part of the Freedom Summer campaign registering Negroes to vote.

On April 4 and June 6, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. That summer, the O'Neal family reunion was held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi--where my grandmother had been born. In May, two years later -- as I prepared to begin my first year of college -- local and state police in Mississippi murdered two Black students at Jackson State University.

* African-Americans in the early 1960s were called Negroes. By the late 1960s, they had begun to call themselves Blacks.

Sunday, May 04, 2014


Romancing Revolution

Thomas Frank interviews Lewis Lapham on revolution in America.

Friday, April 18, 2014


A Crazy Time

In 1970, the year I graduated from high school, the anti-war movement in the United States was practically all we talked about. Reading former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger's book The Burglary, I am reminded of what a crazy time it was.

In March, California governor Ronald Reagan called for a bloodbath to silence anti-war protestors.

In April, President Nixon announced the massive bombing of Vietnam would be expanded to Cambodia.

In May, Ohio governor James Rhodes declared martial law at Kent State University, resulting in four students killed and nine injured by National Guard gunfire as students assembled in peaceful protest. Ten days after the Kent State massacre, local and state police in Mississippi fired 460 rounds at a student dormitory on the Jackson State University campus, killing two, wounding twelve.

The Friday after the Kent State shootings, as they sang at a peaceful noon vigil called for by Mayor John Lindsay to honor the slain Kent State students, scores of students in New York City were bludgeoned with crow bars by construction workers. Twenty-two of the workers who beat the students were honored weeks later by President Nixon at the White House.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Incubators of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria comes to Florida.

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