Opinion

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The global pop militancy of M.I.A.

Some on the left may dismiss her as indulging in postmodern "identity politics" - M.I.A. herself has said that her work explores her "otherness."

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Poem of the week: Diamonds of clarity on the human condition

In "At the Public Market Museum: Charleston, South Carolina," Jane Kenyon's singular American poetic imagination offers clarity and revelation on the human condition.

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Loss of a jazz warrior: Abbey Lincoln

Vocalist, actress and activist Abbey Lincoln, who died Aug. 14 at age 80, captured the energy and drive of an era in recording and film as few others could.

What catastrophe are we waiting for?

Global climate change is putting humanity's most basic, most elemental needs increasingly at risk.

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“American Idol” is about young talent, not celebrities

Sooner or later every popular TV show  eventually flops, and "American Idol" last season appeared to be heading down that path - but the show must go on, right?

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“Killer Inside Me” slams you in the gut

The movie's sadism and violence far exceeded the original crime novel by master pulp fiction writer Jim Thompson - nevertheless, it was breathtaking art!

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See "Agora"!

The political debates, the religious oratory, the provocations and intrigue in this movie are as modern as anything in today's news - only the weapons are old.

Undocumented immigration: paying the price of NAFTA

It is unconscionable to blame and persecute Mexican and other immigrants who are forced to migrate because of trade policies that our own government has so forcefully promoted.

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Why working in the fields is no laughing matter

Recently, Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers, appeared on Comedy Central's Steven Colbert Report to encourage U.S. workers to take jobs in agriculture.

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FDR and the New Deal for Beginners

This collaboration between a progressive historian and an underground comic artist brings the New Deal's politics and radicalism to life in a relevant time.

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