Given the substantial portion of national spending allocated to defense and its profound impact on international relations and overall well-being, it’s crucial for the public to have a voice in this discourse. Humor can play a vital role in breaking down barriers, making the discussion more accessible to those who may have felt excluded previously.

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In 1910, the same year that the World Peace Foundation was established, the British writer (and later Member of Parliament) Norman Angell published his book, The Great Illusion: A Study of the Relation of Military Power to National Advantage.

Angell’s argument is widely mis-stated as a belief that war was impossible in a world […]

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Slavoj Žižek’s catchphrases are better known than his dialectics, and for good reason. His arguments on Ukraine, Israel, capitalism and world war are provocative but ultimately muddled. My review is sympathetic. I suggest that Žižek’s recent arguments, somewhat reconfigured, lead us to a counter-revolutionary synthesis, opening up the next agenda for emancipatory struggle.

Žižek published […]

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Between 1958 and 1961, the people of China suffered the greatest famine on record. Perhaps 36 million people perished. Astonishingly, this famine was concealed from the world and only became known more than 20 years later.

The Article 19 Report on famine and censorship, Starving in Silence, published in 1990, had one section on […]

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By: Bridget Conley and B. Arneson

In 2018, when Massachusetts passed comprehensive criminal justice reform, its state system had 16 prisons, including several that operated with both medium and minimum facilities. Today, three of these prisons have closed or will close: South Middlesex Correctional Center (closed in 2021), MCI-Cedar Junction (formerly MCI-Walpole, closed in 2023), and […]

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In 1984 Ethiopia was stricken by a terrible famine that killed as many as a million people. In 2024 Ethiopia may be stricken by a terrible famine that could kill as many as a million people.

This blog post draws some parallels between the two, ending with the transcript of part of hearing on the […]

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