Current Events Filter
  1. Whose Strike?

    There have been calls for Trump opponents in the US to stage a general strike — but what does that mean, and what does it risk? A look at the often-violent history of American labor relations.

    Current Events
  2. Watercolor Reportage: The Women’s March in Paris

    Jessie Kanelos Weiner attended the Women’s March in Paris, France, and reported back — in beautiful watercolor paintings.

    Art
    By Jessie Kanelos Weiner
  3. [I]t seems to me that bouncing back relies on certain predictable laws of motion. But nothing is predictable anymore. That means we’re not going to bounce back. We’re going to bounce forward or sideways or all over the place, and we’re going to have to figure out how to do it as we go.

    Current Events
  4. Make Wealth History

    On his blog, UK-based writer Jeremy Williams publishes on sustainability, global inequality, and the need to “use less, want less, and be more generous” to protect our planet and its inhabitants.

    Commentary
  5. The Diversity Deal

    In the wake of the #MuslimBan Executive Order and the airport protests that followed it, London-based writer Ali Abbas calls on Muslim communities to forge stronger, more reciprocal ties with other marginalized groups.

    Commentary
  6. Now that the war and theft is speeding up and spreading outward, it is catching up many more people, including many of the white middle class people who used to think that they were safe from all that kind of thing. The big question will be: what will we middle class white people do?

    Current Events
  7. Syria Was Once Heaven

    Nariman and her mother Khadijah fled Aleppo, Syria, two years ago, and now live in a collective shelter in Lebanon. They describe — and mourn — the Syria that was, and hope for the Syria that will be.

    Current Events
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  9. This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.

    Current Events
  10. Why We March: Reflections from Women’s Marches

    Millions of people marched on January 21, 2017, to oppose the new Trump administration in the US — and wrote about (or photographed or sketched) the experience.

    Current Events
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Women's March on Washington (photo from four twenty nine).
  11. The Best of Tropics of Meta in 2016

    The editors at Tropics of Meta compile their favorite posts from 2016, on topics including architecture, hip hop, and politics — both tragic (the Orlando shooting, the US presidential election) and inspiring (struggles for social justice).

    Commentary
  12. The Girl on the Piccadilly Line

    Amsterdam-based Zoë, an award-winning blogger and freelance writer, is originally from the UK. She publishes on education, politics, travel, and other topics.

    Commentary
  13. Foodbanks and Social Justice: We Need a New Conversation About Poverty

    An ethnographer on the rise of food banks in the United Kingdom: “We need a new conversation about poverty that looks at the actual, lived experience of people who are living through it.”

    Current Events
    Photo by Waldo Jaquith
  14. The Posts That Moved Us in 2016: Current Events

    A selection of powerful writing that came out of the year’s tragedies and conflicts.

    Commentary
    Demonstration in London, March 2016. Photo by Ron F. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
  15. The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus

    From the Trump Syllabus 2.0 to the Native Lives Matter Syllabus, crowd-sourced syllabi have popped up as resources for educators and readers looking for background about complex current events.

    Academia