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How Creative Writing Programs De-Politicized Fiction

Annie Levin Current Affairs
In the shadow of the Cold War, the rise of creative writing programs and ‘show don’t tell’ philosophy drained fiction of its political bite. Author Sandra Cisneros, writing about her college program said: How can art make a difference was never asked

Washington Should Think Twice Before Launching a New Cold War

William D. Hartung, Nick Cleveland-Stout, Taylor Giorno Tom Dispatch
Heightened rhetoric about Russia and China seeking to undermine American influence will only reinforce Washington’s support for repressive regimes. The consequences of that could, in turn, prove to be potentially disastrous.

Ukraine: Beyond the Postsoviet

Ileana Nachescu Boston Review
The war is shaped by global neoliberalism, sexism, and racism—not just Cold War dynamics. Only by understanding Eastern Europe beyond the old dichotomies of the free West versus the authoritarian East can we begin to grasp the war’s significance.

Today’s Crisis Over Ukraine

Jack F. Matlock, Jr American Committee for US-Russia Accord.
Today we face an avoidable crisis that was predictable, actually predicted, willfully precipitated, but easily resolved by the application of common sense.

The Walter Rodney Murder Mystery in Guyana 40 Years Later

Mary E. Curry National Security Archive
Guyana’s National Assembly has accepted the findings of a commission of inquiry that concluded that scholar-political activist Walter Rodney was assassinated by the government of then-Prime Minister Forbes Burnham. Here are the documents.
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