Guantanamo: Ten Years Later

Tomorrow Guantanamo turns 10, and all over the country protestors plan to mark the day with calls to close the prison center. In particular, activists will travel from around the United States to Washington, DC, for a rally and human chain meant to stretch from the White House to the Capitol. In the last 10 … Continue reading

Human Rights in China: An Interview with the Laogai Museum’s Harry Wu

I recently visited the Laogai Museum and wrote a bit about it for We Love DC. In the process I also spoke with the museum’s director Harry Wu. Wu is a survivor of the Laogai prisons – a forced labor system in China to which he was sentenced for political crimes. After moving to the … Continue reading

FELA! Opens in DC

As the audience gathered into Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sydney Harman Hall for the opening night of FELA! in DC, I hoped all the congressional staffers making their way inside enjoyed a good happy hour beforehand. FELA! is, after all, an Afrobeat musical. Some fans came prepared, dancing in the aisles. Others came straight from work … Continue reading

Congress: Fight Human Trafficking By Not Paying For It Yourself

A bill passing its way through Congress would require large companies to report their efforts against human trafficking. Companies making more than $100 million annually would have to reveal any work they’ve done to ensure that forced labor did not contribute to their products, like audits or on-site inspections. Huh? So companies that do the … Continue reading

Wikileaks Prompts New School of the Americas Debate

A student from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC, formerly SOA) moves to secure a target during a joint field training exercise. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy — A few years ago I wrote and produced an audio piece on the School of the Americas, a rather controversial military training camp located at Ft. … Continue reading

To Libya

Libyan Protesters in DuPont Circle, Washington D.C. / June 2010 For nearly two weeks I’ve been watching with excitement and dread as the Libyan people have fought, bled, and died fighting against their dictatorial regime. I feel a special closeness to the people there, even though we’ve never met and mostly differ in language, religion, … Continue reading

Let the Little Sparrows Die

It is freezing in DC right now, and I spent the afternoon yesterday watching rain turn to snow from the cafe where I was working. Rain, then sleet actually, then slush, then snow. I was finishing the outline for one last final go at the screenplay I’m adapting from Hungarian playwright Andras Visky’s Juliet. It … Continue reading

Death and Displacement in America: the EPA Decision

Paw prints from a cat on a LaBelle, PA windowsill. Tests revealed the dust is 100% coal ash. When Yma Smith first started noticing the discoloration on her home, the damage on her roof, and the dust collecting on her shutters, she had no idea it was coal ash. But many of the coal miners … Continue reading

What’s Poisoning Greene Township?

Barb Reed moved to Greene Township as a teenager in 1975. When she and her husband decided to settle there, they cut their own driveway and built the entire house together, starting with the basement. She was only seventeen years old. “We love where we’re at. We’re in the middle of almost 8 acres. We … Continue reading

Yerushalayim Shel Zahav

“Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” as performed by Ofra Haza. With photographs of Jerusalem by Nicolas Weinberg, shot between December 2009 and February 2010. A pro-Israel song, with an interesting visual portrayal of Jerusalem today. I’ve included a translation of the lyrics below the film. Have a great weekend! Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Jerusalem of Gold Verse 1: … Continue reading

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