New: DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE:A Terrible Beauty: The 1916 Easter Rebellion

Conn Hallinan
Monday March 28, 2016 - 10:29:00 AM

“Poblacht na hEireann”: The speaker of these words, standing on the front steps of Dublin’s General Post Office and reading from a proclamation, the ink was barely dry, of the “provisional government of the Irish Republic” was the poet Padraig Pearse. It was just after noon on March 24, 1916, the opening scene in a drama that would mix tragedy and triumph, the twin heralds of Irish history. -more-

New: REGIONAL REPORT: Who's "against change"?

Zelda Bronstein
Monday March 28, 2016 - 11:04:00 AM

Or does that just mean some of us are against the sort of change that the powers that be are pushing?

THE PUBLIC EYE: Donald Trump Channels Howard Beale

Bob Burnett
Friday March 25, 2016 - 05:12:00 PM

Forty years ago, the movie “Network” created a sensation, eventually winning four Academy Awards. Etched on the American consciousness is the image of the demented lead character, news-anchor Howard Beale, striding to an open window, leaning out into the rain, and shouting, “we’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this anymore.” Now Donald Trump has brought Howard Beale to life. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: April Fool's Day—Twenty Years

Jack Bragen
Friday March 25, 2016 - 04:54:00 PM

April Fool's Day marks twenty years since my most recent admission to an inpatient psychiatric ward. (It coincided with a big explosion at the Shell refinery here in Martinez, an unrelated but not irrelevant event.) It was my last attempt to wean myself off of antipsychotic medication, and it was unsuccessful, as it had been with previous attempts. -more-

New: ECLECTIC RANT: Toward U.S.-Cuba Normalization

Ralph E. Stone
Monday March 28, 2016 - 09:52:00 AM

I applaud President Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba, including his recent historic visit there. Isolating Cuba has not worked. Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959 and then handed power to his brother Raúl in 2008. Thus, the Castro brothers have outlasted eleven U.S. presidents. -more-