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Ivan Koop Kuper :
LITERATURE | Larry McMurtry: The Houston years and beyond

‘I had two novel manuscripts in my drawer, which meant that I had options my fellow graduate students just didn’t have.’ By Ivan Koop Kuper | The Rag Blog | April 1, 2021 HOUSTON — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Academy … Continue reading

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Alice Embree :
THE VOTE | Voter suppression in Texas

It’s all wrapped in a thin white sheet called ‘voter integrity,’ but you can call it Jim Crow Revisited. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 AUSTIN — Texas is one of the hardest states to … Continue reading

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Roger Baker :
POVERTY | We need a federal solution to homelessness

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has been ordered by Gov. Abbott to make the homeless camps under the Austin freeways go away. By Roger Baker | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 AUSTIN — The following is from an article … Continue reading

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Harry Targ :
RACE | On anti-Asian racism: The historical record abroad and at home

With the election of Joe Biden, the shift in the direction of escalating tensions with China has continued. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | March 25, 2021 WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Why is the United States returning to … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
RED SCARE | The Communists are everywhere: Reflections from childhood

I don’t recall ever discussing the incoming Communist hordes with my parents. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | March 11, 2021 SAN MARCOS — When I was about 10 years old in the mid-1950s, I had a … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
POETS | Tongo Eisen-Martin: A poet with genocide
on his mind

A story for National Poetry Month. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | March 11, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — English Department purists might complain that Tongo Eisen-Martin doesn’t write “real” poems, that is poems about birds and flowers, … Continue reading

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Lamar W. Hankins :
JUSTICE | Saudi murder and American murder: An
ethical equivalence

While Khashoggi may have had no legal rights under Saudi law, Anwar al-Aulaki was a U.S. citizen and entitled to due process. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | March 4, 2021 SAN MARCOS — I am as … Continue reading

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ALLEN YOUNG :
ANALYSIS | Varied evolutionary pathways of 1960s activists

People active in the New Left and the anti-war movement evolved after the 1960s in many ways. By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | February 25, 2021 ROYALSTON, Mass. — The recent death of 1960s anti-war and New Left … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
OBITUARY | Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

He was an insurgent poet, feisty publisher, lover of the written and spoken word. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | February 23, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif — He was a poet, a painter, a publisher, and a bookstore … Continue reading

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Alice Embree :
POLITICAL CRIME | Ken Paxton and the Three ‘Enemigos’

Charting the flagrant abuse of power by Texas’ indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | February 13, 2021 AUSTIN — Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is getting star billing in the crime genre, … Continue reading

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Larry Piltz :
VERSE | Bernie Sanders’ Victory Tour 2021

By Larry Piltz | The Rag Blog | February 11, 2021 It’s as if Bernie’s lifelong journey of devotion to betterment of all, and becoming over time a beloved benign dogged pursuer of equality and fairness, almost the coming to … Continue reading

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JONAH RASKIN :
OBITUARY | Rennie Davis (1940-2021): Not the boy next door

He was a man with a deep moral consciousness who followed the dictates of his heart and his head no matter where they took him. By Jonah Raskin | The Rag Blog | February 9, 2021 SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — … Continue reading

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