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Spring Break in Iraq

Situational Junta: I Don't Want to Confine Myself

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We're two episodes into the Situational Junta and it's clear that the original mission is starting to come true, but maybe not in the way the creators fully intended (though will no doubt embrace with enthusiasm). Two months ago the folks behind the Junta asked: what happens when artists are empowered on a large enough scale to disrupt the status quo?

How the NSA Chills American Writers: An Interview with Suzanne Nossel

An Autopsy of the Minuteman Movement: An Interview with Investigative Journalist David Neiwert

The Right to Ridicule

Inside the Sulphurbath with Chris Haddix and Shaun Randol

Thursday, July 11, 2013

We at The Mantle have provided a space for new and emerging voices from around the world since day one. That's our mission. Making this platform available is necessary if we are to ever substantially challenge the dominance of a choice few mainstream, corporate media conglomerates. Six corporations—GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS—own and operate 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.

The Media Missionary, Stymied?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Members of the Kick4Life Writing Club, to whom I taught HIV Journalism last year. (Photo: mjj)

MASERU, Lesotho – In November 2011, I was newly arrived in Africa, so full of hope, writing dreamily of Lesotho’s “veritable field of dreams” for journalism trainings.

For the People of Ethiopia

If I Were To Break In Today

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Letter to an Aspiring Correspondent


PRAGUE – Foreign correspondence is dead. Long live foreign correspondence!

Great People, Ungrateful Government

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Feng Jianmei, a 23-year-old frail woman was lying in hospital bed in a shabby hospital in western China’s Shaanxi province, her black long hair covering her face. Lying next to her was the body of her unborn baby that was aborted. The fetus was bloody and showed signs of struggling before her short life was ended by ruthless officials using a poisonous injection.