Political Commentary Filter
  1. Bellingcat

    A group of international volunteers who are using pioneering online research techniques to investigate world events — from Mexican drug lords and crimes against humanity, to tracking the use of chemical weapons and conflicts worldwide.

    Current Events
  2. Open Americas

    Open Americas encourages open, respectful debate around social issues facing the Western Hemisphere. “We advocate a diversity of thought through information, whether it be conveyed through research, literature, reviews, or photographs.”

    Commentary
  3. “Making space for another viewpoint does not negate yours. Quite the opposite — it provides more context and framework for your own experience.” (Kiara Goodwin, The Everygirl)

    Commentary
  4. Art
  5. Age of Revolutions

    For those who find it helpful to look at history to better understand current events, Age of Revolutions is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on episodes of political unrest and social upheaval.

    Current Events
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  6. Meg Guliford on being a black grad student right now: “I’m disappointed with and disheartened by the institutional expectation that pressing forward with little interruption while trying to process all this heartbreak is healthy.”

    Academia
  7. What Does It Mean to Stand Up

    Tara Williamson reflects on the lives of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie and on how Canada’s systemic dehumanization of Indigenous people led to their needless deaths.

    Commentary
    Jade Tootoosis (Photo credit: Edmonton Journal)
  8. Society and Space

    Scholars from the U.S. and Canada collaborate on a peer-reviewed journal and this companion website examining the social struggles over access to and control of space, place, territory, region, and resources.

    Academia
  9. Anise to Za’atar

    Eric Ritskes’s blog, Anise to Za’atar, is a finalist in the 2019 Saveur Blog Awards — and since it’s nominated in the “Most Groundbreaking Voice” category, you’ll find recipes that explore global techniques and flavors paired with great reads on food history, culture, and justice.

    Cooking
  10. Bundyville: The Remnant

    Bundyville is a podcast from Longreads, in partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Season two explores the world beyond the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired. The series scrutinizes extremist violence that has made headlines in recent years, and how those events share ideas with the anti-government movement.

    Commentary
  11. Global Climate Strike

    “Our house is on fire — let’s act like it.” From September 20-27, millions of people around the world will take to the streets and stand up to the fossil fuel industry. Read more about the strike and how to find an event near you.

    Commentary
  12. Truthout

    Truthout is a nonprofit dedicated to independent news and commentary that reveals “systemic injustice while providing a platform for transformative ideas, investigative reporting, and progressive analysis.”

    Commentary
  13. Public Books

    At Public Books, academics, public scholars, critics, and activists alike come together to “make the life of the mind a public good.” Uniting the “best of the university with the openness of the internet,” the digital magazine focuses on art, ideas, and politics.

    Academia
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  14. Type Investigations

    Type Investigations, formerly known as The Investigative Fund, incubates high-impact investigative reporting that holds the powerful accountable. On the site, you’ll read longform journalism published in partnership with media outlets.

    Essay
  15. ThinkProgress

    ThinkProgress, a news site covering the intersections of politics, policy, and social justice, is dedicated to rigorous reporting and analysis from a progressive perspective.

    Commentary