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The Future of Left Turn: We have some major news about the future of Left Turn. We have published the final issue of our print publication. This decision did not come easily, but in the end we felt we had no choice. This is not, however, the end of Left Turn...Read more

July 13, 2007

This letter is an attempt to shed light on the recent ruling in the trial of Mychal Bell.

It is important for the public to understand that Mychal did not receive proper or fair representation from his attorney, the "public defender."

First, why didn't the attorney (Blane Williams) challenge the fact that these kids are being charged as adults for a schoolyard fight? Why wasn't a change of venue filed in this case, even though it has received so much attention locally? What did Justin Barker as well as his friends do to these young men to provoke harass, intimidate and hassle them?

May 21, 2005
    Bilal El-Amine is founder and former editor of Left Turn magazine. He recently returned to his native Lebanon.

    Bilal is writing a regular series of reports on the political situation in Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, and other countries in the Middle East.

    He can be contacted at zaloom33(at)

The Mehlis Countdown
September 23, 2005
It may sound from the venom directed at Syria that the Bush administration wants nothing short of toppling the Baath. But this seems unlikely if not impossible given the situation in Iraq.

October 01, 2008

Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad
By Marnia Lazerg
Princeton University Press, 2007

While the US's use of torture under the “war on terror” has become more visible to the general public, this visibility has shamefully not garnered the amount of public outcry as deserved. One key reason for the lack of mass outrage is the widespread belief that torture is rarely employed by the US military, and when it is utilized it is only in dire circumstances. In her new book, Lazreg draws the connections between the US use of torture in the “war on terror” and the use of torture by the French military in the Algerian War.

January 01, 2009

The death toll in Gaza continues to rise. The carnage is everywhere -- city streets, a mosque, hospitals, police stations, a jail, a university bus stop, a plastics factory, a television station. It seems impossible, unacceptable, to step back to analyze the situation while bodies remain buried under the rubble, while parents continue to search for their missing children, while doctors continue to labor to stitch burned and broken bodies back together without sufficient medicine or equipment. The hospitals are running short even of electricity -- the Israeli blockade has denied them fuel to run the generators.


Ananya dance theatre is a dance company composed of women of color, with a mission to create art “inspired by the lives and work of women all around the world.” They weave together diverse influences, ranging from the classical Odissi dance form to women’s street theatre groups in India. The company is currently producing the second piece of a trilogy based on environmental justice issues. Entitled Daak: A Call to Action, the work premiered in June in Minneapolis, the company’s home base, before continuing on to New York.