|Editor||Jan Baughman, Gilles d'Aymery|
|First issue||May 1996|
Swans Commentary is an American online political and literary magazine, created in 1996; co-editors are Jan Baughman and the French essayist and political commentator Gilles d’Aymery, who is the magazine's publisher.
Collaborators and contributors
Swans publishes significant authors (like the critic Charles Marowitz, also collaborator of Peter Brook), and regular or occasional relevant contributors: Paul Buhle, Art Shay, Louis Proyect, Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow), the multilingual poet Guido Monte, the novelist Alma A. Hromic (aka, Alma Alexander), Michael Barker, Mohammed Ben Jelloun, Edmund Berger, the economist Edward S. Herman (and the experts of political economy Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, the philosopher Michael Neumann, Naseer Aruri, R. J. Berry, Denis Halliday, Michael Parenti, Anthony Arnove, Isidor Saslav).
A magazine about non-violent and pacifist political themes, with a progressive editorial line, Swans condemns the commercialization of the Web and is “…about thinking, questioning, observing, and providing ideas that are lacking in the mainstream media.” The interest about political principles, joins in world geo-political articles, especially about the Balkans, Iraq (with special and meaningful works) and Palestine.
Swans publishes also a few articles in French on a monthly basis, Le coin français, which are edited by the French story teller and translator Marie Rennard; Jean-Claude Seine contributes his words and pictures.
- Gilles d’Aymery is one of the journalists who analyzed the "Churchill Affair" on 9/11 in terms of a "witch hunt". (see Swans C., February 2005). (About Ward Churchill, see also the article of Tom Mayer) - d'Aymery on Swans is often cited: by prof.Vera Vratusa on her essay on South-Eastern Europe; on an essay-letter of George Salzman (Univ. of Massachusetts at Boston); on the German beltwild.de
- About Marowitz, see Mona M. S. Mohamed, Charles Marowitz: the semiotics of collage and dramatic classics, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1997
- About the contributors, see on Archives of Swans C.
- About Art Shay and Swans, see on indianhillmediaworks.typepad.com, or on sevenstories.com, also about photographing Simone de Beauvoir.
- University of Glasgow, Faculty of Education
- About him and some of his articles on Swans, see on worldlandtrust.org or on organicconsumers.org
- Hezbollah's Democratic Demands swans.com; his work on Swans about post-Cold War idealism is cited by Oxford University Press.
- - See the bio on dissidentvoice.org.
- Music and arts critic, he published in SHAW The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 2007, 2012 (forthcoming). Between the occasional contributors there are also Jeffery Klaehn, Mohammed Ben Jelloun, Gregory Elich, etc.
- An article of Swans about war, by Raju Peddada, is recommended by "The Week in Review Staff" of The New York Times. About the value of patriotism, Swans is discussed on Tocquevillian Magazine.
- About Swans
- Footnote n.24, of Marc W. Herold's article on cursor.org
- Balkans on Swans C. See on pubpages.unh.edu and on Rethinking globalism, by Manfred B. Steger
- Iraq on Swans C.
- Article on pressaction.com
- Palestine on Swans C. About the question, on Swans and other magazines, see also Aspects of suicidal terrorism on britannica.com
- Rennard's bio on Swans