Monthly Archives: March 2011

No-fly zone: reasons for (Gilbert Achcar interview)

Gilbert Achcar gives cogent arguments in favor of the no-fly zone. This should be read as a counter-weight to the arguments I presented in my earlier post criticizing the UN Security Council invasion. His reasoning is clear and persuasive: 1) … Continue reading

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Review of Un prophete (A prophet), by Jacques Audiard

Highly recommended by many of my friends, I put off seeing this movie because I could tell it would get to me. And it did. This is one of the best, but most disturbing movies I’ve seen in a year. … Continue reading

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Libya intervention, Obama hypocrisy

It has become clear that the UN resolution authorizing the use of force in Libya is essentially a mandate to oust Gaddafi. There are three major problems with what is going on, from my point of view. First, is the … Continue reading

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Libyan intervention: humanitarianism or imposing regime change?

Update: From aljazeera’s Libya liveblog: 4:00pm Civilians have been hit in the bombardment of sites in Libya, says Russia – which called for an immediate end to the strikes. A foreign ministry spokesman said: In that respect we call on … Continue reading

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Wisconsin wealth: its about redistribution, stupid!

You know, like from the rich to the poor. That is, says gov’nr Walker, let’s give tax-cuts to the rich and make the poor pay more. We could call it an “emergency.” Rachel Maddow does a great job explaining the … Continue reading

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What’s going on in Madison II: Shock Doctrine Analysis, or contesting right-wing crisis tactics

Naomi Klein is refreshingly clear and incredibly persuasive in her analysis of what is at stake in Wisconsin. According to her, the antidote to the “Shock Doctrine” tactic, or the right’s signature tactic: is to “name it while it’s happening.” … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy and horror: Bradley Manning, or how the US treats its citizens

The facts about Bradley Manning’s detention, detailed below, are shocking. Manning is being held in extreme situations that easily pass the threshold for psychological torture and cruel and degrading punishment, both unlawful under US law. Let’s remind ourselves as well … Continue reading

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Tahrir success again

Reasons for (very cautions) optimism:

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Bradley Manning’s torture: this is how the US treats its own citizens

Bradley Manning is suspected by the government of having handed over a Lady Gaga CD that actually contained secret government documents to an unknown party that eventually forwarded it to Wikileaks. I repeat that he is only “suspected” of having … Continue reading

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“Israel is a lunatic state”

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On Thomas Friedman, or the funniest thing I’ve read in a month.

Thomas Friedman, for those who aren’t already familiar with him, has achieved enormous fame in the US as a columnist for the NYTimes. He wrote books that became instant top-ten bestsellers like “The World is Flat” and “Hot Flat and … Continue reading

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Two rabbis at Honukkah: light a candle for Gaza, or US media and Israel

When it comes to reporting on the human realities of the Palestinians, mainstream news in the US is blatantly biased in favor of the Israeli state. Even simple facts about the Palestinians don’t see the light of day in the … Continue reading

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