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Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence”–and the Mirror of Guilt

In The Look of Silence, over a decade in the making, Oppenheimer follows an Indonesian man, Adi Rukun, whose brother was violently murdered during a bloodbath under the military regime. In episode after episode, Adi calmly and impassively confronts the … Continue reading

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Greece, cont’d

Financial Times reports: Greece’s anti-austerity government scored a decisive victory in Sunday’s referendum as voters backed its call to reject a compromise with international creditors, raising serious doubts about the country’s ability to remain inside the eurozone. The No camp … Continue reading

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Greece, cont’d

New York Times Yanis, if you keep talking about the debt, a deal will be impossible, Mr. Dijsselbloem said, according to people who were briefed on the exchange between the two men. … But Mr. Varoufakis persisted on the issue … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders 2016

First the good: Senator Bernie Sanders held a rally at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, and you would have thought he was Beyoncé or One Direction by the size of the crowd and the utterly overwhelmed and excited … Continue reading

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Modern Money Analysis: Do Governments Function Like Households?

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On Greece, the Eurozone, and the Referendum

The EU is an institution that can overcome national democratic power using economic leverage. We are seeing this play out currently in the question of the “Grexit,” the Greek exit from the Eurozone. Greece has been strong-armed into destroying its … Continue reading

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Piketty, Krugman, Stiglitz on Current Economics

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Gay Rights and the Expansion of the Moral Sphere

The advance in gay right in the US represents the continued expansion of the moral sphere and the protection of forms of life previously marginalized and repressed. To see this, one has only to consider the prospects for gay life … Continue reading

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What is Close Reading?

I spent several years of graduate school practicing a technique of literary analysis that my professors called “close reading.” At first I assumed there was something marvelous in the technique, tracing the footsteps of Spitzer, Auerbach, Trilling, Barthes, and other … Continue reading

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Common Sense Economics

Videos Dean Baker lays out some of the basics behind what matters in the economy: This excellent documentary, featuring a range of analysts and commentators, offers an incisive view into the major business structure of the contemporary age, and its … Continue reading

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US Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria–Recent Data

Chris Woods is keeping extensive records and aggregated data of “US and allied air strikes” in Iraq/Syria here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gswM0MC1_tBDnLWQWUy3DQSGYHdshxAh2mlj4Cw3K-4/edit Current Figures Below information is from the Woods database referenced above.

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After Destroying Gaza, Israel’s Benevolence

After destroying Gaza, Israel is generously letting some of the desperately needed reconstruction materials trickle through. One recalls Moshe Dayan’s quip that  Palestinians refusing submit to Israel will be forced to “live like dogs.” Haaretz: “Alaa Radwan, head of the … Continue reading

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Greenspan: “I Was Wrong”

I have been surprised in recent years to still encounter folks who have no idea what caused the financial collapse and who continue to proffer talking points about the virtues of the “free market” [1]. When I point out that … Continue reading

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Cost of New US War Front is Over Half a Billion Dollars–A Good Use of Public Funds?

An editorial today from the New York Times raises the issue of the cost of war to US taxpayers and the radically undemocratic processes by which the US is committed to ongoing planetary warfare in the 21st century. The Times: … Continue reading

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By How Much Would Walmart Need to Raise the Price of Macaroni to Pay Its Employees a Living Wage?

More references on this topic below. Forbes: Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15. Americans … Continue reading

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On Israel’s President Rivlin–An Improvement, But Still Terrible

Israel’s new president, Reuven Rivlin, made waves recently with his appraisal of the continued rise of racism in Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported on a conference entitled, in part, “Acceptance of the Other,” and which took place, ironically, on a … Continue reading

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Iraq War–From “Six Weeks” to War-Without-End

Murtaza Hussein makes the salient point that the US is still seeing military deaths over the Iraq War and its consequences. George W. Bush, and those who brought us that war, over utterly false pretenses, are responsible for all the … Continue reading

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Learning About Columbus

Here is an encouraging student-produced video about high school students and teachers who decided to pierce through the textbook mythologies about Columbus and learn real history: *** On the Columbus Day v. Indigenous Peoples Day Debate The second Monday of … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow? (US Incarceration System)

INCARCERATION AND RACE * 1 in every 14 black U.S. black men was imprisoned in 2001, compared with 1 in 106 white men. * 1 in 9 black men between the ages of 20 and 35 was behind bars in … Continue reading

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Chinese Schools Attempt to Control Students’ Minds

Relocating the current row in Colorado over whether a local school board should be able to control educational curricula in the interest of specific ideological aims, let’s see how the same language sounds transported to, say, China (all quotes are … Continue reading

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