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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

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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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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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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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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Gutting Abortion Access–A Serious Attack on Women in the US

Women in the US have enjoyed the legal right to abortion since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. This right is being effectively gutted in numerous regions of the US. The strategy of anti-abortion activists has been to … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges Discusses US Response to Gaza

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Noam Chomsky Lecture: The Anthropocene Period and Human Survival

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Israel Destroys Gaza and Then Profits from Rebuilding It

A recent report suggests that “Israel is earning millions of euros from a de facto policy of preventing non-Israeli reconstruction aid from entering the Gaza Strip.” Gaza’s infrastructure lays in ruins and will require substantial rebuilding. According to the report, … Continue reading

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Walmart Transfers Costs of Supporting Its Workers to the Public

When corporations don’t pay their workers enough to keep them afloat, the public pays the cost. From 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 … Continue reading

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End of the Human Era?

Noam Chomsky has a pessimistic, but unfortunately fact-based piece in In These Times: The likely end of the era of civilization is foreshadowed in a new draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the generally conservative monitor … Continue reading

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Bread Riots in 1863

…and a reminder why we have social welfare programs. From the New Orleans Era (via NYTimes), 1863: “On Friday, the 4th inst., the women of Mobile, rendered desperate by their sufferings, met in large numbers on the Spring Hill road, … Continue reading

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Salaita Case, cont’d

Excerpt from a letter today regarding the Salaita case, written by Jewish students, faculty, and alumni of U Illinois: Your decision to fire Professor Salaita is in fact what threatens us as Jews. By pointing to anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism in … Continue reading

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Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine

The Arabist has the relevant comment, insofar as US policy is concerned: “You just don’t in the 21st Century behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext,” Mr Kerry told the CBS program Face the … Continue reading

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Venezuela

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Effects of a minimum-wage hike

A scholarly study cited by EPI restates the well-known fact that minimum-wage increase stimulates the economy, while also increasing the social welfare of lowest-tier workers. EPI summarizes: Based on the economic multiplier effect that results from putting additional income in … Continue reading

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Does the experience of racist discrimination shorten one’s lifespan?

A recent study appearing in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, and co-authored by a Nobel laureate, produces research suggesting that it may: Conclusions Results suggest that multiple levels of racism, including interpersonal experiences of racial discrimination and the internalization of … Continue reading

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Informed discussion of the Ukraine crisis

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What is education?

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Against the Drumbeat of War: Wise and Cautious Reactions to 9-11

We do well to remember, with Randolph Borne, that “War is the Health of the State.” The public is driven, by panic and patriotic fervor, to go against its better judgment. We beat the drum to our urge for revenge, … Continue reading

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