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Juan Gonzalez on America's role in Latin America
Adam Hochschild on how World War I began
Manning Marable, 1950 - 2011, dies days before publication of his biography of Malcolm X
Edward Herman and David Peterson on Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune
American scholar Chalmers Johnson, 1931 - 2010
Susan Reverby has won the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for Examining Tuskegee
Fractal Mathmematician Benoit B. Mandelbrot, 1924 – 2010
Mohammed Arkoun, Islamic scholar who explored Enlightenment ideals, 1928-2010
Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize
Tariq Ali on "The Obama Syndrome"
Historian and public intellectual Tony Judt, 1948 - 2010
Former U.S. Senator James Abourezk on Leaders in Hiding
David Kirby on something else we feed chickens
Andrew J. Bacevich on How to Dismantle the American Empire
Stacy Malkan on Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Joy Gordon on the Invisble War, the United States and Iraq Sanctions
Tom Engelhardt on the American Way of War
Writer, critic and activist Carlos Monsiváis, 1938 - 2010
He is totally unreproducible — he was sui generis — Martin Gardner, 1914 - 2010
Joe Meadors: I seem to have all the bad luck in the world when it comes to the Israelis.
Historian Bruce Cumings on the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula
How the hell did it happen? - Daniel Okrent on how Prohibition democratized drinking and made the income tax possible
"We have more than an oil slick out of control, we also have these big corporations out of control." - Marine toxicologist Rikki Ott on the BP and Exxon Valdez oil spills.
"This is too important. We cannot leave this to governments": Cormac Cullinan on the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights
Anarchist, poet, publisher and chess-player, John Rety, 1930 - 2010
"Literature was another victim of the war": Miguel Delibes, 1920 - 2010
The beautiful brain of Sherman Alexie: War Dances wins 2010 Pen/Faulkner Award
It's terrible to be possessed by brittle things: Elena Fanailova's The Russian Version wins the Best Translated Book Award for Poetry
Translator, critic and BBC script editor, Barbara Bray, 1924 - 2010
Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award to D. A. Powell
The banks have had nine months to creatively increase the real cost of borrowing: Robert Manning on Credit Card Nation
Robert McChesney and John Nichols the history and necessity of government subsides for US journalism
Of course, I’d forgotten she’d died: An extract from A Scattering by Christopher Reid, the 2009 Costa Book of the Year
Tributes to People's Historian Howard Zinn, 1922 - 2010
Johann Hari on P. W. Singer's Wired For War
Jamin Raskin on the Supreme Court campaign finance ruling which removes limits on corporate campaign spending
"Haitians have been punished ever since for claiming their freedom", Tracy Kidder and Peter Hallward on Haiti
At 42, she was one of the best poets of her generation, Rachel Wetzsteon, 1967 - 2009
You have to decide which side you are on: there is always a side. Commitment does not exist in an abstraction; it exists in action: Dennis Brutus, 1924 - 2009
The wedding guests look upon the cracked, pink lips of Rosie's bridegroom - an extract from Petina Gappah's An Elegy for Easterly, the 2009 Guardian First Book Award winning book
David Cortright on Obama's shallow understanding of the priciples of Just War Theory
Obama's rejection of Landmine Treaty lacks vision, compassion, and basic common sense
Those who saw him hushed: Let the Great World Spin, the National Book Award winner by Colum McCann
Robert Jensen: Of Turkeys and Holocausts
Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1908 - 2009, his works as a practical anti-racist manifesto
Power exercised by man over his fellow man is always a usurpation, Francisco Ayala, 1906 - 2009
If you think you'll to be rich someday, why resent million-dollar bonuses: Barbara Ehrenreich on Positive Thinking
Four Canadians tortured in the name of fighting Terror, Kerry Pither wins Ottawa Book Award for Dark Days
The Potato that Became a Tomato, Playgiarist Raymond Federman, 1928 - 2009
Former U.S. Senator James Abourezk on Leaders in Hiding
Those of us who have read some history also know what happened to the Irish when they first came to America. We also remember how Jews were assaulted, both in the press and in person, until the remainder of the country put a stop to it by making it unpopular to isolate a community so they could be demonized.
Now, it's the turn of the Arabs and the Muslims to receive the same treatment that blacks, the Irish, and the Jews did before that treatment became unpopular.
How similar is the assault on the Muslims and Arabs when compared to what happened to other ethnic groups in our shady past. Where the similarity ends is how the media is treating the entire "mosque" at ground zero. The proposed building is neither a mosque, nor is it at ground zero. It is a community center that, among other activities, includes a prayer room. I know of no one who would build an eleven-story mosque, and I know of no mosque that would allow a swimming pool and recreation center to be built in it, or even above it.
So what we have here is a political football that leaves it open for the gaggle of demagogues and hustlers -- I'm thinking specifically of Newt Gingrich, Rick Lazio and Sarah Palin -- to try to reap some kind of political popularity from denouncing the project.
It used to be that both political leaders and the media would denounce this kind racism, and that such denunciations would soon bring such demagoguery to an end. But not this time. Most of the media, MSNBC being the major exception, has ducked its head, being content to just report on the onslaught against the Islamic Center, but not denouncing the demagoguery.
So far, this has resulted in someone setting fire to the construction of a real mosque in Tennessee. This usually follows acts of violence against Arabs and Muslims in different parts of the country. We've seen it before.
All this won't stop unless and until all the political leaders--now silent--come down hard on what is happening, when the haters begin themselves to feel isolated. Cheers to President Obama and to Mayor Bloomberg, who have tried to lead the way, but who lost Howard Dean and Harry Reid in the process. The rest of the political leadership--both Republican and Democratic--predictably are in hiding. - an excerpt from
Give Me That Old Time Racism
by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk.
Advise & Dissent: Memoirs of South Dakota and the U.S. Senate
James G. Abourezk