Cognitive Dissonance on Climate: The NY Times Op-Ed page has been terrible long before Bret Stephens

An very useful in-depth article by Ashik Siddique (Digital organizer with The Climate Mobilization) on the New York Times’ dealings with climate change & its opinion writers from medium.com, which I permit myself to reproduce here: In recent weeks, the New York Times Op-Ed page has faced intense furor over its hiring of climate “lukewarmer” Bret Stephens. His specious arguments, and those of the NYT editors attempting to defend him, have … Read more Cognitive Dissonance on Climate: The NY Times Op-Ed page has been terrible long before Bret Stephens

Richard Falk on Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

Below, the opening paragraphs of  RICHARD FALK‘s recent article in Counterpunch concerning his tribulations after publishing a book on Palestine. The article then broadens into looking at the various ways in which pro-Israeli right-wing zionist orgs try (& often succeed) in shutting down any sensible discussion of the question of Palestine, although mentioning the rare occasion in which the US Senate  “recently overcame the polarized atmosphere in Washington to join … Read more Richard Falk on Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

A Painting by Allen Fisher & Two Poems by Kenneth Irby

Allen Fisher: Frenzy & Self-Control, second series after Blake’s Newton #3, 2013 ink, graphite and watercolour on paper 66 x 77 cm (26 x 30”) This painting is exhibited right now at: Hereford Magna Carta and Forest Law Local artists responding to the legacy. Wednesday, 3rd May to 10th June Apple Store Gallery, 1 Rockfield Rd, Hereford HR1 2UA   KENNETH IRBY:   TWO EXERCISES for Bob Creeley “Saturday … Read more A Painting by Allen Fisher & Two Poems by Kenneth Irby

Patrick Chamoiseau: “Le Livre Luciole”

Below, the notice I just received for Martinican poet Patrick CHAMOISEAU’s new book. Below that, my quick translation of the excerpts, with which I am in total agreement: Frères migrants,  qui le monde vivez,  qui le vivez bien avant nous,  frères de nulle part,  ô frères déchus,  déshabillés,  retenus et détenus partout,  les poètes déclarent en votre nom… Migrant brothers, who live the world, who live it well before us, brothers from … Read more Patrick Chamoiseau: “Le Livre Luciole”

Almayer’s Folly, Ecstasy & Exile.

[Because of the Brett Stephens—NYT stuff, I put this post on back burner, so it is 4 days late. But here goes:] Today in 1895 — no, yesterday, by the time you’ll read this, i.e. on 29 April — Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Almayer’s Folly, was published in London. As another continental European & nomad who decided to write in English rather than in his mother-tongue, Conrad has always been … Read more Almayer’s Folly, Ecstasy & Exile.

TOP STORIES “In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change”

… oh well, I guess that’s true and I can verify it by the fact that there are reasonable people who believe that white people are more intelligent than other people, that the earth is or was at some time flat, that the place of women is in the kitchen because they are obviously less intelligent than men, that Darwin was obviously wrong as man cannot descend from a monkey, … Read more TOP STORIES “In his debut as a Times Op-Ed columnist, Bret Stephens says reasonable people can be skeptical about the dangers of climate change”

  Uri Avnery: Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

  April 22, 2017 I HAVE a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti. I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and … Read more   Uri Avnery: Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

More on Bret Stephens, the NYT’s New Hire: from Climate Denial to Racism

New New York Times hire Bret Stephens (cc photo: Christopher Michel) Outraged by the NYT hiring a straight-ahead climate denier (which at this point in the game is exactly as inane as hiring a flat-earthler as resident geography specialist) I posted on this & on our cancelling the NYT because of this a few days ago — oddly enough, this post has attracted more viewers than nearly all other … Read more More on Bret Stephens, the NYT’s New Hire: from Climate Denial to Racism