White Terrorists and Others

Top Ten Differences Between White Terrorists and Others By Juan Cole, Informed Comment 10 August 12 White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.” White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners. Doing … Read more White Terrorists and Others

ESP-DISK: Always in Trouble

More good reading for the summer: been reading around Jason Weiss’ latest tome: Always in Trouble: An oral history of ESP-DISK, the most outrageous Record Label in America published earlier this year by Wesleyan University Press. It truly is a sweet dippin’ & diggin’ book, depending on your mood — Albert Ayler or Roswell Budd, Evan Parker or William Parker, Gato Barbieri or Amiri Baraka. A fascinating look ‘behind … Read more ESP-DISK: Always in Trouble

Uri Avnery on Günther Grass

As far as poems go, “Was gesagt werden muss / What needs to be said” is a pretty second-rate exercise, & its political analysis is to a good extent inaccurate, but the mass of hysterical & inane responses in Europe (cf. the hundreds of the knee-jerk reactions in the German press) & here (see, for example Bernard Henri Levy’s idiotically pavlovian & totally besides the point response in the Huff … Read more Uri Avnery on Günther Grass

de Bottoning Out

…& as we’re on religion, here’s a follow-up that has nothing to do with Karl or Jesus. It is a critical take on Alain de Botton’s proposal for a “temple for atheists” in his latest book Religion for Atheists by Caspar Melville writing in the New Humanist. Christopher Hitchens, where are you now that we need you! Opening paras below: Caspar Melville Portrait of Alain de Botton by John Reynolds … Read more de Bottoning Out

300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland

via Retort & Alternet: 300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland Corporate Media Dutifully Report City Officials’ Version of Events Joshua Holland [Read the original version here]. January 29, 2012 – Downtown Oakland turned ugly once again on Saturday, as Occupy activists attempting to squat in a long-abandoned city building were met by lines of heavily-armored riot police. Police officials said that 300 arrests followed – a number that may represent … Read more 300 Arrested at Occupy Oakland

Latest signandsight roundups

I haven’t had the time to catch up with signandsight in recent weeks — but here the site’s most recent posts:   Legacy of denial Germany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of … Read more Latest signandsight roundups

Greg Palast on How Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa

One of the more interesting analyses of DSK’s activities: Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa May 24, 2011 By Greg Palast Greg Palast’s ZSpace Page / ZSpace Now that I’ve dispensed with the obvious and obnoxious teaser headline, let’s drop the towel and expose Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s history of arrogant abuse. The truth is, the grandee of the IMF has molested Africans for years. On Wednesday, the New York Times ran five – … Read more Greg Palast on How Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa

Al-Ahram’s Special Issue

The 25 January Revolution (Special issue) Egypt, after birth pangs The showdown over the future of the country is far from over. Assem El-Kersh discusses the prospects and implications 25, 28 Youssef Rakha on the first two Days Cyber revolution Mohamed Abdel-Baky reports on the role of Internet activists in instigating protests Testimony from Tahrir Gerard O’Neill once said: “Here is my advice as we begin the century that will … Read more Al-Ahram’s Special Issue

From Cairo

The photos above are by our friend the poet Belle Gironda who is teaching at the American University in Cairo and returned to that city a or so week ago. Yesterday she took a whole batch of photos and posted them to her facebook page. So, if you have access to facebook, go check them out there, i.e. click here. Nicole just sent over the following analysis on political/historical background on Cairo events — … Read more From Cairo

Dead-Enders on the Potomac

Here are the opening paragraphs of a just published editorial on MERIP (The Middle East Report). You can read the rest of the excellent analysis here. From the Editors January 29, 2011 Every US administration has its mouthpiece in Washington’s think tank world, its courtier that will slavishly praise its every utterance. For the blessedly bygone Bush administration, that echo chamber was the American Enterprise Institute and the neo-conservative … Read more Dead-Enders on the Potomac