Matt and Luke of the Sci-Fi Sanctuary invited me back to talk about the late 90s NSA and CIA-supported thriller...
“The man who can center his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self,” Bertrand Russell once observed, “can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life which is impossible to the pure egoist.” It is advice that is as obvious as it is true, but still hard to accept as a native New Yorker. I have lived in this city my whole life and could never escape the paradoxes and contradictions that abound here. New Yorkers have a swagger: we all think that we are superstars while simultaneously being aware of the real superstars in our midst.
SIGN THIS PETITION! Israel says God gave the whole of the Land of Israel to the Jews. Every major Israeli political party says the whole of the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews. Every major political party has pledged not to withdraw from any of the Land of Israel. Israel has controlled the whole of the Land of Israel for more than a half century. Israel has vaccinated about half the residents living in the Land of Israel.
My misadventures with celebrity journalism continued recently as Asia Times published something of a hit piece deriding me for daring...
Journal-January 19, 2021): Essay Contest-$100.00 Prize I just finished reading the second of W. E. B. Du Bois’s three autobiographies, Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept. In this journal entry, I would want to do two things: first, propose an essay contest; and second, quote from Du Bois’s “Philosophy of Life.” 1. Essay Contest: I came across this challenging passage in Dusk of Dawn:
Leaning left became lately a required badge for a part of the young Romanian generation. One would say it’s a breath of fresh air, after decades of demonising left-wing politics and identifying it with the worst political sins.
Jon and Matt invited me on their podcast In the Context of Empire recently to discuss National Security Cinema and...
Jeff Conibear Monday was an unexpected victory. Not, it has to be said, a victory for journalism or free speech, but a significant victory nonetheless for Julian Assange and his family. The findings of Judge Baraitser in her decision not to extradite:1. Finds that the 2003 Extradition Act governs and not the US/UK Extradition treaty. Assange is therefore not protected against political persecution.
This is a wide-ranging interviewing with Norman Finkelstein, covering topics such as the prospects for Palestinian statehood, Israel’s goals in Gaza, the Palestine solidarity movement, Hezbollah and more.
Were Donald Trump’s remarks at the rally preceding the melee in the Capitol Building a defensible exercise of free speech? The answer would appear to be No. Without parsing the current U.S. law on the subject, I would note that the underlying principle traces back to a passage in John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty. Mill, who was as close as one can be to a free speech absolutist, laid out one sole exception. It reads in full:
Iran’s Most Effective Deterrent Lies in Its People
Journal-January 13 Israel: Jewish Supremacist State A brief comment on B’Tselem’s position paper designating Israel an Apartheid state
Journal-January 10, 2021
Journal-January 8, 2021 W. E. B. Du Bois’s Autobiography is conventionally chronological until he suddenly springs on the reader a chapter entitled “My Character.” Of character in general, he says “that the sort of person a man was would in the long run prove more important for the world than what he knew or how logically he could think.” This chapter is replete with all manner of personal insights. I’ll mention three:
Between hope and cynicism – COVID-19 Vaccines in the context of the Indian sub-continent
‘Amen and Awomen’: U.S. Congressman mocked for gendered prayer finale By Josh K. Elliott Global NewsPosted January 4, 2021 3:35 pm Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver delivered the opening prayer while opening up the 117th Congress on Sunday and decided to use a gender-neutral “amen and awoman” to close out the prayer.