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Yoani Sánchez vs. Julian Assange

Yoani Sánchez’s World Tour

Freedom of Expression, Made in USA Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian cartoonist.  Cf. Salim Lamrani, “40 perguntas para Yoani Sánchez em sua turnê mundial” (Opera Mundi, 18 February 2013); Salim Lamrani, “40 questions à poser à Yoani Sánchez lors de sa tournée mondiale” (Opera Mundi, 19 February 2013); Salim Lamrani, “40 preguntas para Yoani Sánchez […]

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Where Have All the Muslims Gone? The 2018 Hashmi Award

New York, N.Y., 2018 — Every year about this time, since way back in 2013, the City of New York has bestowed its prestigious Hashmi Award upon a worthy New York resident who lives openly as an observant Muslim.  The Hashmi recipient — preferably of Asian, Middle Eastern, or African descent — must have paid […]

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Workers of the World

Labor historians Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh have vividly described how sailors and other maritime workers were in the vanguard of the creation of an international working class.  Unlike most people in the early modern period who largely stayed rooted to the soil of their birth or tied closely to their particular artisanal enterprises, Jack […]

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Capitalism Becomes Questionable

The depth and length of the global crisis are now clear to millions.  In the sixth year since it started in late 2007, no end is in sight.  Unemployment rates are now less than halfway back from their recession peak to where they were in 2007.  Over 20 million are without work, millions more limited […]

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The Unusual Uprising in Iraqi Kurdistan, Two Years On

“Under Fire in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Extract from The Fourth Estate in Iraqi Kurdistan, a film by Rozh Ahmad On February 16th, 2011, in solidarity with the mass uprisings sweeping the Middle East, Kurds took to the streets of Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan and the following day demanded an end to their one and only official […]

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Golden Dawn: The Development of Greek Fascism

As was the case in 1930s Germany, Greek liberalism has revealed itself to be politically spent.  In dealing with the austerity measures imposed upon the country from outside by an international troika consisting of the IMF, European Commission, and European Central Bank, the government has failed comprehensively in the eyes of its electorate. When the […]

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The Talented Mr. Takeyh: Why Doesn’t the Council on Foreign Relations Fellow Like Flynt & Hillary Mann Leverett?

If there’s one thing mainstream “Iran experts” hate, it’s well-credentialed, experienced analysts who dare challenge Beltway orthodoxies, buck conventional wisdom, and demythologize the banal, bromidic, and Manichean foreign policy narrative of the United States government and its obedient media.  Such perspectives are shunned by “serious” scholars who play by the rules they and their former […]

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Prison for the Man With the Megaphone: Dresden Court Passes a Harsh Sentence Against Participant in Anti-Nazi Protest of 2011

  An alleged “ringleader” of protests against a Nazi march on February 19th, 2011 in Dresden was sentenced by a local court to a prison sentence of 22 months. “Eventually the population of Dresden has had enough” — with this opinion, district judge Hans-Joachim Hlava justified his harsh sentence against a participant in an anti-Nazi […]

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