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Before Muhammad Ali Became “Muhammad Ali™”

The man who shocked the nation by changing his name has sold that name for cash.  Last month, Muhammad Ali™ was paid $50 million by CKX, an entertainment and licensing firm, in return for an 80 percent interest in his name and likeness. So, before Muhammad Ali™ becomes a corporate logo, let’s pause to recall […]

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Making Friends with Black People

Making Friends with Black People: An Interview with Nick Adams

MAKING FRIENDS WITH BLACK PEOPLE by Nick AdamsBUY THIS BOOK Comedian and writer Nick Adams wants to be called Black . . . not African-American.  “Once you get into hyphenating based on continent of origin,” he wonders, “where does it stop?”  For a thought experiment, Adams offers the conundrum of hyphenate marrying hyphenate: “My as-yet-unborn […]

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Duck Soup

Target: IranHere We Go Again

Since quoting Marx makes a writer appear both more educated and more serious, I figured I’d start this piece about Iran with a bit of Marxism . . . from Duck Soup. Ambassador Trentino: “I am willing to do anything to prevent this war.” President Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho): “It’s too late.  I’ve already paid […]

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Mickey Z

Which Wolf Will You Feed in 2006?

“Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” This statement (made by Dubya in September 2001) has been mocked by just about anyone to the left of Genghis Khan, but in 2005, I came to realize how often we all slip into that mentality . . . myself very much included. For […]

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Little Birds

Stillborn (a poem of occupation)

Somewhere . . . in the backstreets of Mosul (or maybe Falluja) it happens like a meteor streaking across the pre-dawn horizon A girl — Bint al-Ard — standing before a window conjures a new thought that has never been thought by any man before a new seed, if planted, that might shake the earth […]

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Alcatraz Is Not an Island

An Occupation Worth Applauding: Celebrate Un-Thanksgiving

Until the federal penitentiary was closed in 1963, Alcatraz Island was a place most folks tried to leave. On November 20, 1969, the island’s image underwent a drastic makeover. That was the day thousands of American Indians began an occupation that would last until June 11, 1971. The 1973 armed occupation of Wounded Knee along […]

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The Switch to Services

Strike for Peace: An Interview with Brian Bogart

Activist Brian Bogart asked himself: “Our top industry has been the manufacture and sale of weapons — and we’re a peace-loving nation?” Inspired by this paradox, Bogart created Strike for Peace . . . described on its website as an attempt “to highlight for everyone’s sake the dominant role of the military industry in America’s […]

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Lord of War

Lords of War: Arming the World

“I hope they kill each other . . . too bad they both can’t lose.” — Nobel laureate Henry Kissinger (on the U.S. arming both sides of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s) “Do not support dictators. Do not sell them weapons.” — Nobel laureate Jose Ramos Horta, East Timorese peace negotiator It’s not every […]

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This Is the Enemy

Vermin and Souvenirs: How to Justify a Nuclear Attack

Because Japan chose to invade several colonial outposts of the West, the war in the Pacific laid bare the inherent racism of the colonial structure. In the United States and Britain, the Japanese were more hated than the Germans. The race card was played to the hilt through a variety of Allied propaganda methods. Spurred […]

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