Dangerous propaganda – that would be the sort where imperialists succeed in convincing people that foreign meddling is going to be fun. Full disclosure – I probably would not have gone to see this film had it not been for the repeated coverage over the past three weeks, of dozens of implausible & conflicting rumors […]
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OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN There is a humility that is missing from our political discourse. Consider the reality of our fundamental ignorance. We fit a more or less incomplete sequence of past events into our understanding of and (mostly) assumptions about reality and possibility. We are overwhelmed with information. Our time and attention are limited, and […]
OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN
OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN One part nerdy, one part torture porn, Zero Dark Thirty is a cold, amoral view of torture interposed with the more mundane and methodical practices of intelligence gathering, analyzing, and debating. Kathryn Bigelow (director) and Mark Boal (producer) are talented film-makers and manage to sustain a vision and an emotional tension from […]
OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN One of the most interesting and prolonged private debates I have had in my life was with the brilliant Dr. Nahum Goldmann. The subject: American peace initiatives. It was an unequal debate, of course. Goldmann was my elder by 28 years. While I was a mere editor of an Israeli news magazine, […]
CLUBORLOV Since this is the height of the political season, I have decided that it would make sense for me to say something about politics which, of course, doesn’t matter. And that, obviously, is a political statement. Last night was the third and final round of what are commonly believed to be debates involving the […]
THE REAL NEWS Paul Jay interviews Leigh Maddox and Peter Christ: The “War on Drugs” has helped create a situation where—from gangs to police to lawyers to jails—there are massive amounts of money to be made in sustaining to status quo.