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Writing About Slow Violence

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 4:13 PM

A few years ago, when the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to J.M. Coetzee, it was striking how many commentators, including the members of the Nobel Prize Committee, referred to Coetzee's pitiless vision of the world and the absence of any consolation in his writing. I disagreed with such...

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First You Must Say Hello

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 5:28 PM

The film Zero Bridge is set in Kashmir and, therefore, the word "terrorist" is used in the film. But only once. This happens when a couple of young white men, tourists, lounging on a shikara on the Dal Lake have the following exchange with the film's...

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Talking About Terror

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 4:07 PM

I have just received a letter from a man in prison. His name is Hemant Lakhani. Lakhani was a women's clothing salesman who, in 2005, was convicted of selling an Igla missile to an FBI informant posing as a member of a jihadist organization.

Lakhani is one...

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A Terrorist And His Cat

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2010 | 11:31 AM

Tuna Princess by Daisy Rockwell

*Mohamed Mahmood Alessa was arrested with his friend (and co-conspirator) on the way to join a militant group in Somalia. His mother has said that he wanted to take his cat, Tuna Princess, with him, but she did not allow...

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Kidnapped by the State

(13) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 11:17 AM

What do you do if a young man who was a student in your class is thrown in prison on a terrorism charge?

Jeanne Theoharis teaches Political Science at Brooklyn College. In June 2006, when British authorities detained 26-year-old Syed Fahad Hashmi at Heathrow Airport, she remembered the youth from...

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On Susan Boyle

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2009 | 6:03 PM

One hundred million and counting. Every day the count goes up by a few million. On one link alone on YouTube, the clip has been viewed 40,187,032 times at the time of this writing.

"My name is Susan Boyle..." When the clip begins, we watch a stout, frumpy...

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Nothing Is Beautiful Unless it Is Serious

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 5:20 PM

On 'The Seagull' starring Kristin Scott Thomas
The play runs till December 21

Just before I left home, I discovered that I couldn't find my eyeglasses. I was on my way to the Walter Kerr Theater to watch Chekhov's The Seagull. On the train, I kept thinking...

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