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The Comparative Politics of Atrocity

John Feffer | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Is ISIS medieval? However much ISIS is committed to returning the world to the seventh century, their atrocities have a more complicated genealogy that stretches from the beheadings of the Middle Ages through the tortures of 18th-century France all the way up to the present day.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

How I Wrote a Novel at Work

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

I am leaving for lunch and will not return, I have a book signing this afternoon and it looks like we have a problem with the venue. See you on Monday!

Best New Books Out This Week

| Gabe Habash for Publishers Weekly | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books

First published by Publishers Weekly This week, how modern crime became modern, David Gilbert's stellar & Sons, and Ben Stroud's stellar Byzantium....

Cannes 2011: Nanni Moretti's Comic Success Habemus Papam

Karin Badt | Posted 07.16.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

While some critics have seen Habemus Papam as a heretical critique of the Catholic Church, the parody goes farther: behind all pomp and circumstance is an empty hole.

Empire of the Sunset

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Sometimes, I really miss America -- or at least the idea of it. You know: that can-do spirit, streets paved with gold, champion of the tired and poor,...

Big Brother is Watching

Ian Welsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Welsh

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