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Open Letter To Nancy Pelosi…

By on Nov 9, 2006 in Politics | 7 comments

My name is Omar Kamel, and I am Egyptian. I’m not a big fan of watching the news, but I couldn’t help notice all the coverage regarding your victory in the recent elections. In any case, I wanted to know where you stood on things, and despite reasonable positions on some issues, and despite what appears to be a relatively compassionate social agenda, I was shocked to see that your heart stopped short of compassion for the plight of my Palestinian neighbors – when I finally read the text of your speech to AIPAC, I admit, I was horrified. In any case, and assuming this email has not by now been deleted and ignored, I’m asking you a favor. Low as it may appear to be, I beseech you as a mother, and as a grandmother, to inform yourself more…fairly regarding the situation. I write this as the news also informs me about the recent attack by Israel which killed...

Make Space For The Flintstones…

By on Oct 20, 2006 in Politics | 1 comment

Once again demonstrating an incredible lack of perspective, the United States has claimed not an oil field, not a country, not even a continent, not even planet Earth, but outer space. Why does that make me think of goldfish? Ewoks should note this with interest, as should the citizens of Zenn-La, as should Klingons or any other space-faring civilization throughout the known universe. You’re all property of the Unites States of Americom. Once again, the revered Americom president ‘W’ has gone forth boldly where no man had ever wanted to go before, and has signed a policy document unilaterally declaring that Americom has the (and the quotes here are understated…) ‘right‘ to deny access to space to anyone deemed ‘hostile‘ to Americom interests. In effect; claiming Americom ownership of outer space. Move over...

American Gulag

By on Sep 24, 2006 in Politics | 0 comments

Kate Brown is Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her book, A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland won the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize. As a historian of Soviet history, she has sifted through an array of declassified NKVD and KGB documents about the abuse of prisoners in the Gulag. Her article, “Out of Solitary Confinement: The History of the Gulag,” will be published in Kritika vol. 8, no. 1 (Winter 2007). Brown recently answered a series of questions about the American penal and detention system, especially as it has developed post-9/11. Read about it here at...

Bush At The UN – On TV….Right Now…

By on Sep 19, 2006 in Politics | 0 comments

So he’s on. At the United Nations. I missed most of what Kofi said… Here’s Bush making it sound like any democratic progress anywhere in the world must have been due to the influence of the United States. Painting pictures of misery worldwide, misery – we are to suppose – that will be alleviated by the actions of the United States. And I think of Afghanistan, and Iraq – and I think of the blood of innocents, and of orphaned children. “You have been fed conspiracy theories…” he tells us. We must support, he said – people who offer better alternatives than blowing yourself up. I agree. Give them nukes and rpg’s and they won’t need to blow themselves up….but he goes on… “My country desires peace”, he says. “Extremists in your midst spread propaganda”, he says… He claims he...

US Holds AP Photographer in Iraq…

By on Sep 18, 2006 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

“The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Pressphotographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threatbut never filing charges or permitting a public hearing…” Yup. Read more about it right here.

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