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What We Left Behind: a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.
posted on Apr-29-14 at 11:11 PM

How to End the Great Recession. Robert Reich's prescription for the economy.
posted on Sep-3-10 at 5:09 PM

Criminals, politics, governments. The decades-long battle to catch an international arms broker.
posted on Mar-2-10 at 10:18 AM

Trial of the Century. Revisiting the Dreyfus affair, by Adam Gopnik
posted on Sep-23-09 at 1:31 PM

Three part BBC documentary analyzes and documents the revolution and the long struggle of Iran and the West to come together ever since the revolution. The documentary shows interviews with a wide range of world leaders who reveal the inner dealings of all governing adminstrations from the past thirty years, both from within Iran’s own adminstration and from the Western counterparts.
posted on Aug-5-09 at 2:03 PM

Bill Moyers' discussion with two expert analysts of health care, Trudy Lieberman, director of the health and medical reporting program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Marcia Angell, senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine.
posted on Jul-25-09 at 11:36 PM

Plays Monk Live at Intersection for the Arts. A terrific video and audio performance of Plays Monk recorded by BayTaper, an excellent one man multimedia operation recording the San Francisco area jazz & creative music scene. (previously)
posted on Dec-19-08 at 1:43 PM

Party Faithful. Can the Democrats get a foothold on the religious vote?
posted on Sep-7-08 at 4:32 PM

Memory remembered. Does writing seek out words the better to stir and un-numb us to life—or does writing provide surrogate pleasures the better to numb us to experience?
posted on Aug-13-08 at 1:27 PM

Phil Schaap has hosted a jazz program for the past twenty-seven years on WKCR, Columbia University’s radio station with unapologetic passion and a depth of familiarity that comes, in part, from the personal relationships he had with the musicians themselves.
posted on May-12-08 at 2:42 PM

Art curators explain (on youtube) Luc Tuymans art and suggest how people on the street would respond to it. How correct are they?
posted on May-7-08 at 3:05 PM

Performance Artist Killed on Peace Trip. Pippa Bacca, performance artist, and friend wearing white wedding dresses, planned to hitchhike from Italy to the Balkans to the Middle East to send a message of peace and “marriage between different peoples and nations.” After three weeks on the road, Pippa Bacca was killed by a driver who offered her a ride. Her naked body was found and local authorities said Ms. Bacca had been raped and strangled.
posted on Apr-21-08 at 12:25 PM

Frontline Blogger covers war in Iraq with a soldier's eyes. First hand impressions, photos, and reports from a non journalist. A NYT write up.
posted on Jan-25-08 at 2:30 PM

"Why don't you shut up." Spanish King Juan Carlos on Saturday angrily told President Hugo Chavez to shut up as the Venezuelan leader was involved in a heated verbal exchange with the head of the Spanish government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Youtube video
posted on Nov-13-07 at 5:58 PM

The new video for Paul McCartney's UK single, "Dance Tonight" starring Natalie Portman.
posted on May-29-07 at 5:26 PM

Al Qaeda Strikes Back. By Bruce Riedel. From Foreign Affairs. Al Qaeda has more bases, more partners, and more followers today than it did on the eve of 9/11. Now the group is working to set up networks in the Middle East and Africa -- and may even try to lure the United States into a war with Iran.
posted on Apr-25-07 at 2:41 PM

Impaired emotional processing affects moral judgements. People with damage to a key emotion-processing region of the brain also make moral decisions based on the greater good of the community, unclouded by concerns over harming an individual.
posted on Mar-27-07 at 8:17 AM

Samuel Huntington is interviewed by NPQ
posted on Feb-4-07 at 12:09 AM

Orhan Pamuk, "My Father's Suitcase" (The Nobel Lecture, 2006), "The Pamuk Apartments," and "On Trial."
posted on Dec-27-06 at 8:55 AM

The Duke lacrosse rape case hurtled toward perhaps sinister motives last week with testimony from the head of the private DNA lab prosecutor Nifong hired to test the rape kit samples taken from the accuser. Brian Meehan revealed that not only had his lab found DNA samples from five unknown men, none of whom were Duke lacrosse players, Meehan had also agreed with Nifong not to put that info in the DNA Security's final report. Were it not for the fact that the three defendants have counsel capable of pouring over thousands of pages of technical documents, this vital, exculpatory evidence would have gone unnoticed. Previous opinions in MeFi.
posted on Dec-22-06 at 2:40 PM

The Master Plan. For the new theorists of jihad, Al Qaeda is just the beginning.
posted on Sep-14-06 at 8:08 AM

BioVisions at Harvard University presents, The Inner Life of the Cell (Flash 8 Player). Explanation of what you see (It's meant to be fairly accurate).
posted on Sep-8-06 at 1:00 PM

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Foucault's returning to Humanism.
posted on Sep-4-06 at 7:21 PM

The Euston Manifesto. We are democrats and progressives. We propose here a fresh political alignment. Many of us belong to the Left, but the principles that we set out are not exclusive. We reach out, rather, beyond the socialist Left towards egalitarian liberals and others of unambiguous democratic commitment. Indeed, the reconfiguration of progressive opinion that we aim for involves drawing a line between the forces of the Left that remain true to its authentic values, and currents that have lately shown themselves rather too flexible about these values. It involves making common cause with genuine democrats, whether socialist or not. via
posted on Sep-1-06 at 11:13 AM

Amateur Hour. Internet journalism and the traditional media. Nicolas Lehmann in the New Yorker.
posted on Aug-6-06 at 10:42 AM

Colors of Islam. "Islam 1,400 years ago gave women the right to choose her own husband, have her own business and finances, the right to ask for divorce and control her own body."
posted on Jul-16-06 at 8:46 AM

The Fillmore St. Jazz Festival and the Mitch Marcus Quintet Live. via
posted on Jul-11-06 at 11:24 AM

The heroic imagination. Benjamin Disraeli and the politics of performance.
posted on Jul-3-06 at 10:30 PM

The case of Rudolf Margolius and his family in Czechoslovakia during Fascism and Communism.
posted on Jun-17-06 at 7:05 AM

Jon Steward v. Bill Bennett.
posted on Jun-7-06 at 7:35 PM

Revisiting The French Revolution. It is not for history to supply us with a sense of history. Life always supplies us with a sense of history. It is for history to supply us with a sense of life.
posted on Jun-6-06 at 6:08 PM

Freelance spying. How and why Rita got into the counterterrorism business, running and publishing SITE, where she and her researchers mine online sources for intelligence, which they translate and send out by e-mail to a list of about a hundred subscribers.
posted on May-27-06 at 12:10 AM

The Pain in the Brain. (NYT)
posted on May-14-06 at 10:11 AM

The Open Mind. First Broadcast in May, 1956, The Open Mind is still produced weekly by Richard D. Heffner, host, historian, and University Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University. These conversations with some of the most creative thinkers of the last half-century are available on the Internet.
posted on May-13-06 at 9:49 AM

In a new afterword to "The End of History and the Last Man", Fukuyama reflects on how his ideas have survived the tides of criticism and political change.
posted on May-8-06 at 12:11 AM

The Basiji of Iran.
posted on Apr-25-06 at 10:07 PM

Ripples of Genocide. Journey through Eastern Congo with Angelina Jolie, commentary by John Prendergast, photos by Ed Parsons and Laura Engelbrecht.
posted on Apr-22-06 at 10:01 PM

Hugo Chavez to Carlos the Jackal: "My doctor has told me that my spirit must nourish itself on danger to preserve my sanity, in the manner that God intended, with this stormy revolution to guide me in my great destiny.
posted on Apr-18-06 at 12:37 PM

Bioprinting. "Sitting in a culture dish, a layer of chicken heart cells beats in synchrony. But this muscle layer was not sliced from an intact heart, nor even grown laboriously in the lab. Instead, it was "printed", using a technology that could be the future of tissue engineering."
posted on Apr-12-06 at 4:56 PM

In Defense of French Dirigisme.
posted on Apr-10-06 at 9:18 PM

Reasons and explanations.
posted on Apr-3-06 at 12:37 PM

The Fallaci Code. via
posted on Mar-31-06 at 5:20 PM

Shari'a law vs. the US Constitution. In the matter of the establishing in the US Muslim enclaves practicing, imposing, and enforcing Islamic law, Shari'a.
posted on Mar-22-06 at 1:22 PM

In the meantime back at the ranch. Afghan man faces death for abandoning Islam for Christianity.
posted on Mar-21-06 at 1:04 PM

Conversation is an art. "Hume suggested that politeness was not, in fact, "natural to the human mind," but "presumption and arrogance" were. Society depends on artifice. Conversation is an art." "American conversation now prides itself on angry authenticity or on being kind and "nonjudgmental"; it is meant to be "natural" and full of "self-expression." This does not make for great conversation or a vital political life."
posted on Mar-20-06 at 11:19 AM

Body Image Relates Differently To Sexual Risks Taken By Men And Women. Males with positive body image may seek multiple sexual partners and engage in unprotected sex. Women, on the other hand, may use the confidence that comes from a positive body image to resist multiple partners and insist that a condom be used when they do engage in sex.
posted on Mar-16-06 at 10:49 PM

Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside.
posted on Mar-14-06 at 9:19 AM

Slavoj Zizek in Spiked, and Op-Ed in NYT.
posted on Mar-12-06 at 10:45 AM

Newsfilter: Indian temple city hit by blasts.
posted on Mar-7-06 at 12:13 PM

Camille Paglia: WHAT went wrong at Harvard? "Over the past 40 years, there has been a radical expansion of administrative bureaucracies on American college campuses that has distorted the budget and turned education toward consumerism, a checkbook alliance with parents who are being bled dry by grotesquely exorbitant tuitions."
posted on Mar-6-06 at 10:41 AM

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