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Want Peace? Deploy Microsoft

by Deborah Horan | Aug 1, 2013 | Books

In the mid-1990s, at the height of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Ramallah on the West Bank. U.S. military snipers were positioned on rooftops throughout the Palestinian town. Military helicopters buzzed overhead. As reporter based in Jerusalem at the time, I watched the scene unfold, and wondered what the price […]

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Needing to Bear Arms

by Simon Balto | Jul 1, 2013 | Books

Throughout the long struggle for African-American freedom, tactical and philosophical nonviolence was rarely predominant. The quest for full civil and human rights was long, arduous, and multifaceted. And, whether in the 1870s or 1970s, black activists and citizens proved willing to take up arms to defend against white supremacy’s architects and agents. In his new […]

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Choose Your Own Dystopia

by James Berger | Jun 25, 2013 | Books, Politics

George Orwell’s great dystopian novel, 1984, was published in 1949. The U.K. and the rest of Europe were recovering from years of devastating war. And in eastern Europe, the genocidal dictatorship of the Nazis was being replaced by the rival totalitarian rule of Stalinist USSR. 1984 has become a template of subsequent visions of modern […]

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It’s the Politics, Stupid

by Brian Francis Slattery | Jun 1, 2013 | Books

Maybe, just like in the late 1970s, we are at a crossroads in economic history, and it’s time not only to argue about policies and programs, but also to revisit the assumptions underlying our current economic regime. In the 1970s, the mainstream story goes, the economy was broken. The Keynesian paradigm that had shaped economic […]

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Pascal Robert: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Essentialism, and the Threat of the Black Cultural Tour Guide

by Pascal Robert | May 6, 2013 | Books, Media

(Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for The Atlantic, wants his blackness both ways, the author says.) There are certain black folk in the media whose roles have roots in history going back to Booker T. Washington. These folk are profoundly damaging to the sensibilities of the black masses, particularly the black poor. That person is the […]

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