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The Meaning of Dzhoktar Tsarnaev on the Cover of Rolling Stone

by Tom Gogola | Jul 18, 2013 | Media, National Security

Despite the cries of protest and the outrage, and despite the widespread banning of the magazine, the image of Boston marathon bomber Dzhoktar Tsarnaev now depicted on the latest issue of Rolling Stone does not “glorify” the photogenic bomber. Rather, the power of the image of Tsarnaev—wearing a designer t-shirt and looking every bit like […]

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Don Draper, Capitalism, and the Schizophrenia of Social Class

by Kathy M. Newman | Jul 10, 2013 | Economy, Media

For most of Mad Men‘s five seasons, Don Draper—the super cool, super successful Madison Avenue creative director—has been something of a superhero, with the seemingly infinite ability to reinvent himself. But in season six, which ended last month, Don Draper has come closer to the edge, as his tragic childhood comes back to haun him […]

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Only Mutiny Can Set Us Free

by Jack Metzgar | Jul 8, 2013 | Media

The Los Angeles Times provides a colossally wrong picture of American workers. Writing about union organizing among professional workers, a Los Angeles Times reporter last month provided the following, colossally wrong, picture of American workers: Professionals account for 62 percent of the workforce, up from 15 percent in 1977. It’s true that professional occupations have […]

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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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Dreaming the American Dream in Mexico

by Win Vitkowsky | Jun 28, 2013 | Foreign Policy, Media

Make a call to Time-Warner Cable’s customer service and you may find yourself talking to an American—in Mexico City. According to Jill Anderson, the author of Los Otros Dreamers, a forthcoming book about young Mexican-American adults who have been deported or who returned on their own volition, there is an industry growing in Mexico City […]

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