Le Panoptique

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Even Humanitarian Aid Threatens Israel: Anybody Still Buying This?

Publié le 2 juin, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Even Humanitarian Aid Threatens Israel:  Anybody Still Buying This?

The damage-control – make that cover-up – of Israel’s latest massacre of Gaza, this time at sea, (everywhere absurdly being called a « raid »), began as soon as the reporting started. On day one, reports of as many as 19 dead were circulating; the NY Times later downgraded it to “at least nine”, and by today […]

QUAGMIRE QUESTIONNAIRE: Can We Believe ANYTHING We’re Being Told About Afghanistan?

Publié le 12 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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QUAGMIRE QUESTIONNAIRE:  Can We Believe ANYTHING We’re Being Told About Afghanistan?

In an article titled, Hamid Karzai’s Rebellion, Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation reports: “President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, the almost classic definition of a pawn […in] a series of angry, frustrated outbursts, […] has declared that the United States is acting like an invader and occupier, that ‘there is a thin curtain between invasion and […]

Civilization vs. Brutalization: Countdown to Armageddon

Publié le 4 avril, 2010 | Pas de commentaires
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Civilization vs. Brutalization:  Countdown to Armageddon

Over the past months the world has been watching the Americans, and especially President Barack Obama, to see if democracy and the rule of law will continue to decompose in the tomb or resurrect and shine. So far, it doesn’t look good. Violence against women increases world-wide, new laws being made to marginalize and control […]

A Cool Reception for Warm Tones: American Audiences’ Initial Reaction to Impressionism

Publié le 1 février, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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A Cool Reception for Warm Tones: American Audiences’ Initial Reaction to Impressionism

The Impressionist paintings in America today enjoy a revered place in artistic venues, as well as both official and personal comments of individual artistic appreciation. But was it always so? Looking at the time when Impressionism was in its nascent stages shows us that, much like some new art forms that we see emerging today, […]

Love, Embittered: review of Louis A Pérez Jr.’s On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture

Publié le 1 septembre, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Love, Embittered: review of Louis A Pérez Jr.’s On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture

In On Becoming Cuban (1), Louis A. Pérez Jr. attempts to provide an encompassing account of the relationship between Cuba and North America and the resulting trends in the formation and development of Cuban national identity. Like many previous events, the retirement of Fidel Castro launched a series of predictions of imminent change in Cuba; […]

The Implications of Freedom Suits to America

Publié le 1 décembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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The Implications of Freedom Suits to America

The United States detains thousands of people as suspected terrorists. It claims that the open-ended detention of terror suspects is a national security necessity. The contemporary legal issues of these terror suspects have correlations to America’s past. The treatment of slaves and their attempts to gain freedom through the courts in the antebellum period (1800-1860) […]