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Britain's Missing Top Model contestants
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Reality TV Hits a New Low With Disabled Model Show?

There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to BBC America’s new reality show, “Britain’s Missing Top Model,” which focuses on a group of disabled women competing to win a high-profile modeling gig. First, what, exactly, is “missing” here, aside from the fact that some contestants are missing limbs? Could it be a sense of humanity, then?

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Do the ‘Brad Pitt Houses’ Help New Orleans?

Does Brad Pitt’s housing development project in New Orleans’ Katrina-ravished Ninth Ward represent a much-needed boost to the neighborhood, no matter from whence it came? Or do his efforts amount to yet another example of a Hollywood do-gooder’s personal crusade ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Call of Duty’ Game Franchise Busts Sales Records

Perhaps it’s possible to draw larger sociological conclusions about why it is that, over the politically and economically tumultuous 2003-09 period, gaming giant Activision’s first-person shooter series “Call of Duty” raked in a staggering $3 billion in global sales. (continued)

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Fred Branfman on ‘The Making of an Elder Culture’

In Theodore Roszak’s spirited new manifesto, he calls on aging baby boomers to rekindle their youthful idealism and remake America.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Court Accepts Polanski’s $4.5M Bail Request

Will Roman Polanski spend the holidays at his mountain chalet in Gstaad? That could well be the case after Polanski’s latest bail offer, this time to the tune of $4.5 million, was accepted by a Swiss court Wednesday, although the 76-year-old director ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Sarkozy’s Bid to Move Camus’ Ashes Stirs Controversy

A French writer could do a lot worse than be buried alongside the likes of Émile Zola, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo, but some compatriots of philosopher Albert Camus, as well as his son, Jean, are none too pleased with President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to relocate Camus’ ashes to the celebrated Panthéon in Paris.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE


Lambert
AP / Matt Sayles

Lambert’s ‘AMA’ Act Costs Him ‘GMA’ Gig

Over-the-top pop star Adam Lambert may once have been constrained by the unwritten rules of competition on “American Idol” when it came to his sexuality, but he made a notable departure from those days during his provocative performance at Sunday’s American Music Awards. Looks as if that act cost him ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



The Guantanamo Lawyers: Shipwrecked

This important new book tells the story of the world’s most famous prison from the perspective of the lawyers who toiled under notoriously difficult conditions on behalf of the detainees.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
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Freedom’s Fight: Part II

Truthdig is pleased to present the second excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Claire Wasserman on Europe’s Islamic Immigrants

Christopher Caldwell explores in his recent book what he terms Islam’s “adversary culture” now challenging Europe’s own sense of historical identity.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE


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