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A Ginger’s Response to M.I.A.

M.I.A.’s controversial nine-minute, banned-from-YouTube music video fails to show that discrimination is about real, historical inequalities.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Latinos in the Limelight Tweet About Arizona’s Immigration Law

George Lopez, Ricky Martin and Eva Longoria worked their Twitter platforms over the weekend to protest the passage of Arizona’s contested and detested new immigration law. For his part, comic Lopez cracked wise about racial profiling, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Taco Bell ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Sacha Baron Cohen Bags Big Money to Play Deposed Dictator

“Deadline Hollywood” proprietress Nikki Finke and her poached Variety scribe Mike Fleming reported, via “Deadline New York” on Friday, that Sacha Baron Cohen, who scored with “Borat” but stumbled with “Brüno,” has wooed Paramount to back his newest comedy vehicle ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Bollywood’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’

India is about to enter taboo test mode as it prepares for the release of “Dunno Y ... Na Jaane Kyun,” a film many are calling India’s “Brokeback Mountain.” It’s hoped that the film’s depiction of a gay relationship between two men will help break down social anxieties toward homosexuality.

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Troy Jollimore on Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

In a short and powerful manifesto, renowned philosopher and critic Martha Nussbaum issues a passionate call to resist persistent efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Bolivian President Says Frankenfood Threatens Men’s Manhood

Bolivian President Evo Morales sure has some fanciful notions about nutrition. While it’s certainly possible that, say, hormone-laced chicken might cause certain side effects, Morales declared with scientific certainty ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Muslim Site Sends ‘South Park’ Creators a Warning

They’re no strangers to controversy after years of fine-tuning the art of contrarian cartooning, but “South Park” masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now the recipients of an ominous message posted on the Islamic website revolutionmuslim.com ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Is Tanning Addictive?

By now, we all ought to be aware that making like Tater Tots and browning ourselves, whether the natural way or on tanning beds, isn’t a recipe for optimal health. So why do some people still do it, sometimes to excess? Turns out aesthetics may not fully explain the tanning phenomenon.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Dubai Says No to ‘Sex’

Maybe Dubai is onto something. Sarah Jessica Parker had hoped to give “Sex and the City 2” a different kind of cosmopolitan twist by setting the girlie gabfest in the Middle Eastern metropolis, but despite months of concerted effort the Arab emirate wasn’t, as they say, having it.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Francis Robinson on ‘The Arabs’

What lessons can the West learn by examining the history of the Arab experience through the voices and eyes of Arabs themselves?

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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