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Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

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‘The United States of Amnesia’: Gore Vidal in Winter

We can’t say Gore Vidal didn’t warn us.

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Chris Hedges on Christian Heretics

After his talk on the myth of human progress, the Truthdig columnist discussed the influence of religion on his work and why he views Christian conservatives as heretics.

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The Treason of the Intellectuals

The journalists, pundits and academics who sold us the Iraq War remain firmly ensconced in their positions of privilege and power, and these self-defined liberals stand ready to sell us out again.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 READ MORE


St. Peter and Mother Teresa Welcome Christopher Hitchens

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Christopher Hitchens: A Jingo in Every Essential Way

With the onset of the Iraq invasion, there was an abrupt change not just in Hitchens’ tone, but in his authorial voice. Hitchens emerged a convinced American nationalist, deploying a full tonal diapason—from hysteria to triumphalism, with the scale calibrated by braggadocio.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Putting Christopher Hitchens on Trial

The dead, God-bashing, celebrity litterateur is the target of a new book that seeks to yank him down from the vaunted heights from which he shilled for the American empire and defamed its opponents, writes Gregory Shupak at In These Times.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Literary Icons Rushdie and le Carré End 15-Year Feud

Nobody fights better than writers, so it’s a little sad that novelists Salman Rushdie and John le Carré have agreed to stop hating each other.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Christopher Hitchens: ‘Mortality’

“Mortality,” Jeff Sharlet writes of the late Christopher Hitchens’ small, posthumously published book of essays, composed while the author was dying of cancer, is death-writing “at its most generous and most human: just another man dying, making a joke and telling a story.”

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One Dove, One Hawk: The Night the Feathers Flew

“What you have witnessed,” recently elected British MP George Galloway said back in 2005, speaking of Christopher Hitchens’ support for the U.S.-Iraq War, “... is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE


Christopher Hitchens on Being Deified

In 1999, the Hitch got on stage at The Moth—a New York City venue dedicated to the art of storytelling—and gave an account of the time his Tamil driver accidentally killed a Sri Lankan, an act that saw Hitchens deified and led him to his reassurance that all tales about divine intervention are false.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 READ MORE



The Baffler

My Consensus, Right or Wrong

With the revival of The Baffler, former WSJ columnist and current Harper’s Magazine contributor Thomas Frank reveals that success in Washington and big business has everything to do with belonging to the right pack, especially if that pack was dead wrong about the economy.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Christopher Hitchens on Forced Merriment

With the sensibility of an iconoclastic elf eyeing a parade of indiscriminate merrymaking unfurling all around him, Christopher Hitchens holds forth on the absurdities of the Christmas season in one of the first of his posthumously published essays.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

For Christopher Hitchens

It was like meeting a clown outside of his makeup, away from the hysteria of his profession, who appears lovely and handsome and noble, if only because he isn’t trapped in a spotlight at the center of a ludicrous pie fight. 

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 READ MORE    


‘Left, Right & Center’: Leaving Iraq, for Better or Worse

What’s America’s legacy in Iraq going to be? Can we read it accurately from this moment, now that the war is “officially” over? Also on this week’s rundown of topics for “Left, Right & Center” panelists Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Chrystia Freeland and Mark Tapscott are Fannie and Freddie vs. the SEC and a farewell to Christopher Hitchens.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE


Hedges on Hitchens

Though he gives credit to Christopher Hitchens’ exceptional talent, Chris Hedges remembers the newly departed writer differently from the way others might in this clip from CBC Radio. In an unflinching appraisal, Hedges recalls what Hitchens got wrong about religion, his biggest intellectual failing and what it was like to engage him in a debate.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Christopher Hitchens: Reason in Revolt

What zeal this man had to eviscerate the conceits of the powerful, whether their authority derived from wealth, the state or a claim to the ear of the divine.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Rest in Peace, Comrade

Christopher Hitchens died Thursday of esophageal cancer. He was, in the words of The Washington Post, “master of the contrarian essay” and, as his home publication Vanity Fair describes him, “a wit, a charmer and a troublemaker.” (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Hitchens: Shame on U.S. and Pakistan

In his latest, scathingly critical essay for Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens makes it eminently clear that he isn’t buying any of the stories the U.S. and Pakistani governments are selling about their increasingly complicated (and, in Hitchens’ view, hypocritical) relationship ... (more)

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Critics Call ‘King’s Speech’ Historically Incorrect

With “The King’s Speech” sitting comfortably atop this year’s heap of Oscar-nominated films, it’s not surprising that there might be some grumbles from critical corners about the movie’s actual merits. But in this case, a couple prominent voices ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Dying’ Hitchens Talks Mortality, Religion

In this frank discussion with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and with Martin Amis, an ailing Christopher Hitchens stares down his own mortality and makes it clear that if he appears to embrace religion at any point ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Peter Stothard on Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens reveals a life in contradictions in “Hitch-22,” a brilliant memoir that is at turns comic, self-deflating and sexually frank.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens Call for Pope’s Arrest

British authors and atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, whom Terry Eagleton has affectionately referred to as the combined entity known as “Ditchkins,” are joining legal forces to see if Pope Benedict XVI can be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Hitchens on Vatican Sex Scandals: ‘Enough of Forgiveness ... We Need Justice’

It’s no secret that Christopher Hitchens isn’t big on religion, but above and beyond his disdain of deity worship, he’s got some serious issues with the Catholic Church’s handling of both the child abuse claims made against clergy members ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Hitchens Pipes Up for ‘Foxhole Atheists’

“God Is Not Great” author Christopher Hitchens got a feel for the evangelical climate at the Air Force Academy in May and came away with some troubling questions. In a column headlined “In Defense of Foxhole Atheists,” he asks: “Is there a clique within the United States military that is seeking to use the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an opportunity to mount a new crusade and to Christianize the ‘heathen’?”

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Is That a Cross-Mallow in Your Lucky Charms?

Stephen Colbert is on a serious tear in this “Colbert Report” clip from Tuesday night’s show, tackling religious symbology, reptilian champion of atheism Christopher Hitchens, canary-eating Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the infamous Three-Fifths Compromise all in one go—and that’s before he busts into the Apostles’ Creed. 

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Hitchens Asks the $3-Trillion McCain Question

All right, people, it’s high time someone dealt squarely with this question: Does John McCain have anger-management issues? Monday brought word on this potential problem, the Republican Party’s sword of Damocles, from provocateur Christopher Hitchens, who dares to ask “whether [McCain’s] elevator goes all the way to the top.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2008 READ MORE


Hitchens Bros. Clash Over Belief

Writer Christopher Hitchens is drawing widespread attention with his latest provocative oeuvre, “God Is Not Great:  How Religion Poisons Everything.” But one person close to him questions the integrity of his atheist stance:  brother Peter Hitchens, who told the British paper The Independent (irking Christopher in the process) that he wonders if Christopher protests too much about his lack of belief.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


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