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The Most Wanted Man in China

The fascinating memoir of Fang Lizhi, the astrophysicist who inspired Chinese pro-democracy student protesters in the late 1980s, is now released nearly four years after Fang’s death in exile, despite political obstacles preventing its publication in China.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 READ MORE


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Town Hall: Black Baltimoreans Discuss How the Media and State Treat Them

While Fox and CNN were telling you what to think about black Americans in Baltimore and their response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, The Real News Network convened a discussion in which community members were free to speak for themselves.

Posted on May 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘The Bells of Easter Sunday Are Actually a Call to War’

A careful look at the Gospels may offer a picture of the original Easter message that is more startling than the theme of lilies, chocolate and eternal salvation that prevails today, writes Brandon Ambrosino in The Boston Globe.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 READ MORE



Young Jews to ‘Pharaoh’ Netanyahu: ‘Let the Palestinian People Go’

Increasingly, younger Jews are opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state,” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



On Nerd Pain

In response to a vulnerable personal comment on “nerd trauma and male privilege” published by MIT professor Scott Aaronson, New Statesman editor and columnist Laurie Penny wrote a compassionate and highly desirable essay on the experiences of pain, frustration and loneliness common to both nerdy males and females in general.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE



Black Bodies, Broken Worlds and a Post-Tax Society

Somewhere in America tonight, another poor person who the police deem a threat will be killed. Tomorrow another, and then another. These deaths are not an outrage against this system. They are normal for this system.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Joan of Arc

In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn’t the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Indiscriminate Compassion of Haneen Zoabi

In a government driven mad and violent by self-interest and fear, the Israeli legislator is battling enemies many of her peers appear not to see.

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 READ MORE


Into Pakistan’s Textile Factories

The “haves” have been subjecting the “have-nots” to lives of miserable, crushing toil since polarized hierarchies appeared behind the walls of the world’s first city some 10,000 years ago. The names, faces and technologies change, but so far, the legacy of exploitation remains. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Silence Meets Despair of Afghan Women

Afghanistan’s women are no longer in vogue. President Karzai has just signed a law that forces them to obey their husbands’ sexual demands and in general again consigns them to lives of brutal repression.

Posted on Apr 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert on California Republicans

Inspired by a nefarious scheme to divert California’s electoral votes to the GOP, Stephen Colbert looks into the oppression of California’s Republicans: “They must be under attack. Why else would so many of them live in gated communities?”

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Shrouded women

Under the Shroud: Women and the Taliban

The Feminist Majority’s Lorraine Sheinberg created the 1999 documentary that first focused attention on the Taliban’s brutal oppression of women in Afghanistan. It’s worth another look now.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


Serious Miscalculations About Syria

A young scholar who has lived in Damascus finds it not a “rogue state” but a complex, jittery mosaic surprisingly receptive to America.

Posted on Dec 1, 2005 READ MORE


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