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September 27, 2016

Politics as a Vocation

Who would Weber vote for in this election? Here’s a hint: As far as political… activities are concerned… Western experience has pre­sented two

June 13, 2016

Explaining Israel to Taiwanese

Last week the American Anthropology Association (AAA) announced the results of a historic vote over a resolution advocating the academic boycott of

April 19, 2015

A lot of school lunches

An audit of the U.S. military’s spending in Afghanistan has revealed that a whopping $45 billion is unaccounted for. – Full Story From a post I

April 4, 2014

On Sunflowers, Sunlight, and Sovereignty

中文翻譯 The occupation, by several hundred students, of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan on March 18th, and the subsequent birth of what has been called the

April 25, 2013

The doctrine of noninterference

turned into a charter for all around interference for one reason: the occupying power gave itself the prerogative

December 9, 2012

Misbehavior by Lower Officials

It is, however, a standard tactic of the people at the top in China to attribute the ordeals of the populace to misbehavior by lower officials and

September 11, 2012

Intelligence Gathering

Two stories about intelligence reports from the CIA and the war in Iraq. In the first one, on WMDs, the CIA got the story wrong because they fit the

September 6, 2012

Democrats are the conservative party

it is no longer accurate to describe the Democrats as the liberal party and the Republicans as the conservative party. It’s closer to the truth to

September 4, 2012

China in Africa

Found here, via Michael Turton.

September 4, 2012

Obama and Marx

(via Chris Reulbach)

September 4, 2012

Obama != Romney

Below are my thoughts on a recent Truth-Out post entitled: Closer Than You Think: Top 15 Things Romney and Obama Agree On. On foreign policy and the

September 1, 2012

We Built It

[Chart via Kevin Drum.]

May 4, 2012

要怎樣讓美國不再特別:基礎篇

Translated from Unexceptionalism: A Primer, By E. L. Doctorow. Thanks to the anonymous translator.

November 29, 2011

A challenge directed to what is

Foulcault on reform vs. critique Under no circumstances should one pay attention to those who tell one: ‘Don’t criticize, since you’re not capable

October 4, 2011

Conservative Rhetoric: Caught between Scylla and Charibdes

With regard to the economy, conservatives always preach restraint in the face of forces beyond our control, warning of unintended consequences if we

March 26, 2011

What happens on the way

In this “Thinking Allowed” interview with Stuart Hall, he discusses the Middle East and has some interesting things to say about our inability to

February 20, 2011

The “Sri Lanka Option”

On the trip to Cambodia I finally had some time to read Jon Lee Anderson’s excellent New Yorker Article on the counter-insurgency in Sri Lanka.

February 10, 2011

Preah Vihar

Catching up on Cambodian history as we make our way to Phnom Penh, I came across some interesting historical context for the current squabble over

September 13, 2009

The Paranoid Style

Image by AdamThinks.com There has been something of a debate among the American Left as to the true nature of the anti-healthcare reform movement.

March 28, 2009

Crossroads

Photo by Ereine Former Clinton White House adviser and prominent blogger, Brad DeLong says: “We have to ask ourselves: Do we want to revive

January 19, 2009

Understanding Gaza

In this clip ‘self-hating Jew’ Jon Stewart points out the obviously one-sided and mobius-strip like quality of mainstream American news coverage

September 20, 2008

John McCain

I wasn’t happy with similar sites I found on the web, so I created a wiki to get the word out about some of the more disagreeable positions taken

April 27, 2008

The KMT in Burma

Reading Panaj Mishra’s NYRB article about Burma, “The Revolt of the Monks,” I was reminded of the KMT’s adventures in Burma, a remarkable episode

March 22, 2008

Separation of Powers

Photo by 翔 If you ask most people, democracy is synonymous with elections. But, strangely enough, few people who live in electoral democracies feel

February 20, 2008

Lessig

I just donated to Lessig’s congressional campaign fund. Have you?

February 5, 2008

Obama

Image by Shepard Fairey. The biggest problem I have with the Clinton legacy is its failure to articulate a strong defense of progressive values. I

January 13, 2008

Disenchanted

Almost every single American newspaper ran stories about the Taiwanese election attributing the DPP’s defeat to “broad disenchantment among

January 13, 2008

Parallel Voting

Schee posted a link to this article on the new voting system which so affected the Taiwanese legislative elections. (See my last post on this.)

January 8, 2008

Bonus Army

I’ve been thinking a lot about Obama. According to Ezra Klein: his answer to arguments against consensus rhetoric [see my earlier post] is that

December 26, 2007

Human Rights Day

This is a very complex picture (by Cooloud). Taiwan’s President and Vice-President were prisoners in this building during the White Terror. On

December 22, 2007

Understatement

It bears no relation to the main point of his article, which focuses on how economic ideology led the Fed into the current “unmitigated disaster”

December 17, 2007

Big Table

For those who haven’t been following, Obama’s been doing his best to alienate the progressive left. That’s resulted in him butting heads with two

December 16, 2007

Green

Red A recently had a post which seems to imply that Taiwan’s own hosing bubble is about to burst, with housing prices way above their actual value.

November 26, 2007

陸克文

I would like to congratulate Australia on finally ridding itself of John Howard. In 2002 I wrote about ““Howard’s openly racist policies” and more

October 16, 2007

Ivory Tower vs. Real World

[Cross-posted at Savage Minds] In our discussions about anthropologists in the military the term “ivory tower” has come up again and again, as has

October 4, 2007

Free Burma

{Burma, activism}

October 3, 2007

Model Minority

This NY Times story made me wonder: Do Indian-Americans really want to have a small vocal minority whose views diverge strongly from their own

September 27, 2007

Media Transparency

If you don’t know Cursor or the Center for Media Transparency, you should. Cursor is the premier alternative news aggregation site. Since the start

August 24, 2007

One America

The text of John Edward’s Hanover speech reprinted in full (via Crooked Timber): Remarks as Prepared for Delivery: “To Build One America, End the

August 17, 2007

Chinese Democracy

Three interesting quotes about democracy in China. Each pointing in a different direction: The first from a Rick Perlstein review of Mann’s The

July 9, 2007

Ousmane Sembène

I only recently learned that Ousmane Sembène, “the ‘father’ of African Cinema” died last month. Sembène was much more radical, much more of a

July 5, 2007

Responsible Criticism

Reading the reactions to Sicko in the press is an interesting exercise. Almost without exception, including papers from both the left and the right,

June 17, 2007

SiCKO

Here is a quote from FOX News: Filmmaker Michael Moore’s brilliant and uplifting new documentary, “Sicko,” deals with the failings of the U.S.

May 24, 2007

Caging

From an interview with Greg Palast, where he argues that both the media and congress are missing the real story behind the US attorney scandal:

May 17, 2007

Illiteracy

A few weeks ago Victor Mair wrote a guest post on Language Log implying that China’s high rates of illiteracy could be cured by reforming the

May 12, 2007

Disenfranchised

The following quotes and chart were culled from Jason DeParle’s New York Review of Books article, “The American Prison Nightmare.” The issue has

March 26, 2007

Tubed

From Foreign Policy, an article which argues that the same kinds of misleading intelligence which got us into a mess in Iraq, also made a mess of

March 6, 2007

Demolition

The photo shows a young girl in Maninagar preparing lunch. See my Maninagar photo set on Flickr. Her home was bulldozed on February 8th. It was

March 4, 2007

Must-Do List

Below the fold is the entire text of a NY Times editorial listing “things that need to be done to reverse the unwise and lawless policies of

February 28, 2007

Pankaj Mishra

Anyone living in Taipei who is interested in learning more about India should try to attend Pankaj Mishra’s talk on March 17th. Here is the

February 19, 2007

Acronym

Worst name for a political party, ever. A newspaper headline from last year. {india}

December 29, 2006

Edwards 2.0

Last election bloggers, many of whom had initially supported the tech-savvy Howard Dean campaign, felt that they had to drag the Kerry campaign into

December 29, 2006

Make-believe

Steve Benen, who is guest blogging over at Political Animal, quotes John Edwards answering a question as to whether he would give balancing the

December 29, 2006

Surge

Juan Cole explodes the “Top Ten Myths about Iraq 2006“, the most prevalent one right now being the idea that a “surge” of troops could help us win

December 27, 2006

Edwards 08

Since it has now been officially announced, I’d like to throw in my endorsement: Over the next two years I’ll be writing an ongoing series of posts

December 26, 2006

Public Record

Just how many different ways has the Bush Administration tried to hide once-public information sources from the public record? Help us count the

December 24, 2006

Fourth Estate

It is impossible to read a history of press coverage of the civil rights movement without reflecting darkly on today’s era of secret surveillance,

December 23, 2006

Casualty of War

On December 12th, Stephen Colbert’s “Word” was ” Casualty of War.” You can watch it online here, but Colbert’s impeccable logic is so well crafted

December 14, 2006

Salwa Judum

Back in May I wrote a post implying that Adivasis were increasingly supporting the Naxalite movement in India. I’d like to amend that post, as a

December 2, 2006

Posada

A known terrorist enters the United States and the department of Homeland Security only arrests him after a Miami-based NY Times reporter points it

December 1, 2006

Algorithm

Did you know that a secret government algorithm assigns you a “risk score” every time you fly in or out of the country? That have no way of knowing

November 26, 2006

Interlocals

True bilingualism is a rare thing. As we get flooded by more and more information, who has the time to painstakingly read through hundreds of blog

November 25, 2006

Sergei & Uncle Walt

Speaking of the Guardian … a piece in the Observer discuses how Walt Disney was a raving McCarthyite: Disney had a ferocious temper, especially

November 25, 2006

Mad Chen

I initially pointed out Jonathan Watts’ awful Guardian UK piece in a comment on Taiwan Matters. But after urging from both Tim and Michael, I

November 25, 2006

Sergei & Uncle Walt

Speaking of the Guardian … a piece in the Observer discuses how Walt Disney was a raving McCarthyite: Disney had a ferocious temper, especially

November 20, 2006

Oversight

Charles Miller makes an important point: As such, it still baffles me that a week later, the news is blanketed with Iraq, Iraq, Iraq, Iraq and

November 19, 2006

Vijay

Ever secretly wish that a good friend fails to achieve their dream? That’s how I felt when I learned Vijay Indrekar Chhara wanted to become a

November 14, 2006

Gravel

I think Taiwanese tend to lack a sense of perspective about their national problems. They seem to think they live in the darkest backwaters of the

November 7, 2006

Progressive Plurality

While some bloggers seem intent on spreading the rumor that the elections mark a shift to the right on the part of Democrats, Stirling Newberry

November 6, 2006

Pinker vs. Lakoff

And the winner is … Geoffrey Nunberg! A lot has been said about this nasty debate, and I’ve avoided it because it seems hard to get engaged without

November 4, 2006

Alternative Interrogation Techniques

There are two important stories about the use of “alternative interrogation techniques” by US forces which deserve to get more attention: First, the

October 24, 2006

Sideshow

Here is a challenge for the English language blogs here in Taiwan: Write something about economic inequality in Taiwan without getting sidetracked

October 23, 2006

Stay the Course

From the Washington Post: President Bush and his aides are annoyed that people keep misinterpreting his Iraq policy as “stay the course.” A

October 22, 2006

Back to the Stone Age

Japan Focus has a wonderful article by Nick Cullather about the history of the phrase “back to the stone age,” as in, “We’ll bomb you back to the

October 16, 2006

Winds of Change?

Via Kevin Drum, this editorial from the Johnson County Sun in Kansas explaining why they are breaking from a long tradition of endorsing Republicans

October 14, 2006

Ambedkar

Over at Sepia Mutiny, Siddhartha has an excellent post on one of the most important figures in Indian history, a man whose contribution is not as

October 14, 2006

Orissa Petition

Our friend filmmaker Vinod Raja (who made an earlier appearance on Keywords) has sent me this urgent petition on behalf of indigenous people in

October 11, 2006

Eyesore

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou thinks that the Guanghua Computer Market (光華商場) is an “eyesore.” I suppose he is also responsible for the police who chase

October 8, 2006

Speechless

Watch this short video to see Rumsfeld rendered speechless by his own words. If only the White House press corps were half as good as this

September 24, 2006

votefromabroad.org

Are you a U.S. citizen living overseas? These are perilous times. Please VOTE! Vote From Abroad will ask you some questions and automatically

September 24, 2006

Health Care Economics

Krugman’s latest: Between 2000 and 2005, the number of Americans with private health insurance coverage fell by 1 percent. But over the same

September 21, 2006

Monarchy

Thaksin Shinawatra was a brutal man whose own commitment to democracy was less than stellar (to say the least), but that doesn’t really explain what

September 3, 2006

The Cross Cafe

A year and a half ago I wrote about being weirded out by the name of a dish at a restaurant in an upscale neighborhood in Ahmedabad. I later learned

September 1, 2006

Party Economics

There has been an interesting debate on the web about whether or not short-term swings in US electoral politics make much of a difference to

August 26, 2006

LoSheng & Hushan

Been too busy to write much, but there are two worthwhile Taiwan related causes that I’ve been meaning to blog about: First off: residents of the

August 26, 2006

LoSheng & Hushan

Been too busy to write much, but there are two worthwhile Taiwan related causes that I’ve been meaning to blog about: First off: residents of the

August 12, 2006

Insecurity

I’m flying to England this week, and like many other travelers, I’m pissed about the new regulations. But more than that, I’m quite skeptical that

August 12, 2006

Achieving Representation

According to Crooked Timber, this powerpoint slide is Rumsefeld’s plan for ending the war in Iraq: Maybe we should put Edward Tufte in charge of

July 27, 2006

Freedom Flag

Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese illustrator who has been blogging about the war. This piece has a cut-out cupon which states: Yes, I live in a region

July 24, 2006

Oligarchy

Having just complained about the Times habit of writing as if the poor didn’t exist, suddenly I find two articles that would make you think the

July 23, 2006

War Crimes

In a recent post I briefly alluded to the nasty bile spewing forth from the pen of Alan Dershowitz. Bile that is even more disturbing when you

July 22, 2006

Proxy War

It should be obvious to all, but Ted Koppel’s excellent op-ed piece lays it out clearly: The United States is already at war with Iran; but for the

July 20, 2006

Moral Certainty

A nice one from Kevin Drum: It is, often, not so much war itself that people long for, but the moral certainty that comes with it; thus the venom

July 10, 2006

Waste

Via BoingBoing, a lecture by veteran print journalist Tom Stites who explains why “less affluent Americans have abandoned newspapers and are angry

July 8, 2006

Never Again?

This is so important that I can’t believe the NY Times wants you to pay to read it. So here it is: Kristof’s latest article on Darfur … and Chad.

June 25, 2006

Fighting Words

Guest post by tf I have been silent since my brief guest blogging, but I could not let this oversight by The New York Times go unremarked. Elaine

June 21, 2006

Gujarat Police Academy

One of the most moving experiences we had when shooting the film was a performance arranged for the cadets at the Gujarat Police Academy. It will

June 17, 2006

US Democracy

Michelle Wang 王美琇 has an editorial in the Taipei Times, entitled “Looking at the recall bid with a foreign eye.” The point of the article is to show

June 12, 2006

Porgera

Fellow Savage Mind, Alex Golub, was interviewed extensively for this excellent article in the Ottawa Citizen about conflict between a Canadian

June 10, 2006

Herring

I’m inclined to agree with Jonathan Freedland when he argues that the gay marriage amendment is little more than a red herring. This is backed up by

June 9, 2006

10-10 vs. The Sun

Years ago I read a paper* about politics and architecture in Taipei which pointed out (among other things) the ways in which architecture and

May 27, 2006

Insurmountable Immunity

This has to be stopped. The Bush administration has asked federal judges in New York and Michigan to dismiss a pair of lawsuits filed over the

May 27, 2006

Incarceration Rates

Kieran Healy recently posted this chart showing incarceration rates in the US compared to other “basically well-functioning advanced capitalist

May 18, 2006

Brave New China

In Aldous Huxley’s book Brave New World writers and intellectuals are banished to an island where they have complete freedom to say and do whatever

May 15, 2006

911 for Beginners

One of my Taiwanese students was watching “The West Wing” and had some questions for me. Blaming the poor coverage of America’s War on Terror in the

May 13, 2006

Adivasi Rebels

In April I wrote about the growing Maoist movement in India, and how the Maoists are increasingly getting support from rural peasants and Adivasis

April 22, 2006

Cold War?

Could it be that Bush and Hu are having a Cold War and the rest of us haven’t been invited? Howard French thinks the Chinese are following a cold

April 22, 2006

Immigration vs. Wages

One of the most interesting debates to arise out of the recent national debate on immigration is whether or not immigration drives down the wages of

April 21, 2006

Suspended Animation

Last year I had an opportunity in New York to hear a report from Robert Weil, the author of Red Cat, White Cat, who had just come back from China

April 21, 2006

Abu Bakker Qassim & A’del Abdu al-Hakim

A longish title for a Keywords post, but these names are important to remember. They are the two Uighurs who remain in prison in Guantanamo four

April 21, 2006

Abu Bakker Qassim & A’del Abdu al-Hakim

A longish title for a Keywords post, but these names are important to remember. They are the two Uighurs who remain in prison in Guantanamo four

April 19, 2006

Monster

{bush, cart, war on terror}

April 15, 2006

Indoctrination

I never knew it, but it seems that my childhood education at the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York was really a

April 12, 2006

Naxalbari

When I wrote my post, this past January, about farmer suicides in India, I had originally wanted to add information about the growing Maoist

April 8, 2006

Deconstruction

According to John Berger (of Ways of Seeing fame, who is now a novelist living in France), the real masters of postmodern deconstruction are not

April 6, 2006

Capitalisms

Quotes like this one from the Economist are tiresome: It is true that the forces of global capitalism are not always benign, but nobody has yet

April 6, 2006

Employment Protection

At the heart of France’s protests are efforts to reform the labor market. In light of that it is worth reading this article by Mark Weisbrot: The

March 27, 2006

Landlocked

For developing countries, being landlocked poses a special burden: Consider these statistics. Outside of western and central Europe, the average

March 26, 2006

106 Houses!

Last night Shashwati and I called Roxy in Chharanager and heard some terrific news. (Skype’s conference calling feature is amazing!) Just after New

March 24, 2006

Obscure Characters

In Taiwan it is not uncommon for someone to change the character used to write their name as a means of averting a streak of bad luck. Although

January 31, 2006

The Other Half

An important new group blog has been launched. Here is a statement from one of the inaugural posts on the blog How the Other Half Lives: In this

January 30, 2006

Kalinga Nagar

Last summer I wrote about an incident that took place in Orrisa when tribals protested plans to mine their sacred land. Tensions have only increased

January 24, 2006

Forewarned

First there was the PDB, a memo, entitled “Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S.” Today the Washington Post reports a dual find. An NISAC

January 21, 2006

Unembedded

About a year ago I blogged about coming across an online exhibit including photos of an old friend of mine, Thorne Anderson, who I hadn’t seen in a

January 20, 2006

Cultural Center

It is hard to understate the dramatic nature of the transformation Budhan Theatre has wrought on Chharangar. In the past, only policemen and

January 15, 2006

Candidate

Guest post by tf France’s next presidential elections are due in about fifteen months: the first round in April 2007 and, since it is extremely

January 7, 2006

New Year

Guest post by tf In the States, it is customary to wish people a happy new year. In France, I’ve been learning, that is insufficient. “Happy New

January 7, 2006

Mujhe Mat Maro Saab

Two days ago we filmed a protest play performed by the Budhan Theatre in front of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad. The play

January 3, 2006

Maninagar

The other day we visited Maninagar with Dakxin Bajrange. Maninagar is now little more than a street lined with tents. The people there used to have

January 1, 2006

Polygamy

**Guest post by tf Polygamy has become a bogeyman in polemics in both the United States and in France recently, but for different reasons. In the

December 28, 2005

Benefits

Guest post by tf Lieutenant Laurel Hester, an investigator with the Ocean County, New Jersey, prosecutor’s office, is gravely ill, and would like

December 24, 2005

For Dummies

Guest post by tf The book Tropical Colonization: An Introduction to the Study of the Subject by Alleyne Ireland (New York: Macmillan, 1899) uses

December 17, 2005

Courage

Guest post by tf Daniel Schneidermann lost his job because he spoke out. Now his associate, Judith Bernard, has had a job offer withdrawn because

December 12, 2005

Reading

Guest post by tf Fifteen percent of French students leave elementary school without being able to read properly, according to Ministry of Education

December 10, 2005

Represent

Guest post by tf What is the CRAN? If you rely on The New York Times for your news, you don’t know. Same thing if your source is The Wall Street

December 9, 2005

Fair Use

Guest post by tf The French government plans to introduce a draconian copyright law, the DADVSI, to be discussed in parliament on December 20th and

December 5, 2005

Blackboard

Guest post by tf Blackboard is an online system used by many universities, in the United States and elsewhere, to animate classroom discussions

December 2, 2005

Bus Lanes

**Guest post by tf The streets are a mess in Paris, as the Delanoë administration carries out its Mobilien project of constructing reserved lanes

November 30, 2005

Topknot

Guest post by tf One consequence of France’s law against the headscarf has been that Sikh boys cannot attend public school if they wear topknots or

November 29, 2005

Safer?

In his recent speech VP Dick Cheney said: those who advocate a sudden withdrawal from Iraq should answer a few simple questions: Would the United

November 27, 2005

National Intelligence Estimate

Last week, former Senator Bob Graham wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post where he disclosed how the administration withheld and manipulated

November 27, 2005

Bruce Lee

The people of the Balkans may not be able to agree about much, but they can agree about one thing: they all love Bruce Lee! I was going to blog

November 23, 2005

Declare

If the Bush administration has an ideology, it is that of executive power. John Yoo, now a Berkeley law professor, formerly a “mid-level attorney in

November 20, 2005

Passbook

Writer Dilip D’Souza, a long time advocate of India’s Denotified Tribes, or DNTs, has a moving post promoting our film. He draws from his book,

November 18, 2005

Ghost Town

This amazing map, “based on more than 40,000 postings on Internet ‘safe lists’ by Katrina survivors” and documenting the migration of a small

November 18, 2005

Voter Identification

The Justice Department overruled objections to a Georgia voter-identification law: A team of Justice Department lawyers and analysts who reviewed a

November 17, 2005

Equanimity

Tehelka reporter Sonia Faleiro has written a wonderful story about Chharanagar, which she’s posted up on her blog, along with some pictures she took

November 14, 2005

Beveridge vs. Bismarck

Taiwanese love to complain about their country and how it is going down the drain. And they also like to idealize how much more advanced and modern

November 7, 2005

Endorsements

Here is a good overview of political endorsements for tomorrow’s NY mayoral election. Interestingly, a number of unions are supporting Bloomberg:

November 7, 2005

Neurobiology vs. Psychoanalysis

My brother reports on how the media is reacting to the riots in France: My favorite TV program for the examination of television, Arrêt sur Images,

November 6, 2005

Falsity

Post of the month: It turns out that the false information about Iraq’s supposedly training al-Qaeda operatives in the use of chemical and

November 2, 2005

Moral Considerations

I recently read the following in a New Yorker article: Scowcroft is a protégé of Henry Kissinger—he was his deputy when Kissinger was Richard

October 30, 2005

Presidential Seal

Bush v. The Onion: You might have thought that the White House had enough on its plate late last month, what with its search for a new Supreme

October 29, 2005

Body Count

A very well done and important story on This American Life: About a year ago, a study estimated the number of civilian casualties in Iraq. It came

October 27, 2005

Turning Tide

Except for, perhaps, Davis-Bacon, you are probably well aware of all of these stories, but nothing makes me happy than a nice list: Harriet Miers

October 21, 2005

Legal Fiction

Jeffrey Rosen called Chicago law professor Richard Epstein the “intellectual guru” of a movement to “resurrect the Constitution in Exile,” meaning

October 19, 2005

Morally Complex

Amardeep wrote a short review of Acting Like a Thief: I downloaded and watched the clip, and would definitely recommend it: another glimpse on how

October 18, 2005

Peace Keeping

The BBC reports on a new study which claims that wars are less frequent and less deadly now than they were before. Surprisingly, one of the factors

October 17, 2005

Hindu Extremists

While most educated people who read the papers regularly have a vague understanding that there were communal riots in India in the recent past,

October 17, 2005

Acting Like a Thief

Announcing Acting Like a Thief! Now available as a free BitTorrent download or, for a $50 donation, as a DVD. Acting Like a Thief is a short film

October 16, 2005

Pakistan

I know everyone’s budget is drained, but please give something to help Pakistan. This post at Cliopatria recommends some charities you might not

October 15, 2005

The Creamy Layer

I love Indian bureaucratese! My new favorite term is “the creamy layer” which I came across while doing research for the film. On this “central list

October 13, 2005

Democrats vs. Democracy

A lot of the discussion around Hacker and Pierson’s new book focuses on how the Democratic party can wrest control away from the Republicans. What

October 12, 2005

Executive Power

I was going to write a post about how Bush’s supreme court choices were all about boosting the power of the executive branch, but fortunately I

October 12, 2005

Clinical Trials

I’m a huge fan of director Fernando Meirelles after seeing City of God, and I wasn’t disappointed with his breakthrough Hollywood movie, The

October 10, 2005

Membership

There is a debate brewing in the wake of Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s new book, Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American

October 6, 2005

Avian Flu

The latest round of avian flu may or may not be like the 1918 epidemic that killed 50 million people. We can’t know what will happen, just as we

October 3, 2005

Restraint

Regarding Harriet Miers, who was picked by Bush to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Bill

October 1, 2005

Community Access TV

OK, I’ll admit that I consider most community access television shows to be a joke, especially Rabbi Mordechai Friedman’s “Judaism, The Series”

October 1, 2005

Brooklyn to Pristina

I haven’t yet seen the new movie Lord of War, where Nicholas Cage plays an international arms dealer, but I have seen POV’s excellent documentary

September 20, 2005

Katrina’s Poor

It’s been so long since my roundup on race, poverty and Katrina, that a new post is needed. First, some hard numbers on poverty in New Orleans, how

September 19, 2005

Adieu Krugman!

I just learned via Crooked Timber that one now has to pay $50 a year to gain access to the New York Times Op-Ed page. I’ll occasionally read

September 15, 2005

Hooch and Hamlet

This December, Shashwati and I are going to India to shoot a documentary film about the residents of one city’s slum who are using theatre to fight

September 14, 2005

John Roberts

I haven’t blogged about Roberts because there doesn’t seem to be any point. He will be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He may even be,

September 14, 2005

Blog Tabloid

John Emerson’s concept of a blog tabloid is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but I know realize I was thinking about it all

September 11, 2005

Davis-Bacon

I’m really at a loss for words. What the victims of Katrina need most right now are jobs to help them get back on their feet. The best bet would be

September 9, 2005

Upside-down

Can anyone explain this? Make sure to read Bob’s post before offering any answers. For instance: I’ve received numerous emails explaining that all

September 9, 2005

Japanese History

I missed this post by Tak at the time. It discusses the recent availability online of translations of Japanese history textbooks for middle-school:

September 7, 2005

Bankrupt Values

Peter G. Gosselin has a very important story in the L.A. Times: But unless changes are made to an overhaul of the nation’s bankruptcy law due to

September 5, 2005

Damage Control

I am now adding a third post to the list of Katrina posts I am updating. The first, about government irresponsibility, is here. The second about

September 4, 2005

Super Girls

I’ve been meaning to blog about “Super Girls” for a while, fortunately, Frank Dai has done such a good round-up of Super Girls coverage that I don’t

September 4, 2005

People Finder

I was going to write about how you can help out victims of Katrina by volunteering your time to enter data into the People Finder database, but I

September 3, 2005

Ray Nagin

If you haven’t heard it already, listen now. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s radio interview will go down in history as the most frank and direct

September 3, 2005

Help ACORN!

What is ACORN? the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation’s largest community organization of low- and

September 2, 2005

SS Deep Dixie

I earlier referred to Amardeep’s post on issues of race in the coverage of Katrina: First, have you noticed that numerous articles refer to the

September 2, 2005

Displacement

The largest displacement of Americans since the Civil War reverberated across the country from its starting point in New Orleans yesterday, as more

September 2, 2005

Looting

(Via Left I on the News, who has additional comments.) {katrina}

August 30, 2005

New Orleans

I find it difficult to write about New Orleans. I’ve only visited the city twice, but really loved it. I especially loved the wonderful hospitality

August 21, 2005

Gaza

There are three aspects of the recent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza which interest me: Why did they do it? Can Gaza survive? And what’s next? First,

August 20, 2005

Undervotes

I’ve stayed out of the whole “stolen” election issue, because I tend to believe that both sides play pretty dirty whenever they can. I’m all for

August 18, 2005

Catch-22

Just watched the film, Catch-22. I read the book so long ago that I didn’t feel any need to compare it to the original, and so quite liked it.

August 15, 2005

Camp Casey

Watch the video. Join a vigil this Wednesday. (via BoingBoing) UPDATE: Vigil pics from Flickr. {Cindy Sheehan}

August 11, 2005

’Allo, ’Allo

From The Christian Science Monitor, English is increasingly the language of French businesses: In a recent survey of 26 of France’s largest

August 11, 2005

Labor Split

I’ve been trying to keep up with the responses to last week’s big news about the AFL-CIO split. Kim Scipes’ roundup is by far the most thorough if

August 11, 2005

74,000 Protests

What is interesting about this story from the Washington Post isn’t the sheer number of Chinese engaged in (often violent) protests against the

July 31, 2005

Kitman ’64

There was a lot of discussion on the web, a while back, about Rick Perlstein’s excellent book on the history of the 1964 Goldwater campaign: Before

July 31, 2005

Prince Turki

The New York Times today has an editorial about Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to the United States. They give him feint praise, while noting that

July 24, 2005

Culture Talk

I wrote a longish post about the roots of global jihad over at Savage Minds. Here is an excerpt: The argument isn’t simply that they are responding

July 15, 2005

Shibboleth

Via Language Hat, a New York Times article by Howard French on the complex linguistic situation in China. For China, the consequences of this

July 15, 2005

Failure

One of the things I try to explain in my dissertation is the failure of Taiwan’s current educational policies. What do I mean by failure? This is a

July 15, 2005

House of Labor

I’ve added it to my blogroll, but it really deserves its own post. Nathan Newman has joined the borg at TPMCafe and is blogging up a storm about

July 14, 2005

Second-Generation

I haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, but I can assure you that they will be issuing new printings of both versions of Hanif Kureishi’s My Son

July 14, 2005

Schmidt

Don’t blog Andrew Sullivan much around here, but this is a must: One great merit of the Schmidt report — which is otherwise

July 10, 2005

City Mouse

I’ve been aware of the urban-rural divide ever since I read City Mouse-Country Mouse, but this graphic of the last election really put things in

July 3, 2005

Live8

I didn’t see the concert, but I’ve been following responses on the blogsphere. Here are some highlights: Ethan Zukerman wonders whether the whole

June 26, 2005

Balance of Power

Rick Perlstein, Henry Farell, Matt Yglesias, and Kevin Drum are all asking the same thing: What is the next big idea that can help re-brand the

June 25, 2005

Squatter Cities

Squatter City is a blog devoted to bringing attention to scenes like this all over the world, where urban slums are being “cleared” often

June 23, 2005

What’s happening in Kashipur? [Invited Post]

This post is by filmmaker Vinod Raja. On the 25th May I was attacked while filming a peaceful rally by the Kue Kondhs, an Adivasi (tribal) community

June 16, 2005

D’oh!

This map alone will make sure that this episode of the Simpsons will be banned in China. Notice how Taiwan is a different color and written in a

June 15, 2005

Economic Interests

This is why Kevin Drum is still my first stop on the web: This gets to an issue I’ve long had with the whole “voting against their economic

June 2, 2005

Okrent

So long Daniel Okrent. I can’t say I care. I never learned anything from his pieces, and I can’t say he did much to affect editorial decisions at

June 1, 2005

The Anti-Clinton

John Edwards is guest blogging over at the new TPM Cafe web site. If I was luke warm about him as a presidential candidate, all that has changed. He

May 31, 2005

Deep Throat

Nixon and his crew suspected Felt (because they mistakenly thought he was Jewish), but dismissed the idea (because they mistakenly thought he would

May 25, 2005

Centered

According to Max Sawicky, and I think he’s right, the real story behind the filibuster compromise is that the Democrats have helped strengthen the

May 22, 2005

Dilawar

Jeanne, who is going to join Tom Tomorrow in what is turning into a wonderful group blog, has been doing some good blogging on the Afghan prisoner

May 17, 2005

Mandatory Reading

With Savage Minds, grading, and preparing for my upcoming trip to Taiwan keeping me busy, I don’t have much time to blog. But everyone should take

May 17, 2005

Commodity Fetishism

Over at Savage Minds I have a post about consumerism and inequality. Here is a taste: Unfortunately, today’s anthropologists seem to be

May 17, 2005

Newsweek

That was then: It is the judgment of our commander in Afghanistan, General Eichenberry, that in fact the violence that we saw in Jalalabad was not

May 13, 2005

David Graeber

From an article in Zmag: [Anthropologist] David Graeber, was fired from Yale University a few days ago. Of course, that wasn’t the official

May 10, 2005

InfoFlags

A team of artists from Brazil and Portugal has produced this wonderful series of flags-as-infographics, discussing pressing social issues. Here is

May 6, 2005

MI-6

Knight Ridder finally reports on the memo from Britain’s MI-6 that was leaked to the press in England before the election. Kevin Drum sums up the

May 3, 2005

Schiavo II Update

Last week I discussed a 13 year old Florida girl who was being prevented by the state (her legal guardian) from having an abortion. Today a court

May 3, 2005

Food Stamps

More of New York City’s working poor are using food stamps: Even as welfare rolls have dropped, food stamp use has increased over the last few

May 2, 2005

Brawl

ESWN has a report on the brawl that broke out at Chiang Kai Shek Airport in Taiwan prior to Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Lien Chan’s

May 2, 2005

Objectivity and Balance

A recent NY Times story about Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, Republican chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), describes him as

May 1, 2005

Oldicaid

Uggabugga on Bush’s Social Security reform: {bush, social security}

April 30, 2005

Schiavo II

Here we go again … A pregnant 13-year-old girl in Florida has been told she cannot have an abortion because she lacks the maturity to make such a

April 27, 2005

Cables

What really impresses me about President Bush is his almost instinctual ability to choose and elevate to positions of power people who go beyond the

April 27, 2005

Olympics

Why is New York City spending millions of dollars advertising the Olympics to its own citizens? I’m sick and tired of seeing ads for the Olympics

April 23, 2005

Memos

Alan Berlow’s Atlantic Monthly article about death penalty memos written by White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to then-Governor George Bush is

April 21, 2005

Peking Man

This post was occasioned by a news article, discovered on Howard French’s blog, about a recent Chinese study which “found that Chinese ancestors set

April 20, 2005

Viable

So much discussion about the Middle East is backward-looking, apportioning guilt and blame, while very little seems to ask what would be necessary

April 19, 2005

Public Spending

There has been a fair amount of discussion lately about how nationalized health care actually works better than the crazy system we have here in the

April 18, 2005

Horror Movie

No need to see House of Wax, here is a 30 second horror movie that will scare the shit out of you! {documentary, video, nationalism, india}

April 16, 2005

Pollution & Nationalism

Two protests, two Chinas, each explaining the other. And yet, I have to admit being somewhat overwhelmed and baffled by the whole thing. So please

April 16, 2005

Debt Ownership Society

A recent compendium and analysis of U.S. labor market statistics, the State of Working America, has some interesting data that is relevant to the

April 16, 2005

Pollution & Nationalism

Two protests, two Chinas, each explaining the other. And yet, I have to admit being somewhat overwhelmed and baffled by the whole thing. So please

April 14, 2005

Public Access

In March, I posted a letter by a friend, Thom Powers, to Hillary Clinton. He suggested that the solution to concerns about sex and violence in the

April 14, 2005

Ivy Strike

Graduate student teachers at Yale and Columbia universities are on strike to demand the right to form a union (recently denied to private schools by

April 14, 2005

Crowley

Even though the new bankruptcy law will hit New Yorkers harder than the population as a whole, New York congressman Joseph Crowley was one of 73

April 14, 2005

Alternatives

In discussing public policy, most pundits would have us believe that our only choices are: A. government regulation. Or, B. the free market. The

April 14, 2005

Serving

Over one million U.S. soldiers have served in the wars following 9/11. In just three and half years that’s “one-third the number of troops ever

April 13, 2005

African Natives

It was just a matter of time before something like this happened (via the Taipei Kid). Taiwan on Tuesday apologized for offending African

April 13, 2005

Yasukuni

A great post over at ESWN about a Taiwanese pro-independence politician, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強), who visited

April 12, 2005

Queue

Ted Barlow reprises an old post about health care, and it is still just as relevant. Nothing new here: the Europeans do it better, our system is

April 12, 2005

MoveOn Moves

I suppose late is better than never, but MoveOn has finally decided to get onboard with the fight against the bankruptcy

April 12, 2005

Hostages

I’m glad to know that the United States Army does not take hostages. Because, you know, it wouldn’t look good if they did. Also, see Body and Soul

April 12, 2005

Evidence

1,806 people were arrested in New York during the Republican Convention. It is now clear that the police were simply harassing people to limit their

April 7, 2005

Two Face

Whether or not Liu Xiaobo’s 刘晓波 accusations [Chinese link infected with malware] are true, the concept is fascinating. He is accusing Li Xiguang

April 6, 2005

Prudence

Richard Posner, federal judge, professor at the University of Chicago, father of the law and economics movement, and now a blogger as well, has

April 4, 2005

Expendable

The hunger strike by students supporting a guaranteed living wage at Georgetown was a success. According to the DC labor web site (where I can no

March 29, 2005

Miss America Conservatives

Sometimes a blog post deserves to be quoted at length. Such is the case with this post from Mark Schmitt: I’m tired of giving quasi-conservatives

March 27, 2005

Statistics

Writing in Mother Jones, Bradford Plumer says we need better statistics to gauge the situation in Iraq: according to the Pentagon’s own estimates,

March 27, 2005

Discrepancies

Nathan Newman asks why the Republicans aren’t planning on fixing racial differences in health care, when they have so recently been willing to

March 26, 2005

Last Supper

This ad, by French clothing company, Marithe et François Girbaud has caused a big stir in Europe: It wasn’t just that it was based on Leonardo’s

March 24, 2005

Death

used to be viewed as a natural phenomenon. Now we know better. The average life expectancy of adult humans has more than doubled in the last

March 23, 2005

Fetish

This is just too weird to ignore. Scroll down for the punch line. (via Kevin Drum) {bush, bald, photos}

March 21, 2005

Finance

Campaign Contributions from the Finance/Credit Industry to Current Senators, ’99-’04 An analysis of the contributions shows that senators who voted

March 17, 2005

Propaganda

The Center for Media and Democracy is working with Free Press to gather a quarter million signatures on our petition mobilizing the American public

March 16, 2005

Hillary?

Courtesy of The Onion:

March 14, 2005

HR 685

I never liked Congressman Crawley, our congressman from Queens, so I wasn’t surprised to learn that he is one of the cosponsors of House bill H.R.

March 12, 2005

TV Violence

A friend wrote this letter to Hillary Clinton, in response to this story. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton United States Senate 476 Russell Senate

March 11, 2005

Spell Check

From the BBC: Typing Error Causes Nuclear Scare The Sudanese government had a nasty shock this week, when it read on a US Congress website that the

March 11, 2005

Bankruptcy Bill Update

As the bankruptcy bill passes in the Senate, with a vote of 74-25 (Hillary Clinton abstaining because of her husband’s surgery). But the fight isn’t

March 9, 2005

Bankruptcy Roundup

A special Roundup just on the Bankruptcy Bill: Elizabeth Warren, professor at Harvard Law, and frequent commentator on Now, has teamed up with Josh

March 8, 2005

Free Speech

In my last post on Ward Churchill, I wrote: If Churchill did deliberately misrepresent the work of other scholars, his academic status should be

March 6, 2005

Complexity

One of the biggest problems with political activists — wherever they lie on the left-right spectrum — is the

March 6, 2005

Roadblock

Why, even though I do believe that journalists have been targeted in the past by US forces, I don’t think freed Italian hostage, Giuliana Sgrena was

March 6, 2005

Uncensored

Detail from Amusement park — Baghdad, copyright Thorne Anderson

March 5, 2005

Triskelion

In the Star Trek episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion” prisoners are controlled through collars around their necks. While Homeland Security

March 5, 2005

MetroCard

This is a little late, but I’ve been meaning to blog about the recent MTA fare hike. Actually, unlike previous fare hikes, they didn’t raise the

March 5, 2005

Arash Sigarchi

Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) has a campaign to send letters on behalf of an imprisoned Iranian blogger:

March 1, 2005

Complacency

My friend Joe Sacco, already well known for his cartoon journalism in Palestine and Bosnia has a piece in this week’s Guardian about his month

February 26, 2005

Roundup

Around the web: Who the heck is Kurban Said? Every Calvin and Hobbes (via Incoming Signals) Fascinating Occupations Seven Mistakes Superheroines

February 21, 2005

Shake Down

Are Republican leaders trying to shake down the AARP so as to get concessions on social security “reform”? It sure looks that way. House Majority

February 21, 2005

Dissertation

No need to wait for the book, the curious can download my dissertation right now: Learning “Local” Languages: Passive Revolution, Language Markets,

February 21, 2005

Chronotope

Afghanistan is unique, utterly unlike any other war-ravaged landscape. In Bosnia, Dresden or the Somme for example, the devastation appears to

February 17, 2005

Nepal

Has the Nepali king’s coup helped him in the battle against Maoists? One Indian official has this insightful comment: “at least 40% of the army’s

February 16, 2005

Mobilization

… despite the outcome of the election, Democrats outmobilized Republicans in 2004. In addition, the 2004 results indicate that Democratic

February 15, 2005

Leninism

In his op-ed today, Krugman mentions that much of the strategy for social security “reform” was laid out in a 1983 article in the Cato Journal. What

February 14, 2005

Churchill

I have not commented on the Ward Churchill controversy for one simple reason: I’ve never read his work. For those who don’t know, Churchill has

February 14, 2005

Sentimentality

One of my favorite films of the past few years is the poetic “Elephant” (2003, Gus Van Sant). It was widely attacked by critics for not taking a

February 13, 2005

Underreported

Doctors Without Borders has a list of the “Top 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2004.” Get informed. {media, news, crisis,

February 13, 2005

Martinez

This is a story that would certainly be generating much bigger waves if it involved a Democrat, rather than a pro-torture (i.e. pro-Gonzales)

February 8, 2005

Roundup

From around the web: Google Maps! (via the Map Room) How to fold a map. (Via 43 folders.) AppRocket — looks like Quicksilver

February 8, 2005

Yudhoyono

On February 6th, Human Rights Watch wrote the following letter to President Yudhoyono of Indonesia: You have made it clear in the past that, unlike

February 5, 2005

Morality

Remember how, when Gore chose Liberman as his running mate, everyone spoke about what a “moral” man Liberman is? Gore’s reason for choosing

February 3, 2005

Hamilton

“Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America” is an exhibit at the New York Historical Society. I haven’t seen this exhibit, nor do I intend

January 29, 2005

Bigotry

Krugman, after showing that Bush’s “claim that blacks get a bad deal from Social Security is false” (because the higher death rate among blacks is

January 18, 2005

Roundup

Agencies tasked with defending America from terrorism were among the top employers of workers with phony diplomas. (via Scott Sommers) How crazy

January 7, 2005

DNT

In my last post I wrote about India’s Adivasis, or “Scheduled Tribes.” Accounting for over 85 million people, they account for the bulk of India’s

January 6, 2005

Adivasi

India is a settler state, like Australia, the United States, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Taiwan, and many other states where the indigenous

January 5, 2005

Acehnese

Just about a year before the Tsunami struck, I wrote a post on Aceh, decrying human rights abuses in the region. A recent article in the Straits

December 3, 2004

Abortion

Yesterday, Terry Gross interviewed filmmakers Calvin Skaggs and David Van Taylor who made With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the

December 3, 2004

Bernard Kerik

Who is Bernard Kerik? After reading the answer you just might wish Tom Ridge hadn’t stepped down …

November 29, 2004

Southern Women

David Gergen is the director of the Center for Public Leadership in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served in the

November 28, 2004

McCarthyism

Nathan Newman has an important post about attacks on Columbia University professors who express anti-Israeli views. Professors who have voiced

November 26, 2004

Ukraine Rumors

Is the government burning documents, just like happened in Georgia before the government fell? Will the Ukraine split in two? Have the military

November 26, 2004

Blue vs. Orange

Like Red vs. Blue in the US, but Ukrainian style. And here his Blue vs. Orange in pictures. Looks like there is some kind of a settlement. (via

November 26, 2004

Sign Language

The sign language presenter on the Ukrainian state-run television station “rejected the pro-government script and informed her viewers instead of

November 25, 2004

Class War

Drew Beck brings my attention to this Žižek essay (also here) on the book everyone has been talking about since even before election day: Thomas

November 25, 2004

Ukraine

Some interesting posts on the situation in the Ukraine: Jonathan Edelstein on the Jews of the Ukraine Extensive coverage at A Fistful of Euros A

November 24, 2004

Great Firewall

Dan Gillmor has an interesting piece on blogging in China. Blogging isn’t big business here, at least not yet. At least three blog software

November 23, 2004

Pseudo Fascism

No time to write much these days, but please take the time to read David Neiwert’s 7 part article on “The Rise of Pseudo Fascism.” Some

November 20, 2004

Civil Unions

It turns out that many of the states which banned same-sex marriage unwittingly also banned civil unions — even though most

November 17, 2004

Flip-Flop

Speaking in the House on July 27, 1848, Congressman Abraham Lincoln of Illinois tried to explain why he was first against the (Mexican-American)

November 15, 2004

Regression

Dalton Conley has an interesting Op-Ed in the NY Times suggesting that Democrats accept a more regressive taxation system (i.e. taxing sales instead

November 14, 2004

War Stress

In Iraq, counselors are helping U.S. soldiers develop coping skills so that they can handle the stress of combat. But doctors are finding growing

November 13, 2004

Sorry World!

The Sorry Everybody website is collecting hundreds and hundreds of pictures of Americans apologizing to the world for having not done more to

November 9, 2004

Good Riddance

Good riddance! They can’t find anyone worse, right? … Right!? UPDATE: As Leila points out, it looks like Alberto Gonazales will be the next Attorney

November 9, 2004

Exit Poll

DonkeyRising has some interesting analysis of this year’s exit polls: Working class women voted for Bush: the Institute for America’s Future and

November 6, 2004

Ten Point Plan

Mike at Ishbaddidle has a 10-point plan to take back the country. I especially like point #4 “Get Beyond Red and Blue” which I will copy here, since

November 6, 2004

Video the Vote

Michael Moore arranged for teams of videographers to document electoral abuses. Here is a short clip of footage from Cleveland Ohio. In it

November 6, 2004

Interests

Timothy Burke, remarking on Tommy Frank’s Op-Ed column in today’s Times, on the division between Red and Blue States, says: You cannot promise to

November 6, 2004

1896

Following up on my recent post-election map post, here are two interesting historical maps. Look familiar? The 1896 election: And a map of free

November 5, 2004

Arafat

Here is some useful reporting you won’t get in the BBC: Officials have gone out of their way to avoid the appearance of a coup after media reports

November 4, 2004

Purple

Red vs. Blue have you down? Here are some other ways of looking at the results. By county (I don’t have time to make a picture of it, but I

November 3, 2004

Lost

in no particular order, The lives of more soldiers fighting more senseless wars Health care reform A raise in the minimum wage Women’s right

November 3, 2004

Youth

Looks like the black-hooded marchersmoshers didn’t come to our rescue as we had hoped. This was not the breakout year for young voters that some

November 3, 2004

Confidence

Couldn’t sleep. Ohio still too close to call. How could it be so close? Perhaps the answer is in the story of Ms. Medvedeva, a “young, brown-eyed

November 3, 2004

Dissident

Welcome to the ranks! A dissident is a person that actively opposes the established order. The term is most often used to refer to political

November 3, 2004

Courage

There is no doubt in my mind that if Kerry had voted against the war he would have won by a clear margin. No war record could possibly make him look

November 2, 2004

Poll Closings

CNN seems like a good place to be online tonight: Here is where they will post state-by-state data as it rolls in. From the above map it seems like

November 2, 2004

Food Fight

Sorry, with my thesis due so soon I’ve been negligent on covering the connection between food and politics in Taiwan. But how could I have missed

November 1, 2004

Supporters

This explains a lot. Nonpartisan, academic poll found 72 percent of Bush supporters still believe Iraq had WMD. 75 percent think Iraq gave

October 31, 2004

November 3rd

If things go wrong on November 2nd, the No Stolen Elections website is the place to go: Our goal is to support existing election protection work

October 30, 2004

Mosh

Mark Liberman on Marshall Mather: If Mosh helps energize voting among American youth, it’ll be a triumph. But I’m still a little uneasy about all

October 29, 2004

Bollywood Terror

Shashwati has decided to bypass the festival circuit and post some of her short pieces directly over the internet. You can see the first one here:

October 27, 2004

Download Fahrenheit 9/11

If you haven’t seen it, Download “Fahrenheit 9/11″ here. Give it to your friends to watch before the election!

October 26, 2004

Cancer

Rehnquist is not the only member of the Court to have been diagnosed with cancer. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 71, had colon cancer, Sandra Day O”Conner,

October 24, 2004

Euro/Euras/Eurue/Eura…

Languaghat has previously covered controversies over how to spell “Euro”, but this latest one is truly hilarious: All official EU texts must be

October 24, 2004

Ownership

Geoff Nunberg has a LA Times op-ed on how difficult it is for Europeans to translate US political speech: when foreigners are scratching their

October 24, 2004

Idema

I’m really fascinated with the Keith Idema story. I’ve written about it twice before (here and here). But Stacy Sullivan’s extended New York

October 22, 2004

Tort

I have always found it interesting that there is tremendous anger at tort lawyers, but not at the insurance industry. How bad is the problem of

October 21, 2004

Mary Cheney

I didn’t know the full story: Well over a decade ago she was a PR rep for “Coors,” called into action to repair the damage caused by one of the

October 21, 2004

Morning After

Kevin Hayden at the American Street, asks: And what will become of the 5,936,237,541 political blogs AFTER the election? If Bush wins, I figure

October 19, 2004

Lesbian vs. Bin Laden

From MediaMatters.org: The media has devoted enormous attention to Senator John Kerry’s reference to Mary Cheney, Vice President Dick Cheney’s

October 19, 2004

Sinclair

I haven’t been blogging about Sinclair since so many other people have been doing it better. But I think it is exciting to report that the

October 18, 2004

Gerrymandering

I was listening to Weekend Edition on NPR and heard a pollster say “gerrymandering” with a hard “G,” as in “gate.” It turns out that such a

October 18, 2004

Hate Crimes

Boy is David Neiwert mad! I guess I must be horribly out of touch with the Republican version of reality, because I’m still not really certain what

October 17, 2004

Yellow Peril

I can’t tell you how often I’ve spoken to American middle class liberals whose biggest worry in life seems to be the population explosion amongst

October 16, 2004

Jon Stewart

If you haven’t seen the clip of Jon Stewart appearing on Crossfire, you can find links to download it here. I wanted to comment on something Jon

October 15, 2004

Pirates

I’ve recently had some comments posted from a 13 year old in Georgia. I welcome all my younger readers and encourage them to feel free to leave

October 14, 2004

NCLB

There is no doubt that Bush’s attempt to deflect discussion of jobs by talking about No Child Left Behind didn’t work. And Kerry did a great job

October 12, 2004

Body Counts

So orders came down from the generals in Baghdad, we want to clear the village, like in Samarra. And as he told the story, another platoon from his

October 12, 2004

Facts

Why wait for tomorrow night when Krugman has already fact-checked the debate today? And don’t miss Kevin Drum’s score card from the last debate.

October 10, 2004

Reading

Kevin Drum points to two very important articles (actually four, since the second one contains three parts). These are both really worth your time,

October 10, 2004

1969

My dad has a letter to the editor in today’s times, placing Afghanistan’s elections in a historical context: To the Editor: It is important to put

October 10, 2004

Code

Today Kevin Drum tells us that “‘Dred Scott’ is code for ‘Roe v. Wade’“, explaining Bush’s strange remarks about being against slavery during the

October 10, 2004

Poll Tax

From the Editorial Page of the New York Times, a sense of what we are up against: The Poll Tax, Updated When members of Mi Familia Vota, a Latino

October 9, 2004

Objective

My favorite quote from last night’s debate: The goal of the sanctions was not to remove Saddam Hussein, it was to remove the weapons of mass

October 9, 2004

De-Baathification

Newsweek has a story about Paul Bremer. It goes beyond his widely reported remarks regarding not having enough troops to discuss what many think was

October 8, 2004

El Salvador

Cheney tried to spin elections in Iraq by comparing them to those he had observed in El Salvador: CHENEY: Twenty years ago we had a similar

October 8, 2004

Backstage

The “is Bush wired?” story is getting more and more coverage. Salon has a story today. Much has been made of the fact that the debate rules were

October 7, 2004

Fear

This is the most scathing inditement I have seen of the Republican Party — and it is entirely constructed out of their own

October 6, 2004

Roundup

Busy, busy — so here is a roundup of posts worth reading: George Soros profits from Dick Cheney’s mistake. Why Bush uses the

October 6, 2004

Wordsworth

You got no choice that’s what you all been told to listen to. These criminals in the office want to control and limit you. All the political power

October 4, 2004

Tubes

I finally finished reading Sunday’s 15 page investigative report from the NY Times, probing the history of the administration’s claims that Iraq was

October 3, 2004

Downward Spiral

You may have seen this e-mail which is currently making the rounds. Boingboing.net confirms that it is, in fact, an e-mail from a Wall Street

October 3, 2004

Senate

If the Senate election were held today, the Democrats would take control of the Senate, 52-48 (counting independent Sen. Jeffords as a Democrat,

October 2, 2004

Grimace

If you haven’t seen the DNC’s video montage of Bush’s debate grimaces, “Faces of Frustration,” you should. This video poses the question of why a

October 2, 2004

Wrong War

It was my impression that Bush’s constant repetition of the phrase “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time” in an effort to discredit

October 1, 2004

Chalabi & Allawi

Juan Cole reports that the U.S. was planning to turn Iraq over to an Iranian agent: I have it from insiders that in April, 2003, Jay Garner let it

October 1, 2004

Chalabi & Allawi

Juan Cole reports that the U.S. was planning to turn Iraq over to an Iranian agent: I have it from insiders that in April, 2003, Jay Garner let it

October 1, 2004

Church

As a new DVD, “Faith in the White House,” portrays Bush as “God’s essential and irreplaceable warrior on Earth,” it is worth asking the question:

September 30, 2004

Debate #1

Kerry was much more clear and articulate than usual, and he didn’t mess up. Bush sounded a little nervous at times, and his sticking so closely to

September 29, 2004

November

Why do we hold elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November? Why early November? For much of our history America was a

September 29, 2004

Extraordinary Rendition

A law to legalize torture of suspected terrorists was slipped into the bill implementing the 9/11 Commission Report. Jeanne has the details.

September 28, 2004

Translation

This doesn’t surprise me: “The Justice Department’s translation mess has become a chronic problem that has obvious implications for our national

September 28, 2004

Sell Out

As much as I love Billmon’s web site, I wasn’t going to comment on his silly op-ed about how the good-old-days of blogging are behind us. Of course

September 28, 2004

Kerry’s medals

I’ve written several times about how I wish the Kerry campaign would leave the Vietnam stuff behind and move on, so I’m a little embarrassed to be

September 28, 2004

Picture Language

An amazing post at BoingBoing.net: a “visual language survival guide” used by coalition soldiers. It’s a sort of show-and-tell folding map intended

September 28, 2004

Upriver

I just don’t seem to be able to get out of Vietnam… A friend has co-produced a movie on the story Kerry has been trying hard to avoid

September 27, 2004

Debate

I only participated in a formal debate once, in high school, so I can’t really comment on the ground rules for the presidential debates; however,

September 27, 2004

Responsibility vs. Rights

I don’t normally resort to name-calling on this blog, but Ted Rall is an idiot. Here is what he says about voters who don’t know that Bush is rich,

September 27, 2004

Leverage

Carlos Fuentes on why multilateralism matters to Latin America: U.S. support for brutal dictatorships in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay in the name

September 26, 2004

Complexity

When the world’s problems come up in conversation, as they often do, there is a tendency for some people to sigh and complain about how “complex” it

September 25, 2004

珍珠奶茶

I wrote a post back in March about how Taiwanese politics was all about food. Well, today the BBC reports that the ministry of defense is responding

September 25, 2004

Distracted

My only post here about “Rathergate” was to say that it was an unfortunate distraction. Well, I didn’t realize how much of a distraction it really

September 25, 2004

Dangerman

Who is the most dangerous man in America? Thudfactor has the answer.

September 23, 2004

George Bush

Not the President, or his father, but the brother of their ancestor, Timothy Bush. I just visited the New York Public Library’s exhibit: Jewes in

September 23, 2004

What if…

Juan Cole imagines what America would look like if we were suffering what the Iraqis are suffering through: What if 3,300 Americans had died in car

September 23, 2004

0 for 5,000

Until it was reversed by a federal judge, a recent court case in Detroit was the only terrorist conviction obtained from the Justice Department’s

September 18, 2004

江澤民

If true, this is big news! Party sources said military chief Jiang Zemin 江澤民 was likely to give up his last post due to ill health, completing a

September 18, 2004

Labor Lobbyists

Mark Schmitt recalls being asked the question: “Do any of you seriously believe that it is possible to have a real progressive movement in this

September 17, 2004

Najaf Treat

The first day after 9-11 my Shashwati and I, worried by stories we had heard about a racist backlash, went to eat at our local Afghan kabob house to

September 17, 2004

Crackdown

Reporters Without Borders is outraged at this latest escalation in the government’s attempts to suppress the right to inform the public via the

September 14, 2004

Shia Strategy

In many of its colonies the British would often favor a single group as a quick means of gaining stability. Almost always the results were

September 13, 2004

Three Americas?

Republicans don’t live in John Edwards’ “two Americas” — they live in a third America, less polarized, where outside information doesn’t get

September 12, 2004

10 Weeks

MoveOn is doing a series of ads, each one by a famous director, for the 10 weeks counting down to the election. The ads are decent and effective,

September 11, 2004

Distraction

I don’t often agree with the New Republic, but I think they are dead-on when they say that any day in which Bush’s National Guard service is the

September 6, 2004

Evangelicals

Clearly, claims that evangelicals have hijacked the nation’s politics are greatly exaggerated. In fact, polling data show that President Bush’s

September 6, 2004

Undecided

I’m sorry, I refuse to show respect, tolerance, or “compassion” for the undecided voters who will ultimately decide our election. (Although I admire

September 5, 2004

Fear

The American Museum of the Moving Image has an excellent online exhibit on the history of political advertising. I especially liked there section on

September 4, 2004

Words v. Facts

For four years George W. Bush has used the power of words to overcome insurmountable facts. A hilarious, must-see video clip from the Daily Show,

September 4, 2004

Indiscriminate Arrests

That’s the number of people they are saying were arrested in New York during the Republican convention. A judge ordered that 500 of them be released

September 3, 2004

Tribunal

The L.A. Times has a scathing editorial against the Supreme Court ordered tribunals for the Guantanamo detainees. (The Supreme Court didn’t order

September 2, 2004

Lawrence Franklin

What does the story of a reserve Air Force colonel spying for Israel have to do with Iran? Everything, according this important article by Joshua

August 29, 2004

Freedom of Speech

From Boingboing.net, three stories on “freedom of speech” (1, 2, 3): First, a story from the ACLU, whose court filing was censored by the Justice

August 28, 2004

Posters

Enough about T-shirts. The RNC is in town and its poster time: And, from the New York Times: Scott Sala, a Republican with a blog called Slant

August 24, 2004

Cotton to It

I didn’t even realize that cotton was a verb. From The American Heritage Dictionary: To come to understand. Often used with to or onto: “The German

August 24, 2004

527s vs. 501(c)4

There has been a lot of talk about how hypocritical Bush is for asking Kerry to disavow 527s (such as MoveOn.org). As Nick Confessore writes: If

August 23, 2004

Senate

So what’s happening with the senate races? Electoral-vote.com has a rundown: In this year’s election, 19 seats currently held by Democrats and 15

August 22, 2004

RNC Protest Info

Two handy URLs for anyone planning on being in town during the RNC. (I’m still not sure whether I will be or not…): August 29 Protest: Directions

August 22, 2004

BCCI

The fact that George W Bush borrowed money from BCCI in 1987 but John Kerry launched the investigation in 1988 that eventually brought them down

August 22, 2004

Darfur

this is not the genocidal campaign of a government at the height of its ideological hubris, as the 1992 jihad against the Nuba was, or coldly

August 20, 2004

Cheese Steak

First, a little background: A cheese steak sandwich is not really a steak at all — it is a sandwich made with chipped steak,

August 20, 2004

Absentee Ballots

There was a lot of attention paid to the fact that Republicans in Florida were pushing voters to cast absentee ballots. But it seems that this is a

August 20, 2004

HalliburtonWatch.org

Everything you ever wanted to know about Halliburton, and more. Like this juicy tidbit: Halliburton announced yesterday that the Army would

August 19, 2004

Fundamentalism

I’m finally reading Mamdani’s book Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror (discussed previously here and here), and

August 19, 2004

Wag the Dog

Here is a fascinating terror alert timeline showing what else was happening whenever the department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert

August 18, 2004

Coming Out

August 17, 2004

Non-violence

In his book Stupid White Men, Michael Moore included an open letter to Palestinian President Arafat: I have the key to your success. I know how you

August 15, 2004

Talk to US

addresses a critical problem: US policies impact the whole world, but non-Americans have few ways to communicate directly with

August 15, 2004

Sudan

The Passion of the Present is “an independent, non-partisan, all-volunteer community initiative to stop the genocide in Sudan.” This link via

August 14, 2004

Savings

If you start knowing that “Wealthier people derive more of their income from returns on saving—both in dollar terms and as a proportion of

August 14, 2004

War on Immigrants

Two big changes in policy this week translate into a major assault by Bush on undocumented immigrants.

August 12, 2004

BlogAfrica

I’ve long been reading the multilingual blog, Blogalization, so I was very interested to read this article by one of its founders, Ethan Zuckerman,

August 11, 2004

Card Check

Via Nathan Newman, an important article on the legal threat to use of card checks for union organizing and media coverage of the issue. What is Card

August 9, 2004

Proportion

Mike has taken the electoral vote map from Electoral-Vote.com and modified it so that states are as large as their number of electoral votes:

August 8, 2004

Preparedness

Are you prepared? Using the threat of terrorism to scare voters: all of September will be “National Preparedness Month“

August 7, 2004

Top 10

Top Ten Post-War Contractors Ranked by Total Contract Value in Iraq and Afghanistan From 2002 through July 1, 2004 Kellogg, Brown & Root

August 6, 2004

Request for Photos

Organizers of an exhibition in Australia are looking for photos from around the world from the February 2003 anti-war march. It seems like a great

August 6, 2004

Predictions

It’s the economy, stupid: Today’s map is illustrative of what could actually happen in November. Bush wins Ohio by a substantial margin, wins

August 2, 2004

Making War

Does the U.S. go to war because it wants to, or because it has to? Jonathon Delacour has a thought provoking post on the subject, based, in part, on

July 31, 2004

Republicanism

No, not the American political party, but the French system of government. Writing in The Guardian, Jon Henely blames French anti-semitism on French

July 30, 2004

DNC Surprise

My first thought when Pakistan, on the eve of John Kerry’s speech at the DNC, announced the capture of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a top al-Qaeda

July 29, 2004

Reality TV

“Labor and Materials” is Iraq’s answer to “Extreme Home Makeover” and the country’s first reality TV show. In 15-minute episodes, broken windows

July 23, 2004

Dostum

General Dostum on Thursday resigned as President Karzai’s military adviser in order to stand against him in the poll on 9 October. This is very

July 22, 2004

Ordinary Crimes

The crime wave in Iraq is so bad that people cannot go shopping without protection, they cannot go for picnics on the river, and many families

July 22, 2004

Golda Meir

Gideon Levy, writing in Haaretz, asks what the Israeli papers would look like “if it were the reverse“: But when we’re implicated and the victims

July 20, 2004

Catch-22

If Washington has decided US troops do not need to be in Fallujah, why do they need to be in Karmah, or Shababi, presenting targets for the rebels?

July 18, 2004

Chicken

Why did the Iraqi Chicken cross the road? There are a bunch of different answers, but here is the one offered by army translators: Chicken he corss

July 18, 2004

Silence

This silence can not last. What are you still doing here? Click on the link! Now.

July 18, 2004

Betel Nut

Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) is the Vice President of Taiwan. She has always been criticized for being “outspoken.” Although I feel many of the things she’s

July 18, 2004

Censure

Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL) represents 600,000 Americans in the Duval County/Jacksonville area. She was censured by Congress for

July 17, 2004

Lançados

The term lançados is derived from the Portuguese verb “to throw out.” It refers to Portuguese settlers who came to the coast of West Africa as well

July 12, 2004

American Jews

Ever since the 1993 Oslo Accord proved that negotiations were possible, surveys have consistently found that 50 to 60 percent of American Jews

July 8, 2004

Nationalists

Tom Engelhardt points out that only Iraqi’s are “nationalists.” Americans on the other hand, are “patriots.” Here, for instance, is a passage,

July 8, 2004

Dynamic Duo

How long before cartoonists start depicting Kerry and Edwards and Batman and Robin? They just look like the Dynamic Duo in all those pictures. Is

July 5, 2004

July

will be slow around here. I’m upstate and can only get broadband intermittently. I’ll try to keep posting, but I can’t promise anything! If you

June 28, 2004

Telegraph

Read this hilarious series of telegraphs between British colonial officials in 1916, there is a punch-line at the end, so read the whole thing. Here

June 28, 2004

Detention

[A]s critical as the government’s interest may be in detaining those who actually pose an immediate threat to the national security of the United

June 28, 2004

Drive

Somebody’s set up a web site to coordinate voter-registration drives in swing-states. If you plan to take a trip this summer, maybe you could

June 27, 2004

Opening Weekend

“Fahrenheit 9/11,” has made over $21.8 million in three days. It took Moore’s Oscar winning “Bowling for Columbine,” nine months to earn $21.5

June 27, 2004

Arab Israeli

People tend to view Israeli politics entirely through the lens of relations between Israeli Jews and Palestinians, forgetting that there are many

June 26, 2004

Access

78% of South Koreans have broadband internet access. But none of them can access most blogs. Why? Because the government is trying to limit access

June 25, 2004

Jim Crow

Read this article (emphasis added): In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. “Spoiled votes” is

June 23, 2004

Winners!

The winners have been announced!!! Below are just some of the winning T-shirt designs from the Designs on the White House t-shirt contest. Support

June 22, 2004

URGENT

REQUEST FOR URGENT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP FIRST, I MUST SOLICIT YOUR STRICTEST CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION. THIS IS BY VIRTUE OF ITS NATURE AS

June 21, 2004

Under God

There has been great discussion of the phrase “under God” as it is used in the Pledge of Allegiance over at LanguageLog. The long and the short of

June 20, 2004

Kurds

That the Kurds are unhappy about being sidelined in the new Iraq is not news. That there is “ethnic clensing” of Arabs in areas that were “cleansed”

June 18, 2004

Disdain

The rising disdain of the press corps would be positively delightful — except for knowing that it took an unnecessary war, widespread torture,

June 17, 2004

Bruce

The Daily News is reporting rumors that Bruce Springsteen might perform opposite the Republican National Convention in New York: Democratic

June 17, 2004

Ethics

Republican logic: The Ethics in Nominations Project plans to assemble a group of ethicists to outline rules for how senators should deal with

June 15, 2004

Robes

On the recommendation of LanguageHat, I’ve been reading Abdelrahman Munif’s Cities of Salt trilogy. I just received the second volume, The Trench,

June 14, 2004

Memogate

Ashcroft’s arrogance knows no bounds. For those of you who don’t know already, Ashcroft refused to hand over documents requested by congress. These

June 14, 2004

Thuggery

Here’s a Republican PR firm trying to shut down Michael Moore’s new film. (More on them here.) If you scroll down you’ll see that they thoughtfully

June 11, 2004

Finalists

The Designs on the White House finalists were announced today. Take a look. Some of my favorites didn’t make it, but I think there are a lot of

June 10, 2004

CPB

In the U.K. the BBC receives about $160 per person, giving it an annual budget of close to $4 billion. In America, the Corporation for PUblic

June 9, 2004

Photo Ban

The NYC subway system is considering a ban on photography on its trains and platforms — despite the long and honourable tradition of shipping

June 7, 2004

Mourning

Fifteen years ago, in April of 1989, thousands gathered in Tiananmen Square (天安門) to mourn the death of Former Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang

June 3, 2004

Re-form

This is exactly the sort of post that this blog was intended to promote: As Raymond Williams points out in his excellent little book Keywords, from

June 3, 2004

Patai Review

Earlier I expressed my dismay that the Neocons were so enamored of a book entitled The Arab Mind. As a result of that post, someone brought to my

June 3, 2004

Vote (for T-shirts)!

As you know, I’ve been involved in helping run an online contest to pick better T-shirts for the Kerry Campaign. The first round of voting is now

June 1, 2004

Cudgel

Firmly believing that all politics is “local,” I have long argued that the issue of Taiwanese “independence” can only be understood in terms of the

May 31, 2004

Police State

What is your definition of a “police state”? How about having one out of every 75 men in prison?

May 28, 2004

Pop

Forget NASCAR moms, single Dads, disgruntled soccer players and other swing voting blocks. What we want is the “pop” vote! Those who say “soda” seem

May 26, 2004

Never Again

“If ‘never again’ means anything, then it’s now or never in Darfur”. More info.

May 25, 2004

Chalabi

Kevin Drum gives us a comprehensive Chalabi Timeline. Here is his summary: Bottom line: practically every group that has ever worked with Chalabi

May 24, 2004

Roundup

I don’t often do blog round-ups, but these are all stories I felt worth a mention: The White House says that Bush’s fall while biking around his

May 23, 2004

Romney

Kevin Drum points us to a LA Times article on Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, which he boils down to its essence: Gay marriage opponents are

May 23, 2004

“Questioners”

The title of this post is in quotes, because that is how it appears in the 1983 Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual put out by the CIA. The

May 22, 2004

Unknown knowns

That Slavoj Žižek is a funny guy, running around making Lacanian jokes about Rumsfeld, but I have to admit he has a good point (emphasis added): In

May 21, 2004

Vocation

Stanley Fish has an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Why We Built the Ivory Tower” in which he argues that academics should stay out of

May 21, 2004

Rafah (again)

Rafah is back in the news (emphasis added): Until the start of the intifada, the houses in the Rafah refugee camp were only a few meters from the

May 20, 2004

DOTWHO Deadline Extended!

Please inform everyone you know, that the Designs on the White House (DOTWHO) contest deadline has been officially extend until Memorial Day! That

May 19, 2004

Patai

I’ve had to look fairly hard for anyone else in the blogsphere who is as upset as I am about the idea that there is something we can call The Arab

May 18, 2004

Safety

John Fabian Witt asks, Can China protect its workers? China and other developing Asian economies are experiencing an industrial accident crisis of

May 18, 2004

Manmohan Singh

Amardeep Singh has a good profile of the man who looks to be India’s new PM: Manmohan Singh. Manmohan Singh is a Congress-wallah to the core: no

May 17, 2004

Abramovich

How did one man come to control a reported £5.3bn stake in Sibneft, a state energy provider that only 10 years ago was bequeathed to Russia’s

May 17, 2004

Big

We’re asking John Kerry to “go big” and campaign on a bold agenda for change. Sign the petition to Kerry now.

May 16, 2004

Apology

—> Sign the petition! Remember James Yee? Here is what Jeanne at Body and Soul wrote back in February: … James Yee, the Muslim chaplain at

May 15, 2004

Cyderabad

The NY Times technology section has a good article about some of the reasons the BJP lost the elections: In a country of 180 million households,

May 15, 2004

My Lai

Anyone hopeful that justice will be served in the Abu Ghraib investigation might wish to take a look back at the My Lai prosecutions: In the end,

May 15, 2004

Alliances

If there can be gay Republicans, why can’t there be pro-life Democrats? Amy Sullivan understands that political parties are about building

May 15, 2004

Torture

By using torture to question the top terrorists it has in custody, the government has effectively sabotaged any future prosecutions of al-Qaida

May 14, 2004

Zimbardo

There have been a couple of posts I’ve read recently referring to the Zimbardo experiment in discussing Abu Ghraib. The best one was by Rivka, who

May 12, 2004

ah-boo GRAYB

A few days ago, Mark Liberman posted a link to this Global Security web site with information on the proper pronounciation and meaning of the prison

May 11, 2004

Waco

Who is Army Chief of Staff Peter J. Schoomaker? He is one of the “Rumsfeld underlings” who gave testimony before congress about Abu Ghraib. David

May 10, 2004

Rumsfeld

I hope you enjoy my little attempt at Photoshop humor. I wasn’t quite skilled enough to give Cheney a Comic Book Guy pony tail and make it look

May 10, 2004

Health Care

A [2003] RAND Health study that is the largest and most comprehensive examination ever conducted of health care quality in the United States found

May 8, 2004

Bombs

The following quote is something I just read in the wonderful post-war noir, Prelude to a Certain Midnight by Gerald Kersh: I don’t really see what

May 8, 2004

Prisons

For the third time, I must quote Bush: “I shared a deep disgust that those prisoners were treated the way they were treated. I didn’t like it one

May 7, 2004

Haboub(a)

I have serious problems with a theme that has been running through reports on the Abu Ghraib torture photographs. The most elaborate version of this

May 6, 2004

Taguba

Seymour Hersh, on the O’Reilly’s show (via Political Animal, emphasis added): O’REILLY: All right. Well, the damage to the country obviously is

May 6, 2004

DOTWHO

Hey, Designs on the White House got written up in the Boston Globe! Giving the lie to the notion that designers are obsessed with style over

May 6, 2004

Actions

From The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Rob Corddry: Jon, there’s no question that what took place in that prison was horrible, but the Arab World

May 5, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004 Disney Has Blocked the Distribution of My New Film… by Michael Moore Friends, I would have hoped by now that I would be

May 3, 2004

Hazing

At the end of my last post on the photos from Abu Ghraib, I quoted President Bush as saying: “That’s not the way we do things in America.” And

May 3, 2004

Designs on the White House

The Designs on the White House contest to design better t-shirts for the Kerry campaign has officially begun! You can submit a design from now till

May 3, 2004

Whoopee

Call it the whoopee cushion doctrine. It is hard to believe that the government now regards flatulence jokes, the lamest staple of gag gift stores,

May 3, 2004

Typographic Discrimination

In spite of advanced technology and the Unicode character convention, people are still in the habit of neglecting the diacritics of foreign

May 2, 2004

Guantanamo-Ghraib

I hope the US Supreme Court takes this into account as it makes its decision on the Guantanamo Bay case: A month before the alleged abuses

May 1, 2004

Oil

Tom Dispatch has two very important articles about oil: Saudi promises to cut oil prices (as reported by Bob Woodward) should be taken with a grain

April 30, 2004

Humiliating

Article 3, Section 1(c) of the Geneva Convention states that prisoners of war shall not, “at any time and in any place whatsoever” be subject to

April 28, 2004

Ice Age

When I read this back in February, my first thought was “Oh s–t! We are all going to die.” My second thought was, “That would make a great movie!”

April 28, 2004

Mandamus

(man-dame-us) n. Latin for “we order,” a writ (more modernly called a “writ of mandate”) which orders a public agency or governmental body to

April 28, 2004

Refund

If you filed electronically, you probably already got your refund check, or you will soon. The more money you made last year the more likely you are

April 28, 2004

Language Reform

Konrad Lawson, whom I’ve long known only as the person behind the Macintosh software company Fool’s Workshop, has an excellent blog, Muninn, which I

April 27, 2004

Elected Dictatorship

A 3-page memo was leaked which reveals aspects of the links between Cheney and Enron. The three-page document contains eight points spelling out

April 27, 2004

Taxonomy

For much of history, the science of biology was the science of classification. As can be seen by the text accompanying this image (from a web page

April 23, 2004

Coznowski

Did you know that Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman was also known as Melvin Coznowski? And that images of the gap-toothed “What, me worry?” kid

April 23, 2004

Slumlords

On the heels of a post in which I highlighted key points from Mike Davis’ account of urban slums as the new face of global poverty, Davis has a new

April 22, 2004

Bake Sale

Our initial bake sale goal was $100,000, but MoveOn members always surprise us — we not only brought in $750,000, but we gave out 40,000 flyers on

April 20, 2004

Horse Race

This site shows electoral polling data by state, with the number of electoral votes added up. I think this early on we can discount the fact that

April 20, 2004

T-Shirt

It seems that there are three major factors leading to the widespread popularity of the T-Shirt: war, Hollywood, and politics. According to The

April 19, 2004

Untermenschen

In my last post I quoted leftist scholar, Mahmood Mamdani, as saying that the problem with the War on Terror was that the united states viewed

April 19, 2004

Wishful Thinking

From the Paul Krugman Archives. (Via a comment by Joe Buck on Political Animal.)

April 19, 2004

Liberalism

Kevin Drum thinks that the problem with both Liberals and Conservatives is that each side has only its hatred of the other holding them together.

April 19, 2004

Superflurous

A conversation between, Ghassan Shakah, the mayor of Israeli occupied Nablus, and the unnamed occupying Colonel, as reported by Ghassan Shakah:

April 19, 2004

Collateral damage

Mahmood Mamdani recently appeared on “Now, with Bill Moyers,” where he expanded upon the thesis of his new book, which I had previously described as

April 19, 2004

Vajpayee

Is Vajpayee “the benign face of Hindu extremism,” or simply “the right man in the wrong party”? Does it matter? For all its emphasis on development

April 16, 2004

Burn

It seems that the Bush campaign’s attempt to attack Kerry early and often has backfired. The attention on Iraq has mitigated their smear campaign,

April 16, 2004

TOS

Here is a special clause in the “Terms of Service” agreement that the Kerry campaign will be automatically agreeing to by accepting any money from

April 13, 2004

Fallujah

Describing the horror that the siege of Fallujah has become, he [Makki al-Nazzal, a lifelong Fallujah resident who works for the humanitarian NGO,

April 13, 2004

Karimova

This story is impossible to summarize. You really have to read the whole thing. It reads like a soap opera written jointly by Salman Rushdie and

April 13, 2004

Goldman

We say that if America has entered the war to make the world safe for democracy, she must first make democracy safe in America. How else is the

April 12, 2004

PDB

Here is a PDF of the actual document, marked “For the President Only” and dated “6 August 2001.” Read it for yourself. Read it again. I don’t see

April 12, 2004

Riots

The BBC reports that 21 Hindus accused of killing 12 Muslims in the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat will be retried after they were acquitted last

April 12, 2004

Ends

Scott Martens at Fistfull of Euros has a nice post about the relationship between means and ends. Via Explananda, where Chris has written his own

April 11, 2004

Proxy

Mahmood Mamdani is, in my mind, the most important living writer on the violence of politics and the politics of violence. In his work on

April 9, 2004

Roundup

Ms. Rice goes to Washington: Claim vs. Fact: Condoleezza Rice’s Opening Statement The infamous August 6, 2001 presidential briefing, the one the

April 7, 2004

FUBAR

I am inclined to agree with Juan Cole’s pessimism on the current situation in Iraq: … major fighting in most Shiiite urban areas is unambiguous in

April 5, 2004

Science Courts

Chris Mooney (who still doesn’t have an RSS feed) has an interesting post about how Republicans have undermined important public policy initiatives

April 5, 2004

Transparency

As fractured as American democracy is, at least the process allows us to force our government to confront its mistakes, as is now happening with the

April 1, 2004

Sudan

From Jeanne at Body and Soul: Nicholas Kristof wrote two very important columns this week — here and here — on ethnic cleansing in the Darfur

April 1, 2004

CNN

You gonna believe David Letterman or CNN? And while you are over at Ishbadiddle, check out the plans for the Designs on The White House T-shirt

March 30, 2004

Zarqawi

John Quiggin is “increasingly puzzled by the failure of the Zarqawi scandal to make a bigger stir.” Perhaps its because there are too many other

March 30, 2004

Police

Did you know that there are more police in Manhattan than there are U.S. troops in Afghanistan? Richard Clarke explains: …, actual military and

March 30, 2004

Infoganda

Definition: The act or acts of using public information networks such as newscasts or newspapers in a misleading, devious, or mischievous way, to

March 29, 2004

American

A couple of days after September 11th, 2001, we had our cable TV and cable modem installed. It was a blessing, because we could finally get on the

March 27, 2004

Food

Everything in Taiwan is about food — even politics: With the pan-blue camp’s post-election protests going into their sixth day,

March 26, 2004

Pentagon

I don’t particularly like the idea of the United States acting like a global police force, killing or capturing anyone in the world they perceive to

March 26, 2004

Tuna

Now even tunafish sandwiches aren’t safe to eat.

March 25, 2004

Quintiles

Of the last four presidential elections won by the Republican candidate, the two closest ones (in 1980 and 2000) would have gone to the Democrat

March 25, 2004

God

Michael Newdow is a hero in the Jimmy Stewart Mr. Smith goes to Washington kind of way. Here is Dahlia Lithwick on his presentation before the

March 24, 2004

Heijin

literally means “black gold” and is a Chinese term for corruption. It is also what I would have called a blog devoted to Taiwanese politics

March 23, 2004

Referendum

The BBC reports that the Taiwanese president suffered a defeat because the referendum failed to go through: Despite the president’s election

March 23, 2004

Scandal

Wohohoho, it’s real, shame and scandal in the family Wohohoho, it’s real, shame and scandal in the family (Link via Cursor.org, lyrics from Peter

March 22, 2004

Debate

Several weeks ago, Tom Cole, a Republican Congressman in Oklahoma spoke to supporters about the upcoming election. “If George Bush loses the

March 22, 2004

Democracy

A Modest Proposal For the Promotion of World Democracy and Sustainable Free Trade. Let’s face facts. Most countries in the world are simply not

March 20, 2004

Unprofessional

I haven’t watched Dennis Miller’s show since I saw him brown-nosing Arnold on his first show back in January. So I was happy to see Eric Alterman

March 20, 2004

Offensive

And the award for the most offensive article this year goes to the NY Times for… This malarial West African dictatorship quashed another coup

March 19, 2004

Offshoring

Charlie Cook, quoted in Donkey Rising, has some important things to say about why we aren’t seeing the creation of new full time jobs in the US: In

March 17, 2004

Timetables

History shows, however, that firm timetables do not reduce conflict and violence, and generally make a situation much worse. Steven Wilkinson, an

March 15, 2004

Withdrawal

A lot of people have asked me if I plan to march this Saturday. The march, entitled “The World Still Says No to War,” is being organized by United

March 13, 2004

Eugenics

The March 8th issue of the New Yorker has an excellent article (by Claudia Roth Pierpont) on Franz Boas (1858-1942), the “father” of American

March 11, 2004

Taishang

is a composite word combining “Taiwan” and “Shanghai” “Shangye” (meaning business) [thanks to Jonathan for correcting my

March 11, 2004

Corea

Although I’ve read some Korean history, and I’ve watched Korean soap operas when I was in Taiwan, I still know very little about Korea. I’ve always

March 10, 2004

Wind

In this AlterNet article, Kevin Griffis travels around the South, trying to figure out why poor whites vote for Bush, even though it is clearly

March 10, 2004

Pink

One group I never “got” are the “Gay Republicans.” But two news stories, one in the New York Times, and the other in the Washington Post, have

March 9, 2004

Approval

March 8, 2004

Calpundit

Although I’ve had my disagreements with Kevin Drum (the biggest, of course, being that he has never linked to my blog!), there is no doubt that he

March 8, 2004

Soverign

Reading this BBC article about Putin: I expected criticism. After all, her son had died fighting Mr Putin’s war. It was the Russian president who

March 8, 2004

Paige

Last month, President Bush’s Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, called America’s largest teachers’ union a “terrorist organization.”  Why?  Because

March 8, 2004

Commitment

David Corn makes a strong case that Kerry is no “Bush Lite” and has the courage to stand up for issues he believes in. Much of this is covered in my

March 6, 2004

Naive

Indeed, those who are questioning the administration about Haiti are being smeared as naive and unpatriotic. Aristide himself is being smeared with

March 4, 2004

small-d

I’ve long been a proponent of what Billmon calls “small-d” Democratic organizations. He has an eloquent discussion of why you should support

March 3, 2004

Terrorists

Sometimes it seems the only people the Bush administration doesn’t label as “terrorists” are actual terrorists.

March 3, 2004

Veep

The big question now is “Who will Kerry pick?” John Miller in the National Review goes through a list of the choices and picks … Gephardt. The

March 3, 2004

Timeline

An extensively annotated series of timelines of the events leading up to September 11th, the events of that day, and what has happened since. After

March 2, 2004

Haiti

I was going to spend some time trying to sort out all the news coming out of Haiti, but fortunately, Jeanne D’Arc has already done just that.

March 2, 2004

President

If things turn out the way it looks right now, John Kerry will be the Democratic candidate for President. Up till now everyone has been saying

February 28, 2004

228

Today is February 28th, which is the most important date in post-war Taiwanese history: On that day, [57] years ago in 1947, an incident took place

February 27, 2004

Trippi

I wrote before about how strange it was that Dean supporters weren’t bothered by Joe Trippi’s partnership in the company that had been hired to make

February 27, 2004

Sabotage

So it turns out that the biggest act of (terrorist?) sabotage this century was committed by the CIA: “In order to disrupt the Soviet gas supply,

February 27, 2004

Sharpton

I would like to retract an earlier post. I suggested that the Democrats try to use “states rights” to re-frame the issue of same sex marriage. But

February 26, 2004

Stocks

It is hard to see much democracy in the distribution of stock ownership. THe bottom half of the population held 1.4% of total stock in 2001, with

February 25, 2004

Tide

Is the tide turning? Is Bush loosing his grip? There do indeed seem to be signs that he has simply gone too far for many of his most ardent

February 23, 2004

Gulbuddin

Hekmatyar (about whom I wrote in December) is perhaps the biggest threat to peace and democracy in Afghanistan. Here is what the Afghan

February 23, 2004

Aristide

From what I have read, in the New York Review of Books, Aristide is no democratic leader, although he was once seen as one: In the late Eighties,

February 23, 2004

Wall

The N.Y. Times publishes an Op-Ed by Noam Chomsky on Israel’s wall: What this wall is really doing is taking Palestinian lands. It is also — as the

February 20, 2004

Encyclopedia

When I was little I loved the Encyclopedia Brown detective stories, so I was happy to see this clever use of them to make fun of Bush. But then I

February 19, 2004

Bury

I come to bury Howard, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones: So let it be with

February 19, 2004

Oversight

If anyone is wondering how effective current official investigations into pre-war intelligence on Iraq will be, the answer can be found in this

February 19, 2004

Science

Preeminent Scientists Protest Bush Administration’s Misuse of Science Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science Recipients, and Other Leading

February 19, 2004

Knife

I have long argued that China’s attacks on Taiwanese democracy and independence are not as much about Taiwan as they are about keeping Hong Kong,

February 18, 2004

Spies

An excellent two part (one, two) article by Michelle Goldberg in Salon about how Ashcroft is encouraging local police departments to spy on anti-war

February 18, 2004

BBC

Looks like the Brits are talking about dismantling the BBC: Britain’s government is considering a plan to break up the BBC and remove its

February 18, 2004

Memo

I thought this captured the difference in communication skills that separates Edwards from Kerry: Edwards fired off the night’s best line in

February 18, 2004

Scofflaw

About 27,100 Department of Defense (DoD) contractors owe the federal government $3 billion in unpaid taxes, but the Pentagon continues to hire and

February 17, 2004

Arab

Question: When is an Arab not an Arab? Answer: When its a story in the New York Times. I used to have a ritual of buying the Sunday Times, but the

February 17, 2004

Administration

How efficient is America’s privatized health care system? According to Paul Krugman: A recent study found that private insurance companies spend

February 15, 2004

South

“Al Gore proved that you can win the election without a single Southern state, if he’d only won New Hampshire,” Kerry told a group of San Francisco

February 14, 2004

Alert

David Neiwert asks why the Ricin attack didn’t put us on “Code Red”? The real problem, of course, is that for the Bush administration, it isn’t

February 14, 2004

Inspectors

“We were all wrong,” says weapons inspector David Kay. Actually, no. There was one group whose prewar estimates of Iraqi nuclear, chemical and

February 14, 2004

Vietnam

Can you guess which draft-dodging presidential candidate said this? The thing about the Vietnam War that troubles me as I look back was it was a

February 13, 2004

Recovery

I’m doing OK after my operation. I’m not taking any pain killers, and I even went for a short walk around the block this afternoon. Physical trauma

February 10, 2004

WarRug

Before I was going to write about it, Boingboing.net had already linked to a site devoted to selling Afghan War Rugs, and unfortunately the traffic

February 10, 2004

Balfour

I’ve written twice recently (here and here) about the misuse of the term “anti-Semitism.” So I was happy to see an extended article in The Nation

February 10, 2004

Boobs

Looking for Janet Jackson’s Boobs? More here.

February 5, 2004

Warlords

This article on Afghanistan, from the New York Review of Books, is so important that I thought it worth condensing and presenting on my web page.

February 5, 2004

Security

This is the stupidest, most idiotic, thing I have read in a long time. And this isn’t the only place I have seen such remarks on the web. While it

February 4, 2004

Edwards

In my post on Kerry, I mentioned that I felt Edwards had the kind of leadership qualities I thought Kerry was lacking. Here is what William Saletan

February 4, 2004

Kerry

As Kerry solidifies his lead as the Democratic frontrunner, I decided it was time I learned something about who he is. Everyone knows some of the

February 3, 2004

Ghan

This new Australian train line which connects the South to the North for the first time, is called the “Ghan” in honor of the Afghan camel riders

February 2, 2004

Emancipation

Looking back, however, what is even more surprising than slavery’s scope is how swiftly it died. By the end of the 19th century, slavery was, at

January 31, 2004

Impression

This is the most reasonable account I’ve seen of why Saddam might wished to convey the impression that he had WMDs when he did not really have them.

January 31, 2004

Consistency

Sometimes I wish that conservatives would make an effort to be logically consistent. I suppose some do, but most seem to have no problem switching

January 30, 2004

Machismo

Is the real problem with Dean’s scream that it was unmanly? The Village Voice thinks so: Real men have beef, and when they raise their voices, they

January 30, 2004

Blocs

“The trick…is to find some segment of the electorate whose philosophy jibes with your own, and then define it as the swing vote.” Whether it is

January 30, 2004

Halliburton

Halliburton Halliburton Halliburton Cheney Cheney Cheney Cheney Cheney UPDATE: Halliburton

January 30, 2004

Bragging

Remember when Bush bragged about his human rights record? No President has ever done more for human rights than I have. Billmon had a good

January 29, 2004

Partner

So Dean fired his campaign manager Joe Trippi, which I can understand. But why on earth is he still using Joe Trippi’s media company to produce his

January 28, 2004

Ambivalence

I’ve written several times about my ambivalence towards General Wesley Clark. This Democracy Now interview, in which reporter Jeremy Scahill

January 28, 2004

Miller

I watched a bit of Dennis Miller’s new CNBC show the other night. I nearly choked on my own bile. He had his head so far up Schwarzenegger’s ass

January 26, 2004

Surprise

The American commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan says he expects to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice by the end of this year. How much

January 26, 2004

AWOL

Saying Bush was AWOL is perfectly, wholly, and completely factual.

January 24, 2004

Maps

I’ve been spending some time this morning looking at different ways of charting electoral votes: The traditional “red and blue” map, showing

January 21, 2004

Activities

I was shocked that Bush still had the nerve to refer to weapons of mass destruction in his state of the union address last night. Calpundit notes

January 21, 2004

Rigged

Read this article!!! It explains very clearly what is at stake if Bush wins the 2004 elections. …if President Bush is re-elected, we will be close

January 20, 2004

Bandanna

Now the french are proposing to ban Bandannas, in addition to “Islamic headscarves, Jewish yarmulkes and large Christian crosses.” I posted over the

January 20, 2004

Questions

I think Clark is a very smart man, and maybe others are right to say that he is the only one who can beat Bush, but I have some questions: Why

January 18, 2004

Voters

Calpundit had not one, but two posts attacking the idea that Democrats should be trying to enlarge their voting base by getting “new voters” instead

January 18, 2004

Crore

The word “crore” is Indian English for 10,000,000. (One crore = 100 lakhs.) I first encountered this word in articles about the Bollywood film

January 16, 2004

Compassion

“True compassion,” King declared, “is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs

January 7, 2004

Anti-Semite

Joshua Marshall points out a very disturbing trend. It seems conservative commentators are labeling anyone who criticizes the right as an

January 5, 2004

Morality

There was some discussion about this essay on the movie The Return of the King, over at Uncle Jazzbeau’s Gallimaufrey. Before I comment on this

January 5, 2004

iMovie

Nowadays, anyone with a Mac can easily make their own movie — even Lawrence Lessig. Tapping into the tremendous potential

January 2, 2004

Cyanide

If you don’t read David Neiwert’s blog, Ornicus, you should. But if you don’t you would have missed one of the biggest terrorism stories of 2003:

January 1, 2004

Nostalgia

We celebrated the New Year by watching Fellini’s masterful Amarcord, in which he brilliantly uses nostalgia to discuss the fascist Italy of his

December 30, 2003

Mercury

is bad for you: Mercury is one of those unambiguous poisons. It’s a known nerve toxin and a cause of birth defects. Minnesota and 40 other

December 29, 2003

Bribe

A question for Ashcroft: What does a guy have to do to get a congressional bribe investigated?

December 29, 2003

Radio

Some interesting work being done in Afghanistan by a Canadian media organization: A Canadian organization is reaching out to women in Afghanistan,

December 29, 2003

History

This site has a very comprehensive history of “American benevolent hegemony” over the rest of the world. It is amazing how bad we are at playing the

December 28, 2003

Incarceration

The trouble with prison isn’t that it doesn’t work; the trouble is that it doesn’t work very well but does cost a fortune compared with other ways

December 27, 2003

Donate

I personally believe the most important way the Democrats can defeat Bush is to get more people to the polls. Obviously, part of this requires

December 25, 2003

Conniving

Hopefully Hispanic voters are smart enough not to let Karl Rove pull the wool over their eyes. But I was surprised that TalkLeft thought Bush’s

December 24, 2003

Recruits

Remember how Rumsfeld said we wouldn’t need a large number of troops to take Iraq, but didn’t seem to take into account how many troops we’d need to

December 24, 2003

Archives

Via Juan Cole: Well, the Democratic Party seems too nice or inept to do anything with it, but as the Washington Post points out, the good folks at

December 23, 2003

Safety

Even though just about every blog has already covered this, the story is so upsetting, I think it needs to be repeated as often as possible. The

December 22, 2003

Change

I can hardly bare to read the New York Times anymore. Their reporting seems to have rapidly deteriorated of late. Perhaps due to the new editor? The

December 22, 2003

Separation

I’ve been trying to understand how it is that the French can feel so strongly that Muslim women shouldn’t have the right to wear the Hijab (I wish

December 20, 2003

Enlargement

In a bold move, Governor George Pataki has proscribed penis enlargement pills for all members of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Here

December 19, 2003

Southern

The Black Commentator called this speech by Howard Dean “the most important statement on race in American politics by a mainstream white politician

December 18, 2003

Aceh

The Indonesian military in Aceh is pursuing a campaign of killings, “disappearances” and beatings of civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a report

December 16, 2003

Spider

Of course, “spider hole” was not concocted to describe Hussein’s hideout. According to two historians, the term goes back at least to World War II,

December 16, 2003

Vouchers

Richard D. Kahlenberg and Bernard Wasow have an excellent article on “school choice” in the latest Boston Review New Democracy Forum. First, they

December 15, 2003

Endangered

Back in June I wrote something on my old blog about a New York Times article, by David Berreby, entitled “Fading Species and Dying Tongues: When the

December 12, 2003

Translation

NY City Government isn’t just for English speakers anymore: In a reversal, the Bloomberg administration is expected to announce its support today

December 12, 2003

Underrepresented

“The statistics in the Color of Money demonstrate the point we all know intuitively: communities of color and the poor are severely

December 11, 2003

Dividend

Does the war in Iraq help to stimulate the U.S. economy? In this City Paper interview, Doug Henwood why it doesn’t. CP: One question I’ve heard a

December 11, 2003

Hekmatyar

We’re constantly trying to get more people to be with us than against us, and goodness knows, Hekmatyar is not with us,” Mr Rumsfeld said… But

December 11, 2003

Facts

This article from The Nation, about one reporter’s efforts to try to find the source upon which statistics for job growth in Iraq cited by Rumsfeld

December 10, 2003

Sharon

and those closest to him have often expressed their surprise over how easy it has been, in the name of fighting terrorism, to “push the

December 10, 2003

Independence

Because of my interest in (and love for) Taiwan, people often ask me what I think about the issue of Taiwanese “independence“. This is what I

December 5, 2003

Accountability

The answer to problems like the Pentagon’s accounting system clearly is not more flexibility — what is needed is more accountability.

December 3, 2003

Bounty

At least 20% of the Guantanamo detainees have been held without charges for years even though they were innocent. These are just the ones that the

December 3, 2003

Leadership

Nothing seems to get Democrats more upset these days than memories of the Nader campaign. In Rage Against the Machine’s music video, Testify

November 26, 2003

Jindal

Why did Bobby Jindal loose the New Orleans governor’s race? The Black Commentator argues that it was a mixture of solidarity with the democratic

November 25, 2003

Corruption

In my travels in the developing world, I’ve often been struck by how even those who hate the United States for its foreign policy have a very

November 24, 2003

Hooverism

“Attorney General Ashcroft has dismissed critics of the Justice Department’s tactics as ‘hysterical’ and has even said that such criticism aids the

November 21, 2003

Guatemala

An interesting article, although like many articles one reads these days, the Iraq tie-in is somewhat tangential to the real point of the story,

November 20, 2003

Confederate

Three excellent articles relating to the flap over Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean’s “confederate flag” remark. First, from Paul

November 12, 2003

Fence

“Let me show you the limits of my prison: a metre from my bedroom window is the fence protecting the Elqana settlement, opposite my living room an

November 12, 2003

Compensation

Watch him squirm: Q: Why won’t you spell out what your position is? Read the whole exchange — it gets even better.

November 10, 2003

Grammar

Languagehat has a post about Berlusconi’s bad grammar in Italian. He quotes from a recent New Yorker article: His grammar is dreadful. He gets the

November 10, 2003

Resistance

Body and Soul really outdoes herself with one of the most articulate and coherent discussions of both Iraqi “resistance” and US efforts at

November 7, 2003

Lynch

Anyone riding the subway in NY city noticed the difference in how papers covered the announcement of Jessica Lynch’s new book about her rescue from

November 6, 2003

Re-regulation

A recent article in The Nation starts with an account of the grass-roots mobilization (from both the right and the left) against further

November 5, 2003

Train

Sometimes you stumble upon a character from history who seems like they must have been made up — then you realize that is

November 2, 2003

Spin

There has been a lot of discussion of late about the Lakoff interview on how the left needs to learn how to better “frame” issues, in order to

October 26, 2003

Madame

Chiang Kai-shek, (Soong Mayling), died at the age of 105. But even though the otherwise hagiographic Washington Post articles says: To their

October 25, 2003

Think-Tank

I’m all for grass-roots politics, but there is no denying the tremendous influence that conservative think-tanks have had on the contemporary

October 22, 2003

Anti-American

Scholars outing rabid anti-Americanism in our own universities …. no, this isn’t the McCarthy hearings on un-American activities, it is the House

October 22, 2003

Parallels

It seems that “has taken to likening the democratic prospects of modern Iraq to those of the early 20th century Philippines.” Interesting how the

October 22, 2003

Nascar

Inequality is increasing, but those getting the short end of the stick — blue collar workers — are largely

October 22, 2003

Disobedience

I haven’t written anything about the Diebold electronic voting scandal because Body and Soul has done such a good job, there seemed very little to

October 17, 2003

Untruths

Back in September Calpundit used the phrase “technical lie” to refer to Bush administration statements which are “carefully constructed to leave an

October 16, 2003

Rafah

The above is a frame from Cartoonist Joe Sacco’s NY Times Article on the Israeli destruction of homes in the Gaza Strip. The International

October 10, 2003

Consequences

The Washington Post on the latest Frontline documentary: “Truth, War and Consequences” paints administration officials as dissemblers as well as

October 7, 2003

Compassion

Calpundit reports on Bush’s new blog. I found this quite disturbing: The “Compassion Photo Gallery” is here, and it turns out that “compassion” is

October 6, 2003

Intimigate

From Cursor.org, the naming of a scandal: Time notes that some have christened the scandal “Intimigate.” While the term has yet to gain widespread

October 6, 2003

Cojones

With the election in California tomorrow this story needs to be distributed as widely as possible: It turns out that Schwarzenegger knowingly

October 4, 2003

Liability

Nathan Newman reports some good news: A federal district court in Texas ruled on Wednesday that Ken Lay and other Enron executives are liable to

October 4, 2003

Austronesian

There is a lot of talk about languages in Taiwan these days, especially since the announcement of a draft of a proposed “national languages

October 3, 2003

Tabloid

Those of us who worry about media consolidation don’t usually concern ourselves with the Tabloids. After all, nobody takes those seriously, right?

October 2, 2003

Snark

hunting in Washington D.C.: The Bush administration is seeking more than $600 million from Congress to continue the hunt for conclusive

October 2, 2003

Flood

From a poem by Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said), who is one of the front-runners for this year’s Nobel Prize in literature: The Flood /2 Via Moorish

October 1, 2003

Talibanists

An excellent article on Afghanistan by Tamim Ansary: Who’s responsible for all this violence? “Taliban remnants” usually get the blame. But that

October 1, 2003

Advice

Tapped would encourage you to put money not only into Brown & Root, owners of Halliburton, but also into the new firm founded by former Bush

September 29, 2003

Frog-march

FROGMARCH verb [mid-19th century and still in use] to carry someone face down, one person holding onto each limb; used on drunks or recalcitrant

September 28, 2003

Symmetry

So, you start a company to privatize education and take on the teachers unions. Your company fails miserably both in terms of the market and

September 25, 2003

Said

Edward Said, the world-renowned scholar, writer and critic has died aged 67, it was announced today. Here is one of the last things he published

September 24, 2003

Failure

The entire mission of “No Child Left Behind” is to eventually label every single school in this nation as “failing“—it’s a backdoor way of forcing

September 23, 2003

Benefits

Up till now, full time employment in a large or medium sized company was one of the only ways to ensure that you and your family were adequately

September 23, 2003

Revision

This is amazing. There have been lots of lists of lies told by the Bush administration, but Sam Smith has actually edited together all these lies

September 22, 2003

Candor

Why was there an “outbreak of candor” by Bush and his top aids, in which they denied any link between Sadaam Hussein and the September 11th attack?

September 22, 2003

Threat

Attorney General John Ashcroft has become a threat and a menace to our criminal justice system and to the civil liberties that have been the

September 20, 2003

Oligarch

Via Nathan Newman: The United States is bringing in Yegor Gaidar to advise them on how to privatize Iraq’s industries. Why is this an appalling

September 19, 2003

Anti-War

FAIR has an article calling into question Clark’s “anti-war” record. Here is a quote from back in February: “The credibility of the United States

September 18, 2003

Impeachment

Well, they probably won’t impeach Bush, but it seems he pretty much just admitted that he lied to congress.

September 18, 2003

Newspeak

David Neiwert’s excellent essay, Rush, Newspeak and Fascism: An exegesis is now up at Cursor.org, with photos! (NB See my own post on Fascism.) One

September 16, 2003

Krugman

It seems that Krugman misses the Reagan years: Actually, I miss Reagan. I never thought I’d say that, but…. This is from Calpudit’s interview

September 11, 2003

Justice

As the entire nation mourns, I thought about all those others who die every day in the US, many for reasons that could be avoided. Looking around, I

September 10, 2003

Priorities

Calpundit calculates that the total budget for Iraq reconstruction will be $221 billion. Here is what he says: Let’s take the hawks at their word

September 9, 2003

Spending

Two items from the blogsphere that seem to sum up the Bush administration’s attitude towards the budget: First, via Tom Tomorrow, Billmon’s concise

September 9, 2003

Objectivity

David Greenberg has an excellent article discussing why reporters enjoy exposing “small” lies about personal matters more than big lies about issues

September 1, 2003

Censored

A new film about Cyprus confirms my belief that most people in the world would get along just fine if the politicians left them alone.

September 1, 2003

Codpiece

Back in May people were discussing how enlarged President Bush’s genitalia looked in his famous “Top Gun” photo-op. It seems that this was a result

August 29, 2003

Manifesto

I’m a big fan of manifestos, so I was very pleased to see languagehat had translated the Dada Manifesto. Here is a sample: Which is to say: the

August 29, 2003

Hothead

A lot of democrats seem quite enamored of General Clark. Personally, I am not so sure. While I’m no fan of Dean either, I feel even more

August 27, 2003

Meetup

I was reading Daily Kos who reports that Clark is now second only to Dean on Meetup (although Dean is still way ahead). But what is Meetup? Meetup

August 25, 2003

Budget

It seems that US troops in Iraq are short on rifles, and are forced to use confiscated AK-47s! Maybe that’s because the US military doesn’t know

August 25, 2003

Water

Access to water is a fundamental human right. The Israelis are depriving the Palestinians of that right. In spring 2003, CESR, in collaboration

August 22, 2003

Centrist

Thanks to Body and Soul for pointing out a great post on Gary Hart’s weblog about Bobby Kennedy. It is so “right-on” that I just have to quote a

August 21, 2003

Liberty

As many of you may know, Ashcroft is running around promoting the Patriot Act and his new Victory Act as if it were snake oil. He also launched a

August 16, 2003

Opportunity

During my seven hour odyssey returning home to Jackson Heights from midtown Manhattan (nearly an 8 mile journey), I was fortunate enough to run into

August 13, 2003

Schwarzeneger

Ah-nold is on the board of U.S. English: While media reports in recent days have focused on Schwarzenegger’s support for Proposition 187, the

August 13, 2003

Ignorance

“With all my admiration for Noam Chomsky, I partially disagree with him. Its an underlying premise of his work that you don’t have to do any

August 11, 2003

Bilingual

Opposition to Bilingual Education is popping up again in yet another state — this time its Florida: The unfortunate reality is

August 9, 2003

Science

The split between the GOP and the scientific community began during the administration of Richard Nixon. In the late 1960s and early 1970s,

August 7, 2003

Recall

With the California Recall on everyone’s mind, I was wondering about the history of California’s experiment in “direct democracy.” The key issue is

August 4, 2003

Anger

is what sets Howard Dean apart. It is anger that has driven so many of us to start up our own blogs, and that is why so many bloggers support

August 2, 2003

Programs

I really want to like the New York Times, I really do. Maybe because its the paper that was at the table every day when I grew up, maybe it is

July 31, 2003

Bias

Politicians love blaming violence on the media, but today Wolfowitz gives it a new twist: In an interview with Fox News, Mr Wolfowitz accused

July 31, 2003

Gambling

The plan to establish a futures market in terrorism may have been quietly scrapped by the defense department, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still

July 29, 2003

School

ing is a human right, and Afghanistan’s girls are being deprived of it by a systematic campaign waged by “gunmen and warlords who were

July 28, 2003

Futures

Tom Tomorrow linked to this story about how the Pentagon is setting up a futures market where investors can bet on the likelihood of terrorist

July 27, 2003

Sanctions

Today’s NY Times Magazine has an in-depth look at the Iraqi sanctions. It is one of the best things I’ve read on the subject. Most importantly, it

July 25, 2003

Green

It amazes how much anger normally sane people in the democratic party have for the Greens and Ralph Nader. There have been a string of virulent

July 22, 2003

Bestiality

Dr. Josephine Ho, one of Taiwan’s leading researchers and political activists on issues of gender and sexuality is under attack for having linked to

July 21, 2003

Overtime

Bush is trying to kill overtime pay for millions of workers: The Bush administration is trying to push through new regulations — without public

July 18, 2003

Fascism

In response to the rising tide of people using the “F-word” to describe the Bush administration’s numerous tactics for dividing the world into those

July 18, 2003

Patriotism

From Gary Hart’s Web Log: Whenever someone’s patriotism is questioned or judgments rendered about who is and who is not patriotic it always seems

July 2, 2003

Privacy

Following on my marriage post, I think this link to Balkinization deserves an entry of its own. Jack Balkin has an excellent post which clarifies a

July 1, 2003

Marriage

One of the interesting things about the recent Supreme Court decision on the Texas anti-Sodomy law was the way in which it went out of its way to

June 30, 2003

Debt

To be honest, I’m in way over my head on this word. For one thing, there are so many different kinds of debt that people talk about. Just