‘The Left can’t talk in a way that convinces outsiders that it is honest.’… Read the rest
Archive for September 2006
Gardasil was found to be effective on more strains of HPV than first thought. … Read the rest
10% of young British Asians thinks ‘honour killings’ can be justified, according to BBC poll.… Read the rest
But seems to equate religious belief with sentiment, which is dubious.… Read the rest
‘Many Liberals are now hoping the writer and academic will be the next Trudeau.’… Read the rest
This is rather inspiring. There’s audio and also a full transcript.
MAATHAI: I realized part of the problems that we have in the rural areas or in the country generally is that a lot of our people are not free to think, they are not free to create, and, therefore, they become very unproductive. They may have knowledge. They may have gone to school but they are trained to be directed. They are trained to be told what to do. And that is some of the unmasking that the Green Belt Movement tries to do, is to empower people, to encourage them, to tell them it’s okay to dream, it’s okay to think, it’s okay to change your minds,
Richard Wolin on Foucault’s shift.
In American academe, that’s the gist of the Foucault story. He has been venerated and canonized as the messiah of French antihumanism: a harsh critic of the Enlightenment, a dedicated foe of liberalism’s covert normalizing tendencies, an intrepid prophet of the “death of man.”…Considerable evidence suggests that, later in life, Foucault himself became frustrated with the antihumanist credo. He underwent what one might describe as a learning process. He came to realize that much of what French structuralism had during the 1960s rejected as humanist pap retained considerable ethical and political value.
And triumphantly reinvented the wheel. Okay, I know, cheap shot, but still – bobbing about as we are these days on a … Read the rest
Later Foucault was a human-rights activist, contrary to his canonization as the progenitor of identity politics.… Read the rest
‘What he most dislikes is breezy confidence; the pieties of both left and right set him off.’… Read the rest
Accuse some left activists and Muslim extremists of using criticism of Israel as ‘pretext’ for anti-semitism.… Read the rest
‘If they sell something, whether it’s a potion or a curse, they need to pay tax.’… Read the rest
The characters delivered intricate arias of Victorian syntax and repetitive obscenity.… Read the rest
Lila Abu-Lughod has some questions.
What images do we, in the United States or Europe, have of Muslim women, or women from the region known as the Middle East? Our lives are saturated with images, images that are strangely confined to a very limited set of tropes or themes. The oppressed Muslim woman. The veiled Muslim woman. The Muslim woman who does not have the same freedoms we have. The woman ruled by her religion. The woman ruled by her men.
And now for a round of spot the irony – inadvertent irony on this occasion. Or you might call it spot the pratfall.
As the late Edward Said pointed out in his famous book, Orientalism, a transformative and critical
Article 147 says it is forbidden to do or say blasphemous things in public domain when it shocks believers.… Read the rest
Excerpts from the Cairo Trilogy with discussion by Fouad Ajami.… Read the rest
Said many Iranian intellectuals were in danger of being tricked into ‘acting against national security.’… Read the rest
Rasool Nafisi cites a new tactic in the regime’s campaign against independent free thought.… Read the rest
Images of veiled women make it hard to think about the Muslim world without thinking about women.… Read the rest
Johann Hari talks to the stand-up comic Shazia Mirza.
Shazia used to be a teacher in Tower Hamlets, where I live, and she would see Muslim girls rebelling against the chafing medieval codes of their fathers every day…Come 3.30 they put the hijab back on and they’re carted off to the mosque to rote-learn the Koran for three hours. They would come in the next day exhausted, having not done their homework, and they would say, ‘My parents say the Koran comes before homework.’” Shazia understands this better than most: her parents are, she says, “fanatics.” She was forbidden to leave the house throughout her teenage years except to go to school. “I’m a woman, and I couldn’t stand
Eric Alterman looks at what happens when people don’t think truth matters.
It’s a truism that once an accusation is leveled, it’s impossible to erase entirely from the public memory. This is doubly true when it comes to the deceased, and doubly dangerous in our political world, in which debate is driven by cable news networks that show little interest in quaint questions involving what’s actually true…Given the fact that most casual news consumers cannot be expected to sift through competing claims of evidence and the like, the media’s disregard for traditional standards of verification is one of the right wing’s most potent weapons.
Alterman cites a story (originally based on a mistake) that I F Stone was a Soviet … Read the rest