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Official at Fish and Wildlife Vetoed Scientists *

Apr 3rd, 2007 | Filed by

Department’s inspector general says official sent internal agency documents to industry lobbyists.… Read the rest

Secret Plan to Gut Endangered Species Act *

Apr 3rd, 2007 | Filed by

Many Fish and Wildlife Service employees believe the draft is not based on ‘defensible science.’… Read the rest

Rafia Zakaria on The Silence of the Left *

Apr 3rd, 2007 | Filed by

Western leftists, prioritising their own opposition to American imperialism, have abandoned Iranian liberals.… Read the rest

Judith Butler and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak *

Apr 3rd, 2007 | Filed by

Consider the effect of the “global” on discourses of knowledge and power, literary analysis, and theories of subjectivity. … Read the rest

Jonathan Wolff on Bureaucracy and Necessity *

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There can be bureaucracy without accountability, but can there be accountability without bureaucracy?… Read the rest

The silence of the left

Apr 3rd, 2007 11:36 am | By

If you get tired of Butler and Spivak – this is better.

The most astute argument presented by Postel is his revelatory account of how Western leftists, by prioritising their own opposition to American imperialism, have abandoned Iranian liberals in their fight for freedom and democracy. Postel vehemently renounces the argument that support for pro-democracy interests in Iran somehow amounts to supporting the neo-conservative agenda. He presents engaging ideas as to how Iranian liberals have accomplished this very task. He relates in detail how Iranian human rights activists such as Akbar Ganji shun any contact with the United States government when visiting the country and focus solely on engaging with scholars, human rights organisations and civil society groups. Postel

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Knowing everything is easy and fun

Apr 3rd, 2007 10:53 am | By

I wish I could have been here. I’m excited that I can listen or watch now (although I’m not absolutely sure that I ever will, somehow), but that’s not quite the same.

The conference was organized by graduate students in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. Participants were invited to address the term “state” and to consider the effect of the “global” on discourses of knowledge and power, literary analysis, and theories of subjectivity. The conference sought to reconceptualize the global by delineating states of sentiment, desire, and affect, and examining their deployment on – or relation to – the global scene of political and economic states. In their dialogue, Butler and Spivak discuss alternative subjectivities and

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Apr 2nd, 2007 4:44 pm | By

So, like the pope with his fond references to hell and eternal punishment, that German judge made some things clear.

[T]he case brought before Frankfurt’s family court was that of a 26-year-old German woman of Moroccan origin who was terrified of her violent Moroccan husband, a man who had continued to threaten her despite having been ordered to stay away by the authorities. He had beaten his wife and he had allegedly threatened to kill her…According to the judge, there was no evidence of “an unreasonable hardship” that would make it necessary to dissolve the marriage immediately. Instead, the judge argued, the woman should have “expected” that her husband, who had grown up in a country influenced by Islamic

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André Glucksmann’s Lifetime of Indignation *

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‘There are many guardians of sleep. The thinker’s task is to fight against them.’… Read the rest

Paving the Way for a Muslim Parallel Society *

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Rulings help create a parallel Muslim world in Germany that is welcoming to Islamic fundamentalists.… Read the rest

A Breathtakingly Manipulative Speech *

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The church is used to having privilege, and sees removal of privilege as an attack on its freedom.… Read the rest

Sister of ‘Honour’ Killing Victim Threatened *

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Sister told jurors she was beaten, called a whore, accused of being too Westernised.… Read the rest

Mitchell Cohen on John Bowen on the Hijab *

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Bowen doesn’t pose the questions adequately.… Read the rest

La vie en rose

Apr 1st, 2007 2:46 pm | By

Oh, rats, there go my dreams of being part of a Group. Julian is such a killjoy.

Apparently, I am “a member of a group of freelance intellectuals who gather round The Philosophers’ Magazine and live by their pens.” Sounds very glamorous, in a bohemian kind of way. If you said three people who sit alone in front of computers all day in their underwear, it wouldn’t have quite the same ring.

Oh, is that all it is? How sad. I thought it was more than that. I had this pleasing, albeit vague, idea of a nice populous crowd of freelance intellectuals all gathered around TPM thinking. I admit I couldn’t have told you who they were if you’d … Read the rest

Raymond Tallis Lecture mp3 *

Apr 1st, 2007 | Filed by

A stirring response to everyone who thinks medicine is a scam.… Read the rest

Ben Goldacre on Consumer Drug Advertizing *

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Doctors are trained to spot bullshit, consumers not so much.… Read the rest

So, Jesus, About Your Mother *

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Mo is so insensitive sometimes.… Read the rest

Jesus and Mo on Sexual Orientation Regulations *

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Some of their best friends.… Read the rest

Quantum Feminism Found at U of Toronto! *

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Quantum feminisms do not inhabit a network; they are the network of feminist discourse in virtual space.… Read the rest

Slavoj Žižek and Jerry Cohen at the ICA *

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‘Sometimes the wrong question being asked is part of the problem.’… Read the rest