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Jesus and Mo Think Evolution is so Stupid *

Sep 28th, 2006 | Filed by

They tell the barmaid all about it.… Read the rest

Roger Scruton on Noam Chomsky *

Sep 28th, 2006 | Filed by

The constructive criticism the US so much needs is sacrificed to self-righteous rage.… Read the rest

Robert Birnbaum Interviews Sean Wilentz *

Sep 28th, 2006 | Filed by

Combining the history of great men and the history of social forces.… Read the rest

Efraim Karsh on Karen Armstrong *

Sep 28th, 2006 | Filed by

Her book is a thinly veiled hagiography, depicting the prophet as a quintessential man of peace.… Read the rest

Scott McLemee on Michael Bérubé *

Sep 28th, 2006 | Filed by

The author assumes on the part of the reader both skepticism and an open mind. … Read the rest

Here’s three on’s are sophisticated

Sep 27th, 2006 8:35 pm | By

There is sophistication and then there is sophistication.

In this age of terror fueled by the ideology of Islamic extremism, some old insights of the liberal historiography of the roots and nature of Nazism remain relevant. In works published in the 1960s and 1970s, two of Nazism’s preeminent historians…made a similar point about the political significance of ideological fanaticism…This underestimation, the refusal or inability to understand that Hitler meant what he said was thought to be a mark of political sophistication in the 1930s…The great classic of the postwar years which did take Nazi ideology seriously, Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, took specific issue with this liberal and left-wing reductionism. Arendt…redefined the meaning of political sophistication so

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Why Self-censorship is Dangerous and Misguided *

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It represents a huge victory for anyone who thinks terror is a legitimate means of political response.… Read the rest

Underestimating Fanaticism *

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Refusal to understand Hitler meant what he said was thought to be a mark of political sophistication.… Read the rest

Andre Glucksmann on Fanatic Warriors *

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The end of the blocs liberated not only the democracies, but also homicidal and genocidal impulses.… Read the rest

Germany Holds its First ‘Conference on Islam’ *

Sep 27th, 2006 | Filed by

The 30 participants are to address issues of coexistence of Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany. … Read the rest

Critics Condemn Opera Cancellation *

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German politicians cautioned against taking self-censorship too far. … Read the rest

Deutsche Oper Drops ‘Idomeneo’ over Jesus and Mo *

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Director’s staging has a scene with severed heads of Poseidon, Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha. … Read the rest

Samira Mohyeddin on Hossein Derakhshan *

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Slap in the face to all Iranians who have given their lives for freedom both in and outside of Iran. … Read the rest

Danny Postel and Samira Mohyeddin on Hossein Derakhshan

Sep 27th, 2006 1:52 am | By

Did you read this? I put it in News a few days ago. It’s Danny Postel’s openDemocracy comment on Hossein Derakhshan’s article, also in openDemocracy, about Ramin Jahanbegloo’s release from prison. It’s interesting. I thought Derakhshan’s article was quite worrying and depressing and discouraging, and Postel says that and a good deal more.

Derakhshan asserts that Jahanbegloo’s “confession” was authentic – Indeed even “the possibility of it being imposed on him by his interrogators” is, according to his logic, “rule[d] out”. The most obvious and immediate question involved is: how in the world could Derakhshan lay claim to such knowledge, let alone rule out the very possibility that Jahanbegloo’s “confession” was coerced or imposed?

Well, yes. One does … Read the rest

Mehdi Kia on Movements from Below in Iran *

Sep 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Workers, women, students demand basic rights from Ahmadinejad – and get bloody beatings for it.… Read the rest

Rumors Still Impeding Polio Vaccination *

Sep 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Myths largely responsible for spread of polio into many countries where it was once stamped out.… Read the rest

EPA Rejects Scientific Advice on Particulates *

Sep 26th, 2006 | Filed by

Scientists say particulates are among the deadliest contaminants people are exposed to.… Read the rest

Hundreds of Women Gathered to Mourn Amajan *

Sep 26th, 2006 | Filed by

‘There is no security for anyone now in Kandahar,’ one woman said, sobbing through her veil.… Read the rest

Women’s Rights not a Priority in Afghanistan *

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Sam Zarifi of Human Rights Watch: ‘A lot of small rights which women gained are now being wiped out.’… Read the rest

Taliban Commander says Amajan was ‘Executed’ *

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Most marriages in Afghanistan are forced; most forced marriages are of girls under 16.… Read the rest