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Why Thai Officials Did Not Warn of Tsunami *

Dec 29th, 2004 | Filed by

High tourist season, hotels full, no way to tell direction of waves.… Read the rest

Laurie Taylor on Dictionary of FN *

Dec 29th, 2004 | Filed by

Too many cheap shots, but some funny bits too. (Cheap? Moi?)… Read the rest

Whose Community, Again?

Dec 28th, 2004 8:27 pm | By

Exactly. How very seldom this kind of thing gets pointed out:

Second, the promotion of religion in public life, especially under New Labour, has not only legitimised “rotten” multiculturalism – where culture has long given way to religion, particularly if it is capable of delivering ethnic minority votes. It has also created space in institutional forums that has been exploited by communities such as the Sikhs. While the sentiments of inter-religious dialogues are noble, the result is often to stifle dissent within religions and essentialise particular traditions as representing the Sikh, Muslim, Christian or Hindu way. In a highly plural and secular society, nothing could be further from the truth.

Just exactly so. All this pious invocation of ‘community’ and … Read the rest

NY Times Retrospective on Sontag *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Links to reviews, interviews, profiles.… Read the rest

Sontag in the New York Times *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Arthur Danto: ‘she dealt as a literary and philosophical intellectual with the deep problems of human life in our times.’… Read the rest

Susan Sontag in the Times *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Stanley Aronowitz called her ‘the critic as star’; Sontag was ambivalent about this status.… Read the rest

Susan Sontag 1933-2004 *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

The BBC.… Read the rest

NY Times Tries to Be Scott McLemee, Fails *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Very lame MLA-tease, falls flat.… Read the rest

Gurharpal Singh on the Real Losers from Behzti *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

This is a multiculturalism which promotes religion and stifles dissent.… Read the rest

Rushdie Disgusted Ministers Did Nothing *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

‘Bookshops and theatres are full of things that would upset an interest group.’… Read the rest

Physics Envy, Biology Envy, Quantum Flapdoodle *

Dec 28th, 2004 | Filed by

Cartesian dreams fade in the face of the complexities of biology.… Read the rest

Popularity at School: the Hardest Work There Is *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Smart kids don’t have time or attention for it; whence the nerd.… Read the rest

Rushdie Horrified at Closure of Behzti *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

And at response of government ministers.… Read the rest

Early Warning System Could Have Saved Thousands *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Governments discussed, but failed to act.… Read the rest

Death Toll at 12,300 *

Dec 27th, 2004 | Filed by

Officials in LA tried to warn of tsunami; 15 minute walk would have meant safety.… Read the rest

Disaster? What Disaster? Hey, What’s the Score?

Dec 26th, 2004 7:50 pm | By

Well happy Boxing Day. Nothing like a gigantic global disaster to perk things up.

I’ve just been ranting at Crooked Timber about the bizarre shortage of coverage on US television. Silly me, I thought that what with the number of countries affected, the vast geographic sweep from Somalia to Indonesia, picking up the Maldives, southern India, Bangladesh, Burma, and Thailand on the way, and the immense number of people known killed already which is sure to rise astronomically once the counting gets going – that even here in the notoriously uninterested provincial triviality-obsessed US, people would be mildly interested. But if they are, you would never know it from looking at tv news. India and Indonesia might as well be … Read the rest

Death Toll Expected to Rise Sharply *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

The wave swept all settlements on the coast in northern Aceh province.… Read the rest

At Least 2200 Killed in Indonesia *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Tidal waves and flooding are lethal.… Read the rest

More Than 2000 Killed in South India *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on southern coast hit by massive waves.… Read the rest

Countries Hit *

Dec 26th, 2004 | Filed by

From Somalia to Indonesia.… Read the rest