Monthly Archives: March 2009

Fox News and the ‘Clash of Civilizations’

Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington died in December of 2008, but his legacy – unfortunately – lives on with his book, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order,” an altogether distorted look at (among other things) … Continue reading

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The War of Words Over Muslim Head Scarves

     The pattern is always the same: A media outlet profiles a woman in a Muslim head scarf, prompting scorn from readers/viewers/listeners who say the woman is (select one) oppressed; depressed; betraying Western values by wearing her covered hair … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman's Poison Pen

Attack From the Left: Paul Krugman’s Poison Pen | Newsweek Business | Newsweek.com.      An interesting profile of the New York Times’ columnist, written by one of Newsweek’s best writers, that gets into the nitty-gritty of Paul Krugman’s outlook, … Continue reading

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The Ex-CIA spy, George Clooney, and Me

  Robert Baer’s official title is former CIA operative, but he’s known best in public circles as the man who begat the George Clooney movie “Syriana.” The 2005 film, which won Clooney an Oscar, was loosely based on Baer’s memoir, … Continue reading

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Mexico's State of War

Foreign Policy: State of War. Timed to Hilary Clinton’s visit to Mexico, a rash of stories have tackled the subject of Mexico’s drug wars. Terry Gross and “Fresh Air” devoted a whole show to the issue this week (http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=13), but … Continue reading

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Playwright Yasmina Reza: A Life Revealed

Life And Letters: Nowhere Woman: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker.      The New Yorker profiles a woman whose plays are celebrated by critics and the box office. The complications of her life — and her work — are … Continue reading

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Obama and the I-word (Iran)

  On the same day that Barack Obama went on television in L.A. to chat with Jay Leno about sports, politics, and the economy, he appeared on computer screens in Tehran, thanks to a pre-made video message that – like the … Continue reading

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