Monthly Archives: September 2009

At the U.N., nothing compares to the day that Che Guevara showed up

For observers of the United Nations, yesterday – a day of noisy protests; a day of impassioned speeches from Barack Obama, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Muammar Qaddafi – was a day unlike any other in recent memory. Qaddafi’s rambling oratory was … Continue reading

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Racists and Obama: It started with McCain's campaign in 2008

In his book, “Gook: John McCain’s Racism and Why It Matters,” author Irwin A. Tang details the long arc of McCain’s antipathy toward people of color. One example: For 30 years, McCain was unrepentant about using the word “gook” to … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson’s cemetery: A visit to the pop star’s final resting place

Her name is Janet Lee, and she spends much of her time in a booth at the main entrance to the Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Glendale, California. A graceful woman in her 50s or 60s, Lee is … Continue reading

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Muslim punk music: A 9/11 story

Around the world, the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is always pause for reflection – a chance to commemorate the innocent people who lost their lives eight years ago, a chance to reassess the impact of the most cataclysmic event … Continue reading

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Images of war dead: Why don’t Americans see more?

The photo shows a U.S. Marine on the brink of death in Afghanistan. Blood and flesh are visible, with the Marine’s face half-way buried in mud and dirt. A photographer for the Associated Press took the image, which the news … Continue reading

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Comic superheroes inspired by Islam: An interview with Naif al-Mutawa

Talking about his Islam-inspired comic-book series, “The 99,” Naif al-Mutawa says, “We’re the first-ever intellectual property that was launched from the region (of Kuwait) that has been able to go global.” Al-Mutawa isn’t bragging — just stating a fact that … Continue reading

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