Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Robert Silvers was our greatest editor

Robert Silvers died this week but his New York Review of Books brought me years of pleasure

Tracking the incompetent Trump cabinet

Bush’s team bungled Hurricane Katrina but they were professionals compared to Trump’s gang

Warrior-gymnasts in Tonkin, Vietnam, 1909

French overlords in colonial-era Vietnam make the locals do ridiculous things


The generosity of the Quebec City eulogy

After the massacre at a Quebec City mosque, a lesson in how to defeat hate

Homs, Syria after five years of war

Drone video footage shows there’s no life left in Syria’s third largest city

Charles de Gaulle campaign poster

After the attacks by Islamic State in Paris the old slogan “With You, For You” is fitting


Bashar al-Assad stonewalls Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose gets in a theater of the absurd debate with Assad and loses

The amazing marginalia of In Search of Fatima

A reader hostile to everything lets her feelings be known

The New York Times shuts down India Ink

The Times gives up being local everywhere, returns to the parochial interests of a US audience


Where the non-Christian Americans are

Christians abound but that does not make the US a Christian country

Narendra Modi mask at a BJP rally

Why Narendra Modi is a bad choice for India

India is too internally diverse to privilege any single group within society, but Modi will try

#Rwanda20yrs

An archive documenting the Rwandan genocide 20 years on, along with much else


Sisi builds his regime

Joshua Stacher explains the violence and repression in Egypt

98.1% of Egyptians vote for the Sisi constitution

By comparison, Mubarak only claimed 88.6% of Egyptians voted for him in his last election in 2005

Two constitutions, one triumph

Tunisia got it right with their new constitution while Egypt reverted to old authoritarian habits


Dead, but right, in Beirut

Hezbollah can’t kill everyone in Lebanon who believes it should give up its weapons

Interview with History by Oriana Fallaci, 1976

Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci lost the plot at the end but she was a wonder in her prime

Why hatred is easier than reason

Passion — even when wrong — stirs more than reason, which is why prejudice is so powerful


Prayer of Fear by Mosireen

The media collective Mosireen perfectly captures the current moment in Egypt

Robin Wright carves up the Middle East

Wright is wrong and her analysis risks looking prescriptive rather than descriptive

Was the coup in Egypt even necessary?

Morsi might have been forced from power anyway, but the military short circuited that


Draft articles of impeachment for Morsi now

Even elected leaders can lose their legitimacy; Egypt needs a legal statement to that effect

Sanity on immigration policy, near at last

Republicans still hate Hispanic cultural influence but they’re relenting on immigration policy

Video drones over Taksim Square in Istanbul

When the police control the streets, video drones can see what they are up to