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5 Oscar nominees you actually need to see | Waging Nonviolence

Have your friends banned you from singing Les Miserables’ anthem “Do You Hear the People Sing” one more time? Can’t stand hearing again and again about how Osama Bin Laden was or wasn’t found? If you want to watch something that will inspire and incite you, check out these five Oscar-nominated films that deserve much more attention than they’ve gotten. ...

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Book Review: Marigold: The Last Chance for Peace in Vietnam | Small Wars Journal

James G. Hershberg recreates the talks by using archival research interviews and by using his own experiences from travelling to several countries. What is perhaps the biggest takeaway was the linkage between the discussions and the planning for the 1968 Tet Offensive. The book explores the complexity of talks, which are shaped by personalities like Januz Lewandowski. Lewandowski, the Polish ...

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Musicians Aim Fighting Words at the Gambia’s Hardliner President | Global Voices

A popular music video featuring a group of artists taking aim at the president of the Gambia’s tightening grip on the West African country is making the rounds among Gambians home and abroad. Musicians Xuman, Djily Bagdad, Tiat, and Ombre Zion accuse Gambian President Yahya Jammeh of despotism in the song titled “Against Impunity” published on YouTube, rapping in English ...

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Zero Dark Torture – By Laura Pitter | Foreign Policy

Zero Dark Thirty, the movie drama of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has spawned a wide array of commentary. None is as misleading or morally disturbing, however, as the one from former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez, who seized on the film as an opportunity to defend — and completely distort — the CIA torture program he supervised. This ...

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Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style | TomDispatch

Seven Easy, Onscreen Steps to Making U.S. Torture and Detention Policies Once Again Palatable By Karen J. Greenberg On January 11th, 11 years to the day after the Bush administration opened its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s deeply flawed movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, opens nationwide. The filmmakers and distributors are ...

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Art and the Arab Awakening | FPIF

Often overlooked by international coverage, the Arab world’s artists have helped foster a more vibrant civil society in the wake of the Arab Spring, pointing the way to more durable democratic institutions. Faten Rouissi—a Tunisian artist, activist, and resident of a suburb north of the Tunisian capital of Tunis—took notice of all the burned cars crammed into a vacant lot ...

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Kevin Powers on The Yellow Birds: ‘I felt those things, and asked the same questions’ | The Guardian

The title of Kevin Powers’ debut novel comes from a marching song he learned on manoeuvres with the US army. “A yellow bird/With a yellow bill,” it goes, “was perched upon/ my windowsill./I lured him in/With a piece of bread/And then I smashed/His fucking head …” The lines, which looped round and through his 2004 tour of Iraq, snagged unshakeably ...

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