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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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Middle Eastern art stars – audio slideshow | guardian.co.uk

As a new photography exhibition, Light from the Middle East, opens at the V&A in London, British Museum curator Venetia Porter talks about the best contemporary work emerging from the scene, from a series about male-only gyms photographed by a woman to images of the mothers of martyrs For more on this story, visit: Middle Eastern art stars – audio ...

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‘Cry for Peace – Voices From the Congo,’ at La MaMa | NYTimes.com

There’s a multipage chronology of Congolese history spanning the 1200s to the present day in the program for “Cry for Peace: Voices From the Congo.” Onstage a large screen offers detailed maps and dates about the Democratic Republic of Congo and its dismal past. Yet amid all the data about colonization, borders and conflicts, one moment late in this 80-minute ...

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Ban Ki-Moon likes peace-bringing value of music, including Gangnam style | GlobalPost

United Nations chief professes fondness for comedy South Korean music video in interview with AFP, considers it force for better international understanding What does Gangnam Style have to do with the United Nations, exactly? Easy: UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon happens to be a big fan. The 68-year-old Ban Ki-moon is South Korean, just like Gangnam Style star Psy, and ...

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Palestinian Rights | The Progressive

By Amitabh Pal Rock legend Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame received his social conscience as an inheritance. “I got it from my mother and father,” Waters, whose dad was an ardent political activist, told me. Waters, still retaining his rock star looks as he approaches seventy, is now so involved in the Israel/Palestine issue that he devoted two full ...

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It’s Not About Religion: A Conversation With Author and Middle East Expert Gregory Harms | TruthOut

(Image: Perceval Pr)This conversation about Harms’ new book places responsibility for US foreign policy on the US population – even as it undresses the propaganda that distorts Americans’ perception of the people in the Middle East and turns them against Muslims at home. I met Gregory Harms when he turned to me in a bar in Joliet, Illinois, after hearing ...

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Shaping Community: Poetics and Politics of the Eruv | Yale Arts Calendar

Shaping Community: Poetics and Politics of the Eruv Shaping Community:Poetics and Politics of the Eruv Three exhibitions exploring a Jewish spatial practice An exhibition curated by Margaret Olin in three parts at the ISM Gallery, the Allan and Leah Rabinowitz Gallery at the Slifka Center, and the 32 Edgewood Gallery. This Token Partnership: The Materiality of a Jewish Spatial Practice ...

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