Norm Solomon on selective outrage over barbarism

The ever insightful Norm Soloman on the consequences of the American media's spineless and selective coverage of wartime atrocities in "Their Barbarism, and Ours" : "The story really takes us back into the 8th century, a truly barbaric world," John Burns said. He was speaking Tuesday night on the PBS "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," describing what happened to two U.S. soldiers whose bodies had just been found. Evidently they were victims of atrocities, and no one should … [Read more...]

Comparing US Muslims to European Muslims

A very interesting article in The Economist.Look out, Europe, they say Why so many Muslims find it easier to be American than to feel European … [Read more...]

KY Christians demanding schools teach “BC” and “AD”

From The Forward: Religious Groups Push Kentucky Schools To Use 'Before Christ' Activists, along with the governor and other state politicians, have accused the State Board of Education of attempting to drive Christianity from the classroom through the use of secular notations, like BCE for "Before the Common Era," in place of religious ones, like B.C. for "Before Christ." The Western calendar counts years from the traditional birth of Jesus. The use of the notations B.C. and A.D. (anno Domini, … [Read more...]

UNICEF: 25% of world children seriously underweight

UNICEF - Press centre - A Quarter of the World’s Children Seriously Underweight “The lack of progress to combat undernutrition is damaging children and nations,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, speaking on her first anniversary as head of the global children’s agency. “Few things have more impact than nutrition on a child’s ability to survive, learn effectively and escape a life of poverty.”Another snippet: “Despite progress in some countries, developing-world averages for underw … [Read more...]

Fukuyama: Neocons a gang of ‘Leninists’

While there are few more stinging put-downs on the American Right than "Leninist", I actually think Fukuyama lets them off easy in some ways.  Sure, he exposes their incredible inconsistency and brashness, but I think a full reckoning would include a few paragraphs on their stunning incompetance in governance, their Inspector Clouseau-like bumbling. I applaud him for his integrity and courage in speaking out, but too bad it took him so long to detect his comrades' manifest … [Read more...]

Hurricane Katrina and religion in America (article by me)

I have an article in the current issue of Islamica Magazine, "Comprehending Catastrophe", on the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and what it says about American political and religious life.Don't let my presence in its pages fool you.  This magazine has some heavy hitters.  Please support it. … [Read more...]

Palestinians return fire by trashing Danish flag

Since the Danish government has refused to condemn the now infamous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, a boycott effort is brewing in the Middle East. Palestinians in the West Bank are getting into the act by denigrating the Danish flag in variuos ways.  This article in a Danish newspaper shows photos of Palestinians burning and walking on the Dannebrog [pronounced "DANna-broe"], or Danish flag. Fair's fair.  If the Danish … [Read more...]

L’Etat c’est W

The Power-Madness of King George - Is Bush turning America into an elective dictatorship? By Jacob Weisberg … [Read more...]