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The Owl of Minerva flies high over Wasilla, Alaska

May 26, 2011

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By Dawn Occidere As the most common interpretation of Middle Eastern history goes, the Arab countries’ defeat in the 1967 war with Israel marked the beginning of the end of secular Arab nationalism, and the subsequent rise of radical Islamism.  The events of 1967 were a crushing defeat for the secular Arab regimes.  For some […]

Charge it to a Bitch: There Is Only Palestine

May 22, 2011

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By Eduardo Dijo Warning: This essay contains explicit language and adult content and therefore it is intended only for mature audiences. “Sing, Goddess, of the rage, of Peleus’ son Achilles, The accursed rage, which brought pain to thousands of the Achaeans.” We all know that democracy is precious, but how precious is it exactly? Is […]

The New Middle Passage, and the Aristocracy of Citizenship: On Immigration

May 18, 2011

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By Larry Duvalier One of today’s headlines: “513 people found in 2 trucks headed to U.S.”  Advanced x-ray technology allowed Mexican authorities in the southern state of Chiapas to detect and stop two truckloads of illegal immigrants headed toward the U.S.  The image released, intended to showcase the high-tech savvy behind this “great victory” of […]

Vicissitudes of Freedom: Ignorant Causes and Causes of Ignorance

May 17, 2011

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By Eduardo Dijo After an eight-year manhunt costing billions of dollars and who knows how many innocent lives, involving unprecedented advantages in terms of technology and manpower, US forces finally managed to catch an elderly man who was dying of kidney failure while hiding out in his harem. “Yes we can!” Are we seriously supposed […]

The Owl of Minerva flies high over Helsinki

May 8, 2011

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By Dawn Occidere The true irony of the Arab Spring is that, whilst the Arabs openly declare their allegiance to the universal of political democracy, the Europeans move toward the particularity of their right-wing nationalist parties.  The logic of Eurocentrism posits “the West” as the progressive democratic universal, and “the East” as the backward theological […]

Peruvian Racism Rises Again: the new face of an old animal

May 2, 2011

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By Javier Puente Peruvian presidential elections held on April 10th have led the country into a rather disappointing scenario.  The final round will be between former Army commander Ollanta Humala Tasso and Keiko Fujimori, Alberto’s daughter.  Ollanta has allegedly received financial support and political influence from Hugo Chávez, while Keiko carries with her most of […]

Hopefully Bin Ladin’s death won’t really matter

May 2, 2011

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By Bruno Fournier Excellent news!  The bastard finally got what he deserved.  It’s been a long time in the coming.  In a thoroughly ironic twist and turn of history, Barack Obama has now achieved what Mikhail Gorbachev could not. Down at the White House, everyone is gathered around, celebrating, and waving the American flag.  “U.S.A.”  […]

Struggle or Extinction? And Other Inexorable Questions

May 1, 2011

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By Phil Ingram It has been said that any thinker who is proceeding along the philosophical road must eventually cross the bridge known as the most basic question of philosophy – materialism or idealism: the relationship of being and consciousness – before he or she can seriously begin delving into those “general theoretical, world-view questions […]

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