Susan Dougherty

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Officials quoting a holy text to justify repressive policies is something we who grew up in the Arab world have seen before<p>If there was a dictator’s playbook, the Donald Trump administration would now be on the “Instrumentalise Religion” chapter. Last week, in what sounded like the launch of a US …

Immigration

This Is What It Was Like to Be a Teenager in the Middle Ages

<i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at History Today.</i><p>We have a tendency to associate youth …

Ancient History

‘This Is a Place That Just Sucks Your Soul’

Tea Partier Raúl Labrador swept into Congress ready to dismantle Washington. Now he’s going home, more disillusioned than ever.<p>It was the opening week of the 112th Congress, in January 2011, when Raúl Labrador, then a rookie congressman representing Idaho’s 1st District, joined 86 other Republican …

U.S. Politics

Fathers also want to ‘have it all,’ study says

Have you seen the T-shirt slogan: Dads don’t babysit (it’s called “parenting”)?<p>This slogan calls out the gendered language we often still use to talk …

Ernst & Young

How the ‘Watergate Babies’ Broke American Politics

They arrived and began opening up Congress. They ended up inadvertently institutionalizing a distinctly partisan and confrontational style that permeates contemporary American politics today.<p>For millions of Americans, from political analysts to readers confronting their morning newspapers, the …

Political Science

How Title IX Gave Rise to the Dad Fan

Mari Uyehara on how, from Chloe Kim to Brandi Chastain, Dad Fandom became as part and parcel of Dadhood as cracking a cold beer or telling bad jokes.<p><b>Among the breakout superstars of the 2018 Winter Olympics</b> was 17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim, whose Valley Girl vibe almost belied her technical …

Title IX

How Donald Trump Got Played By a Ruthless Dictator

Before President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued their joint statement on Tuesday afternoon in Singapore, before the two men met in …

North Korea

Is It Time to Reconsider Traffic Stops?

What researchers found after analyzing data gathered from 20 million stops in North Carolina.<p>While traffic stop interactions with the police may be shrugged off as brief inconveniences for whites, for black Americans, they can lead to humiliation, violence, and even death. This has become clear …

Law Enforcement

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

Are literary classics behind the misogyny of the incel movement?

One month ago, Alek Minassian drove through a Toronto shopping district in a rented van, killing 10 people and injuring 16 more. Analysis of Minassian’s online activity – where he participated in forums for the involuntarily celibate, or incels – quickly revealed the attack’s motivation: he was …

Literature

The World’s Largest GMO Study Was Launched By Russians In 2014. Then It Disappeared.

“The basic idea is to create doubts in people’s minds, whether about Big Agriculture, or chemtrails, or anything else.”<p><b>In late 2014,</b> an obscure Russian group called a press conference in London to announce the launch of the “world’s largest international study” — a three-year, $25 million …

Agriculture

Wild Horse Show in Germany: Pictures

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth archival exhibit coming to Oxford

Oxford University was legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien’s home for much of his life. The creator of <i>The Hobbit</i> and <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> was a student …

Literature

The Prancing Pony Podcast

Self Defense

moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars

On the Hunt for the Lost Wonders of Medieval Britain

Does a millennium-old manuscript hold the key to hidden, awe-inspiring places?<p>The day was departing when we arrived at the old, gray church and its …

Archaeology

Holy Saturday and Lord of the Rings

One of Catholicism’s greatest contributions is the great artists it has produced. I have written elsewhere about how the deeply incarnation and …

How Smoking a Pipe Turned Me Into a Calvinist

April 1, 2018 by Chuck McKnight<p>Everyone knows of the health risks associated with smoking a pipe. But no one ever warned me about the far greater …

Pacific Theatre Presents: TOLKIEN By Ron Reed

Where can friendship take us? The enduring worlds created by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis changed the face of fantasy forever. Frodo, Aslan, the …

New biography of Tolkien’s guardian announced

New biography of Tolkien’s guardian announced<p>Posted by Michael Flowers at 18:24 on<p>Luna Press Publishing has today announced the forthcoming …

One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Earliest Middle-Earth Stories Will Be Published as a Novel

In 1916, J.R.R. Tolkien fell ill while fighting on the frontlines of World War I and was sent back to his native England to recover. During this …

Nazi Leads GOP Field For CA Senate, Calls Trump His Inspiration, Vows To "Remove Jews From Power"

Now that they have a friend in the White House, the Anti-Semites are coming out from under their rocks, with a vengeance:<p>A relatively unknown U.S. …

Israel faces ugly reckoning on refugees and racism

<b>(CNN) —</b> I am a black woman who carries the quintessential Jewish surname, Cohen. My father in-law was Jewish and my mother's paternal family are Jewish.<p>As such, I have insights into and experiences involving both communities. The complexity of my identification in many ways enabled me to write the …

Israel

The Price of Getting Inside Trump’s Head

Michael Cohen has profited from it, but we’re all Trumpologists now.<p>On Easter Sunday, Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor, was holding forth in the green room at ABC News in New York before going on the air. A friend of Donald Trump from well before the 2016 campaign, Christie had run …

Something's Wrong with This Story About Trump and Schneiderman

Many are still reeling from the allegations against (former) New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and now it appears that Donald Trump and …

Donald Trump

Trump Made 6 Populist Promises. He Has Now Broken Them All.

One of Donald Trump’s most well-received and attention-grabbing campaign promises was that he would allow the federal government to negotiate the …

Dear Black Male Nerds: Maybe There’s Another Reason the Popular Black Girls in High School Rejected You

By now you have watched and likely discussed Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) and his new video, “This Is America.” Whether you love it or hate …

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is badly written anti-male propaganda

I’m so tired of hearing “The Handmaid’s Tale” described as “one of the world’s greatest pieces of literature,” as the television adaptation’s showrunner was quoted as calling it in the April 29 Arts & Style article “Book’s ending brings show’s new start.” It is not. It is anti-American, anti-male …

Literature

The Defense That Failed White Nationalists

Marchers from last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville who attacked a black counter-protester made a claim that has often worked for police officers: They acted in self-defense.<p>The photographs of the beating show DeAndre Harris curled up in a ball on the floor of a parking lot trying to …

Justice

Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump: This Will End Badly. And Probably Soon.

Giuliani knows Trump well enough to know that Trump will turn on him fast. Here’s a preview of how this is going to go in the coming weeks.<p>Like a …