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How the Quietly Radical ‘Black Panther’ Took Over Hollywood

Marvel’s most prominent black superhero hasn’t always been one of its superstars. But the Afrofuturist, anti-imperialist worldview the series espouses makes it perfect for the moment.<p>If you’ve been to a movie theater at any point in the past 20 years, there is a steep statistical probability that …

Comics

I’m a law professor, and I teach my students how to destroy American democracy

In my classes on authoritarian regimes, I used to lecture my students on how modern authoritarians have abandoned the openly repressive tactics of their predecessors. Today’s authoritarians frequently come to power by democratic elections and then erode democracy through seemingly legitimate means. …

Political Science

Liberal Totalitarianism and the Trump Diversion

The ongoing political circus in the capital of the world’s most powerful empire opens almost daily with a new act each day showcasing an even more …

Surveillance

The Hope Hicks pity party: White female privilege in action

Hope Hicks is nobody’s victim. She is not an innocent. She chose to enable Trump and must face the consequences<p>Whiteness is the complexion for the protection -- and being white and female comes with great privileges as well.<p>According to Wednesday's New York Times, Justice Department special counsel …

Donald Trump

Modi might be the only world leader whose Twitter use is more problematic than Trump’s

”Anyone who doesn’t agree with them is given special attention, sent death threats, rape threats, sexually harassed.”<p>“That’s when I started realizing, ‘Wow, my country’s changing for the worse.’”

India

South Africa will deploy military to guard Cape Town’s water once the taps are shut off

Cape Town, a city of 4 million, is set to run out of water on April 12. “We have reached a point of no return,” Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, said in an address last week.<p>The South African city plans to cut off access to the municipal water supply on that date—73 days from now—after which the …

South Africa

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Social Sciences

Just like India, America has its own caste system

In the US, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race, or both. Consider, for example, criticism that Republicans’ new tax plan is a weapon of “class warfare,” or accusations that the recent US government shutdown was racist.<p>As an India-born novelist and scholar who teaches in …

India

Classified Evidence: US Soldiers Raped Boys in Front of Their Mothers

<b>(ANTIMEDIA)</b> — According to a number of global mainstream media sources, the Pentagon is covering up a disturbing video that was never made public …

Sociology

India Should Be Grateful to Alauddin Khilji for Thwarting the Mongol Invasions

At a time when most of the medieval world was laid waste by the brutality of the Mongol armies, Khilji kept India – and its culture and civilisation …

Peterson unmasks stitch-up of TV interviews

My politics are very different from Jordan Peterson’s, but like many people I was engrossed by his recent interview with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman. In …

Dogs

How Can We Bridge the Widening Global Inequality Gap?

For the past five years, I have carried Oxfam's call to tackle global inequality to the rich and powerful people attending the World Economic Forum …

Equality

5 Household Products That Are Slowly Destroying the Environment

Having a clean house is great — but a clean environment is even better.<p>Many of the household and kitchen items we use on a daily basis may seem …

Recycling

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the …

Censorship

Apart from the Haj, India subsidises a range of pilgrimages – most of them Hindu

But these expenditures are never viewed with concern about thrift or secularism.<p>Every few years, the question is raised of the Haj subsidy given by …

How do you write about your own ‘madness and melancholia’ when you aren’t sure if it is behind you?

Even after writing ‘How to Travel Light: My Memories of Madness and Melancholia’ Shreevatsa Nevatia knows there is no forgetting.<p>Shreevatsa Nevatia …

Monbiot is not only a hypocrite, but a bully too

It is time for George Monbiot’s legion of supporters to call him out. Not only is he a hypocrite, but he is becoming an increasingly dangerous …

Watch the video on Israeli racism The New York Times didn't want you to see

Regular readers of The Electronic Intifada are familiar with the shocking and escalating racism in Israel against people from countries in Africa.<p>Our …

Anti-Syrian Muslim Refugee Rhetoric Mirrors Calls to Reject Jews During Nazi Era

During the 1930s and early 1940s, the United States resisted accepting large numbers of Jewish refugees escaping the Nazi terror sweeping Europe, in …

Will 2018 be a year of solidarity in dissent?

In an age where “secular” is a contested word, the only way we can better our record of communal harmony is by standing up against hate<p><i>The 11th day</i> …

‘Don’t Want to End up Like Gauri Lankesh, Mohammed Afrazul’: Humans of Hindutva Quits Facebook

“I hope those who threatened me consider this as a victory and leave us alone.”<p><b>New Delhi:</b> Humans of Hindutva, the controversial Facebook page that …

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

The clash between the classical order and Christianity is a tale of murder and vandalism wrought by religious zealotry, evoking modern-day parallels<p>“The theologian,” wrote Edward Gibbon in his classic <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire</i><i>,</i> “may indulge the pleasing task of …

Homeland Security’s Multibillion Dollar Comedy Show

<i>Image by James Bovard.</i>After the 9/11 attacks, Congress and the Bush administration pretended that unlimited federal spending was one of the best ways …

Surveillance

56,000 layoffs and counting: India’s IT bloodbath this year may just be the start

For Indian techies, 2017 was the stuff of nightmares. One of the top employment generators until a few years ago, India’s $160 billion IT industry …

Why 41 percent of white millennials voted for Trump

In the year since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, many have continued to debate what motivated those who voted for him. We wanted to understand Trump voters among millennials, the generation that will make up the largest share of the voting-eligible population in the …

Demographics

Neuroscientist Christof Koch on Free Will

“Freedom is always a question of degree rather than an absolute good that we do or do not possess.”<p><i>“I want to be free,”</i> seventeen-year-old Sylvia Plath declared in a letter to her mother — a yearning that hurled her in the inevitable logical direction of the larger question of what freedom really …

Here’s Everything Wrong With White Feminism In One Photo

Jessica Chastain, what’s good<p>The <i>Los Angeles Times</i> released its latest entertainment cover story this week, and it’s a big one, featuring some of Hollywood’s most prominent actresses, all talking about the importance of speaking their minds within an historically sexist industry. The headline under …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Big Ideas

Forget Coates vs. West — We All Have a Duty to Confront the Full Reach of U.S. Empire

So, which side are you on? #TeamWest or #TeamCoates?<p>Choose fast, preferably within seconds, and don’t come to this gunfight with a knife. No, like …

Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich

It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and …