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By Dexter K. Flowers | Where are your hammers for these nails?

“Black Privilege” And The Twilight Of The Negro Whisperer

At first I thought “black privilege” was some kind of joke, a Chapelle-esque riff on the absurdities of how we talk about race in America. Indeed, …

Syria Is A Black Box

Amid the killing, the horrors, and the tragedies in Syria, there’s also an ideological civil war among eleven players and even more agendas. In …

Foreign Policy

“Ryan’s Choice” The Truth about Paul Ryan’s Phantom Majority

In February, former House Speaker John Boehner spoke about Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA):<p>“They’ll fix …

No One Really Gets It About WikiLeaks

In the wake of the release of Vault 7, Fareed Zakaria is the latest to display an odd and perhaps willful ignorance of what WikiLeaks is about:<p>“The …

Propaganda

Why you should NOT let Ben Carson drill a hole in your head

The US politician has claimed he could stick electrodes in your brain and have you recite verbatim a book you read 60 years ago. In no way is this true<p>Ben Carson, recently appointed US Housing and Urban Development secretary, is a qualified neurosurgeon. You therefore expect him to have some …

The Brain

​Insurmountable bills lead to water shutoffs in Baltimore

Insurmountable bills are leaving some Baltimore residents without water for long periods of time.<p>Over the last year, the 11 News I-Team has tackled …

The True History of Fake News

In the long history of misinformation, the current outbreak of fake news has already secured a special place, with the president’s personal adviser, …

Famous Philosopher: Don't Mock Trump, Propose an Actual Vision

A minority of those on the Left have responded to Trump’s election with rational reflection and a critical look at some of their positions that were …

Gerry Baker to staff: Criticism of Wall Street Journal's Trump coverage is 'fake news'

He said there's been 'a lot of nonsense appearing in the media about how unreliable our reporting is.'<p>Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerry Baker on Monday mounted a vigorous defense of his newspaper's Donald Trump coverage, pushing back aggressively on months of internal criticism that the …

How Russia sold its oil jewel: without saying who bought it

MOSCOW/LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn't possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it.<p>The stake …

Pied Piper Putin

On 12/15 Donald Trump received “A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin,” to which the then President-elect added: “His thoughts are so correct.”<p>On …

Russia

Meryl vs. MAGA

Meryl Streep may not be overrated, but the Hollywood Left surely is. The very idea of a Hollywood Left at a time when the war on unions, free speech, …

Equality

Obama Sets Chelsea Free

The president who prosecuted more people under The Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the …

Hillary Clinton

Slavoj Zizek | What Is a Communist Utopia | Full Lecture

A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of “new communism.”<p>The Slovenian cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek and the French philosopher and …

Secret Admirers

The conservative intellectuals smitten with Trump.<p>The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, betrayed no eagerness to attach his name to his creations. He called himself Publius Decius Mus, after the Roman consul …

Beyond John Berger’s Ways of Seeing

John Berger died on Monday, a few weeks after turning 90. Our grief has been poured out widely, in proportion to his great generosity. Berger’s …

Art
Russia

When The Pay Walls Come Tumbling Down

ESPN is in trouble:<p>“ESPN was thrust into the spotlight in November when the ratings company Nielsen predicted the sports juggernaut would lose <b>621,000</b> …

A philosophy professor explains why you’re not entitled to your opinion

Mike Pence has a tough job working for Donald Trump. When the president-elect lies, it often falls to his vice president-elect to defend him. For some, his defense can test the limits of logic.<p>In an interview on ABC News on Sunday (Dec. 4), anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Pence about Trump’s …

Slavoj Zizek: The Left’s Fidelity to Castro-ation

The true tragedy is that the very remaining authenticity of the Cuban revolution made it possible for the Castro brother’s government to drag on …

Cuba

Hello World, Episode 9: Inside Russia’s Creepy, Innovative Internet

Inside Russia’s Creepy, Innovative Internet<p>Episode 9: For the past five years, Russia’s been building walls around its web and packing it with tech …

Why Chomsky and Zizek are wrong on the US elections

Chomsky and Zizek clashed on voting in the US elections, but the views of both are critically flawed.<p>The torturous course and calamitous consequence of the 2016 United States presidential election is bound to sustain a critical course of reflections for quite some time to come - and quite rightly …

Another Clinton-Trump divide: High-output America vs low-output America

Last week, as my colleague Sifan Liu and I were gnawing on some questions asked by Jim Tankersley of <i>The Washington Post,</i> we happened upon a revealing …

Elections

The moral challenge of military robots arises when we delegate fighting wars

Using drones or autonomous soldiers in modern warfare may avoid some of the awfulness but does it forfeit any ethical defence for fighting in the first place?<p>Long before undergoing any proper study of war, I remember believing I had the problem sorted. In primary school, I remember remarking to …

War

Should we even go there? Historians on comparing fascism to Trumpism

Recent events around the world have prompted debate about the historical parallels between our times and the period preceding the second world war<p>Last Thursday, an 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor recorded a video which promptly went viral. She compared “the humiliation, the demonization of others” …

Democracy

Democrats Have Already Lost The 2020 Presidential Election

After Trump’s win I posted this on Facebook:<p>When the fake can’t overcome the real thing, its only option is to get real. However the upper echelon of …