How I Got Fired

Exposing Jewish power in America has real consequences  by PHILIP GIRALDI  Two weeks ago, I wrote for Unz.com an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It sought to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. It noted that some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified, are greatly disproportionately represented in the government, media, foundations, think tanks and lobbying that is part and parcel of the deliberations that lead to formulation of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Inevitably, those policies are … Continue reading How I Got Fired

The ‘Good Monk’ Myth

Buddhist monks walk through the Shwe Indein Pagoda near Inle lake in Myanmar Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters How the Saffron Revolution, which transformed Burma ten years ago, obscured uncomfortable questions about Buddhist nationalism by JOE FREEMAN One night in Rangoon last year, I met up for beers with a man who had participated in Burma’s Saffron Revolution, which saw tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns protest the former junta, prompting a brutal military crackdown 10 years ago this week. That I was meeting a monk for beers may seem odd, but this one had long since left the … Continue reading The ‘Good Monk’ Myth

THE GIRL GANGS OF EL SALVADOR

Joining a gang seemed like the best way to evade violence for women in El Salvador, but in many cases it only put them more squarely in danger. by LAUREN MARKHAM Valentina, a chubby 17-year-old wearing hot-pink spandex shorts, pink Converse, pigtails, and heavy eyeliner, sat on a cement bench in the back of a courtyard, hunched over a cell phone she had half-concealed between her knees. The sounds of traffic, birds trilling, and the music of street vendors carried over the wall rimmed with razor wire. “I’m in for extortion,” she told me, licking a bright blue ice cream … Continue reading THE GIRL GANGS OF EL SALVADOR

Mrs Myself

image edited by W. Investigator Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption? Polina Aronson is a sociologist and the debate editor of openDemocracy Russia. She was born in St Petersburg and lives in Berlin, and is working on a book about perceptions of love in Russia and in the West. This summer I got married for the second time. Unlike my first wedding, in a town hall 11 years ago, this one was strictly informal. The ceremony took place at the Karaoke Pit in Berlin’s Mauerpark, a dilapidated concrete amphitheatre … Continue reading Mrs Myself

HOW YOU WERE TRICKED TO LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE LEGALLY DEAD

by Pao L. Chang, Contributor Waking Times The current reality of man is heavily controlled by words. As a result of that, words play a big role in shaping the reality and culture of man. Besides shaping the reality and culture of man, words also play an important role in trade. Some of the most important words used in the business of trading goods and services are related to the name. Your name plays a very important role in your life because it allows others to identify you and communicate with you. Furthermore, it allows you to operate in the realm of … Continue reading HOW YOU WERE TRICKED TO LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE LEGALLY DEAD

Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction?

ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCESCO IZZO What computers teach us about getting along. BY SIMON DEDEO From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. We were not scholars of race, or war. We were interested in the emergence of primitive cooperation. So we built machines that lived in an imaginary society, and made them play a game with each other—one known to engender complex social behavior just as surely as a mushy banana makes fruit flies. The game is called Prisoner’s Dilemma. … Continue reading Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction?

Behemoth

Directed by Zhao Liang Country: China / France Year: 2015View Trailer What are the costs of economic progress? Behemoth travels through Inner Mongolia to show the answer in un inching detail: hillsides blasted for mining; the blistered hands and diseased lungs of the miners forced to do this work to survive. Following the trajectory of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the film reveals the stunning, and ruinous, effects of unbridled greed on a nation’s land and people. https://tricycle.org/filmclub/behemoth/ Continue reading Behemoth