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Controversy Brewing

about 5 years ago

Who are the "Tea Party" activists, and what do they hope to accomplish? Will their crusade purify American conservatism or factionalize it further? Former Republican House Minority leader Dick Armey, a key Tea Party supporter, offered his take at Big Think today. In a wide-ranging discussion ...

Novel Copy

What's Wrong With Objectivity

about 5 years ago

The New York Times reported today that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s office asked a Manhattan high school newspaper to alter quotations of the Justice following a talk he gave at the school. As a result, the high school paper’s story on the talk was delayed. Although Justice Kennedy is ...

Waq al-Waq

The Saudization of AQAP

about 5 years ago

I finally carved out some time today to read over the transcript of Muhammad 'Abd al-Rahman Sulayman al-Rashad's recent audio tape. This is the second anti-Shi'a screed from AQAP in a short time. I wrote about the first one, from Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, here. It is significant, I believe, that both ...

Waq al-Waq

Programming Note (Updated)

about 5 years ago

For those with any interest, I will be on al-Jazeera English this evening - sometime around 8 pm EST - discussing US-Yemeni relations. Update: It turns out I had the time and subject wrong, I went on at 7:15 and talked about the Huthi conflict. Who knew?

Waq al-Waq

Self-Fulfulling Prophecy

about 5 years ago

I want to follow up on something that Greg hinted at yesterday (for those new to this blog, I used to write frequently, but got sidetracked by other things. This isn't just some guy hijacking the blog to talk). He mentioned that the constant drumbeat by the government regarding Iranian interference ...

Daylight Atheism

Jehovah's Witnesses Hate the Smurfs

about 5 years ago

By Sarah Braasch In the early 80's, the primary preoccupations of the Jehovah's Witnesses were Armageddon, Smurfs, Michael Jackson and demonic attack, but not necessarily in that order. As a young Jehovah's Witness girl, my worldview was what you might describe as surreal. Smurfs were little ...