Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ways of Seeing – With Spinoza as his muse, John Berger blends sketches with meditations on the world we live in…

from The Boston Globe – December 4, 2011 – Richard Eder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism 1987. Reflecting on the unceasing efforts of his friend, the Indian novelist and activist Arundhati Roy, to denounce injustice and oppression, John Berger cautions: … Continue reading

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One Of The World’s Most Powerful Speeches (VIDEO) – Youth Empowerment

From Liberals Unite – May 21, 2014 Actor Martin Sheen discusses a lifetime of activism in this touching and fun talk from We Day 2010. See video. “We Day is an annual ‘youth empowerment’ event organized by the Free the … Continue reading

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Turkey – Erdogan will preside over a divided Turkey

“There would appear to be a paradox here: Mr Erdogan has a preternatural rapport with Turkish voters and a political tin ear. From where he stands, however, there is no contradiction. He addresses himself not to Turkey but what he … Continue reading

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Art and Alienation: Now vs. Then – W.H. Auden

 The New York Review of Books  Lame Shadows W.H. Auden – republished October 24, 2013 The New York Review published over fifty poems, essays, and reviews by W.H. Auden (1907–1973) between 1963 and 1986. The following is an extract from “Lame Shadows,” his … Continue reading

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When I despair

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think … Continue reading

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Here’s Why Nigeria Hasn’t Yet Found Its 300 Missing Girls

Consumed by rage at the abductions (ongoing) in Nigeria it’s hard to sit still and read a lot of words about it. In few words, Irshad Manji, the Muslim reformer, nails it. After that catharsis I’m more disposed to take … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders

Thomas Jefferson’s curiosity towards religion and penchant for progressive thinking led him to purchase a Qu’ran in 1765, which would influence his thoughts on religious freedom and choices in the founding of the United States of America. Denise Spellberg, Associate Professor of … Continue reading

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