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Category Archives: Somalia

You are being lied to about pirates

… or, more precisely, only being told half the story. With news of Somali pirates taking a US cargo ship captain hostage (now released by US navy rescue, involving a … Continue reading

13 April, 2009 · 7 Comments

Africonned: Somalia in the eye of the storm

BAR’s editor Glen Ford lays out in plain terms what current US foreign policy towards Africa means for Somalia.  Audio also available below: U.S-Instigated War Brings Mass Death to Somalia … Continue reading

1 December, 2007 · Leave a comment

Pilger on the Clinton era: same wine in new bottles

Rightly finding the Bush neocons abhorrent doesn’t mean that the corollary is that Clinton is somehow held up as a paragon of virtue or that it was an administration that … Continue reading

13 August, 2007 · Leave a comment

Ethnic cleansing by L’Oreal: “Because you’re worth less?”

At some point last year, I was introduced to Amina Mire’s work on skin bleaching. I was reminded of Amina’s essay Pigmentation and Empire when coming upon two of these … Continue reading

14 July, 2007 · 53 Comments

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"