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Archives: September 2010

Redd: What About Jerusalem?

Adrienne Redd writes in a guest column for Informed Comment After remaining silent for the first month of the semester, a student in my seminar entitled “Understanding Global News” spoke up after…

Update on German Terrorist Plot

Update: The plot is alleged to have been hatched by young Muslim-German men who had been attending the same mosque in Hamburg where the 9/11 hijackers attended. Some of them went to…
Engaging the Muslim World Out in Paperback

Engaging the Muslim World Out in Paperback

Today is the official publication date for the paperback edition of my most recent book, Engaging the Muslim World. Click here to purchase It is somewhat revised, taking some of the stories…

New Polls: Dems Very Likely to Keep Senate

Jason Easley's essay looking at recent opinion polls in Kentucky, Nevada, and California argues that Democrats are substantially improving their position in senate races in each. I've been noticing the same thing.…

Worst Reporting on Green Energy of the Week

This week's award for bad environmental reporting goes to John Spear of the Toronto Star for his article on the cost of wind power in Ontario "when we don't need it." Spear…

Colbert on Immigrant Labor

Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's Colbert Report testifies before Congress on problems facing immigrant labor. Colbert's television show spoofs rightwing Fox Cable News anchors.

Attack on US Base Repulsed in Afghanistan

Afghan guerrillas attacked a US forward operating base in Gardez, Paktia Province, on Friday. NATO issued a press release, saying "The attack began when a vehicle, followed closely by four suicide vest-wearing…

Rumsfeld, Bush and the Supreme War Crime

Joyce Battle at the National Security Archive has used the Freedom of Information Act to spring classified documents from 2001 about the Bush administration's sneaky plans for getting up an aggressive war…

50 Dead, 128 wounded in Iraq Attacks

As Iraq continues to muddle along with no new government all these months after the March 7 parliamentary elections, insurgents struck in the capital. The London pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reports in Arabic…

Ahmadinejad as Cyrus the Great?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped off in Syria for consultations with his ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, this weekend, on his way to New York for the United Nations General Assembly session.…

Maher on Dr. Laura etc.

Bill Maher is starting his fall season on HBO Friday night-- here is a rant on our moment of neo-racism.... (Adult language and themes).

Maher: Tea Bag Repubs are Racist

Bill Maher comes right out with it on CNN's "Larry King Live": The Tea Bag branch of the Republican Party just does not want an African American in the White House, and…

US Drone Strikes Kill 15 in N. Waziristan

The Associated Press does an important story about an intensive drone strike campaign by the US military since September 2 in southern Afghanistan and in Pakistan's North Waziristan that has left 60…

Top Ways 9/11 Broke Islamic Law

On the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is clear that al-Qaeda was a tiny fringe terrorist movement, not a globe-straddling threat to Western societies. The organization has been decisively…

Iraqi Soldier Kills 2 Americans, Wounds 9

The killing of two American servicemen and the wounding of 9 others by a Kurdish member of Iraqi special operations unit on Tuesday at Tuz Khurmatu is a real puzzle. The US…
Toll in Quetta Bombing Rises to 65

Toll in Quetta Bombing Rises to 65

The death toll rose to 65 in Friday's deadly suicide bombing of a Shiite rally in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province in Pakistan. The Shiites had been commemorating Jerusalem Day, in…

Shiites Choose Adel Abdul Mahdi as PM Candidate

Al-Hayat writing in Arabic reports that the Shiite fundamentalist coalition, the National Iraqi Alliance, has conducted a vote and selected Adel Abdul Mahdi as the list's candidate for the post of prime…