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Socially Constructed Reality

If a society however diverse must find a way to fit its separate realities into “a coherent view that the entire culture can comprehend,” then we can see that we are in danger of losing that coherence in America today.

Stoking Hatred, Once Again

Donald Trump is calling for a complete ban on Muslim immigrants, students or tourists coming to the U.S. Is this a new American fascism?

Thomas Piketty: A Security-Minded Response Isn’t Enough

“It’s clear: terrorism nourishes itself on the powder keg of inequality in the Middle East that we have contributed a lot to create. … It is through equitable social development that hate will be defeated.”

Get the UN Involved to Fix Syria

The UN needs to intervene to fix the crisis in Syria. Assad needs to go, and all Syria’s neighbors must unite to destroy ISIS. For this to succeed, the US must work with all interested parties through the UN.

A Friend in Trouble for Speaking Out

An old blogger/activist friend, Hicham Almiraat, has been accused in the Moroccan justice system of a charge that translates roughly as “receiving foreign money for activities that undermine people’s faith in the government.” He risks a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Netanyahu, Hitler Apologist?

Benjamin Netanyahu now claims that Hitler didn’t want to annihilate the Jews until he was given the idea by a Palestinian!

Vote Trump for a Pure America!

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?” “We’re going to be looking at that and many other things.”

Is the World Splitting into Tribes?

This article calls into question the “liberal consensus” that we are moving, slowly but surely, toward a future of greater democracy, prosperity, and freedom around the world. The consequence, the author says, is a return to tribalization (extreme nationalism) whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East.

Excellent Horse-Like Lady

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un recently machine-gunned his former girlfriend, a pop singer.


Today I found myself, not for the first time, arguing with a friend whether the U.S. under Bush was “sincere” in its desire to bring democracy to the Middle East. I went back to an April 2003 article by Josh Marshall, in which he lays out the grand vision neoconservatives had at the time, improbable as it was, in the first days of the war in Iraq.