- The phantom fraud task force.
- Scientism is shallow.
- Manufacturing folk devils.
- New corporate education model: “online correspondence school for very rich adults who want to be flattered”
- CNIL: What real privacy regulation looks like, if supplemented with real fines. Compare with this podcast of Chicago profs questioning an FTC commissioner on privacy; they seem to assume the US is doing too much.
- Look who’s talking about Facebook IPO.
- Imperial CEOs: “Certainly extreme, I hear you say, but could such behavior possibly be common, much less representative? Well, yes, actually.”
- Food labeling crushes free expression; drug labelling crushes free expression; arrest of journalists does not.
- Small steps forward, for TBTF, for unpaid internships, and for networked monitoring of corporate crime.
At 8pm, I rush out of the house with a saucepan and a ladle, and as I walk to meet my fellow protesters, I hear people emerge from their balconies and the music starts. If you do not live here, I wish I could properly convey to you what it feels like; the above video is a start. It is magic. It starts quietly, a suggestion here and there, and it builds. Everybody on the street begins to smile. I get there, and we all—young and old, children and students and couples and retirees and workers and weird misfits and dogs and, well, neighbours—we all grin the widest grins you have ever seen while dancing around and making as much noise as possible. We are almost ecstatic with the joy of letting loose like this, of voicing our resistance to a government that seeks to silence us, and of being together like this.
- The Dutch East India Company and the Gulf
- Don’t mention income inequality please, we’re entrepreneurs
- UN Committee 2012 Session Concludes Israeli System Tantamount to Apartheid
- peak plastic and petronostalgia
- Bob Dylan Unmasked
- Istanbul and Indian Soldiers of the First World War
- Archipelago of injustices
- US drone strike kills four in Waziristan, Pakistan
- It’s Really Kicking Off In Quebec
- Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
- The Sacking of a Revolution
- How FBI Entrapment Is Inventing ‘Terrorists’ – and Letting Bad Guys Off the Hook
- Free To Be… Straight White Males
- The Politics of Attention: On Chris Brown and Syria
- A Busy Week for Oakland’s Repression Machine
- Peak Plastic
- Leave the Sports Fans Alone, Go Get the Protesters
- The Olympic’s Brand Exclusion Zone
- Sacha Cohen’s War
- Badiou: The Racism of Intellectuals (translation) and Merci, Monsieur Badiou
- Eco-incarceration? ‘Walking with the Comrades’ (a review of Arundhati Roy’s Broken Republic”)
- On The CHE‘s Reinforcement Of Suspicion Of Black Academia and Table For Two: T.F. Charlton and Tressie McMillan Cottom On The Aftermath Of The CHEFiasco
“Chicago is projecting a cost of $65 million for policing NATO (and such official projections are often dwarfed by actual expenditure, only ever revealed long after the fact). As a result of a 2012 budget deficit, however, this year Chicago libraries will be closed Mondays and almost all of the book shelvers who work in the system will be laid-off. Savings? $10 Million. Does it seem possible that $55 million would adequately police the 2 day Nato summit, saving $10 mil for all those libraries? Realists will argue that this is not how budgeting is done, that it’s never that simple; and while literally that’s true, politicians rarely say “give the library money to the police”, at least in public, it’s also besides the point.”
- Declaration: Somebody Arrest Me
- Black Bloc, Red Square
- “Rihanna is not a slut; she’s from Barbados.”
- Gerhard Richter Is A Famous Painter Of Expensive Paintings
- The Remote Control as Subversive Technology
- The Facebook Fallacy
- Each Age Gets the Sherlock Holmes it Deserves
- Cloud Communities and Issue-Driven Occupation: A Model for Occupy 2.0
- Read Every Line of Dialogue Rihanna Says in Battleship
- The Quran in East and West: Manuscripts and Printed Books
- The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World
- Red Scare: How ‘Chop Suey’ Fonts Sell an Exotic, Fictional China
- Music For Saharan Cellphones
- The “chupatty movement” of 1857
- How I Got 50% Women Speakers at My Tech Conference
- Sahara-Sahel: movements and routes [map]
- Trading the Happy Object: Coffee, Colonialism, and Friendly Feeling
- Unearthing Jordan’s Soviet Cinema
- Revolutionaries’ Smile
- Istanbul and Indian Soldiers of the First World War
- The Globalization of Manga
- Mayakovsky’s Ghost in Kazan
- Edwidge Danticat: “Writing requires so much time alone, so much hiding to expose yourself”
- When It Comes to African Wax Prints, Buying Local, Thinking Global Isn’t As Easy As You Think
- Complex Compatriots: Jews in Post-Vichy Algeria [podcast]
- Etiquette for Expats, Tourists and Other Visitors to the Philippines
- The Spear: Black anger and white obliviousness
- Laila Lalami: “Like my country, my imagination had been colonized”
- The Ugandans recruited to work in Iraq
- Posing for Posterity: Young Indian Royal Portraits, 1860-1932
A few links stolen from Jillian York’s “Reading“:
- The spy who came in from the code – how a filmmaker accidentally gave up his sources to Syrian spooks (by Mathieu Adkins).
- Don’t Get Your Sources in Syria Killed:
The al-Assad regime’s surveillance of telecommunications–cell phones, text messages, email, and Internet traffic–is remarkably extensive. Using equipment built in the West by companies such as BlueCoat, the Syrian government censors the Internet, blocks websites, and snoops on traffic using Deep Packet Inspection (DPI).
- Why Ultra-Orthodox Jews Fear the Internet: it’s apparently not just about porn.
- Israel lobby’s favorite senator tries to erase Palestinian refugee status for millions by Alex Kane
- How mainstream Israeli politicians sparked the Tel Aviv race riot by Noam Sheizaf
Some links stolen from Sahelblog:
- Sharif Nashashibi says that the international media have overlooked the protest movement in Mauritania.
- Amb. David Shinn flags a discussion by Kenyan scholars of Kenyan foreign policy.
- G. Pascal Zachary on Boko Haram’s alleged ties to Al Qaida.
- Andrew Walker compares two views on Boko Haram that are “almost diametrically opposite…except they both agree that journalists (people like me) have it wrong.”
- Bruce Whitehouse on a sermon he heard on Friday in Bamako.
- Zachary Rosen on the elections in Lesotho.
And from Scott Ross:
From the moment the invasion of Afghanistan was launched, how to deal with the actual American war dead was always considered a problematic matter. The Bush administration and the military high command, with the Vietnam War still etched in their collective memories, feared those uniformed bodies coming home (as they feared and banished the “body count” of enemy dead in the field). They remembered the return of the “body bags” of the Vietnam era as a kind of nightmare, stoking a fierce antiwar movement, which they were determined not to see repeated
Universities are still Super-White, and they could get whiter:
My point with all of this is to highlight the power of definition. When admissions offices take race into consideration it is defined as “affirmative-action” and therefore a betrayal of American ideals of meritocracy; when they take where your parents went to school into consideration it is simply a legacy admission, protecting the unique “traditions” of each school. Schools take lots of things into consideration: but somehow the act of taking race into consideration gets picked out, put into a separate category of decision making, and subjected to a separate critique and logic than do those processes which benefit white people. One of the privileges of whiteness, then, is its invisibility, as society naturalizes and normalizes the very processes that give white people advantage, sewing white privilege into the unexamined fabric of social reproduction, while subjecting to the most strict and withering examination any systems that try to remedy existing inequality by benefiting black or Hispanic students.