"The Gatekeepers": Ex-Israeli security chiefs speak out in Oscar documentary nominee
- Andrea Burzynski
(Reuters) - The Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" focuses on Israel, but its director says that all countries can gain insight about the risks that arise if secretive security agencies operate without adequate restraints.
The Invention of the Jewish People: an important book by Shlomo Sand
- Miguel Urbano Rodrigues
A rain of insults greeted Shlomo Sand in Israel when he published a book entitled, "
Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood's gift to American power
- Slavoj Žižek Σλάβοϊ Ζίζεκ
Many have pointed out that Kathryn Bigelow's film endorses torture. But why has such a film been made now?
Zero Dark Thirty
Production year: 2012
Songs of the Metropolis by Gilad Atzmon, a calmer-than-usual concept set from the virtuoso saxophonist
- Martin Longley
Reedsman Gilad Atzmon is renowned for his virtuoso, high-speed, post-bop attack, and also for his equally hyperactive personality. This concept album explores a highly alternative resting ground, where nearly every song is a ballad, and even the occasionally ...
Noam Chomsky on Work, Learning and Freedom
- Michael Kasenbacher
In this often personal interview, renowned linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky outlines a libertarian perspective on work and education, arguing that freedom is the root of creativity and fulfilment.
The question I would like to ask is what ...
Returning to the Commune of Paris
- Juliet Jacques
Lissagaray’s seminal history is reissued – but why now?
Since its brief existence from March to May 1871, the Commune of Paris has inspired a novel by Émile Zola, films by Grigori Kozintsev and Peter Watkins, and constant ...
Slavoj Žižek: I am not the world’s hippest philosopher!
- Katie Engelhart
The coolest and most influential leftist in Europe tells Salon he battles depression -- and those who worship him
Almost 25 years ago, philosopher Slavoj Žižek broke through the intellectual cul-de-sac of Slovenian academia — making his mark ...
The Ethical and Humanitarian Communism of Oscar Niemeyer
- Leonardo Boff
I did not have many encounters with Oscar Niemeyer, but those I had were long and intense. What would an architect and a theologian talk about, if not of God, religion, injustice against the poor, and the meaning of life?
In our conversations, I sensed ...
Communist Brazilian Leader Luiz Carlos Prestes in a book by Anita Leocádia Prestes
- Miguel Urbano Rodrigues
"The legacy of Luiz Carlos Prestes, once it is taken up by the new generations, poses a threat to the ruling classes. That is why the official history and the media strive to keep silent about it, or when they are compelled to remember him, they ...
Deconstructing Mo Yan’s Nobel
- MK Bhadrakumar
This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature being awarded to the Chinese novelist Mo Yan will raise eyebrows. Not because Mo is unworthy of the honor, but Nobel has a controversial history. Such controversies have fallen into three categories — ...