Monthly Archives: May 2016

This is America!

Guardian: A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge after authorities say he grabbed a Muslim woman’s hijab on a Southwest Airlines flight in December and pulled it off. Federal authorities say 37-year-old Gill Parker Payne, … Continue reading

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Illiteracy in the 21st Century

From Counterpunch: Illiteracy is now a scourge and a political tool designed primarily to make war on language, meaning, thinking, and the capacity for critical thought. Chris Hedges is right in stating that “the emptiness of language is a gift … Continue reading

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Munich to Catalonia

According to Preston in The Spanish Civil War, Chamberlain’s failure to confront Hitler over Czechoslovakia in averting a general European war sealed the fate of the Spanish Republic. Prime Minister Negrín had at that point been pinning his hopes on … Continue reading

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Falange Encounters with Rousseau

Elsewhere, the prisoners underwent a rudimentary trial and were shot for crimes such as failing to go to mass, reading Rousseau and Kant, criticizing Hitler and Mussolini or admiring Roosevelt. —Paul Preston, The Spanish Civil War, (New York: Norton, 2007), … Continue reading

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