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Marc Cooper on Hugo Chavez

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A former translator for Chile’s Salvador Allende reviews three books evaluating the remarkable rise of Venezuela’s irrepressible Hugo Chavez.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE
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Remembering the Hollywood 10

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Hollywood 10 and the Hollywood Blacklist, elements in an epidemic of movie industry censorship that set the stage for “McCarthyism,” a term that evokes the fearful and oppressive mood of that bygone era and resonates with the repression under the Bush regime.  Here, author Rampell takes a close look at Hollywood’s “Red Scare” and its legacy.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE

Book Excerpt: ‘The Israel Lobby’

In the introduction of their best-selling new book, “The Israel Lobby” (review), authors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt elaborately outline their reasoning and explain why they think Israel is such a touchy subject.

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Milton Viorst on ‘The Israel Lobby’

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Longtime journalist and Middle East expert Milton Viorst examines John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s controversial new book about the Israel lobby and its influence on American foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE

The Disasters of Border Crossing


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Cinema, communication and American studies scholar Rosa-Linda Fregoso takes a look at recent exhibitions and installations by the Colectivo Malaleche, a Mexican artists’ collective that addresses the plight of women, migrants and other vulnerable groups through their work.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

In his book “Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia,” John Gray warns that as the era of liberal intervention in international affairs wanes, it is being replaced with “primitive versions of religion” that will be used to fuel apocalyptic violence.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE

Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Seagull’ Soars

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” seems, at first, to be merely a skillful and familiar rendition of a masterpiece. But like many great works of art, the power of this production is cumulative.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE

‘Caspian Rain’

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Truthdig is pleased to present these two excerpts from the novel “Caspian Rain” by Gina Nahai, best-selling author of “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith.”  In “Rain,” her fourth novel, Nahai explores Iran’s complex culture through the eyes of a group of memorable characters living in various sectors of society during the years leading up to the Islamic Revolution.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE

Movie Review:  Michael Moore’s “SiCKO”

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After all the usual controversy that swirls around any film by director and rabble-rouser Michael Moore, and after all those stories about Moore taking 9/11 workers to Cuba for treatment, “SiCKO” is finally in theaters.  Eunice Wong delivers her diagnosis for Truthdig.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE

New York Theater Review:  ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’

In her first Truthdig theater review, actor and writer Eunice Wong takes in director David Hare’s stage production of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion’s haunting memoir about the sudden death of her husband (she would also later lose her daughter) and the heartbreaking mind tricks she used to try to conjure him back.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE

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