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Timothy Snyder on the Forgotten Holocaust

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One of the great crimes of the 20th century—the mass murder of Jews in the Nazi-occupied Soviet territories—is all but forgotten. “The Unknown Black Book” helps us remember.

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE
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Hollywood Writers Back in Action

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After weeks of striking, the Writers Guild of America has struck a deal with Hollywood honchos, ending the protracted impasse between scribes and studios and allowing the stalled wheels of the entertainment industry to creak back into motion on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 13, 2008 READ MORE

Art Thieves Pull Off Major Heist in Zurich

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The private collection of famous artworks at Zurich’s E.G. Buehrle Collection suddenly became smaller over the weekend, and not at the proprietors’ behest. On Sunday, three disguised and armed robbers stole over $160 million worth of artwork by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and other masters from the Swiss museum.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE

Mark Arax on California’s Capitalist Founders

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It is said that behind every great fortune there is a crime. Here’s a true-life drama of self-invention, greed and ambition involving four larger-than-life men who singly, and together, helped create California. A book to be read after you’ve watched “There Will Be Blood.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE

Eisner: Strike Is Over

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He’s not the head honcho at the Mouse House (aka Walt Disney Co.) anymore, but Michael Eisner claims firsthand and reliable knowledge that the writers’ strike is over. He says a deal was struck between the WGA and studio execs late last week and will take effect within days.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE

Abercrombie Ad Rankles Va. Beach Cops

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Teen-targeting retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has long pushed the erotic envelope when it comes to its saucy ads, usually depicting proto-Adonises stripped to the waist and gamboling together, with a scantily clad female or two thrown in for good measure. The company’s latest campaign, though, was clearly too much for the (fashion) police of Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 READ MORE

Oprah Zeroes In on California Women

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This weekend, Sen. Barack Obama is unleashing a secret weapon in the final push to win Tuesday’s California primary: Oprah Winfrey. Team Obama partly attributes his successes in Iowa and South Carolina to her influence, which he’s hoping will help convince California women to choose him over Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE

Milton Viorst on Israel’s Tragic Predicament

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Can decent Israelis, caught between complacency and conscience, save their beleaguered country from the corruptions of power, religious fanaticism and crippling hubris?

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Chalmers Johnson on the Myth of Free Trade

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A powerful new book by a young South Korean-born economist at Cambridge University provides a compelling critique of the contradictions and hypocrisies of globalization and neoliberalism. The perfect antidote to the nostrums of Thomas Friedman.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE

Rambo Adds Muscle to McCain Campaign

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What is it with the, shall we say, seasoned action stars endorsing Republican presidential candidates?  First we had Huck ‘n’ Chuck, and now Sylvester Stallone has come out in support of Republican front-runner John McCain.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE

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