Tag: joel whitney
Guernica‘s own Joel Whitney will be joining novelist John Reed for a reading tomorrow, Dec. 18, in Williamsburg.
Guernica Editor in Chief Joel Whitney tracked down Noam Chomsky to get his opinion on the President’s recently revealed ‘kill list.’
|This week marks the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s landmark protests. A new film collective reminds us of the courage that spawned it, and the work yet to do.|
|Video footage of what Robert Reich calls Obama’s most important speech on the economy|
|#OccupyWallStreet releases a declaration to the media.|
|Protestors contrast their own nonviolence with the brash violence of the state to draw public sympathy.|
|Others have posted the phone number. Here is the email address of the judge who can allegedly prevent Davis’s execution.|
|The generation just out of college has done some cool stuff, but it hasn’t cured cancer.|
|As momentum builds for Security Council action, McClelland’s riveting debut shines a light on the characters behind the Karen refugee crisis, and reminds us of the need for more international attention on Burma.|
The U.S. poet laureate, W.S. Merwin, discusses his role in the antiwar movement, the quagmire of U.S. military occupations, today’s extinction rate, and efforts to conserve nature on Maui.
|In a new interview with Ann Curry, Burmese opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi signals her party will finally reexamine the efficacy of sanctions. Guernica editor Joel Whitney explains why Burma sanctions, and sanctions in general, may soon become obsolete.|
|Karen-Burmese author/activist Zoya Phan worries that an ascendant Aung San Suu Kyi might get assassinated, chides nostalgia for pre-colonial Burma, where minorities were oppressed, and calls sanctions busters naive or stupid.|
Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.
From stepped up drone attacks, backsliding on torture, the Afghan surge, has Obama doubled down on Bush’s bets? Editor Joel Whitney interviews Tariq Ali on his new book. Recorded live at Asia Society.
|The Asia Society presents a live interview with Tariq Ali and Guernica editor Joel Whitney on Friday, September 17, on Obama’s foreign policy and the legacy of Bush.|
Ah, the moral courage of opinion journalists, fighting against censorship, multiculturalists and cowardly liberals like me!
The Burma expert defends aid, diplomacy, and “understanding” Burma’s dictators in order to improve human rights, sway softliners, and save lives.
Alain de Botton has humanized the mechanical beast that is Twitter.
The polemicist discusses Tariq Ramadan’s love of extremist sheikhs, Islamism’s ties to Hitler, and the intellectual confusion of liberal journalists.
Europe is struggling to come to terms with its Muslim minority. What are the consequences of the intolerance and the violence for the continent and for literature? Paul Berman and a lauded panel chime in.
Experimental theater at its most edgy and self-assured.
Why were there only 8 women on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century? Why is only 3% of the literature Americans read in translation?
Nobody loves spam. But what if the spam is to bring down Adolph Hitler?
Guernica editors Joel Whitney and Michael Archer recently emailed Wendell Potter, former mouthpiece for Cigna and ubiquitous healthcare commentator, about passage of the legislation.
Look out for Edith Grossman’s essay on the joys and travails of translating Don Quixote.
This Oscar-nominated documentary is one of those works where the process of making it is as extraordinary as the film itself.
A truthier take on Haiti’s past.
Video: Sonic Youth’s Antenna.
In asking Chomsky what I thought was a provocative challenge question, I’m afraid I gave Cohen too much credit.
Sullivan stuns, satisfies, and raises some important questions.
Sen’s work can be applied to so many debates going on around us, which he wisely leaves to us.
The controversial critic of U.S. foreign policy discusses his forthcoming book, the hypocrisy of neoliberalism, where he feels hopeful about democracy despite U.S. terrorism, and his friendship—okay, passing acquaintance—with Hugo Chavez and other “pink tide” presidents.
Remembering Mercedes Sosa.
The genre- and language-blending Mexican-American singer discusses “Indian-ness,” making music in the land of cultural chameleons, and says she may never be hip in the U.S. But her songs might be the most eloquent response yet to the likes of Joe “You Lie” Wilson.
Eighty years of Sartoris: what Faulkner and García Márquez have in common.
This Harper’s article describes how the system is so deliberately skewed to deny accountability that we began to conflate economic fantasy with reality, to the point where now we can hardly distinguish our own spin.
On the life and mysterious death of a legendary wildlife filmmaker in Africa.
Pakistan’s dynasty-bashing heir apparent, Fatima Bhutto, discusses how Obama and corruption legitimize the Taliban, her work to include women in Pakistani politics, and why she will never run for office (it’s not why you think).
Synecdoche New York is a brilliant film that is sad, strange, illuminating, funny, epic, and totally original.
In his latest book, Mamdani attacks the Save Darfur Coalition as ahistorical and dishonest, and argues that the conflict in Darfur is more about land, power, and the environment than it is directly about race.
The ICC’s lead prosecutor on the Court’s first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state, why his Court is nobody’s instrument but the law’s, and how he got his mother to see the light.
The neo-conservative who coined “axis of evil” on how writing for the president is like writing for the movies, the administration’s “departures from the law,” and why the president should have brought in Democrats.
The celebrity polemicist on the resurgence of anti-Semitism, an Arab brand of fascism, and how the election of Obama could reconstitute the grand alliance of Jews and African Americans.
What can a California geographer possibly teach us about the American troop surge and ethnic cleansing in Iraq?
The author and statesman on the definition of soft power, why it’s imperative to getting what a country wants, and which presidential candidate is better equipped to use it.
The actress cum activist on her campaign to end genocide in Darfur, and how China, Steven Spielberg and Kofi Annan have stood in her way
Islam’s toughest critic on her new book, the Axis of Evil, and the neoconservatives’ moral high ground
The acclaimed author on science fiction, collaborating with Ben Stiller, and how Ayn Rand almost made him an architect.
The former deputy assistant attorney general on his new book, the Geneva Conventions and the legal case for torture
Banks discusses his time in Students for a Democratic Society, finding a narrator’s voice, and his (brief) acting career.
Newman discusses Padilla’s case, his state of mind and why the Bush administration’s position sets an ugly precedent.
The author of Everything is Illuminated, on the verge of a film release and an opera debut, talks about his new book.
“What I learned from him was that you could perhaps better tell the story of a place by writing of a tiny village as a sort of prism into the bigger issues the culture was facing.”
“The only long-term way that the terrorist threat will be neutralized is to improve human dignity, and shore up failed states like Afghanistan, like Darfur, so that they don’t become a breeding ground for more people hostile to the United States.”
As he gears up for another term as president, Costa Rica’s Oscar Arias talks about waging peace, winning the Nobel, and quips, “Al Qaeda has received a great deal of support and training over the years from the U.S. What’s important about mentioning these connections is to prevent the same mistake from being repeated again.”
“Terrorists act as they do because they don’t have great power at their easy disposal. The result is that they rely upon the ability to exploit the mistakes of others.”
“Yes, I think we have to be faithful to the context,” says the translator of the Quijote. “But it’s very important to differentiate between fidelity and literalness.”
“Poetry articulates and enacts the difficult-to-say, the half-known; it finds a music and a shape, offers an arrangement of words and sentences that better approximate the way things are.”
“Historians hate to make predictions.”