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“Sheikh Jarrah and the Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Violence” — OCCUPATION DIARIES author Raja Shehadeh writes for the New Yorker

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“Unless the evictions, unequal rights, and pervasive discrimination in Jerusalem end, clashes will continue.”

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“Why Israel may be at a turning point” — I ACCUSE! author Norman Finkelstein interviewed on the Katie Halper Show

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“Escalating violence in Israel” — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn interviewed on the Pat Kenny Show

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“There is no safe space for the children of the Gaza Strip” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Jacobin

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“Israel’s wanton, murderous bombing campaign in Gaza is slaughtering not just civilians, but scores of children.”

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“Western media’s euphemisms for Israel’s violence” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE author Belén Fernández writes for Middle East Eye

Friday, May 14th, 2021

“Were the media concerned with speaking truth to power, the case of Sheikh Jarrah perfectly exposes the magnitude of Israeli hypocrisy and deceit”

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Variety reports HATE INC to be made into feature documentary

Friday, May 14th, 2021

In a statement, Taibbi said he was excited to partner with Vespucci, citing the company’s past work with reporters:

“’Hate Inc.’ is a book about the way the news media business has commoditized anger and division, eschewing traditional fact-based reporting and objectivity in favor of a new strategy based on telling audiences what they want to hear,” Taibbi said. “Because much of this transformation took place in visual and auditory media, the subject easily lends itself to a documentary – in fact, even as I was writing the book, I was aware it may be a story more easily told on screen.”

Read the full announcement here.

“Qualified Immunity breaks down trust between communities and the police” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on Yahoo! Finance

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

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“Calling for an end to qualified immunity” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on Pitchfork Economics

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

“A Taxonomy of Tyrants” — THE COMPENSATION BUREAU author Ariel Dorfman writes for the New York Review of Books

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

“Ruth Ben-Ghiat’s Strongmen delineates what the last century’s macho dictators have had in common.”

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“The Ruling Class’ Revenge Against Julian Assange” — IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor Chris Hedges interviewed on Scheer Intelligence

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

“Impossible to put down… At once a witty, interrogative, and nostalgic memoir.” — CHECKPOINT ZIPOLITE reviewed in CounterPunch

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Fernandez’s candor and self-deprecating humor combined with a deep love and compassion for people and places torn apart by political and social turmoil draws the reader all over the world.

Read the full review here.

“15 Salvadoran Military Officers Could Soon Go on Trial for the El Mozote Massacre” — WEAKNESS AND DECEIT featured in Jacobin

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“In his book Weakness and Deceit: America and El Salvador’s Dirty War, former New York Times correspondent Raymond Bonner cites the recollections of massacre survivor Rufina Amaya, whose blind husband and three daughters were slaughtered:

From her hiding place in the trees, she heard the soldiers’ conversation: “Lieutenant, somebody here says he won’t kill children,” said one soldier. “Who’s the son of a bitch who said that?” the lieutenant answered. “I am going to kill him.”

…As Bonner writes in Weakness and Deceit, Reagan’s celebration of Salvadoran efforts took place precisely one day after both the Washington Post and the New York Times had run stories about the massacre; according to a tally by the archdiocese’s legal aid office, in the year preceding the certification “13,353 Salvadorans had been murdered by the Salvadoran Army, security forces, and paramilitary groups.”

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“Vintage Žižek” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Friday, May 7th, 2021

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“The memoir of a great constitutional lawyer” — MOVING THE BAR featured on Radio Woodstock

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“How Theater Can Help Us Survive” — THE COMPENSATION BUREAU author Ariel Dorfman writes in the Nation

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“The saga of Chilean director and playwright Oscar Castro is a vivid example of how art can help us endure—and thrive.”

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“How a COVID-era Federal Writers Project went from wild idea to a proposed bill” — THE DEEP END featured in the Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“Jason Boog can tell you firsthand about the struggles of writers in the 21st century. During the 2008 recession, he lost his job when the publication he worked for, Judicial Reports, shut down. For freelance writing gigs, he used the New York University library as his office, and when he wasn’t writing, he was reading.

Intrigued by the challenges of his forebears in unemploymentBoog began pitching pieces about writers during the Great Depression. Twelve years later (by which point he was the West Coast correspondent for Publishers Weekly), he collected them into his own book, published last year: “The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today.

Reading about the Depression during the Great Recession had given Boog hope amid profound stress and uncertainty. He’d even entertained the idea of federal intervention to help thousands of writers who, like him, had been laid off from steady jobs.

Help didn’t come in 2008, but then came the pandemic — truly a once-in-a-lifetime cataclysm. It felt to him like a possible sea change. But the long wait and the lessons of history have also made him realistic. “The sad and hard lesson that I learned from the Great Depression is that it takes a long time to recover from this,” Boog said, “and it takes a long time to make meaningful changes…

Writers will struggle for years to come, Boog said, “but if we follow the example of the 1930s and stay in the streets and we keep mobilizing, raising our voices, asking for support, and making sure people recognize that writers and creative people are suffering during this time too and need help — once that happens, then maybe we can see some change.”

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“The urgency of universal healthcare” — THE MONSTER ENTERS featured in New Frame

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“As Mike Davis writes in The Monster Enters: Covid-19 and the Plagues of Capitalism, the global economy is fundamentally unsustainable. The relentless pursuit of profit is causing ecological havoc and creating the conditions for even worse plagues in the near future. It is sobering to realise there is a high likelihood that Covid-19 will not be the most severe pandemic we see in our lifetime.”

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“Cuomosexual Conversion Therapy” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Pod Damn America

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Pod Damn America · Cuomosexual Conversion Therapy w/ Ross Barkan

“How Cuomo’s bevy of scandals is affecting legislation” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed on Bad Faith

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“A critique of how ‘middle class’ is defined” — THE SINKING MIDDLE CLASS featured in the Economic Times

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“Patterns of who has historically done hard manual labour and of relative access to education have left whites overrepresented in professional, white collar and managerial labour. Loose talk of saving the middle class obscures this past and present.”

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“Ending Police Immunity” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on the Mehdi Hasan Show

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“Qualified immunity prevents holding cops accountable” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed for the Hill

Friday, May 7th, 2021

“Cohen regards this statute as one of the roots of systemic racism and policing.”

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“Qualified immunity is essentially a get out of jail free card for bad cops” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed for the Santa Cruz Sentinel

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“‘Above the Law,’ author Ben Cohen weighs in on enhancing police accountability.”

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“Qualified immunity is an insult to Americans whose rights have been violated by public officials.” — ABOVE THE LAW author Ben Cohen interviewed on the CATO Daily Podcast

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“Ben Cohen tells some of those stories in Above the Law: How ‘Qualified Immunity’ Protects Violent Police.”

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THE FASCINATION OF WHAT’S DIFFICULT author Kim Bendheim interviewed on This Irish American Life

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“On this week’s This Irish American Life, Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey interviews Kim Bendheim about her new book, The Fascination of What’s Difficult: A Life of Maud Gonne (OR Books, 2021). “

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“What happens when you discover your heroine was a vile anti-Semite?” — THE FASCINATION OF WHAT’S DIFFICULT author Kim Bendheim writes for Air Mail

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“Do we cancel people because of their corrosive words and deeds or do we try to see them as flawed human beings? This question came up while I was writing the first American biography of Maud Gonne in 40 years.”

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“An insightful analysis and takedown of hipsterdom” — DECOLONIZE HIPSTERS reviewed in Morning Star

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“DECOLONIZE HIPSTERS, the opening salvo in a new series of handbooks, places hipsters at the vanguard of a movement that starts with gentrification but ends with gifting Trump the White House and giving rise and misguided succour to white supremacists… Quoting Karl Marx through to Lemmy from Motorhead, Pierrot fleshes out the essence of modern hipsterdom and its pernicious contemporary manifestations…. Fast, furious and best read in one sitting… in your face for all the right reasons, it’s full of fun and thoughtful facts, interesting anecdotes and parallels that all lead in the same direction — how hipsters steal, suck up and squander what they should hold dear… A quick and thought-provoking read that eloquently sets an agenda, justifies it and demands that action is taken. Read it, think again, and make change your goal.”

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“Part-primer, part-primal scream” — THE CENTER DID NOT HOLD reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

“Spelled out in relentless detail… [are] plenty of baleful statistics about income stagnation, inequality and the loss of manufacturing jobs… Eisenberg is particularly appalled by Obama’s treatment of Edward Snowden… He is also furious that Obama made nice with Wall Street… And he accuses Obama of profligacy – in eight years the former president racked up $100 million in travel expenses on luxury family vacations… Biden is not spared Eisenberg’s outrage… The then vice president ran up a bill of $1 million per year shuttling between Washington, DC and his home in Delaware (a tradition he has continued as president). Moreover, humble “middle-class Joe” earned $15.6 million in two years after leaving office. Eisenberg accuses Obama and his vice president of having left ‘a lingering bad taste in the mouths of many progressives.’

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“Rachel Maddow is the new Bill O’Reilly” — HATE INC author Matt Taibbi interviewed on Rising

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

“A compelling critique” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in Gript

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
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