Friday, March 28 2003
Shock and awe.
Halle Berry has said she will wear 'something that would reflect an homage to the troops.' Let's see, whatever will she choose?
The illogic of sports fanaticism extends to the rest of our lives, encouraging absurd debates in which each side must support the unsupportable.
Even the most casual look at the profit motive behind the war against Iraq is appalling in its brutal logic.
The original version of 'Compared to What' is a powerful example of black pop that wasn't afraid, echoing Audre Lorde, to speak truth to power.
As this first war of the 21st century accelerates, it's important to recall that the confrontation between primitive and civilized cultures is not new.
Monday, March 24 2003
They sign Vs with their hands, cheer at the cars driving by, and gesture at their biggest banner, which reads, 'Neanderthal President.'
Towards the end of the march, some onlookers chanted, 'The whole world is watching!'
To Tony Blair, the campaign against Iraq is the right war. It's his moral mission.
Bush's reliance on freedom as a last-ditch rhetorical smoke screen for dangerous imperial ideology began in the wake of 9/11.
The flag is also the symbol of a nation bitterly divided over a foreign war.
When war happens live on TV, it's not only the self-declared enemy who gets mad for the camera.
Thursday, March 20 2003
The Weather Underground makes this story relevant now; is it the '60s we're watching on screen, or is that the peace march this past 15 February in New York City?
Tuesday, March 18 2003
Day Five / Music: You Down With V.I.P.? by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer -- Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.
Day Five / Film: Disconnect by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer -- Day Two of our daily coverage of SXSW 2003 looks at the buzz-worthy film highlights, the Robert Duvall vehicle Assassination Tango and an Australian caper film entitled The Hard Word.
The United States has become so preoccupied with fighting by The Marquis of Queensberry Rules that it has lost the ability to exhibit ruthlessness and elicit fear in times of combat.
And now Ronald Reagan's former number two's number one son wants to attack Iraq again, this time for oil or to salvage his old man's pride or possibly even to combat terrorism -- the motivation is about as clear as it has been persuasively articulated.
It is the war of the sated against the famished, the obese against the emaciated, the affluent against the impoverished, the democracies against tyranny, perhaps Christianity against Islam and definitely the West against the Orient.
The idea of a war against Iraq is an absurdity, a blatant and even slightly comical repudiation of the very idea of the 'just war'.
The idea that America is poised to ride into Iraq on a white charger, spreading democracy like fairy dust, is the popular conservative version of the oncoming war in Iraq.