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'On Her Shoulders': Awareness of Trauma Is Not Enough

In this interview with Director Alexandria Bombach centered on her recent documentary about Nadia Murad, On Her Shoulders, she reflects on how we process another's trauma, and how we might be moved beyond simply awareness.

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A Shot in the Dark and a Swift Retreat: 'Invisible Armies'

Throughout human history, guerrilla warfare (messy, sprawling, and hard-to-define) has been much more common than “conventional” conflict between standing armies, though we have been taught to believe the opposite.

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Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?

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This New Year's Eve Really Did End with a Bang

Nothing like spending New Year's Eve with couple of white guys pretending to be black guys during a war-time year worthy of blowing its own brains out.

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Fault Lines by Nancy Huston

Erra’s childish recounting of body parts that grow and those that don’t, including a count of her own lost baby teeth, is a rare moment where the narrator truly is only six.

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House of Saddam

At the start of House of Saddam, the Iraqi leader watches George W. Bush announce the coming war on TV, looking into a reflection of his own end, born of hubris and deception and decades of disloyalties.

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Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left by Cottee & Cushman, Eds.

How could a critic of empire, a loyal friend to the Palestinians, and the bane of Henry Kissinger ally himself with the Bush administration and its push for imperial adventures in the Middle East?

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Black 47: Iraq

Bronx-based Celtic punks Black 47 offer a weak, ineffectual Iraq war protest album.

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Nice Bombs (2006)

Though it seems casual, even random, Nice Bombs manages a consistently acute observation of tensions between troops and citizens, expectations and realities.

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The Golden Rule #4

Musings on the Ethics of Contemporary Journalism

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America at a Crossroads

America at a Crossroads offers a range of films -- smart, tough, perceptive, and sad, sometimes uneven and often quite brilliant.

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