THE REAL DEAL

December 22, 2004 // by admin

THE REAL DEAL I’ve been on the radio a lot lately publicizing ITRZ.  Many of the interviews exhibit a similar echt-American format:  rock music leading out of a station break, a keyed-up (usually male) announcer introducing the book and its author—then usually ten to thirty minutes of quick questions and short, hopefully pithy answers.  The interaction between host and guest […]

TRIBAL ISLAM WATCH II

December 20, 2004 // by admin

TRIBAL ISLAM WATCH II Cleared for Takeoff  The skies have gotten friendlier for women–at least for one Saudi Arabian.  This photograph, by Ali Jarekji of the Reuters news service, introduces us to a young woman who–well, let’s let the London Times’ Michael Theodoulou tell the story, if nothing else than to enjoy his mordant lede: Hanadi Hindi […]

NOUS SOMMES TOUS IRAKIENS?

December 19, 2004 // by admin

NOUS SOMMES TOUS IRAKIENS? NOTE:  Nothing I, or anyone, can say about this issue can equal the AP photographs circulating around the world today [December 20].  Criminal thugs pulling election workers out of their car in Baghdad traffic and executing them in the street.  What we see in this atrocity are not “insurgents” “resisting” foreign occupation, […]

PATRIOTIC ZEAL WATCH

December 18, 2004 // by admin

PATRIOTIC ZEAL WATCH We’ve heard it a thousand times:  if we act like the terrorists, then the terrorists win.  And though this may be clichéd, it’s true:  Islamists use every abuse they can extract from Abu Ghraib, Guantanomo Bay and homeland calls to limit Muslims’ freedom as proof that the United States has embarked on a crusade […]

POLITICS OF GRIEF

December 17, 2004 // by admin

POLITICS OF GRIEF During the Vietnam War, many activists sought to poison support for the conflict by denouncing veterans as “baby killers,” as if every grunt were one of Kerry’s “Winter Soldiers.” Like other excess of the time, the taunting of traumatized young men returning from a war zone backfired, tainting the legacy of the anti-war […]

RED ZONE DOWN UNDER

December 16, 2004 // by admin

RED ZONE DOWN UNDER Finding its way south of the equator, In the Red Zone caught the attention of Australian blogger Arthur Chrenkoff, who was kind enough to review the book–and has now added to his graciousness by interviewing its author.     Posted by Steven Vincent

VOICES FROM THE RED ZONE

December 16, 2004 // by admin

VOICES FROM THE RED ZONE I’ve asked my friends and acquaintances in Iraq to e-mail me stories and anecdotes about their lives.  This is a short post from Zena, a housewife and mother of three.  She tells us what it’s like to attempt to fill one’s car with gasoline in today’s Baghdad. The queue for […]