Facts vs. Narrative, Utoya Edition

Norwegian journalist Magnus Nome was in the good ol’ US of A when self-styled counterjihadist crusader  Anders Breivik decided to escalate his murderous fantasies about Eurabian conquest from Outer Wingnuttia into the real world.  Thankfully, CNN, Fox News et al were ready to provide informed,...

So What If Park51 WERE a Mosque?

Over at the indispensable Religion Dispatches, Aisha Ghani critiques what she contends is a disturbing tactic of  certain liberals/progressives defending the so-called ‘Ground Zero Mosque’: In the past weeks, we have seen how liberal defenders have responded to the ‘fear and trembling’ that the...

Chris Christie’s Cynical Commentator Catnip

NJ Gov. Chris Christie re: Groud Zero Mosque 9/11 Mosque Cordoba House Park51 Cultural Center: We have to bring people together. And what offends me the most about all this, is that it’s being used as a political football by both parties. And what disturbs me about the president’s remarks is that he is now...

The Stench of Desperation (I am [not] Joe).

Right wing identity politics and carefully-manufactured pseudo-populist rage against ‘vote fraud’; Race/red/God-baiting Obama to ridiculous extremes; the hyperbolic overreaction to McCain’s latest campaign stunt FAIL. Oh, and my personal favourite (pace the good Doctor), McCarthyism redux...

The Universal Fundamentals of Misogyny

The murder of 16 year old Toronto high school student Aqsa Parvez this past December became an international cause celeb. Despite the lack of concrete information, media outlets from around the globe resolutely declared that Parvez was murdered by her father, an observant Muslim, in what must have been an...

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