Tag Archives: Taliban

Seeing in the Boston bombing though the filter of preexisting prejudice

I wasn’t going to comment on yesterday’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing until more of the facts were known, but, as I’m sitting here tonight, reading the analysis of folks like Alex Jones, who thinks that it was an inside job perpetrated by the government, and Fox News contributor Erik Rush, who thinks that it’s clearly […]

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How should we talk with our young daughters about Malala Yousafzai?

Tonight I have a question for those of you out there with young daughters… I’m wondering how, if at all, you’re talking with your daughters about Malala Yousafzai, the incredibly brave Pakistani 14 year old, who, several weeks ago, in response to her vocal activism on behalf of girls in her country, was shot in […]

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A possible way out in Afghanistan

It’s being reported by the Washington Post that high-level talks between the Karzai government and the Taliban are taking place in Afghanistan on the possibility of a negotiated end to the war. Here, with what I consider to be a brilliant take on this very positive development is former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. As […]

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What in the hell is Israel thinking?

The last time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington, DC, it was widely reported that he was snubbed by President Obama. I can’t recall the specifics, but I think it had to do with the fact that Netanyahu had announced, right before heading into peace talks, that Israel would be greatly expanding its roundly […]

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The human centipede

I joke around every now and then. Confronted by something I find completely objectionable in American culture, I say that the Taliban should win. But, watching the trailer for the Human Centipede, I really am left wondering if our culture might be better off dead. And, yes, this is what I chose to write about […]

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