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Paul Street: Repeal the Racist Higher Education Act Drug Provision

I took some time out from the great proletarian revolution today to join some smart student activists in lobbying some key Chicago media authorities to oppose the Drug Provision that was added to the Higher Education Act in 1998….. Under this noxious provision, one of the worst and most transparently racist pieces of legislation currently Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” VII

That the Secretary-General’s In Larger Freedom document could have broached one of the crucial topics that it does, under III.E, “Use of force,” namely, the need for a Security Council resolution to establish binding principles that cover “when and how force can be used to defend international peace and security” (pars. 122-126), shows us something. Read more…

: The abusive justification of porn/changing the paradigm

A reader of this blog pointed out to me that a good many of the comments to my posts have been verbally abusive in nature. She raises a good point and I thought it would be worth sharing with you some of the forms of verbal abuse that have been demonstrated in the comments. These Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Blog Comments vs. Discussion Forums

After following some of the very heated “threads” of comments on Lucinda Marshall‘s recent posts have prompted me to write this special post about the use of weblog comments. To date, I have already warned two users to cease using what I perceived to be abusive language, and I have deleted one comment posting, which Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” VI

If the New York Times understood anything about the Secretary-General’s In Larger Freedom document, surely it was this: The document’s proposed definition of terrorism would in fact “redefine terrorism,” the Times noted, and redefine terrorism so as “to end any justifications of its use for national resistance.” At the March 21 press conference that accompanied Read more…

: Adventures of a Feminist Blogger

I had no idea that blogging was this easy. You just get out there and say that you are a feminist and that you plan to talk about violence against women. Ka-ching. Absolute guarantee that every male reader within bi-focal distance will stop by to say how marvelous and that they themselves are feminists and Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” V

A little more than halfway through his In Larger Freedom document, in a section bearing the curious title, “Rule of Law” (pars. 133-139), the Secretary-General writes: 134. Nowhere is the gap between rhetoric and reality — between declarations and deeds — so stark and so deadly as in the field of international humanitarian law. It Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” IV

In the 24 hours since the Secretary-General delivered his In Larger Freedom document to the UN General Assembly in New York—or the 48 hours since the document was first posted online to the UN’s website—or the 72 hours since the Los Angeles Times first reported its contents, based on a leaked copy—representatives of probably every Read more…

: The 12-step program for discussing feminism and misogyny

There seems to be something of a 12-step program that one has to go through before being allowed to legitimately discuss such topics as feminism, misogyny or violence against women. The first to be heard from are usually the hallelujah chorus of men’s voices from the patriarchal left saying that they strongly support feminism as Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” III

Last fall, as he suffered withering attacks from segments of the American and British media, and the U.S. Congress, Kofi Annan began holding–or being invited to attend—discreet meetings with a coven of “foreign policy experts” around New York City (and who knows where else), at least one or more of whom eventually leaked the story Read more…

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