Noam Chomsky: tears for refugees, the American “battle lab” at Guántanamo, and how the USA uses torture systems today

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

There are two things below that I think stand out from what is otherwise a radiant interview: first, the outstanding article on how Chomsky reacted at speaking with refugees from Plain of Jars. Second, the details of the Cheney-Rumsfeld-created “battle lab”, which is a military-lingo euphemism for “torture lab” at the Guántanamo Bay camp.

“What about Israel?”

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Some well-put words on Israel as culled from the latest Barsamian/Chomsky book, “Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy”.

The foreword to Sergey Yarov’s “Leningrad 1941-42: Morality in a City under Siege”

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

This foreword—along with the ineffable Laurence Rees’s tweet for it—made me get hold of this book. What a foreword!

Review: Charles Bukowski – “Ham on Rye: A Novel”

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

This book is my first trip into Bukowski’s writing; I really liked it, so it gets 4/5 from me.

Review: John Gibler – “I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

My review of John Gibler’s “I Couldn’t Even Imagine That They Would Kill Us”: I give it 5/5.