Friday, February 17, 2006

David Horowitz’s “101 Most Dangerous Academics in America”

David Horowitz’s “101 Most Dangerous Academics in America”

Arcadia University
Warren Haffar

Ball State University
George Wolfe

Baylor University
Marc Ellis

Boston University
Howard Zinn

Brandeis University
Gordon Fellman
Dessima Williams

Brooklyn College
Priya Parmar
Timothy Shortell

Cal State University, Fresno
Sasan Fayazmanesh

California State University, Long Beach
Ron (Maulana) Karenga

City University of New York
Stanley Aronowitz
Bell Hooks
Leonard Jeffries
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Columbia University
Lisa Anderson
Gil Anidjar
Hamid Dabashi
Nicholas De Genova
Eric Foner
Todd Gitlin
Manning Marable
Joseph Massad
Victor Navasky

Cornell University
Matthew Evangelista

De Paul University
Norman Finkelstein
Aminah Beverly McCloud

Duke University
Miriam Cooke
Frederic Jameson

Earlham College
Caroline Higgins

Emory University
Kathleen Cleaver

Foothill College
Leighton Armitage

Georgetown University
David Cole
John Esposito
Yvonne Haddad
Mari Matsuda

Holy Cross University
Jerry Lembcke

Kent State University
Patrick Coy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Noam Chomsky

Metropolitan State College, Denver
Oneida Meranto

Montclair State University
Grover Furr

New York University
Derrick Bell

North Carolina University
Gregory Dawes

Northeastern University
M. Shahid Alam
Elizabeth M. Brumfiel
Bernardine Dohrn

Occidental College
Tom Hayden

Penn State University
Michael Berube
Sam Richards

Princeton University
Richard Falk

Purdue University
Harry Targ

Rochester Institute of Technology
Thomas Castellano

Rutgers University
H. Bruce Franklin
Michael Warner

Rutgers University, Stony Brook
Amiri Baraka

San Francisco State University
Anatole Anton

Saint Xavier University
Peter Kirstein

Stanford University
Joel Beinin
Paul Ehrlich

State University of New York, Binghamton
Ali al-Mazrui

State University of New York, Buffalo
James Holstun

State University of New York, Stony Brook
Michael Schwartz

Syracuse University
Greg Thomas

Temple University
Melissa Gilbert
Lewis Gordon

Texas A&M University
Joe Feagin

Truman State University
Marc Becker

University of California, Berkely
Hamid Algar
Hatem Bazian
Orville Schell

University of California, Irvine
Mark Le Vine

University of California, Los Angeles
Vinay Lal

University of California, Riverside
Armando Navarro

University of California, Santa Cruz
Bettina Aptheker
Angela Davis

University of Cincinnati
Marvin Berlowitz

University of Colorado, Boulder
Ward Churchill
Alison Jaggar
Emma Perez

University of Dayton
Mark Ensalaco

University of Denver
Dean Saitta

University of Hawaii, Manoa
Haunani-Kay Trask

University of Illinois, Chicago
Bill Ayers

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Robert McChesney

University of Kentucky
Ihsan Bagby

University of Michigan
Juan Cole

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Gayle Rubin

University of Northern Colorado
Robert Dunkley

University of Oregon, Eugene
John Bellamy Foster

University of Pennsylvania
Regina Austin
Mary Frances Berry
Michael Eric Dyson

University of Rhode Island
Michael Vocino

University of South Florida
Sami al-Arian

University of Southern California
Laurie Brand

University of Texas, Arlington
Jose Angel Gutierrez

University of Texas, Austin
Dana Cloud, Robert Jensen

University of Washington
David Barash

Villanova University
Rick Eckstein
Suzanne Toton

Western Washington University
Larry Estrada

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Pictures Not at the Exhibition: The Torture Photos Congress Didn’t Want Us to See

Lila Rajiva in dissident voice

"Yesterday, Australia’s public broadcaster, SBS, aired some 60 unpublished photos of torture at Abu Ghraib prison on its show Dateline at 8:30 PM. The images were rapidly re-broadcast on Arab TV and other news outfits and have been condemned immediately as violations of international law by the International Red Cross. The new detainee diorama -- a world exclusive, apparently -- includes pictures of bleeding and hooded prisoners bound to beds and doors, of naked men handcuffed together or in a pile, of corpses, of dogs snarling at the faces of prisoners, of cigarette burns on buttocks and wounds from shotgun pellets, and of even more graphic sexual torture. And it comes on the heels of a British video showing British soldiers brutally assaulting unarmed Iraqi teens in Basra. No one can now question that criminal behavior was rampant among Coalition Forces..." (more)


JUSTIN PODUR in New Left Review

"In the vast corrugated-iron shanty town of Cité Soleil, home to quarter of a million people, all the schools are shut down and the one hospital closed. White armoured un personnel carriers patrol the perimeter, half a dozen blue-helmeted heads poking out of the turret, automatic weapons trained on the streets. It is the masked units of the Police Nationale d’Haïti, bolstered by heavily armed irregulars from the officially disbanded Haitian army, who take the lead in the brutal raids into working-class neighbourhoods, but the Mission des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation en Haïti—minustah—who back them up, blocking off exits as the pnh spread out through the area and the gunfire begins. In the poor districts of Port-au-Prince—La Saline, Bel Air—a 2004 human-rights investigation reported, such raids leave ‘dead bodies in the streets almost daily, including innocent bystanders, women and children, with the un forces visibly acting as support for, rather than a check on, the official violence’. One Québécois police officer attached to the un force complained that all he had done since getting to the island was ‘engage in daily guerrilla warfare’." (more)

"Halliburton Detention Camps"

Margaret Kimberley, "Freedom Rider," in The Black Commentator

"What ought to shock and terrify every American is that KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary, was awarded a $385 million contract to build "temporary detention facilities" in case of an "immigration emergency":

"The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other U.S. Government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster. In the event of a natural disaster, the contractor could be tasked with providing housing for ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) personnel performing law enforcement functions in support of relief efforts."
Anyone paying a little bit of attention will ask, "What immigration emergency?" If there is an immigration emergency looming on the horizon it is a big secret. Of course immigrants will be the first ensnared in the net that big brother Bush has in mind, but the net won't stop with them.

What sort of national emergency requires detention centers? America has plenty of prisons. More of our population is behind bars than in any country on earth. There are detention centers for immigration in existence already. As for helping in case of a natural disaster, hurricane Katrina proved that saving American lives is not on the Bush agenda." (more)

What's wrong with Gerald Early?

In The Center of It All, "Has Summers Lost His Faculty?"

On Cornel West leaving Harvard: "This made the front page in The New York Times, in part as a story of race and racism in the academy. But I thought that if a black man can have a choice between working at Harvard or working at Princeton, this hardly seems like a story of victimization. It might even seem an old-fashioned story of progress. (Or, otherwise, in America, some blacks are becoming mighty high-priced victims!)"

"I learned when I was a kid to be enough of a conservative to every liberal and enough of liberal to every conservative to put people in the quandary of whether they should court me madly as a convert or distrust me as traitor. I take my lessons from baseball: be a good pitcher and give the batter what he wants but not quite in the way he is expecting to get it. There is no other way to live." (more)

On Corretta Scott King's funeral, "Trash Talking Funeral Talk"

"I have no idea if conservatives think blacks don’t know how to run their own funerals or even care. But they have as much right as anyone else to criticize what is said at a black funeral. When Mr. Lowery defended his remarks later by talking about “speaking truth to power” and how Mrs. King would have approved and how what he said, was, in fact, her position, it sounded like a lot of pious, self-serving flapdoodle from an old civil rights leader who wanted to attract attention to himself for a few minutes because he had a lot of people listening to what he said. The old dissenter still had teeth!

White conservatives had a right to criticize it, if they wanted to. Liberal blogs like the one above seem to think that no white can criticize anything blacks do “for one of their own.” This smacks of a certain sort of condescension and racism that is as bad as some conservatives saying that blacks can’t do anything right because they’re black and afflicted with all those pathologies that lead to gang warfare, illegitimate babies and bad music. My goodness, what would we do in America if not for the carnival of dementia that passes for race relations. I might have to consider living in another country." (more)

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A New Black Power

Walter Mosley in The Nation "We are a racial minority in a country where racism is a fact of life, a country that was founded on economic and imperialist racism. Taking this into account and adding it to the fact that our issues are regularly put on a back burner, I believe that it is not out of order to send out a call for the formation of an African-American interest group, or maybe a political unit, that would bring our issues, and others, to the forefront of American political discourse." (more)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Shoot First, Talk Much, Much Later - opinionator

In NY Times It’s not every day the vice president shoots a man and then decides not to tell the public about it for almost 24 hours. Simple accident or symbol of a White House culture of secrecy? Count the Washington Post editorial page among those in the latter camp: “Saturday’s incident required immediate public disclosure — a fact so elementary that the failure to act properly is truly disturbing in its implications.” On the Post’s op-ed page, columnist Eugene Robinson sees Cheney’s hunting accident as a metaphor for the Bush administration’s foreign policy as well: “The man is out of control. Then again, out-of-control is the way this whole administration operates: Ready, fire, aim. Global war on terrorism, global war on poultry, what’s the difference? You see something moving, shoot it.” (The Times editorial page says the White House “once again demonstrated that it would rather look inept than open.”) (more)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Welcome to Middle-Class Lockdown . . .

Some real problems in this article but...

Joe Bageant in dissident voice

But ultimately somewhere between the seven o’clock showing of Law and Order and the third cocktail, or perhaps after that bracing evening trot around the block in your Land’s End shorts with the dogs, the mind settles down to the more relevant issues such as “Do I need a Blackberry, and if so, should I wait for the next generation of technology?”

Still, what about those cages in Gitmo? Or global warming? You and I may presently be yammering our asses off in cyberspace (talk about inauthentic!) about such topics, but most Americans, if they dialogue about those things at all, conduct the dialogue with those voices inside our heads, the one that says: Things cannot be as bad as the alarmists say. They cannot be as bad as I often suspect they are. If there really were such a thing as global warming they would be starting to do something about it. And besides, even if it were true, science will find a way to fix it. If there really were genocide going on in so many places far more people would be concerned. At the same time, every commercial and piece of sports hoopla, every celebrity news item leaves us with the impression that if we have time and money for such things, then matters cannot be all that bad, can they? If the earth were heating up we would surely notice it. If our soldiers and government agencies were torturing people around the world it would make the news. If millions were being exterminated, it would be more obvious, would it not? Look around. Nobody seems worried. Look how normal everything is every day. Look at your wife and your own family. No one is worried. Things cannot be that bad. (more)