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The Red Flag and the Tricolore

Alain Badiou
Verso Books (Original in Le Monde - French)

"The confusion reached its climax when we saw the state calling on people to come and demonstrate – in true authoritarian style. Here in the land of ‘freedom of expression’, we have a demo at the state’s command! We might even wonder if Valls thought about imprisoning the people who didn’t show up for it. Here and there people were punished for not going along with the one minute’s silence.
Amazingly, at the low point of their popularity, our leaders could get a million and more people to march, thanks to three perverted fascists who couldn’t have dreamt that they would score such a triumph. The people who attended were simultaneously both terrorised by ‘Muslims’ and nourished on the vitamins of democracy, the republican pact and the superb grandeur of France. Even the colonial war criminal Netanyahu could march in the front rank of the demonstration, supposedly in the name of freedom of opinion and civil peace." [...read more]


        MOST RECENT ADDITIONS (click author's name for books)


Has Amnesty Lost It's Way - Norman Finkelstein / By Line (7/24)
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A Find in Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps as Old as Islam / New York Times (7/22)
WikiLeaks Shows a Saudi Obsession With Iran / New York Times (7/16)
Flags and Other Symbols: Do They Matter? - Immanuel Wallerstein / FBC (7/15)
Foreign investment in Israel cut by half in 2014 / ynet (6/26)
Palestine to submit hundreds of documents to ICC for 1st time / Ma'an News Agency (6/25)
Why join Islamic State? - Patrick Cockburn / The New Yorker (6/24)
60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands, U.N. Says / The New York Times (6/18)
Turkey: Instability Ahead - Immanuel Wallerstein / Fernand Braudel Center (6/16)
Mapping, Beirut-style: how to navigate a city without using any street names / Guardian (6/3)
Wrongfully treating academic debate as anti-Semitism - Saree Makdisi / Los Angeles Times (6/1)
French Muslims Say Veil Bans Give Cover to Bias / New York Times (5/28)
Gaza Economy on the Verge of Collapse / The World Bank (5/27)
Solow in Conversation with Krugman: "Inequality: What Can Be Done?" / CUNY (5/24)
Israel Cancels Project Barring Palestinians From Some Buses ..." / New York Times (5/21)
Saudi Shakeup - Steve Coll / The New Yorker (5/18)
Waters to Warwick: “You are showing yourself to be profoundly ignorant ..." / Salon (5/16)
Artist Walid Raad Denied Entry into UAE, Becoming Third Gulf Labor ... / Hyperallergic (5/14)
Call for an immediate and permanent cease fire in Yemen / DRC (5/13)
Join our competition: Make art for Syria’s refugees / Amnesty International (5/12)
Making It Explicit in Israel - Anat Biletzki / New York Times (5/11)
At LA Museum, A Powerful And Provocative Look At 'Islamic Art Now' / NPR (5/10)
Current Realities of the Israel-Palestine Conflict - N. Finkelstein / Other Voices (5/9)
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? - Robert Fisk / The Independent (5/7)
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Iran calls for Nuclear Disarmament by US, Israel, World - Juan Cole / Informed Comment (4/29)
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Angelina Jolie rips world powers on Syria's refugee crisis / Associated Press (4/25)
Gaza's Martyrdom and the Future of Palestine - Finkelstein / Indiana Palestine Solidarity (4/23)
The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement ... / Jadaliyya (4/22)
Our Man in Tehran: An Eye for an Eye / The New York Times (4/21)
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#OpenToSyria / Amnesty International (4/5)
Sympathies for Israel, Palestinians Little Changed Since Last Year / Pew Research Center (4/4)


Books of Interest



Barradori / Habermas / Derrida - Philosophy in a Time of Terror

Jean Baudrillard - The Spirit of Terrorism

Noam Chomsky - Middle East Illusions

Noam Chomsky - Distorted Morality: America's War on Terror (DVD)

Noam Chomsky - Manufacturing Consent (DVD)

N. Finkelstein - Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Marshall Hodgson - The Venture of Islam

Albert Hourani - History of the Arab World

Paul Krugman - The Great Unraveling

Fawzi Mansour - The Arab World

Roy Mottahedeh - An Introduction to Shi'i Islam

Sheldon Rampton/John Stauber - Weapons of Mass Deception

Richards / Waterbury - A Political Economy of the Middle East

Edward Said - Covering Islam

Edward Said / Christopher Hitchens - Blaming the Victims

Jalal Toufic - Over-Sensitivity (Sun & Moon Classics, No 119)

Jalal Toufic / David / Sadek - Tamass 1

United Nations - Arab Human Development Report 2002

United Nations - Arab Human Development Report 2003

Paul Virilio - Ground Zero

Immanuel Wallerstein - The Decline of American Power

Slavoj Zizek - Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle

Slavoj Zizek - Welcome to the Desert of the Real


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