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Noted with Interest, April 2011

Apr 25, 2011

The Corporate State Wins Again
By Chris Hedges. No it has not! We must take a stand. We will take a stand. And we will win. From Truthdig.com, Apr 25, 2011. Accessed Apr 25, 2011.

The Straight Dope: Bill Moyers Interviews David Simon
The creator of The Wire tells it like it is. From Guernica, April 2011. Accessed April 14, 2011.

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System
By Chris Hedges. How education has lost its way in America. From Truthdig.com. Accessed Apr 11, 2011.

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%
Whaddaya know? Joe Stiglitz agrees with me. Self-interest means taking care of the next guy! The Golden Rule isn’t altruistic—it’s a survival tactic. by Joseph Stiglitz, from Vanity Fair, May 2011, accessed April 11, 2011.

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Lifting the Veil

Apr 12, 2011
There has been much debate of late regarding the French ban on the wearing of the Arab niqab (mask) in public. The two sides are well represented in an editorial in Canada’s National Post,1 so I am not going to rehash them here.

However, I will add one comment not mentioned in this editorial or in anything else I have read on this issue. If a government is going to conclude that the wearing of a mask in public is, indeed, a matter for the legal system to deal with, then they should not double down on blaming the victim—which is what the oppressors of these women are doing in the first place—and arrest these hapless females. They should arrest the culpable parties—the husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons of these abused women.

The radical Islamists tell their women, “Get raped and we will stone you to death.” The French tell them, “Wear a burka or naqib and we will put you in a cell and fine you 150 euros.” Does such an attitude not merely represent a milder form of the same injustice and, ever at the root of this sort of thing, misogyny?
1 Don’t ban the burka, an editorial from the National Post, Ontario, Canada, Apr 12, 2011, accessed Apr 12, 2011.

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