Why Capitalism Isn’t Working for Dummies

Thomas Picketty (Photo Credit: Emmanuelle Marchadour) Over the past few years, as I got more and more involved with movements and groups advocating for change, equality and social justice, among other causes, one system was repeatedly cited as one of the many “evils” that is destroying our society and the world. That system was capitalism. But I never truly understood how and why it was failing... read more

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Tintin And Hergé

“Tintin is Nobody,” a panel from a special Tintin and Hergé exhibition at the Belgian Comic Strip Center in Brussels | Photo by Joelle Hatem During a recent trip to Brussels, I visited the Museum of Original Figures (MOOF) and The Belgian Comic Strip Center, two amazing centers dedicated to the Belgian comic strip and the characters that inhabit it, including Tintin, Spirou, the Smurfs, Lucky... read more

Obama, Syria And The Groupthink Trap

President Barack Obama answers questions at a press conference at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 6, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) In 2008, when U.S. President Barack Obama announced his national security team for his first term in office, he explicitly went on record as saying that he wanted to appoint a team that would avoid... read more

The Pyramid Of Doom

I spotted this stencil on one of the metal boards aligning the old Vendome Stairs in Mar Mikhael. It’s such a loaded visual. I see in it a hierarchy and intersectionality of power dynamics. I see in it colonialism, imperialism and sectarianism. I see in it the Lebanese Civil War. I see in it the brutal history of Lebanon that keeps repeating itself every few years. I see in it the failed Lebanese... read more

Discovering The Upside Of Anger

Mike Binder’s 2005 dramedy The Upside of Anger is on my list of all-time favorite movies. Everytime I watch it, I’m reminded why it has remained on my list over the years. The film tells the story of a suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer (played by Joan Allen) who is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. One of the reasons I like the movie so much is... read more

The Weaponization Of Human Rights

On June 5, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Samantha Power as UN Ambassador. On June 6, 2013, CounterPunch ran a profile of Power entitled “Samantha Power and the Weaponization of Human Rights”, which was written by lawyer Chase Madar and initially published on September 10, 2009. In his profile, Madar argues that while Power may be a perceived as “the paladin [...] to... read more

Emotions Are Positive

When we think about emotions, we tend only to think about the negative ones – fear, anger and distress. But this is because the mass media over-emphasizes negative emotions and underplays positive ones, so we often neglect or fail to recognize the positive aspects of everyday life. Our positive emotions are as varied and subtle as our negative ones. — Nick Hayes, Psychology Made... read more

Dealing With Prejudice

Staring prejudice in the face imposes a cruel discipline: to structure your anger, to achieve a certain dignity, an angry dignity. — Ellen Ullman, former software engineer and author of How to Be a ‘Woman Porgrammer’, an article that was published in the New York Times on May 18,... read more

The Nakba As A Developing Process Of Zionist Colonization

On the 65th anniversary of the Nakba, Ben White writes about the historic ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement, and the establishment of the State of Israel on the rubble of hundreds of emptied, destroyed villages. Nakba Day continues to grow in prominence as a time for remembrance and protest, an alternative history to the narrative of Israeli ‘independence’, and a reminder that... read more

How We Are Undone By Each Other

In Undoing Gender, her 2004 book of reflections on gender and sexuality, Judith Butler writes about how we deeply affect each other. Let’s face it. We’re undone by each other. And if we’re not, we’re missing something. If this seems so clearly the case with grief, it is only because it was already the case with desire. One does not always stay intact. It may be that one wants to, or does, but it... read more
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