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Out Loud for Human Rights in Lebanon

There is probably no question more debated in the course of Middle Eastern uprisings than that of the status of human rights. Anyone familiar with the region knows that the status of human rights in the Middle East is at best obscure. The question of why there was not a “revolution” in Lebanon is a…Read more Out Loud for Human Rights in Lebanon Posted on 30 May 2012 | 11:29 am

Harlan Ellison on Thinking

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” ― Harlan Ellison Posted on 29 May 2012 | 11:23 am

We Create the Conditions that Condition Us

“The human condition comprehends more than the condition under which life has been given to man. Men are conditioned beings because everything they come in contact with turns immediately into a condition of their existence.  The world in which the vita activa spends itself consists of things produced by human activities; but the things that…Read more We Create the Conditions that Condition Us Posted on 28 May 2012 | 11:02 am

Memorial Day Reading

In honor of Memorial Day,  a children’s book from 1914. Posted on 28 May 2012 | 10:53 am

Between Shadow and Light

One of my favorite images in Arendt’s writings comes not from Arendt herself, but her citation of the poem “Magic” by Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke’s poem reads (in an approximate translation): From indescribable transformation originate Amazing shapes. Feel! Trust! We suffer often: To ashes turn our flames; Yet art can set on fire the dust.…Read more Between Shadow and Light Posted on 25 May 2012 | 9:50 am

The Technocrats to the Rescue, Part 4

How many times can we watch the latest European movie? Once again Europe is buckling under the weight of debt and austerity. And once again, Greece, the birthplace of democracy, has led the democratic leaders of Europe to shun their responsibilities and beg for technocratic saviors. As the Financial Times reports, European leaders are as…Read more The Technocrats to the Rescue, Part 4 Posted on 24 May 2012 | 10:25 am

Beirut: Reinventing or Destroying the Public Space?

“The Garden of the Prophet”, Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran’s posthumous book, included the poem “Pity the Nation”, his most famous and that ends with the following stanza: “Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.” “Pity the Nation” might well be an eight-stanza history of Lebanon: Fullness of beliefs and emptiness…Read more Beirut: Reinventing or Destroying the Public Space? Posted on 23 May 2012 | 12:33 pm

A Re-cap of Elisabeth Young Bruehl’s Childism

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s final work, Childism, was published soon after her untimely passing in December of 2011. In the book, Young-Bruehl, a long time psychoanalyst and child advocate, focuses on the pervasive prejudice she feels overshadows many children in our society. Be it abuse, or the modern day phenomenon of helicopter-parenting, she felt these injustices served to…Read more A Re-cap of Elisabeth Young Bruehl’s Childism Posted on 23 May 2012 | 10:14 am

Rethinking the Unsustainable

There is probably no presidential speech more quoted in Academic circles than Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech, on the final day of his presidency. It was in that speech that Eisenhower warned of the danger of a military-industrial complex. The need for a permanent army and a permanent arms industry creates, he writes, a…Read more Rethinking the Unsustainable Posted on 22 May 2012 | 11:41 am