Poetry Magazine’s Landays: Poetry of Afghan Women http://bit.ly/12raltn I call. You’re stone. One day you’ll look and find I’m gone. The teenage poet who uttered this folk poem called herself Rahila Muska. She lived in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold and one of the most restive of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces since the U.S. invasion began on October 7, 2001. Muska, like many...read more
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From NYTimes Opinion Page The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ By JULIAN ASSANGE “THE New Digital Age” is a startlingly clear and provocative blueprint for technocratic imperialism, from two of its leading witch doctors, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, who construct a new idiom for United States global power in the 21st century. This idiom reflects the ever closer union between the State...read more
In a proposal to be sent to parliament in the spring, the Finnish government is planning to ban all alcohol advertisement on public places in order to reduce youth exposure to alcohol promotion. The decision comes shortly after the government took action to reduce cigarette visibility by banning ads and requiring that cigarette products be kept under the counter or behind closed doors where...read more
A year ago today, you, me, and 24 million people defeated SOPA and Internet censorship. It was the largest online protest ever. It was amazing! Today, a lot of friends from the SOPA fight are declaring January 18th “Internet Freedom Day,” and we want your help starting a new holiday tradition where we share stuff on the web that shouldn’t, or can’t ever, be censored. Each...read more
A Rowdy Tale, Told by Cellphone Cameras By STEPHEN HOLDEN From its opening scene, in which a potty-mouthed young stripper masturbates for a paying audience through her bedroom webcam, “King Kelly,” Andrew Neel’s furious satire of fame lust in the Internet age, made me chortle with contempt. Not for the movie, which is grimly moralistic, but for the unholy intersection of narcissism and...read more