I was at a loft party in Brooklyn last night. We discussed how countries did not fall into categories of East and West, but at the same time, I felt any solutions I had for the Third World was completely from my position as detached Westerner. Then I explained how Edward Said single-handedly disbanded the Orientalist Studies department from universities.
Edward Said's Ideological Lineage
Someone mentioned they admired Homi K. Bhabha. Turns out Mr. Bhabha is a descendant of the late, great Edward W. Said.
‘I am not a killer. But the people who killed, they should be held responsible.’ Mladic continued to be arrogant and demanding, insisting not only on his own innocence but on the shared guilt of all of the Serbian people. He said: ‘You elected [Slobodan] Milosevic, not me. You are all guilty, not me.’
He’s right about that. All people face equal guilt in the face of human rights atrocities. It’s too chilling to share, but General Mladic’s entry into the Srebrenica safe area was videotaped, and filmed as giving out candy and bunny rabbits to the blond Bosnian children, playfully pinching one 8-year old boy on the cheek. Thousands of men and boys were systematically slaughtered, as the UN watched helplessly.
Except for the victims, humanity is to blame for this atrocity. There is nothing so pure in us as to be exempt from the human proclivities to commit violence on any scale. Human rights abuses are not only lessons for the region they occur in, but are reminders of our collective failings into the future.
“In our morning security meetings, they’d give us a roster of the satellites that the Soviets had in the air, and we’d know the exact schedule of when they were coming over. It was like a bus schedule.” — National Geographic
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Religious paper photoshops Sec’y Clinton from lead photo
The Brooklyn weekly Di Tzeitung, which says it doesn’t publish images of women, printed the doctored photo Friday. It issued a statement saying its photo editor hadn’t read the fine print accompanying the White House photo that forbade any changes. The newspaper said it has sent its regrets and apologies to the White House and the Department of State.
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