Category Archives: FANATICISM & RELIGION

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Their Precious Young Minds and Our Precious Young Minds (Anti-Empire Report 139)

By William Blum, Contributing Editor She was a redheaded rebel, the singer in the family, a trash-talking, tattooed 21-year-old wrapped up in a hip-hop dream of becoming Holland’s Eminem. Then Betsy found Allah. After her sudden conversion to Islam last summer, Betsy began dressing in full Muslim robes. By January,… Read the rest
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Hysterical Authoritarianism: Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

By Henry A. Giroux, Contributing Editor (“Madness” dogtag by Mr Roth / deviant art.) The thought of security bears within it an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become… Read the rest
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Obama’s admission not enough: US spin on Middle East violence must change

By Ramzy Baroud (“Highway of Death” Kuwait Basra. By Samer / wikipedia.) Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the… Read the rest
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Murdering journalists … them and us

By Willliam Blum, Contributing Editor. Anti-Empire Report # 136 (National Union of Journalists Davao City Chapter prepare armbands for broadcaster Ferdie Lintuan a day before his burial. Lintuan was buried on December 30. He was murdered on the eve of Christmas Day near his radio station dxGO. He was the… Read the rest
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Christianity, Imperialism, and Capitalism

By Andre Vltchek (Photo: Church in Madrid by Andre Vltchek.) [T]his year as in every other year, Christianity and fundamentalist capitalism, two great allies, are joining their forces to extract billions of dollars, all over the world, mainly from the poor.Did you like this? Share it:… Read the rest
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How the Ku Klux Klan Helped Republicans Win Voters in the US South

By Olivia Crellin [T]he Ku Klux Klan (KKK) had a lasting impact on the number of US Republican voters, even half a century after the white supremacist movement’s popularity and political impact peaked, according to a new study from academics at Yale, Brandeis, and Notre Dame universities.Did you like this?… Read the rest
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Stealth Evangelism 3.0: The Remarkable Resilience of the Religious Right

By Bill Berkowitz [I]n 1990, a young Ralph Reed, newly hired by Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition to oversee its daily operations, told the Los Angeles Times that, “What Christians have got to do is take back this country, one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time and one… Read the rest
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Losing the Plot: Israel’s Premier to Face New Gaza Reality

Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide backfired beyond anyone’s expectations. (TV Grab) By Ramzy Baroud [N]etanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crushDid you like this? Share it:… Read the rest
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Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Misery and Violence in the Age of Terrorism

By Henry A. Giroux. [T]he spectacle of violence and terrorism looms large in the post 9/11 world. As the recent beheading of James Foley by Islamic extremists makes clear, mass-mediated terrorism is now joined with the spectacle of violence, torture, and beheadings so as to open up a new space… Read the rest
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