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Fadli Zon Ada Benarnya: Ahok itu Pejabat Gagal, Minim Prestasi

Ahok itu Pejabat Gagal Fadli Zon begitu murkanya sampai menyebut Ahok tidak berprestasi. Amarah dan kekecewaan itu muncul setelah Ahok lebih memilih mundur daripada tetap setia kepada Gerindra dalam memperjuangkan RUU Pilkada. Bagi Fadli Zon, Waketum...
by nasionalisme on Sep 12, 2014

Ave Atque Vale

from Ave Atque Vale by Algernon Charles Swinburne XVIII For thee, O now a silent soul, my brother,       Take at my hands this garland, and farewell.       Thin is the leaf, and chill the wintry smell, And chill the solemn earth, a fatal...
by the sad red earth on Apr 4, 2014

Ukraine and Legitimacy

It is fascinating to witness with events in Ukraine an enduring controversy of history in the making. Controversies arise all the time, of course, but some are drawn in more dramatic relief than others, and one of those is Ukraine, 2013-14. Most West...
by the sad red earth on Mar 17, 2014

The Revolution with No Name

When it seemed to some at the end of the Cold War that we had also reached the end of history, more than ever, every act of rebellion and revolution seemed cause to celebrate an elevated human spirit. After a long winter of merely staving off an enem...
by the sad red earth on Mar 11, 2014

A Misguided Argument About Anti-Semitism

(This essay originally appeared in the Algemeiner on February 11, 2014.) In the Wall Street Journal of February 3, Harvard’s Ruth R. Wisse published an Op-Ed titled “The Dark Side of the War on ‘the One Percent.” In the article, Wisse argues...
by the sad red earth on Feb 18, 2014

Academic Boycotts and Re-Colonization by Theory

(The full text of the following essay was published by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.) from “Academic Boycotts and Recolonization by Theory“  As a matter of international justice, however, conceptually distinguishing and crucial...
by the sad red earth on Feb 3, 2014

A Second Look: Thinking Through the Iranian Dilemma

I posted the following on March 19 of last year. Nothing that has transpired since, not even the recently achieved, yet still not implemented short-term deal – which I think a basis for justified future military action just as it is, more hopef...
by the sad red earth on Dec 16, 2013

A Second Look: Abraham Lincoln on the “Mud-Sill” Theory of Labor

The movement to increase the minimum wage, and to tie it legislatively to the cost of living, is growing. The obscenity of low-wage employment among adults – full-time employment that does not offer a living wage – is increasingly appar...
by the sad red earth on Dec 2, 2013

A Second Look: the End (of History, War, the Enlightenment, and Western Civilization) Or Not

My recent posts on Syria were argued against a more global backdrop: considerations of war and how it is entered into, with what achievable (or other) ends in mind, and, more specifically again, how the United States engages in it. In focus were ques...
by the sad red earth on Nov 18, 2013

Syria, the Limits of Interventionism, and the International Order

Noted in the comments to the previous post, “A Plague: Contesting Syria, in Context,” is the posting of a reply to it at his blog from my ever wry blogging compadre, Snoopy the Goon. Please do  read it here. Below is my response to, ahem, the Go...
by the sad red earth on Nov 11, 2013

A Plague: Contesting Syria, in Context

Context They are always there, sitting on both shoulders, sounding into your ears. On either side, they buzz insistently their ceaseless drone. Now, they speak of Syria, whisper and wheedle action or inaction as they wish. They have been singing thei...
by the sad red earth on Nov 4, 2013

Norm of the Norm

I didn’t think I would write anything. I was not friend or family to Norm Geras, and so could speak nothing of the private man that those to whom he truly belonged had known. And how many were there who could say at least as much as I – that thou...
by the sad red earth on Oct 22, 2013

Edward Snowden and the Question of Authority (a Surveillance of Terms)

Edward Snowden received the Integrity Award from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence this week, and WikiLeaks has posted several videos of the rarely-seen whistleblower during the event. The Huffington Post As opinions about Edwa...
by the sad red earth on Oct 14, 2013

A Second Look: James Madison & the Tea Party

The current government shut down over the Affordable Healthcare Act speaks directly to issues found in the nation’s beginnings. Among the many ironies of Tea Party foolishness is that while its adherents are enemies of federalism and shape mino...
by the sad red earth on Oct 2, 2013

Homer (Dean Adler)

September 1, 1999 – September 27, 2013 Homer was a 21st century dog, so he took the last names of both his parents… In his tenth month, he met his adoptive older sister, Penelope (Anne Dean – third and most diminutive in the line of...
by the sad red earth on Sep 29, 2013

Masters of War

 “Masters of War,” compellingly titled, fortuitously timed in its creation, ranks among Bob Dylan’s most jejune songs. The apparent good fortune of its historic timing emerged out of a natural uprising from circumstance. Given that circumstanc...
by the sad red earth on Sep 11, 2013

Forgetfulness Is a Chemical Weapon

Something fails to fire. Across the synaptic gap, neurotransmission falls short. For only a moment or forever, we cease to remember – “as if,” Billy Collins writes, … one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the southe...
by the sad red earth on Sep 6, 2013


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