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Alan Dershowitz’ Long Reach

When Halle’s (Germany) Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology had invited Norman Finkelstein for a public lecture on freedom of expression in academia (see description below) and hosting a closed workshop on his new book project, Gaza – an Inquest Into its … Continue reading

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Faking the Facts

A yelling press secretary, Sean Spicer, a former public affairs officer of the US Navy reserve, bawled the press at the White House yesterday and forcefully tried to set the record straight: his boss’ inauguration was attended by more people than ever. … Continue reading

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Where is Mitribah?

Temperatures the last couple of days in Kuwait and southern Iraq broke long-standing records for Asia with reaching 54 centigrades (129 F) in Mitribah and Basrah (on July 21 and 22, respectively), see here. Weather historian Christopher C. Burt even … Continue reading

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Bazm wa Razm

Update below I have written about the two Kharraqan towers before, see here. Both had been heavily damaged in a 2002 earthquake. They are located about one km west to the village of Hisar-i Valiasr and 33 km west to … Continue reading

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The Real Power of Satire

Thank you Jan Böhmermann! The German comedian is now being threatened with prosecution. That has Turkish President and wannabe sultan, notorious Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, demanded. Böhmermann had made clear, in sort of poem which was broadcast in his late-night show … Continue reading

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