Daily Archives: February 23, 2023

Rising INTERVIEWS SEYMOUR HERSH: Journalist DEFENDS Reporting on US DESTRUCTION of Nord Stream

The Hill – Feb 23, 2023




Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks down his report that claimed the Biden administration is behind last summer’s Nord Stream pipelines explosion. #nordstream #seymourhersh #biden

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Jeffrey Sachs – I’m shocked ! It started Russia In Big Trouble

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Fears of Nuclear Arms Race Stirred as Russia Suspends Treaty

Voice of America – Feb 23, 2023

There are fears of a new global nuclear arms race after Russia’s president announced this week that he would suspend the country’s participation in the New START treaty, which limits the number of warheads deployed by Russia and the United States. Henry Ridgwell reports. Originally published at – https://www.voanews.com/a/fears-of-nu…

News Wrap: Nearly 75 million Americans under winter weather alerts

PBS NewsHour Feb 23, 2023

In our news wrap Thursday, an unprecedented winter storm has put some 75 million Americans under winter weather alerts, the United Nations General Assembly passed a nonbinding resolution calling for Russia to withdraw from Ukraine, fresh violence erupted along the Israel-Gaza border and Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 16 years in prison for a rape and sexual assault case in Los Angeles.

The Biggest Economic Lies We’re Told | Robert Reich

Robert Reich Feb 21, 2023

Just a thought: what if we stopped measuring the economy by the state of the stock market and started measuring it based on how many people are housed and clothed and fed?

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The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market: Naomi Oreskes, Eric M. Conway

“A carefully researched work of intellectual history, and an urgently needed political analysis.” –Jane Mayer

“[A] scorching indictment of free market fundamentalism … and how we can change, before it’s too late.”-Esquire, Best Books of Winter 2023

The bestselling authors of Merchants of Doubt offer a profound, startling history of one of America’s most tenacious–and destructive–false ideas: the myth of the “free market.”

In their bestselling book Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway revealed the origins of climate change denial. Now, they unfold the truth about another disastrous dogma: the “magic of the marketplace.”

In the early 20th century, business elites, trade associations, wealthy powerbrokers, and media allies set out to build a new American orthodoxy: down with “big government” and up with unfettered markets. With startling archival evidence, Oreskes and Conway document campaigns to rewrite textbooks, combat unions, and defend child labor. They detail the ploys that turned hardline economists Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman into household names; recount the libertarian roots of the Little House on the Prairie books; and tune into the General Electric-sponsored TV show that beamed free-market doctrine to millions and launched Ronald Reagan’s political career.

By the 1970s, this propaganda was succeeding. Free market ideology would define the next half-century across Republican and Democratic administrations, giving us a housing crisis, the opioid scourge, climate destruction, and a baleful response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Only by understanding this history can we imagine a future where markets will serve, not stifle, democracy.


“[A] scorching indictment of free market fundamentalism … and how we can change, before it’s too late.” ―Esquire, Best Books of Winter 2023

“Impressive.” ―The New York Times

“Outstanding … A pair of historians explain how market fundamentalism leads to science denial … For scientists who are dumbfounded by anti-science attitudes, understanding this history is vital. Only by understanding the forces that cause science denial can anything be done about it. Like Merchants of Doubt before it, The Big Myth offers crucial insight into this phenomenon.” ―Science

“Offers a valuable perspective on our current disputes about both the democratic and the capitalist sides of democratic capitalism … If today’s executives want to address the tensions about their companies’ role in our societies, The Big Myth suggests one starting point: for business to stop pushing the idea that the only role of government is to get out of its way.” ―The Financial Times

“A persuasive examination of how corporate advocates, libertarian academics, and right-wing culture warriors have collaborated to try to convince the American people that economic and political freedom are indivisible, and that regulation leads inexorably to tyranny … Polemical yet scrupulously researched, this wake-up call rings loud and clear.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A thoughtful denunciation of the economic dogma that the market knows best … A timely, well-argued contribution to the literature of economic inequality and regulation.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“At last, an antidote to the toxic fiction that now imperils our planet and our democracy. For decades, self-interested businessmen have promoted the canard that any government effort to make markets work more safely and fairly will cost us our freedom. Not true, show Oreskes and Conway as they boldly exhume the buried truth: that what’s really at stake is the form of capitalism we choose. If you read only one book this year, make it The Big Myth.” ―Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

“Both a carefully researched work of intellectual history, and an urgently needed political analysis explaining how Americans have become so deeply alienated from their own government. In a compelling narrative, the authors show how a small but zealous cadre of conservative businessmen, many of them selling harmful products, waged and largely won an undeclared ideological war for Americans’ hearts and minds. The magical thinking they promoted has profited them handsomely, but cost the rest of the country tragically.” ―Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money

“Admirers of the authors’ Merchants of Doubt will find the same trenchant investigative brilliance here, deployed on an even wider canvas. They show how wealthy industrialists praising free enterprise shamelessly put vast sums of money into manipulating the free market of ideas. The target: well over a century’s worth of progressive movements from child labor regulation to the New Deal to the fight for renewable energy.” ―Adam Hochschild, author of AMERICAN MIDNIGHT

“A detailed, carefully researched study of how the ideology of market fundamentalism was sold to the American public. An invaluable exposé of how a certain kind of magical thinking was turned into accepted wisdom.” ―Amitav Ghosh, author of THE GREAT DERANGEMENT

“In this major work, Oreskes and Conway expose how American democracy was deformed by decades of ‘free market’ ideology. They reveal how big business interests attacked the very guardrails that make markets safe and fair and flogged the self-serving notion that popular democracy is dangerous to ‘freedom.’ Worst of all, American business successfully persuaded many of us that we should trust corporations more than our own government.” ―Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-author of THE SCHEME

“A sweeping, eye-opening account of how the myth of the free market seeped into American political culture. Looking back at the history of the organizations and individuals who attempted to erase the reality of our mixed public-private system, The Big Myth busts the myth of market fundamentalism that has weakened our ability to tackle major policy challenges.” ―Julian Zelizer, CNN contributor, and author of BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

“A wonderful book. It is St. George slaying the dragon. The Big Myth can free American minds from a dangerous enthrallment.” ―James Gustave Speth, former dean, Yale School of the Environment, and author of AMERICA THE POSSIBLE

“Market fundamentalism has been profoundly damaging to human and economic welfare, in terms of ill health, environmental harms, inequality, and more. How did this belief system become so prominent in ideas and politics, particularly in the USA? This fascinating and important book tells that extraordinary story with care and rigor, setting out the cast of characters, their motivations, and the modus operandi. Please read this book. And be warned.” ―Lord Nicholas Stern, former Chief Economist of the World Bank

“This urgent and compelling book should be required readings in board rooms, business schools, and beyond to challenge pervasive bad assumptions and ignorance about the role of government and the importance of governance.” ―Anat Admati, George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford University, and author of The Bankers’ New Clothes

About the Author

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. Her TED talk, “Why We Should Trust Scientists,” was viewed more than a million times. Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology and works for the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of seven books and dozens of articles and essays.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing (February 21, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 576 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1635573572
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1635573572
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.04 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.65 x 1.7 x 9.5 inches

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Who Killed Malcolm X? Family Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against FBI, NYPD & Others to Find the Truth

Democracy Now! – Feb 22, 2023


On the 58th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination, civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump announced a new lawsuit from Malcolm X’s surviving family seeking compensation from the NYPD, CIA and FBI for its role in concealing evidence in his murder case. This lawsuit comes more than a year after it was confirmed that federal and local agencies had a role in the wrongful conviction of Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Khalil Islam for the murder. Aziz and Islam’s convictions were overturned in 2021, and they were awarded a $36 million settlement for wrongful imprisonment by the state and city of New York. We air excerpts of Tuesday’s public comments from Crump and one of Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, of their intent to file a wrongful death lawsuit over evidence concealed in the murder investigation, in part to seek answers on the extent of the government’s involvement in the civil rights leader’s death.

Kenyan Writer: History Explains Why Much of Africa Chooses Neutrality Over West’s Support of Ukraine

Democracy Now! Feb 23, 2023

One year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many African countries have tried to avoid strong denunciations or shows of support for either side in the conflict, walking a diplomatic tightrope even as the war has had a major impact on food and fuel prices across the continent. Kenyan writer and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola says that neutrality is influenced by memories of Africa as a conflict zone during the Cold War, as well as a desire to chart foreign policies independent of former colonial European powers.

Nothing More Wondrous | Marina Warner | The New York Review of Books

A recent comparative study of medieval Christian and Islamic culture suggests that marvels offer common ground; wonder is a shared delight, a shared motive.

February 23, 2023 issue


Medieval Marvels and Fictions in the Latin West and Islamic World

by Michelle Karnes
University of Chicago Press, 248 pp., $105.00; $30.00 (paper)

A decade ago Sabine Réthoré, a French mapmaker based near Marseille, tilted the map of the Mediterranean ninety degrees on its axis, positioning its western extent at the top and its eastern shore at the bottom, so that the Strait of Gibraltar (the classical Pillars of Hercules) appears as the neck of a funnel into the alembic of the open sea. Her map, which she called “Méditerranée Sans Frontières,” did away with national borders and highlighted the port cities fringing the coasts. As part of a larger list, Alexandria, Tunis, Genoa, Venice, Tyre, Piraeus, Cádiz, Barcelona, Marseille, Livorno, Naples, Messina, Split, Athens, Antalya, Haifa, and Gaza appear strung along a common shore, their long colloquy remembered and thereby, it is hoped, revivified.

Remapping the Mare Nostrum in this way reveals networks that defy historical antagonisms, showing instead how geographical proximities, even in times of conflict, lead to encounters and exchanges, to mutual learning; how, especially in periods such as the Crusades, and later during the wars between the Ottoman Turks and the Holy Roman Empire, cross-cultural entanglements, sometimes in the form of trade, sometimes in the form of what could be judged intellectual property theft, led to significant cultural developments. Glass and metalwork, silk, velvet, and brocade, the palmette capital and the pointed arch were all developed in the eastern Mediterranean and its hinterlands and then copied and furthered in Venice and elsewhere. The Christian clerics in Outremer scolded Frankish women for running off to the bazaar for perfumes and spices and painting their eyes with kohl, along with other iniquitous customs acquired from the infidel Saracens—but consciously or otherwise, the women were acting as cultural go-betweens, a counterpart of interpreters, translators, and scribes.

In Medieval Marvels and Fictions in the Latin West and Islamic World, Michelle Karnes, an associate professor of English and the history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame, has made the admirable ecumenical decision to ignore the frontiers between Occidental and Oriental studies that demarcate university faculties and has written an adventurous comparative study of Christian and Islamic culture from the seventh to the fourteenth centuries, with forays into later works such as Don Quixote. She looks at natural philosophy and optics, cognitive theories, travel literature and wonder tales, seeing in these varied disciplines a common thread of intellectual curiosity.

Karnes is most at ease in medieval scholasticism, the subject of her 2011 book Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages, in which her focus is on Aristotle’s concept of the imagination and its resonance in Christian thought. In Medieval Marvels she makes up for her earlier neglect of the contributions made by Arabic scholarship, especially in the translations from Greek of major works by Plato and Aristotle, which chiefly survived in manuscripts made and translated in Baghdad and Toledo. Drawing on the detailed commentaries Arabic philosophers wrote, she returns to grapple again with debates about internal states, visions, dreams, demons, illusions, hallucinations—for example, William of Auvergne in the thirteenth century drew on the newly available Greek and Arabic material to ponder the case of a man who became convinced he was a wolf.

Her book consequently spans a huge canvas: from classical antecedents discussing dream interpretation and the concept of phantasms to the fantastic adventures of Sayf ibn Dhi Yazan, a legendary sixth-century king of Yemen, whose exploits, written down in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, echo somewhat the Alexander Romance. And she closes with reflections on Cervantes and the imaginary “Arabic historian” Cide Hamete Benengeli, whom the Spanish author, anticipating Jorge Luis Borges’s Fictions, claims as the source for the adventures of his Knight of the Rueful Countenance.

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Medieval Marvels and Fictions in the Latin West and Islamic World | Michelle Karnes

Marvels like enchanted rings and sorcerers’ stones were topics of fascination in the Middle Ages, not only in romance and travel literature but also in the period’s philosophical writing. Rather than constructions of belief accepted only by simple-minded people, Michelle Karnes shows that these spectacular wonders were near impossibilities that demanded scrutiny and investigation.

This is the first book to analyze a diverse set of writings on such wonders, comparing texts from the Latin West—including those written in English, French, Italian, and Castilian Spanish —with those written in Arabic as it works toward a unifying theory of marvels across different disciplines and cultures. Karnes tells a story about the parallels between Arabic and Latin thought, reminding us that experiences of the strange and the unfamiliar travel across a range of genres, spanning geographical and conceptual space and offering an ideal vantage point from which to understand intercultural exchange. Karnes traverses this diverse archive, showing how imagination imbues marvels with their character and power, making them at once enigmatic, creative, and resonant. Skirting the distinction between the real and unreal, these marvels challenge readers to discover the highest capabilities of both nature and the human intellect. Karnes offers a rare comparative perspective and a new methodology to study a topic long recognized as central to medieval culture.


“An adventurous comparative study of Christian and Islamic culture from the seventh to the fourteenth centuries, with forays into later works such as Don Quixote. [Karnes] looks at natural philosophy and optics, cognitive theories, travel literature and wonder tales, seeing in these varied disciplines a common thread of intellectual curiosity.” ― New York Review of Books

“Few scholars of medieval Europe have sought to put the body of writings on marvels produced in the Latin West in dialogue with currents in Arabic letters. Karnes navigates this terrain with sophistication and erudition. The breadth is stunning, and the comfort and ease that Karnes exhibits throughout a broad swath of intellectual endeavors are truly remarkable. This will be a vital work for students and scholars of intellectual history for years to come. We need more scholarship just like this: willing to take risks, to explore distant terrain, and to open new conversations.” — Travis Zadeh, Yale University

“This is an excellent and refreshingly new account of the marvelous in medieval cultures. Karnes approaches marvels as a philosophical problem. Whether natural or invented, a marvel arouses wonder because of its liminal status as a rare, implausible, yet not impossible event or object. A particular strength is that Karnes goes beyond treating Arabic philosophy and literature as ‘influences’ on the West and works directly with the Arabic sources.” — Barbara Newman, Northwestern University

About the Author

Michelle Karnes is associate professor of English and the history of philosophy and science at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages and the coeditor ofStudies in the Age of Chaucer.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Chicago Press; First edition (July 12, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 258 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0226819752
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0226819754
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

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