Opinion

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Media and power

Canadian sociologist Jeffery Klaehn has put together a penetrating collection of essays dealing with the political economy of the mass media spanning a broad range of topics.

The first casualty of war

It was really disheartening watching the Republican presidential wannabes debating in Florida last Monday.

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Alabama-Arizona immigration laws recall 1935 Germany

Is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach - he who roams the nation promoting vicious anti-immigration laws and ordinances - a latter-day Julius Streicher?

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Left on the bookshelf: "Blacks, Reds and Russians"

There is a much less known story of another group of immigrants who sought freedom and opportunity, but it wasn't to America but to the Soviet Union that they fled.

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New film from China on the horrors of the "Rape of Nanking"

What the Japanese militarists did to China is a story that every Chinese person knows well, but, I think, not so much in the West.

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Wells Fargo sponsors anarchist's art show: "Pissarro's People"

A powerful exhibit of the politically inspired paintings by 19th century anarchist artist Camille Pissarro delivers a clear message of inspiration and solidarity to today's Occupy movement.

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Spielberg's "War Horse" is terrific, moving epic

 "War Horse" is simply a terrific war movie that makes its statements graphically and through sensitive portrayals, whether in actual battle scenes or not.

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Finding Joe Hill in new biography

Nowhere is the romance of the Industrial Workers of the World more beautifully told than in the life and songs of its greatest troubadour, Joe Hill.

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"Why Marx Was Right": lively challenge to 10 myths

Eagleton's bright, witty book marches forward into the usual stumbling blocks erected over the decades in the environment of popular ideology and topples them.

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Gene Sharp has half a recipe for revolution

I first heard of Gene Sharp from a commentator on National Public Radio. He said that he had examined the "Arab Spring" upsurges in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya  and Yemen.

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