The success of the film 12 Years a Slave, which is up for the best picture Oscar at Sunday’s Academy Awards, has made an unexpected best-seller of the book on which it is based. Solomon Northup’s memoir, published in 1853, reads a bit like the best science fiction, in the sense that the world it depicts is fully recognizable, but with an odd twist that gives it a constant sense of being off-kilter.
This week in Washington, a Department of Education panel continued negotiations over new campus sexual assault regulations.
President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative to improve opportunities for boys and men of color is in step with our times.
Being nominated for an Oscar is always a big deal, lifting someone’s career or a movie’s fortunes at the box office. In Cambodia, an Oscar nomination is proving to be a big deal for an entire nation, crystallizing how important reviving the arts has been for a country devastated by decades of war, genocide and corruption.
In Barack Obama’s first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president and former professor of constitutional law promised to make sweeping changes in the way government operated in a number of specific areas. But has he kept his pledges?
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The U.S. imports over five times as much oil from Venezuela as from Kuwait. Been to the pumps lately? Wonder what’s going on? Venezuela is in turmoil, that’s what.
Arizona. Wow. How often do you find yourself saying, “Go, entrenched interests of the business community!” Yet here we are.
If you’re lucky enough to be arriving at the airport in Antigua, you'll see the Stanford Cricket Ground next door. Once jumping with first-class West Indies cricket matches, it has been abandoned in the wake of revelations that the investment operations of its namesake, R. Allen Stanford, were a $7.1 billion Ponzi scheme. The locals call it Sticky Wicket Stadium — and now the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on the assets of the man who queered that particular pitch. In a trio of cases, the court has opened the door for state-law class-action suits by the victims of Stanford’s fraud.
Shortly before the Sochi Olympics, the Russian government surprised many by granting amnesty to 20,000 prisoners including high-profile opposition activists like Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot and recently jailed members of Greenpeace. That was followed by the even more surprising release of President Vladimir Putin’s longtime antagonist, tycoon-turned-activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
After an unusual complaint from the Brazilian government, sports goods manufacturer Adidas has agreed to ban the sale of two controversial T-shirts designed for the soccer World Cup in Brazil, which kicks off on June 12.
This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves.
Big John, he was called, even in his 80s, long after he had shrunk from his once-imposing 6-foot-3 hulk and had also lost much of his power, if not stature. When John David Dingell Jr. announced Monday that he was finally calling it quits after serving in the House of Representatives longer than any public servant in history, he explained that he did not want to be hauled out feet first.
As patriotism can be the last refuge of scoundrels, so religion can be the last refuge of bigots.
In school did you ever cram for a Shakespeare exam by reading a lot in one sitting? It temporarily rewired your brain. When from your hand let slip the rhyme’d page, backward did run the lines in your hot brain. Verily.
AUSTIN, Texas — My life recently was burdened by what passes as calamity for those of us blessed with advantaged lives. I lost my cellphone.
Katrina Pierson isn’t who most people picture when they think of the tea party.
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What were Michael Dunn and George Zimmerman thinking when they each killed an unarmed black teenager? Some say too much is being made of race in these cases and others believe racial bigotry led them to pull the trigger.
On the morning of my appearance before an Iranian Revolutionary Court, where I was convicted on a fabricated charge of espionage, I heard the chant “Death to America!” from the world beyond my prison window. The chant, and the associated stereotype of Islamic Iran, was quite different from what I heard in Section 209, the grim area of Evin Prison where political detainees are beaten, tortured and held without charge. As Americans, my friend and cellmate Shane Bauer and I were denied contact with Iranian inmates during our imprisonment there. Yet time and again, they found the courage to defy that rule and lift our spirits.
One thing is certain about Comcast’s proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable: It doesn’t pass the smell test. Comcast claims that the combination of the two largest cable companies will somehow enhance, rather than diminish, competition and lead to greater consumer satisfaction. Don’t worry, Godzilla will play nice on the playground.
“The smartest folks I know in just about every academic or policy field, don’t tweet, blog, or actively appear in the media.” I tweeted that line recently; I meant it as an innocuous observation, neither intended to slander any prominent intellectuals nor to challenge lesser-known, media-shy experts or academics. Nevertheless, I received several objections to my comment from individuals who are the tops in their fields and are unafraid of self-promotion and publicity. But I stand by what I wrote. Since Twitter does not provide adequate space, please allow me to clarify.
Bang! That’s how the Cuban Revolution began. Fidel Castro’s “permanent revolution” is now on the verge of going out with a whimper.
What an interesting vote we have on our hands come November, one that pits old-school rigidity against progressive thought.
Arthur Brooks, head of the American Enterprise Institute, had the unorthodox idea to invite the Dalai Lama to exchange views on capitalism with a panel of scholars at the conservative think tank last week.
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- Florida Panthers Luongo settles into familiar spot
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