Update: The official response of Creative Time–the non-profit art organization which worked with Park Avenue Autumn on the exhibition involving the stolen plates– as well as that of the U.S. District Attorney’s office, can be found at the bottom of the post.
In a story that raises more questions than it answers, stolen dinner plates and several salad plates originally belonging to Saddam Hussein were returned to the Republic of Iraq by the United States government after they were illegally exported out of the country and sold on Ebay.
Truth is almost always stranger than fiction, but rarely scarier. This is certainly the case with The Devil’s Double, a deeply alarming film about the tormented life of Latif Yahia, the Iraqi Army lieutenant who looked so much like Saddam Hussein’s son Uday that he was summoned to Baghdad in the days leading up to Read More
Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen has chosen a role that will complete the triad that he started with Borat and Bruno. What persona has he chosen to embody following a challenged Kazahkstani and a flamboyantly gay Austrian?
You may be aware of a certain Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Among his less memorable Read More
In the fall of 2002, during the run up to the war in Iraq, Oprah Winfrey devoted a portion of one of her shows to answering a pressing international question. Do the Iraqi people want America to liberate them from Saddam Hussein?
Ms. Winfrey posed the question to Entifadh Qanbar, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Read More
CIA Warning of 9/11 Attacks
“It comes from the most sensitive sources and methods that we have as a government. It’s the family jewels.”—May 19, 2002, explaining why the Aug. 6, 2001, Daily Presidential Brief, titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.,” should not be made public.
“There wasn’t anything really new in Read More
Now that everyone except Dick Cheney agrees that Iraq has dissolved into civil war, I grabbed a couple of neocons’ (and neolibs’) books off my shelf last night to see how they treated the issue of Sunnis and Shi’ites killing one another, back when these brains were pushing for the U.S. to invade Iraq.
Here Read More
Whatever happens in the wake of President Bush’s new Iraq strategy, one thing won’t: Saddam will not come back. This is not a statement of the obvious, or a lame joke. The power that dictators and their supporters acquire by actual acts of violence is augmented by fear—fear of their omniscience, their omnipresence, their indestructibility. Read More
John Fonte of the Hudson Institute is very serious about the issue of dual citizenship.
if our great historical success in assimilating millions of immigrants is going to continue, ultimately newcomers must be loyal to the U.S. Constitution and not to any other constitution.
“we are betting” Mexican-Americans will “think Mexico first” Read More
The trial and punishment of the late Saddam Hussein ought to have been accomplished with respect for law and human dignity—not necessarily because the former dictator deserved such consideration, but because all who have died in the name of democracy over the past three years certainly do.
Instead, his hurried hanging at dawn by a Read More
It’s not that John McCain’s call for more U.S. troops to be dispatched to Iraq—in the face of the Iraq Study Group’s unanimous recommendation that just the opposite take place—is disingenuous.
He is, after all, a confirmed believer in the democratizing doctrine of American neoconservatism, a proponent of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein back when Read More