As the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan next year, women and girls fear a resurgent Taliban and their acid-throwing, rib-breaking ways. Read More
Li Yang’s Blind Shaft , (in Mandarin with English subtitles), based on the novel Shenmu by Liu Qingbang, opens his evocative, semi-documentary-style narrative in a Chinese coal-mining region, a bleak, gray landscape littered with hilly slag heaps, and without a tree or shrub in sight. As a procession of unidentified miners descend in an elevator Read More
I can offer no advice about how best to observe this week’s anniversary. In our home the television is off, while the radio is tuned to WNYC, the public radio stations that proved so essential to the city in the time of horror.
Whatever we do, we’ll be thinking about the bereaved, of course, Read More
If you weren’t against globalization before, a recent story in The Christian Science Monitor ought to convince you. The American government is shipping some of the people it’s holding in those razor-wire cages in Guantanamo to Egypt, Syria and Jordan for questioning-or, to use the more frightening word, interrogation.
We’re told that the interrogators in Read More
Unlike some observers, I’m not prepared to equate the Roman Catholic clergy with the Taliban. Catholics have good reason to be furious with the actions of those bishops who have aided and abetted the predatory habits of pedophile priests. But those who suggest that the horrendous sex-abuse scandal is evidence of a systematically rotten and Read More
Since many of you have been out of the dating loop for some time, I thought it might be fun to do a little role-playing. First I’d like you to imagine, for the sake of this exercise, that you are a single woman in your 30′s who, although you have a demanding and rewarding career Read More
How wonderful, in my line of work, to be able to usher in the New
Year by celebrating Tony Kushner’s great new play of our anguished times, Homebody/Kabul . I cannot think of a more
important drama in the last decade-since, in fact, the same awesomely
articulate dramatist astonished us with his vast epic of Read More
The situation of John Walker, as the Taliban soldier who calls himself Abdul Hamid is known in his homeland, appears straightforward and quite simple.
He joined a foreign army–and perhaps an international-terrorist subset of that army–that initiated hostilities against the United States, including the murder of thousands of innocent civilians. He participated in armed violence Read More
I should feel elated. The skinny, cave-dwelling polygamist is on the run, and our bombing campaign-which I supported-has temporarily prevailed. Instead, I feel a curious letdown. It’s reminiscent of situations where I’ve been at the bedside of deathly ill relatives, giving my all as they slid downhill, only to find, when they showed signs of Read More
The blustering holy murderers of the Taliban and Al Qaeda have
had a bad two weeks. After the fall of Mazar-i-Sharif, they began fleeing their
positions pell-mell. Some of their remnants holed up in two towns, Kunduz and Kandahar,
hoping perhaps to use the wretched civilians as human shields against American
bombs. Escaping turncoats report Read More