Land of the Lawless
Ralph NaderPoliticians and pundits love to go on and on about “the rule of law.” The concept that no one is above the law is laudatory and central to a functioning democracy. But we can easily see the grotesque disparities in the application of law and the prosecution of those who commit crimes in the streets […]
The Battle for Saudi Arabia
As'ad AbuKhalilSaudi Arabia is a most unusual country. Its oil reserves are the largest in the world. It is run like a privately owned business operated by the Saud family. Hundreds of princes and their hanger ons preside over a nation without a constitution. Patriarchy, misogyny, oppression, censorship, religious intolerance characterize this feudal regime. Since Saudi […]
Inside the Company: CIA Diary
Philip AgeeIn the cavernous marble and glass lobby of CIA HQs in Langley, Virginia there is an inscription etched into the wall. Not some patriotic slogan, but words from the Gospel of John: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” No matter who is president, particularly since 1945, there has […]
The Amherst Interviews
Eqbal Ahmad8 CDs Ranking among the most important interviews Barsamian has ever done, this six hour-plus discussion with the noted Pakistani intellectual focuses on India, Gandhi, Tagore, Pakistan, Islam, Middle East, globalization, imperialism and encounters with Fanon, Said and Chomsky, a virtuoso performance by an original thinker. Interview by David Barsamian. Recorded at Hampshire College.