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Pakistan and America: bad tidings

What’s next in US-Pakistani relations? Lawrence Wright, author of the excellent The Looming Tower (2006), considers. Wright usefully sketches out the history of US support for Pakistan, starting after WWII.  The connection was driven for decades by Cold War logic.  Next … Continue reading

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The war in Libya, the backstory of an idea

Humanitarian intervention, like the NATO war in Libya, is a modern concept with a genealogy, according to British documentarian Adam Curtis. Curtis locates the beginning in the 1960s, with the Biafran war.  That’s when media mechanisms connecting human suffering to … Continue reading

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