Slavoj Žižek on Al-Jazeera: “Now the field is open”

by on October 30, 2011

Žižek begins this conversation by noting that the self-evidence of our political-economic system has broken down and “now the field is open” for deeper and wider ranging discussion (Žižek in fact praises the Occupy Wall St movement for refusing to close this opening by submitting to the call for demands). Also discussed: the “authentic tragedy” of 20th-century communism; provoking “liberal friends”; the distinction between physical violence and social or systemic …
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Nir Rosen on Middle East Reporting

by on May 19, 2011

The Middle East is an exceptionally suitable place for the Western media to learn about itself and its future, because it is the scene where all pretentions of objectivity, neutrality towards power, and critical engagement have faltered spectacularly. – Nir Rosen

Nir Rosen is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the New York TImes Magazine, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, …
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Where Racialist Realism Goes to Die

by on January 29, 2011

International Relations (IR) designates the predominant or hegemonic paradigm in Anglo-American political science as well as foreign policy. Under the banner of IR, Realism, as the name suggests, regards itself as the most steely-eyed, coldly rational of the various schools. You may not have known it, but if you’ve read a piece in the establishment house journal Foreign Policy, say, or Robert D Kaplan‘s features in The
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