Nokiana: the one about the CIA, Syria, and the N95

Matt Kane resurfaced on Bristol‘s underscore mailing list  with this intriguing snippet, after some travels around the middle-east: ” … discovered N95s (not mine) cannot be taken into Syria”. I asked for the backstory, which goes like this: Quite a palaver. Got the train from Istanbul to Syria (amazing trip!). At the border they didn’t […]

Under Mars

Via Raed in the Middle, awful pictures from Iraq: Undermars.com. As I write, the site is barely getting any attention, according to Google News. Shannon Larratt’s Zentastic Blog claims some backstory: I want to be clear as well this is not a pro-war or anti-war or pro-Bush or anti-Bush site; it’s just an attempt to […]

Why War? Metaphor and War

Why War? Metaphor and War, by George Lakoff (AlterNet, Mar 18 2003). One of the most central metaphors in our foreign policy is that A Nation Is A Person. It is used hundreds of times a day, every time the nation of Iraq is conceptualized in terms of a single person, Saddam Hussein. The war, […]