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Labor Notes

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On December 20, 2011
A lot of good labor stories today: 1. Michael Powell has a pretty pointed article for the Times, making fun of wealthy outrage at the idea that New York could possibly have a city-wide living wage of $10. “I think,” Michael R. Bloomberg said a few weeks back, “that when the government tries to too […]

Secession Day

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On December 20, 2011

On December 24, 1861, the first anniversary of South Carolina’s secession from the Union, the Palmetto State celebrated. And it’s not surprising because a year into their rebellion, things

Crusades and Jihad

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On December 19, 2011
My friend Jay Rubenstein has been promoting his new book about the first Crusade with a series of pieces at HuffPo. His latest asks whether the Crusades or early Jihad was more violent. Not surprisingly, the answer is the Crusades by a long shot: What became of all the Christians in the conquered territories? For […]

Occupy the MLA

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On December 19, 2011

There’s a debate among the legions of non-tenure track English and language faculty on whether to occupy the MLA this December in protest of their organization’s disinterest in addressing

The Greatest Monster

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On December 19, 2011

Classic Onion headline: Those We Lost In 2011 From left, North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-il, Col. Muammar Qaddafi, Family Circus creator Bil Keane, al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden. I don’t

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