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Hotel Rwanda

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Blackwater’s “Rwanda”

I know we’ve been hearing about evil Erik Prince and his name-swapping mercenaries for years (Blackwater, Xe, my personal favorite Academi, and the latest, Greystone). But I only recently discovered how close all of this is to my hometown. Hell, from their “idyllic Dutch hamlet” in Holland (Michigan) the Prince family has formed and backed some of the biggest and

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A ‘new wave’ of African film

“Sometimes I wonder: Will God ever forgive us for what we’ve done to each other?” says Leonardo DiCaprio, sullen and bleary-eyed, stoically staring just off camera. “… I look around and I realize…” pause for emotion, “God...

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Do you know Omar al Bashir?

I recently ask students in a graduate class I teach on ‘media, culture and international affairs’ to do an experiment: take a camera, go outside (really downstairs on the New School ‘campus’) and test people’s knowledge of...