Posts Tagged: CIA

Unbridled Power in All Its Majestic Terror: Will Bardenwerper’s The Prisoner in His Palace

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As we begin our own Age of the Strongman, Hussein’s almost effortless manipulation—of soldiers expecting exactly that behavior—shows how susceptible we all might be to the sheer force of a big personality.

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This Week in Books: The French Revolution: From Enlightenment to Tyranny

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: The Year of Light and Dark

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It isn’t much of a contest to say that Julie Coyne is the single most inspirational human being I have ever met. And I am here—in Xela—in part because I could use a little inspiration.

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The Rumpus Interview with John Reed

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John Reed discusses Snowball’s Chance, his parody of Animal Farm, and the lawsuits, debates, and discoveries that followed the book’s publication.

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I Get My Favorite Short Stories From the CIA

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The Kenyon Review. Mundo Nuevo. The Paris Review. Check out whether you’ve been unknowingly colluding with secret agents whilst reading your favorite lit mags. Patrick Iber writes, “The CIA became a major player in intellectual life during the Cold War—the closest thing that the US government had to a Ministry of Culture.” (The Rumpus would […]

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Melville House to Publish Torture Report

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Melville House will publish the Senate Torture Report in paperback and e-book on December 30th. The report, released Tuesday, is currently available to read online, but Melville House hopes that publishing it in print form will reach a wider audience. “It’s probably the most important government document of our generation,” says co-publisher Dennis Johnson, “even […]

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Literature as Ideal Propaganda

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During the Cold War, the CIA viewed literature as a potent tool to undermine the Soviet Union. Novels by George Orwell, Albert Camus, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Joyce were smuggled across borders. And, as Nick Romeo explains in the Atlantic, the CIA sought authentic works for its purposes. Doctor Zhivago, hardly a celebration of capitalism, […]

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Takin’ It to the Tweets

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Last Friday, the CIA officially joined Twitter with a joke: We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet. But the New York Review of Books wasn’t laughing. The highly respected literary journal staged a protest, rapidly tweeting out some reminders of the CIA’s less-than-respectable behavior. The Guardian covers the whole ordeal.

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NYPD/CIA Scandalous Surveillance

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“A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government.” The NYPD is involved in a surveillance scandal, reaching far beyond their jurisdiction for the sake of spying, […]

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Danya Glabau’s Tech Links

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Big hack of the day: the CIA, by LulzSec. And they released 62,000 password and login combinations with a challenge to hackers to find out where they work. Now, the security breaches are escalating to an all-out hacker war between competing groups LulzSec and Anonymous (complete with Final Fantasy references, oh my). Facebook addicts are […]

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