September 7th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Borat," starring Sacha Baron Cohen

Borat," starring Sacha Baron Cohen

Equal-Opportunity Offender Plays Anti-Semitism for Laughs
Equal-Opportunity Offender Plays Anti-Semitism for Laughs
20th Century Fox
Sacha Baron Cohen plays a Kazakh journalist touring America in “Borat.”

"Borat," starring Sacha Baron Cohen, is a raucous comedy that makes its points by seeming to embrace sexism, racism, homophobia and that most risky of social toxins: anti-Semitism.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/07/movies/07bora.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Photo illustration by The New York Times; Photo from 20th Century Fox.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays a Kazakh journalist touring America in “Borat.”


Chris Keeley

Readers in several states, including New York, California and Illinois, filed lawsuits saying that M

Readers in several states, including New York, California and Illinois, filed lawsuits saying that Mr. Frey and the publisher had defrauded them by selling the book as a memoir rather than as a work of fiction. 

James Frey and His Publisher Settle Suit Over Lies

James Frey, the author who admitted making up portions of his best-selling memoir, “A Million Little Pieces,” and his publisher, Random House, have agreed in principle on a settlement with readers who filed lawsuits claiming they had been defrauded.

Neither Mr. Frey nor Random House are admitting any wrongdoing, but consumers who bought the book on or before Jan. 26 — when both the publisher and author released statements acknowledging that Mr. Frey had altered certain facts — will be eligible for a full refund, said a person familiar with the negotiations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the settlement still has to be approved by a judge.

Readers in several states, including New York, California and Illinois, filed lawsuits saying that Mr. Frey and the publisher had defrauded them by selling the book as a memoir rather than as a work of fiction.

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they kept their feminine selves hidden, except for weekends at Casa Susanna, a slightly run-down bun

they kept their feminine selves hidden, except for weekends at Casa Susanna, a slightly run-down bungalow camp in Hunter, N.Y., that was the only place where they could feel at home.



n the early 1960’s, Susanna Valenti, otherwise known as Tito, created a refuge for transvestites on 150 acres in the Catskills. 



At Casa Susanna, guests could indulge their wildest domestic urges: to play Scrabble in a dress, to trade makeup tips, and to take lots and lots of pictures. 

A Safe House for the Girl Within

THERE was a pilot and a businessman, an accountant, a librarian and a pharmacologist. There was a newspaper publisher, and a court translator. By day, they were the men in the gray flannel suits, but on the weekends, they were Felicity, Cynthia, Gail, Sandy, Fiona, Virginia and Susanna. It was the dawn of the 1960’s, yet they wore their late 50’s fashions with awkward pride: the white gloves, the demure dresses and low heels, the stiff wigs. Many were married with children, or soon would be. In those pre-Judith Butler, pre-Phil Donahue days, when gender was more tightly tethered to biology, these men’s “gender migrations,” or “gender dysphoria,” as the sociologists began to call cross-dressing, might cost them their marriages, their jobs, their freedom.

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Senate Blocks Democrat Attempt To Dismiss Rumsfeld

a resolution calling for the dismissal of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. 

Senate Blocks Democrat Attempt To Dismiss Rumsfeld
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans also blocked a Democratic attempt Wednesday to hold a vote on a resolution calling for the dismissal of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. 

International Scientists: South Africa AIDS Policy “Immoral”, “Ineffective”
In South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki’s government is facing increased criticism over its policy on AIDS. A group of more than eighty international scientists and academics have sent Mbeki a letter calling his government’s stance “immoral” and “ineffective” and calling for the firing of his Health Minister. The signatories include Robert Gallo, who helped discover the HIV virus and develop the first HIV blood test. An estimated five and a half million South Africans are HIV-positive, with an average of more than 900 people dying from AIDS each day.


Poll: 58% Oppose Bush Foreign Policy
Back in the United States, a new poll shows public opposition to the Bush administration’s “war on terror” is at its highest point to date. According to the annual Transatlantic Trends poll, 58% percent of Americans disapprove of President Bush’s handling of foreign policy. It’s the first time in the poll’s history more Americans disapprove than approve of the administration’s international policies. In Europe, the level of opposition is at seventy-seven percent – also the highest so far.



Chris Keeley

Former Iranian President's Visit Provokes Some, Misses Most

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*Former Iranian President's Visit Provokes Some, Misses Most*
By Eugene Bird and Carlton Cobb
September 7, 2006

The former president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, is appearing at six
major events during his visit to the United States this week.  His visit
has provoked widespread condemnation from a U.S. government-sponsored
religious freedom group, by the governor of Massachusetts, and by sundry
pro-Israel activists.  Other than an interview
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by Robin Wright in the Washington Post, Khatami has been reduced to
holding his own press conference in Washington, DC, in order to be heard
by the mainstream press.
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IRAN: Military Option Isolates America

 IRAN: Military Option Isolates America

Subject:        IRAN: Military Option Isolates America
Date:   Thu, 7 Sep 2006 10:37:20 EDT
From:  Ray Close



Question of the hour:

Will (or can) President Bush choose to attack Iran?

    In the past few days, the rest of the world seems to be getting
increasingly nervous that the US is indeed seriously contemplating the
military option against Iran. It seems to me more than coincidental that
such explicit cautionary messages (see below) would surface virtually
simultaneously in so many important world capitals.

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