February 29th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Record 1 in 100 Americans Behind Bars

Record 1 in 100 Americans Behind Bars

A new report has found that a record one in 100 American adults are behind bars. According to the Pew Center, the prison population has grown by 25,000 even though the rate of violent crimes has decreased. One in one hundred black women are jailed compared to one in three hundred and fifty white women. One in thirty six Hispanic men and one in fifteen Black men are in jail or prison. The US has the highest rate of prisoners in the world with more than two point three million people behind bars.

Chris Keeley

One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in Iraq has hurt the US economy, a new book p

One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in Iraq has hurt the US economy, a new book puts a conservative estimate of the war’s cost at $3 trillion so far. In their first national broadcast interview upon their book’s publication, Nobel laureate and former chief World Bank economist, Joseph Stiglitz, and co-author Linda Bilmes of Harvard University say the Bush administration has repeatedly low-balled the cost of the war—and even kept a second set of records hidden from the American public

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come down for the Frida Kahlo centennial, with a retrospective at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and di

come down for the Frida Kahlo centennial, with a retrospective at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and displays of memorabilia at Casa Azul, the Blue House, Kahlo’s home. You should come, she wrote, not just for the art, which looks fabulous, but for the place, the people. 

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/02/28/arts/0229-KHALO_index.html


 
 
 


Tens of thousands of Mexicans, young and old, rich and poor, had been standing in line for hours to get a glimpse of Kahlo’s paintings and her personal relics: her snapshots, her brushes, her ashes, the steel orthopedic corsets she wore under her peasant blouses and skirts to hold a wrecked body together.

The celebration, one gathers, was not the usual Fridamaniacal crush. It was more a fiesta, a devotional jubilee, an hommage to a Mexican saint in the city where she was born in 1907 and died in 1954. I couldn’t make the trip, but suspect that the essential Kahlo experience is the same anywhere. Through her art, we travel her life, a shining path of high Modernist adventure and a Via Crucis of physical pain, political passion and amorous torment. Basically, she felt what we all feel, only hugely, terribly. This is what makes her the people’s artist she is. And what makes her, to those who don’t get her extremist vibe, a romantic cliché.

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