Tag Archives: Greenwald

Sowing what we reap: Trump and the travel ban

As news of the Trump administration’s executive order imposing the temporary travel ban on refugees from countries that have sent no terrorists to destroy us, Glenn Greenwald was on Twitter doing his favorite thing: playing I Told You So, this … Continue reading

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Suck it

For Glenn Greenwald the news that the NSA has not only been spying on Benjamin Netanyahu but members of Congress who spoke to him, most likely about blocking the Iran deal, is like a glass of Veuve Clicqot. On the … Continue reading

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Spouting the phrase ‘collateral damage’

The American airstrike on an Afghan hospital did not produce an edifying effect on the media’s coverage. Glenn Greenwald fumes: This obfuscation tactic is the standard one the U.S. and Israel both use whenever they blow up civilian structures and … Continue reading

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About Ahmed Mohammed

Greenwald: There are all sorts of obvious, extreme harms that come from being a nation at permanent war. Your country ends up killing huge numbers of innocent people all over the world. Vast resources are drained away from individuals and … Continue reading

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‘A Good Journalist must pretend they have no opinions…’

This morning’s Washington Post: In thirteen words, we see a classic example of false equivalence, abetted by reporters conscripted by phony both-sides-do-it twaddle. Helen Thomas got the same treatment during the Bush administration. Because her questions didn’t defer to the … Continue reading

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The etymology of terrorism

Although the column is about the arrest of animal rights activists charged with domestic terrorism for releasing minks held in farms, Glenn Greenwald concentrates, again, on the selective means to which law enforcement puts that horrible ism: But there’s something … Continue reading

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Iranians: cautious optimism

“American journalists, who pride themselves on ‘neutrality” and “balance,’ should spend some time considering how much of a platform they give to Israelis and how little they give to Iranians,” Glenn Greenwald writes in a column assessing the Iran deal. … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo redux

For a semester I’ve co-taught a class in which we ask students to examine rhetorical strategies used by media, politicians, and groups that want to start revolutions. The Charlie Hebdo attacks happened a week into the new semester. Without prompting … Continue reading

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“We’re still the greatest thing to exist!”

Glenn Greenwald needs no introduction. Edward Snowden’s famous interlocutor has spent years documenting CIA abuses. A couple of days after the Senate torture report, he talks to a reporter from his former home Salon. The most salient bits: When I … Continue reading

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The revolving door of government and lobbyists

Glenn Greenwald, co-star of Citizenfour, interviews James Risen about his new book with the self-explanatory title Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War. On record as claiming Barack Obama is the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a decade,” … Continue reading

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Out to get you: Citizenfour

Hours of explanation regarding how the National Security Administration spies on Americans with the collaboration of European allies. Nervous eye flickers as the Hong Kong hotel in which he’s hiding holds a fire drill. He has to plug the room … Continue reading

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“Spying, like censorship, affects all of us to the extent it shapes who holds power and what ideas hold sway”

“I have nothing to hide,” we’ve heard from those in both parties indifferent to the NSA revelations of Edward Snowden and published by The Guardian, Washington Post, among other newspapers. Julian Sanchez explains it slowly: Privileged folks like Ben and … Continue reading

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