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Q&A: Documentary Unravels Twisted Knots Of QAnon Movement

Domenico Montanaro, © NPR
April 22, 2021

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was predictable if you were following message boards on shadowy corners of the internet.

“Yeah, I thought Jan. 6 was going to be really bad,” Cullen Hoback, director of the documentary Q: Into the Storm, told NPR in a recent interview. “I got hardly any sleep the two nights before it. I was very anxious going into that day.”

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-Dr. Seuss

United States Withdraws From Afghanistan? Not Really

BY NOAM CHOMSKY – VIJAY PRASHAD, © Counterpunch
May 7, 2021

The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was criminal. It was criminal because of the immense force used to demolish Afghanistan’s physical infrastructure and to break open its social bonds.

On October 11, 2001, journalist Anatol Lieven interviewed the Afghan leader Abdul Haq in Peshawar, Pakistan. Haq, who led part of the resistance against the Taliban, was getting ready to return to Afghanistan under the cover of the U.S. aerial bombardments. He was, however, not pleased with the way the United States had decided to prosecute the war. “Military action by itself in the present circumstances is only making things more difficult—especially if this war goes on a long time and many civilians are killed,” Abdul Haq told Lieven. The war would go on for 20 years, and at least 71,344 civilians would lose their lives during this period.

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-Kurt Vonnegut

The US Needs to Stop Treating Ramadan Like a National Security Issue

Maha Hilal, © Truthout
May 8, 2021

Like many Muslims, I remember feeling excited as a child each year when Ramadan came around. Though I didn’t entirely understand the purpose of fasting, I was proud of being Muslim and was eager to emulate my parents. Since I began fasting in second grade, Ramadan has been a core part of my practice of Islam.

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My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We’re all god.

-Ray Bradbury

Liz Cheney and the Big Lies

By Maureen Dowd, © The New York Times
May 8, 2021

I miss torturing Liz Cheney.

But it must be said that the petite blonde from Wyoming suddenly seems like a Valkyrie amid halflings.

She is willing to sacrifice her leadership post — and risk her political career — to continue calling out Donald Trump’s Big Lie. She has decided that, if the price of her job is being as unctuous to Trump as Kevin McCarthy is, it isn’t worth it, because McCarthy is totally disgracing himself.

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