Cultural Briefings

Said’s Memoir Takes Its Place Amid Attempts to Discredit Compiled and edited

By 
Al Jadid Staff

Few books are as keenly awaited as Edward Said’s latest work, which began stirring up fierce debate weeks before it was published.   “Out of Place,” a memoir of youth, first came to the international spotlight with the appearance of an article that attempted to discredit the Palestinian-American writer and literature professor.

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

The Photo Op Seen Around the World
By 
Hilary Hesse

Director Errol Morris’ chilling documentary “Standard Operating Procedure” opened to mixed reviews, ruffling some feathers along the way. Though not the first film about Abu Ghraib, it is the first to fixate on the notorious photographs that exposed the prison’s torture regimen.

Phil Donahue Goes to War

By 
Hilary Hesse

With visions of tracking down Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, 22-year-old Tomas Young of Kansas City, Missouri, enlisted in the army on September 13, 2001. The attacks had kindled in him, as in many, a fierce patriotism and newfound sense of purpose. But he never made it to Afghanistan. After completing basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, Young was shipped to Iraq, where he was shot through the spinal cord a mere five days into his tour. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Play Examines the Human Cost of Empty Promises

By 
Simone Stevens

George Packer is a novelist and journalist with a savvy political eye. Through his column in The New Yorker, various essays, and his most recent book, “The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq,” the writer has unleashed his own brand of fierce criticism of the war and its tragic consequences. His most recent protest comes in the form of an off Broadway production called “Betrayed,” which marks Packer’s first foray into playwriting.   

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