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Ding, dong, the witch is dead!

Richard Abrams, professor emeritus of history | May 4, 2011

Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!  Which old witch?  The wicked old witch.  The self-righteous, pathological murderer, Osama bin Laden, took a bullet in the head and is now gone. Riotous celebrations in the streets of many American cities with television images of (mostly young people) flashing “Victory!” signs, and robotically chanting, “USA! USA! USA! … Continue reading »

Some scattered reflections on the termination of Osama bin Laden

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics |

It will take a while before we know what the event really means for us. As I write, virtually everything that can properly be said is equivocal. The only unequivocally good part: the Osama assassination pushed the Windsor nuptials off the news. The unequivocally fun part: enjoying the pundit class’ angst trying to keep “Obama” … Continue reading »

The end of the West’s duplicity in a transforming Middle East?

Beverly Crawford, Professor emerita, Political Science and International and Area Studies |

Post co-authored by Beverly Crawford and Nora Reikosky. Like the collective gasp of horror heard round the world on 9/11, we now hear a global sigh of relief at the news of Osama bin Laden’s demise. President Obama tells us that we can all breathe easier now. But can we?  Will Osama’s death mark an end … Continue reading »