Banality of Evil Redux

The detainee is pulled forward and then quickly and firmly pushed into a flexible false wall so that his shoulder blades hit the wall. [Mitchell specifies no limitation on frequency.] Most readers will pause at this point in Mitchell’s book to digest the full impact of what they have just read: the United States government

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Torture: On the Wrong Side of History

Mitchell pitched his ideas, and the CIA immediately initiated the approval process through the National Security Council and to the president’s desk to implement the program. Much of Mitchell’s recent book Enhanced Interrogation (co-written with Bill Harlow) is spent affirming that his techniques work. Mitchell also asserts that   information obtained through torture “was used

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On the Challenges of Translating Ibn Qutaybah, and His Central Place in Western Scholarship

Who would you like to read this? So that was one challenge—working out what he was saying and who he was. Also, in terms of its language, it’s quite a challenge to translate, and I’ve enjoyed the challenge. The main opponent who he names is Abu ʿUbaydah, who dies in 825, and that’s nowhere near

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9-Book Shortlist Announced for 2017 Palestine Book Awards

Tauris) Ben Ehrenreich: The Way to the Spring (Granta Publications) Samia Halaby: Drawing the Kafr Qassem Massacre (Schilt Publishing) Ilan Pappe: The Biggest Prison on Earth: A history of the Occupied Territories (One World Publications) Laila Parsons: The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948 (Saqi Books) Ella Shohat: On the Arab-Jew,

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