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'Reality Rebellion

The New York Review of Books     |    June 03, 2021
Tags: Trump | 2020 | 2024 | Capitol | politics | Insurrection | Congress

'Be Ready to Fight'

The New York Review of Books     |    January 14, 2021
Tags: Trump | 2020 | Capitol | politics | The New York Review of Books | Congress | Impeachment | Coup | Insurrection

The Con He Rode In On

The New York Review of Books     |    October 21, 2020
Tags: Donald Trump | Trump | Election 2020 | New York Review of Books | Mark Danner

Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights

The New York Review of Books     |    June 01, 2020
Tags: foreign policy | Human Rights

Breaking In: Ferguson Offers a New Perspective on Watergate

Telluride FilmWatch     |    September 2018
Tags: Telluride Film Festival

The Venerable W

Telluride FilmWatch     |    September 01, 2017

What He Could Do

The New York Review of Books     |    March 04, 2017
Tags: Donald Trump | Trump | Election | Election 2016 | Republicans | President | New York Review of Books

Permanence (After Czeslaw Milosz)

January 01, 2017

The Real Trump

The New York Review of Books     |    December 22, 2016
Tags: Donald Trump | Trump | Election | Election 2016 | Republicans | President | New York Review of Books | Mark Danner

On The Election

The New York Review of Books     |    November 10, 2016

Screen_shot_2016-10-28_at_6.27.51_pm All American elections tend to be touted as historic, for all American culture tends toward the condition of hype. Flummoxing, then, to be confronted with a struggle for political power in which, for once, all is at stake. We have long since forfeited the words to confront it, rendering superlatives threadbare, impotent. No accident that among so many other things Donald J. Trump is the Candidate of Dead Words, spewing “fantastic” and “amazing” and “huge” in all directions, clogging the airtime broadcasters have lavished upon him with a deadening rhetoric reminiscent of the raving man hunched beside you on the bar stool.
Tags: Donald Trump | Election 2016 | Republicans | President | New York Review of Books | Mark Danner

The Magic of Donald Trump

The New York Review of Books     |    May 11, 2016

We are told again and again: his is the most improbable political story in decades, perhaps in history.  And yet that a reality television megastar, as Trump might put it, could outpoll sixteen dimly to barely known politicians, some new faces, many also-rans, seems less than shocking. Did tens of millions ever cast their eyes on the junior senators from Florida or Tennessee or Texas, or the governor of Ohio, not the mention the ex-governors of Arkansas of Florida, or the ex-CEO of Hewlett Packard, before they chanced to mount the stage for a debate with Donald J. Trump last August, a television event that drew the unheard-of viewership of 24 million? Those 24 million tuned in to see trump. Only one man on stage gad a name as famous and by then it was in such disrepute that he had seen fit to replace it with an exclamation point on his campaign posters. 
Tags: Donald Trump | Election 2016 | Republicans | President | New York Review of Books | Mark Danner | Trump

Standing Their Ground: A View Inside a Ukrainian Revolution

Telluride FilmWatch     |    September 01, 2015

Download In November 2013, the Ukrainian government abruptly canceled plans to join the European Union, a shock for citizens who dreamed of escaping Russian domination to become part of the West. Thus began one of the most inspiring revolutions of modern times. Evgeny Afineevsky's documentary WINTER ON FIRE follows, from week one, the Ukrainian protests known as the Maidan. For three months, the Ukrainian people—800,000 at the demonstration’s heights—took to the streets to protest. The protestors stayed even as government forces turned to violence—on one day, the police killed 50 citizens—remaining until Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was removed from office in February 2014. Mark Danner  spoke to Afineevsky about the movement’s geopolitical implications and the film’s on-the-spot portrayal of revolution, political violence and deep cultural change.
Tags: Evgeny Afineevsky | Telluride | film | Q&A | Ukraine | Ukrainian Revolution | Revolution | War | Civil War | Winter On Fire | Europe | Viktor Yanukovych | European Union | Maidan | Otto van Bismark

Double Blind

Telluride FilmWatch     |    September 01, 2015


When Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the Al Qaeda terrorist with a $25 million bounty on his head, decided to show to the world videotapes of the planning and execution of his terror attacks, he delivered them to Michael Ware. Ware, a reporter for Time magazine and CNN, brought the grisly footage to the world’s attention, making it clear that for the U.S. any victory in Iraq was very far off.

At the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, Ware and co-director Bill Guttentag spoke with Mark Danner about the film.

Tags: Michael Ware | Bill Gutentag | Telluride | film | Al Qaeda | Terrorism

State of Siege: Their Torture, and Ours

The Criterion Collection     |    May 27, 2015

Screen_shot_2015-05-29_at_10.50.26_am Revolutionary times are times of revelation: they uncover and flood with light what has long been darkly buried. Implicit in the above exchange between a kidnapped Philip Michael Santore (Yves Montand) and his masked Tupamaro inquisitor, Hugo (Jacques Weber), in Costa-Gavras’s State of Siege (1972) is the unassailable conviction that politics forms the hidden skeleton of our world. Anyone who can be bothered to dig beneath the surface quickly strikes his shovel against these grim, intractable bones, the ossified determinants of who holds power and who does not. Looming invisibly over the interrogation is Costa-Gavras, supremely aware that he wields in his lens a uniquely effective kind of shovel. Indeed, this to him is what the cinema is: “a way of showing, exposing the political processes in our everyday life.”
Tags: State of siege | Terror | Torture

‘Guantánamo Diary,’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

The New York Times     |    January 20, 2015


"On or about Sept. 11, 2001, American character changed. What Americans had proudly flaunted as “our highest values” were now judged to be luxuries that in a new time of peril the country could ill afford. Justice, and its cardinal principle of innocent until proven guilty, became a risk, its indulgence a weakness. Asked recently about an innocent man who had been tortured to death in an American “black site” in Afghanistan, former Vice President Dick Cheney did not hesitate. “I’m more concerned,” he said, “with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that, in fact, were innocent.” In this new era in which all would be sacrificed to protect the country, torture and even murder of the innocent must be counted simply “collateral damage.”

Tags: Guantanamo | Torture | Terror | CIA

The CIA: The Devastating Indictment

The New York Review of Books     |    2/5/2015

Screen_shot_2015-01-16_at_4.00.52_pm "Hugh Eakin: Nearly six years ago, you published the secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross documenting the CIA’s torture of more than a dozen “high-value” detainees. And now we have the Senate’s extensive investigation of the torture program itself. What are some of the most revealing findings of the Senate report?"
Tags: CIA | Hugh Eakin | Torture | Terror

Mark Danner: Bush Lied About Torture of Prisoners

Democracy Now     |    January 03, 2015

Screen_shot_2015-02-06_at_2.07.22_pm "We move on to a breaking story, the International Committee of the Red Cross concluding in a secret report, yes, it was two years ago that the Bush administration’s treatment of prisoners “constituted torture” in violation of the Geneva Conventions—the findings based on interviews with prisoners once held in the CIA’s secret black sites."

How Robert Gates Got Away With It

The New York Review of Books     |    August 14, 2014

Screen_shot_2015-01-16_at_4.08.24_pm "Early 2007: American troops are pinned down in the fourth year of a losing war in Iraq and in the fifth of an increasingly desperate one in Afghanistan, crises that still loom over the country and its foreign policy more than half a dozen years later, as Iraq, beset by a jihadist insurgency that sprang from the American invasion, splinters into pieces..."
Tags: Robert Gates | Forever War

Cheney: ‘The More Ruthless the Better’

The New York Review of Books     |    05/08/2014

Nyrb050814 "Self-directed, restrained, disciplined, Cheney was concerned not with words but with power and what it brought. In the aftermath of September 11, the silent vice-president, serving a fledgling president who had won half a million fewer votes than his Democratic opponent, who knew little of the workings of government and less of the world, and who had just failed to prevent the most damaging attack on the homeland in the history of the United States..."
Tags: Cheney | Bush | Guantanamo | Torture | Terror

He Remade Our World

The New York Review of Books     |    March 17, 2014

Nyrb040314 "Almost exactly a decade ago, Vice President Dick Cheney greeted President George W. Bush one morning in the Oval Office with the news that his administration was about to implode. Or not quite: Cheney let the president know that something was deeply wrong, though it would take Bush two more days of increasingly surprising revelations, and the near mass resignation of his senior Justice Department and law enforcement officials, to figure out exactly what it was..."
Tags: Mark Danner | Dick Cheney | nyrb | Terror
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