Philip Gourevitch

Philip Gourevitch

Staff Writer at The New Yorker, author of 'The Ballad of Abu Ghraib', 'A Cold Case' & 'We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families'

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Kenzaburo Oe, RIP “Kurt Vonnegut once said he was an agnostic who respects Jesus Christ. I am an anarchist who loves democracy.”

"The Brooklyn DA’s office said Thursday that detectives, prosecutors & the original trial’s judge knew from the outset that the photo in the array wasn’t actually of the man they wanted to arrest, but they proceeded anyway." So - what price will they pay?

Easy to forget (or never have really thought about) the fact that thw I in FDIC is for “insurance”- banks pay in to it and when it invokes “systemic” failure it can pay out without reaching into tax payers’ pockets.

Oe’s memories of WWII were those of a terrified, disillusioned schoolboy. His teachers would ask the students what they would do if the emperor commanded them to commit suicide. They had to answer, “I would die, sir. I would cut open my belly and die.”

then again, wasn’t Dole the only former Republican nominee to attend the 2016 Republican Convention where Trump was nominated

Oe lambasted Japanese troops for having pressed civilians into committing mass suicide [to avoid capture by US forces]… An ageing veteran of the battle sued him, loudly supported by ultra-nationalists. But Mr Oe won because he was telling the truth

“The most valuable thing in war is combat experience,” said a Ukrainian battalion commander… “And there are only a few soldiers with combat experience. Unfortunately, they are all already dead or wounded.”

wild to think about the Indian Ocean coming to landlocked countries—but this article wrongly counts DRCongo as landlocked. Much of eastern DRC feels that way in absence of interior infrastructure connecting to the Atlantic coast, but that’s another story.


reminder that Trump’s personal loan officer at Deutsche Bank was SCOTUS Justice Kennedy’s son

Death toll tops 50,000. Unemployment tops 20%. President suggests mainlining lysol.

“McGahn, according to people familiar with the conversation, told the president that... a wide-ranging inquiry like some Democrats were demanding—and Mr. Trump was suggesting—would be potentially disastrous for Judge Kavanaugh’s chances of confirmation.”

Blasey Ford is not on The White House approved list of four people FBI is allowed to interview, according to

NYT headline about violent coup to topple multi party electoral order of US republic apes talking point of party that orchestrated and covers up for sedition by casting attempt at national reckoning & accountability as a political horse race stunt

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Wow - so Missouri divorce law says fetus is not a person and so custody cannot be discussed til birth, therefore women are not free, and Missouri forced birth law says fetus is a person, therefore women are not free…