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Iraq Apocalypse: JUAN COLE reports on the rising tide of political violence following the grisly execution of Saddam Hussein — with Shiite observers chanting Moktada, Moktada! the name of the cleric whose death squads have made an indescriminate industry of killing Sunnis (New York Times). Juan Cole writes a column for Salon.com and the indespensible Iraq blog Informed Comment.
READ Top ten ways the US enabled Saddam Hussein by Juan Cole
Also: GAY L.A.: LILLIAN FADERMAN and STUART TIMMONS talk about the history and politics of sexual outlaws from the 1920s to the present: the LAPDs 80-year reputation as the nations most homophobic police force, the remarkably free lives of Hollywood lesbians in the 1930s, and the rise of gay politics in the 1960s. Lillian Faderman is the award-winning author of numerous books including Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers; Stuart Timmonss biography of gay movement founder Harry Hay became a Book of the Month Club selection. Their book is Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians.
Plus: JIMMY CARTER and the Jews: leading Jewish organizations and spokespeople have attacked Jimmy Carters new book Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. CAMERA, for example, says Jimmy Carter Distorts Facts, Demonizes Israel, and Alan Dershwitz calls the book indecent. AMY WILENTZ will comment she was Jerusalem correspondent for the New Yorker, and wrote an award-winning novel, Martyrs Crossing, about Palestinians and Israelis.
More stuff to read: my new piece “America’s Complicity in Saddam’s Crimes” at TheNation.com.