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Ukraine and a Repeat of Lithuania

“Are there no stones in heaven But what serve for thunder?” (Othello, act 5, sc. 2) In traditional history, it was the slaves who rebelled against the masters. But in the revised Huxley’s edition of our brave new world it … Continue reading

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Color Revolutions, a Shakespearean Interpretation

“These things, indeed, you have articulated, Proclaim’d at market crosses, read in churches, To trim the garment of rebellion With some fine color, that may please the eye Of fickle changelings, and poor discontents …… And never yet did insurrection … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Ukraine and the Smoking Gun

I will no more trust him when he leers, than I will a serpent when he hisses.” (Troilus and Cressida, act 5, sc. 1) The expression “smoking gun”, as we know, is intended to represent incontrovertible evidence of a crime, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Best Speaker of 2013

“I speak as my understanding instructs me, And as my honesty puts it to utterance.” (Winter’s Tale, act 1, sc. 1) The year’s end calls for celebrations and nominations of the “best man of the year” for this or that … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Mandela and Immeasurable Hypocrisy

“A huge translation of hypocrisy, Vilely compiled, profound simplicity” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 5, sc. 2) If it were possible to invent a hypocrisiometer (hypocrisy meter), from now to the day of Mandela’s funeral, the indicator would go out of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Defeat of the Swiss Referendum on Compensations

“Do they all deny her? An they were sons of mine, I’d have them whipped; or I would send them to the Turk, to make eunuchs of.“ (All’s Well That Ends Well, act 2, sc. 5) When it became known … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Lincoln & the Gettysburg Address

“…in a word, The seeming truth which cunning times put on To entrap the wisest.” (Merchant of Venice, act 3, sc. 2) The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address has prompted many to explain its significance and to celebrate Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Bradley Manning’s Trial. What The Defense Should Have Said

“If that be right which Warwick says is right, There is no wrong, but everything is right.” (King Henry VI part 3, act 2, sc. 2) The trial of BC Manning has ended and the Defense Counsel did what he … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Sanitization of History at Purdue University

“… woe upon ye, And all such false professors!” (King Henry VIII, act 3, sc. 1) In the distant 1940 Bertrand Russell wrote, “Academic freedom in this country is threatened from two sources: the plutocracy and the churches, which endeavor … Continue reading

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The “Niggerization” of the Plantation

 “… like one Who having unto truth, by telling of it, Made such a sinner of his memory, To credit his own lie.” (Tempest, act 2, sc. 2) Hypocrisy is a flattering tribute to power. Occasionally political power must pretend … Continue reading

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