Long Live Hybridity

On Edward Said, Freud and the Non-European Introduction b Christopher Bollas Response by Jacqueline Rose Verso, 2003   In Jacqueline Rose’s eyes, Edward Said’s reading of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism is “[a] political parable, then,…

Dangerous Solidarity

This week, March 24, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of when El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass.  A month before, he had sent a letter to then-president Jimmy Carter, imploring him to…

Joyfully Together

One of the recommendations I have given some of my students who want to move in the direction of a deeper commitment to social justice after university studies is:  Find and nurture a community. Without other…

In Gratitude for Howard Zinn

The other night at the Webster University Film Series, I saw the documentary-tribute: Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. It is an inspirational portrait of a working-class Jewish man who served…

Righteous Jews

for Hedy Epstein A reflection on Roane Carey and Jonathan Shanin, ed., The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent (New York: The New Press, 2002). 1. When I came back from Palestine after working…

Beatitudes

In April 2004 Marc Ellis invited Hedy Epstein and me to come to speak at Baylor University.  Marc had been my professor at Maryknoll and had supported my work on Elie Wiesel.  During a visit…

On Edward Said

Edward Said died last fall, and his loss has been felt throughout the Arab world.  When I was in Palestine, in both Gaza City and Ramallah, there were posters all over the place commemorating Said’s …

East Timorese Testimony

East Timor’s Unfinished Struggle:  Inside the Timorese Resistance — A Testimony.  By Constâncio Pinto and Matthew Jardine.South End Press, $16.00. After over two decades of  relentless persecution, the people of East Timor received a belated…