Judy Mandelbaum

Judy Mandelbaum
Brooklyn, New York, United States
June 01
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Michael Shaw
(By Michael Shaw in the New Yorker, 2006.) 


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 Rubble Bucket Challenge

Think the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” is getting just a little too cute and pat for its own good? I suspect that any stunt that can unite Stephen Colbert, Oprah Winfrey, 50 Cent, and George W. Bush behind it just may be losing its subversive edge. If you feel thisRead full post »

 Times of Israel


As of this writing, Israeli forces have killed over 1,600 Palestinians in the Gaza strip in the course of their current offensive, the vast majority of them civilians. So, ifafter making this “down payment” on genocide, wouldn’t it make sense to go ahead and&helRead full post »

 Iraq Flooding

For those last patriotic American holdouts who can still manage to convince themselves that the US invasion, occupation, and sudden evacuation of Iraq has been some sort of “success,” it might be salutary to submit their beliefs to a particularly vivid and wholesale versionRead full post »

 Meriam Ibrahim

Wedding photo of Meriam Ibrahim and her husband (BBC)

American Christians who feel they are being “persecuted” by their own society regarding such matters as TV science shows challenging their “creationist” beliefs, or by a US court legalizing gay marriage in Ark/Read full post »

 Family bliss

Do kids make people happier? Those of us without any offspring underfoot often get the hint from our own parents and child-bearing peers that we’re missing out on the experience of a lifetime. And perhaps we are – some of us, at least. But a new study published in/Read full post »

 NSA headquarters

If you thought the testimony by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA head Keith Alexander before a House committee on Tuesday was just a little too glib, it may be because the talking points they recited rolled over their lips as readily as the ABC song they learnedRead full post »

If you’re like me, you might have thought the recent scandal about Richard Dawkins’ comments on pedophilia was just a little too clear-cut (Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams damned Dawkins, who remarked in an interview that he experienced "no lasting harm" from a school fondling, in tRead full post »


His "White House" has a green tin roof: Uruguyan President José Mujica

The USA might still be known as the land of the free and the home of the brave in some quarters, but it's time for a reality check: Another American nation is quickly outstripping it on both accounts.Read full post »

I remember hearing this story when it first broke back in 2003, but it’s only when I read the following interview at Truthout.org today that the penny dropped and I made the connection to Edward Snowden’s latest revelations on the NSA. If you put the two scandals together, you come upRead full post »

 Penis size

Ladies, take your pick...

Now I’ll admit that this hardly qualifies as news, but today scientists finally admitted that when it comes to women and penises, size truly does matter. A study of 105 heterosexual Australian women published in the American journal Proceedings of the NatRead full post »

 gay marriage in france

While we may normally associate French Revolutions with guillotines and ambitious Corsican corporals, there is no doubt that France has just undergone an equally radical upheaval which, this time around, will likely be accompanied by confetti and horse-drawn coaches. On Tuesday afternooRead full post »

 Reaper Drone
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has published the names of 119 children and teenagers in Pakistan and Yemen who have been killed in US drone strikes there. This is the first time that the identities and ages of even a portion of our juvenile drone/Read full post »

In today’s issue, The Guardian is reporting on a sweetheart deal between Benito Mussolini and the Catholic Church that is still yielding the Vatican millions in ill-gotten gains. It seems that in 1929 the Italian dictator offered the sum of $92 million in today’s money to Pope Pius XI inRead full post »


Gay marriage

The French are gearing up for a new revolution. (Source: AFP) 

French president François Hollande based his 2012 election campaign partially on marriage equality, and yet his enthusiasm for the issue appears to have cooled since taking office and facing France’s vastRead full post »

We’ve all heard about Stalin’s practice of not only liquidating his political rivals with a bullet to the back of the neck or an icepick through the skull, but also erasing them from photographs, as if they had never existed in the first place. This practice seemed so bizarre to theRead full post »


Manliness may well be one of the glories of the human race, but now even scientists are agreeing that it comes with a hefty price tag to everyone – and to no one more than to men themselves.

Three scientists from Korea - Kyung-Jin Min, Cheol-Koo Lee, andRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 1:55PM

Mission accomplished? Afghan women jailed for "running away"

Afghan women   

It’s a joy to hear that the more than sixteen billion dollars in foreign aid we have invested in Afghanistan in just the last four years, letRead full post »

The Russian “punk cooperative” Pussy Riot has been given a two-year sentence in a prison camp after their conviction for “hooliganism” at an anti-government demonstration in a Moscow cathedral earlier this year. This is a tough punishment for an offence that, according to someRead full post »

We all know that faith can move mountains, but can it also halt gay marriage? That’s what French Catholics are waiting to find out today, after millions of them duly delivered a prayer to the Virgin Mary asking for her intercession against a new law that will soon be put upRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 6, 2012 2:33PM

French Catholic Church to pray away the gay on August 15

 Assumption of Mary

France’s Catholic Church is so eager to prevent the upcoming legalization of gay marriage that it is actually enlisting a dead king in its campaign. This August 15, the day on which the Virgin Mary physically ascended into heaven, French churches will once more read a prayerRead full post »

AUGUST 5, 2012 9:47AM

Gay Pride reaches Vietnam

 Hanoi gay pride

Vietnam is not only becoming richer, it is also becoming more colorful. Today its capital, Hanoi, once the target of thousands of tons of US bombs, became witness to Vietnam’s first Gay Pride demonstration. Several dozen LGBT activists and sympathizers hit the streets on bike, waRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 31, 2012 12:54PM

The Syrian civil war and other Photoshopped conflicts

Don’t you trust mainstream media reports on the Syrian civil war? I don’t see why you should. The only thing we know for sure about the conflict is that it’s a tragedy and a crime – on all sides. As far as actual events in that fractured country are concerned, theRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 27, 2012 6:51AM

Africa's male circumcision crusade: Boon or boondoggle?


Ugandan government poster

Just imagine that a simple, harmless, one-time medical procedure could provide you, your loved ones, and all your neighbors with lifetime protection from a deadly epidemic. You’d sign up for it right away, wouldn’t you?

This is precisely what theRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 16, 2012 7:39AM

UN blamed for prostitution boom in South Sudan

 South Sudan

War and foreign intervention always stimulate local economies, both commercially and sexually, and that is certainly the case in Juba, capital of the world’s newest country, South Sudan. According to a report on Swedish radio today, prostitution is booming in the East African cit/Read full post »