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Sex, War and Patriarchy

“… All this the world well knows, yet none knows well To shun the heaven, that leads men to this hell” (SON 129) In the Sinai desert and Paris, we have just witnessed the triumph of horror, the summit of … Continue reading

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Mass-shootings and False Consciousness

“… The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns – puzzles the will. And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of.” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1) Roseburg is the … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Tsipras

     For one who spent five years of his misspent youth toiling with (ancient) Greek, the recent limelight on Athens feels like a return to the past. For suddenly the ancient Greeks are on the lips of politicians, economists, commentators … Continue reading

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Syriza, Not So Greek to Us

CASSIUS Did Cicero say any thing? CASCA Ay, he spoke Greek. CASSIUS  To what effect? CASCA (I don’t know)… but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Islam and ISIS

“…but now the bishop Turns insurrection to religion: Suppos’d sincere and holy in his thoughts, He’s follow’d both with body and with mind.” (King Henry IV, part 2, act 1, sc. 1) Anyone who lived, visited or worked in Iraq … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Language, War and Madness

“Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is’t but to be nothing else but mad” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) That language continuously evolves needs no demonstration. It is commonly overlooked, however, how certain words or expressions … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Patriotism and Exceptionalism

“…there’s not one wise man among twenty that will praise himself.” Much Ado About Nothing, act 5, sc. 2 The term “Patria” or homeland is, of course, of Latin origin, meaning “land of the fathers”. In turn, presidents’ patriotic speeches … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Gender Ideology

God! that one might read the book of fate, And see the revolution of the times… … how chances mock, And changes fill the cup of alteration With divers liquors! King Henry IV, part 2, act 3, sc. 1) After … Continue reading

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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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Shakespeare, Nostalgia, a Tiramisu and an Italian Restaurant

“… dainty bits Make rich the ribs, but bankrupt quite the wits.” (Love’s Labours Lost, act 1, sc. 1) Amidst the mist of business, war and folly, compounded in the subjects of recent articles, the following  “news, which is indeed … Continue reading

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