Post-9/11 Xenophobia

Liz Losh and Ann Bartow at Sivacracy point out some impressive artistic displays of the expansion of anti-Arab xenophobia as perpetrated by Hollywood since (and prior to) Sept. 11, ’01. Losh:

…[T]he website of The Path to 9/11 has a sickening clip called “How to Create a Riot” on its video menu.

You can learn about the village in Morocco, Ouarzazate, that Hollywood relies upon to produce its cultural cliches and the three generations of extras who inhabit the place. Its history on celluloid apparently goes back to Lawrence of Arabia! This documentary by Ali Essafi tells you more.

Bartow directs us to Jackie Salloum‘s enlightening (and award-winning) 9-minute “Planet of the Arabs” Check it out:

Donald Rumsfeld: Anti-American Fascist?

In my general (unspoken and impossible) boycott of political blogging, I’ve passed up many opportunities to conjure up nausea by evoking even images if not quotes of Don Rumsfeld. As reported widely throughout the blogosphere, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann delivered a KO-punch for the ages, evoking Murrow. Like his “Nexus of Politics and Terror” report last October, I cannot pass up hosting this commentary. Lay it down once and for all who the real fascists are. Is the U.S. media finally figuring it out, or is it just the “hacks” like Olbermann and Stewart? At least the blogosphere is flexing its muscle(s).