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The War Within
This fiction film, in which the lead character is but one cog in a plot to detonate a series of bombs in New York City, portrays a terrorist’s point of view in a jarringly matter-of-fact manner.
Film Review  October 14, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Undaunted, Hassan waits for another anonymous phone call from his terror cell, taking a job as a cabbie while living in the omnicultural bowels of the great Satan. It’s thanks to Akhtar’s standout performance that The War Within is as electrifying as it is; his transformation from upper-middle-class citizen of the world (he’s initially picked up in Paris) to all-American nightmare is revealed through the set of his features, the way his once-open eyes go hooded and harsh, and the clipped, almost military bearing he brings to his new sense of purpose..."

The War Zone
Fair warning: The War Zone can be excruciating to watch. Dealing as it does with incest and the tribulations brought unto a tightly knit British family in their wind-and-rainswept Devon...
Film Review  February 11, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...As expected, things go from bad to worse to unspeakable in a heartbeat. Roth's film is notable for several things, chief among them its gorgeous cinematography, which manages to paint these wounded people in a blue-black shade that echoes the emotional and psychological shadows within themselves..."

The War on Drugs’ Universality
Bandleader’s anachronistic familiarity fuels first of two shows
DAILY Music  October 1, 2017, by Rachel Rascoe
"...The relative scruff lent elegance to his controlled shredding. Through the two-hour set, he swiveled within the orbit of his grand pedalboard setup, a four-foot, semicircle radius, form where he unleashed his oft-disputed dad-rock-ism...."

The War on Women's Health
To attack Planned Parenthood, lawmakers undermine health care ... and promote more abortions
News Story  April 22, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Notably, it is individual physicians – the very group Texas Alliance for Life claims it wants the funding to support – that could be cut out of the loop. The problem, says Hagerty, is that within some of the larger doctor groups, there are often individual physicians who will perform elective abortion, and that affiliation among a group of doctors could end up striking the whole batch from participation..."

Scripting the War
Susan O'Connor's journey to game writing
Screens Story  September 8, 2006, by Carson Barker
"...The script involves actors, a consuming plot, state-of-the-art special effects, lavish backdrops and scenery, but not a dime was spent in any Hollywood studio or exotic shooting location. This production will be distributed to and bought by millions of fans worldwide within the first few months of its release, but you will never see a preview for it in a theatre, no actor will promote it, and no TV station will air this major production...."

Translating the War
From Hebron to Camp Mabry: A Palestinian's path to U.S. citizenship
News Story  December 12, 2008, by Katie Hayes
"...Currently, Turk's main focus at Camp Mabry is on the recruitment and retention of Arabic-speaking soldiers. Through community outreach, advertisements in Arabic newspapers, and one-on-one contact within the community, he spreads the message about the benefits of joining the U.S..."

Trapped and the War on Women's Health Care
Doc highlights impact of anti-choice laws in the South
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...On the other end, clinic workers and owners strive to grapple with intentionally excessive regulations specifically aimed at deterring the operation of abortion clinics (aka the titular Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP Laws) like an onerous rule that forces physicians to obtain hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where the procedure is performed and another that forces clinics to make the expensive and unnecessary transformation into ambulatory surgical centers – both requirements can be found in Texas’ HB 2. (Sadler gives us a tour of an ASC, pointing out the costly and inessential additions: lockers, a rarely used pharmacy, special linen buckets, and a full operating room identical to the one found during open heart surgery.)..."

The Hunting Ground
Doc exposes rape culture on the university campus
Film Review  April 3, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Following up on their 2012 film The Invisible War, which righteously tackled the taboo subject of the don’t-ask-don’t-tell rape culture within the U.S. military, director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering bring the war back home in harrowing detail..."

Under the Shadow
A mother and her son are stuck in a war zone in this Iranian horror film
Film Review  October 7, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Make no mistake: This is a horror film right to its core, although the nightmare comes both from without (the war, the state decrees regarding how Shideh must dress in public, even when fleeing incoming missiles) and within (the unknown but entirely evil Middle Eastern djinn). Shideh and Dorsa are living under two terrible shadows, and Anvari makes the chilling most of both...."

The Master
Philip S. Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix act out the internal (and eternal) war between the analytical and implusive that is the principal inquiry of P.T. Anderson's film.
Film Review  September 21, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...The founding tenet of Dodd’s self-made religion, the Cause, is that man must defeat the animal within. That’s a tall order for a creature of impulse and outsized appetites like Freddie, who never seems more at peace than when he is laughing, fucking, and drunk as a skunk, and an even taller order for a film..."

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Although it's conventionally made, this documentary offers a streamlined and resonant account of recent history.
Film Review  April 30, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Through the years, I've known little about exactly who Daniel Ellsberg is, his role in government, and his hard-won coming-out as a dove. A brilliant young war thinker, Ellsberg's path from high-level Pentagon strategist trying to curtail the bombing from within to (as dubbed by Henry Kissinger) the "most dangerous man in America" for stealing government secrets and publishing them in the newspaper is enlightening and inspiring..."

The Terrorist
Breathtakingly gorgeous but ultimately thematically unsatisfying, this Indian film is a resolutely non-Bollywood take on the creation of a suicide bomber, a conceit obviously inspired by the assassination of Indian...
Film Review  April 21, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...Shot in 15 days, with natural lighting, on a budget of $50,000, and using a variety of non-actors, the film is a marvel to behold (at least visually). The story centers around Malli (Dharkar), a young Sri Lankan woman who, brutalized by the turmoil within herself and her country, jumps at the chance to offer herself up as a suicide assassin when the call comes..."

Page Two: Prayer for the Common Man
In the religious right's new democracy, principles prescribed by man have no value in the war between heaven and hell
Columns  January 20, 2006, by Louis Black
"...Even the cornerstone conservative/right-wing/religious-fundamentalist belief that big government is bad and individuals' personal rights are preeminent can be overridden when it comes to supporting the administration and angering its critics. As important as winning the war against terror abroad is defeating the enemy within at home...."

The Facts Were Immaterial
The 'counterintelligence' operations of Hoover's FBI included harassment, vilification, violence – and fake 'underground' newspapers in Bloomington, D.C., and Austin
News Story  June 7, 2013, by Dale Brumfield
"..."Only a sustained, informed, courageous, and humane struggle can build a living community within the shell of the dying one." – Letter from the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, March 17, 1972..."

The Mentality of Politics as War
Scott McClellan on his time in the Bush Administration
News Story  June 20, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...It was this mentality that it wasn't change, it was reinforcing exactly what the president wanted from his team. I think he needed more diversity of views, he needed more change within the White House and in other key positions, rather than a solidifying of the views that marched too much in lockstep with his own thinking...."

Scary Stories for the Thinking Man
Director Guillermo del Toro keeps company with the undead in two new films, Blade 2 and The Devil's Backbone.
Screens Story  March 8, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...I felt that there was a way of making horror movies that was very Mexican, but that was not being executed, ever. And we were missing out on a lot of stuff because, you know, the people who I admire the most, like Alfred Hitchcock, Buñuel, James Whale, Terence Fisher, all of them were people who were doing movies within an industry, and yet they managed to remain personal in their vision..."

'There To Tell the Truth'
Seymour Hersh on journalism, politics, presidents, and war
News Story  March 30, 2012, by Michael King
"...I don't mean that in any pejorative way, it's just "an eye for an eye" is understandable. The gratuitous act in burning [the bodies], that defies the Muslim tradition, which is very quickly burying, almost within a day, as soon as possible [i.e., cremation is forbidden]..."

Drug War Blowback
Drug-raid tactics come under increasing scrutiny
News Story  December 21, 2007, by Jordan Smith
"...Those elements are then organized into a narrative and presented to a judge who is tasked with reviewing the detective work and submitted facts before deciding whether the totality of the evidence supports a law-enforcement request to enter a private dwelling for the purpose of exposing an alleged criminal act. Probable cause is far more than bare suspicion and is generally defined within law as the "existence of certain facts which would lead a person of reasonable intelligence and prudence to believe that a crime has been committed." In other words, says McNeill, investigators need more than just a random tip in order to earn the legal right to enter a person's home: "It's not like someone just calls us and says, 'Hey, someone's dealing drugs,' and we just write that up and get a warrant," he says..."

Ever the Spoils
Two University Dramas Tackle Women After War
Arts Story  November 21, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...For 10 years, the war dragged on, until the Greeks decided to build a big wooden horse, hide inside it, wait until the Trojans pulled it within their walls, then spill out at night and sack the city. Suffice it to say that with a little help from the gods, they succeeded; every man in Troy was killed and, as Euripides' play starts, the surviving women are waiting to be parceled off to the Greek men, no better than sheep or household chattel...."

Ray Manzarek: Trying to Set the World on Fire
The late Doors keyboardist at the Garden of Eden
DAILY Music  May 23, 2013, by Danielle Zelisko
"...The World Cinema had all the foreign films; jazz clubs and museums were there too. The Art Institute was within walking distance – the Field Museum, the Museum of Natural History..."

The Rape of Europa
During WWII, works of art were moved, hidden, and plundered on a vast and often institutional scale, and this film documents the shaky process of reclamation.
Film Review  December 14, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Endings happy (Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer) and grave (the Monte Cassino monastery) carry with them historical figures such as frontline art academic Deane Keller, now interred at the U.S.-bombed Camposanto sanctuary in Pisa, Italy, thanks to his efforts to first preserve then restore the historic landmark. National identity resides in frescos, marble, and oils as within boundaries..."

Doggett on War and Peace
Austin Congressman counsels against attack on Syria
DAILY News  August 30, 2013, by Michael King
"...Doggett said he supported to some degree the earlier U.S. action in Libya, because it was not unilateral and was restrained within reasonable limits..."

March of the Flower Children
The last interview with Seeds frontman and oh-so-brief psychedelic Austinite Sky Sunlight Saxon
Music Story  July 24, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Saxon's already lost to the world within his head, an iridescent realm of profound spiritual conviction and conspiracy theories, filtered through the haze of the psychedelic 1960s...."

The Marvelous Jew
Larry Harlow talks salsa consciousness
DAILY Music  October 7, 2008, by Thomas Fawcett
"...A couple people made a couple dollars. The rift was between the staunch Afro-Cuban purists who played in clave, within the parameters of real Afro-Latin music, versus the bastardizing of the music..."

The Military-Petroleum Complex
The Second Iraq War and the cronies of state capitalism
News Story  June 18, 2004, by Robert Bryce
"...Instead, he and his fellow neoconservatives were figuring out how they could divvy up the spoils of war. Within a few days of his outlandish estimates of Iraq's oil wealth, other pro-Israel hawks inside the Pentagon began talking to the Israelis about building a pipeline from the Iraqi oilfields near Kirkuk to the Israeli port of Haifa..."

Fables of the Reconstruction
A confidential internal U.S. memo describes a Coalition / Iraqi administration sinking into chaos
News Story  April 16, 2004, by Jason Vest
"...Yet the memo is gloomy in most other respects, portraying a country mired in dysfunction and corruption, overseen by a CPA that "handle(s) an issue like six-year-olds play soccer: Someone kicks the ball and one hundred people chase after it hoping to be noticed, without a care as to what happens on the field." But it is particularly pointed on the subject of cronyism and corruption within the Governing Council, the provisional Iraqi government subordinate to the CPA responsible for restaffing Iraq's government departments. "In retrospect," the memo asserts, "both for political and organizational reasons, the decision to allow the Governing Council to pick 25 ministers did the greatest damage..."

Texas Book Festival 2015:
The Train to Crystal City

Jan Jarboe Russell's saga of World War II internment in Texas reviewed
DAILY Arts  October 15, 2015, by Michael King
"...Jarboe Russell tells the broad policy outlines of the internment program, but her primary narrative is of a handful of German and Japanese Americans caught up in the absurdist internment drama within the larger absurdity of war. The story stretches from Los Angeles to Ohio to South Texas to eastern Europe, and even North Africa, and from ordinary domestic lives blown up by wartime hysteria through seemingly surreal camp activities under armed guard, like high school studies and romances, gardening, football and cheerleading, to the very worst outposts of the war, including the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp...."

CNN Obama-Clinton Debate: The full transcript
Word for word, the whole shebang
DAILY News  February 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"... The rationale of the surge was to create the space and time for the Iraqi government to make the decisions that only it can make. Now, there is no doubt, given the skill and the commitment of our young men and women in uniform that putting more of them in will give us a tactical advantage and will provide security in some places, and that has occurred. CLINTON: But the fact is that the purpose of it has not been fulfilled. The Iraqi government has slowly inched toward making a few of the decisions in a less than complete way, but it hasn't taken advantage of the sacrifice and the losses of life and billions of dollars that have occurred since the surge began. That is why I have said, upon taking office I would ask the secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and my security advisers to give me a plan so that I could begin withdrawing our troops within 60 days. And I would begin that with... (APPLAUSE) ....."

Denny Laine Saves the World
British Invasion pioneer played it, sang it, saw it all
DAILY Music  April 26, 2018, by Raoul Hernandez
"...I do the songs you mentioned off of Wings at the Speed of Sound. I do all that stuff within my set...."

The Green Movement
KRS-One and Hakim Green bring the Stop the Violence Movement to Austin
DAILY Music  January 21, 2009, by Thomas Fawcett
"...HG: Yes, let’s say violence within hip-hop culture. I don’t like the concept of black-on-black crime because violence is perpetrated by people that are next to one another..."

The Man in the White Hat
Larry Joe Doherty rides into the battle for CD 10
News Story  October 3, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...First, the George W. Bush regime has turned out to be a full-blown political disaster – who would have predicted, when war fever was at its highest pitch, that five years later Bush's approval ratings would have sagged to under 30% nationally and even down to 41% here in his home state? Or that the dispirited Democrats would produce not one but two presidential candidates capable of whipping fervor for change into record turnout totals? Or that Democrats – a party that doesn't hold a single statewide elected office in the Lone Star State – would be within five seats of retaking the Texas House?..."

Making the Scene
Looking back at the time when Austin was at the center of the Texas art world
Arts Story  August 24, 2007, by Amanda Douberley
"...If the university had an impact on the art department's new faculty, these artists also brought Austin and UT to national attention through their participation in exhibitions around Texas and throughout the United States. Lockwood, Forsyth, Umlauf, and Spruce all exhibited in New York City within their first few years at UT, including at the National Academy of Design, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art..."

The Siege Continues
No matter who wins the election, Iraqis awaken to occupation, devastation, and slaughter
News Column  November 5, 2004, by Michael King
"...It is within this cavalier bubble of willful ignorance and moral blindness, of course, that the entire presidential campaign has taken place. Reporter Seymour Hersh, in town this week for the Texas Book Festival, aptly summarized the extent of the political "debate." "Kerry says he will send more troops, he will recruit more special forces, he will bring in foreign support – hoping to change the nationality of the corpses," Hersh said..."

Page Two: Along the Bias
Lack of media objectivity cuts all ways
Columns  August 17, 2007, by Louis Black
"...This is because an American journalist is going to have a very different take on what happened than will a French or Mexican journalist; moreover, his or her opinion will be different from the perceptions of an American veteran soldier, newly arrived American troops, al Qaeda fighters, Iraqi resistance members, and regular citizens. Within each of these very different groups, there still won't be a single, monolithic take but a wide range of views as to what happened...."

Carrying the Burden
During Gov. Bush's campaign for his party's presidential nomination last fall, reporters asked the candidate to comment on a federal government report asserting that many Texans, including large numbers of children, were going to bed hungry. "I saw the report that children in Texas are going hungry. Where?" he demanded, going on to say, "You'd think the governor would have heard if there are pockets of hunger in Texas." Indeed, you would, especially if one of those pockets is just a few miles from his front door, Virginia B. Wood explains as she explores the very pockets of hunger in Austin Bush has difficulty fathoming.
Food Story  April 28, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Carter and Pruett always have an eye on fundraising, looking for support from grocery-store chains, private industry, regular food drives, and individual donors. Every $5,000 windfall brightens their day, especially when they are working so hard to increase the number of local Kid's Cafe dinner sites within the next year...."

Point Austin: The Wages of Civility
The Supreme Court confirms that elections have consequences
News Column  June 28, 2018, by Michael King
"...The result, as dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor summarized, is that "minority voters in Texas – despite constituting a majority of the population within the State – will ... return to the polls in 2018 and 2020 with the knowledge that their ability to exercise meaningfully their right to vote has been burdened by the manipulation of district lines specifically designed to target their communities and minimize their political will." If the President Does It ......"

Five Decades of The Doctor
Our resident Brit examines the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who'
DAILY Screens  November 21, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Most importantly, it looks on eccentricity as a qualification, not a burden. It's not for no reason that NBC sitcom Community lovingly spoofed it with the whimsical show-within-a-show Inspector Spacetime, and then bemoaned the threat of a tone-deaf U.S..."

Page Two: Kool-Aid for the Sheeple!
Burning the Reichstag in a hall of mirrors
Columns  June 4, 2010, by Louis Black
"..."Mr. Black fails to address any of the specific evidence that not only undermines the official narrative but implicates a network within our government and military."..."

Facing the South
The Democratic primary for the new CD 25 pits Austin's Lloyd Doggett against McAllen's Leticia Hinojosa
News Story  February 13, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Doggett will, until January 2005, represent CD 10; his address-of-record still lay within that district in its new Austin-to-Houston incarnation. (A last minute redraw to include Doggett in CD 10 made the three-way Austin split even weirder than it already was.) Which has set up rhetorical questions: Is Lloyd Doggett the incumbent? Did Tom DeLay redraw Doggett's district down to the border? Or is this a new district, designed to be an open seat, in which Doggett should be given no breaks? Both Barrientos and Hinojosa have said the latter, and Doggett says that's hogwash..."

Survival of the Fittest?
The unlikely story behind the Austin-based black comedy, Natural Selection.
Screens Story  February 4, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...To top things off, what was supposed to be a little old indie from Texas somehow managed to nail casting coup after coup, as half-brothers David Carradine (Kung Fu, Death Race 2000) and Michael Bowen (Magnolia, Jackie Brown) sign on within weeks of each other, adding to a host of recognizable character actors -- NewsRadio's Stephen Root, Northern Exposure's Darren Burrows, Waiting for Guffman's Bob Balaban -- who eagerly jump on board the production as though it were P.T. Anderson's newest (it's not)..."

Austin Film Festival: Sympathy For the Devil
The true story of rich people playing Satanist
DAILY Screens  November 3, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The implication is that the church's real purpose was to take the tools of extreme religion – messianic devotion, flagellation – mix it with the contemporary tools of the counterculture – communal living, psychotherapy zines, band promo shots, happenings, occultism, Dennis Wheatley novels – and find the common ground of despair, self-castigation, rapture, and devotion. In that, Edwards succeeds in placing the Process within the era...."

'The NFL Beat': Punt in an Elevator
Punting it up while we're going down
DAILY Sports  June 21, 2012, by Alex Dunlap
"...He turns his murderous, twitching gaze to you, and you find yourself defenseless. Without notice, you are pressed against the wall by a force that seems far too powerful to be contained within your assailant's slight, sickly frame..."

The Decoder
Lawrence Wright reflects on a decade spent exploring and explaining the Middle East in My Trip to Al-Qaeda
Screens Story  August 27, 2010, by Nora Ankrum
"...7, says that O'Neill's story is the part of Wright's book that has most "stuck" with him over the years. To me, though, looking back at that time, "Saints" more aptly foretells how Wright would spend the next decade of his life – traversing the globe, interviewing more than 600 people (among them mujahedeen, intelligence officials, Islamic scholars, and relatives of Osama bin Laden), basically trying to get to the heart of a misunderstood religion and the single event that threw a particularly harsh spotlight on the communities both within and without that religion's reach...."

The Banker vs. the Prosecutor
As the primary campaign winds to an abrupt close, what do we know about Sanchez and Morales?
News Story  March 8, 2002, by Michael King
"...Dueling Barbecues In strictly political terms, the brief primary campaign has at least confirmed what we already knew: Sanchez is an earnest political novice with enough money to overcome many mistakes, and Morales is a seasoned campaigner hamstrung by his isolation and lack of institutional and financial support within the party...."

Climbing the Family Tree
Virginia Wood finds that with the help of U.S. census records, finding the roots of her family is possible.
Features Story  February 11, 2000, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When my sisters and I began investigating our family history, we could tell from birth and death dates in an old family Bible that brothers Will and David Kelly were born in 1868 and 1870 and that their parents died within six months of each other in 1872-73. I knew the little boys grew to adulthood because Will Kelly was our great-grandfather, but I had no idea how Edney Jane and John Kelly died or who made a home for their young sons afterward..."

The Body Is the Music
The Beginnings
Arts Story  August 5, 1999, by Barbejoy A. Ponzio
"...The defining characteristics have to do with the music. It revolves around the music, defining the movements within the column of the body, making the movements come from within, pulling the energy in, taking it out only selectively..."

A Chip off the Auld Sod
Off the Bookshelf
Books Review  October 24, 1997
"...Luckily, Tilden is befriended by Samantha, whose frank and modern mother owns a copy of the book. Within its pages Tilden discovers the truth about girls' bodies even as Frances' unspoken lies conceal her own body's silent deterioration...."

The Sexist Texas Lege
The war on women continues on many fronts
News Story  December 28, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...Their crowning achievement was Senate Bill 8, a package law restricting abortion access. Abortion providers including Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman's Health swiftly took Texas to court over one especially insidious provision within SB 8 – a rule banning dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion, even in cases of rape or incest..."

From the Vaults: Nada Lado
'Savages’ Benicio del Toro talks about developing character in 'Che'
DAILY Screens  July 8, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Del Toro has always had a way of throwing himself into his roles, creating indelible characters that subsume the actor within. Whether he's playing the mumble-mouthed Fenster in The Usual Suspects, Raoul Duke's gonzo Samoan co-conspirator in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or the revolutionary leader and romanticized icon Che Guevara, del Toro gets under the skin of these guys and walks around in their bodies...."

Merritt Versus the Caucus
Two caucus meetings produce three press conferences as GOP turns on committee chair
DAILY News  May 24, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...When asked how he would characterize members of his own caucus interrupting his meeting with the press, Merritt said, "I think that's their style of trying to suppress other opinions within the Republican caucus. To me, I believe everyone should have a say-so and a listening, and I think it's very rude of individuals to stand here and question what I feel in my heart and what I feel about the legislative process."..."

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