Language in Conflict

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Here’s an illuminating essay that shows the Arab-Israeli conflict is now so encrusted with legend and bias, it’s almost impossible to discuss it effectively. Jodi Rudoren, a New Times reporter, zeros in on whether an action is “retaliation” or “response.” “This is part of what I have come to call “conflict code”: words whose plain […]

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I’m Not “Neurotic”

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized |

A single word — wrongly applied — can disrupt a marriage or a country, says Thomas Moore, former Catholic monk and now a therapist. Further: “The bland and bloated language of politics blocks the opportunity for leaders to truly inspire and educate. Imagine hearing instead a thoughtful, measured analysis of the world situation from a […]

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Let Slip the Metaphors of War

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized |

When president Obama declared his intention to bomb Syria, he made it clear the Bashar Assad government had engaged in an important act that forced him to react. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing […]

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We Need to Understand this Better by Now

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized |

“To fit in with the change of events, words, too, had to change.  What used to be thought of as a thoughtless act of aggression was now regarded as the courage one would expect to find in a party member; to think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was […]

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