The Nobel Prize, a Rape Camp in Bosnia, and Peter Handke

The Intercept
November 28, 2019

What does it mean to spend a night at the Vilina Vlas hotel?

The answer to this seemingly odd question reveals the moral and intellectual collapse of the Swedish Academy, which last month bestowed on Peter Handke the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature. Handke is an Austrian-born ...  (Read more)

The Nobel Prize Organization Is Now Fully Engaged in the Business of Genocide Denial

The Intercept
November 20, 2019

It has come to this: The Nobel Prize organization has not merely selected a genocide denier for its 2019 literature award. The organization itself has become an open skeptic of the mass murder of Bosnia’s Muslims.

In a letter to a group of publishers in Bosnia, the Swedish ...  (Read more)

Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize After Two Jurors Fell for a Conspiracy Theory About the Bosnia War

The Intercept
Nov. 14, 2019

This is a story about a conspiracy theory that was born in the 1990s, hibernated in obscurity for two decades, and in 2019 appears to have duped jurors into awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to Peter Handke, who has denied the Serb genocide of Muslims in Bosnia.

The ...  (Read more)

Peter Handke Won the Nobel Prize. Then His Publisher Circulated a Defense of His Genocide Denialism.

The Intercept
Nov. 9, 2019

IT IS NOT typical for a publishing house, after its author wins a Nobel Prize for Literature, to feel obliged to issue a private 24-page defense of his work, but that’s what it has come down to for Suhrkamp Verlag, the publisher of Peter Handke.

Newspapers in Germany and ...  (Read more)

Why Did Nobel Winner Peter Handke Have a Secret Passport From Milosevic-Era Yugoslavia?

The Intercept
November 6, 2019

The spring of 1999 was a busy time for Peter Handke, the controversial Austrian writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month.

Back then, Handke was already criticized for several books that were regarded as denying the Serb genocide of Muslims in Bosnia. But ...  (Read more)

How the Nobel Prize Succumbed to the Literary Art of Genocide Denial

The Intercept
October 26, 2019

There is a crucial question at the heart of the controversy over Peter Handke winning the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature: Can you be a genocide denier if all you do is cast doubts about the genocide?

Handke’s supporters have argued that it’s unfair to accuse him of ...  (Read more)

Congratulations, Nobel Committee, You Just Gave the Literature Prize to a Genocide Apologist

The Intercept
October 10, 2019

Stockholm is more than 1,500 miles from Sarajevo, and the war in Bosnia was halted in 1995, so there’s a lot of time and distance between the Swedes who just chose the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature and the nasty war that happened in the heart of the Balkans ...  (Read more)

Why Is Bill de Blasio Trying to Kill Me? New York’s Mayor Prefers Drivers Over Bicyclists

The Intercept
September 22, 2019

FOR A NUMBER of years, when I was covering wars in places like Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, I would wake up in the morning and conduct a risk assessment of what I planned to do during the day. I carefully considered the dangers ahead — ambushes, land mines, bombings, ...  (Read more)

HBO’s “Succession” Is a Masterful Demolition of the Absurdity and Cruelty of Our 1 Percent Overlords

The Intercept
August 10, 2019

If you had to sum up decades of financial dystopia in America, you could go with the phrase “Money wins.” The accumulation of insane amounts of wealth by the 1 percent has flattened in its path everything else: the interests of ordinary people and the planet, as well ...  (Read more)

The Problem at Fox News Is Not Just Tucker Carlson — It’s the Murdochs Who Owns the Network

The Intercept
July 10, 2019

Yes, let’s get furious once again at Tucker Carlson, who has broadcast another segment of racist bilge at Fox News. But let’s not stop there.

In a widely circulated clip that’s getting justifiably walloped by journalists who are not admirers of white nationalism, ...  (Read more)