“For years now, I’ve grimaced when I see polls showing the persistent downward slope of public trust in the American news media. This Wednesday night, I could hardly blame that public.”-Jerry Lanson, Professor of Journalism-Emerson College professor Jerry Lanson reacts to Wednesday night’s presidential debate in “A Pathetic Round of ‘Gotcha’ Questioning,” and wonders:“Someone might […]
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“Imagine if every week a televised roll call memorialized Iraq’s civilian casualties with individual portraits. If this were possible, we would witness, in full, the staggering human costs of Iraq’s occupation on a personal level. The politics of history dictate who is remembered and who is not, and most countries prefer to honor only their […]
Find out what the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s Prime Minister in exile have to say about this year’s Summer Olympics in China. Read the New York Times article “Dalai Lama Show Support for Games” and Good Magazine’s “Remember Tibet?”.
“On April 1, in a wave of defiance, truck drivers began taking the strongest form of action they can take: inaction. Faced with $4-per-gallon diesel fuel, they slowed down, shut down and started honking. On the New Jersey Turnpike, a convoy of trucks stretching ‘as far as the eye can see,’ according to a turnpike […]
Check out SuperFund365.org, a web site with daily updates about places where Americans live at risk to exposure to dangerous toxins, sites that Superfund, a “federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency, was created to clean-up. The […]
Listen in to Democracy Now! for a special one-hour feature on Dr. King’s life and legacy, forty years after his assassination. The segment features Rev. Jesse Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Vincent Harding (who wrote King’s major antiwar speech, “Beyond Vietnam”), Taylor Rogers, Charles Cabbage, Jerry Williams, Judge D’Army Bailey — all friends, colleagues, and activists […]
Zinn’s latest book, A People’s History of American Empire, hit on April 1. According to TomDispatch.com, “It’s a gem and…represents a surprise breakthrough into cartoon format. It’s a rollicking graphic history, illustrated by cartoonist Mike Konopacki, that takes us from the Indian Wars to the Iraqi “frontier” (with some striking autobiographical asides from Zinn’s own […]
In college, I was fortunate to take a class with one of the foremost experts on public policy, Theodore Lowi. What I remember most about Lowi, and the class, is a chapter from his book, The End of Liberalism, that focused on redistricting, rebuilding and rezoning in American cities, namely Chicago, and the adverse affect […]
“There are lots of ways to rig an election, and it sure helps to be the incumbent if you’re planning on doing so,” writes Ethan Zuckerman over at WorldChanging.net. He’s talking about the elections in Zimbabwe, slated for March 29. In 2005, the country’s parliamentary elections were largely derided for serious human rights abuses (check […]
John McCain debates himself on Iraq. George W. approves.
Above is the full video of Rev. Wright’s speech in which he shouts “God Damn America” after listing violent racial injustices. His thesis is that God is constant and governments change and that often times the American government has gotten it wrong (segregation, slavery, internment camps, etc.). And there’s the “America’s chickens are coming home […]
Currently 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water. World Water Day 2008 – this March 22 – is a time to take action and help solve this problem. Please visit WorldWaterDay.org and WorldWaterDay.net to find out how to get involved in one of the marches in NYC, LA and Seattle (you can also join […]
Please elect this man.
The images captured in the New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau blog speak for themselves.
Today, Senator Barack Obama delivered a major speech on race relations, tackling what many deem “the biggest test of his presidential campaign and political career.” Obama renewed his call for generational change and national unity this morning and addressed race relations at length. The speech also addressed Reverend Wright’s sermons about America following 9/11. An […]