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Schechter: Media Complicity in Financial Crimes
Sep 01, 2010
When you connect the dots in your writing or look for deeper explanations behind the decisions of policymakers, market makers and media-makers, it’s easy to be dismissed as a conspiracy nut.
Solomon: Petraeus Media War
Aug 17, 2010
It’s already history. In mid-August 2010, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan launched a huge media campaign to prevent any substantial withdrawal of military forces the next summer.
Schechter: Obama Economic Team Bails
Aug 10, 2010
In Washington, the Obama economic team has sprung a leak. First, Budget Director Peter Orszag, the calculating numbers savant, bailed. And now, “distinguished” economist Christina Romer, the only woman in that inner circle boys club has quit too.
Schechter: Whither Economic Agenda?
Aug 04, 2010
As we move into the dog days of summer, and a coming Congressional recess, the Obama Administration has shifted its focus back on to the economy and wants to convince one and all that an economic recovery is just around the corner.
Spannos: Gaza Tunnels to Cape Cod
Jul 24, 2010
Woods Hole is a village in the township of Falmouth, just a short ferry ride across from Martha’s Vineyard, with a proud reputation that far exceeds its size.
Shiva: Corporate Killing Fields
Jul 20, 2010
The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever.
Schechter: Wall Street Criminals
Jul 11, 2010
1500 Bankers went to Jail After the S&L Crisis. Almost None Today.
Solomon: Unanimous Conformity in the Senate
Jul 03, 2010
Every living senator voted Wednesday to approve Gen. David Petraeus as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Solomon: Great Screwup
Jun 24, 2010
When the wheels are coming off, it doesn’t do much good to change the driver.
Schechter: CNN Land
Jun 20, 2010
Somehow, I can’t escape CNN. Last Saturday I joined Ted Turner, Wolf Blitzer and more than 300 current and former CNN employees at a celebration of the network’s 30th anniversary at the National Press Club in Washington. I was there as one of the “CNN Originals,” the many staffers who helped originate what was mocked as the Chicken Noodle Network in Atlanta back in June 1980.
Schechter: Deceptive And Dishonest
Jun 15, 2010
Defending America covertly has become an ongoing theme for one more TV series. Salute the flag and praise NBC (GE) for its latest effort to persuade the population to accept the kind of secret operations that now drive the war in Afghanistan. Their latest show is called “Covert Affairs” and airs on the patriotically named USA Network.
Solomon: Israel & Harman in Tandem
Jun 05, 2010
When Israel attacked the Gaza aid flotilla, Congresswoman Jane Harman was engaged in a parallel assault. Israel’s government relied on the efficacy of violence; Harman’s campaign was counting on the power of paid media. In both cases, the targets were advocates of human rights for Palestinian people.
Schechter: Obama Talks Left, Moves Right
Jun 01, 2010
Is The President The Kind of Leader Chairman Mao Warned Us About?
Schechter: Criminal Case Against Goldman?
May 03, 2010
Will Goldman survive the assault? Will the threat of criminal charges being pursued against the world’s leading investment bank spill over onto others on Wall Street? Is the criminalization of the crisis underway, or is all this just a maneuver?
Schechter: Going After Goldman
Apr 20, 2010
Fox Business News was engrossed in interviewing a blonder than thou reality TV bimbo when the news that the Securities And Exchange Commission was filing fraud charges against Goldman Sachs broke on Friday afternoon.
Schechter: Organize Against Wall Street
Apr 15, 2010
In politics, it’s always all about the narrative, about how issues are framed.
Solomon: Can't Cover the Blood
Apr 02, 2010
President Obama has taken a further plunge into the kind of war abyss that consumed predecessors named Johnson, Nixon and Bush.
Schechter: 7th Ann. War On Iraq
Mar 21, 2010
American media loves anniversaries of major events. They become ideal "news pegs" to do follow-up stories. You would think that they would have pulled out the stops for the seventh anniversary of the US war on Iraq, a war that was described by the Pentagon in its first days as a "cake walk" and designed as a quick intervention modeled after the in-out combat of Operation Desert Storm ending Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
Solomon: Public Option Disaster
Mar 19, 2010
Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for healthcare reform. Now, suddenly, it's incidental.
Shah: Star Wars Malaria Killer
Mar 16, 2010
Doesn’t Nathan Myhrvold get enough attention? The guy is the former chief technology officer of Microsoft, a multimillionaire, a gourmet chef, a prize-winning photographer and keeper of multiple higher degrees from prestigious institutions. As the CEO and founder of Intellectual Ventures, a private outfit that invests in “pure inventions,” he frequently finds himself in the news.