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And then unto China came POTUS (President of the United States, in the lingo of the Secret Service), a messenger from the Republic of Enron, to preach the gospel about the path to true freedom. Go ye, he urged, beyond Maoism. Beyond Marxism. And yes - wil
Pentagon's Silver Lining May Be Bigger Than Cloud
Solomon: Bad News When Madmen Lead The Blind
Feb 27, 2002
The autumn started with a huge national jolt of shock, fear, grief and anger. Winter has begun with many worries here at home and grim satisfaction about warfare abroad. A line from "King Lear," early in Act 4, is hauntingly appropriate:
Schechter: Where Is AIDS Among The A-List Topics?
Feb 15, 2002
Think about what happened the other day. Enron hearings opened to an Standing Room Only crowd on Capitol Hill. The sleaze was about to start gushing out and then, the TV picture shrinks and another story interrupts. Breaking News displaces Breaking News.
Solomon: A Communique From The Ghost Of Mark Twain
Jan 27, 2002
I see that I'm damn near legendary now; and since I died long ago, that's safe for all concerned.
Shiva: Terrorism As Cannibalism
Jan 25, 2002
Year 2001 will be etched in our memory as a year in which the vicious cycle of violence was unleashed worldwide. Of the Taliban bombing the two thousand year old images of peace, the Buddhas of Bamiyan.
Solomon: In The Media Mix, What Happens To Music?
Jan 18, 2002
The last pages of a calendar remind us that life is fleeting. All we have at any moment is the present, filtered with memory.
After billionaire Michael Bloomberg won the race to become New York's next mayor, the French news agency AFP noted that he "was among the first to see how the information age could serve investors in unprecedented -- and lucrative -- ways." Bloomberg's ca
Every day when I check my email or look through the alternative newspapers or turn on the radio, I hear something that arouses my fear. A new bill threatening our civil liberties has been passed, or is being passed, here or abroad.
Shiva: Doha: Saving Wto, Killing Democracy
Dec 04, 2001
Doha was described by Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative, as having "removed the stain of Seattle". Seattle stands as a historical watershed, through which citizens mobilised democratically to respond to free-trade treaties and agendas of cor
The long-awaited recount of the results of the 2000 presidential election, begun with so much hope and investigative enterprise by a consortium of leading U.S. media organizations, came and went with a whimper not a bang. Released on Sunday, November 11,
Starhawk: Now Is the Time to Act
Nov 07, 2001
I'm sitting here scrolling through my backlog of email, and two themes predominate: the illegitimacy and horror of America's New War, and a multitude of voices from the movement I thought I was a part of telling us to pause, to keep quiet, that protest no
Shiva: Biotech Companies As Bioterrorists
Nov 06, 2001
While the public is preoccupied by an anthrax scare, another act of bio-terrorism is threatening India's farmers and our rich biodiversity.
Solomon: The World Series In A Time Of Crisis
Nov 02, 2001
The World Series provided a heck of a photo-op for George W. Bush when he threw out the first pitch one night, aiming at a large TV audience. For the most part, the game that followed was a pleasure to watch -- midway through a week that combined what'
Solomon: War Needs Good Public Relations
Oct 26, 2001
For some people, war is terror, disaster and death. For others, it's a PR problem.
The Pentagon's air drops of food parcels and President Bush's plea for American children to aid Afghan kids with dollar bills will go down in history as two of the most cynical maneuvers of media manipulation in the early 21st century.
During the first two days of this month, CNN's website displayed an odd little announcement. "There have been false reports that CNN has not used the word 'terrorist' to refer to those who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon," the notice said.
Shiva: Solidarity Against All Forms of Terrorism
Oct 03, 2001
18th September was the day for solidarity with victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on the U.S. I joined the millions to observe two minutes silence at 10:30 a.m. for those who lost their lives in the assault on the World Trade Centre and the Pe
In a recent obituary about a former state prison official, the New York Times made a passing reference to "the bloody Attica uprising in 1971, which left 43 people dead." That's the kind of newspeak that presents itself as journalism while detouring aroun
Sep 12, 2001
In CIA parlance missions that are ÒsuccessfulÓ create backlashes. The CIA aptly calls this ÒBlowback.Ó