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Sep 12, 2001
In CIA parlance missions that are ÒsuccessfulÓ create backlashes. The CIA aptly calls this ÒBlowback.Ó
Solomon: DESIGNS FOR A DIFFERENT MEDIA FUTURE
Aug 26, 2001
What we see is what we get, or so the adage goes. But when we see the designs of mass media, what do we truly get? That's a troubling question for those who wonder what the constant barrages of media-generated images are doing to our lives.
Two years from now, the national committee of the Green Party will make a big decision: Should the party run a candidate for president in 2004?
After a police officer shot Carlo Giuliani in the head, Time magazine published a requiem of sorts -- explaining that the 23-year-old Italian protester pretty much got what he deserved.
Starhawk: Genoa 7/20
Jul 21, 2001
At this point itÕs still not clear to me how many are actually dead. IÕve heard one young man, IÕve heard two, four. IÕve heard that the police shot into the crowd, that someone was clubbed to the ground and, unconscious, run over by a car, IÕve heard it
When they challenged the power of the White House by claiming the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, the nation's two most influential newspapers took a laudable stand. During the three decades since then, praise for their journalistic courage has beco
While outrage over the Taleban's requirement that Afghan women wear a head-to-toe veil continues, a new comprehensive study shows that the majority of Afghan women consider the Taleban's dress codes a non-issue, and many choose to wear the burqa or chadar
Shalom: Exxon-Mobil in Aceh
Jun 26, 2001
On June 20, 2001, the International Labor Rights Fund filed lawsuit in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, on behalf of eleven anonymous villagers from the Indonesian province of Aceh -- seven John Does and four Jane Does who fear for their lives. T
Shah: The New Yellow Peril: China-Bashing for New Defense Spending Fuels Hate Against Asian Americans
Jun 22, 2001
Senator Feinstein surprised the civil rights organizers who threw her an informal wine-and-cheese shmoozer a couple months ago with an impromptu speech warning of the gathering speed of anti-China sentiment in Congress and the impending fallout for all Am
Today, departing from an institution steeped in modernity, you say farewell to a fine journalism school. Honored to address this graduating class, I will speak with uncommon candor about the wisdom of your training and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Few media eyebrows went up when the World Bank recently canceled a global meeting set for Barcelona in late June -- and shifted it to the Internet. Thousands of street demonstrators would have been in Spain's big northeastern port city to confront the con
You get so used to walking around feeling like a big smart smartypants, understanding (and disapproving of) most things around you (come on, you know what I mean) and then something simple happens that shows you, in a flash, how fragile and circumscribed
Solomon: MEDIA AND VIETNAM: APPARITIONS OF INNOCENCE
May 08, 2001
Media commentators are split about Bob Kerrey and what happened 32 years ago in the Vietnamese village of Thanh Phong. Some journalists seem eager to exonerate the former senator. Others appear inclined to turn him into a lightning rod for national guilt.
Shah: The Curious Politics of Milk: Part Three
Apr 10, 2001
Anti-formula activists and development officials often claim that millions of infants die every year because they are not breastfed (this is probably based on the fact that millions of infants die of diarrhea from contaminated water every year--which they
It's not easy to look at ourselves as others might see us. For a Êcountry, the need is especially acute in times of international crisis -- Êbut that's when nationalism and other reflexive biases are most likely to Êbecome pivotal. One of the ways to tes
Solomon: Bad News Bears Change Tone of Media Script
Mar 28, 2001
When the Ameritrade company launched a $200 million marketingÊ drive to explain the joys of online trading in autumn 1999, a barrage of TVÊ commercials invited viewers to join in the fun. The news was bullish, and Êthe firm's motto -- "Believe in yourself
Solomon: OBSTINATE MEMORY AND PURSUIT OF THE PRESENT
Mar 15, 2001
Henry Kissinger usually has an easy time defending the indefensible on national television. But he faced some pointed questions during a recent interview with the PBS "NewsHour" about the U.S. role in bringing a military dictatorship to Chile. When his
Shalom: U.S. in Okinawa
Mar 11, 2001
On February 9, the U.S. nuclear attack submarine, the USS Greeneville, with visiting civilians in the control room, surfaced rapidly under a Japanese fishing vessel, the Ehime Maru, sinking it, apparently with the loss of nine lives. The Japanese public w
Said: The only alternative
Mar 08, 2001
I first visited South Africa in May 1991: a dark, wet, wintry period, when Apartheid still ruled, although the ANC and Nelson Mandela had been freed. Ten years later I returned, this time to summer, in a democratic country in which Apartheid has been defe
Shah: The Curious Politics of Milk
Mar 05, 2001
Part OneOne night, a small American boy slipped into bed with his mother and suckled at her breast for a few minutes before dropping off to sleep. The next day, he told his babysitter he wanted to stop doing so, but "Mommy wouldn't let me." The child was