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Secours: Tennessee Kangaroo Court
May 08, 2002
Any romantic illusions about fairness in the American Criminal Justice System disintegrated at Riverbend Prison in Nashville last Thursday.
Solomon: Media And The Hazards Of Political Faith
Apr 30, 2002
Weeks before the 20th century ended, the pundit Michael Kinsley was uncommonly direct in a Time essay that defended the virtues of the World Trade Organization with these closing words: "But really, the WTO is OK. Do the math. Or take it on faith." Delive
Solomon: Alice's New Adventures In Medialand
Apr 24, 2002
Alice climbed out of the news hole. She seemed badly shaken. "I thought Wonderland was curious indeed," she said, "but Medialand is even more peculiar."
Solomon: American Journalism: A Class Act
Apr 18, 2002
Like most people, American journalists are apt to look at the very rich with awe. Names like Bill Gates, George Soros and Warren Buffett have the ring of modern-day royalty -- high above the rest of us, and maybe even vaguely immortal.
When you write about the world, or report on what's happening "over there," the issues can seem far away enough to permit disengagement. The distance encourages detachment and objectification.
Shalom: Enemy of Peace
Apr 06, 2002
As fighting between Israelis and Palestinians reaches horrible new heights, many are asking whether the time has not finally come to stop tolerating an intransigent leader who refuses to put an end to the violence. Not that he should be killed, or even ar
Shalom: Crisis in Palestine
Apr 05, 2002
The basic problem in the Israel-Palestine conflict today remains what it's been for decades: the denial of self-determination to the Palestinian people. Palestinians have been living under a brutal and humiliating occupation since 1967 and no solution to
An examination of the connections between US foreign policy and the mass incarceration of poor people of color.
Cameras have recorded countless defining moments. And many months after Sept. 11, some nightmarish televised glimpses of that day's horrors still resonate deeply. Visual images are powerful. Yet there's no substitute for words that sum up what might other
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,