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This summer begins with a large shadow hanging over one of the nation's pioneering radio stations. Half a century after listener-supported KPFA took to the airwaves in the San Francisco area as a unique experiment in media independence, the battle raging
Shalom: Milosevic Indictment
May 29, 1999
Following World War II, a war crimes tribunal was held in Tokyo to try Japanese political and military leaders. There is no doubt that the defendants were responsible for appalling atrocities, but, as the Indian judge on the tribunal wrote in his dissenting opinion, the victorious allies had themselves committed grave crimes, and the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were the most horrific war crimes of the Pacific War. But only the atrocities committed by the Japanese were punished. In short, the war crimes trial represented "victors' justice."
Solomon: Three On Kosovo
May 28, 1999
A few days ago, the president of the United States openly violated the War Powers Act -- and the national media yawned.
Shalom: Racial Profiling
May 23, 1999
For years, African American motorists have complained of being stopped by the police for the offense of DWB -- "Driving While Black."
Solomon: When Will the Media Call It War
May 19, 1999
Nearly two months have passed since the beginning of NATO's air war against Yugoslavia. After a shaky start, Washington's spin machinery has done much to promote a war agenda -- with crucial assistance from major U.S. news media.
Schechter: Covering Wars at Home and Abroad
May 11, 1999
Had the Marine Corps recruiter not gotten hung up on the fact that Columbine H.S. student Eric Harris lied about taking an anti-depressant, he may very well have been on his way by now to the front lines of Kosovo, the real war he reportedly preferred to
Shah: Asian American?
Apr 26, 1999
I was recently asked to write about Asian American History Month, which, since 1979, has been observed during the month of May.
Solomon: For Whom The Media Bell Tolls
Apr 23, 1999
For several weeks now, the suffering of refugees from Kosovo has filled our TV screens. Empathy seems to motivate much of the public support for the ceaseless bombing of Yugoslavia.
Schechter: Edward R Murrow Is Dead
Apr 17, 1999
In June 1993, a human rights television program I co-produced obtained remarkable footage from inside Kosovo. We led our "Rights & Wrongs" program with an exclusive from what we called "the next powder keg in the Balkans."
Ever since the start of NATO 's bombing blitz more than two weeks ago, the regime in Belgrade has maintained total control of Serbia's press -- and American journalists have scornfully reported on the propaganda role of Yugoslavian news media. But no one
Shalom: Affirmative Action
Apr 11, 1999
There is a group of people in the United States who are given special preferences because of difficulties they suffered in the past.
Schechter: The Talking Kosovo Blues
Apr 07, 1999
It was for me the big booking: an hour on MSNBC in the middle of a crisis. I had pitched the network proposing to talk about the media coverage of the Kosovo catastrophe. As a TV producer, I had been covering the Balkan wars for a public television human
Shalom: Terrorists and Madmen
Mar 27, 1999
The official U.S. explanation for the missile strikes on the Sudanese pharmaceutical plant last summer was so transparently bogus that even the NEW YORK TIMES -- after its initial approving editorial -- was forced a few days later to run a skeptical repor
Schechter: Monica Is Now Global
Mar 20, 1999
LONDON: I beat Monica to Borders on London's Oxford Street by two days; La Lewinsky is stopping there on Tuesday at lunch as part of her British tour. She was 'whisked in' by Concorde, of course.
On October l, thousands of New York artists, activists and politicians rallied outside the Brooklyn Museum against threats by the city's Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to defund one of the city's preeminent cultural institutions because of one painting on display
Solomon: Keeping Mickey in the Private Domain
Mar 12, 1999
Who's the leader of the club that's paid for you and me? S-E-N-A-T-O-R L-O-T-T!
Shalom: A Long Way
Mar 06, 1999
The year 1926 was in the thick of the Jim Crow era. In the American South, racial segregation was the law of the land. Schools, jobs, public accommodations, movie theaters, water fountains and most everything else were segregated.
Shah: My Fantasy Goddess Is Not A Barbie Doll
Mar 04, 1999
This holiday season, Mattel, the worldÕ biggest toy maker is poised to embarrass itself and enrage Asians across the globe, with the release of its latest collectible Barbie: The Fantasy Goddess of Asia.