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Solomon: Broadcasting and Democracy: Oil and Water
Aug 18, 1999
Is it really possible for broadcasting and democracy to mix? In theory, yes. But right now, the prospects look bleak.
Shalom: Affirmative Action
Aug 14, 1999
In the present dreary political climate, another court decision against affirmative action might not warrant special comment. But a ruling last month by a Federal District judge in Savannah, Georgia, is worth considering if only because it illustrates the
Shah: What Are You On? Hormones?
Aug 07, 1999
I am not proud, but not ashamed either, to admit I am humbled by hormones. I used to pride myself on being logical: as a philosophy major, I got an A+ in deductive logic in school. But under the powerful effect of estrogens and other biochemicals coursing
Last Wednesday afternoon, radio journalist Aileen Alfandary stood on the sidewalk in front of the building where she has worked for many years. She looked out of place. The deadline for the KPFA evening news was fast approaching -- but all the doors were
Over the past few years, Monsanto, a chemical company, has positioned itself as an agricultural company through control over seed the first link in the food chain. Monsanto now wants to control water, the very basis of life.
Solomon: The Public is Secondary
Jul 15, 1999
Across the country, PBS stations are in denial. And if we think the programming they provide is worthy of the name "public television," then maybe we're in denial, too.
Schechter: Our Profile and Theirs
Jul 11, 1999
When Dr. W.E.B DuBois predicted the question of color would become the problem of the twentieth century, he was writing before the advent of television, the proliferation of the mass media, and the many uses (and abuses) of the idea of racial profiling.
Solomon: Big Name Candidates Bow To Media Power
Jul 02, 1999
Every modern presidential contest generates a lot of discussion about how the nation's most prominent journalists cover major candidates. But there's not much analysis of how candidates get along with the media conglomerates that employ those journalists.
Jun 21, 1999
Are there alternatives to the dominant economic model that consigns increasing numbers of people to lives of misery? One such alternative is offered by the state of Kerala in southern India which has been the site of fascinating social experimentation for
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.