Glenn Greenwald and the Failures of Mainstream Journalism
The real danger facing the nation is the continuing sheepish and uncritical reporting by many mainstream "professional" journalists and journalism educators and their delusions of grandeur and self-righteousness. Journalism students across the country should learn from journalists like Glenn Greenwald-journalists who unapologetically and tirelessly challenge those in power and the status quo.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Elliott Abrams' Dark History in Latin America, and the Struggle for Justice
Elliott Abrams, a former high level State Department official during the 1980s, testified last month that the Reagan administration knew that Argentina's military junta was systematically stealing babies from murdered and jailed democracy activists and giving them to right-wing families friendly to the regime.
Rumsfeld-Era Propaganda Program Whitewashed by Pentagon
A controversial public relations program run by former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's Pentagon was cleared of any wrong-doing by the agency's inspector general in a report published in November. At the same time, the report quoted participating analysts who believed that bullet points provided by Rumsfeld's staff advanced a "political agenda," that the program's intent "was to move everyone's mouth on TV as a sock puppet."
Monday, July 12, 2010
Reviewing "The Politics of Genocide"
Charges of genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass atrocities are just the latest in the list of imperial alibis Washington uses to promote its narrow foreign policy objectives of resource accumulation and global hegemony.
Manufacturing a Terror Threat in Latin America
Latin America may soon become the next front in Washington's so-called "War on Terror."
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) , Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, held a hearing on Oct. 27 to investigate his "serious concerns about expanded Iranian influence in the region.â
Wednesday, July 29, 2009(1 comments)
Obama Stays the Course in Latin America
One need only look to recent events in Peru and Honduras to figure out that Obama's foreign policy in Latin America is a continuation of our historical role in the region marked by economic conquest, domination, control and intervention.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Anti-abortion Terrorism Can Be Prevented
"No person seeking medical care, no physician providing that care should have to endure harassments or threats or obstruction or intimidation or even murder from vigilantes who take the law into their own hands because they think they know what the law ought to be."
Wednesday, May 6, 2009(2 comments)
Military-backed Mapping Project in Oaxaca Under Fire
A University of Kansas professor is under fire for a mapping project in Mexico partially funded by the U.S. Defense Department as colleagues in the field of geography are calling for an investigation, while growing local opposition to the project leaves it in peril.
Sarah Palin and the Bush "Bulge": Will Alaska's Governor be Wired for the Debate on Thursday?
Four years ago reports surfaced that President Bush was wearing a transceiver on his back with a wireless earpiece during his debate with Senator John Kerry. Given Sarah Palin's incompetence with both economics and foreign policy, and her inability to engage in coherent and intelligent conversation on these issues, could Republicans resort to a tactic they may have gotten away with before?
Friday, September 26, 2008(7 comments)
Ecuador's Constitution Gives Rights to Nature
The new constitution gives nature the "right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution" and mandates that the government take "precaution and restriction measures in all the activities that can lead to the extinction of species, the destruction of the ecosystems or the permanent alteration of the natural cycles."
RNC: Exporting the "Miami Model" to St. Paul
"In planning security measures for the RNC," wrote John A. Kolerno, Secret Service coordinator for the Republican convention, "the Secret Service is considering a wide array of potential security threats, including terrorist attacks, lone gunmen, fire, environmental hazards, chemical or biological attacks, structural safety concerns, and suicide bombers."
Bush Administration Accused of Withholding "Lifesaving" Aid to Haiti
Human rights groups released a report on June 23 accusing the Bush Administration of blocking "potentially lifesaving" aid to Haiti in order to meddle in the impoverished nation's political affairs. The aid would have funded projects designed to improve "the quality of life-particularly for women and children-and to reduc[e] incidence of disease and child mortality."
UN Scolds Washington for War on Migrants
Jorge Bustamante, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, noted serious concerns about deportation and detention policies, especially in light of the fact that cases of indefinite detention were common. Other concerns included lack of due process, imprisonment of children and infants, imprisoned migrants being subjected to solitary confinement, possible sleep deprivation, and exposure to extreme heat and cold.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Iraqi Women Quietly Endure Horrors of War
March 8 marks the 99th celebration of International Women's Day, a day to commemorate the political, social, and economic struggles and achievements of women globally. This year we should use the holiday to observe and reflect on the suffering of Iraqi women, who have become invisible "collateral damage" in our country's war in this now defenseless Middle Eastern nation.