Hillary Clinton Jokes About Her Problems With The Media
Mar25

Hillary Clinton Jokes About Her Problems With The Media

Hillary Clinton spoke at the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting Monday night, and I do give her points for both humor and self-awareness: “I am well aware that some of you may be a little surprised to see me here tonight,” she said. “My relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated.” “I am all about new beginnings: a new grandchild, another new hairstyle, a new...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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Zombeavers (Movie Review)
Mar22

Zombeavers (Movie Review)

2/5 The treasured English film critic Mark Kermode often says that people who pick and choose the movies they want to see are not proper film critics. I say this with no great pleasure— if I am not a film critic after seeing a movie like Zombeavers, it’s time to throw in the towel and set sail for more radiant horizons. I’m almost at a loss as to how to begin. It’s a movie about a group of pulchritudinous young women getting stuck in...

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One Tweet Away From Political Ruin
Mar19

One Tweet Away From Political Ruin

WASHINGTON — For Liz Mair, it only took a few months-old tweets to get her bounced from a presidential campaign. She insulted Iowa — the first-in-the-nation primary state that enjoys an outsized influence on politics — and that was enough to bring an end to her one-day term as an adviser to Gov. Scott Walker....

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The Daily Caller The Daily Crawler? Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column
Mar18

The Daily Caller The Daily Crawler? Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column

It’s not unusual to see an avowedly liberal political website take a passionate swipe at MSNBC over an issue, or for a conservative website take some potshots at Fox News. Each side will say the other doesn’t do that but, in fact, you do see it. The conservative website The Daily Caller has some talented writers, but now it’s losing veteran conservative blogger Mickey Kraus, who quit after site owner Tucker Carlson...

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Women’s Rights and Roles
Mar17

Women’s Rights and Roles

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action regarding the status of women. Though 189 governments signed the document, much remains to be done in democratic and non-democratic states to improve women’s lives. Democracy in any nation is a mirage unless all citizens have equal rights and equality of opportunity. This includes both genders as well as LGBT, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. However,...

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Christians, Muslims and the Destruction of Ancient Sites (Le Monde, France)
Mar15

Christians, Muslims and the Destruction of Ancient Sites (Le Monde, France)

Like the fundamentalists of Islamic State, Christians, too, had a period in which ancient sites were destroyed as a form of idolatry. However, according to Gérard Leclerc, a journalist and philosopher with France Catholique, a cultural chasm separates the two: unlike the radicals of Islamic State, ‘Christianity was from the start a scholarly religion that could not have existed in the context of barbarity.’ In an interview...

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Oswald Biographer Casts More Doubt On Bill O’Reilly
Mar10

Oswald Biographer Casts More Doubt On Bill O’Reilly

A veteran journalist is casting further doubt on Bill O’Reilly’s claim that he was an ear-witness to the 1977 suicide of George de Mohrenschildt, an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald’s who was investigated after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Writing in Newsweek Monday, Edward Jay Epstein, an investigative journalist, said the Fox News...

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Cartoon: Fox News
Mar10

Cartoon: Fox News

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Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)
Mar07

Mystery Again Surrounds Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry (Die Welt, Germany)

Chairman of the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry Patrick Sensburg has led Berlin’s almost two-year long probe into the scandal exposed by Edward Snowden surrounding NSA mass surveillance. Last year Sensburg reportedly ordered music to be played at committee meetings ‘just in case’ and at least two moles were discovered passing information from the Committee to U.S. spies. Now, according to Germany’s...

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Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar07

Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)

Has the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership [SPP] of North America gone too far, and when does “integration” became a byword for foreign coercion or even occupation? For Mexico’s La Jornada, Carlos Fazio calls President Enrique Peña Nieto a tool of Washington for seeking changes to the country’s Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives to allow undercover U.S. agents to lawfully carry weapons in Mexico....

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Maps to the Stars (Movie Review)
Mar01

Maps to the Stars (Movie Review)

5/5 There is skewering Hollywood and then there is squeezing it by the neck, disemboweling it with a straight razor and gathering ‘round to watch ants engulf the giblets as the host writhes in pain on the Walk of Fame. I’m often quite suspicious of cynicism, but here, screenwriter Bruce Wagner assimilates it so totally that it rises beyond simplistic pessimism and alchemizes into a toxic, forlorn ecstasy. It left me shaking in my seat...

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Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar01

Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)

Since Hugo Chavez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1999, the country’s leaders have charged the United States with overtly and covertly working to undermine its government, which Washington regards as hostile to its interests. Never mind that according to former President Jimmy Carter, Venezuela has ‘the best electoral system in the world.’ For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist Angel Guerra Cabrera...

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Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Mar01

Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more...

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Olbermann: The Once and Former King
Mar01

Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Olbermann: The Once and Former King By Christine Flowers Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can’t be terribly surprised when they’re disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king. For a...

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Cartoon: The O’Reilly Fester
Feb26

Cartoon: The O’Reilly Fester

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)
Feb26

CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)

4.5/5 Some directors, such as Peter Weir, have disguised their sensibility behind a repertoire of work varied enough to be encapsulated by any film contained within it. Others develop an approach to filmmaking so distinctive that a single work bubbles to the surface as their ne plus ultra, a film with which their name becomes synonymous. For Martin Scorsese, that film is Taxi Driver. For Francis Ford Coppola, that film is The...

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West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Feb26

West Must Absorb: For Islamic State, the ‘End of Days’ has Begun (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

When it comes to combating the Islamic State, what is the West missing? For de Volkskrant, author Adjiedj Bakas writes of what the word ‘Caliphate’ means to followers of so-called ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ‘It is the duty of a caliph to conduct war and continue to conquer territory until a select group of chosen believers establish utopia on earth. An important part of this jihad is the terror...

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How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars
Feb26

How Selma and women’s inequality got tangled at the Oscars

I am southern, southwest-Georgia-southern. My Oscar night boycott arose in part because of the Academy’s shameful treatment of Selma. But I have also grown weary of the uphill battle for equality for women of all colors. My husband and I saw Selma on the heels of the electrifying, Tony-award winning play, All The Way, which explored LBJ’s first year as president. Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan won the 2014 Tony Award...

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Cartoon: Bill O’Reilly
Feb25

Cartoon: Bill O’Reilly

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