Joseph Palermo: In U.S.-occupied Iraq, every car bomb, every I.E.D., every suicide bomber, and every sectarian killing that followed that sunny day in May off the San Diego coast made a mockery of Bush’s premature spiking of the proverbial football and brought deserved derision from the rest of the world.
Discussion with former FCC Commissioner Michael J Copps and Common Cause President Bob Edgar, hosted by Betty & Stanley Sheinbaum.
Norman Solomon: After the bombings that killed and maimed so horribly at the Boston Marathon, our country’s politics and mass media are awash in heartfelt compassion — and reflexive “doublethink.”
Norman Solomon: The resulting tragedies have been so horrific and large-scale that the overall reporting by U.S. mass media scarcely provides a clue. In real time and in retrospect, the dominant cliches about this war have stayed in circular motion, self-referential, within American bubbles.
Randy Shaw: Americans may “hate” politics, but the media cannot get enough of it. Since Obama’s re-election we have been deluged with stories not simply about Hillary Clinton, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush positioning themselves for runs in 2016.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Officer Sandra Moura credits the Department’s leadership — from Chief Beck on down — with instilling and enforcing a more community-oriented policing approach.
Shamus Cooke: Working people in the U.S. need to learn to speak Greek, and adopt an increasingly popular slogan that rejects austerity measures: Tax the Rich!
Randy Shaw: The U.S. media refuses to acknowledge that Romney and the Republican Party are “far-right” and “extreme” by both international standards and prior U.S. history.
Robert Reich: More than anyone else running for president, Mitt Romney personifies the top 1 percent in America — actually, the top one-tenth of one percent.
Zili Danto: It’s way past time the US and UN were out of Haiti. Haitians are not at war; this occupation is racist, about false benevolence, forced assimilation and Western tyranny.
Carl Bloice: Obviously, there is nothing demographically representative of the Gang of 12. It’s hardly democratic; but then, there is nothing particularly democratic about the whole setup.
David Love: Given the paucity of positive images of Arabs out there, no single film can be all things to all people. And no film by itself can articulate the full breadth of the occupation or the Mideast conflict. But this is a good start.