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In Search of the Blues

In Search of the Blues

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Remembering Hiroshima in an Age of Neoliberal Barbarism

Once an emancipatory project predicated on the right to study and engage the past critically, history under the reign of neoliberalism has receded into a depoliticizing culture of consumerism, a wholesale attack on science, the glorification of military ideals, an embrace of the punishing state, and a nostalgic invocation of the greatest generation.

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Be Very Thoughtful With Your Criticism

During performance reviews and other such discussions, focusing on what people may have done wrong makes them defensive and blinkers the mind, making it harder for them to change, psychologists say. Instead, conversations about what people would like to achieve are more likely to result in improvements.

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Back to Blunt the Cutting Edge

John Summers, editor-in-chief of the critical, satirical magazine The Baffler, appeared on Boston’s WGBH News to introduce his journal to television audiences, saying that when people ask what the publication is about, he “remind[s] them that this sort of thing existed for a long time in the American cultural scene.”

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Our Words Are Our Weapons

We often speak as though the source of so many of our problems is complex and even mysterious. I’m not sure it is. You can blame it all on greed: the refusal to do anything about climate change, the attempts by the .01% to destroy our democracy, the constant robbing of the poor, the resultant starving children, the war against most of what is beautiful on this Earth.

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2 Honduran Media Outlets Silenced

As if the Honduran coup leaders couldn’t get any more nostalgic for the 1980s, they have closed down two domestic media organizations critical of the interim government, a move that shadows pretty much every Latin American coup in the past half-century.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


Froomkin
discourse.net

Post Fires at the Left

Being popular and Internet-savvy, writer Dan Froomkin surely holds a place in today’s struggling newspaper business that’s secure. At least that’s what you’d think. Instead, The Washington Post has fired him. The move removes one of the only mainstream commentators to criticize Barack Obama from the left.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Clinton Slams Obama, CNN Slams Clinton

CNN’s political panel takes Hillary Clinton to task over what Jeffrey Toobin calls her “ridiculous” and “embarrassing” attack on Barack Obama’s comment that some Americans are bitter about federal mishandling of the economy. And when John McCain’s criticism of the Obama comment comes up, Jack Cafferty nearly blows a gasket.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


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jeffcohen.org

Media Critic on Why It’s Only Getting Worse

Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of “Cable News Confidential” (excerpted here).

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


In a First, Bush Directs Criticism at Israel

Bush said neither Israel nor Hezbollah should escalate the month-old war. Despite Bush’s comments, Israel today decided to launch a massive ground attack into southern Lebanon.

  • Israel lost 15 soldiers on Wednesday—its deadliest day of the war; Lebanon’s deadliest was Monday (link—scroll down).

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    Facing Terrible PR, McDonald’s Will Tout “Healthier” Side

    In anticipation of a movie version of “Fast Food Nation,” along with a similarly-themed upcoming book co-written by the same author, the fast food giant will promote its salads and fruit options.

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Harry Belafonte at Riverside Church in the ‘Final Hour’

    Musician, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte issues a strident criticism of U.S. foreign policy at the Jan. 20 session of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration.

    Listen: icon: Audio Speech (4.6 MB)

    Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Slams Critics of Iraq Policy

    In strong language, the president claims that some Democratic criticism may give “comfort to our adversaries.” | story

    Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


    In Day Two, Alito Says Even Wartime Presidents Are Not Above the Law

    Ted Kennedy counters: “Time and again, even in routine matters involving average Americans, you give enormous, almost total deference to the exercise of governmental powers.” | story

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


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