Sunday, August 13, 2006

The world is a war zone

The whole world is a war zone, and death takes many forms. You can't compare the death of quality journalism or that of the liberal conscience with real life blood and guts but they are casualties of war all the same.

This story is fascinating. Everythng related to the Middle East is clearly politically charged at present, but nonetheless, there is somethng in this story which speaks to modern journalistic practice, standards in political life generally, and the risks to genuine information in a modern electronic world.
The Reuters Photo Scandal
(August 2006)

This article also hits a nerve -
"As a supporter of the peace movement in the 1980s, I could never have imagined that many of the same crowd I hung out with then would today be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with militantly anti-feminist Islamic fundamentalist groups, whose views on women make western patriarchy look like a Greenham peace picnic. "
(15 August 2006)
...article from the Right Wing website Frontpage, not my usual reading matter at all
And one final fascinating urban myth about the speech we might
wish our politicians to make, but they so rarely do.
This is a good story - but it's also a good speech, regardless
of its real origins.
(31 July 2006)

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