Attack of the attack ads: Citizens United and the 2012 elections
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:56
In 2012, two tidal waves will reconfigure the American electoral system and the news media that cover it. A tsunami made of money will buoy up the structure of entrenched political power, while a huge wave of personal technology will disrupt it.
Sep. 27 (GIN) – With the death this week of celebrated Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai from ovarian cancer, the country’s dismal record on cancer care stands out in harsh relief.
Despite rising numbers of cancer cases over the past 10 years, the country has no program or budget line for addressing the disease, according to a policy brief prepared this year. New cures and other improvements in the developed world are “yet to be realized” in Kenya, wrote Dr. Alice Musibi, medical oncology research officer of Kenya’s famed medical research institute KEMRI in a report.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:01
New America Media, Damion Packwood
Synopsis: With studies showing blacks and Hispanics accounting for a majority of gamers, why do video game characters and story lines lack diversity?
The pixilated elephant in the room of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry: African Americans and Hispanics play and purchase video games more than any other ethnic group in the U.S., yet the overwhelming majority of characters in games are young white males.
Evidence of British & Pakistani complicity on 9/11
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:33
New America Media, Commentary, Behrouz Saba
In the hours immediately after the 9/11 attacks, before so many theories muddied the airwaves, there was the clear sense that the scale of the operation would have had to involve at least one foreign sovereign state.
By mid-afternoon, then-CIA chief George Tenet laid the blame squarely on Al Qaeda. Mohamed Atta and 18 other hijackers were identified within 72 hours.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Ceremonial Dedication rescheduled
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:27
The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation's leadership announced the ceremonial dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will be held on Sunday, October 16.The Dedication program will begin at 9am in West Potomac Park. President Barack Obama, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, members of the King Family, and civil rights leaders are expected to participate. The Dedication, originally planned for August 28, the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.
Ten years after 9/11: Korean families still hurting
Thursday, 22 September 2011 11:31
New America Media, Aruna Lee
"Ten years is an epoch, but our hearts remain as black as charcoal," a teary-eyed Sung-soon Kang said as she recalled the tragic events of 9/11 and the death of her only son. The 70-year-old and her husband, Pil-soon, 73, added that September is a particularly difficult month for them.
Jun-koo Kang had a fever on Sept. 11, 2001, his mother told the Korean-language Korea Daily in New York, which profiled the pair as part of the paper's reporting on the upcoming 10-year anniversary of 9/11. "But he went to work anyway, because of his strong work ethic. I wish I could have stopped him."
Cordie Aziz is a former congressional staffer who moved to Ghana after losing her job in January 2011. Follow her daily adventures at goneiighana.blogspot.com
One of the most frequent questions I got as a kid was, were there lions roaming the streets in Sierra Leone, where my father came from. Although at that time, I had never been to Sierra Leone or Africa, in particular, I knew that it was not true. After all, the only stories my father ever shared with me involved white sandy beaches, cliffs you could jump into the water from and the lush green hills that he played in. As I grew older though, I realized that many of my African- American counterparts subscribed to the fact that Africa was some wild, indigenous place where naked warriors lived. I am sure this was an idea inadvertently passed down from the generations before, but nonetheless, I always found it odd that people thought that.
As back-to-school time, autumn has long been a time of transition – and of learning. This fall FairVote Minnesota is partnering with the city of St. Paul to educate voters about the city’s upcoming switch to Ranked Voting (or Ranked Choice Voting). Voters approved the change in 2009 and will begin using RV for municipal elections this November.
Thursday, 15 September 2011 15:53
New America Media, Rong Xiaoqing
When I called Steven Wong last week for a story I was preparing for Sing Tao's special edition of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, I was hoping to find something that could reflect the strides of life.
Wong, a hotel bartender who used to work in the Marriott World Trade Center before the attacks now works for the Ritz Carlton. He started an organization called the Chinese Hotel Workers Association in 2007 to cater to the needs of the rapidly increasing Chinese new immigrants working in the hotel industry.