Posts Tagged ‘media’


Historical amnesia and Gaza

January 7, 2009

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Phyllis Bennis: Where you decide to start the clock determines how you define the crisis 


Sex Work Goes Mainstream on Reality TV

January 2, 2009

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Prostitutes, strippers and porn stars are now as ubiquitous on cable as cops are on network TV. Is that good or bad for sex workers?

Just 10 years ago, if you saw a real-life working girl on TV, chances are Bill Kurtis was filming her with a hidden camera. But now, in the era of reality TV, the cameras — and the hookers — are out of hiding.

‘Make Sure One of Them’s a Stripper’

Prostitutes, strippers and porn stars are to cable what doctors, lawyers and cops are to network TV. It’s a phenomenon that started with a little sideshow called “The Real World” way back in 1992. The premise was simple: Take seven people from diverse backgrounds, lock ’em up and watch ’em melt down. During casting, the producers, Van Nuys-based Bunim/Murray Productions, reportedly had only one requirement: “Make sure one of them’s a stripper.” The result? The longest-running series in MTV history.

Sure, the show’s exploitive, with the participants getting drunk, nasty and generally humiliating themselves, but the exploitation works both ways. Just last season, exotic dancer Brianna Taylor parlayed her appearance into a lucrative recording career. She’s one of many to emerge from the mosh pit of reality TV as a legit actor, model, writer or even Playmate. Read the rest of this entry ?


Everybody’s Kitchen in the Bayou

December 28, 2008

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Everybody’s Kitchen, a group of volunteer chefs who retrofitted an old school bus into a self-sustained, solar-powered kitchen that they use to travel the country feeding the homeless and providing disaster-relief meals.


Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2008

December 19, 2008

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Now in their seventeenth year, the P.U.-litzer Prizes recognize some of the nation’s stinkiest media performances. As the judges for these annual awards, we do our best to identify the most deserving recipients of this unwelcome plaudit.


And now, the P.U.-litzers Prizes for 2008:

This award sparked fierce competition, but the cinch came on the day Obama swept the Potomac Primary in February — when Chris Matthews spoke of “the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”
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Obama, Iran and control of the Middle East

December 18, 2008

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Report: Munk Debate on Humanitarian Intervention

December 12, 2008

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Toronto, Canada – Christiane Amanpour’s
 CNN special tonight Scream Bloody Murder on genocide was quite timely after this week’s Munk Debate on Humanitarian Intervention.  Both events hinged on the question of whether the international community has an obligation to intervene in situations of genocide and other man-made crises when a country is unable to protect  itself.  The most immediate example that comes to mind is that of Rwanda in the early 1990s. For one hundred days in 1994, a bloody genocide perpetrated by Hutu extremistsresulted in the deaths of 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates in Rwanda.  Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda, provided the United Nations with ample evidence that this massacre was coming, yet the UN refused to send him the troops and resources he requested. Weeks before the killing began Dallaire had been tipped off by a Hutu informant that weapons caches were hidden all around the capital city of Kigali and that the names of Tutsis were being compiled into lists in preparation for the slaughter.  All this information was presented to the United Nations numerous times, but to no avail.   Today we can look back and ask ourselves, if Dallaire had been given the 4500 troops he asked for, would the situation have been different?  How many lives would have been saved?  Is it safe to say that the international community, specifically the United Nations, failed General Dalliare, and most importantly, the people of Rwanda?  Asked tonight by Amanpour if he thinks he did enough to stop the genocide, he regretfully says no, he could have done more. 

In 1948, The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide  was passed by the United Nations, requiring nations to act to stop genocide.    The word genocide, which literally means race/group killing, was coined by Raphael Lemkin in 1944, a man who had lost 40 members of his family in the most horrific genocide the world has ever seen, the Holocaust.  Lemkin was instrumental in creating  The Convention on Genocide and hoped it would stop future massacres. Yet since the law officially came into effect in January 1951, we have witnessed the killing of millions of people around the world as a result of genocide.  (WITH VIDEO BELOW THE BREAK)
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Pakistan under pressure

December 10, 2008

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Saeed Shah investigates origin of Ajmal Amir Qasab; only gunman caught in Mumbai attacks