Thanks to my rhetoric professor from last semester, Sean McCarthy, for inspiring this project. This multimedia map aims to demonstrate the truly international and unprecedented scope of protest against the Chinese government’s repression of Tibetans this year, from an uprising that erupted inside Tibet last spring through the summer’s Olympic games. I’ll be posting a few more interviews and pieces from last semester over the next few days.
Black Agenda Report’s Bruce Dixon says the message of FCC Commission Deborah Taylor Tate at a sham “town hall meeting” in Atlanta was “Shut up, get yourself a converter box [for the transition form analog to digital to television], and watch TV.”
My friend Gavin Dahl at Boise Community Radio just premiered his soon-to-be-syndicated radio show Digital Crossroads. In this episode Gavin reports from Austin on a National Association of Broadcaster’s annual conference, which happened to share the city convention center with evacuees from Hurricane Ike a few weeks ago. Great stuff, check it out.
From the activist tech infrastructure builders at Riseup.net: “Today, October 11th, marks a global day of action against Data Retention. We wish to show our solidarity and support those who are being forced by the by the E.U. Directive 2006/24/EC to participate in pre-emptive surveillance of communications infrastructure… We wish to voice our dissent of this attack on privacy and demonstrate our strong support and solidarity for those who fight against this apalling turn of events.”
Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Journalists routinely include this statistic in their reports on Haiti, which in recent months have focused on hurricane-triggered flooding and protests over skyrocketing food prices (seen above). But why is resource-rich Haiti, the second-oldest democracy in the hemisphere and just 800 miles off the coast of Florida, so poor? The U.S. media have failed miserably to explain the reasons for Haiti’s poverty in their reporting.
Dan Beeton, International Communications Coordinator at the Center for Economic Policy Research, talked to a number of journalists about Haiti and identified the under- and mis-reported stories in a piece for NACLA.org. In an interview for my radio program, Dan and I discussed how U.S. foreign policy has usually blocked Haiti’s progress against corruption and poverty – and how the media have missed the story time and time again. Listen to the interview below or download it.