Dear Mr. Keller, Jimmy Wales is Not Naive
Dear Bill Keller, I wrote this response to your Op-Ed piece in the New York Times this morning, but your comments column rejected it because it was not shorter than 1500 characters. I didn’t want to trim it down to a meaningless response, so I’m posting it here. Please drop
Who is Sheldon Adelson?
Last night, Bin Quick put up a post that speculated that maybe the unlimited funding from the Citizens United decision had the potential to shake up the system and that could somehow be a silver lining. I traded a few be careful what you wish for’s with Bin Quick, or
The three deadliest words
A friend sent this to me. Please watch. Between 1980 and 1990, 889,000 female infants went missing in Shanghai province. In recent years, the imbalance of births in the northern provinces in India has reached record proportions. This is a trailer to a movie, the site for more information is
The Real Cost of Material Support
It’s not my intention to become a fixture here. I find myself writing my second column in twenty four hours, please don’t not read my first. The good people of the Philippines do need you to find them. But there is another issue that burns and needs your attention. It
Got time to turn your eyes outward, please?
This is a short post, to ask people to turn their attention to the Philippines, where what has been described by some as an onland tsunami hit on December 17, when Typhoon Washi (local name for the disaster is Sendong) unleashed flash floods that brought down rivers of mud and
Something I Have to Post
Today, Glenn Greenwald has an update containing the following: On a related note, Mother Jones‘ Adam Serwer looks at a conviction today to document a very ominous trend, one I’ve written about several times: the way the DOJ and courts are jointly converting pure free speech into the crime of
A Message of Peace From A Woman Who Lives in a Tent at a Protest
The Nobel Prize Lecture of Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman. Very much worth the read.
Somalia — Please try to help
Yesterday, the New York Times put the Somalia famine on its front page, with a poster child — a likely dying child at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. The article was as poignant as the picture, and, according to a piece at Salon for which Bill Keller was questioned, was fully
An Old Fashioned Idea — A Truce
The famine that has been declared in Somalia is part of a larger crisis in five countries in the Horn of Africa, comprising Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, and Kenya. All told, there are currently 10.3 Million people in need of humanitarian assistance, with that number expected to go to 12
World Refugee Day this Week the Think Africa Press Special
I already wrote my World Refugee Day 2011 post for the week, the day before the official World Refugee Day, yesterday. But as I mentioned in that post, there are events going on in different places all during the week, so the day is really this week. And besides, due