Sad tragedy developing right now in Oklahoma as Tornado rips through communities and causes death and destruction.
“A giant tornado, a mile wide or more, killed at least 51 people as it tore across parts of …”
May 16, 2013 • 2:20 am 0
Imagine that you live in a bubble and there is only one radio in that bubble which filters all the news and distributes it in the bubble via many mediums and makes it look and sound like many truths–necessary untruths. Rolling Stone magazine has a very interesting take on the recent media frenzy over American raised terror.
As far back as the times of Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane (Timur), ruthless conquerors have struck fear in the hearts of their conquest targets and their progeny. Much of what passes for news analysis these days is well anointed by ideological and psychological overtones that not be grounded in fact or circumstance. The Policy ThinkShop team invites you to visit the following link to explore a sobering argument addressing recent media handling of the Boston Marathon tragedy and the reasons behind the bombing perpetrators …
May 15, 2013 • 3:52 am 0
European hegemony may no longer be sustainable. The European economic community is being held together by a fragile piece of paper called the Euro. Aside from the currency, which a Pew Foundation survey reports is still favored by most European countries, there is little else Europeans agree about or even like about each other. Perhaps the onslaught of diversity perceived by growing right wing groups is the only glue left to hold Europeans together. The current economic crisis has seen much conflict and scapegoating regarding immigrants from mostly the African continent; but now Europeans seem to be turning against one another.
“The European Union is the new sick man of Europe. The effort over the past half century to create a more united Europe is now the principal casualty of the euro crisis. The European project now stands in disrepute across much of Europe.
Support for European economic integration – the 1957 raison d’etre for creating the European Economic Community, the European Union’s predecessor – is down over last year in five of the eight European Union countries surveyed by the Pew Research Center in 2013. Positive views of the European Union are at or near their low point in most EU nations, even among the young, the hope for the EU’s future. The favorability of the EU has fallen from a median of 60% in 2012 to 45% in 2013. And only in Germany does at least half the public back giving more power to Brussels to deal with the current economic crisis.
The sick man label – attributed originally to Russian Czar Nicholas I in his description of the Ottoman Empire in the mid-19th century – has more recently been applied at different times over the past decade and a half to Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece and France. But this fascination with the crisis country of the moment has masked a broader phenomenon: the erosion of Europeans’ faith in the animating principles that have driven so much of what they have accomplished internally.”
April 19, 2013 • 6:39 am 0
Looking for evil in all the wrong places…
The media repeatedly expected them to be “dark Middle Eastern.” The Boston Bombers and the poisoned letter sender are not only “home grown” they all appear to be “home boys!”
“The Mississippi man charged with threatening the lives of President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge by mailing them poison-laced letters had grandiose ambitions as an Elvis impersonator, believed that government drones were ….”
April 19, 2013 • 4:55 am 0
No one ever talks about it. It is taboo. Or perhaps, it is not important in our mostly Western European culture.
As we have developed a culture of fear, xenophobia, and antipathy towards foreigners, we have begun to kill our American Dream. We dislike people who look poorly dressed, “dark,” or otherwise not like “us.” We forget, or perhaps our history books don’t explain and our grandparents did not share, that most people who came through Elis Island came here with few belongings, lived in very modest quarters and felt as isolated and alienated as today’s monolingual and “lost in America” recent immigrant population.
Mexicans, Haitians, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Puerto Ricans, many, many, groups are portrayed as “less than American” and continue to be seen as different from the mainstream ideal. An ideal that may now be shattered after the savages who attacked innocent people in Boston. The facts are developing at this time. But the monsters in the two FBI photos are nothing like the “dark guy” ridiculously and irresponsibly described by CNN’s John King with Wolf Blitzer supporting.
“I want to be very careful about this, because people get very sensitive when you say these things,” King said Wednesday. “I was told by one of these sources who is a law enforcement official that this is a dark-skinned male.”
America is now more diverse than ever. It’s mainstream leadership is woefully out of touch with the silent growing segment of the population that is destined to inherit our tomorrow.
The Boston Globe reported a story that confirms the damage mainstream media does to our fabric when they echo the fears and phobias suffered by less educated Americans… By less educated we don’t mean did not go to College–we mean people who were raised and educated by parents and schools that failed. Some of these people have high degrees and are millionaires who lead our nightly broadcasts…
“Every day, Heba Abolaban of Malden checks on her family in war-strafed Syria, where water, bread and electricity are in short supply. She was far more worried about them than about herself on Wednesday morning when she put her baby daughter in a stroller and headed into the sunshine to a play group with a friend.But as they strolled down Commercial Street, an angry-faced man charged toward the petite woman, his hand balled into a fist. He punched her hard in the shoulder and screamed curses inches from her face. Then he pointed at her and …”
February 8, 2013 • 6:12 am 0
India’s troubles continue beyond its economic slump into its social fabric. The immense country is home to a huge portion of the world children and it’s laws do not seem up to the task of nurturing and protecting them. India is a society of hierarchy and class leaving many poor children at the mercy of those with privilege and power…
“Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released…”
November 3, 2012 • 4:41 pm 0
WASHINGTON — As long lines persisted at gas stations in the New York metropolitan area, federal authorities moved on Friday to restore supplies, instructing the Defense Department to send 24 million gallons of fuel to the region and lifting restrictions on deliveries by …