Friday, November 30, 2001
It's got so many links that you could spend all day on it. Nonetheless, it's well laid out, not too confusing, and pretty useful. Has a link to one of my favorite columnists, Molly Ivins among the many listed on the lower right side of the page.. If you don't know her writing you're in for a treat. The best Texas has to offer... she's been covering Dubya for years. In fact, I think she's the one who started referring to him as Dubya...either that or Shrub.
Well worth visiting. One of my favorite sites. It's part of my daily newspaper equivalent.
If you only have time for one site - make it this one.
The Nation has put together a collection of links to its own articles and reports as well as to others'. There are not a lot of links to outside resources but the ones that are listed are excellent. There are resources on activism, resources on the media, resources on Islam.
Thursday, November 29, 2001
This collection of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act is archived at George Washington University. It's as solid a source as you'll find anywhere. Much of the stuff that doesn't appear in the press can be found here. THE place to go if you want to know what's behind the stories in the press and in the broadcast media.Pretty scary!!
Take a look at The September 11th Sourcebooks, essential background material on "terrorism," Afghanistan, etc.
An excerpt from that page...
The ArchiveÕs mission is to put on the record the primary source documentation that can enrich the policy debate, improve journalism, educate policymakers, and ensure that we donÕt reinvent the wheel or repeat the mistakes of the past.Not related to the current war but of historical interest on the issue of The United States' approach to invading other countries is this extraordinary document which describes a proposal made during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. A recent report on that story is William Pitt's The Man Behind the Curtain. It reports on "Operation Northwoods." It gives paranoia a good name!
To these ends, we have published a series of volumes called "The September 11th Sourcebooks." We have cast a wide net, because the policy debate itself is also ranging widely, from deployment options abroad to wiretap surveillance at home.
Another link that's slightly off topic. Essentially a huge list of links. Arranged by category it can be a useful starting point when you are trying to find something.
Common Dreams' Readers Choice: Essays on September 11
This link takes you to a page on which The Nation lists its most commonly forwarded essays each month. The name of each essay is a live link that takes you to the essay itself. Here you'll find links to the two outstanding essays of Arundhati Roy:The Algebra of Infinite Justice and Brutality Smeared in Peanutbutter. Robert Fiske of The Independent is here as is myl longtime favorite, Molly Ivins. Others include Barbara Kingsolver and Rep. Barbara Lee, the only person in the House of Representatives to oppose a granting virtually unlimited and unsupervised military authority to Bush.
Not directly related to the topic of the blog but too interesting to leave out. They say of themelves:
Oneworld.net is an internet community of over 1,000 organisations leading the way for human rights and sustainable development worldwide. You can use these pages to search or browse through our partners' sites by country, type of organisation or field of interest. You can also browse the partner list alphabetically.
The online component of Z Magazine. Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Howard Zinn (among many others) can often be found here.
(from their opening page)
The Alternative Press Center (APC) is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing access to and increasing public awareness of the alternative press. Founded in 1969, it remains one of the oldest self-sustaining alternative media institutions in the United States. For more than a quarter of a century, the Alternative Press Index has been recognized as a leading guide to the alternative press in the United States and around the world.
Another site with reports from many sources.
The strong point of this site is its colorful and slightly excited, almost tabloid, way of phrasing its headlines. Most headlines just sit there introducing the story. BuzzFlash's headlines are designed to excite the reader. At times I find it a bit much but there's no other site/publication that I visit specifically just to read the headlines. Whoever writes them is good!.BuzzFlash is usually one of the first places to see that some small story might be more important than it looks. I still tend to spend more time at CommonDreams but I make it a point to visit BuzzFlash several times a week as well.
Their mission statement begins:
MediaChannel.org is a nonprofit, public interest Web site dedicated to global media issues. MediaChannel offers news, reports and commentary from our international network of media-issues organizations and publications, as well as original features from contributors and staff. Resources include thematic special reports, action toolkits, forums for discussion, an indexed directory of hundreds of affiliated groups and a search engine constituting the single largest online media-issues database.
This link takes you to the daily page of the Guardian. It's a good news source AND people such as Arundhati Roy and Robert Fiske publish here.
As they said when they opened shop in 1865
The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred.
What else is new?
Editiorial cartoons from around the world. North America gets the lion's share, of course, but everyone is represented. There's a huge amount of material here. Although the site is visually busy (it is a collection of cartoons after all) there are good navigation tools and it's easy to get around. Don't miss the section of Cartoons you might not like.
A small but well selected representation of what's in the world press. They say,
What you will see on this website, are the voices of press and of people from all over the world. These will include the voices of:Note the link on the left hand side of the page.It takes you to a page with links to news sources in over 100 countries.
* the other empires
* religiously based societies
* politically unaligned countries
* all those other countries in Europe
* the too poor to matter
* the too tiny to be noticed
* the deeply disenfranchised
There will be facts, of course - facts that are simply omitted from the mainstream media's coverage of events. Facts that may surprise you.
From their site...
As a nationwide consortium of policy researchers, the Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public discourse by gaining media access for those whose perspectives are commonly drowned out by corporate-backed think tanks and other influential institutions. With systematic outreach to mass media, the Institute promotes the inclusion of outlooks that usually get short shrift. The Institute's news releases provide well-documented analysis that is pegged on fast-breaking events while focusing on fundamental issues.