Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The rise of the BRICs

The BBC introduces us to the four nations it thinks will be kicking our economic asses by mid-century. A four-part series on the BRICs: Brazil, Russia, India and China. The global change in economic power (Sept. 19) 1. New players challenge world economic order (Sept. 23) 2. Boom times await new players (Oct. 4) 3. New muscles in […]

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U.S. publishes 'al Qaeda' letter

Word leaked out last week that the U.S. had come into possession of a letter from Ayman al-Zawahiri, ostensibly to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Now John Negroponte, the U.S.'s director of national intelligence, has it posted on his website; here's a link to the english translation (.pdf file). Update: The Guardian wrote extensively on this 'letter', but the […]

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'New Orleans: Leaving the poor behind again'

Law professor Bill Quigley rants about about how the poor of New Orleans are getting screwed again in the aftermath of Katrina. An excerpt (from Common Dreams via Truthout): They are doing it again! My wife and I spent five days and four nights in a hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. We saw […]

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'Bush Beat' rips NYT over Miller's continued silence

Ward Harkavy at the Village Voice's Bush Beat blog took a shot at the NYT's Judith Miller (OK, the Voice kicking the NYT's ass is a bit reflexive, but this post raises some interesting questions). An excerpt from the Oct. 11 post: … We're still waiting for the Iraq debacle's most infamous reporter to get out […]

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'Selling' forgotten emergencies

I just posted about a report that was critical of aid agencies' responses to the tsunami disaster. And within that report is a section on 'selling' forgotten disasters to the news media. Here's the highlight reel: Tricks of the trade: how to 'sell’ forgotten emergencies According to analysis of 200 English-language newspapers worldwide, the tsunami […]

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Aid agencies protest about tsunami aid report

Last week, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued a report critical of international aid efforts in response to the tsunami. The response was part World Disasters Report 2005 (here's the news release; here's the BBC story, headlined 'Tsunami response chaotic'). Here's an excerpt from the BBC story: The Red Cross has […]

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A donor's question

I was just going to make a donation to the Red Cross. They have a splashy banner for people who want to help out with the Kashmir earthquake, but on the actual donation page, you can't direct funds to the part of Central America devastated by Tropical Storm Stan. The death toll there is currently 652, but […]

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