December 31, 2007 Pakistan’s
Britain’s Channel 4 News' new video of the attack on
Benazir Bhutto, described as “apparently contradicting
the official version of events — which insists that Benazir Bhutto was
not shot.” The Channel 4 report, by correspondent Jonathan Rugman,
argues forcefully that Ms. Bhutto was shot by an assassin, who is clearly
in the new video, moments before a suicide bomber detonated an explosive
device beside the vehicle she was standing in.
December 24, 2007 Ron Paul: Evolution Not Appropriate
"Well, first I thought it was a very inappropriate question for the presidency
to be decided upon a scientific matter. And uh, I uh, I think it’s
a theory. The theory of evolution. And I don’t accept it as a theory.
[snip] The creator that I know created us, each and every one of us and
created the universe, and the precise time and manner and uh, you know,
I just don’t think we’re at the point where anybody has absolute
proof on either side."
December 21, 2007 Children in Jail
The United States government holds some 500 immigrant children and their
families in a converted prison in central Texas. These children are from
all over the world, are not accused of any crime, and in many cases came
to our country fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries
and seeking asylum in the United States. “Children in Jail”,
a documentary short film, tells the stories of some of these children and
explores how the United States government
to imprison children as a strategy for discouraging undocumented immigration.
December 20, 2007 Ground Hounds: From Evacuation to Eviction
Teresa Marshall shows us the devastation created by the neo-liberal agenda,
in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Featuring analysis by author Naomi
Klein "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" and
returning New Orleans residents.
December 19, 2007 Millions Descend On Mecca For The Start Of Haj
Up to two million Muslims are descending on Mecca for the start of the
annual Haj pilgrimage. The five day event, which gets underway today, is
a security headache for hosts Saudi Arabia, especially, in the light of
current world events, as both Shia and Sunni Muslims attend. But that doesn't
deter pilgrims from all over the world from making the trip. "Islam
is a religion of peace," said one pilgrim. "Even
if we go to war we respect old people, and trees, and women and children.
This is one of the most important Muslim rites. Those arriving early will
a mat in the mosque by the Kabaa stone. Others will have to pray on
the street or in shopping malls. The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
is attending this year.
December 18, 2007 Silent Debate: Clinton vs. Romney
Everybody thinks they’ve heard the
Presidential candidates say nothing in the debates. But now, for the first
time ever, a debate in which
the point is to present them saying nothing. Literally.
December 17, 2007 Gus Visser and His Singing Duck
Gus Visser, vaudevillian extraordinaire, performs “Ma,
He’s Making Eyes At Me” while gently squeezing the scrotum of
a mallard to provide the plaintive, squawking “Ma!” This clip
was made by Theodore Case in 1925 as a proof-of-concept for the sound-on-film
process he was
shopping around an all silent Hollywood — a process that would eventually
lead to the birth of the talkie in 1929’s The Jazz Singer. Gus Visser
And His Singing Duck was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2002
by the Library of Congress as a film of note deserving of cultural
14, 2007 Is Junk Media Making
Big isn't always bad – unless you're talking about the companies that
dominate our country's media. A handful of companies control most of what
we see, hear and read every day. They own our TV stations, radio stations,
newspapers, magazines, cable
channels, movie studios, music labels – even our favorite Internet
sites. Unchecked consolidation means that Big Media are getting even bigger,
giving these firms more control over our news and information. Bottom line?
Media are bad news – for all of us. Take a stand for better media
at Stop Big Media.
December 10, 2007 WITNESS Introduces The Hub for Human Rights Media WITNESS is pleased to announce: The
Hub, a participatory media website for anyone, anywhere in the world to
upload, view, share discuss
and take action on human-rights related media. Part curated, part grassroots-driven
the Hub will bring under-reported and urgent human rights issues to a broad
audience to inspire and catalyze action.
December 7, 2007 Kucinich on Kucinich Health Plan
Mitigating an exposure problem at the December 1st Brown & Black Forum,
Kucinich directs a question to himself. How can you not like this guy and
December 5, 2007 Line Up
For optimal playback, turn up the volume. This is the video from the postcard
series Line Up. It was projected at the Kitchen in New York as part of
the Imagine Festival in September 2004
coinciding with the Republican Convention at Madison Square Garden. Since
the U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, then the mug shot
is the major form of portraiture in our country today. The artists
decided to portray the President and his cabinet as mug shots. They hold
slates with the date and location when they betrayed the public's trust.