Mérida, July 5, 2008 (Courtesy, venezuelanalysis.com)-- At the 7th Conference of Information Ministers of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries held in Venezuela’s Margarita Island last week, more than 80 country delegations endorsed Venezuela’s proposal to create an alternative worldwide media network.
Several Indian newspapers fell victim to a hoax about the arrest of a supposed Nazi war criminal. Apart from the media’s alarming ignorance, the episode also reveals our fascination for unconfirmed news from ‘intelligence’ sources. Article, courtesy The Hindu.
If crime and real-life violence are easy ways of increasing the consumer base for news channels today, it is because the demand is there, with new viewers bringing in different expectations. Why this obsession with morbidity?- Sevanti Ninan writes in The Hindu
A new allegation is now being bandied in the pro-American press about the intentions behind the opposition to the nuclear deal. Prakash Karat makes a statement about remarks by a CPI(M) PB member on the nuclear deal. A short comment on the issue.
Saibal Bishnu and Chirashree Das Gupta argue that the attempts to build a 'coalition of the willing' by the opposition in West Bengal, despite its motley hues, is bound together by the common agenda of anti-communism.
Carlos Bastidas was only 23 years of age when he was assassinated by Fulgencio Batista’s secret police after having visited Fidel Castro’s forces in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Edmundo Bastidas, Carlos’ brother, told about how a river of changed flowed from the Maestra (teacher) mountains, symbolized by his brother’s efforts to help secure a new future for Cuba.
The celebration in Havana was held in honor of World Press Freedom Day, which is observed every year in May. World Press Freedom day was proclaimed by the UN in 1993 to honor journalists who have lost their lives reporting the news, and to defend media freedom worldwide.
How U.S. funding of the world press corps may be buying influence.
This is a recurring theme of right-wing commentary. Typically, great compassion is expressed for the population of a nation targeted for US-UK attack. As Western violence then wrecks havoc on that country, the pundit simply moves on to express similar compassion for the next target. Trails of right-wing tears track across the globe closely followed by JDAMs, cluster bombs, and blood.
As someone who has been taking up the questions of rights of education and that of children, I am inclined to answer in the negative. With the kind of investment that our governments have been making, the basic infrastructure for providing a decent basic education itself is conspicuous by its absence. In such a background, with the quality and quantity of teachers – the chances of thousands of Ishaans from our millions of vulnerable and backward households having access to teachers like Ram Shankar and infrastructure that he got – are one in a million.
If six years back the poor from the barrios of Caracas proved that 'Revolutions cannot be televised' does not mean it equally holds good for disinformation of 'counter-revolutions'. What else is the purpose of increasingly corporatised media the world over?