Aug 04 2015

To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh

LA Times: Skid Row Shooting

Captured on cellphone video, the incident received attention because we are living in a moment when many people have decided that the state-sanctioned killing of black people by law enforcement is worth our attention—and that’s very uncomfortable for those who want to believe that every police killing must be in some way justified, if we could only see how.

Aug 04 2015

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

NSA headquarters

The New York Times notes that the US has its own “intelligence operations inside China”—but pretends these are purely defensive, referring to “the placement of thousands of implants in Chinese computer networks to warn of impending attacks.”

Aug 03 2015

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee

War-hawk politicians have no problem wielding racism and bigotry when it is in their political interest. And because they are not held responsible for their extreme rhetoric, they have every incentive to keep employing it.

Aug 03 2015

‘Puerto Rico Is an Artificial Economy’

CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican debt crisis

Ed Morales

“Economically, Puerto Rico is almost like a wholly owned subsidiary of the US economy, and various laws inhibit it from making decisions to develop their own economy.”

Aug 02 2015

At NY Observer, Trump’s Too Close to Cover–but Promoting Publisher’s Real Estate Is No Problem

NYPD surveillance tower in Tompins Square (photo: @urbanmyths)

The weekly New York Observer grapples with the ethical dilemma posed by the fact that its owner and publisher is married to the daughter of Donald Trump. But the paper does not seem to have much concern about conflict of interest when it comes to the publisher’s real estate investments.

Jul 31 2015

Ed Morales on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, Beth Haller on Disability Rights

Protesting government shutdown in Puerto Rico

The debt crisis has already meant closing schools, losing jobs and shutting off healthcare options, so what does it mean that on the mainland, what’s happening in Puerto Rico is just a business story?

Jul 29 2015

For NYT, US Labor Abuses Abroad Are a Thing of Decades Past

Chinese investment graphic

A New York Times piece bizarrely implies that labor abuses by US companies or their contractors are a thing of the past.

Jul 28 2015

Media Activism Wins

Girl using megaphone

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