Art Ranger, along with her colleague Michael Sheridan, review “War is a Racket” by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler. This highly decorated war hero becomes dogged activist and tours the country giving speeches about how he was in effect, a bully for the corporations, then quit. Art Ranger and Sheridan share excerpts of the text as well as a piece of their minds. Sonic textures provided by our back up band, The Dirty Pens.
Issues and Analysis
ON THE MEDIA | Disrupting Journalism: How Platforms Have Upended the News, Columbia Journalism Review
After decades of shrinking revenues, and an increasing expectation among consumers that journalism should be free, the global media industry has reached a crisis point. As legacy news outlets shut down or lay off staff, misinformation and conspiracy theories run rampant, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Trust in our institutions of governance continues to decline, fueling an alarming rise in extremism and political violence across previously stable democracies. In the Global South, the impact of journalism’s decline has been even more striking, with the rise of a new generation of autocrats skilled in manipulating the online conversation to suit their consolidation of power.
ON THE MEDIA | Meet the Next Generation of Mexican Filmmakers, Global Press Journal
After the 1994 [Zapatista] uprising, a boom in documentary films focused on indigenous themes and communities — but the overwhelming majority, Sojob says, were made by people from outside the state. Her own interest in storytelling began when, using a camera that her father gave her, she recorded an ongoing land conflict between the people of Chenalhó and the neighboring town of Chalchihuitán. Unless there was some sort of testimony, she realized, no one would know what was happening, “that it was us, ourselves, who had to get out everything that was happening within, from our own context, from our community.”
ON MIGRATION, ON AFGHANITAN | Biden Admin Plan to Resurrect Asylum Ban Advances Trump Agenda – ACT NOW
President Biden’s administration has said it will introduce a new rule that would deny many from seeking asylum based on their manner of entry or transit through other countries. The asylum ban is a fundamental departure from how our life-saving asylum system should work and is reminiscent of moments in our nation’s history when we turned away refugees to their death.
ON THE MEDIA | A New Paradigm for Global Journalism: Press Freedom and Public Interest, The Tow Center
There is a need to expand the framework for press freedom defense to incorporate the notion of public interest. Linking press freedom and public interest allows for the protection of press freedom based not only on the individual right to free expression but also on the collective social benefit derived from independent journalism.
ON AFGHANISTAN, ON MIGRATION | ‘Nobody wants to come this way’, Reuters
Their journey starts with a humanitarian visa for Brazil: one of the few remaining exit routes for Afghans fleeing Taliban rule.
It ends – after a perilous trek overland through Latin America across at least 11 countries – with scaling the border wall and jumping onto U.S. soil.
ON AFGHANISTAN | Restrictions on Women Employees, Paralyzing NGO Work in Afghanistan – Khaama Press
Gen Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) earlier today Tweeted that Norway’s primer aid organization can’t continue its operations in Afghanistan without its female employees. [The Taliban recently banned women from working in Humanitarian aid.]
ON AFGHANISTAN | Taliban Education Minister Speaks on Altering Journalism Curriculum – Khaama Press
The administration is planning to significantly revise the journalism curriculum to prepare the young journalists to serve the country with honesty and good faith, not to propagate wrong things against a group, regime, or Islamic values.
ON AFGHANISTAN | Afghan Migrants Released from Pakistan Prison and Deported to Afghanistan – Khaama Press
The detainees spent two months in prison and were incarcerated by the Sindh police due to not having legal documents.
ON AFGHANISTAN | The Taliban Continue to Tighten Their Grip on Afghan Women and Girls – USIP
Since the Taliban’s August 2021 takeover of Afghanistan, they have ratcheted up restrictions on women and girls as the group consolidates power. These restrictions include limitations on employment, education, public interactions and other fundamental rights such as access to justice. These restrictions have only tightened over time with increasingly draconian enforcement — the latest being public floggings that harken back to the Taliban’s 1990s rule.
ON THE MEDIA | Local journalism steps up to the challenge of civic coverage – Neiman Lab
As journalists and local news organizations, we have recognized over the past few years that we have too often lost touch with the basic civic information needs of our communities. It is difficult for citizens to engage with either news media or government without the fundamental information they need to participate.
ON THE MEDIA | Rosa Park was not a little old lady who was tired that one day on the bus, it’s just so inaccurate – The Monitor
Rosa Parks was taking testimony from women who’d been raped … she would travel around the country doing that. It just really changes your take on her … Rosa Park was not a little old lady who was tired that one day on the bus, it’s just so inaccurate.