All posts by Jason Soares

ACTION ALERT: A Changed President– or a New Repression?

President Bush’s June 14 commencement address at Ohio State University was a sign of a “revived” presidency, according to Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank. “Bush basked in the adulation of 55,000 people who treated him to waves of standing ovations in Ohio Stadium as he received an honorary doctorate,” according to the paper (6/15/02). “If there was a protest in the stadium, it was not visible to reporters.”
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Setting online works free doesn’t please everyone

In the swirling debate over digital rights and intellectual property, Bram Cohen ran into a surprising discovery as he developed a new software program in the past year: It’s an uphill battle to convince people that individuals can make their work freely available over the Internet, available for folks to use however they want without any obligations.

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Corporate Media Defaults on 9-11 By Peter Phillips

Corporate media are ignoring many important questions related to 9-11 and have defaulted on their First Amendment obligation to keep the American electorate informed on key societal issues. Corporate news star Dan Rather in a recent interview with Matthew Engel for The Guardian admitted that the surge of patriotism after 9-11 resulted in journalists failing to ask the tough questions. Rather stated, “It starts with a feeling of patriotism within oneself. I know the right question, but you know what? This is not exactly the right time to ask it.”
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A New Direction for Intellectual Property

Perceiving an overly zealous culture of copyright protection, a group of law and technology scholars are setting up Creative Commons, a nonprofit company that will develop ways for artists, writers and others to easily designate their work as freely shareable.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: What Happened in Jenin?

As violence continues in Israel and Palestine, so does debate over what exactly happened during Israel’s invasion of the Jenin refugee camp. Israel barred journalists and aid workers alike from the camp during the invasions, but as access restrictions have eased, human rights groups have issued graphic reports detailing evidence of human rights violations by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and possible war crimes.
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ACTION ALERT: Newsweek Exposes Use of Child Soldiers Abroad, But Turns Blind Eye to U.S.

Newsweek’s May 13 issue features a story about the use of child soldiers and “how the international community can roll back the growing exploitation of children in war,” but does not mention the United States’ own recruitment of child soldiers, nor the U.S.’s obstruction of international efforts to curb the practice.
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SPECIAL INTEREST PUPPET MASTERS

The supreme power of goodness now shoulders enormous burdens. A system of total self serving government domination and power is now over running democracy throughout the world. The facts are incontestable that the spirit of obscurity is growing especially now that we have recently declared an undefined war on terrorism worldwide.
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When Here Sees There

An Arab intellectual named Abdel Monem Said recently surveyed the massive anti-Israel and anti-American protests by Egyptian students and said: ”They are galvanized by the images that they see on television. They want to be like the rock-throwers.” By now everyone knows that satellite TV has helped deepen divisions in the Middle East. But it’s worth remembering that it wasn’t supposed to be this way.
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Seeing Around Corners

The new science of artificial societies suggests that real ones are both more predictable and more surprising than we thought. Growing long-vanished civilizations and modern-day genocides on computers will probably never enable us to foresee the future in detail—but we might learn to anticipate the kinds of events that lie ahead, and where to look for interventions that might work
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Battle.net goes to war

Is an open-source version of Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service an illegal copyright violation, or just a good example of how the Internet works?
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