Updated: Nov. 16, 2009
Thanks to Cliff for sending the video to DS.
Sent to DS from Walter Brasch.
SPOKANE, Wash. (Spectrum Features Syndicate)
For Release Wednesday, October 24, 2009
A Washington State University journalism professor Wednesday (Oct. 28) filed a federal lawsuit against four administrators at his university who, he says, violated his First Amendment rights when they punished him for proposing a “7-Step Plan” to improve the quality of the unaccredited undergraduate mass communication programs in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
Tenured associate professor David K. Demers filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Spokane. The defendants are Erica Austin, former interim director and dean of the Murrow program; Warwick Bayly, interim provost and executive vice president; Erich Lear, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts; and Frances McSweeney, vice provost for faculty affairs.
National Security Letters, the Deceitful Media & the Convergence of Interests
This week we interviewed Mike Klein, the AT&T whistleblower; the interview should be posted in 3 or 4 weeks. I know you’re going to find it interesting and enlightening. Speaking of AT&T, check out our contributor Ishmael’s informative interview with Jeff Farias here.
I have a few noteworthy tidbits below. Don’t pay attention to their publication dates, since the issues, these cases and reports, are ‘timeless’ in nature.
Another Police State Government Villains & an Irate Minority Fighter Story
As part of my US tour to promote my new documentary about Guantánamo, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed with filmmaker Polly Nash), I traveled on Sunday (after events in New York, discussed here) to Fairfax, Virginia, for a screening of the film at an event organized by the Future of Freedom Foundation, who sponsored my visit, along with The World Can’t Wait.
Before the screening, I introduced my work to the audience, and am delighted that the Future of Freedom Foundation has made it available as a 38-minute video entitled “An Evening with Andy Worthington” (see below, via Vimeo).
Inside the souls of wealthy men bleak famine lives
While minds of stature struggle trapped in starving bodies
This is a quotation by Orestes in Euripides’ play called Electra. I often wonder how much human progress was lost through the centuries by people trapped by dire poverty and debt, while the nobles, kings and hierarchy of the Catholic Church lived in luxurious splendor. I reme mber that Mozart had a rich patron and when that patron withdrew his support Mozart’s health suffered, although he still composed, until he died and was buried in a pauper’s grave. How many more brilliant minds went through life without rich patrons and their potential contribution to the human race was lost?
November 13, 2009
Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for free trade and investment liberalisation during his address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit in Singapore. The Chinese leader has also put forward a four-point proposal to boost economic growth and revive the world economy. Financial expert, Max Keiser says that China, who’s economy is dependent on dollar, wants [to] kick its addiction to international trade.
November 13, 2009
Talk by 27-year Veteran of the CIA Ray McGovern on “Why Accountability for Torture Is Crucial for Human Rights, Our Security and Our Souls” given November 12, 2009 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Talk sponsored by Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture http://www.wsrcat.org
By Paul Craig Roberts
November 13, 2009
It is conventional wisdom that it was the draft that ended the Vietnam war. According to this explanation, cowardly college students subject to the draft and their unpatriotic families, forced an end to the war. This is Karl Marx’s explanation. Material interests, not empty morality, are said to have brought the war to an end.
That fact that in those days the US still had an independent media of sorts that sometimes framed the war in moral terms is ignored. Are we sure, for example, that the film of the naked little girl running in terror down the road burning with napalm was ineffectual in arousing moral opposition to the war? Are we certain that it wasn’t an aroused moral conscience that brought about the end of the war but was college students’ fears for their lives and limbs?
If we ascribe ending the war to material interests, it makes ending the war look as unworthy as the war itself.