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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Yale Conference: "Journalism & the New Media Ecology", How US funds Taliban, Shah Who?

How the U.S. Funds the Taliban By Aram Roston - The U.S. government is funding the very forces its troops are fighting -- funds that add up to a huge amount of money for the Taliban.

Diplomacy: A monumental task for American Muslims - As a Muslim, I condemn the horrific tragedy that occurred at Fort Hood last Thursday. My heart goes out to the families of American service members who were killed and wounded in the shooting. I am afraid that this incident will disrupt the collective interests of all human beings due to a new wave of distrust and cynicism. Islam does not condone such killings. The Qur'an clearly states that deliberate killing of an innocent human being constitutes crimes against humanity.

What Obama Can Learn from Gorbachev By Robert Scheer - On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it's worthwhile to remember that ending a stupid, harmful war is the most admirable thing a great leader can do.

Yale Conference: "Journalism & the New Media Ecology" In The Kicker - Taking place at Yale today and tomorrow is a conference: "Journalism & the New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay the Messengers?" Participants include Paul Starr, Jay Rosen, Jeff Jarvis, C.W. Anderson, PEJ's Tom Rosentiel, Columbia's own Michael Schudson...and many other luminaries. You can follow the live-stream of the conference proceedings here, and the Twitter feed...

Shah Who? - The Obama administration just named a virtual unknown to head the U.S. Agency for International Development. Why -- and what does it mean?

It all began in Pakistan… Chandu Borde remembers being woken up on a cold night at Sialkot. The then Indian manager followed the sound that interrupted his sleep only to discover a bright-eyed teenager polishing his strokes in front of a mirror. Sachin Tendulkar was ...

Military strategy in Afghanistan: Tactical retreat? - BEARDED fighters gleefully picked through the ruins of an abandoned American base in Kamdesh, in the mountains of Nuristan in eastern Afghanistan. The fortified ramparts were deserted. The Taliban showed off arms left by the Americans, including ammunition belts for grenade launchers and Claymore mines. One leader declared: “We have defeated the US forces, with the help of God.” These scenes were part of a Taliban video released this week to the al-Jazeera television network.

Jamal Dajani: The Saudi-Iranian Neo Cold War - It's been four months since I described Yemen as a powder keg ready to explode. At the time the entire world was riveted to the...

Roomy Khan, Galleon Insider Trading Informant, Tipped Off Several Other Hedge Funds, Destroyed Evidence By The Huffington Post News Editors - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roomy Khan, one of several former traders cooperating with the prosecution of the biggest U.S. hedge fund insider trading case, told a judge she tipped several people at hedge funds with inside information on companies to make money from trades, according to a court document.

Nidal Malik Hasan Paralyzed? Defense Lawyer Says Ft. Hood Shooter Could Be Paralyzed From Waist Down By The Huffington Post News Editors - FORT HOOD, Texas — The Army psychiatrist accused in the fatal shootings at Fort Hood may be paralyzed from the waist down after being shot multiple times during the attack, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday.

Eliot Spitzer's Harvard Speech Calls On Wall Street To 'Tell The Truth' (VIDEO) By The Huffington Post News Editors - CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The head of an ethics program at Harvard University strongly defended the choice of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to deliver a lecture on integrity in the nation's financial markets.

Myths and falsehoods about health care reform, continued By M.W.
As Congress continues to debate health care reform legislation, Media Matters for America presents the latest in a series of reports identifying and debunking myths and falsehoods in the media's coverage of the issue.
MYTH 1: GOP victories in 2009 gubernatorial elections mean "ObamaCare" is dead
MYTH 2: Under House GOP bill, premiums would be $5,000 lower than under Dems' bill
MYTH 3: House bill explodes the deficit, doesn't cover its costs
MYTH 4: House bill outlaws selling of private insurance
MYTH 5: House bill ends tax credits for small businesses
MYTH 6: House bill creates "death panels"
MYTH 7: Stupak amendment to House bill would simply block federal funding of abortion
MYTH 8: Health care reform legislation will provide coverage to undocumented immigrants
MYTH 9: Public option would be financed by tax hike
MYTH 10: Public doesn't support public option
MYTH 11: Pelosi broke pledge to post health care bill online
MYTH 12: Democrats are to blame for excessively partisan health reform legislative process
MYTH 13: Health reform is unconstitutional
MYTH 14: Obama's handling of H1N1 undercuts health reform
MYTH 15: Prominent opponents of health reform are credible
MYTH 16: Health care reform will impose rationing
MYTH 17: Obama, Dems pushing "socialized medicine"


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