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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Media Watch World Mar 25: Global Warming, Bread Crisis In Egypt, Ex Muslim Starts Whining, Tibet, Uighurs, China and How to Count, from the RealNews..

How do archaeologists estimate the size of ancient population? It is in the end, after Amy Goodman on Global Warning and stories on Tibet, Uighur, China and more. If you have an interesting link forward it to baithak.

It's a sad day for America's media when the tragic milestone of 4,000 soldiers' deaths is reported and it appears that just two papers -- yes two -- place it across their front pages. After a search through today's front pages, I found that The Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Daily News in New York were the only papers to give their entire front pages to honoring the men and women killed in Iraq. The Los Angeles Times gave a top quarter of their front to a feature called "Stories Of The Fallen." If I've missed a paper that featured the deaths across it's entire front page then I welcome any corrections in the comment string of this post.
Did Only Two Papers Feature 4,000 Iraq Deaths Across Their Front Pages?

AMY GOODMAN: That last speaker was acclaimed Australian scientist and writer Tim Flannery. Well, today, Dr. James Hansen himself joins us in our firehouse studio. His story of how the Bush administration tried to silence his warnings on climate change is detailed in a new book. It's called Censoring Science: Inside the Political Attack on Dr. James Hansen and the Truth of Global Warming. It's written by author Mark Bowen. He joins us from a studio in Watertown, Massachusetts. What the Government Doesn't Want You To Know About Global Warming By Amy Goodman,

Egypt grows about half of the more than 14 million tons of wheat it consumes every year. It has also long been one of the top importers of U.S. wheat, using about $54 million of some $2 billion a year in U.S. aid to buy it searches for cheaper sellers on the world market, where prices have tripled in the last 10 months. The government also will add 15 million new names to the list of those receiving cheap rations of cooking oil, sugar and rice. That and other measures will increase the government's annual food subsidy costs by $3.1 billion to a total of $13.7 billion this year. Egypt tries to tackle deadly bread crisis

VATICAN CITY: A Muslim author and critic of Islamic fundamentalism who was baptised a Catholic by Pope Benedict said on Sunday Islam is “physiologically violent” and he is now in great danger because of his conversion. “I realise what I am going up against but I will confront my fate with my head high, with my back straight and the interior strength of one who is certain about his faith,” said Magdi Allam. Muslim baptised by Pope says his life is in danger. [What did he expect? Garlands from Taslima Nasreen or Aayan Hirsi Ali?]

In 1913, while China was in chaos, Tibet, backed by the British Empire, declared independence. War-torn China had no chance to reassert its claim to Tibet until the end of the civil war in May, 1950. Four months later, China’s People’s Army invaded Tibet and declared it `reunited’ to China. Many Tibetans, particularly the warlike Champa, resisted furiously. A year earlier, Chinese troops had invaded and crushed the independent, four-year old Muslim Republic of East Turkistan - today called Xinjiang - whose Turkic-Mongol Uighurs, long fought Chinese rule and Han Chinese immigration. The world laments for the Tibetan cause, but utterly ignores the unfashionable cause of Tibet’s northern neighbors, the Uighurs. After 2001, the Bush Administration even branded Muslim Uighur resistance movements `terrorists.’ Eric Margolis on Tibet

BEIJING: Far from heeding international calls for dialogue with the Dalai Lama, China has accused Tibet’s exiled god-king of colluding with Muslim terrorists to destabilise the country before the Olympic Games. State-run newspapers have issued prominent leading articles that are part of a campaign to portray the Dalai Lama as the mastermind of the deadly riots that have rippled through Tibet and ethnic Tibetan communities. Invitation to Uighurs to Join?

Boundary agreements in 1895 and 1907 gave Russia the Pamir mountains and established the Wakhan Corridor - the slender eastern tongue of Afghanistan that borders China - as a buffer to Britain. But rather than cede East Turkestan (Uighurstan) to the Russians, the British financed China's recapture of the territory, which it organised into Xinjiang (which means "New Dominions"). While West Turkestan was splintered into the hermetic Soviet Stans, China reasserted its traditional dominance over Xinjiang and Tibet, today its largest - and least stable - provinces. (Beijing has now accused the Dalai Lama of colluding with Muslim Uighur separatists in Xinjiang.) But without them, the country would be like America without all territory west of the Rockies: denied its continental majesty and status. Just like America, China is building a multi-ethnic empire in the west - Parag Khanna

Archaeologists in eastern India have found remains pointing to the existence of a highly developed urban settlement, the BBC reported on Monday. On the basis of recently completed excavations, the research team believes the city had approximately 25,000 inhabitants in the fifth century B.C. How do archaeologists estimate ancient populations?? How do archaeologists estimate the size of ancient populations Paul Jay and The Real News Team

Church member Prof. Dwight Hopkins on Obama's rebuke of Rev. Wright

Reality of war and Winter Soldier testimonials not covered by US television news

Ma Ying-Jeou wins election and promises closer ties with China


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