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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Kanak Mani Dixit, Why the boycott matters,

Writer and activist, Kanak Mani Dixit is a catalyst for cultural development that transcends national boundaries in South Asia. Educated in Nepal, India and the USA, he is the founding editor (1987 to the present) of Himal Southasian, a high quality, independent, monthly journal that offers informed critical commentary on social and cultural issues. With contributors, editorial board and subscribers – intellectuals, activists, lay readers and artists – drawn from Afghanistan, India and Burma to Tibet, Pakistan and the Maldives, it is a unique regional forum for the promotion of open, analytical thought and discussion. Kanak Mani Dixit (b. 1956, Lalitpur, Nepal) [thanks BS]

There is no doubt that Glenn Beck has a big platform. But what supports his platform is advertising dollars, and that support is crumbling. To date, 62 companies have pulled their ads from Beck's show, including six new companies announced yesterday -- Aegon, Ashley Furniture, Humana, Luxottica Retail (parent of LensCrafters and Pearle Vision), United States Postal Service and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. These aren't liberal activists wringing their hands over Beck's distortions. These are the bastions of American capitalism saying they don't want their brands associated with Glenn Beck's extremism. The only companies left are direct marketers (think Egg Genie and gold coins) and a handful of private companies headed by right-wingers. Why boycott matters


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