Entries Tagged as 'June 2008'

Competing Views of Media Bias in the Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

The following essay is an expanded version of a guest commentary that appeared in the Iowa State Daily. To many of us, it seems that, while there may be no conscious effort on the part of the media to minimise the injustice suffered by the Palestinians, there is nonetheless a tendency to report on the [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Commentary · June 2008 · Ryan Gerdes

The Two Poles of Bush’s Diplomatic Doctrine

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

George W. Bush’s ability to create chaos and violence has consistently trumped his capacity for diplomacy. Bush’s unique cocktail of petulance, arrogance and incompetence have produced a foreign policy characterized by the use blunt force (and borrowed money) on the one hand and a dismissive attitude toward diplomatic relations on the other. Two of the [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Editorials · June 2008

A Conflict of Interest: Justice v. Money

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

The Supreme Court issued an order on May 12 stating that it would not be able to hear a case involving black South Africans suing 50 of some of the worlds largest corporations because the court lacked a quorum. The suit is being brought against such corporations as British Petroleum, Exxon Mobile, IBM, 3M, Citigroup, [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Greg Bonett · June 2008 · Under the Radar

My Favorite Pair of Heels

July 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

As a woman, I have created two selves. Complex individuals that twist and grow together like ivy vines or like the tendons deep beneath my skin. One self that is the truest and most loving self, the other, a self that feels it must be beautiful. Beautiful as defined by a society of mini-skirts, make-up, [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · June 2008 · Nonfiction

The Great Depression

July 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · June 2008 · Poetry

I have fallen to wishing you

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

You are the place of desire the quiet surrounding my poem the meaning in solitary hums and rhythm You are the place of desire the taste on my tongue planting small purple flowers on plateaus of white space You are the place of desire scattered leaves on my grave whispering me to exist in ways [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · June 2008 · Poetry

Notes from a Free Clinic

May 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It is Monday. Nurses clinic today. Even without a physician, it is busy. Many people come by wanting prescription refills for their bottles that have been empty for days, maybe months. We have to turn them away. Come back tomorrow, the doctor will be here tomorrow. Some people check in for something as simple as [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Commentary · June 2008

Life in the Campo Is Amplified

May 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I once read a quote that said if you wanted to avoid a nuclear catastrophe during the Cold War, then you should move to Bolivia. Indeed, this quiet Andean nation has been historically associated with little excitement beyond its coca production, its concentration of indigenous peoples, and its unpredictable politics. As Howard Zinn notes in [...]

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Tags: 2008 · Ames Progressive Classics · AP Issues · June 2008

Fastbreakin’ to D.C.

May 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

He mentioned it in passing. As though the idea served as anecdotal fodder to fill a halfhearted conversation. “I had an opportunity to buy tickets for the Wizards’ playoff game,” my uncle Marvin said. Without pondering the ins and outs of the trip I stoned my uncle by imploring him to see if the tickets [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · June 2008 · Sports

I’m a Recovering White Supremacist

May 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Liberation, Liberation, Liberation!” shouted the audience and welcoming speaker. More than a thousand people from across the United States came together for the 9th annual White Privilege Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts from April 2 – 5. It was a four-day conference filled with workshops dedicated to understanding white privilege. “More and more the White Privilege [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Commentary · June 2008