Archive for the ‘Media’ Category


Saberi released earlier this week

May 13, 2009

This is tremendously good news, but before one gets too ecstatic, Glenn Greenwald pens a sobering reminder of how the US treats journalists who aren’t working for access to the Pentagon. Check it out here.


Iranian-American journalist on hunger strike

May 5, 2009

You’ve likely noticed the several posts here about Roxana Saberi, the American journalist who has been sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on espionage charges. Apparently, over the past two weeks, Saberi has been on a hunger strike, and when Iranian officials denied this, she went full on and stopped drinking water too and has since been hospitalized.

Although it’s somewhat less noticeable now, when Saberi was initially arrested, we heard too few calls of support from the mainstream press. It’s true that Reporters Sans Frontiers are now staging protests outside the Iranian Embassy, but initially, concern was coming either from Saberi’s family or diplomatic circles. This, as a wry friend observed, was because she’s professionally part of the pariah class, the freelancer.

Here’s more from the Washington Post.


Sunday Items

April 19, 2009

On a lighter note, the Berlin Wall (what’s left of it) will be repainted. More here.
A piece on Moldova’s failed “Twitter Revolution” in Foreign Policy.
US missile strikes in Pakistan? From the Telegraph.


Sunday Items

April 12, 2009

Bird flu, less virulent, perhaps more contagious. From The Independent.
The intersection of politics and technology in Moldova via Foreign Policy Journal.
Death of an Iranian blogger from Haaretz.


Italy’s earthquake and a myth

April 6, 2009

Over at Crooks and Liars, there’s a dollop of outrage over the allegation that Italian officials were warned by a scientist about the oncoming earthquake and yet did nothing to save the townspeople of L’Aquila. But here’s the rub, there’s no way to effectively predict an earthquake, period.

I’ve been lucky enough to count a few seismologists as friends, and I remember one conversation when I asked about this, whereupon my friend said, yes, scientists could predict temblors from within a few weeks, then she shrugged, to several hundred years.

Here’s the Reuters account. This story shouldn’t have made it onto the wires.


Chinese evade censors again?

March 25, 2009

It appears there’s a T-shirt, and perhaps more, floating around China alluding to Tiananmen Square. Here. (h/t to The Peking Duck)


US journalists held in North Korea

March 23, 2009

More here.