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All God’s Children

by Yuko Narushima | Sep 1, 2013 | Books

  The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking and the New Gospel of Adoption, by journalist Kathryn Joyce, forces readers to question just whose needs are satisfied by adoption, driven as it is now by conservative Christians and a dangerous desire to do good. Joyce unpacks a multibillion-dollar transnational industry that is manufacturing orphans to satisfy the […]

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Fox News Punks Bill O’Reilly

by Peter Lindstrom | Aug 15, 2013 | Media, Politics

(Lauren Green and Reza Aslan | Source: Fox News) By now everyone has heard about what happened when Reza Aslan, author of Zealot, was interviewed by Fox News’ Lauren Green. Aslan’s book is an account of the historic Jesus and had been doing brisk business so Aslan’s was on a media tour. It so happens […]

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13 Things Everyone Would Know If We Really Did Have Liberal Media

by David Akadjian | Aug 7, 2013 | Culture, Media, Politics

(Reince Priebus | Wikipedia/Creative Commons) Reince Priebus (and apparently many others) still thinks there’s a liberal media. While I share Priebus’ frustration with the media, as a liberal, I’d like to go on record and state that the media isn’t focusing on issues I care about. They seem to be far more focused on entertainment […]

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Want Peace? Deploy Microsoft

by Deborah Horan | Aug 1, 2013 | Books

In the mid-1990s, at the height of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Ramallah on the West Bank. U.S. military snipers were positioned on rooftops throughout the Palestinian town. Military helicopters buzzed overhead. As reporter based in Jerusalem at the time, I watched the scene unfold, and wondered what the price […]

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The Meaning of Dzhoktar Tsarnaev on the Cover of Rolling Stone

by Tom Gogola | Jul 18, 2013 | Media, National Security

Despite the cries of protest and the outrage, and despite the widespread banning of the magazine, the image of Boston marathon bomber Dzhoktar Tsarnaev now depicted on the latest issue of Rolling Stone does not “glorify” the photogenic bomber. Rather, the power of the image of Tsarnaev—wearing a designer t-shirt and looking every bit like […]

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