Former prime minister Tony Blair has promised to "spend the rest of my life" uniting the world's religions. He might like to start the ball rolling at Guantanamo Bay.
Another of his jobs is with one of Wall Street's biggest banks, JP Morgan. He is expected to earn more than £500,000 from his role as part-time adviser giving political and strategic advice and taking part in some client events. He is also currently serving as an international envoy(American lackey)in the Middle East and says he expects to agree to "a small handful" of similar appointments with other companies.
"I have always been interested in commerce and the impact of globalisation''.
Posted by TONY on 29.5.08
Scott McLellan found a conscience and was redeemed to the human race. His book is the whole truth about the Dubyaites and the Neoclowns and the carnage which they caused(Excerpts). Congratulations also to George Monbiot for his attempt to arrest the war criminal John Bolton (see posts passim).
Posted by TONY on 29.5.08
In March, on the five-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, America's major news outlets reflected on the war and what led us to the half-decade mark. But few evaluated their own roles in the disaster that has maimed countless Iraqis and troops, killed hundreds of thousands and, according to economists Linda Blimes and Joesph Stiglitz, could ultimately cost up to $3 trillion just to America.
Two new books examine the media’s role. Greg Mitchell’s So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits — and the President — Failed on Iraq (Union Square) lays out a timeline of the media’s ghastly misreporting, while When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (University of Chicago), co-authored by W. Lance Bennett, Regina G. Lawrence and Steven Livingston, shows how these missteps are not aberrations, but byproducts of the American press.
In So Wrong, Mitchell, the editor at Editor & Publisher, collects and updates 79 of his columns from January 2003 to November 2007. The result: a history of the war as told through the mainstream media prism. Readers are painfully reminded of all the “turning points” cited by war proponents and their counterparts in the press — from “Mission Accomplished” to Gen. David Petraeus’ troop surge.
Mitchell offers gut-wrenching stories about the war that many Americans likely didn’t read about, much less see on television, such as the story of 27-year-old Army Spc. Alyssa Peterson, who shot herself with her service rifle after objecting to Army interrogation techniques in a prison in Tal Afar, in northwestern Iraq.
His columns on soldier suicides and on “solatia” — the U.S. military’s practice of financially compensating Iraqis for physical damage or a loss of life — are haunting, leaving us to wonder why the general public didn’t see more work of this caliber.
The authors, all professors of political science or public affairs, argue that America’s “semi-independent” press is largely reactive, working within the “sphere of official consensus.” Journalists cover what the administration does and says, and how critics inside-the-beltway respond. In other words, political controversy, rather than public deliberation, is the name of the game.
When elite opinion shapers engage in vigorous and substantive debate, the authors say the press does a good job at reflecting that and nurturing a deliberative public. But when the public needs it most — say, when critical debate within government is most limited, like in the run-up to the Iraq War — the press often fails.
Both books explore the rise in critical coverage as the war dragged on, noting that by summer 2006, there was more solid reporting on the horrors of the Iraq War, including blockbuster stories like the Washington Post’s exposé of CIA black sites and the New York Times’ reporting on domestic spying.
But despite the more aggressive stance, the lack of coverage of two recent events proves the press is still failing on Iraq, even if it has improved overall. In March, both the Pentagon memo refuting an al Qaeda/Saddam Hussein link (again) and the Winter Soldier veterans’ hearings in Washington, D.C., got virtually no play in the mainstream press, with few exceptions.
Bennett, Lawrence and Livingston argue that a “new news standard” based on four key principles — from serving the public interest to using techniques other than political conflict to explore government policy — could foster a more democratic press.
Posted by TONY on 15.5.08
'Officers were pleased when, under Hensley's lead, the snipers started racking up kills. But soon, the snipers were pushing the envelope. The decision of when to shoot and when not to shoot is often vexing for snipers, but following the rules of engagement became still more difficult for the snipers after commanding officers encouraged a loose interpretation of the rules to increase the likelihood of a kill.' Link
Posted by TONY on 12.5.08