September 15, 2009 11:22:59 pm
The Sunday Leader
Heading into the unknown
The Sunday Leader,famous for its slain editor Lasantha Wickrematunge,takes on the Sri Lankan governments policy on terror. But readers looking forward to a phenomenal political treatise will be disappointed: the piece,an editorial,has only one pertinent question to ask: When will freedom return to the land? The editorial reminds the reader that despite the proud proclamation of military victory,the draconian Emergency laws have not been lifted. Mahinda Rajapakses consolidation of power is a concern to Sri Lanka watchers,and the paper has lent printing ink to it.
The rise of Israels military rabbis
Israels army is changing. Once proudly secular,its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israels wars are Gods wars. BBC Newsnights Katya Adler says military rabbis are becoming more powerful. But one wonders why the mainstream media took so long to highlight the issue. A quote in the report captures the danger of this political-religious issue in the military: The morals of the battlefield cannot come from a religious authority. Once it does,its jihad. I know people will not like that word but thats what it is,Holy War. And once its Holy War,there are no limits, says Reserve Gen Nehemia Dagan.
Burying the swine flu lede
Newspapers in the US that are trumpeting the great news of how a single-dose vaccine will protect adults from the H1N1 virus buried the real lead: the vaccine may arrive too late in the US. Jack Shafer writes in the media criticism section of the Slate,called Press Box,and says there are two aspects that the newspapers did not mentionthey did not say that the vaccine will not arrive until mid-October and that the H1N1 infection is expected to peak during that time. Slate gives examples from individual newspapers to prove its case,and then goes on to give examples to prove how the same papers,in previous reports,have revealed that they knew of the problem.
The New Yorker
Its always the fixer who dies
The piece takes off from the death of Afghan fixer Sultan Munadi,a colleague of The New York Times correspondent Stephen Farrell,who died after being allegedly left behind by British commandos during a rescue operation. The British government claimed Munadis body had to be left behind when commandos came under heavy fire,implying that Munadi was already dead. George Packers article on the relationship between a correspondent and a fixer makes the reader doubt the claim. In the philosophical terms of master and slave,the former [correspondent ends up weaker,more dependent,than the latter [fixer,and yet remains the master. Its a subtle part of the relationship between correspondent and fixer,often unnoticed and unimportant.
Why I oppose President Obama speaking to the nations schoolchildren
The kids,in this scenario,are primarily props,stage dressing for the message the President is sending to his intended audiences…Thats okay for adults who are voluntarily present at the speech. But its not appropriate for children who are there involuntarily. Americans have been making a lot of noise over a back-to-school speech delivered by their President on September 8. This piece is a sober response to the speech. The article has a go at the cause,not the result,which the mainstream media missed.
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