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pro-democracy
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posted 30 November 2001 02:30 AM      Profile for pro-democracy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
skippy trippy, on another thread, asked for help with news sources other than the corporate media. Here are some of my favourites:

Best news source and analyses in CANADA:

1) CCPA (Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives http://www.policyalternatives.ca/)

Exposes propaganda of the corporate media (including CBC) and establishment ideology on economic and social issues. (On-line okay but limited coverage. Its MONITOR magazine is far more inclusive and detailed).

2) Centre for Research on Globalization (www.globalresearch.ca)

U. of Ottawa Professor Michel Chossudovsky's website contains articles from around the world on current issues relating to globalization. Very serious source of news and analysis, including the phony "war on terrorism."

WORLD COVERAGE (from liberal and leftist points of view)

1) Zmag - (www.Zmag.org)

Social anarchist and left analyses of world events by respected journalists such as Robert Fisk, John Pilger, including Canadian journalists such as Linda McQuaig and Naomi Klein. The most comprehensive leftwing website.

2) WSWS

Mostly economic and political analyses from a Marxist point of view - focuses on class and anti -imperialist analyses of strategy of nations.

3) Counterpunch - (www.counterpunch.org)

Hard hitting analyses by journalists and others - similar to Zmag but less exposure of class and imperialism. "America's Best Political Newsletter." (Today's article - Robert Fisk - We Are the War Criminals Now)

4) COMMONDREAMS - (www.commondreams.org)

Latest Progressive news of the day - views NOT generally propagated by the corporate-owned media and the establishment. (Example of today's news: Allies Justify Mass Killing of Taliban Prisoners in Fort

5) The Nation (www.thenation.com)

Analyses by liberal American academics and journalists of world events.

6) News from rightist, Establishment point of view.

Everything from the mass media of radio, TV and corporate owned newspapers, journalists, and politicians and academics - except for token "liberal" to "show balance".

[ November 30, 2001: Message edited by: pro-democracy ]


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 30 November 2001 10:34 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
I had a professor at the U of Windsor (I think it was James Winter) who had a website listing the top 10 under-reported news stories of the year. That was a long time ago. I dunno if he still does that.
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judym
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posted 30 November 2001 10:48 AM      Profile for judym   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Mediaboy: Flipside
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posted 30 November 2001 11:09 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
That's a great site (Winter's). Have a look at the headlines (critical views of mainstream media treatment of top stories) he's listed for the year.

I read the whole of his new preface to a forthcoming book -- the new preface is a summary of media coverage of 11 September and the beginnings of the war -- isn't it amazing how far away already so much of this punditry sounds?


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 30 November 2001 11:29 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
He was a lousy professor (IMHO), unfortunately. He was the kinda guy who's lure you in with an interesting outline in the course catalogue, and then when you were actually in the class he'd teach something completely different. It was very annoying.
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skdadl
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posted 30 November 2001 11:32 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well, his preface isn't a great piece of writing, or a profound analysis -- but it's a good, detailed summary. Was he a bit of a magpie?
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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 30 November 2001 11:54 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Sorta. The course was Communications In History. The outline made the course sound really interesting. He spend an inordinate amount of time talking about how American Indians in the Southwest US are the perfect society and we should all be like them. It was way more of a sociology/poli-sci class than a communications/history class.
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pro-democracy
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posted 30 November 2001 12:42 PM      Profile for pro-democracy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I apologize deeply for not mentioning "Flipside", James Winter's (Canadian!) website for alternate takes on the news of the day. I did not know it was up and running again. I was an early (1997) fan of it but, at some moment in time (1999?), it seemed to have run out of steam or financial support. If it is still as good as it WAS, I heartily recommend it - it was the best! And, in my brief time on babble (July-August) I don't remember it being mentioned at all. So be it.

skdadl: please, please, please do NOT encourage MediaBOY: he almost never has anything substantive to contribute - "a mile wide and an inch deep"


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skdadl
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posted 30 November 2001 12:48 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
pro-democracy: Y'know, when we first met, I sometimes wondered about m'boy ... And he has on occasion made it perfectly clear that he wasn't all that sure about me ...

But we worked it out, didn't we, m'boy? Keep reading him -- you'll see. Nice to meet you, pro-d.


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 30 November 2001 03:49 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
Dahlings, folk who refuse to conform to labels can, indeed, be trés frustrating, no? I'll cry from the rooftops, I will!

I'm kinda surprised that someone with an alias like pro-democracy would resort to personal insults, but c'est la vie.

[ November 30, 2001: Message edited by: Kneel before MediaBoy ]


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judym
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posted 30 November 2001 05:59 PM      Profile for judym   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Mediaboy, you've taken that like a true mediaboy. Hats off! May all babblers learn not to engage with those who hurl cheap insults!

I wish there was some kind of award I could give you. Like a pony.


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Victor Von Mediaboy
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posted 30 November 2001 06:09 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
I'm sure that the data-miners amongst us can find oodles of examples where I've blown my top, so you might wanna hold off on the awards banquet in my honour.
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judym
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posted 30 November 2001 06:38 PM      Profile for judym   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Aw, that was then, this is now. Here you go!

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clockwork
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posted 30 November 2001 10:35 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hey! That's my little pony!
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clockwork
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posted 01 December 2001 12:45 AM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Does anyone know what happened to Brian MacLean??

I liked his stuff.


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judym
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posted 01 December 2001 10:02 PM      Profile for judym   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
clockwork, sorry about the pony, but I can't take it back from MB. Brian MacLean (a contributing editor here) is working on a book. He'll get back to his much-missed weekly critiques after he's finished.
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bandit
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posted 02 December 2001 03:58 PM      Profile for bandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I was surprised no one mentioned indymedia.org
If we're talking non-internet type stuff I would take a look at subscribing to New Socialist (www.newsocialist.org), Canadian Dimensions (1-800-737-7051), and/or the Guelph Peak (?) .Then we've got your expensive but trendy Adbuster.with your Ontario NDP membership you can get the Ontario New Democrat every once and a while. www.tao.ca has some interesting stuff sometimes as does www.straightgoods.com .
If you live in toronto you can listen to Red alert every monday between 7:15 - 7:45 pm on CKLN 88.1 Fm. I keep on hearing about some Red/Green mag from australia that is really good and I'm supposed to be getting a free sample copy in the mail sometime next century.

[ December 02, 2001: Message edited by: bandit ]


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clockwork
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posted 02 December 2001 09:01 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
You didn't even mention This Magazine!

I don't really want to say this, but Canadian Dimensions is in desperate need of a makeover.


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Trespasser
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posted 04 December 2001 01:52 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
From the Media Education Foundation:

Beyond the Frame: Alternative Views on the September 11th Atrocities

(Streaming video featuring US dissident thinkers and activists Janine Jackson, Nawal el Saadawi, Alisa Solomon, Seth Ackerman, Henry Giroux, Sut Jhally, Michael T. Klare, Rob Okun, Howard Zinn, Lorraine Ali, Robin Morgan, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Diane Levin, Cynthia Enloe, Noam Chomsky, & Robert Jensen)

Available here.


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