May 11, 2007

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Friday, May 11, 2007

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Taking the Cure

What once seemed impossible took the form of public ceremony this week, as the bitter enemies of Northern Irish politics forged a new cooperative government. Journalist Niall O'Dowd, who helped set the stage for compromise, talks about moving from the bullet to the ballot.

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Turning Back the Clock

Since 2001, independent media outlets have flourished in Afghanistan. But now the Afghan parliament is considering legislation that could severely curb press freedom. Saad Mohseni, founder of Afghanistan's most popular TV network, says Afghan media outlets will not fold under government pressure.

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Haditha Exposed

Marines involved in the alleged massacre at Haditha, Iraq, went on trial this week. The New York Times’ Paul von Zielbauer talks about a knowingly false press-release put forth by the military, and says that without media attention, there may not have been any military investigation ...

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Love Thy Neighbor

The Washington Post has become the latest major paper to close its Toronto bureau. That means no U.S. paper will have a full time correspondent based in Canada. Journalism professor Edward Wasserman talks about why ignoring Canada reflects badly on American media outlets.

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Mother Superior

For decades, a certain story line has cropped up again and again in the media: women are opting-out of the workforce to raise their children, and working moms resent it. But when researcher E.J. Graff looked at the “mommy-wars” stats, she found scant evidence of a ...

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Going Postal

In July, thousands of small magazines will see 20% hikes in their mailing costs. Increases for larger magazines will be much lower, and critics say that’s because Time Warner created the new rate scheme. U.S. Postal Regulatory Commissioner Ruth Goldway insists it’s a fair plan, but Free Press ...

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Empty Vessel

Over the years, the Dalai Lama has transformed the Buddhist concept of emptiness into an enormously successful P.R. strategy. Constant attacks from China don’t hurt his image either. On the heels of his latest U.S. tour, we look at the Dalai Lama’s enduring rock-star status in the American media.

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