Archive for May, 2004

27-31 May 2004. New Orleans.

Monday, May 31st, 2004

"Communication Research in the Public Interest" is the theme of the 2004 conference of the International Communications Association. The conference runs from 27-31 May 2004 in New Orleans LA. The closing date for submissions is 1 November 2003, and more information, including an application form in pdf format, is available ...

Helicopter attacks on civilians and children

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

The footage of the (aftermath of the) helicopter attack on protesters in the refugee camp at Rafah was particularly upsetting, and Michael D Higgins asks an important (if rhetorical) question: "What is the moral difference between suicide bombings and helicopter attacks that leave civilians dead?" He calls on both ...

Movable Type 3.0

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004

Blogs being blogs there has been widespread coverage of the release of MT 3.0. Now Mena Trott has asked for feedback on their proposed packages and pricing plans. Specifically, she has asked people to outline how they are using MT at the moment, with the implication that this will demonstrate ...

MDH on citizenship

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

Michael D Higgins' speech launching Labour's campaign against the referendum on citizenship is inspiring and informative - closing with the much quoted "I cannot accept that it is desirable or just to introduce a change that will determine that two children, born in the same maternity ward on the same ...

Defending the indefensible

Sunday, May 16th, 2004

I know they're defence lawyers, but still:Mr. Volzer, the lawyer for Specialist Ambuhl, said what took place at Abu Ghraib was intimidation, not torture. "I wouldn't term it abuse," he said. In defending against the charge that Sergeant Davis stomped on a detainee's feet, his lawyer, Mr. Bergrin, said he would ...

Joyce on property and theft

Friday, May 14th, 2004

I came across this excerpt in Portrait of an Artist today, and thought about the controversy regard Joyce's estate's attitude towards copyright protection. It's a bit of a stretch, but does give a certain suggestion of Joyce's thoughts, at least at the time/persona of Stephen. As the excerpt opens Stephen ...

Solomon on introspection

Friday, May 14th, 2004

Normon Solomon's latest piece on Alternet, unsurprisingly, hones in on one of the more worrying aspects of many responses to the torture in Iraq:Many politicians and pundits are saying the worst aspect of this crisis is that it presents a colossal PR problem for the United States. That kind of ...

What is torture, Bob?

Friday, May 14th, 2004

The BBC report that several British citizens who had been held capitve at Guantanamo are now reporting abuses that took place there, and it seems Australians may be doing likewise. It's no wonder the U.S. was so reluctant to release them. Of course, the details were really already known, but ...

Amnesty expresses concerns about Guantanamo

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

From Interworld Radio:Human rights groups are demanding the United States opens all its detention facilities across the world to independent scrutiny. The call is from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and follows the publication of pictures showing American soldiers abusing and humiliating prisoners in Iraq. The two groups say ...

More of the same….

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

I've added the 'More of the same from others' tool to the weblog, but fear my current categories may be too broad to be useful - which could lead to me implementing an existing plan to tweak those categories.