Obama More Popular Abroad Than At Home, Global Image of U.S. Continues to Benefit
Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project
As the global economy begins to rebound from the great recession, people around the world remain deeply concerned with the way things are going in their countries. Less than a third of the publics in most nations say they are satisfied with national conditions, as overwhelming numbers say their economies are in bad shape. And just about everywhere, governments are faulted for the way they are dealing with the economy.
One of the other blogs I participate on is a local one in our local county. There is lots of local politics on the blog, of little interest outside of our little county in California. Except that our Congressman, Tom McClintock, is a national figure. He is the guy who stood up in on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington to complain when President Felipe Calderon of Mexico told the US that they had a lot of really stupid immigration laws which do not do a lot to regulate immigraton one way or the other. This was not necessarily politic of Calderon even if it was the truth, but so goes it. McClintock replied in kind, plus some, by advising Calderon to get in line in order to get a US green card, presumably by waiting umpteen years at the US Embassy in Mexico City where such things are sometimes issued.
?Propaganda is at its most effective when the audience does not know it is being manipulated and one of the best, glitziest examples of that is when propaganda is delivered on the big screen in the guise of a Hollywood blockbuster.??The Listening Post, 12 June 2010
Al Jazeera?s The Listening Post had an excellent review and overview today of the nature and extent of militainment (resources for this follow below). In particular, The Listening Post described how various branches of the American armed services?the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard?and the Department of Defense itself have each established a beach-head in Hollywood. The Pentagon has liaison officers stationed in Los Angeles, precisely for the purpose of working with Hollywood, and indeed, one of these officers has since left and joined Al Jazeera, and is interviewed in this report. In return for Pentagon consultants, and even actual troops performing stunts and carrying out action scenes in select films (such as Blackhawk Down), as well as the provision of U.S. military equipment, Hollywood filmmakers submit their scripts to the Pentagon for review and approval. The result is a ?slickly produced feature length advertisement? for the U.S. military.
US Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been exposed by former hacker, Adrian Lamo, following a chat conversation in which he reportedly admitted having leaked classified information to the website Wikileaks.
One Year After Obama?s Cairo Speech, U.S. Policies Continue To Unfairly Target Muslims
Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
One year after President Obama?s Cairo speech on the relationship between the United States and Muslims around the world, the American Civil Liberties Union reiterates its call for improvements to national security policies that unfairly target Muslims. Many of the discriminatory policies identified by President Obama last year still exist but do not make America any safer.
Among other things, the ACLU is calling for reform of terrorism financing laws and policies that prevent Muslim Americans from practicing their religion through charitable giving. Although President Obama acknowledged the issue of U.S. terrorism financing laws that chill Muslim Americans? religious practice in his speech, the administration has failed to ask Congress to narrow the laws or made an effort to change its enforcement policies. These laws grant the executive branch virtually unchecked power to designate charities as ?foreign terrorist organizations? on the basis of secret evidence without giving organizations a meaningful chance to defend themselves, and make it a crime to provide humanitarian aid, services or other assistance to designated organizations. The government?s actions have a chilling effect on Muslim charitable giving, or Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam and a religious obligation for all observant Muslims.
Five Narratives Compete for the Title Tuesday Night
Austin, TX, June 15, 2010 ? There are now five main narrative ?arcs? competing for the Obama Narrative 2.0 title, the underlying storyline that will largely define the president in the run-up to the Mid-term elections and, possibly, for time remaining in his term.
The ?narrative? refers to the stream of public opinion captured by blogs and other social media outlets on the Internet, as well as the leading print and electronic databases.