Archive for July 28th, 2014

28
Jul
14

A Tweet Or Two

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28
Jul
14

The President’s Day

The President and First Lady arrive for the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Medal of Humanities Medal ceremony

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Attendees of the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders cheer as President Obama announces that the program will be renamed in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama arrives at a town hall during the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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President Obama shakes hands with Linda Ronstadt after presenting her with the 2013 National Medal of Arts

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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Jeffrey Katzenberg, director and CEO of DreamWorks

Stanley Nelson

Joan Harris

Bill T. Jones

Darlene Clark Hine

Maxine Hong Kingston

Information on the all the recipients here

28
Jul
14

The Fire Next Time

Something feels different about this Israeli war. Previous incursions have gone without much import, the IDF killing hundreds of Palestinians, Palestinians making the diplomatic rounds excoriating Israel, and then everything settling back down into a dull stalemate. Even with US media bias, it’s gotten through the media filter that Israel’s war against Gaza is both disproportionate and horrific. When you trap a population in a Mediterranean gulag, and then pummel it, even the most jaundiced see that it’s morally reprehensible. No, Hamas shouldn’t launch rockets at Israel. But Israel has a rather effective missile defense system. Gaza has AK-47s. It is not an equal contest.

Perhaps it’s the prevalence of social media. During Israel’s previous incursion into Gaza, Twitter was in its infancy. Now with over a billion users, real time pictures from the killing zone are scrolling across millions of Twitter feeds. News organizations won’t show photographs of the dead and maimed; Twitter users will. Smoke plumes, flattened buildings, and screaming children are just a few of the images completely and effectively circumventing the media filter.

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