Arts/Activism

The telecom slayers

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While corporate lobbies spend millions trying to influence the Senate on telecom policy and net neutrality, the real action is among grassroots activists across the country.

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Davey D on the Future of the Internet

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Hip Hop journalist Davey D interviewed by Minister of Information JR

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Tupac plus 10: hip-hop's diminished potential

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Hip-hop still has the potential to create change, but that potential is significantly diminished when the music consistently fails to challenge and inspire critical thought in the people who listen to it.

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Theron, Sarandon to star in WTO protest feature film

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Oscar winner Theron is making a film about the 1999 globalisation protest. But activists are wary of Hollywood dramatising the event

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Yes Men hoax points finger at HUD Katrina shame

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Oops: Impostor scams Louisiana officials

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Esperanza Center attacked as "anti-Semitic" for hosting Palestinian art show

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San Antonio's Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice is being accused of anti-Semitism by local conservatives and establishment media, following the opening of an exhibition of paintings by Palestinian artist Salwa Arnous entitled "They Uprooted the Palestinians, Now They're Uprootng the Olive Trees." The Esperanza Center, a vanguard nonprofit which employs arts and culture to promote political and social justice, is no stranger either to controversy or public attacks in San Antonio. In the late 1990s, an Esperanza-sponsored lesbian and gay film festival drew the ire of local media conservatives who launched an (ultimately unsuccessful) effort to cut off Esperanza's small public subsidy.

News articles on the current controversy are gathered here.

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Turning outrage into power

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Harnessing its growing strength in numbers, the National Hip Hop Political Convention is beginning to change the face of American politics.

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Media activists use "press stakeout" to put tough questions before Israeli ambassador

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Israel's ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, was questioned last Sunday in Washington DC as part of a press stakeout. Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy was there to ask the tough questions. He grilled Ayalon on Israel's targeting of civilians and use of cluster bombs in Lebanon, Israel's nuclear arsenal and its lack of adherence to United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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Creative voices launches censorship chronicles

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The Center for Creative Voices in Media, which includes some voices from the Hollywood production community, has created a series of half-hour podcasts, the Censorhip Chronicles, on the issue of the FCC's indecency crackdown and its effect on programming.

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