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Ex Media Studies student at Swansea University. This blog is a collection of links, articles, academic reference and random thoughts.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web users 'getting more selfish'

The annual report into web habits by usability guru Jakob Nielsen shows people are becoming much less patient when they go online. BBC NEWS | Technology | Web users 'getting more selfish'

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web worlds 'useful' for children

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web worlds 'useful' for children

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Israel and the War on Terror

The whole issue of the Middle East crisis is one in which I have tried to remain neutral and unbiased. I understand there are legitimate arguments on both sides but after reading an article in the Independant I have to express my disgust towards US foreign policy and the Bush administration.

Nakba Day meaning "day of the catastrophe" is an annual day of commemoration for the Palestinian people of the "anniversary of the creation of Israel" which marks the beginning of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, the resulting defeat in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the loss of land that followed from the war and their displacement and dispossession as a result While for Israelis, the 1948 war gave them independence and this day represents the "fulfilment of a historic ideal of the Jewish people" to establish a homeland for the Jewish people, for Palestinians, the day represents "the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of their people who were made homeless as Israel was born.” Read more

On the 16th May 2008 Donald Macintyre writes

President George Bush lavished anniversary praise on Israel yesterday, as Palestinians commemorated the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" when 700,000 were forced from or fled their homes 60 years ago.In a special address to the Israeli Knesset, Mr Bush declared that the US was proud to be the "closest ally and best friend in the world" of a nation that was a "homeland for the chosen people" and had "worked tirelessly for peace and... fought valiantly for freedom."....Mr Bush does not make even an oblique reference to the fact that he was delivering his speech on the day that Palestinians annually commemorate the "Nakba" in the 1948 war that left a victorious Israel in control of 78 per cent of mandatory Palestineread more here

Why does Mr Bush not praise the Palestine people, instead he brands them a terrorist organisation. One thing he needs to remember.

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter

Which one does Mr Bush catergorise himself as?

Monday, 19 May 2008

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Violence spreads in Johannesburg

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Violence spreads in Johannesburg

At least 12 people have been killed in the South African city of Johannesburg since Friday in a wave of violence directed at immigrants, police say.

Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to stop gangs of armed youths from attacking foreigners and looting and burning their property.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Daniel Estulin : Noticias :: Ver Noticia

Bilderberg 2007: Welcome to the Lunatic Fringe

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Inside the secretive Bilderberg Group

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Inside the secretive Bilderberg Group

Every year since 1954, a small network of rich and powerful people have held a discussion meeting about the state of the trans-Atlantic alliance and the problems facing Europe and the US.

Organised by a steering committee of two people from each of about 18 countries, the Bilderberg Group (named after the Dutch hotel in which it held its first meeting) brings together about 120 leading business people and politicians.

Bilderberg meetings often feature future political leaders shortly before they become household names. Bill Clinton went in 1991 while still governor of Arkansas, Tony Blair was there two years later while still an opposition MP. All the recent presidents of the European Commission attended Bilderberg meetings before they were appointed.

This has led to accusations that the group pushes its favoured politicians into high office

Britain is focal point for terrorism, warns Europe's police

Islamic terrorism, particularly through a rejuvenated al-Qa'ida, was highlighted as the most significant security threat to the authorities in the UK. Britain is the focal point for Islamic terrorism across Europe, and its controversial military campaigns overseas are putting the entire continent at risk, a disturbing new report has warned

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Saturday, 17 May 2008

Funny Bush Moments

Eight years in retrospect.

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Thursday, 15 May 2008

Bush Visits Israel - What The Hell For?

Red carpet and high words, but no progress what so ever. Bush visits Israel to "push peace forward" with Peres, Ohlmert and Abbas when all 4 are lame ducks and in light of growing violence in Lebanon and in Ghaza.

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Unprecedented Media Spin - Who sets the agenda for the mainstream news?

September 11, 2001- The Day the World Changed?

An eitorial review for the book September 11th, 2001 by Max Frankel:

On Tuesday September 11, our world changed forever. The United States
was attacked by an unknown terrorist organization. Word of this attack spread
instantaneously around the world. Billions of people woke up on September 12 to find
that the front page of their local newspaper was devoted to the tragedy of the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon.

People across the world watched the footage "live from the scene" Most will remember the pictures of the planes hitting the building or the Twin Towers falling to the ground. Less people will remember that 2974 people tragically lost their lives. The headlines dominated the front pages of the newspapers for weeks

Boxing Day Tsunami - 2004

Again, pictures were flashed around the world of an "unprecedented" disaster in South east Asia. The Indian Ocean tsunami, the deadliest on record, smashed into a dozen Asian and African countries on Dec. 26, 2004, swallowing up lives and homes and changing the coastline for ever.

230,000 dead or missing
2.1 million people displaced

Headlines dominated by destruction that the wave caused and the amount of foreigners that were presumed missing or dead.

Hurricane Katrina - 29th august 2005

"Reports of murder, rape and violence among the thousands trapped in New Orleans' shelters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina shocked the world." - BBC News

Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans at 8:00 AM with winds at 120 MPH and a storm surge of 18 feet.In the days immediately after Hurricane Katrina, most of us, most likely saw the same footage. Images of hurricane victims breaking into closed stores, taking food and other items, and escaping through chest-high waters with their loot.

Police chief Eddie Compass, spoke on the Oprah Winfrey show of babies being raped he also claimed tourists were being raped and beaten in the street. He later admitted that his statements were based on second-hand reports - and had turned out to be untrue.

An sightful report on the BBC News Website tells a shocking tale

New Orleans police confirm they have had no official reports of rapes or murders in the days after the city was catastrophically flooded.

Death toll - 1,836,

The media coverage on these three disasters varies greatly. From a global sympathy to victims of the New York attacks, a mass grieving for the foreign tourists of the Tsunami to a gross misjustice to the mainly black victims of Hurricane Katrina. It surely begs the question -

Who sets the agenda for the mainstream news?


Wednesday, 14 May 2008

63 Signs You’re Addicted To Google

Am I that addicted? Its a sad day when I have to come out as A GOOGLE ADDICT. There I feel so much better now

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Reuters : Bearing Witness 5 Years of the Iraq War

Bearing Witness
5 Years of Reporting War in Iraq

A unique multimedia essay from Reuters

Visit www.reuters.com/iraq

Through five years of war, a team of 100 Reuters correspondents, photographers, cameramen and support staff have strived to deliver news to the world from Iraq - the most dangerous country for the press. These are their personal stories, bearing witness through half a decade of conflict which has taken the lives of 127 journalists, including seven Reuters staff.

- Testimony from journalists who have witnessed each phase of the conflict
- Rich visual timeline charting the major events and turning points
- Interactive maps and graphs following the key trends
- Live news from Iraq and links to related resources online

Visit www.reuters.com/iraq

Rain lashes Myanmar

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Heavy rains pelted homeless cyclone survivors in Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta on Tuesday, complicating the already slow delivery of aid to more than 1.5 million people facing hunger and disease.

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Stock Waves: Citizen Photo Journalists Are Changing the Rules

Stock Waves: Citizen Photo Journalists Are Changing the Rules

Article on citizen photo journalism

Monday, 12 May 2008

At least 8 533 dead in China earthquake

The most devastating earthquake to hit China in more than three decades killed 8,533 people in the southwestern province of Sichuan alone on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the local government.The official Xinhua News Agency said that another 10,000 people were believed hurt in one of the province's counties after the 7.8-magnitude quake on Monday. The tremor was felt across the entire region - shaking buildings in the capital, Beijing, as well as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.Xinhua report China's Chengdu Military Area Command has dispatched troops to help with disaster relief work in the earthquake-stricken Wenchuan County of southwest China's Sichuan Province. read more on Yahoo news

Earthquake shakes cities from Beijing to Bangkok - Times Online

Earthquake shakes cities from Beijing to Bangkok - Times Online
: "Tower blocks from Beijing to Bangkok rocked and swayed today as an earthquake shook a swath of Asia, with a magnitude of 7.8 in south west China"

Friday, 9 May 2008

Burma - Cyclone in Pictures

Pictures from thefirstpost reveal the devasting effect of the cyclone in Burma

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Keeping a lid on Burma's chaos

Eye witness account of chaos in Burma

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Monday, 5 May 2008

Man complains after beer makes him drunk

A Romanian man has lodged an official complaint with the local trading standards agency after he got drunk on a single can of beer.

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Latest form of green tranport

It may look like the most dangerous motorbike in the world but this new invention is actually the latest form of green transport

read more - Ananova

Introduction to e-petitions

Introduction to e-petitions
Petitions have long been sent to the Prime Minister by post or delivered to the Number 10 door in person. You can now both create and sign petitions on this website too, giving you the opportunity to reach a potentially wider audience and to deliver your petition directly to Downing Street.

Saturday, 3 May 2008

'We are living in a combat zone' - Middle East - Independent

One family who will not be celebrating the 50 year anniverary of Israel

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Blockade puts Gaza on brink of serious food crisis, says UN

Destitution and food insecurity among Gaza's 1.5 million residents has reached an unprecedentedly critical level, according to unpublished UN findings that they now need "urgent assistance" to avert a "serious food crisis" in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London. Ken is gone, yippee!

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Blogger exposes life on the Underground

LONDON (Reuters) - Annie Mole's blog about the London Underground rail system began as a New Year's resolution to teach herself how to make an Internet Web site and has blossomed into a popular slice of commuter life.The criticisms, witticisms and daily observations posted on her "London Underground's Blog" www.london-underground.blogspot.com

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Defending Freedom in the Digital World

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Defending Freedom in the Digital World

Another website deicated against censorhip of the Media

Wikileaks - Wikileaks

Wikileaks - Wikileaks

The site deicated to publishing documents which are not in the public domain

Madeline McCann Media hype goes on

Four year old Madeleine McCann went missing from an appartment in Praia du Luz almost one year ago. Despite a high profile media camapaign the little girl remaims missing. The first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been marked with a two-hour television documentary on ITV. The British press have been foolowing the story with relish but I am concerned that the parents have not at least been made accountible for leaving the children alone that night whhilst they went out with friends for dinner. The Times reports "The couple admit in a TV documentary tonight that they talked about not going to the tapas restaurant in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on the night of May 3 last year, and considered instead taking their children with them to another restaurant called the Millennium, further away. They rejected the idea only because the children were tired and they did not have a buggy, they said" As seemingly intelligent parents of 3 young children surely an essential item to take on holiday would be a buggy. If the parents of a four year old girl living on a sink estate in Britian left the child alone to go to a party down the road and returned to find the child missing there would be a different media reaction I am sure. A visit to the Pope would probably be unlikely and I can not see David Beckham making an appeal for her retuen. Whilst I do not condone trial by media I do think that the tabloids have glossed over the reality of the situation. Now one year on when all the papers are focusing again on the story why have the McCanns not taken every opportunity to concentrate on the search for their daughter instead of discussing how they feel and how it is affected them? The most important priority should remain the safe return of their daughter and not complaining about the treatment received by some areas of the media.

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