Daily Archives: April 5, 2004

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The Illegality of the Coup in Haiti

[ Legal expert Marjorie Cohn does a nice job of spelling out the illegality of the recent U.S.-assisted coup in Haiti, and calls for an investigation. This article came via Popi and Tom Natsoulas. –doclalor ] The Illegal Coup in Haiti: The Kidnapping of Aristide Violated US and International Law March 31, 2004, CounterPunch.orgby MARJORIE COHN Beginning in early February 2004, the democratically elected President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, faced an armed rebellion starting from the North of his country and moving South. The rebel leaders, whom U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell characterized as “thugs and criminals,” include former members […]

TV linked to kids’ attention problems

[ Thanks to Eva Dadlez for passing this article along. –doclalor ] April 5, 2004, Associated Press by Lindsey Tanner CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers have found that every hour preschoolers watch television each day boosts their chances — by about 10 percent — of developing attention deficit problems later in life. The findings back up previous research showing that television can shorten attention spans and support American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations that youngsters under age 2 not watch television. “The truth is there are lots of reasons for children not to watch television. Other studies have shown it to be associated […]

A Heretical View of File Sharing

[ Two economists conclude that illegal “Downloads [of music] have an effect on sales which is statistically indistinguishable from zero” — contrary to what the music industry has claimed, based on a simplistic “single-bullet theory” of why Top 10 CD sales have decreased over the last four years. –doclalor ] April 5, 2004, New York Times by JOHN SCHWARTZ The music industry says it repeatedly, with passion and conviction: downloading hurts sales. That statement is at the heart of the war on file sharing, both of music and movies, and underpins lawsuits against thousands of music fans, as well as legislation […]

Defying Bush, Senate Increases Child Care Funds for the Poor

[ Although the Bush Administration opposed an increase in child care monies for welfare recipients, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate opposed the Administration because “Congress could not require welfare recipients to work longer hours without more child care.” Why does the Administration oppose making it easier for welfare recipients and people with low-wage jobs to get child care so that they can pursue job training, or make being employed financially feasible? According to George Lakoff’s metaphor-based analysis of moral politics, “From the Bush perspective [based on the strict-father model of politics], it is … a moral obligation to eliminate […]

Bush and Blair made secret pact for Iraq war

Decision came nine days after 9/11 Ex-ambassador reveals discussion David Rose April 4, 2004, The Observer President George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001. According to Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to Washington, who was at the dinner when Blair became the first foreign leader to visit America after 11 September, Blair told Bush he should not get distracted from the war on terror’s initial goal – dealing with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in […]