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Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s image of women

Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering work has advanced the study of gender representation in the media. In this new version of the award-winning Killing us Softly film, Kilbourne uses over 160 ads and TV commercials to critique advertising’s image of women. Part One of this documentary is available on YouTube, uploaded January…

Beyonce in blackface for magazine tribute to Fela Kuti

Beyonce appears in blackface for L’Offciel magazine’s photo spread, provoking debate about whether or not the magazine’s “tribute” to human rights activist Fela Kuti was in fact, racist. This video (in French) shows footage from the controversial photo shoot. This video is from TF1, broadcast February 20, 2011.…

Drugmakers shielded from lawsuits: US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Vaccine makers are protected from lawsuits, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, dashing the hopes of a US couple who had sought monetary damages after their daughter fell ill after a round of routine childhood inoculations. By a 6-2 vote, the US high court, in an opinion by written…

Protesters locked out of Ohio Statehouse

Thousands of protesters in Ohio found themselves locked out of the Statehouse Tuesday when they arrived to protest a bill that would limit unions’ collective bargaining rights. This video is from ProgressOhio, uploaded to YouTube Feb. 22, 2011.…

US Senator Kerry calls for global pressure on Libya

WASHINGTON – US Senator John Kerry on Tuesday denounced Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protests as “beyond despicable” and called for global pressure to end his regime. The Kadhafi government’s “use of deadly force against its own people should mean the end of the regime itself. It’s…

Wisconsin Capitol blocks pro-union website

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin spoke out forcefully Tuesday after it was discovered that the state Capitol had blocked a website that was attempting to organize those protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip unions of their rights. Anyone trying to use the state Capitol’s Wi-Fi connection to access…

Laziest memo ever? Rumsfeld asked undersecretary to deal with other countries

In 2003, Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld sent to an associate what may well be the laziest memo of all time — especially on orders of high importance. The Atlantic‘s Alexis Madrigal dug through the digital archives at Rumsfeld.com and uncovered an extraordinary message Rumsfeld sent to Under Secretary of…

Walker’s last shot at unions gave jobs to costly, controversial defense contractor

The Republican governor at the center of a proposal in Wisconsin to strip unions of their rights has tried his hand and at union busting before and failed. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow revealed Monday that in 2009, Scott Walker tried to replace the unionized security contractors at the county courthouse and…

Indiana Democrats flee state to protest anti-union bill

Indiana Democrats are reportedly joining their Wisconsin counterparts in staging an exodus from their state to protest a new union-busting Republican measure. Only two of Indiana’s 40 House Democrats showed up for a session Tuesday morning, precluding Republicans from attaining the votes needed to proceed on motions. The rest are…

Huckabee: Government shutdown won’t be that bad

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thinks that the government will eventually have to shut down but it won’t be that bad this time around. “It’s a very different environment this time, he told CBS Tuesday. “I think first of all, a lot of the things that were shut down were…

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