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Filibuster Follies

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

The next 48 hours will be filled with excessive commentary on two non-events: the sputtering Democratic filibuster against Sam Alito and the industrial-strength bromides that will be ladled out by Bush in his state-of-the-union address.So, let me dribble a few pre-emptive words out, at least on the former if not the latter. That was a […]

Rolling Stoned

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Just noticed (via an inbound link to me) a spicy new blog by Tim Dickinson at Rolling Stone. A welcome breath of fresh air as Tim deflates the huffing and puffing by the Internet Liberals in their faux war with Chris Matthews at Hardball. Good for Tim. Matthews can blow plenty of balmy gusts; but what […]

Mourning Justo Vasco

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I am sad to learn that my friend, the self-exiled Cuban writer, Justo Vasco died earlier this week of a stroke at his home in Gijon, Spain. He was 62. This is a devastating loss to all of us who knew him. I first met Justo in Havana in 1989 when he was one of […]

Something’s Happenin’, Mr. Jones

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

My latest L.A. Weekly column looks at the case of a certain Mr. Jones — Andrew Jones. He’s the former UCLA student (and certifiable wack job) who had been offering $100 to other students who would tape record or provide notes from the lectures of leftist professors.Jones would then add the info to his website which exposes […]

Smothering The Hearts and Minds

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Let’s make sure we get this story right. You take the captured, uniformed general of an enemy army – and in blatant violation of all notions of human decency and of the Geneva Conventions— you beat him with rubber hoses, pour water down his nose, then stuff him into a sleeping bag, tie him with […]

The Squandering of Pacifica Radio [Updated]

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

***Please see the two crucial UPDATES at the bottom of this post***Everything in me screams to NOT  write this posting. It’s just not worth the pain such endeavors normally evoke. When I’ve done it before, I’ve been slandered, muddied, slashed, booed down, accused of everything short of being Jack Abramoff’s secret lover.  I’ve even been […]

OBL Superstar

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

Beyond the administration’s comic-book caricatures of Al Qaeda—dumbed down enough so that  even your average blow-dried congressman can memorize them between golf rounds—there are actually two or three reporters who have a nuanced and profound understanding of Osama Bin Laden. Peter Bergen, who interviewed OBL and 1997 and is now the author of Holy War, Inc. and […]

Abusive News

Friday, January 20th, 2006

The 2006 World Report is just out from Human Rights Watch and it is not easy reading for those who believe in and value human dignity. In announcing its publication, HRW underlines that the so-called enlightened and advanced countries have much to answer for:New evidence demonstrated in 2005 that torture and mistreatment have been a […]

Bin Thinkin’

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Looks like Osama isn’t so dead after all. He’s back. He’s on TV.  And he’s threatening domestic attacks inside the U.S.  Isn’t that special? Oh, yeah. I forgot one other thing. Move over, Howard Fineman. Now Osama is also a pundit:"Based on the substance of the polls, which indicate Americans do not want to fight Muslims on […]

Jill Carroll’s War

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I’m thinking a lot right now about Jill Carroll, the young American journalist being held hostage in Iraq. On Tuesday, her captors released a video to Al Jazeera saying she would be murdered in 72 hours if women prisoners were not released from Iraqi prisons.Carroll is a 28 year old freelance reporter, working primarily for […]

Bachelet’s Burden

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

My editorial on the election of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet appears in the Wednesday edition of The Los Angeles Times.

In the Air

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

In the air today. No posting.

Bachelet: Si Y No

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

The election of  Socialist pediatrician Michelle Bachelet as President on Sunday is good news for the people of Chile. Especially given the alternatives. By a 53-46% margin, Bachelet defeated the conservative candidate, Sebastian Pinera, who is mostly credited with bringing easy credit-card access to Chile.Bachelet becomes Chile’s first woman president and one of the very […]


Friday, January 13th, 2006

I’m happy to report that after — yet one more day– on the Mexican border, we didn’t detect any decline in the BIBILICAL EXODUS of Mexicans heading north, And latest reports indicate that no such let up is predicted for the next 15–20 years — regardless if the U.S. builds its 700 mile, $2 billion […]

Medina on UFW: No Regrets

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

I’m still in the midst of a border journalism conference in Arizona and will spend all day Wednesday in Mexico; so posting will remain light.During the few free moments I’ve had available I’ve been keeping up with the news as best I can. Reporter Miriam Pawel’s Los Angeles Times series thumping on Cesar Chavez’ United […]

Border Line

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Am on the AZ-Mexico border working this week. Posting could be slow.I’m sure you’ll survive.

Picking on the Heirs of Cesar Chavez: A Ripe Story

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

If imitation is the highest form of flattery then I’m feeling mighty flattered today. The L.A. Times has started running a four-part takedown on the United Farm Workers union that was directly inspired if not in great part derived from my own reporting on the subject last summer as well as from a previous, groundbreaking […]

Victimization: In The Eye of the Player

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

This extremely politically correct piece in the Washington Post twists itself into a mutli-knotted pretzel attempting to portray a major Abramoff-linked Indian tribe as purely innocent victims.Reporter Peter Whoriskey lards the piece with self-serving quotes like this one: "Abramoff and his partner are the contemporary faces of the exploitation of native peoples," said David Sickey, […]

Sorting Out The New Latin American Left

Friday, January 6th, 2006

I love this piece by Jorge Castaneda, former Mexican Foreign Minister and someone I’m proud to claim as a friend.Jorge argues that with most Latin American nations now under left-of-center government, it’s a primitive notion to lump all the new leaders together into one, single species of "lefist."  There’s one "left," he points out that comes […]

Schwarzenegger’s Double Play

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

California Governor Schwarzenegger is likely making the speech of his political life this afternoon. His State of the State address will chart a warm and cuddly centrist course that Arnold hopes will win back the wafflers and set a winning tone for his November re-election campaign. You will remember, I trust,  it was exactly a year […]