Monday, March 25, 2002

  • Free Trading Democracy for Profits

    Yesterday was the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, one of El Salvador’sgreat human rights leaders. It was also the last day of President Bush’s so-called tour of Latin America ­ a tourthat ended in a six-hour visit to El Salvador. During that visit, Bush met and dined with President FranciscoFlores, the same man who famously dedicated his presidency to the army major responsible for Romero’s assassination.Bush’s visit was met by protests both in and outside the country.

  • "Angels of the Public Interest" Gather in Front of the Federal Communications Commission Todemand An End to Media Consolidation

    Last night was the 74th annual Academy Awards — the entertainment industry’s Big Night, Hollywood’s prom. Thisyear’s event had all the glitz and glamour of year’s past, combined with a solid dose of flag-waiving,sentimentality, and self-congratulation. There were also overwrought tears, long speeches, and not a fewdeclarations of the industry’s continued relevance, even in the wake of 9/11. But there were also some significantfirsts last night. Halle Berry won the award for best actress, becoming the first African American woman to win thataward in the Oscar’s 74-year history. She won for her role in the movie, "Monsters’ Ball." In the best actorcategory, Denzel Washington took home the golden statue. It was only the second time in Oscar history that anAfrican American man had won that award. The first was Sidney Poitier, who was honored last night for his brilliantand barrier-breaking career in film.

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