Short Takes: News From All Over: January 13, 2005

Radio Insrugente
By Deepa Fernandas, In These Times
For more than a year, clandestine radio stations in the Mexican Chiapas jungle have been broadcasting news, speeches, and music to the members of the Ej?rcito Zapatista de Liberaci?n Nacional (EZLN) rebel army. The EZLN has now developed a Web site with a downloadable archive of these radio programs — an invaluable resource for anyone

interesting interested in learning about the daily lives of Zapatistas. To assist in translating the broadcasts into English, check out Babel Fish. — Alyssa Ford

Fire the Consultants
By Amy Sullivan, Washington Monthly
Ever heard of Joe Hansen, Mark Mellman, or Bob Shrum? If not, it’s worth learning their names, argues Amy Sullivan in Washington Monthly. Despite losing records, these three consultants are so entrenched in the Democratic Party that some insiders are worried they are steering the party down a hill. — Alyssa Ford

The Blog of Henry David Thoreau
By Gregory Perry, blogthoreau
In a time when insightful pondering and deep reflection seem passe, along comes a visionary blogger posting the daily musings of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau’s journal entries will fortify your day, every day of the year, with wisdom that resonates

profound one profoundly 150 years later. — Marca Bradt

How to Give Smart (and Compassionate) Aid to Tsunami Victims
By David Batstone, Sojourners
In response to last month’s tsunami, expressions of financial support have poured in at a record level. There are a number of compassionate souls who have not yet reached out, though, in large part because they are skeptical about where there money is going and whether too much of it will end up in the pocket of ‘middle-men.’ This pieces serves as reassurance that if you give, the money will get there. — Marca Bradt

Abusive Calls Give BBC Chiefs a Jerry Springer Moment
By Owen Gibson, The Guardian
A British version of Janet Jackson’s nipple-baring episode has been playing out over the past few weeks. Seems Christian viewers were bothered by the BBC’s broadcast of Jerry Springer: The Opera.

After it was aired, tThey sent the network 50,000 complaints and peppered station executives with what they describe as ‘abusive’ and ‘threatening’ calls. It’s a guess, but it might have been that scene when Jesus admits that he’s ‘a bit gay’ that kicked up the outrage. — Hannah Lobel,11711,1386867,00.html

Michigan: Who Really Won?
By Jeffrey Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court

‘s handed down decisions on affirmative action that some observers hoped would give minority students greater access to the Ivory Tower. But the court split their rulings: the University of Michigan’s law school admissions policy was upheld while its undergraduate school’s was struck down. As a result, many colleges and universities are unsure how to proceed. At some schools, that hesitance, along with the persistent campaign of affirmative-action foes, may have actually caused a decline in minority enrollment. — Hannah Lobel

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