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"The Resurrection of Jacqueline and Other Ghosts"

Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, Prensa Latina

A new style is making headway in US journalism: to reveal
that some of its main stories were the spurious work of
frauds violating every ethical principle in order to lie,
falsify and plagiarize.

"G.I.'s Padlock Baghdad Paper Accused of Lies"

Jeffrey Gentleman, NY Times, March 29, 2004

AGHDAD, Iraq, March 28 — American soldiers shut down a popular Baghdad
newspaper on Sunday and tightened chains across the doors after the
occupation authorities accused it of printing lies that incited violence.

"Billionaires for Bush? Well, Yes and No"

Donovan Slack, Boston Globe

There was a fraction of a moment when no one knew how to react. Outside the Park Plaza Hotel — where a boisterous crowd of protesters was chanting, beating drums, and bristling with antiwar signs meant for President Bush — a group of about a dozen approached. They were in ball gowns and suits and drinking champagne. "Bush and Cheney are good for us," they chanted.

"Look at all these liberal hippies coming around with their boo-hoo signs," said one of them, a woman in a silver lame wrap and designer sunglasses.

Some of the protesters turned, stunned. But then someone pointed to the signs the fancy-dresssed group was carrying — "Free the Enron Seven" and "Corporations are People Too!" — and the crowd erupted with shouts of approval. "We should let them get up front," somebody shouted, telling the crowd to part and let them pass toward the hotel.

Full story: Boston Globe

Oliver Stone's Castro Film to Air Only in Canada

Simon Houpt, Toronto Globe and Mail, Sat., March 20, 2004

[Oliver Stone spent three days in Cuba with Castro talking about youth,
power, everything from Fidel's failings as a father to drinking nights with
Krushchev. The result is a film HBO won't show, perhaps because it puts a
human face on the U.S.'s eternal enemy. But the CBC isn't afraid to air it.]

NEW YORK -- The phone line to Los Angeles is weak and crackling, and Oliver
Stone asks me to call him back. "I thought maybe our phone was being tapped
by the Bush Administration," I say when I finally reach him. "Huh huh," he
chuckles without mirth. "Huh huh. Huh huh. I don't know if that's funny or

jim writes:

"Liberal Talk Radio Network to Launch March 31, 2004"

Air America Radio, a progressive talk radio network, announced today it will hit the airwaves on March 31st. "Air America Radio is launching in the top U.S. markets with leading talent that will provide compelling and entertaining programming on the radio, on satellite feeds, and on the web," said Mark Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Air America Radio. "We aim to build an important new media franchise that delivers results."

Bottled Tap Water Withdrawn After Cancer Scare
Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian

First, Coca-Cola's new brand of "pure" bottled water, Dasani, was revealed earlier this month to be tap water taken from the mains. Then it emerged that

what the firm described as its "highly sophisticated purification process", based on Nasa spacecraft technology, was in fact reverse osmosis used in many modest domestic water purification units.

Journalists Walk Out on Powell in Baghdad

Protest Alleged Killing of Arab Correspondents by U.S. Troops

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN), Friday, March 19, 2004 -- Several Iraqi and other international journalists walked out of a coalition news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday in Baghdad over the alleged killing of two Arabic-TV network journalists by U.S. soldiers.

U.S. Videos, for TV News, Come Under Scrutiny

Robert Pear, The New York Times

WASHINGTON, March 14 -- Federal investigators are scrutinizing television segments in which the Bush administration paid people to pose as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law, which would be offered to help elderly Americans with the costs of their prescription medicines.

Briton Accuses American Captors
Freed Guantánamo Prisoner Also Condemns British Government
Tania Branigan, The Guardian

A second Briton released from Guantánamo Bay last night savaged the United States for gross breaches of human rights which he alleged included interrogation at gunpoint.

Tarek Dergoul, 26, from London, also condemned the British government for allowing his continued detention in Bagram and Kandahar in Afghanistan and then the US base in Cuba and called for the release of remaining detainees.

VenezuelaFOIA.info (by the Venezuela Solidarity Committee/
Venezuela Solidarity Network): Venezuela Solidarity Committee writes:

"Chávez Says U.S. Is Fueling His Enemies"

Juan Forero, The New York Times, March 11, 2004

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 10 -- Under United States pressure to allow
a recall referendum against his rule, President Hugo Chávez has in
recent days counterattacked, charging that the Bush administration is
trying to oust him by aiding his adversaries, including those who
briefly overthrew him in a 2002 coup.

Mr. Chávez has seized on the information in reams of United States
government documents, made public by a pro-Chávez group in New York
that show Washington is trying to strengthen political parties and
other antigovernment groups that want to remove the populist
firebrand through a recall.


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