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October 14, 2008

Enough of the freak show, Solana Larsen

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Today in my inbox, I have an email from Color of Change asking me to sign an open letter to the McCain/Palin campaign asking them to stop being racially divisive. They've teamed up with Brave New Films in distributing this video collage of racial attacks and media hype. If we are to believe t...

“Obama is the New Black”, Solana Larsen

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A quick aside: I wonder if a presidential candidate has ever graced so many t-shirts as Obama has. Certainly in New York City, his face is on shirts at street stalls and wholesale retailers everywhere. Yesterday, on Union Square in Manhattan, I saw a shirt for sale that said "Obama is the Ne...

October 13, 2008

USA: Homeland GuantanamoThis is a Video post

A new interactive online game by human rights organization Breakthrough uses video to illustrate the injustices many documented and undocumented immigrants face in detention centers across the United States. In "Homeland Guantanamo", players assume the role of a journalist trying to get more information on real life detainee who has died in custody.

October 7, 2008

From Alaska to the Moon, Solana Larsen

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I know most people have moved on from the silly claim that Sarah Palin can see Russia from her backyard - but in case you're wondering 'wait, can she really?' (the U.S. media still seem to be wondering) - check out this amusing post from American expat Erik Rassmussen who has used a dis...

Pit Bull chomps Biden, Solana Larsen

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The international press may be on the fence when it comes to calling last night's winner in the vice presidential debate, but the New York right-wing tabloids have an unsurprisingly clear favorite. I just spent the morning reading the New York Sun's total endorsement and celebration of Sa...

August 29, 2008

Voices without Votes on the Convention,

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Getting anywhere near The Big Tent is a hectic experience. There are several degrees of credentials, bracelets for backstage, dozens of smiling volunteers, free massages by Google, and free burritos and beer. This isn't where the politicians are speaking (although many visit). This is where the...

August 27, 2008

“Anything that doesn't say Biden costs $10″, Solana Larsen

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I spent most of the afternoon wandering around looking at people who came here for different reasons. There are a lot of strange people here, including a whole delegation of people carrying "9/11 was an inside job" banners demanding "the truth". There are merchandise dealers eve...

Denver: Speaking tomorrow in “The Big Tent”, Solana Larsen

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I've arrived in Denver and slowly finding my way around the city. Tomorrow, I am speaking at a UN Foundation event in "The Big Tent" about Americans, foreign policy and international perceptions. Come say hello! “New American Consensus on International Cooperation” Loca...

August 26, 2008

The Obama and Biden Show, Solana Larsen

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Democratic inboxes have been bombarded for days with emails from the Obama campaign and the Democratic Convention. Today, came the latest installment of the elegant communications operation - a video of Obama and Biden making a joint appeal for funding on the first day of the Democratic Convention....

Would you vote Pepsi or Coca-Cola?, Solana Larsen

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At times it feels the Democratic Convention operates a little bit like a big events company. Witness for instance, the press release they sent out on August 14, announcing the fact that Coca-Cola has been "Named Official Recycling Provider of the 2008 Convention" and will even be donating...