Back to the Future? US-Taliban Negotiations

Tonight’s episode of The Stream on Al Jazeera asked if the US is coming to terms with the Taliban? One of my comments made it on to air tonight, but the 140-character limitations of Twitter may have rendered it an incomplete statement. @AJStream Because they think it’s 1987 again. They want a quick exit, out […]

Who SHOULD Win 2011 VMAs

Tomorrow night MTV will once again takeover Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre to hand out the Moonmen for their Video Music Awards, now in its 27th year. Rather than wondering how Katy Perry managed to earn herself NINE nominations in a year that saw BNW favorites Adele, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Lupe Fiasco score nominations, […]

Tread a Troubled Track : Amy Joins ’27 Club’

In a week that saw 92 people killed in an Oslo bombing and shooting, the further creeping possibility of a US debt default, and famine in Somalia, the death of British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse has quickly proven to be a divisive headline. For some, the talk of a pop star’s death amid all of the […]

Pop Music ‘Drifting Through the Wind’

While actually smart pop stars like 2008’s obsession of the year and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009, M.I.A., are being falsely derided for the very things Jacob Clifton accuses the woman behind such trite lyrics as “After a hurricane comes a rainbow” (seriously though, is that even scientifically accurate) of, […]

‘VIRGINITY TESTS’ and ‘ELECTROCUTION,’ How CNN Sensationalized an Important News Story

Back in March news first broke of female protesters in Egypt being subjected to virginity tests while in prison. Below is video of CNN’s Istanbul-based reporter, Ivan Watson, describing what female protesters faced while in prison under the current ruling military forces in Egypt. Virginity tests and electrocution are serious crimes and violations of human […]