In an age of blogs, tweets, hacks and
piles of beans spilled by WikiLeaks, the notion of media censorship
might seem dated. But the rundown of stories Project Censored calls
attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media
outlets favoring the superficial over the substantive don’t give us all
the information we need.
In Egypt today the downside of revolution
is beginning to be felt. During two weeks recently spent there on a tour
to see the ancient sights, and then on my own for several days in
Cairo, most people I talked to were ready for order to happen, although
glad to have moved ahead.
Last month evangelical leaders gathered in
Washington, D.C., for the Values Voter Summit, where disciples of the
Pissed-Off Jesus harrumphed about how much America sucked. That’s when
the bomb ignited.
Even as a lawsuit against the city over
its “chronic nuisance” ordinance meanders through the federal court
system, City Council voted last month to expand the ordinance’s fines,
opening a new chapter in the rancorous history of City Hall’s crackdown
on troubled housing units and so-called absentee landlords.
candidate for Ohio’s 2nd Congressional district David Krikorian has proposed that the state adopt a public banking system
in the form of the Public Bank of Ohio (PBO), which would “alleviate the squeeze on credit, greasing the gears of
capitalism for small business, the engine of economic growth.”
Voters sent a resounding message in Tuesday night's
election, giving Cincinnati City Council's conservative majority its
walking papers and returning control to Democrats after a tumultuous
two-year term. In the process, two longtime incumbents known for their
fiery tempers were defeated.
There were no surprises in the Cincinnati School Board
elections Tuesday night; Incumbents Eve Bolton and A. Chris Nelms held
their seats and newcomer Alex Kuhns also won a spot on the board. The
Hamilton County Democratic Party had stumped for the trio as a bloc and
their names were the most familiar to voters.
For the second time in two years, Cincinnati voters have
rejected a ballot measure that sought to block the city's long-planned
streetcar project. After a hard-fought campaign filled with heated rhetoric
and election complaints, Issue 48 was defeated Tuesday night. A total of
35,655 votes were cast against the measure (51.54 percent), compared to
33,530 in favor (48.46 percent).
The post-election party celebrating the public's execution
of Senate Bill No. 5 was jubilant and electrifying. Throughout the
night at the Holy Grail Tavern downtown, cheers could be heard
celebrating the waves of election reports as they came in.
According to a local public defender,
people appearing in two Northern Kentucky courts — particularly the poor
— are having their rights violated, and judges are responsible. John
Delaney, who heads the public advocacy office that handles cases in
Kenton and Campbell counties, says district judges in those counties are
violating state and federal law in not appointing legal counsel to
defendants who need them.
Nern Ostendorf was named executive
director of Queen City Bike less than two months ago. CityBeat
decided that was enough time to check in with the 24-year-old to discuss
her new role and the organization’s latest initiatives for promoting
cycling as a safe and healthy means of transportation.
If the latest Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey holds true, which reveals that 57 percent of Ohio’s registered voters favor repealing Senate Bill No. 5 while only 32 percent oppose it, then the controversial measure is doomed. And if the opposition to SB 5 does turn out in an off-year election to vote “no” on Ohio Issue 2 , after gathering an all-time state record of 1.3 million signatures on petitions, what exactly has influenced and incited so many?
As our leaders loudly preach, democracy
is something that we export to the rest of the world — to certain
monarchies and autocratic regimes that rule Arab nations, for example.
And it’s understandable though regrettable, they tell us, that there
would be eruptions of pent-up anger at aloof upper classes in India,
Greece, Spain and Israel. But a genuinely populist uprising to
bring democracy, both economic and political, to the U.S.A.?