Monday, March 31, 2003
And new developments: Rumsfeld v. the Pentagon by Seymour Hersh, in New Yorker.
Peter Arnett fired, Arnett's Baghdad Diary on MSNBC.
Most wanted man in America? on Adnan Gulshair El'Shukri-jumah in the Miami Herald.
US officals' quotes about how easy the war would be.... (before and after war started) from Reuters Alertnet.
Saturday, March 29, 2003
Mostly useful links added this week:
And more useful links....
Statistics, Public Records, Tools,Business, Governments/Politics, News, People: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, March 28, 2003
1940's war posters remixed:
...at Sidney Morning Herald.
Thursday, March 27, 2003
Full of war links/articles:
And: The Onion on Iraq War.
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
LT Smash has moved to get more bandwidth. Read his dispatches at www.lt-smash.us (the old address was .com). Noted here:
Thomas Mullen Adams 1975-2003
Adams, a Lieutenant in the US Navy, was killed early Sunday morning when two British Sea King helicopters collided shortly after takeoff from a ship in the Persian Gulf.
A descendant of two presidents and a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Adams was a Naval Flight Officer participating in an exchange program with the Royal Navy. He was 27 years old.
Guardian cartoon by Steve Bell:
More Steve Bell cartoons.
Chris Albritton, who started his Back to Iraq blog to raise money to go to the Mideast to cover the war, has made the $10,000 he needed and is on his way. He expects to continue the blog by posting via listserv email. Let's see how this goes: the first Weblog war correspondent?
In one of the latest posts he links to this Paul Krugman column in the NY Times about Clear Channel and pro-war rallies. Clear Channel, of course, is run by big Bush supporters.
More on Chris' trip in Warblogging.com.
(Note I haven't linked to Warblogging before but find some interesting things there, including the Index of Evil and this entry on torture....)
Good Guardian article on torture and international law.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
This, about Basrah?
Basra takes its name from the great military camp, which was founded by the second Caliph Omar Bin al-Khatab in 637 AD near the present town of Zubair, to control lower Iraq and its sea approaches. From this military camp grew the first famous city of Basra, where philosophers, poets, historians and theologians founded important schools which profoundly influenced all Islamic thought and Arab literature.
It was called Basorah in the collection of Oriental folk tales known as the Arabian Nights. It is associated with the name of Sinbad the sailor (from "The Thousand and Nights"), for it was from here that he set out to his seven fabulous voyages. An Island close to the river bank bears his name.
Do it yourself war coverage: Boston Globe's Alex Beam on finding news you need on the Web. (Here's my list. And this one.)
Knight Ridder's Joe Galloway has a fascinating look at the war situation so far and the contrast between Rumsfeld's hopes and combat reality. As a Vietnam-era survivor, I consider Galloway's (and Hal Moore's) We Were Soldiers Once....and Young to be one of the three or four best books about that war. The sidebars on this bio page link to Joe's biography, information about the book, movie and the battle of Ia Drang, and previous columns.
Monday, March 24, 2003
More war links:
Something strange is going on with my Website host at Earthlink. That's why the image/ logos at top keep popping in and out. Also, the links in middle left column (including Iraq links) are there. If you can't get to them, try later. It's intermittent.
Radio Netherlands has moved its Iraq media coverage to a new Radio Weblog, at radio.weblogs.com/0121781/.
Sean Paul Kelley at The Agonist Weblog is giving the TV networks a run for their money as he monitors news with a couple dozen browsers open. An incredible job.
In another mass blogging enterprise, The Command Post has several correspondents posting links to news/analysis. And another, similar enterprise at Winds of Change, which also includes a posting called "Essential War Briefing" with links to timeline and military and weapons analyses.
Salam Pax is back online after a couple days of no Internet access in Baghdad.
"Today’s (and last night’s) shock attacks didn’t come from airplanes but rather from the airwaves. The images Al-jazeera is broadcasting are beyond any description. First was the attack on (Ansar el Islam) camp in the north of Iraq. Then the images of civilian casualties in Basra city. What was most disturbing are the images from the hospitals. They are simply not prepared to deal with these things. People were lying on the floor with bandages and blood all over. If this is what “urban warefare” is going to look like we’re in for disaster. "
Sunday, March 23, 2003
Saturday, March 22, 2003
Continuing with war links today (a few of these may have been mentioned earlier):
And more useful links....
News, People, Florida: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
No fun this week.
Friday, March 21, 2003
Nothing like a war to jumpstart innovation. For those who are relying more and more on Weblogs for the news, a couple of things:
The Guardian is publishing day-by-day news of the war, too. Here's Day two. Also: Guardian reporter diaries: With the troops.
Reuters Alertnet is also doing quick war action summaries: Military action by 1230 GMT on day two of Iraq war.
"Salem Pax" on Iraqi TV:
"This leaves two channels: Iraq TV and Shabab (youth) TV. They are still full of patriotic songs and useless "news", they love the French here. We also saw the latest Sahaf show on Al-Jazeera and Iraq TV, and the most distressing minister of Interior affairs with his guns. Freaks. Hurling abuse at the world is the only thing left for them to do."
Thursday, March 20, 2003
(Post changed Friday morning:) Yesterday after my comment about a huge "WAR" headline, I went to Newseum and checked other pages. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many papers had subdued heds. But there were about 15, I'd guess, with huge WAR heds. So guess my local paper wasn't the only one. (Note yesterday I posted two eerily similar front pages from the SF Chronicle and Seattle Times. The links changed today, to today's papers. So if you noticed my post earlier today and wondered what it was about, please ignore.) -- Friday Mar 21, 9:10 am.
Another resource not mentioned yesterday: Lost Remote is full of good war links, war coverage links, and links to war correspondents' blogs and online reports.
Linked from Lost Remote: Iraq War Weblog, USA Today's coverage of Weblogs as the war begins.
How big was the headline on your front page today? I was embarassed by ours. It was huge and unseemly (I thought), WAR BEGINS. I'd have made it about the third the size, and called it US ATTACKS. Project for today: I'll be going to the Newseum to compare headlines.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
The News Division of the SLA (Special Libraries Assn) has posted Tim Rozgonyi's Iraq links, a very complete compilation. I know news librarians/researchers are scrambling to get links lists in place in their newsrooms; I have been keeping a list up for a few months (mostly linking to larger, better compilations...a version is here...), but this week have expanded and targeted the newsroom links. This list, from Tim, will help other researchers keep up. Thanks, Tim, and Jessica Baumgart, SLA news div's Webguru. (There are also links to Tim's lists on Sabrina Pacifici's BeSpacific law Weblog.)
And more on blogging: from today's post on Deborah Branscum's blog:
"As Scoop Nisker always said, if you don't like the news, go out make some of your own. So I hope you're blogging. Truly."
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
Here's how Kevin Sites sees it, after just a few days of blogging from Iraq:
"It's good to be in the blogosphere.
...Look at all of the people responding, because you put this blog out there. This experience has really made me rethink my rather orthodox views of reaching folks via mass media. Blogging is an incredible tool, with amazing potential. The feedback readers are posting motivates me to provide as much as I can for all of these folks hungry for first-hand info. "
Good list of more war blogs and correspondents' reports linked on the Cyberjournalist Great Iraq Coverage page linked below.....
Meanwhile, this has been discussed in other blogs but worth mentioning again: Americans are going to foreign news sources for coverage of war news; in Wired.
And, found in the Wired story: Buzz.weblogs.com (Straight talk on media matters), Deborah Branscum's blog...her take: "Thus far the press has done a pretty shitty job of covering the US conflict with Iraq..."
Monday, March 17, 2003
....wonder if any of these guys will be in office 2 years from now...?
Sunday, March 16, 2003
A new acquaintance asked me yesterday if I read newspaper editorials and opinion pieces, and I said don't much anymore. "What do you read then?" My automatic answer: Weblogs.
Never thought about it until then, but I realized that I rely on the Weblogs I regularly read (those in the left column, and others linked on the more Weblogs link) to point me to opinions I am interested in reading. That access gives me a worldwide perspective that I don't get from my local newspaper, or even from the major national newspapers.
I rely on the bloggers I read to help me find things I might have missed: a Times leader or Guardian columnist, an fascinating story in a small newspaper across the country, a study on an interest group's Website, a lovely piece of online art. Or sometimes to a personal opinion written by someone I never heard of but am very interested in reading.
I’ve read all the analyses of why blogging is or is not journalism, and agree with points in pieces on either side. But it's become clear to me that reading blogs has become my method of choice for broadening my understanding.
I still read my local newspaper -- and newspaper and broadcast websites local and international. But I get the straight news from them. For finding out what people are thinking, I'd rather rely on my online “friends.”
Saturday, March 15, 2003
The weekly update:
This week, as usual lately, dealing with disturbing issues in the news. As librarians and other people who deal with information learn to deal with new privacy restrictions, help is coming from various organizations. From the librarians at UC Berkeley, a resource: U.S. Patriot Act resources from LII -- Librarians' Index to the Internet. And from the Special Libraries Association (which may not have that name much longer): SLA's Patriot Act portal.
And, for those putting together war toolboxes, this week's war collection, including things pointed to earlier in the week:
And more useful links....
Also: business/legal journals from several cities: New Orleans, Colorado Springs, Portland OR, Rochester NY, Milwaukee, Hampton Roads VA, Minneapolis, Idaho, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Long Island, Pueblo, St. Charles MO, St Louis, Vancouver WA.
People, Business, Florida: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, March 14, 2003
Food for thought: Bill Moyers interview with former NYT reporter Chris Hedges on what war REALLY means. "Our whole civil society is being torn apart. Once again, as is true in every war, the media parrots back the clichés and jingos of the state. Imbibes and promotes the myth. In wartime, the press is always part of the problem." The PBS site has some good links on war reporting.
And, on this topic: Pentagon rules for the news media; also, a strange restriction in Kuwait via Nick Denton's blog.
For the toolbox: Newslab links for journalists: Internet Resources for Covering Iraq from NewsLab.
And: Guide to Iraqi Web Sites from Iraq Foundation (via Jeff Jarvis).
Another war blog: Kevin Sites CNN correspondent is blogging from Kuwait. Includes audioblogs.
Website roundups from Washington Post: Rallying online: story on pro-war Websites and Weblogs. Previous stories: Religious groups online for peace; Antiwar Websites overseas; Mobilizing online against war.
Happy birthday, Albert Einstein and Alan!
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Sun Sentinel columnist Ralph de la Cruz returns to Cuba to visit family he left 40 years ago, in An Immigrant's Story, a 5-part series and photo gallery. More and more of these stories are coming out of South Florida, as people who once feared or refused to return to Cuba have decided it's worth it now.
In times of instability, who wants to fly to Cancun or Caymans when you can have just as good a time in the good old us of a? Spring break comes back to South Florida -- with a vengeance. On top of all else, Girls Gone Wild. And we wonder why American culture isn't respected abroad?
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Center for Responsive Politics has issued a new report, Postwar Profiteers, showing how the usual suspects... you know, Brown & Root, Halliburton, Bechtel....have given millions to Republicans, and are now first on the list to get plum construction jobs in post-war Iraq. Deja vu, again....just like back in the bad-old days of Vietnam...
I sign on this Wednesday morning, and find strange things in the news (not in my morning paper): an assassination in Serbia, the Great Lakes freezing over. Bad omens. When I was a kid, growing up just a mile or so from Lake Ontario, the last anyone could remember the lake freezing was in the mid-'30s (although Ontario isn't one of the lakes freezing now...despite being the smallest).
And, of course, in my morning paper: Mother of all bombs. It was the first test of the weapon, which could be dropped on Iraq to deliver a blow as devastating psychologically as physically. U.S. military officials and civilian analysts said the timing of the test was not coincidental.
"It has a lot of shock and awe to it," said Harlan Ullman, ...". Oh good. So we drop it over Florida just to try it out. We can take it.
Meanwhile, it's still unseasonably hot in Miami. March is usually the best month here, with temps in the low 70s and warm breezes. This year, it's in the high 80s and we have the AC on. It's so cold at work I need a jacket every day, and I've come down with a roaring cold. All these things make me uneasy. As if the months of warmongering haven't already made us all a little insane.....
Meanwhile, Poynter adds to the useful war coverage links with an Iraq Resources page which pulls together their coverage suggestions/links with links to other resource pages at other organizations.
And, in war blogging news, the newspaper site NJ.com has started breaking news Weblogs, including War in Iraq, by Jeff Jarvis.
Monday, March 10, 2003
Living in a motorcycle racing-loving family, I hear complaints all the time about newspapers not covering this international, growing sport. This weekend was the start of the season and some of the most important races of the year, at Daytona. Not a word in my local (Florida) newspaper, or even a mention that the biggest race of yesterday was postponed til today because of rain. No wonder some people give up on newspapers. I know it's hard to cover everything, but it's what people go to papers for: news about things that are important to them.
In more moto racing news, British star of the 70's, Barry Sheene, died yesterday. Lots of people know this name. Will it be in the papers here? Doubtful. (We got to see Sheene race in a vintage race in England two years ago. My husband, a huge fan, was thrilled.)
End of rant. Making coverage decisions is difficult, I know. How do you do it all?
On another front, the first sites under the .af domain are coming online: Islamic Transitional State of Afghanistan , an official government site (at www.af). Also: A UN site based in Afghanistan.
Sunday, March 09, 2003
Have created a Hotmail address which I'll use to replace the infi.net address that's going away: ElisabethDonovan.
Saturday, March 08, 2003
An email from my mail and Web page host, Earthlink, tells me that they are losing the infi.net domain name in May. So they've purchased a new domain name, infionline.net, which goes into effect on May 15. (Wouldn't it have been easier just to switch us to earthlink.net?). If you have my email in an address book, keep in mind that the old address won't work after May 15.
Although they say the Web storage will stay the same, keep an eye out for problems with any bookmarks to the home.infi.net/~edonovan Web pages, like the Behind the News research site/Weblog directory, after that date......(FYI, for anyone interested, the infi.net address came from the company that originally supported Knight Ridder newpapers' Websites.....once my address was @herald.infi.net...)
Didn't get to posting much this week, lots of stuff going on. And with the temperature reaching 90 in Miami almost every day this week, rather discouraging. Hope it'll even out -- and cool off -- next week. Meanwhile, more of the same:
War, war and more war:
More things to add to the growing war resource lists:
And, mentioned earlier this week:
And one good resource on another topic still in the news:
And more useful links....
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
There was a demonstration in support of the Florida State Library yesterday. See a slide show of the 'human chain' around the library. Comments on Metafilter. Meanwhile the online petition got 13,099 verified signatures. More info from Rootsweb, and from Florida Library Association.
American Press Institute has started a new Weblog/directory, Beyond the Battle, with information to help news media prepare for War.
Seattle Times' sports weblogs covering state hoops. (via Derek Willis)
Conflict in Iraq very nice links page from the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, includes blog links. (via JD Lasica).
Tuesday, March 04, 2003
Monday, March 03, 2003
Meanwhile, some research news: