World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

World Press Freedom Day, May 3, never really strikes me as a “celebration.” In fact, every year it appears less and less so. Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law is this year’s UNESCO theme. It seems appropriate. The catalogue of persecution, oppression, harassment, murder and imprisonment does not cover the past … More World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

“Or Does It Explode?” On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Death

Originally posted on Destructive Anachronism:
As I’m sure most of you are aware, today marks the fiftieth anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been since 18 March assisting the sanitation workers striking for better pay and working conditions. King, whom…

We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

“Interesting times” could also be rephrased as “dark times,” as a dear Twitter friend described the state of the world the other day. Here’s a guest blog post from my friend Wayne Campbell. You can find his blog at http://www.wayaine.blogspot.com/ and his contact details are below. Wayne is particularly focused on gender issues, and through this … More We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

The Restrepo Man

There have been so many powerful stories lately, it is hard to catch up on them.  But one that resonated with the Petchary recently was the death of Tim Hetherington – photojournalist and filmmaker.  Tim was buried in London yesterday, May 13.  He died covering the conflict in Libya on April 20. The first documentary … More The Restrepo Man

Endings

There have been some endings recently.  Or perhaps, the beginnings of endings.  Yes, it’s over.  But… There seems to be a “but.” Firstly, the last combat troops left Iraq.  They rumbled through the darkness towards the Kuwait border.  The Petchary wondered how the soldiers felt as the desert moved by, as prosaic and as empty … More Endings

Postscript on Peace

Did you know there is a Global Peace Index?  It tries to measure peace (always so much harder to measure than war) and this year, it surveyed 149 countries – in the Caribbean, only Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti (in order of peacefulness).  Right at the top is New Zealand, where nothing ever happens; and at … More Postscript on Peace