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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW THAT TURNED INTO A BOOK REVIEW

An Interview with the author of "Muhajababes: Meet the New Middle East -- Young, Sexy, and Devout" that turned into a BuzzFlash commentary.

What a novel idea!

Allegra Stratton, a young British journalist with precociously impressive credentials (the BBC and various UK print publications), set out to interview and profile residents of major cities in the Islamic world with one pre-condition: they all had to be around her age, 24 (Stratton’s age at the time).

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

Well, I think that he learned over time to be a better speaker than he was when he started out -- to focus more on his delivery. I think -- and it's been said by others, probably better than me -- that he learned a lesson in the Congressional [primary] race that he lost in 2000 -- not just lost, but got beaten pretty badly. ... I think he learned over time to focus more on, as I said, delivery and presence, and to be a good speaker. I wouldn't say that's the way he started out.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

This is our time. We've had eight years of failed policy from Bush. Now McCain wants to continue it. But this is our time to make the case for progressive ideology in America, to get our economy back going strong, to get good-paying jobs in America, to relieve our dependency on foreign oil. This is the time for liberals and progressives to stand up. Lay out a case. And I believe we'll win with a significant number of Americans supporting us.

-- Representative Robert Wexler, six-term Democratic congressman, Florida's 19th District

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

When we pander to our machines rather than look each other fully in the eye, when doctors interrupt, on average, after 18 seconds of listening to the patient, when two-thirds of the children 18 and under grow up in homes where the TV is on most of the time, which is an environment linked to attention difficulties -- when we can't think -- when, in a knowledge economy, we can't find the time to think deeply, to wrestle with an idea or a problem -- well, we're really facing a dark age on many scores.

-- Maggie Jackson, Journalist and Author, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

... these industrial methods of farming have gotten us used to cheap food. The corollary of cheap food is low wages. What we need to do in an era when the price of food is going up is pay better wages. A living wage is an absolutely integral part of a modern food system, because you can't expect people to eat properly and eat in a sustainable way if you pay them nothing.

-- Raj Patel, Author, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle For the World Food System

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

I wrote this book because I felt that this is hurting America. ... I didn't want to feel I left a legacy for my children of this sort of hateful talk. You stand up and say, look, not in my country. I'm not going to stand here and be silent while you go and dehumanize everyone who disagrees with you.

-- Rory O-Connor, coauthor, Shock Jocks, Hate Speech & Talk Radio, America's 10 Worst Hate Talkers and the Progressive Alternatives

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A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

I want to blame the media. I want to blame the Bush administration. But we have to get past it. We've done that for years now, and that's not going to solve anything. One of the statements I make in the book is that if politicians were angels, we wouldn't need smart voters. But the politicians aren't angels. The media, corporate run -- they're not angels. And that's not going to change.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

Rove's dream was to recreate the landscape of the judicial system, and to install judges that were either pliable, malleable, and/or very, very pro-corporation. Essentially that is what he did in Alabama in the early Nineties. That is what this is all about. If you control the governor in the states where the justices are not elected, you control who gets on the supreme court. And that's essentially what this is all about for Rove ultimately. But to get those kinds of things done, you have to eliminate the governor you don't want and install the governor you do want. There are a lot of corporate interests funding this. So it intersects in that sense. It's buying the law and restructuring the state judiciary.

-- Larisa Alexandrovna

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

We have a trade and a globalization policy that is designed to create a race to the bottom among ordinary people. When you force American workers into direct unfettered competition with workers who are enslaved, with workers who are allowed to be paid a dollar a day, with workers who are allowed to be employed in sweatshops, you are creating a wage-cutting environment that's destroying competition towards the bottom.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

One thing which struck me during my trip and researching this book was the turning away from the traditional right-wing military establishment. That is a huge development. I was really struck by that when I went into the Ministry of Defense in Buenos Aires, hoping to interview high-up government officials about Argentina's military policy. The official who greeted me was, A, a woman, and B, a civilian.

--Nikolas Kozloff, author, Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left

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