WORLD MEDIA WATCH
Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.
Unconfirmed allegations about "the serious illness" of Iran's supreme leader has triggered heated speculation in expat media sources on who the successor to Iran's highest political authority could be. ... Supreme leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran is considered to be the most dominant and influential position in the country's political arena. The leader has absolute power over the functioning of government, parliament and the judiciary system, and is the commander in chief of the military forces. ...
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
All we know is that allowing Bush to put more soldiers in harm’s way in a war that Bush claimed had achieved its mission years ago – and has since degenerated into an imploding civil war which America has no cause to be involved with – is akin to giving an alcoholic a couple of bottles of 100 proof Vodka, handing him the keys to a car, and pointing him toward a pedestrian mall. -- BuzzFlash
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
Democrats and Republicans around the country should tack this list on their frig and remember it and keep track of all other votes against the citizens of this country as a reminder that we need Republican leadership like we need the black plague, Russia, or China taking care of business. These people voted for a bill by Allard of Colorado to eliminate the minimum wage altogether. What do the people in Colorado see in this thug who has no respect for the American worker at all? What kind of people do we have in our government today? A sorry, sorry bunch of tight-assed swells.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
And so it goes, treason from the top -- an all out effort to defame Joe Wilson and his wife, also designed to intimidate anyone who ever thought of telling the truth about the Bush administration!
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Kathy Kelly
Earlier this week, I received a joyful phone call from Baghdad. Members of a family I've known since 1996 announced that one of their younger daughters was engaged. Broken Arabic and broken English crossed the lines – "We love you! We miss you!" My colleague here in Amman, who also knows this family well, shook her head smiling when I gave her the happy news. "What an amazing family," she said. "Imagine all that they've survived." A few hours later, the family sent us a text message: "now bombs destroy all the glasses in our home – no one hurt."
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship
Last week, I attended a reunion of "The 51st State," a robust, local public television news and public affairs program that graced the airwaves of New York City's Channel Thirteen back in the early 1970's. I didn't have the pleasure of working on the show -- it went off the air shortly after my arrival in Manhattan -- but a lot of my friends and colleagues did, and it was a treat to see all of them again.
POWER PLAYS -- WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources.