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“Dream on America”

In light of the "Newsweek Scandal" (alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo) The Globalist editor Stephan Richter argues that the "real crisis [of American journalism] is about an increasing unwillingness to tell hard truths when it really matters."

He describes how Newsweek printed an excellent, but US critical article by Princeton's Andrew Moravcsik in its international edition after President Bush's second inaugurual address, but not in its domestic edition.

Prof. Moravcsik wrote:

Americans are living in a dream world. Not only do others not share America's self-regard, they no longer aspire to emulate the country's social and economic achievement.

(...) The failure of the American Dream has only been highlighted by the country's foreign-policy failures, not caused by them. The true danger is that Americans do not realize this, lost in the reveries of greatness, speechifying about liberty and freedom.

(...) Tellingly, the anti-Bushism of the president's first term is giving way to a more general anti-Americanism.

Stephan Richter (a German immigrant to the US) considers it appaling that Newsweek did not print this article its US edition "given that the real audience for the essay was not the readership abroad, but Americans at home. It would have been a powerful contribution to journalism's highest function — telling truth to power."

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Thomas on :

Aus dem Guardian: According to Professor Richard Sennett, a US sociologist at the London School of Economics, pressure on the Bush administration from US public opinion is weak because most Americans do not believe that the atrocities are systematic. "With all due respect to my countrymen, I don't think they realise how bad the US image is. It's still the 'rotten apple theory' when this stuff happens. This is an administration which has practised a lot of denial. Criticism is swept under the carpet by being treated as anti-Americanism," he said yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1488985,00.html

Ray Tapajna on :

As the tag line goes from the movie Cool Hand Luke, "what we got here is failure to communicate" even in a world of instant communication. Worst yet, there is communications by rank. It seems the facts are encased in a language by elite groupings. It is obvious workers have no voice in the process relating to the workday especially related to Free Trade which is the tool of Globalization. There is a vast population missing in action from any kind of real reporting. Hurricane Katrina exposed this void in New Orleans where a vast under class resided with very little discussed about an obvious silent depression that existed there. Hurricane Katrina exposed it but then the matter was covered again with statistics that do not match up with the streets of USA in New Orleans or across the USA. The rest of the world sees this and discounts what is called the American Dream. In other places while the U.S. fights for so called freedom, many can not find a way to make a living in the structures, the U.S. proposes for the sake of freedom. A cab driver in Chicago told us he chose to be a slave rather than having to kill someone. This is the crux of the problems of the world. USA communicates a world that does not exist even in its own land and trys to pass on this fabrication to others and they know better. A massive Populist movement is rising up in South America challenging the elite U.S. ways of doing things. The Populist wave is flowing over many lands now and merging with others that were in the past distant cultures and societies. Now they are uniting in a way by just saying no to the U.S. push of Globalization and so called Free Trade. Even the term Free Trade is a non-existent term since is not really trade as defined and practiced in the history of the world. Today it is about moving production and factories from place to place seeking the lowest levels of cheap labor. See http://www.experiencedesignernetwork.com/archives/000636.html about the "unnetted" - "if you are not part of any network, you do not exist". And Expore the lost worlds in the Globalist Free Trade Flat World as presented by the elitist communicator from the New York Times - Thomas Friedman. He takes the obvious and covers it with his "communications by rank" changing the obvious to fit into the pattern of Globalization. See http://tapsearch.com/flatworld and http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews/

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