This US election year an unprecedented number of voters will likely head to the polls to cast their ballots in an exercise that should take just a few minutes to complete. But what about the rest of the minutes left in the year? Author and activist Chris Carlsson has some suggestions for social change beyond voting in Nowtopia, a new book about modern day rebels who, in his words, "aren't waiting for an institutional change from on-high but are getting on with building the new world in the shell of the old."
Source: Multinational Monitor
Susan Linn is associate director of the Media Center at Judge Baker Children’s Center and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also co-founder and director of the coalition Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). She is the author of The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World (2008) and Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (2004).
Multinational Monitor: How much advertising and marketing is directed at kids in the United States? How has this changed over the last 20 years?
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Free Speech Radio News: Internationally acclaimed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish died on August 10th after complications from heart surgery. Considered one of the greatest contemporary Arab poets, Darwish’s work was regarded as the quintessential voice of Palestinian exile – and his death has come as a shock to Palestinians in the occupied territories and abroad.
CLICK HERE to listen to Darwish himself, reading "In Jerusalem", voiceover by Saed Bannoura, music by Marcel Khalife.