Know Your Sources!
The horrific and shocking nature of breaking news shouldn’t stop you from becoming a well-rounded consumer of worldwide news. In order for you to form an intelligent decision about world events, you MUST develop a portfolio of news organizations that will deliver a diversity of perspectives for you to consider.
Here is a list of a number of news organizations, associations, online resources and opinion makers that will keep you current on world events and help you lead the conversation in meaningful new ways.
It's a selected list of news resources. I will periodically update this as new sources are recommended.
VARIOUS NEWS RESOURCES
BBC (British Broadcasting Company)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London.
It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization and the second largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,000 staff in total, of which 16,672 are in public sector broadcasting
Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة al-ǧazīrah IPA: [æl dʒæˈziːrɐ], literally "The Peninsula", referring to the Arabian Peninsula), also known as Aljazeera and JSC (Jazeera Satellite Channel), is a Doha-based state-funded broadcaster owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network, which is partly funded by the House of Thani, the ruling family of Qatar. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs and satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty TV channels in multiple languages.
Al Jazeera is among the largest news organizations with 80 bureaus around the world. Al Jazeera is owned by the government of Qatar.
Times of India
The Times of India (TOI) is an Indian English-language daily newspaper. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world according to Audit Bureau of Circulations (India). According to the Indian Readership Survey (IRS) 2012, the Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 7.643 million. This ranks the Times of India as the top English daily in India by readership.
AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 2000 news and information items daily from over 130 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. It operates from Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.
Asia Times (atimes.com), a free website, looks at regional and global issues from an Asian perspective; distinguishing it from the mainstream English-language media, whose reporting on Asian matters is generally by Westerners, for Westerners.
Latina is an American monthly lifestyle, entertainment, beauty and fashion magazine for bilingual, bicultural Hispanic women published in English by Latina Media Ventures. It has a combined audience of nearly 3 million
El Mundo - Boston
Family owned and operated Spanish speaking newspaper published by a well respected Cuban American family.
Guangming Daily is an Chinese-language daily newspaper published in the People's Republic of China that was launched in 1949.
*CBS News (Sometimes better insight on stories covered)
BBC News on Cable TV
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Vote Like Your Life Depends On It
Yes, I literally mean it! Today is Election Day in the United States of America. And unless you waited in long lines and early voted or voted by absentee ballot like my younger daughter, Michelle, and I did last week, TODAY is your opportunity to exercise your right to decide the fate of the country.
In full disclosure I am:
•A rabid supporter of President Barack Obama
•A robust supporter of Elizabeth Warren for US Senate
•A fanatic about voting
To me, voting is part of that “rent” you pay for being an American. It is your affirmation for diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. I could write volumes on the sacrifices that my ancestors and yours made to protect our right to vote.
I grew up in Detroit and remember the bloodbath of the 1960s. We all cried for months when our own Viola Liuzzo was shot and killed on the night of the Selma March in 1965. She was a White housewife and mother of five from suburban Detroit, and we were so proud that she and so many others traveled South to stand for freedom and equality for all. She was gunned down like a dog by the Ku Klux Klan, and her death fortified our resolve to Vote Like Our LIves Depended On It.
I will never forget her sacrifice, and the sacrifice of every single Black, White, Asian, and Latino brother and sister who fought and died to protect MY right to vote.
Sorry, my friends, I am a FANATIC about voting. And my former husband and I drilled that into our children’s heads...so they are now voting Fanatics, too.
I support the re-election of President Barack Obama. As soon as I post this commentary, I am headed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to work the polls and help deliver the 4 electoral votes that the Obama Presidency needs.
I believe President Obama needs four more years to finish what he has started in office. And despite the demonic, hate-filled racially motivated attacks on his character, President Obama has persevered with professionalism and vision.
Mitt Romney was my governor, as was his father, George Romney, when I grew up in Detroit. Mitt Romney is NOT George Romney. George, the father, was PRO-CIVIL RIGHTS, and was a decent, respectable man of integrity.
Mitt Romney was a mediocre governor who raised fees at every opportunity so that he would not have to raise taxes. He signed the Massachusetts health care bill because the grass roots organizations, like the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, forced him to do so. He didn’t dare challenge their power.
And I will never forget the 2002 invitation I extended to him to come on my radio program on WILD-1090 AM to address my audience. He blew me off until I “outed” him on the air as the only gubernatorial candidate who refused to come on my show. Two weeks later he did the interview to stave off embarrassment.
I also support Massachusetts’ own Elizabeth Warren for US Senate. Her opponent, Scott Brown, says he’s a Massachusetts Republican, but he votes with the Tea Party Republicans when he is in Washington. The NAACP gave Brown an “F” for his lousy voting record on civil rights issues. He also voted against the pay equity bill for women while in office. I have confronted Senator Brown on two different occasions on his voting record, and he shrugged me off both times when I questioned him.
Can’t support a politician who votes against the social and economic issues of my people. Just can’t do it.
So much for me and my family. We are civically engaged. My brother, sister in law, nieces, nephews, and cousins VOTE. That’s how we were raised by our parents and grandparents...all from the South.
What about you?? Did you register to vote? Did you vote today? Are you taking someone to the polls? If you are in a state like New Hampshire or Minnesota you can register TODAY and vote TODAY.
I made calls for the Obama campaign yesterday. I talked with one woman in New Hampshire and told her that she could register and vote today in New Hampshire. She then told me she would “take it under advisement.”
Some things you don’t “take under advisement.” You just do it. You Vote Like Your LIfe Depends On It!
Tomorrow starts the reset button on either President Obama’s administration or Mitt Romney’s Presidency. As you know, I am rooting for President Obama. I don’t even want to think about a Tea Party led Romney Presidency.
It all depends on YOU. YOU hold the key to the future of our country.
Vote Like Your Life Depends On It.
Vote for the candidates of your choice.
But for God’s Sake...and the Sake of our country.
Carole Copeland Thomas
Born Into A Southern Based Social Justice African American Family
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Many factors caused me to write my new book: 21 Ways To Bring Multiculturalism To Your Job Your Home And Your Community. One of those factors was politics, that dirty little word that often polarizes us whether intentional or not. Our entire planet is impacted by politics and the people who play politics on our behalf. I wrote my book in part to give each reader resources, websites and materials to intelligently decide which political issues matter most in their lives. The book provides a practical guide to understanding diversity, multiculturalism and yes, politics.
This week and next we’ll explore the ways that you can develop your own perspective on multiculturalism, keeping politics in clear view. Explore your own political viewpoints in the pages of my new book.
This week’s spotlight is on the Republican National Convention that ends tonight with Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech. Listen to my show, buy my book, then watch the convention highlights either live or online later. You hold the key to greater understanding of the intersection of global diversity and politics.
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