It may be difficult for anyone born after 1980 to fully grasp how important Aretha Franklin has been to America. There is simply no longer any national context or political narrative that adequately explains it. She began as just a small girl whose remarkable voice was big enough to convey all the frustrated yearnings of an oppressed people, and all the unfulfilled promise of a great nation. We no longer inhabit the kind of world that gave shape, depth, and momentum to Franklin’s career — my own experiential understanding of America has more in common with that of my grandmother, who was born in 1888, than with people who hit their teens or twenties during the 21st century. With Aretha passing this week at the age of 76, I thought of her scene in 1980’sBlues Brothers, a vastly underrated musical comedy that visually centers everything good about this country around the art and personal struggles of roots musicians like Aretha, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker. … [Read more...] about Aretha: The Voice of America
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest New China worry for Donald Trump: Can U.S. win propaganda war against 'Voice of China'? The 'Voice of China' propaganda blitzkrieg is meant to neutralize U.S. influence on every continent. But there's time to catch up and turn the tide. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Haroon K. Ullah, Opinion contributor Published 3:15 a.m. ET April 5, 2018 The 'Voice of China' propaganda blitzkrieg is meant to neutralize U.S. influence on every continent. But there's time to catch up and turn the tide. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE President Trump has more than tariffs, trade wars and military … [Read more...] about New China worry for Donald Trump: Can U.S. win propaganda war against ‘Voice of China’?
The Chinese Communist Party announced this week the creation of a universal propaganda arm named “Voice of China,” which the regime hopes will “ensure its voice is heard loud and clear around the world.” The broadcast media under Voice of China appear to aspire to be a mirror image of the U.S. government’s human rights journalism network Voice of America, founded in 1942 as a counterbalance to the sophisticated Nazi propaganda machine. The organization will employ 14,000 people to spread Chinese propaganda globally.The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, explained in an article published Sunday that Voice of China “is the combination of China Central Television (including China Global Television Network), China National Radio, and China Radio International, and it will serve as an institution directly under the State Council.” It remains unclear if, like Voice of America, Voice of China will also consist of … [Read more...] about Xi Jinping Launches ‘Voice of China’ Network to Show China as ‘Builder of World Peace’
Reform Catholic church to increase attendance Regarding the Jan. 3 commentary, “Declining church attendance deprives society of its benefits”: I agree with John Stonestreet’s column that the decline in church attendance is bad news for everyone — citing societal and personal benefits to regular church attendance. French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville even wrote in the early 1800s that the strength of America lay within its churches. I attribute the decline in Catholic Church attendance to the shortage of good pastors, the closing of neighborhood churches and the church’s business model. Many pastors, as well as bishops, are uninspiring and downright hostile. The shortage of clerics can be alleviated somewhat by making it easier to become a deacon and by permitting women to become deacons. Pastors and priests should also be relieved of church administration. The closing of neighborhood churches (and Catholic schools) had, and continues to have, a … [Read more...] about Voice of the People, Jan. 24, 2018
A deep melancholy set in as I watched the final credits of the film "The Post."The movie is a story about the publication of the Pentagon Papers, a government study that detailed how five presidents from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon publicly lied about America's involvement in the Vietnam War while secretly funding the conflict.The war ultimately would kill more than 53,000 U.S. service members and between 1.5 million and 3.6 million Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians between 1954 and 1975.The New York Times broke the story about the Pentagon Papers first in 1971, but the U.S. Supreme Court enjoined the paper from printing further excerpts, citing national security.The Washington Post acquired a portion of the papers and published them, potentially risking violating a Supreme Court order; imprisonment for contempt of court for the Post's publisher, the late Katherine Graham, and its executive editor, the late Ben Bradlee; as well as the extinction of what was becoming one of the … [Read more...] about In the age of ‘Fake News Awards,’ would people today believe events of ‘The Post’ movie?