Category Archives: International

The Art of News: NDTV Sweat the Pakistani FM

The horrific Mumbai attacks have made clear to me how potent a news org NDTV is. CNN started carrying the channel’s coverage right away, and they do basically seem like India’s Anglophonic version of Turner’s behemoth. But their crews seemed to swarm the scene with an uncommon ferocity, and their correspondents held themselves with great poise.
It seems like their live feed will be compelling viewing for a long while to come (wild commercials, too). Below, anchor Pranam Mukerjee and reporter Vikram Chandra grill Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

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Advertising in Israel: Sure, why not, YES!

Time Jerusalem blogger Tim McGirk’s notice
of McCann Erickson Israel’s irreverent use of the spectre of Iranian
president Ahmadinejad in a commercial for that country’s YES satellite
TV company led me to the massive and fascinating YouTube channel for Tel Aviv agency Mizbala, run by confessed “shameless copywriter” Dori.

It seems to feature the whole of McCann’s series of spots for YES, many of which seem to feature a hilarious Busby Berkeley-ish song-and-dance number extolling the virtues of YES programming.
Orthodox Jews singing “YMCA”? YES!
Full Metal Jacket the Musical? YES!
Chapelle-ishly edgy intersection of slavery & hip-hop imagery? YES! YES! YES!

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The other Dirty South

UK-based social network site Bebo is packed with pages by kids repping (or claiming to rep) South London gangs, providing an interesting insight into the multiracial (AfrCarib, S. Asian, white) gangsta scene in the capitol (made up of apparently over 160 crewz). Gun & knife attacks are now running sky-high

Start here, and click on the Similar Stuff icons on the top of the page, and you’ll get the general picture. Among other observations:

  • Brixton (Brixx) is at war with Peckham (Pexx, Pecknarm, etc.)
  • These guys can make names like Woolwich Rd., Ladbroke Grove, Walthamstow, and Camberwell sound hard
  • Lots of international Blood/Crip infiltration, BUT where else but in London can there sprout a Yellow Brick Massive, or the impetus to make a gang color out of…yes…BEIGE??

Check out part of Ross Kemp’s chat w/some S. London boyz, and as a bonus, his exploration of London’s Tamil gang scene. Chili powder!


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Great Bloggingheads diavlogs

As I’ve noted previously on this blog, these folks keep delivering some highly incisive stuff. Among others, check out:

John McWhorter
Glenn Loury

Author and Manhattan Institute scholar McWhorter and
Brown econ prof Loury throw a lot of things around, mostly about race ‘n’ politix, including how r
acism plays less of a role than race, ie white people are less scared of a black prez per se than an unfamiliar black prez surrounded by Farrakhans.

Raj Patel & Megan McArdle
Stuffed and Starved author Patel and Atlantic writer and econ blogger McArdle talk food ‘n’ politics, tackling topics like the World Bank and democracy, the downsides of food aid, and obesity. The occasional familial distractions that Patel experiences during the vlog show the cute idiosyncracies that B-heads makes possible.

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Your dollar, it is worthless here

Verbatim from an email from my non-blogging buddy PHL:

Iran leader dismisses US currency

The dollar has weakened considerably against the euro and other
currencies in the past 12 months.

Its decline has affected the revenues of Opec members because most of
them price and sell their oil exports in the US currency.

Mr Ahmadinejad said that all Opec countries had showed interest in
converting their cash reserves into other currencies.

“They [the US] get our oil and give us a worthless piece of paper,” he
told reporters.

Look at the pic of Ahmadinejad and Chavez – what is that, the penguin
and the riddler? Fill your tank and charge your cell now. Yeah, that
will keep you safe.

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Time Magazine Cairo correspondent Scott McLeod offers up a remarkable slideshow from Education City on the outskirts of Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Read it and weep, America–this is what can be done with a portion of the profits from a half-million barrels per day. Fourteen million square meters, branches of 5 major American universities. Proportionally, if Qatar can hook up one of these, we can do better than our single Education City of Boston—right?


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