Off My Desk

May 2010

May 25, 2010

Iran, Hawaii, Freedom and Film Festivals

I’ve been writing a bit about freedom of the press here and the fear that drives authoritarian governments to suppress writing and publishing.  We live in a visual time, however, so filmmakers are just as likely to suffer for their speech. Example: Iranian director Jafar Panahi, just released today from Evin prison in Tehran. He’d been Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 22, 2010

Where do Hawaii State Leaders Send Their Children for School?

A KITV investigation finds that legislators send their kids to private school at a rate three times higher than that of the general public. Read more »

Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (1)

May 13, 2010

What Does "Freedom of the Press" Really Mean?

Hint: It's about the machines as much as the professions who go by that name. UPDATE 5/21: China Bans Photocopiers! Read more »

Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 in Media | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 5, 2010

Democrats and Public Worker Unions

A reporter's run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in California offers Hawaii another way to look at the relationship between such unions and the Democratic party. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 in Politics | Permalink | Comments (2)