22/10/2009

Global for meMissing! Where are the Uighur men?


[ Story Ticker ] October 21 update

Afternoon bloggers!

We’ve been worried by some recent news regards human rights in China.

Human Rights Watch, recently released a report in which they have delved into the aftermath of the riots in Xinjiang, the Urumqi capital of China this summer. Their undercover investigators revealed some worrying testimonies from locals.

The riots were the eruption of ongoing ethnic tensions in the region and the Uighurs were blamed for the violence. In the following weeks, large numbers of Uighur men were rounded up by the authorities.

Whilst many have been charged and 11 even given the death penalty- there are still huge numbers of unaccounted for and missing men whose families are being denied answers as to there whereabouts.

For more on this story, check out the pitch on the story page– we want to know more, do you?

For this or any story that you want to know more about, keep suggesting your story ideas today at Global for me!


Pig or Pitbull?

13/10/2009

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Sarah Palin: Would you like to see her in The White House?

The release of former Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin’s biography ‘Going Rogue’, on November 17th, is certain to confirm in the minds of many that she intends to make a run for the White House at the next election.

An incredibly divisive figure, Palin has become emblematic of some of the most contentious differences in philosophy between liberal and conservative America.

Pro-life, pro-gun, anti-big government- heralded as a hero by the bible-belt, the Democrats presented a caricature of Palin, perhaps best exemplified by comedienne, Tina Fey’s impression of her on NBC’s, Saturday Night Live during the last campaign for The White House that became a you-tube sensation.

Even the usually tactfully worded Obama seemed to get in on the action, seemingly in response a Palin sound-bite where she had chosen a cutesy line to emphasise both her small-town credentials and readiness to be vice-president, she had declared to a crowd of supporters,

“You know what the difference is between a hockey mom and a Pit Bull?” Pointing to her mouth, she answered rhetorically;

“Lipstick!”

Six days later to a gathered crowd of Democrats, Obama announced supposedly talking about the health care system;

“You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.”

Whilst he denied any reference to Palin, the comment sent his audience into raptures and received his loudest applause of the day. It is hard to believe that Obama was unsure of the potential interpretation of such a turn of phrase.

The release of Sarah Palin’s biography presents us with a moment to carefully consider her impact upon American politics to date and with our unparalleled network of international journalists, from Washington we can provide political correspondents to give you, the low down on her whirlwind political career thus far and analysis on what the future might have in store.

Global for me is here to pursue the stories you want to know more about.

Let us know what you think- post a comment now and check out the page for this story…

See you soon,

Kit- GFM Team.


GRN Correspondent Simon Lane releases new book

12/10/2009

Welcome back!

Global Radio is pleased to announce correspondent Simon Lane has released a new book, The Real Illusion. It was released in September and is now available online to purchase.

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GRN correspondent Simon Lane is based out of Rio de Janeiro and has written five books.

Description of Book: This book is an anthology of twenty-one stories spanning nearly three decades. Simon Lane’s writing offers a journey of the mind, reflecting the peripatetic nature of the author’s life, or lives. Sharp reportage joins lyrical and metaphorical explorations of the human condition to create a world of its own, always tinted with the most refined sense of humour, no matter what the subject. Enjoy the ride, from Los Angeles to London, from Iceland to Mexico. This will entertain and inspire the most well-travelled reader, indeed anyone seeking a moment’s respite within the eye of the storm.

The Real Illusion

The Real Illusion was published in September 2009.

The Real Illusion launched in Paris at Shakespeare & Co. last week and is coming to London at the Chelsea Arts Club on 21 October. You can also view and buy Lane’s book by clicking here.

Background on Author: Simon Lane writes for a variety of publications. He has been a correspondent in Rio de Janeiro since 2001 and covers all aspects of life in Brazil. Past books include Le Veilleur, Still-Life with Books, Fear, and Word of Mouth.

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

Thank you,

Shea Northcut
-GFM Team


NATO of the South

01/10/2009

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Can Chávez and Gaddafi’s proposed NATO of the South really work?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez this week played host to thirty or so African and Latin-American leaders. Brought together by Chávez for an intercontinental summit, invitees included controversial leaders such as President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi.

Chávez, Gaddafi and Mugabe are never likely to be any western leader’s preferred dinner guests and the gang don’t seem interested endearing themselves anytime soon… Gaddafi and Chávez announced from the summit that they are hoping to form an “anti-imperialist” front across Africa and Latin America that they see as becoming the NATO of the South.

“The world’s powers want to continue to hold on to their power,” Colonel Gaddafi announced somewhat richly for a dictator who had a white limousine flown all the way to Venezuela to meet him at the airport.  “Now we have to fight to build our own power”.

Whilst the behavior of Gaddafi often seems farcical, he is not without influence in the sphere of international politics as was recently illustrated by what many have interpreted as a trade for oil of  Lockerbie bomber, Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi. The eccentricity of Gaddafi’s behaviour perhaps overshadows it’s malignance. Meanwhile Chavez’s polarized Venezuelan citizens love and loathe him with partisan passion whilst he too attains a severity of international influence through his nation’s wealth of oil. Meanwhile Mugabe, despite his horrendous human rights record remains in power with international powers seemingly unable or unwilling to depose him.

This proposed NATO of the South’s membership roster seems a promising idea that has been initiated with a rather peculiar blend of power, hypocrisy and eccentricity by worrisome individuals. You can use Global for Me as a tool to explore the issues discussed here or whatever issues you are interested in- covered in a rather more balanced, informed and analysed way than I have here by Global For Me’s experienced network of expert professional journalists.

For whatever stories you want explored further; at Global for me, we have the correspondents to provide coverage and analysis for the stories you want to know more about.

Post your commments and let us know what you think… up on the stories page.

Kit- GlobalFM


Amateur burlesque cult in NYC

23/09/2009

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[Story Ticker] September 23

Welcome bloggers!


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Laura Sheeter is a GFM correspondent based out of New York City.

Global for Me is pleased to introduce correspondent, Laura Sheeter who has pitched the following story…

“New York’s newest coolest ‘park’ the High Line, a reclaimed elevated railway line, is becoming notorious as a popular hang-out for voyeurs,” said Sheeter. “They watch people in the hotel that straddles the park and end up getting all sorts of things! Apparently there’s something of an amateur burlesque cult developing!”

If you want to know more help get this story produced by Global for me, by pledging your contribution today.

Thanks,

Shea
-GFM Team


Sébastien Pichon creates, “News Delirium”.

21/09/2009

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Sébastien Pichon Radio Chronicles

Welcome viewers!

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Journalist, Sébastien Pichon.

Here at Global for Me, we are always interested in new ways of reaching an audience interested in current and world affairs.

Correspondent, Sébastien Pichon, has launched a new satirical radio chronicle, News Delirium that is both serious and funny. Documenting the things happening in France that are important, fun or just down-right eccentric: to listen to his chronicle online just,Click here.

Would you be interested in following his show every week? Give us your feedback, we’d love to know what you think.

Thanks,

Shea

-GFM Team


Give us Your Feedback: Corporate funding of religious right wing in US

21/09/2009

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Welcome back bloggers!

We recently received astory idea from a Global for me reader, about the use of right wing religious-political groups to lobby for corporations.

Does this story arouse your suspicions? Here was the proposal from our reader:

Allegedly, corporations are using right wing religious-political groups as fronts to fight the introduction of regulations that will hinder their ability to profit from practices that are detrimental to the interests of the majority of society. An alleged example,Cornwall Alliance supposedly uses religion to fight the overwhelming scienctific evidence of global warming, which protects banks, real estate developers, etc. who are profiting from cutting down rainforests to build $1M energy pig “tar paper shacks” on US farmland.

Do you want aGlobal for Me journalist to investigate this story? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Thanks for your support,

Shea

-GFM Team


Ticker: two trials- Amanda Knox and Alberto Fujimori

16/09/2009

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[Story Ticker] September 16 update

Hi, Global for me followers!

There are two new stories up on the GFM ticker- we’ve been following two intriguing trials.

The murder of Meredith Kercher.

Over in Italy we have the reopening of trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, which has been making the headlines but here at GFM we are wondering if she is really getting a fair trial or if the media’s fascination with portraying her as the femme-fatale “Foxy-Knoxy” has biased the case. Read the page.

Alberto Fujimori.

Meanwhile over in Peru a scandalous case involving corruption at the highest echelons of power. Former Peruvian President, Alberto Fujimori, who is already serving a 25 year sentence for alleged human rights abuses in his war on drugs and embezzlement of state money- is due to take to the stand again. Over in Peru, suggests that the majority of the population feel he warrants a pardon- can this happen? Fujimori is adamant that the charges are politically motivated. Read here– if you want to find out more.

Help get these stories told and many more at Global For Me.


We’ve signed Tony Cowell!

21/08/2009

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Tony Cowell signs on to GRN.

Evening, bloggers.

Huge announcement today, all having to do with one of the Cowell brothers.

Some readers will recognize that last name through one of TV’s most difficult-to-please judges: Simon Cowell. Well, his brother Tony has recently signed on to our parent company Global Radio News and several new projects are in the pipeline. Here’s a look at what’s coming:

GRN Signs Cowell

Tony Cowell has signed for Global Radio News Limited to act as his agents for all of his broadcast work.

Tony has over 20 years of journalistic experience and due to his close working relationship with his younger brother, X-Factor and American Idol mogul, Simon Cowell, Tony is the first person a radio or TV broadcaster should turn to for breaking news and gossip in the world of celebrities.

We’ve had Paula Abdul’s dramatic departure, Victoria Beckham tanking as her shock replacement- all this before the season of American Idol has even started! Not to mention the drama and tears as X-Factor gets underway in the UK later this month. Expect the new season of X-Factor to be the biggest and best yet with Tony Cowell as the eyes and ears on the inside.

GRN has arranged for Tony Cowell to become Real Radio’s official X-Factor correspondent.

As one of the few profitable broadcast news media businesses in the UK, let alone in the world, the potential of this new direction is exciting as it means that the agency which is usually associated with current affairs and breaking news, is now positioning itself to become less event-driven and thus take the company to the next level.

For further information please call:
Henry Peirse
020 7976 5335

The official press release by Real Radio is after the break in the blog post. Some of the new projects start today, so tune in.

All the best,

Kim

–GFM Team

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Ticker: Beruit’s lost treasures, Roman ruins knocked down for development

04/08/2009

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[Story Ticker] August 04 update

Afternoon, bloggers.

Our story ticker updates again today with a story that may prick the conscience of those interested in preserving history.

Here’s the full pitch from Kit on our main Global for me website:

Beruit’s lost treasures by Austin Mackell

LEBANON – In downtown Beirut and further across the Middle East a desecration is occurring. Rebuilding in Lebanon by a construction company has uncovered a series of Roman ruins along the way. We’ve seen them…

So what happens once they find them? They knock ‘em down and build on top.

How has this been allowed to happen? Is there a blatant abuse of political power going on? Is the building company connected with other ongoing projects in archaeologically significant areas like Baghdad, Ammam and Agaba, what further treasures has the region lost? Critics are incensed.

Who is behind this? Are there murkier dealings going on?

Global for me correspondent Austin Mackell is ready to investigate. Having seen the ruins first hand, spoken to critics and looked into the history of the company and deals involved, he believes there is a story to be told. Help him here at Global for me by pledging to make a donation for this story, now. Read the page.

This story was suggested by Austin himself. If you’re interested in helping make this story come to light, here’s what you can do:

First, spread the word.

Global for me is crowdsourced – in other words, we need your support. Help build a crowd that will support and help produce this story. E-mail, tweet or call your friends that you know would be interested – get the story out.

Second, Suggest & Fund.

Global for me is crowdfunded, meaning that the money that produces the stories comes from interested users like you. Donations can range from pennies to pounds or euros or dollars, it’s all about supporting the journalist for their work.

Third, get the word out.

We’re not kidding. We need you to spread the fire on each of our suggested stories so they may come to light. For more info about how this works and what we’re trying to do, visit our FAQ and Mission & Challenge pages.

Fourth, be apart of the process.

Send us your feedback. E-mail us. Comment on the blog. Tweet us. Send us a smoke signal on Facebook. Let us know what you want from the story, when you want it, and how. We’re working alongside you.

Also, if you may notice, our story ticker page has updated with little thermometers that look something like this:

This little thing is a Fund-o-Meter, you may have seen the likes of it before. It’s a new indicator of how much has already been donated to a story, and how close the story is to production.

We’re growing, but we still need help. That is what crowdsourcing and crowd funding is about. Many thanks to those that have e-mailed, commented and supported us thus far. It’s appreciated more than you know.

Thanks for your support,

Kim

–GFM Team


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