Monday, May 21, 2001

Castro News Network
“What happens when CNN films an opposition protest, staged at great risk to the protesters, and then declines to air it? Bad things, apparently.
“On Nov. 23 of last year, about 150 Cuban oppositionists gathered at the Havana home of Jose Orlando Gonzalez Bridon, leader of an illegal trade union. This was an unusually large gathering of the Cuban opposition, which is severely repressed by the regime. The oppositionists staged a bold protest against that regime, greatly encouraged by the apparent willingness of CNN to broadcast the event to the world… .
“But, for reasons unknown, the network chose not to air the film, or to report on the matter at all. There was, however, a report from Cuba on CNN that day: It was about the return of Elian Gonzalez to Cuban society, where ‘he is a typical, happy-go-lucky schoolboy.
“Many of the Cubans who participated in the Nov. 23 protest were later rounded up at a religious gathering. They were beaten and jailed. Gonzalez Bridon, the trade-union leader, is among those in prison… . Many of the oppositionists are incensed at CNN, feeling betrayed… . They complain that the network is consistently pro-regime, and they note, too, that CNN honcho Ted Turner is a friend and admirer of the islands dictator.”
Jay Nordlinger, writing on “A Protest in the Dark,” Wednesday in National Review Online at

Olsens uber alles

“Move over, Barbie. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sit at the top of a massive multimedia empire covering everything from clothes to movies to video games. The two 14-year-old icons are now starting their own self-titled magazine, which puts them in a league with Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, and Rosie ODonnell. They also have a cable-TV sitcom and a Saturday morning cartoon in the works.
“Mary-Kate and Ashley started in Hollywood as babies and shared the role of Michelle on ‘Full House. Since then, clever marketing has built them into a phenomenon, with the twins projecting a hyper-cuteness that little girls seem to love.
“One striking thing about the twins pop image is how unfeminist it is: Mary-Kate and Ashley adore horseback riding, clothes, and shopping malls… .
“But this whole empire looks to be a temporary phenomenon. What happens when the Olsen twins grow up and little girls no longer identify with them?”
from “Olsen mania,” in the May 19 issue of World

Economics 101

“The Bush administration is being attacked for promoting increased development of energy supplies and not conservation… .
“The economics of a shortage are fairly straightforward either you have too much demand, too little supply, or a combination of both. In a free market, the proper amount of energy or any product is determined by the price level. If the price is too low, producers will produce less, and if it is too high, consumers will buy less.
“In other words, the higher prices people are complaining about will cause them to conserve… . The government does not need to force people to conserve; that is the role of the pricing system… .
“The federal and some state governments, at the behest of radical environmentalists, have severely limited the ability of producers to increase supply. As Thomas Sowell succinctly stated, ‘You cannot continue indefinitely pandering to the shrill voices of people who call themselves “environmentalists” or “consumer advocates” without reaching the point where the chickens come home to roost. So the Bush administration is acting properly when it strives to remove these artificial restrictions to allow the market to increase supply… .
“As much as liberals would like to repeal the law of supply and demand they will never succeed.”
Samuel Silver, writing on “Educate, Dont Regulate,” Tuesday in Front Page at

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