- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Mission to Havana
"Sean Penn is not the only Hollywood star traveling to foreign countries and running down American foreign policy.
"Last week, actor Danny Glover, known for his 'Lethal Weapon' roles with Mel Gibson, and singer Harry Belafonte, were even more critical of U.S. policies in Iraq than Penn while visiting a Cuban film festival.
"Belafonte, who recently leveled harsh criticism at Secretary of State Colin Powell, told the Cuban newspaper Granma that the Bush administration is maintaining a policy 'that doesn't identify with the interests of the U.S. people.'
"Belafonte observed that Bush's government has mobilized all the media into a pro-war propaganda campaign. He specifically referred to CNN which he called 'the War Channel.'
"Glover assured that there is a growing anti-war movement in the United States that includes trade unions, universities and community groups, 'in a battle that will continue until our anti-war voices are heard.'
"Both Glover and Belafonte were in Havana for the 24th edition of the International Festival of New Latin American Film, one of the principal tools of dictator Fidel Castro's propaganda machine and a constant lure for Hollywood celebrities."
Joseph Farah, writing on "Belafonte, Glover trash U.S. in Cuba," Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Decimated generation
"The long-term cumulative effect of short-term tactical decisions on the part of government to adopt psychology's approaches to social and educational problems has decimated a generation of our youth.
"The parents of the Columbine killers, now the targets of multiple lawsuits, no doubt did a poor job of overseeing their kids. But who was it that first advocated a hands-off approach to child rearing in the 1950s? Who told parents the traditional approach to raising kids was 'creating Hitlers and Mussolinis'? Who said children needed to be told their every performance was wonderful, even when it wasn't? Who advised letting toddlers be decision-makers? Who reprimanded adults for 'snooping' in their kids' belongings and not giving them enough 'space'?"
Beverly K. Eakman, in a speech at the Citizens Commission on Human Rights USA annual banquet, reprinted in the Nov. 15 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day

Counting his gold
"Five years ago, zillionaire Ted Turner was showered with praise when he announced he would give $1 billion to the United Nations by the end of the year 2002. Since then Turner has bragged, bragged, bragged about what a great guy he is because of his incredible generosity.
"Well, it's now the end of the year 2002. Has he handed over that $1 billion yet? No. Turner has donated $500 million, half his pledge. But that was less than 15 percent of his net worth when he made the commitment, and far, far less than the great philanthropists of the past, such as John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, once gave relative to their net worth.
"Inexplicably, Turner was once again showered with praise last week when he announced he would hand over the balance. Rich man lauded in headlines for saying he'll keep a promise! Well, maybe. Read the fine print what Turner actually said is that he intends to hand over the additional $500 million, though he conceded he won't get around to it for a decade.
"Turner's current net worth, according to Forbes, is $2.2 billion. This means he could easily keep his word, give the $500 million immediately and remain filthy rich, instead of endlessly promising. But why should he follow through when the media strokes and lauds him as if he already has while Turner keeps the whole bundle for himself like a run-of-the-mill selfish rich guy, cackling as he counts his gold?"
From "Classic Turner," Monday in the New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

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