Sunday, May 9, 2010
In recent weeks, our attention has been focused on U.S. immigration policy and the status of our international borders, in light of Arizona’s efforts to control its own border.
Many of you will recall past efforts by the U.S. to communicate our values and our points of view to those beyond our borders via radio waves.
One of our most significant “trading partners” is currently sharing its values and view of the world with our citizens via the airwaves.
How should we respond, if at all? Do we have an obligation or responsibility to allow other nations to employ such tactics? Should we be more or less concerned about the “immigration” of values and points of view as opposed to physical, human beings? Does the U.S. have the "responsibility" to "protect" its citizens from what might be termed "propaganda" from competitor nations, or should our citizens be left to exercise their good judgment and fend for themselves?
Many in other parts of the world complain of the intrusion of western values on their ways of life. Are they justified? Should the west refrain from doing so?
This following article is taken from the April 25, 2010 edition of the Washington Post.
From China’s Mouth to Texans’ Ears
By John Pomfret
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 25, 2010; A01
“Cruise southeast out of Houston, past the NASA exits and the Gulf of Mexico, and you pick up something a little incongruous on the radio, amid country crooners, Rush Limbaugh, hip-hop and all of the freewheeling clamor of the American airwaves.
“’China Radio International,’ a voice intones. ‘This is Beyond Beijing.’
“Way, way beyond Beijing.”
To view the remainder of the article, click here.
Additionally, yesterday C-Span2 Book TV aired a program on the U.S. / Mexico border. For more information regarding the program, and to view it at your convenience, click here. Additionally, it will air again on Monday, May 10, 2010, at 5:00 am EST.
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