headlines: analyzing the page & world bank drama

Dear Readers,

Another deep and yet not deep enough day in the news. Keep reading for today’s Hip Hop based commentary on the New York Times headlines by Political Poet Naxal. That’s me. I flips the news like you never seen. Almost on the Daily. Enjoy.

May 8, 2007

What’s the structure of today’s NY Times front page?

7 stories, 6 with print, 4 photographs, enough spin to make my eyes squint.

4 photos/one canvass/and a much/much/bigger picture

1/ u.s. despot walks alongside a symbolic queen of empire everlasting/they think

2/races, a historic black and white shot/white vs. black history/lone black woman in sunglasses/book clutched tight/ integration land in a little rock high school/she’s walking to class/the white woman behind her/do not have her back/they are caught on memory’s negatives/one mouth particularly/virulently/twisted/in its safe to hate this way/no/more
3/times his monthly salary is what it would take for this young chef to pay off his student loans from culinary school/lookin like a grown harry potter with friends on meth/he stares bleakly up at the camera from the floor of his restaurant kitchen/dwarfed by tools and tricks of his trade

4/what for/did you take my house?/asks the 74 year old iraqi man of the 31 year old u.s. soldier/and the picture is of the sheik/the mister al-Dulemi/he is walking away/back turned/another faceless iraqi man in traditional black robe and white head covering, black cord wound around his head to keep it secure/leaving his home/now a military post/evicted mid night/the ground around him/formerly his front yard/razed, muddied with military/all sand toned walls and tank filling the frame/the future/ the distance/what he is walking from is his home/what he is walking towards/is/enduring/patience

postscript comment on one front page article, headline: deal is offered for chief’s exit at world bank.

mmhmm, world bank folks are at it again, shady, murky, opaque shinnanigans all over the place with this lil crew. now the european dudes in the crew tryna get paul wolfowitz out, cuz he hooked himself up with a nice lil raise and hooked his boy up with a kush lil jobby job. but hell, they all doin that, so what’s the real story? what’s REALLY goin on? and what’s more, why do they want him out SO bad that they are bribing the u.s. with an unexpectedly resurrected chance to pick the next world bank leader? yo, im hopin that after paul steps down, because as a puppet in the non-transparent waters of the world bank, he WILL step down, i’m hopin he talks, spills the beans, hurls a lil juicy gossip and much deserved clarity on the ways and means of his boys, the rich and unfamous members of the world bank. until then, i’ll be keepin my ears to the circulation grind, gettin the good dirt.

Tune in for more of All the News That’s Fit to Flip, by Political Poet: NaXaL.




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