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Front Page: Strike Ends, Apology, Spielberg Quits Olympics

  • The Writers Guild of America voted 92 percent in favor of ending its strike and accepting new terms regarding compensation for work on the internet. Patric Verrone, president of the WGA's West chapter, said, "the strike is over. Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work."
  • The Aboriginal people of Australia received their formal apology from Australia's parliament this morning. As we've been following the development of this story, here is the full text of the apology. It included Prime Minister Kevin Rudd saying, "To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.” By many accounts, the apology was well received, though some think that it should have been accompanied with compensation for their suffering.
  • Film director Steven Spielberg has resigned from his role as artistic adviser for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, criticizing the atrocities in Darfur and China's reluctance to help. Spielberg said, "at this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies, but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur." Sudan sells two-thirds of its oil to Beijing, and Beijing sells weapons to the Sudanese government and has defended Khartoum in the UN Security Council.
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minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
Whoop de doo Spielberg - way to pick and choose your humanitarian concerns. Meanwhile, he's shoveling money into AIPAC as fast as he can... guess 4 million Palestinian refugees are not as worthy as their Sudanese counterparts. God bless partisanship.
katie_c katie_c 9 years
thank you steven spielberg! you continue to be my hero.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
I'm glad Spielberg is at least doing something for a cause he believes in. =)
juju4 juju4 9 years
Spielberg is my hero. Good for him!
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
this is so wonderful to hear, especially from such a powerful person like Speilberg...this should bring more attention and awareness to the problem. Boycott the Olympics!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Wow, i was never particularly fond of Speilberg, but this warmed my heart.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Yeah way to go Spielberg! :)
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Good for Steven! :)
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