Author Archives: BackSpin Editor

Lebanese Apartheid Against Palestinians: By the Numbers

It's been known for years that Lebanon treats Palestinian refugees like dirt. A new study by the American University of Beirut and the UNRWA confirms the effects of "Lebanese apartheid." The Daily Star and an AUB press release summarize the key findings: 425,000: Palestinian refugees registered as living in Lebanon.260,000 – 270,000: Refugees actually living

Morning Reading

> Bethlehem Tourism Swells as Violence EbbsA record year for Bethlehem tourism, and the Christmas surge is still to come. > Stuxnet Virus Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program By Two YearsExpert says the damage, without any fatalities, was more effective than a military strike. > West Bank Shows There Is a Military Solution to Terror"What

Radio Canada: ‘Israel Bears No Resemblance to Iran and Sudan’

It should be obvious that Israel has nothing in common with Iran and Sudan, but it wasn't the case with Radio-Canada's Simon Durivage. Durivage apologized for inapporpriately equating the countries after HonestReporting Canada readers took action. More importantly than the apology, however, the Radio-Canada ombudsman's review (pdf format) sets an important precedent: "Radio-Canada acknowledged that

Reuters Fails On Failed Terror

Reuters lists a few failed "militant" attacks in the last decade. Care to guess what two items are missing? Firstly, the word "terror" doesn't appear anywhere. No surprise there. After 9/11, Reuters news chief Stephen Jukes wrote to his staff that We all know that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter and that

December 13 Links

> Iran Hardliners Threaten to Ruin Jewish ShrineQueen Esther's tomb to be destroyed if Israel damages the Al-Aqsa mosque, say Islamist students. > Wikileaks: Israel Offered to Cease Overflights for US IntelTurns out the US was overflying Lebanese airspace too. > The UN's 9/11 InsultWhy convene Durban III in NY next September? "To rub salt

Hamas Freeloads Off Red Cross Jerusalem HQ

Three Hamas MPs are freeloading at a Red Cross office in eastern Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post writes: During their time at the Red Cross, the politicians have held regular Friday prayer services attended by large crowds of Jerusalem residents; greeted visiting dignitaries, including former American president Jimmy Carter and a Jordanian envoy; and held photo

AP Stringer Calls Abbas’s Bluff

UPDATE 1:25 p.m. I just spotted Maan News reporting a PA gag order on coverage. Many Palestinian editors and journalists have been warned against making any public reference to the power struggle between President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah leader Muhamad Dahlan, an Israeli newspaper reported Sunday. The story in question is by the Jerusalem Post's