Author Archives: BackSpin Editor

Turkish Premier is a Zionist Tool

Turkish PM Erdogan is a Zionist tool, according to the country's former premier. Necmettin Erbakan, told The Zaman: The soured relationship with Israel and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's tough line with the Jewish state are all part of a façade to deceive the Turkish public, former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan has claimed. In an

Shattered Lens: Part 3 – Putting Palestinians Behind Bars

What could be more symbolic of suffering and mistreatment than the image of small children behind bars? Particularly in reference to Gaza, which is regularly portrayed as a vast "open air prison." HonestReporting looks at how the wire services use bars in their images to promote the Palestinian narrative of suffering and the impression of

Wikileaks: Syrian Human Shields Protect Hezbollah Facilities

The latest Wikileaks revelation comes from NaharNet: If rockets were to rain down on Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv, Israel would still have powerful incentives, as it did in 2006, to keep Syria out of the conflict, but it might also face compelling reasons for targeting Hizbullah facilities in Syria, some of which are in

Wikileaks: Al-Manar TV Shareholders Targeted for Sanctions

The US embassy in Beirut recommended financial sanctions on 38 shareholders in Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station. The Daily Star writes: “Designating them now will reinforce our efforts to discredit Hizbullah and its institutions and deny Hizbullah supporters access to financing that goes through US institutions,” the cable said. “Moreover, the publicity that will greet designation

PA Journalists Support Western Wall ‘Study’: Why It Matters

The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reports that the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate has expressed its support for the PA's "study" denying any Jewish ties to the Western Wall. The journalists’ syndicate, which is controlled by Fatah, rejected US and Israeli protests over the “scientific study.” . . . . The syndicate added that Israel’s position

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Into the Water

I thought Israeli policy was to neither confirm nor deny alleged Mossad shark attacks. I’m willing to make an exception here: Shark attacks not linked to Mossad says Israel Meanwhile, Dominic Waghorn of Sky News points out: Throwing up preposterous theories is not the only sign Egypt is panicking over the shark attacks. Authorities seem to

Sharks, The Mossad and The Scotsman Make for Sexy Headlines

UPDATE 1:55 pm: See HonestReporting UK's response to the Scotsman: Egyptian Shark Attack: Jews Not Jaws? * * * Newspapers are always treating wire articles as pulp content. It's accepted practice for editors to trim down stories and change headlines because of space limitations. But once in awhile, I compare the original story with what

The Observer Gets With The Program . . .

The Observer boggles the mind. Describing Iran's nuclear weapons drive as an "energy programme" is as myopic as calling the Wikileaks info dump a "crowdsourcing event." Spoiler alert: The people behind this increasingly sinister campaign most likely work for a secretive Israeli organization whose name begins with an M and rhymes with Possad.