Author Archives: Pesach Benson

NBC’s Day With ‘Najad: No Tough Questions

Ann Curry of NBC’s Today Show spent 24 fawning hours with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Clearly, this hardball moment was the highlight of Curry’s day: “What is the future you wish for Iran? Why?” “I want the same future as I want for every nation of the world, peace, friendship, happiness and unity.” ‘Najad left out his

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The Embassy Attack: A Damning Judgment on Egypt’s Revolution?

The spin games and fallout from this weekend’s embassy attack has high stakes. It renders judgment on the Egyptian revolution and where the military council is leading the country. Unlike other Israel critics, credit Yasmin Alibhai-Brown for having the honesty to squirm at the attack on the embassy in Cairo: Rage against Israel’s policies is

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Flagrant Foul: NBA Jam, EuroLeague Don’t Recognize Tel Aviv

It’s a flagrant foul that NBA Jam and the EuroLeague erased Tel Aviv from a trailer for the next NBA Jam: On Fire Edition. The game features the final four teams from last Euroleague Championship: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Montepaschi Sienna, Real Madrid, and Panathinaikos. Problem is, Liel Leibovitz calls a foul. The trailer identifies Maccabi Tel Aviv as

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The HonestReporting 9/11 Counter-Poll

Tim Marshall flagged one heckuva poll on the Press TV web site. Iran’s government-funded news channel wants your views on 9/11.  Here’s the loaded question along with the even more loaded answers. Here’s my counter poll. Why did Press TV’s 9/11 Poll happen? It happened in order to be used as . . . an excuse to whitewash

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Israel Hardly “Isolated,” Despite Turkish Saber Rattling

Gloomy assessments that Turkey’s diplomatic offensive is isolating Israel makes for nice gloomy groupthink among North American columnists — today, Roger Cohen beats that drum. But a look at some articles from eastern Mediterranean papers suggests that Israel isn’t so “isolated” after all. Turkey’s demand for an Israeli apology and claims of defending the Mediterranean

The Broken Clock Logic of Palmer’s Rejectionists

Just as a broken clock is still correct once a day, it’s safe to say that the UN will vindicate Israel once in a blue moon. But as I read The Guardian’s staff-editorial on the Palmer report, you can imagine the editors vainly trying to wind up a broken clock to suit their reality: The

WikiLeaks: Media Relations, Hezbollah Style

We’ve known about Hezbollah’s media strong-arm tactics with Western journalists. Even Nic Robertson admitted during the 2006 Lebanon War that he was a tool of Hezbollah. Now WikiLeaks paints an even bleaker for Taher Abbas, a journalist with the misfortune of living in — of all places — Beirut’s Dahiya neighborhood, where Hezbollah is based.

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Palestinian Statehood: Fear and Loathing in Ramallah and the Diaspora

As Mahmoud Abbas pushes forward with his statehood gambit in the UN, there’s a growing unease among Palestinians that the effort will ultimately be a big setback. Commentaries by Khaled Abu Toameh and Mehdi Hasan reflect the anxiety that is prompting Abbas to deliver a speech in the coming days explaining his political strategy. Toameh is particularly

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