Backspin articles

A French Apology

When the Franco-German TV channel Arte aired an Egyptian film portraying Israel’s founders as Nazis, Frenchman Armand Laferrere was outraged. Not just because “Les portes du soleil” (Door to the Sun) depicted Israeli soldiers massacring Palestinians and compared kibbutzim to slave labor camps. Laferrere was also angry that his tax money supported the broadcast. So

Sun-Times on UN/Hamas scandal

The Chicago Sun-Times has an staff editorial today castigating the UN for employing Hamas members: [I]f you’re a terrorist who brutally murders innocents or a sympathizer who supports such crimes, to further some political cause, you can’t be held any less accountable because you help people on your “good” days… It’s bad enough that the

More on blogs vs. mainstream media

- William Raspberry, Washington Post: The explosion of the Internet leaves us, in effect, with no gatekeeper. Sometimes important information gains currency that way. The problem is that anyone with Web access can run any cockamamie story up the flagpole — and if enough people salute, prompt the mainstream press to deploy its resources. -

Guardian removes call to assassinate Bush

On Oct. 23, Charlie Brooker, a columnist at The Guardian, called for someone to assassinate President Bush: On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of

‘Jewish Hezbollah’?

The NY Times’ Thomas Friedman has this to say about Ariel Sharon’s internal opposition: Mr. Sharon, a man of the right, has finally realized the demographic threat posed by Gaza to Israel and wants to get out. He is being opposed by the Israeli far right – the Jewish Hezbollah. This includes settler rabbis who

The Sun’s Cycle of Violence

A recent cartoon by Kevin Kallagher of the Baltimore Sun highlights the Mideast “cycle of violence.” Kallagher’s “Middle East Perpetual Motion Machine” describes a circular relationship between two combatants, neither of whom constitutes its causal source: