Tag Archives: Arab Spring

Abbas and Palestine Spring Are an Oxymoron

Brendan O’Neill doesn’t agree with the Palestine Spring Mahmoud Abbas has declared as part of his statehood push. After seeing headlines like AP‘s, I tweeted a similar reaction yesterday. But it’s more telling when the sentiment is made by a self-described Palestinian supporter like O’Neill. He writes at Australia’s ABC News: Two phenomena seem to be fuelling Abbas’s

Syria Exposes Israel-NATO-Al Jazeera Axis of Evil

Syria’s state-run Addounia TV “exposes” the tremendous effort Al-Jazeera’s taking to fabricate the Syrian uprising. We’re talking about enormous replicas of Syrian cities and public squares, staged defections and battles. The broadcast gets even juicier: Israel, the US and the Syrian opposition are in on this conspiracy to provide a pretext for Israel and NATO

Sky News Ignores Palmer Report for UNHRC Flotilla Findings

Here’s a new low: Sky News‘ latest on Erdogan’s Arab Spring Tour ignores the Palmer report, and instead refers to the UNHRC’s more sensationalized bash-Israel “findings.” No mistake: the entire paragraph links to Sky’s UNHRC coverage: A subsequent inquiry by the UN into the incident found the military had broken international law and had acted with

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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September 1 Blogging

• Hezbollah’s opening a base in Cuba. YNet News, quoting Corriere della Sera, says the move is to facilitate an attack on an Israeli target in South America. All for the still-unavenged death of Imad Mughniyah: According to the report, three Hezbollah members have already arrived in Cuba with the purpose of establishing a terrorist

UK Arms Dealers Cash In on Arab Spring

The Times of London (paywall) reports that UK arms sales to the Mideast — primarily to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Libya (!?) — jumped 30 percent during the Arab Spring. We’re talking about £30.5 million worth of weapons sold between February and June: Weapons exported include those capable of being used for internal repression, such as

Vogue, The Arab Lobby and Media Influence

Vogue’s fawning whitewash of Bashar Assad last March proved so embarrassing to the fashion mag, Vogue removed the article. But it gets worse. It turns out the profile was brought about by Brown Lloyd James, a PR firm on the Syrian payroll. The Hill (via Elder of Ziyon) writes: Brown Lloyd James agreed to a $5,000-per-month

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