Tag Archives: Arab Spring

Naksa Day: Plotted Paydirt, Not Popular Palestinian Protest

If you think today’s protests along the Israeli-Syrian border represent a “Palestinian Spring,” think again. The Reform Party of Syria says says it has information that Assad regime paid off today’s Naksa protesters who tried breaching the Golan border: The Reform Party of Syria has learned today, from intelligence sources close to the Assad regime

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A Digest of Weekend Articles

• Columnist Faisal Al Qasim says the Arab regimes are are more brutal than the Zionists: But is the Arab media still able to satirise Israeli barbarism with the same vigour after it has witnessed what Arab dictators have done to their own people? Isn’t it a bit silly to bombard the Israelis with criticism

Where Does Nasrallah Get His News From?

Last week, Sheikh Nasrallah came out with his first public statement supporting Bashar Assad. Now Syrian protesters are burning pictures of Hezbollah’s head honcho. What the heck was Nasrallah thinking with a thumbs up to a regime whose latest outrage was the alleged torture and killing of Hamza Al-Khatib — a 13-year-old boy whose body was

Bibi’s Speech: Soundbites From an Egged Bus

As luck would have it, I was on an Egged bus, en route to my son’s school for a parent-teacher evening, during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Besides the rattling of the bus, and the din of peoples’ conversations, a woman’s voice on the radio was almost simultaneously translating the speech into Hebrew. Olim

Today’s 5 Biggest Smackdowns

Smackdown: 1. the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent; 2. a contest in entertainment wrestling; 3. a decisive defeat; 4. a confrontation between rivals or competitors Here are today’s five biggest smackdowns. 1. Bashar Assad smacks down Syrian lawyers, doctors, intellectuals, and other educated professionals. 2. The International Criminal Court smacks down

4 Snippets You Might Have Missed

Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

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Arab Spring Sprouts More Mea Culpas

I’m glad to see that the Arab Spring — especially the brutal head-bashing in Syria and Libya — is causing columnists to rethink their views. Yesterday, it was Israel’s Sever Plocker, which carries its own implications for Big Media. Today, it’s Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Yvonne Ridley offering their own mea culpas. First with Alibhai-Brown. Yes, The

Dominic Waghorn’s Evil Twin Reporting From Syria

Sky News has twin reporters in Syria named Dominic Waghorn. The Good Waghorn says there’s a double-standard in the way the world treats Israel and Syria: If these were Israeli tanks and troops storming Syrian towns and killing hundreds you could predict the outrage. If Israeli forces were shooting unarmed Syrians on the streets, cutting off

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