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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

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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

Assessing Weekend Coverage

• Two Palestinians, Amjad Awad, 19, and Hakim Awad 18, have confessed to brutally murdering the Fogel family. Haaretz reports that six other people from the Palestinian village of Awarta were arrested for helping hide the murder weapon and suppressing evidence. Awarta’s in shock: Many in the village refuse to believe the investigation conclusions including

Neil MacDonald, What’s the Israel Connection?

To expand on a story, journalists will sometimes tie in an extraneous item into a report. It might be a line mentioned in passing by an interviewee, or a throwaway line by the reporter himself. When done effectively, the reporter opens the door to a bigger picture without sidetracking the story. The result is somewhat

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Articles That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• Israel might actually allow the Free Gaza flotilla to reach the strip. • Western journos are going batty in Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel. I wouldn’t blame Harriet Sherwood for missing the press freedom (and comfort) of the Jerusalem beat. • Iran’s helping Assad suppress Syrian protests. • Justin Bieber ain’t Israel’s only VIP guest tweeting

The State of Arab Media Freedom

Mideast unrest presents opportunities and danger (mostly the latter) for Western and Arab media. A quick overview of the state of media freedom in Egypt, Syria, Bahrain and Libya. Egypt: Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad was sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the military. Activists like Mona Eltahawy and Basma Badr (via The Lede) are

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A Roundup of Weekend Coverage

  • I’ll forgive Irish Times readers if they’re unclear on the chronology of unfolding Gaza events. Reporter Mark Weiss doesn’t even mention a laser-guided Kornet anti-tank missile fired at a school bus. Fortunately, the Wall St. Journal got the chronology correct and clear: Israel Strikes Gaza After Antitank Missile Hits Israeli School Bus: Violence

March 27 Blogging

• Time meets some Gaza protest leaders who went underground in fear of Hamas. Think these Facebook savvy youth like Israel? But if both factions accept the terms youth organizers have laid out, Abu Yazan says, “Fatah is going to lose a lot too. They’re going to have to stop negotiating with Israel. They’re going

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