Tag Archives: Syria

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Leaked: Assad Regime Tied to Israel Border Riots

Leaked: Assad Regime Tied to Israel Border Riots

A leaked document details how the Syrian authorities actively helped to create border confrontations as a way to distract attention from the Assad regime’s own murderous behavior.

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Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax: Pinkwashing Israel and Sock Puppetry Extraordinaire

By now, it’s all over the internet that Gay Girl in Damascus was outed. Amina Arraf — a Syrian lesbian and emerging voice for gay Arabs whose views on the Arab Spring gained prominence in the Western media – is really Tom MacMaster, a heterosexual male, co-director of Atlanta-Palestine Solidarity, now suspended from his Ph.D studies at

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Syria Pays Cash For Riot, Media Takes Propaganda For Free

Once again, a flood of headlines present Israel as an aggressor responsible for the deaths of dozens of unarmed civilians. Was this really a peaceful protest or another Syrian-engineered attempt to breach Israel’s border? Where did the media get it right and where did it go wrong?

Daily Telegraph’s Journalistic Naqba

Heads up from a sharp reader who spotted a deeper problem with the Daily Telegraph than the headline  which Simon Plosker blogged a short time ago. If your borders are being stormed, who should the headline identify as the attacker, Simon wondered. Commenting on that post just minutes ago, Mordechai Bendon points out another significant problem with the

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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

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Big Media and a Mea Culpa’s Meaning

I have to wonder if the Western journos who cite anonymous Israeli sources quoted in the Israeli media bother to reflect on the pundits they draw their inspiration from. After all, if a columnist is quoting “senior security officials,” “the defense establishment,” and “an entire political echelon” as favoring a land-for-peace deal with Syria, that’s pretty

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

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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

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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