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Serenity amid Chaos

May 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon, Media

By Serene in Beirut. “Watch it, Sunni Beirutis who believe – possibly even now, as you sit at home worried and deeply saddened about the bomb explosion in the very area that you never could visit once until the Saudi-installed so-called leader you love more in death than you did during his tragically ended life […]

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Sesame Street

May 20th, 2007 · 4 Comments · Media

A Palestinian TV network is about to launch the first Arab Sesame Street. It is an educational programme for children based on a series of puppets. It has spread across the world, and I think it is relatively culturally unspecific – although it did emerge in the US. The programme spawned the Muppet Show, a […]

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The Daily Star

May 1st, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon, Media

The Daily Star is now faithfully republishing (via AFP) unsourced Israeli fantasies. Syria appparently has an underground missile city with chemical weapons. I think there is a bunker hiding Saddam Hussein in there too, along with Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. The Daily Star relies on Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot which quotes “foreign experts”. That […]

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Well done BBC

April 30th, 2007 · 6 Comments · Lebanon, Media

Well done to the BBC for this sentence: “About 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed in the conflict.” It avoids the usual fog of “the conflict which killed more than 1,000 people”. It highlights the asymmetry of the conflict in two ways: many, many more Lebanese died than Israelis. And […]

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Inside Story: the Syrian Elections

April 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Media

While the rest of the world was waiting for the results of France’s elections, Al Jazeera devoted thirty-minutes to Syria’s vote. An incisive debate between: The Opposition: Ausama Monajed from the Movement for Justice and Development The Loyalist: George Jabbour, former adviser to Hafez Al-Assad The Sceptic: Dr Marwan Kabalan, political science professor at the […]

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Al Jazeera

April 19th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Media

Some of the delicious Al Jazeera English programmes now have their own dedicated page on YouTube. It means you can watch some of AJE’s fantastic feature programming just a day or two after transmission. Right now, the Fabulous Picture Show (Amanda Palmer’s alternative movie programme, made at London’s beautiful Everyman Cinema Club, at the top […]

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Ajjan on the Axis of Evil

April 7th, 2007 · 5 Comments · Media

…and why Syria isn’t part of it. The Allepine Elephant stomps all over ignorance once again. Bush has never said Syria is part of the Axis of Evil, neither have any of his spokesmen. So who’s making the mistake? Essential reading for the terminologically challenged.

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Covering Egypt

March 29th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Media

Things are getting worse, much worse, in Egypt. Bloggers arrested, prisoners tortured, forty-thousand political prisoners in jail, Mubarak’s police-state constitutional changes. Now, it is even difficult to cover the most innocent of stories as a journalist. “Dissenting voices are not easily tolerated within one of America’s strongest allies in the Arab world.”

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An Nahar headline: "Assad Embraced by Saudi Monarch, Lahoud Welcomed by Deputy Provincial Emir"

March 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Lebanon, Media

Lebanese Forces hate-paper An Nahar has run another misleading headline. “Assad Embraced by Saudi Monarch, Lahoud Welcomed by Deputy Provincial Emir” – true, but in that same article it also mentions that: “Lahoud, an ally of Assad, was welcomed by Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz, deputy head of the Riyadh province, the same official who […]

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US admits it blocked a Lebanon ceasefire

March 23rd, 2007 · 3 Comments · Lebanon, Media

John Bolton, America’s former ambassador to the UN has admitted he did obstruct a ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon and that he was “damned proud” of it. During the war, he, and other Bush regime officials said they were waiting for the right time, because an immediate ceasefire wouldn’t be “lasting”. Now the truth has […]

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