Monthly Archives: November 2012

Standing up for justice: an activist’s guide on Palestine

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In recent mainstream media coverage of the cross-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it’s easy to get a convoluted story filled with holes and inaccuracies. This is where activists, people of conscience, and purveyors of social justice have an opportunity to reclaim the narrative.

Palestine & Israel: The context the media misses on the history of a true struggle

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By Dartunorro Clark

The seeds of conflict between Israel and Palestine were planted decades ago, and now have grown into a continuing conflict over a territory between these two groups. This conflict has been warranted by competing ideologies and unjustified by bloodshed, rather than withering away through compromise.

To look past the recent week-long conflict, which has now had an agreed cease-fire agreement, it now requires looking back at the basics of the conflict between Israel and Palestine over the past several decades.

The Dershowitz tactic: Ignoring reality

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By Tarek Khalil

Professor Dershowitz,

I read your recent article regarding the recent flare up between Israel and Hamas. The tone, language, and overall argument are not only misplaced, but lack contextualization. Therefore, either you purposefully and willfully ignored history, or you just don’t know it. You stated that “In order to maximize their own civilian casualties, and thereby earn the sympathy of the international community and media, Hamas leaders deliberately fire their rockets from densely populated civilian areas.”

Let’s privy ourselves to the facts as they exist on earth and not concoct a picture with misleading facts.

The media’s Israeli-Palestinian fable

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By Dima Ansari

In light of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, major news networks like BBC and the New York Times have really outdone themselves in trying to report the “truth” of the events as they unraveled–that is, if you consider a grossly incomplete narrative to be the “truth.”

“The Guardian Five”: Surprising coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza

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By Sami Kishawi (courtesy of Sixteen Minutes to Palestine)

The Guardian published five articles in the last few days that humanize Gazans in a way I hadn’t expected to see from a premier and globally-recognized news agency.

David Frum offers me condescending praise

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By Ahmed Rehab

For those of you who may not be familiar with the name, David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek, a featured writer for The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is also the former White House speechwriter who co-wrote Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address that accused Iraq of being part of an “axis of evil.” He enjoys the dubious distinction of having been a notable neocon along with Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Richard Perle, William Kristol and other human gems of spreading peace (read: war) in the Middle East.

Did cable news influence the presidential election?

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By Dartunorro Clark

The 2012 elections are now over. We elected the President for a second term. However, it appears that his chances could have been slim to none thanks to the skewing of coverage provided by popular cable news networks, such as Fox, CNN, and MSNBC.

How nativism and xenophobia is isolating the GOP

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By Matthew Barry

Robert Spencer is feeling pretty downcast these days. Scrolling down his blog, past some Veterans’ Day-themed moaning about how the West is betraying its glorious dead, you will find him bitterly griping that, “The Republican Party is a useless collection of me-tooists and slow-downers who have virtually no chance of winning national elections anymore.”

It’s not great mystery why Mr. Spencer is sounding so disheartened, even setting aside Mitt Romney’s defeat, as some of his favorite congressman, comprising a good chunk of the so-called “Anti-Islam caucus,” suffered a set of truly astounding set of setbacks on Election Day.

Three’s a crowd: How the media ignored third party candidates

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By Dima Ansari

Upon watching the presidential debates between only President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, viewers had almost no way of knowing that there were other presidential candidates on the ballot until they actually got to the polls on November 6.

Why?  Because the “third party” presidential nominees were not even invited to participate in any of the three Obama-Romney-only debates.

This is mainly because both the Democratic and Republican parties exclusively negotiate a contract with each other that sets the terms for the presidential debates behind closed doors during every election.

Drone wars vs. video games: Are they one in the same?

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By Brittany Moore

We are now in an age where technology is growing at a substantial rate and we are incorporating it more into our daily activities. Technology also has had an immense impact on the way we wage war, allowing soldiers to become even craftier fighters. Some researchers and political leaders say that drone planes are the face of new war fighting technology, but the way soldiers execute war tactics leave us wondering what impression it will have on our soldiers.