And, will Fayyad retract the statement issued by his "office"?

Will Salam Fayyad correct the wrong-headed efforts of his “office” to save him from Fatah’s wrath in Ramallah by making the patently false denial that he’s given any statements or interviews to the media since his resignation on 13 April? Will he stand up and do the right thing, here? Will he admit that he […]

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Photo of the Year international – First Place General News – "Last Kiss"

This is a gorgeous and moving photo.  The composition, the color, the gesture, the hands — gorgeous, and immensely emotional.  It was taken in Gaza, during the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense or Pillar of Clouds last November. “Last Kiss” won First Place in the General News Category of the Photo of the Year International [...

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Sometimes, it's all too much

Sometimes, things here in Israel-Palestine just get to be too much. There are always things to write about — too many, more than one person can possibly handle, sometimes 5 – 25 things a day. Due to this pressure, and circumstances beyond our control, I could not write for a while. So, with apologies for […]

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Marie Colvin: "Our Mission is to Speak the Truth"

Described with rough affection on Twitter this morning as one of “the most badass journalists of all time”, veteran war correspondent Marie Colvin, an American working for the Sunday Times, died in war this morning — in a shelling on a “Media Center” or “safe house” in the Baba Amr district of Homs, where s...

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Is Julian Assange a journalist?

This will not be my opinion — so far, I’m slightly more inclined to give Julian Assange some other job title [though for now, I could accept his latest choice, which is “Editor in Chief” of WikiLeaks]. UPDATE: But, Assange is renewing his membership in the Australian journalists’ union, the Media Entertainment and Arts...

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CNN Editor fired for Tweet

CNN has announced/reported that “CNN’s senior Middle East editor, Octavia Nasr, has left the network after a controversial posting on Twitter about a Shia cleric who had longtime ties to and voiced strong support for Hezbollah. Nasr, who joined CNN in 1990, posted a Tweet over the weekend that said, ‘Sad to hear of the […]

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Gideon Levy: self-censorship is worse than censorship

Haaretz author Gideon Levy was interviewed by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa on free expression for journalists in Israel. The interview is published in Haaretz, In it, Levy tells Vargas Llosa that “The media in Israel, most of them, are the biggest collaborators to the occupation”. Here are some excerpts: Question (Mario Vargas Llo...

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On Journalism – the press corps as "courtiers"

The very estimable journalist Chris Hedges wrote in an article published by Truthdig on 1 February: “ ‘The very notion that on any given story all you have to do is report what both sides say and you’ve done a fine job of objective journalism debilitates the press’, the late columnist Molly Ivins once wrote. […]

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Does journalism need saving?

The current issue of The Nation magazine (‘published on 7 January, but with an issue date of 25 January) has an article entitled “How to Save Journalism “, co-written by John Nichols (described as “a pioneering political blogger [who] has written The Beat since 1999 … [and] The Nation’s Washington correspondent&#...

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