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Why I read The New York Times

After I watched a documentary (Page One) about the news room of The New York Times, I kept thinking about my habit of reading this publication. When I first came to the US in 1983, I was in the habit of reading Lebanese newspapers. I had a subscription to a Lebanese newspaper that arrived ten days late. While there was no Internet, there were services that offered translations and summaries from the Middle East press.

Arab Monitors’ Report

The Arab Monitors have issued their report. But it seems the report is not accessible to the general public. It is not easy to retrieve or read a report of its summary or its findings on a Saudi website such as Al-Arabiya (the news station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law). Al-Arabiya or Asharq Al-Awsat (the mouthpiece of Prince Salman) would only publish criticisms of the report from Saudi “observers” and from pro-Saudi Syrian “observers.”

Jeffrey Goldberg pushes false neocon smear scrubbed by Washington Post

For nearly a month, a group of foreign policy researcher-bloggers at the Center for American Progress (CAP), an influential liberal think tank based in Washington DC, have faced an unrelenting smear campaign. The smears, initiated by former AIPAC spokesman Josh Block, focused on a few sardonic tweets by CAP bloggers that raised the ire of the pro-Israel and neoconservative political community.

Freedom of Speech: US versus UK

There is no question that limitations on freedom of speech in the United Kingdom exceed those that are applied in the United States, although the US has been increasing those limitations since Sep. 11 and even before when Bill Clinton – before George W. Bush – used the Oklahoma city bombing as a pretext to pass measures that were precursors to the Patriot Act. But when it comes to the subject of Israel and its crimes, there is more freedom of speech in the UK.

Mr. Lieberman goes to Washington -- and everybody hides

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reportedly scheduled to visit Washington next week. But no one in the Obama administration seems particularly excited about meeting him.

Michel Suleiman and the Sovereignty of Lebanon

Lebanon has never been a sovereign country, and it is doubtful that it ever will be. It had a most nominal independence and its struggle for attaining it was largely an affair pitting France against Great Britain.

Robert Fisk and the Israel of “Honor”

The comment by Newt Gingrich about Palestinians being an “invented people” caused no uproar or a stir in the US. Insults aimed at Palestinians and Arabs are expressed regularly but politicians feel compelled to intensify such insults during an election year.

Assad’s Speech: Rhetoric of Arrogance and Insensitivity

It was a highly anticipated speech. Bashar Assad finally spoke to the Syrian people after months of silence. His behavior during the turmoil has been rather odd, eccentric, and arrogant. It seems that Assad never once attended the funeral of any Syrian, not even those members of his armed forces that he claims were killed by the opposition’s bullets. He did not once, to my knowledge, visit an injured Syrian in a hospital.

Propaganda and Coverage of Syria

After months of intense and feverish coverage of Syria, it is high time that we ask: how bad has the coverage been? How much have we been served as readers by the coverage? To what extent has the Arab (Saudi and Qatari) media converged with Western media? And why do Western media toss out all token adherence to minimum standards of professional journalism when the coverage targets an enemy of the US (and Israel)? I keep waiting for an article in the Columbia Journalism Review to no avail.

3-year-old arrested, leftist writer interrogated -- another day in the "Jewish and democratic" state

Left: Portrait of a criminal

3-year-old Geraldine Blingoai was born to non-Jewish migrants. That was her crime.

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