Mideast Media Sampler  (Page 2)

The Folly of the Peace Processors

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:30am 7/4/2013 at 7:30am

1) When all else fails focus on Israel

I’m not sure that the editors of the New York Times realized how absurd the title of this recent article on the Middle East sounded, Chaos in Middle East Grows as...

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If NY Times treated Mohammed Morsi the way it treated Hosni Mubarak

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:45am 7/3/2013 at 7:45am

Not recognizing the Muslim Brotherhood’s nature

Two and a half years ago, the New York Times ran an editorial, Mr. Mubarak is put on notice, in which it hailed the opposition to Mubarak’s rule and scolded him for failing to heed the public’s will.

What if, inspired by the massive outpouring of popular...

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The New York Times swings, misses at history in Egypt

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:00pm 7/1/2013 at 1:00pm

Taken by Surprise

Perhaps the biggest protest in the Arab world took place yesterday in Cairo (and elsewhere in Egypt.) The group, Tamarod (“rebel” in Arabic), claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures, calling for the resignation of President Morsi, on the anniversary of his election. The goal of Tamarod was to...

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Kerry jumps into the Peace Process with Two Strikes against him

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:13am 6/26/2013 at 8:13am

1) Kerry to make his mark?

Michael Gordon profiles the new Secretary of State, in Following a Star, Kerry applies a Personal touch

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Moscow early last month, determined to involve Russia in a new push to try to end the carnage in Syria. After a two-and-a-half-hour...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “Moderation” by Association

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:45am 6/20/2013 at 8:45am

1) Asserting Moderation

Having read many articles about Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, I’m struck by how little evidence is presented that he is a moderate or reformer, even though those words are regularly used to describe him. He’s described as a reformer because he’s supported by previous presidents Khatami and Rafsanjani...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/05/2013 – Erdogan’s straits

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:45pm 6/5/2013 at 5:45pm

1) Talkin’ Turkey

Claire Berlinski provides the recent background for the foment going on in Turkey:

Of late, almost every sector of the electorate has felt unease about one part or another of Erdoğan’s agenda. Restrictive new alcohol legislation, rammed through parliament, as usual, with contempt for...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/04/2013 – Songs in the Keys of Right

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 4:24pm 6/4/2013 at 4:24pm

1) Music lives in Israel

Arsen Ostrovsky interviewed Zubin Mehta
about performing Israel:

According to Mehta, “it’s hard to find an emblem of cultural, national pride that burns as bright as Israel’s success in classical music.” He adds “the amount of culture going on in a small country like Israel...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/27/2013 – Why Mr. Passive-Aggressive rejected Olmert’s offer

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:30pm 5/27/2013 at 12:30pm

1) Why didn’t Abbas answer Olmert?

Last week Avi Issacharoff reported on a recent interview he had with Ehud Olmert in The Tower. Much of...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/24/2013 – The Peace Deal that Abbas passed on

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:40am 5/24/2013 at 8:40am

1) Missing another opportunity to miss an opportunity

Yesterday, Prof Jacobson posted about an exclusive story at The Tower by Avi Issacharoff about the peace deal that Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/19/2013 – The Kurdish Gambit

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 5:00pm 5/19/2013 at 5:00pm

Erdogan ♥s Ocalan?

Last week Soner Cagaptay and James Jeffers asked Can Obama Save Turkey From a Syrian Quagmire? in the New York Times:

The Syrian war has also awakened Turkey’s once dormant Marxist militant groups. These groups vehemently oppose any government policies they see as serving American imperialist interests and have already...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/14/2013 – The Syria Puzzle

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 1:30pm 5/14/2013 at 1:30pm

1) Syria considerations

Last week former executive editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller wrote Syria is not Iraq. The gist of his argument is that he trusts President Obama but shouldn’t have trusted President Bush. It’s a silly argument. However, as Dexter Filkins reports, Keller’s thinking is mirrored in...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/10/2013 – Newseum honors Terror TV

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 10, 2013 at 3:00pm 5/10/2013 at 3:00pm

1) When is news not really news?

The Newseum – a museum devoted to the news business – recently held an event to honor journalists killed in the line of duty. Included in that honor members of Hamas who were killed by Israel this past November.

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/08/2013 – Where the terror supporters are

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:15am 5/8/2013 at 11:15am

1) Guess the source

A) In its efforts to stop amateur rockets from nagging the residents of some of its southern cities, Israel appears to have given new life to the fledging Islamic movement in Palestine.

For two years, the Islamic Resistance Movement (known by its Arabic acronym, Hamas) has been losing support...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/07/2013 – The “Syria is not Iraq” Conundrum

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:50am 5/7/2013 at 10:50am

1) Bill Keller’s truism

Former executive editor of the New York Times, Bill Keller states the obvious, “Syria is not Iraq.” In short, Keller argues that he trusts President Obama’s instincts. However since he offered a mea culpa for having once supported the Iraq war, his arguments leave some skeptics unconvinced.

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/06/2013 – Mixed Messaging on #Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:37am 5/6/2013 at 9:37am


1) The Israeli “message”

Why is it that threats against Israel are regularly downplayed by the media?

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/05/2013 – Reaction to Israel bombing Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 10:30am 5/5/2013 at 10:30am

Syria Explodes

Professor Jacobson has previously reported on two Israeli strikes: one against Hezbollah and one against Syria.

What’s going on?

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/03/2013 – The Benghazi Bungle

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:00pm 5/3/2013 at 12:00pm

1) The innocence of the Obama administration

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 14, 2012:


This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for...

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