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Mideast Media Sampler Tag

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...

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...

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...

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 Abbas in 2008 but that Abbas never accepted. Today Isacharoff follows up with more detail in...

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...

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,...

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. Newseum...

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...

1) The Israeli "message" Why is it that threats against Israel are regularly downplayed by the media? 'Everywhere an #Iranian embassy exists, they plan terror on #Jews, #Israelis' ow.ly/kJZlH— Israel Hayom English (@IsraelHayomEng) May 6, 2013 Typical of this phenomenon is the headline Airstrikes Tied to Israel May...

Syria Explodes Professor Jacobson has previously reported on two Israeli strikes: one against Hezbollah and one against Syria. What's going on? Classic thing about the strike on Damascus is how it will be spun by Assad. He'll argue it's "PROOF" he's facing a takfiri-Zionist alliance.— Phillip Smyth (@PhillipSmyth)...

1) The innocence of the Obama administration Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 14, 2012: https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/246718237939748865 This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave...