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February 7, 2007 Weblog:

"Wiped off the Map"

It has been repeated ad nauseum that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel should be "wiped off the map". It has been said before that the quote is not accurate, but now there's a word by word translation of what Ahmadinejad actually did say.

The author runs a web site about Mohammad Mossadegh, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran that was overthrown in a CIA-backed coup in 1953. This event, which led to the brutal militar

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February 6, 2007 Weblog:

Canada's "Israel Allies Caucus"

Jerusalem Post: "The Canadian government is establishing an 'Israel Allies Caucus' this week meant to mobilize support for the State of Israel and promote Judeo-Christian values amid a groundswell of Christian support for Israel around the world."

Judeo-Christian values? Somehow, I don't think that "love thy neighbour as thyself" is what they have in mind.

February 2, 2007 Weblog:

[film] Iraq in Fragments

Iraq in Fragments, James Longley's three year project, is a beautiful, poignant document that brings the viewer in for a close look at Iraq and it's people.

Coming soon to Calgary, Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Ottawa, the Peg, and more.

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February 1, 2007 Weblog:

"Democracy Promotion"

For those keeping track of the millions in funding for "pro-western" journalists and political activists flowing from the US State Department, CIDA, and others, this article is worth reading. It seems that in the case of Iran, US funding has resulted in fewer freedoms, because the regime of the day feels threatened by the use of media for US foreign policy ends.

Many observers and activists say the crackdown on intellectuals and government critics has worsened since the U.S. State Department declared last February that it was creating a 75-million-dollar fund to "reach out to the people of Iran".

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January 25, 2007 Foreign Policy

Peter MacKay in Israel and Palestine

What the Foreign Minister did not see or discuss during his visit

January 25, 2007

Fishing Boats, Gaza

by Jon Elmer
January 20, 2007 Weblog:

Pre-which war?

A former Israeli Justice Minister, now the chair of a national holocaust memorial, had some fairly harsh words for the West Bank settlers. He compared the situation of the Palestinians to that of the Jewish diaspora in Europe before WWII:

"It was not crematoria or pogroms that made our life in the diaspora bitter before they began to kill us, but persecution, harassment, stone-throwing, damage to livelihood, intimidation, spitting and scorn," he said. "I was afraid to go to school, because of the little anti-Semites who used to lay in ambush on the way and beat us up. How is that different from a Palestinian child in Hebron?"

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January 18, 2007 Weblog:

From Iran

Poya, a member of No One Is Illegal Montreal, is in Iran, and recently sent back a rather interesting report about life there and the country's political situation.

January 18, 2007 Weblog:

Workers dead, injured in Dubai

The Associated Press and AFP are reporting that four workers are dead and twenty-five injured in a major construction accident.

What none of the agencies (so far, that I've seen) are saying is that an accident this bad was pretty much inevitable, given the sub-human treatment of migrant workers who are building Dubai, and the incredibly strenuous conditions and long hours they are forced to work.

January 18, 2007 Weblog:

Reuters on Hezbollah

This Reuters story starts by saying...

Villagers in Shebaa were grateful to Hezbollah guerrillas for forcing out Israel. Now, some say Nasrallah's image has been damaged by the campaign he is leading against a government which they support.

...but ends by saying that "some" are religious leaders who are probably getting paid to oppose Hezbollah:

In Shebaa, some Sunni clerics and other local leaders have started criticizing Hezbollah, villagers said. "They are trying to impose sectarianism under financial incentives or ideological pressure," Ali said. "Frankly, it's political money."

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January 18, 2007 Weblog:

Mark Mackinnon's Counter-Excerpt

Mark Mackinnon sent in the highlighted article excerpt in response to the ongoing discussion about Mark MacKinnon's coverage in Lebanon.

For his remarks, read the discussion.

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From "Hezbollah protestors rally against government," by Mark MacKinnon.

Published in The Globe and Mail on Dec. 2, 2006.

(snip)
The demonstrators accused the government, which has supported international calls for Hezbollah to surrender its weapons, of being run by the U.S. embassy. "Down with Feltman's government!" was a popular chant, referring to Jeffery Feltman, the U.S. ambassador.

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January 17, 2007 Weblog:

Mark Mackinnon Quotes Hezbollah

The following is a list of all the quotes (or near-quotes) I could find in nineteen articles written by Mark MacKinnon about the situation in Lebanon over a three week period. This serves as an appendix of sorts to our response to MacKinnon's response to the recent analysis of MacKinnon's reporting. But it also provides a degree of insight into how systematically MacKinnon avoids any discussion of the motivation factors behind the massive demonstrations that are still occupying downtown Beirut.

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January 16, 2007 Weblog:

Globe and Lebanon

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail published a half-decent piece about the sit ins in Beirut. I can't help but wonder if the sudden improvement in coverage (which is to say, conformity with well-established facts) had something to do with this analysis that the Dominion published two weeks ago of Mark Mackinnon's wildly misleading coverage of the same protests.

The crux of that analysis was that Mark Mackinnon probably wouldn't mind telling the truth, but likes having his job and pleasing his editors better than he likes telling the truth. (Not unlike a lot of people, probably...) And that, given the opportunity, Mackinnon probably wouldn't have a personal problem with reporting accurately. It's just that when his editors want something different, his career takes precedence.

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January 2, 2007 Media Analysis

The Manichean Middle East of Mark MacKinnon

Globe and Mail coverage of Lebanon suffers from ideological interventions

November 2, 2006 Foreign Policy

Selectively Terrified

HezbollahFlag_fp.jpgMary Foster tracks the history of Hezbollah and examines how it became a terrorist organization in Canada.

How Hezbollah became a terrorist organization in Canada

September 7, 2006 Accounts

Setting up a Stand for Justice

fati1_fp.jpg Lebanon, Israel, and one man's battle for a few feet of sidewalk in Montréal. Dru Oja Jay meets the "Tunisian hippy."

A battle for a few feet of sidewalk

August 7, 2006 Foreign Policy

Making War in Canada

f16s_construction_fp.jpg Canadian firms help make for F-16s, F-15s and Apache helicopters used to bomb Lebanon and assassinate Palestinians, reports Dru Oja Jay.

Canada produces military equipment used in attacks on Lebanon, Palestine

July 28, 2006 Accounts

"Everything in my life is destroyed now, so I will fight them."

child_fp.jpgDahr Jamail tours the war-torn Lebanese capital of Beirut with a member of Hezbollah.

Dispatches from the war-torn Lebanese capital

February 8, 2006 Opinion

A Picture Says 1000 Words

halifaxprotest_fp.jpg"Harmless cartoons" are more than they seem when one explores the social and political context in which they appear says Harsha Walia

"Harmless" cartoons are more than meets the eye

October 20, 2005 Accounts

'Disengagement' Affords Some Relief for Gaza Fishing Enclave

elmer_al-mawasi_fish_fp.jpg Jon Elmer reports from Gaza, where, despire 'disengagement', fishing boats are shot at and access to foreign markets remains blocked

Coastal villages no longer a veritable prison, but access to fishing, export remain blocked

September 6, 2005 Opinion

Refugees and Citizens

houston2_fp.jpg Justin Podur asks what it means to be a refugee, and why the title is considered disparaging in the USA

July 28, 2005 Features

Violence, Poverty Underscore Story of Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

amman_elmer_young-men_fp.jpg In Jordan, Jon Elmer describes the plight of thousands of Iraqi refugees.

July 19, 2005 Features

On Iraq-Jordan Border, Various Roles Play Out in Desert

iraq_elmer_border-lineup_fp.jpg Jon Elmer speaks to truckers, soldiers, shopkeepers and migrant workers at the edge of the occupation of Iraq.

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