Who recognizes Gaza’s “right to exist”?

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Norm Solomon on selective outrage over barbarism

The ever insightful Norm Soloman on the consequences of the American media's spineless and selective coverage of wartime atrocities in "Their Barbarism, and Ours" : "The story really takes us back into the 8th century, a truly barbaric world," John Burns said. He was speaking Tuesday night on the PBS "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," describing what happened to two U.S. soldiers whose bodies had just been found. Evidently they were victims of atrocities, and no one should … [Read more...]

Meen Irhabi? (“Who’s the terrorist?”) & hip-hop

Thanks to Zahir's link to a Palestinian rap site, I came across the the group Dam ("blood" in Arabic) and their thought-provoking anthem, "Meen Irhabi?" (Who's the terrorist?).  To watch it, click the link at the bottom of this page (the video helpfully includes English subtitles). Given its origins as a voice for the downtrodden and marginalized and the fact that young people everywhere are basically forced to see the world through American eyes, it should come as … [Read more...]

WP: Negative Perception Of Islam Increasing

Sadly, this development is inevitable, not because of what's happening in the world, but because of how the corporate mainstream media work.  Their focus on current events over history and sensationalism over systematic analysis not only makes these stereotypes seem justified by the facts, but it makes them the only logical reaction for the average person who lacks alternative information sources. This is a bit random, but I see a certain parallel here with some of the "conspiracy … [Read more...]

Who killed General Zia?

The fearless and always enlightening Eric Margolis on new suspicions that that perrenial favorite of Muslim conspiracy buffs--often for very good reason--the Mossad, had a hand in General Zia's demise in 1988. Read Another Day in Empire's informative analysis, too, while you're at it. I'm far too uninformed on this to have an opinion as to the culprit, but the premise is hardly ridiculous.  It wouldn't be the first time Israeli intelligence has been involved in assasinations or other … [Read more...]

Qaradawi on cartoon protests

From Islam Online: "The sabotage done by some Muslims in some [Arab] capitals in response to the offensive cartoons is unacceptable and should be denounced," Qaradawi, who heads the Dublin-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) told Al-Jazeera’s Shari`ah and Life program.  "We never call on people to set fire to cars, but to express their anger in a prudent manner to head off serious consequences," said the prominent scholar.  "True that Islam h … [Read more...]

Hamas is the Solution

In the Sunday edition of the Washington Post, there was a photo of some Palestinian girls walking by a wall covered in Arabic graffiti.  It read "Islam is the solution" (as in al-islaam howa al-Haal). The caption underneath mistranslated it as "Hamas is the solution"! How fitting.  A generic, almost trite, religious slogan that one hears at every turn in the Middle East (and even in places where Muslims do not speak Arabic) gets utterly misinterpreted and … [Read more...]

The idiot cavalry arrives

Good grief...Aljazeera.Net - Iran paper plans Holocaust cartoons Iran's largest selling newspaper has announced it is holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.BTW, this Ahmadinejad bozo is truly a calamity for Iran, and a dream come true for Islamophobes around the globe. … [Read more...]