This is what passes for informed comment on the editorial page of today’s bestselling Sunday edition of the prestigious New York Times…
Tony Judt and his 15 year-old-son.
Israel and Noam Chomsky: Top world news?
What has been described as an “overzealous clerk” at Israel’s border crossing with Jordan refused to allow Noam Chomsky, the anti-Israel American-Jewish academic, and darling of the international Far Left, to enter the country. Chomsky had ...
Another Defeat for the Baath Party
Political deadlock continues to grip Britain following Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s announcement today that he plans to resign — even though there is as yet no successor in place. Still, there is some good news: One of the more ...
British Newspaper Will Publish in 3D
With newspaper circulation continuing to fall dramatically throughout the world, Britain’s best-selling daily, The Sun, has come up with a novel way to try and attract readers: It is to experiment with a 3D edition.The initially one-off ...
More Freelancers Are Fighting to Be Paid
As more people turn to freelance work – including working as journalists – they are taking on an unexpected role: bill collector, reports the Wall Street Journal.
About 40 percent of freelancers had trouble getting paid in 2009, according to a survey by the ...
European Union Decrees that Vacations Are a 'Human Right'
Ever wondered why Europe is heading downhill?From The Times of London:
AN overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year’s hard work. Now Brussels has declared that tourism is a human right ...
UK Watchdog Bans Israeli Western Wall Tourism Ad
In recent years, Israel-bashing has become something of a national sport among Britain’s chattering classes, but a fresh development today might just mark a new low.The UK’s official Advertising Standards Authority has banned an Israeli ...
Social Networking, Palestinian-style
From Yahoo News:
A debate on social networking website Facebook turned ugly when students of a university in Palestine clashed with one another, leaving dozens injured.
After quarrelling on the website, students of An Najah University in Nablus in the ...
"The Fall-Out between America and Israel Is a Serious Threat to World Peace"
For readers interested in U.S. and international press reaction to the recent turn against Israel by the Obama administration, I have posted a round-up here:
“The fall-out between America and Israel is a serious threat to world peace&...
British journalist Freed by Hamas -- Media and Human-Rights Groups Uninterested
British journalist Paul Martin was released into freedom in Israel yesterday after being held captive by Hamas in Gaza for the last four weeks. Martin had spent most of that time in solitary confinement and was denied regular access to ...
Hamas: Jordan or Egypt Likely behind Dubai Hit, Not Israel
Over the past two weeks, much of the world media has been engrossed with the story of the assassination of a senior Hamas terrorist in Dubai. (See here, here, and here for background.) Almost all western media have rushed to ...
A Heated Debate over Foreign Correspondents at the New York Times
An almighty kerfuffle has broken out at the New York Times following demands by the paper’s public editor, Clark Hoyt, who is meant to be neutral, that the Times reassign its Jerusalem bureau chief, Ethan Bronner, on the ...
Fox News Ad Proclaims "The Most Trusted Name in News"
Fox News took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s Washington Post headlined “The Most Trusted Name in News” — the slogan long used by its rival network CNN.The ad cited the recent Public Policy Polling study ...
Newspaper articles need to be shorter, argues Michael Kinsley in The Atlantic.One reason seekers of news are abandoning print newspapers for the Internet, he says, is that newspaper articles are too long. On the Internet, news articles get to ...
Haitian Mother Names Infant 'Israel' to Honor Rescuers
A CBS/Associated Press report lists countries providing aid to Haiti in the wake of that country’s devastating earthquake. Conspicuously absent is the entire Muslim world — including the extremely rich oil-producing nations.Meanwhile, Israel (which is often treated ...
Italian double speak on Iran
There is an eye-popping story in this morning’s Wall Street Journal Europe. Italian companies – with Rome’s backing – have equipped Iran’s military, including the Revolutionary Guards, and contributed to the regime’s ...
Taliban may be descended from Jews
The ethnic group at the heart of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan may descended from their Jewish enemy, according to a report in today’s (London) Daily Telegraph.
What next? The Pope is Muslim?
Fancy Restaurants and Olympic-Size Swim Pools: What The Media Wonâ€™t Report About Gaza
In recent days, the international media, particularly in Europe and the Mideast, has been full of stories about “activist boats sailing to Gaza carrying desperately-needed humanitarian aid and building materials.”
The BBC World Service even led its world ...
U.S. Republican Strategists Should Beware the ConDems
For those American conservatives who have wrongly grown excited about Britain’s new Conservative-led coalition (which many are already calling the “ConDems”), there is a welcome dose of reality by leading British commentator Douglas Murray in today&...
China Launches 24-Hour English News Channel
Following in the footsteps of other less-than-democratic governments such as those of Iran (“Press TV”), Qatar (“Al Jazeera English”) and Russia (“Russia Today”), China has launched a global, English-language television news network, part of ...
No Joke: U.N. Appoints Iran to Women's Rights Commission
No, this is not a parody.The United Nations has elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on what is supposed to be an influential human-rights body to a theocratic state in which ...
Hamas Forces Break Up Gaza Hip-Hop Concert
The Islamist group Hamas, which has already shut down Internet cafes and forced women to stop wearing jeans, continues to clamp down on anything fun as its security forces broke up the Gaza Strip’s first major hip-hop concert ...
Iranian Missile May Be Able to Hit U.S. by 2015
The latest from Reuters:
Iran may be able to build a missile capable of striking the United States by 2015, according to an unclassified Defense Department report on Iran’s military sent to Congress.
“With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran ...
Reuters Journalist Killed In Bangkok Protests
Foreign news coverage in recent days has been dominated by the tumultuous events in Kyrgyzstan, Poland, and Greece, so the bloody scenes on streets of the Thai capital of Bangkok — where at least 20 anti-government protesters were killed and dozens injured ...
There's No Pleasing Some People
A leading al-Qaeda operative has accused Hezbollah of “protecting” Israel. This is believed to mark the first time a high-ranking figure in the (Sunni-dominated) global terror network has openly condemned the Lebanese Shia terror group.In an interview ...
Layoffs Continue at AP, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek
It’s still a tale of doom and gloom for many journalists working in “old media.”The Associated Press has confirmed that another eleven employees have been let go from the newsgathering organization – seven in news, the ...
Twitter, 10 Billion and Counting
It’s official: More than 10 billion tweets have now been sent. The milestone shows that Twitter is still growing at a rapid pace: It broke the 1 billion tweet barrier in November 2008 and the 5 billion tweet barrier just four months ...
Saudi Cleric Says Those Who Oppose Gender Segregation Should Be Killed
Reuters has the latest from the religion of tolerance:
RIYADH (Reuters) – A prominent Saudi cleric has issued an edict calling for opponents of the kingdom’s strict segregation of men and women to be put to death if they ...
Sarah Palin Magazine Hits Newsstands
Since so many in the mainstream media just won’t give Sarah Palin a fair hearing, her supporters have taken matters into their own hands and produced a magazine of their own.A new (so far) single-issue magazine concerning ...
Obama Misjudges His Misjudgment
Time magazine reports:
In an exclusive interview published this week in Time magazine, U.S. President Barack Obama admits he erred during his first year in office by raising too high expectations of a Middle East breakthrough.“I’...
Copts demonstrate against 'BBC bias' following murder by Islamists
More than 100 activists from “Copts Abroad Britain” organized a protest in front of the headquarters of the BBC in London on Friday morning to protest and condemn what they charged was the “biased and distorted way” ...
British Universities in denial about their radical Islamist students
British universities have been so busy attempting to arrange boycotts of Israel that they seem not to have noticed that some of their Muslim students have become so radical that they sympathize with terrorists, or even commit acts of terror ...
GOP Is 'Out-Tweeting' Democrats in Congress
The Hill reports that Republicans are using twitter far more than Democrats.A new report — dubbed “The Twongress Report” — shows that 89 Republicans are actively tweeting, compared to 43 Democrats. The divide is especially apparent in the House, where 42 percent ...
I'm Dreaming of a White New Year
This NASA photo (below), from today’s Times of London, shows Britain completely blanketed by its heaviest snowfall in decades.President Obama’s appearance at last month’s Copenhagen Climate Change Conference obviously did the trick and ...