Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774
Media Watch
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John R. Cohn, M.D.
Michael Matza finishes his five-year stint this month as The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jerusalem-based correspondent and returns home. The Arab war against Israel has to be one of the more difficult beats for any journalist to cover. Israel and the disputed territories attract interest and media coverage far out of proportion to their small size and population. Most Americans are shocked...
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Both Republicans and Democrats may be led astray by activists on key issues
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Has American politics ever been more extreme or partisan? From the Republican scandal-mongering about the Clintons to the Democrats' anger over the 2000 Florida recount and the arguments over the decision to go to war in Iraq, there has been a steady escalation in the quotient of meanness and conspiracy theory mongering. Aided and abetted by new media like Internet...
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Media Clippings
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Azure, an intellectual quarterly out of Jerusalem, has established itself in about six years as an indispensable source of new ideas about Zionism, Israeli politics and Jewish culture. It's spring edition, No. 24, is typical of its concerns. In "The IDF and the Israeli Spirit," Moshe Yaalon, the former military chief of staff, considers what the editors call "the greatest...
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By:
Anne Bayefsky
The credibility of the flagship of U.N. "reform" -- aka, the newly created Human Rights Council -- sunk during its very first session, which ended June 30. The deck chairs on the Titanic had simply been rearranged when the Council replaced the discredited Human Rights Commission. Serial human-rights abusers were elected members from the get-go. Nevertheless, the Bush administration's decision...
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By:
David Kimche
A few days ago, I contacted an acquaintance high up in the Fatah Party hierarchy and asked him how he thought the present crisis in Gaza could be resolved. "The Hamas people," he said, "have climbed up a very tall tree and don't know how to get down." Then, he added, "Next to that tree is another tall tree, and...
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