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June 27 2015

A lot of people who cover world affairs from Washington are basically stupid. They often know absolutely nothing about the subjects or the cultures they are reporting on; there’s this kind of too-cool-for-school mentality among the older ones, imagining there’s nothing they haven’t seen before. These people are pretty desperate and they should be ashamed, most probably, of how much complacency and ignorance they have brought into the world. But that’s that. Everyone’s so frightened of the national press corps in America that pulling the rug from underneath their sorry, negligent arses hardly seems an option. They don’t listen and they would be insulted to have to question their own categories.
— Julian Assange, in ‘The Unauthorised Autobiography’, p.190
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June 24 2015

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“I’d like to address the new Egyptian series titled ‘the Jewish quarter’. It’s infuriating to witness the Egyptian media’s continuous attempts at normalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which spiked after the Sisi coup. In an attempt to blame the Palestinians for their own tragedy, this show portrays us as the ones who sold the cause initially.

While Palestinians were fighting to defend their land during 48 and prior, they were almost completely abandoned by Arab governments. Contrary to most beliefs, Arabs who attempted to help with combat were mostly volunteers and were not backed by entire governments. This letter written by the leader of the Palestinian guerrillas at the time addresses the president of the Arab league in Cairo and blames him for abandoning them without ammunition or supply in the midst of battle.

Although land was sold to Jews prior to the inception of israel (which constituted less than 3% of the land) to say that Palestinians are to blame for ‘selling’ their land to the Zionists is completely baseless and only serves Arabs attempting to shift the blame to the victim.”

— from nowinexile.tumblr.com (Jun. 22 2015)

June 23 2015

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“The white shooter in a rampage killing gets a smiling childhood photo and an uncritical look at how his actions were influenced by the Internet. A black man who saved his own mother from a hail of bullets, though, has his ‘troubled past’ highlighted.”micdotcom

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  • adoradoll: Repost, share, spread the word. Everyone must see this!!

  • suicyco-fucker: well these pictures were all over the german media, and very much discussed. omg i think our media cares more about that than the american media does.

June 20 2015

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慰安婦問題について橋下氏が不適切な発言をしたために、付き合いきれないとマスコミが思った時期もあったが、マスコミの橋下氏に対する厚遇は、これまた異常であった。それは、「“橋下徹”という政治的キャラクターは、自分たちマスコミがメディアを使って作り上げた」という自惚れがあったからなのであろう。

専門家である私に言わせてもらえば、橋下徹なる政治キャラには何の魅力もないし、現在の政治状況では、有害な政治家以外の何モノでもない。俗な言葉でいえば、‘鬼っ子’的存在である。出来の悪い子供ほどかわいい、という。普通の親子関係ならばそれで良いのだが、政治の世界で働くマスコミでは、これは無しにして貰いたい。

話を敷衍すると、安倍首相も、マスコミが異常に持ち上げ過ぎて生まれた‘鬼っ子’なのである。こちらの方は、曲がりなりにも首相であるし、潤沢な官房機密費でご馳走をしてくれる。社の幹部から強い推奨もあるので、記者は、‘遠慮なく’記事を書き番組を作れるのである。これが、わが国のマスコミの悲しい現状である。マスコミ人よ、少しは気骨を持て
マスコミが橋下と安倍に拘る理由 (永田町徒然草 2015年6月18日)

June 07 2015

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“An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.

Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.

Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.”

Misreading Feminism & Women’s Rights in Tehran: Beyond Chadors, Ninjabis, & Secular Fantasies (via seppin.tumblr.com)

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June 03 2015

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US Prosecutors are Good Imperial Soldiers | venezuelanalysis.com

by Joe Emersberger - TeleSur English, May 27th 2015

“Juan Forero’s latest article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), co-authored by José de Córdoba, ran with the headline “Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”. The article was immediately cited by the BBCUK Guardian, and Reuters among others. Here are five things readers should notice about the article.” ...

May 03 2015

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marxbakuninhomoeroticfanfiction wrote:

Just so we’re clear. Just before the curfew in Baltimore was enforced on May Day, Geraldo Rivera came into a circle of us sitting in front of city hall and deliberately agitated several of the other protesters. THAT was when the riot police stormed in, kicking and pushing people - including protest medics with red duct tape on their clothing.

I looked up Fox’s footage from that night and they only show what happened right AFTER, as the police were storming.

We were literally sitting in a circle, singing, and eating the chicken that Food Not Bombs had brought. There was a 12 year old kid who had joined us for fuck’s sake.

I’m late bringing this up but I haven’t had much computer/internet access this week.

Reposted byin-god-we-trust in-god-we-trust

May 01 2015

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April 30 2015

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Baltimore: what needs to be talked about

by Mary Scully (via momo33me.tumblr.com):

There is a concerted media campaign to turn the discussion about Baltimore into moralizing about the looting, arson, vandalism even though there is precious little evidence it is widespread. Allegedly, a senior community center, pharmacy, wig store, & convenience store were torched by protesters. Maybe the protesters torched all four; maybe they didn’t.

Obama made a statement about Baltimore that echoed what he said about Ferguson. As forcefully as one can in a monotone, he condemned the riots in Baltimore & called those involved “criminals & thugs.” In Ferguson he said “I don’t have any sympathy for protesters burning buildings.” So now we know where he stands on that question. Where does he stand on police violence that provoked the outrage? What does he think about suspending the Bill of Rights in Ferguson & Baltimore? On that he’s remained dumb as a stump. What does he have to say about the hundreds of Black kids murdered every year by cops?

In September 2014, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported on their six-month investigation of police misconduct in the city. They reported the city of Baltimore paid out about $5.7 million since 2011 from lawsuits claiming police brutality & civil rights violations with alleged suspects. That’s not counting another $5.8 million spent by the city on legal fees to defend the accused cops. The newspaper found a “disturbing pattern” of such conduct. Over 100 people had won court judgements or settlements in a period of less than four years & the victims ranged from a 15-year-old boy to a 65 year-old church deacon & an 87 year-old woman helping her wounded grandson. That’s what needs to be talked about–not stealing toilet paper from a chain pharmacy.

Fox News is reporting that a data mining firm (which shared its findings exclusively with them) analyzed social media interactions in Baltimore & found 20 to 50 social media accounts were used to provoke & organize violence in both Baltimore & Ferguson. Fox reports “While further analysis is being conducted on the data, it suggests the presence of "professional protesters” or anarchists taking advantage of Freddie Gray’s death to incite more violence.” The old “outside agitator” claim they used not just against civil rights activists who went to Ferguson to stand with the Black community but against activists who participated in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. On the face of it, it’s farcical but it’s a serious charge since crap like that can be used to censor social media & prosecute those who defend the Black community on social media.

The discussion of those who stand with civil rights & Black power should not be controlled by media or Obama’s turgid rhetoric but by justice & the Bill of Rights. When they talk about the pharmacy, we talk about Freddie Gray. And we stand with the protesters in Baltimore without reciting the mantra “I’m opposed to rioting, but…!”

Reposted byin-god-we-trust in-god-we-trust

March 24 2015

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Golshifteh Farahani for Vogue Paris (May 2011) by Karim Sadli (via O Iran, o bejeweled land.)

March 15 2015

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News coverage of Fukushima disaster minimized health risks to general population -- ScienceDaily

“‘It's shocking to see how few articles discussed risk to the general population, and when they did, they typically characterized risk as low,’ said [American University sociology professor Celine Marie] Pascale, who studies the social construction of risk and meanings of risk in the 21st century. ‘We see articles in prestigious news outlets claiming that radioactivity from cosmic rays and rocks is more dangerous than the radiation emanating from the collapsing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.’

Pascale studied news articles, editorials, and letters from two newspapers, The Washington Post and The New York Times, and two nationally prominent online news sites, Politico and The Huffington Post. These four media outlets are not only among the most prominent in the United States, they are also among the most cited by television news and talk shows, by other newspapers and blogs and are often taken up in social media, Pascale said. In this sense, she added, understanding how risk is constructed in media gives insight into how national concerns and conversations get framed.

Pascale's analysis identified three primary ways in which the news outlets minimized the risk posed by radioactive contamination to the general population. Articles made comparisons to mundane, low-level forms of radiation;defined the risks as unknowable, given the lack of long-term studies; and largely excluded concerns expressed by experts and residents who challenged the dominant narrative.

The research shows that corporations and government agencies had disproportionate access to framing the event in the media, Pascale says. Even years after the disaster, government and corporate spokespersons constituted the majority of voices published. News accounts about local impact -- for example, parents organizing to protect their children from radiation in school lunches -- were also scarce.”

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March 05 2015

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@Pray4Pal: Israeli paper from 1984: Iranian nuclear bomb enters final manufacturing phase

March 01 2015

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farsizaban: Star Trek comic strip published in the Iranian magazine “Keyhan Bacheha” (Kids Universe) Circa 1974

February 24 2015

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石堂順子さんに書簡を送ったイラン人女性にインタビュー

from IRIB Japanese Radio (2015年2月24日 山口雅代):

今年は、日本にとって非常に重苦しく辛いニュースで幕を開けることになりました。テロ組織ISISにより、日本人の2人の人質が非業の死を遂げたことは、皆様のご記憶に新しいことと思います。ラジオ日本語では先だって、フリージャーナリストの後藤健二さんのお母様・石堂順子さんに送られたイラン人女性の書簡をご紹介いたしましたが、このほどそのイラン人女性アーテフェ・タルガーニーさんを直接スタジオにお招きし、インタビューを試みました。彼女は、イスラム圏外の国民である日本人の私の質問に快く答えてくださいました。現在、このイラン人女性のインタビューを取り入れた特別番組を制作中です。どうぞ、ご期待ください。

February 13 2015

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Surprising. In her newspaper column on foreign workers in Japan, right-wing writer Ayako Sono (曽野綾子) advocates racial segregation with regard to living areas, saying “it is too difficult to share living area, in order to understand foreigners.” More surprisingly, she refers to an example of an apartment house in Johannesburg, South Africa, as if the abolition of apartheid were wrong. Doesn’t she - as well as right-wing newspaper Sankei, the publisher - know that apartheid is a crime under today’s international law? Criminally ignorant.

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bless chris rock (via Hijabonita)

February 12 2015

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photoset via hijabonita.tumblr.com

“Meanwhile on Fox News: Refusal to call the Chapel Hill shootings a hate crime, but no hesitation to label every crime committed by a Muslim a terrorist. No hesitation to say all women in a hijab should be jailed. No hesitation to spew hate against Islam every chance they get.”shitrichcollegekidssay

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“The murders have resonated both within US and around the world, especially on social media. ... There has been criticism of a perceived lack of coverage in the mainstream media with the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter mentioned almost 100,000 times in the day following the shooting.”

Funerals for Chapel Hill shooting victims (BBC News, Feb. 12 2015)

BBC, don’t fool us. You are also one of “the mainstream media” outlets!

February 11 2015

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Chapel Hill shooting: 3 Muslims gunned down in N. Carolina — RT USA

“A 46-year-old man identified by police as Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in late Tuesday night. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of three counts of first degree murder.

Police say the killings might have been committed over a parking space dispute.

‘It appears to have been part of an ongoing dispute over parking,’ Lt. Joshua Mecimore, a spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said to LA Times.

The incident has provoked massive speculation on social media that it was a hate crime, with many posts carrying the hashtag: #MuslimLivesMatter.

Hicks is a self-described atheist who regularly posted content critical of religion on his Facebook account.

According to US media, Hicks allegedly wrote in one post: ‘When it comes to insults, your religion started this, not me. If your religion kept its big mouth shut, so would I.’

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