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The News from Iran

Friday, August 25, 2006

The view from here is that Iran is a closed society with no outside (aka Western) news, information, or entertainment slipping in. Is it true? Or, are Iranians offered a variety of global views via satellite television and the internet? As America’s diplomatic stalemate with Iran becomes increasingly prominent in ...

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To the Victors, the Spoiled

Friday, August 18, 2006

Commentators in the Arab media are proclaiming Hezbollah’s campaign a great victory for the Arab world. At the same time, there aren’t many echoes in the Western media of President Bush’s claim that Hezbollah was defeated. But Beirut’s Daily Star opinion editor Michael Young tells Bob that popular support for ...

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Poll Tacks

Friday, August 11, 2006

In other public opinion poll news, a recent Harris poll found that despite all evidence to the contrary, an increasing percentage of Americans believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to war. Bob talks to Harris Poll chairman Humphrey Taylor about how the truth sometimes merely gets ...

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I Know You Are But What Am I?

Friday, July 28, 2006

More Middle East coverage this week… more charges of bias. Over the years, most news organizations have become accustomed to complaints from all sides in the conflict. But as Shankar Vedantam wrote this week in the Washington Post, studies show that the partisans who lob most of the criticism are ...

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Ratings, War

Friday, July 21, 2006

Al-Manar, a Lebanese satellite TV and radio network, has been must-see TV for many in the region looking for news of where bombs are falling…and where they might soon fall. It's also the self-described media outlet for Hezbollah. NPR's Deborah Amos joins Brooke from Damascus to discuss Al-Manar’s popularity and ...

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Balance Beam

Friday, July 21, 2006

Whenever news media turn their attention to the Middle East, accusations of bias – from all sides – are sure to follow. This week was no exception. But the story’s a little different than it’s been in the past, and bias aside, American media haven’t quite adjusted to the new ...

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Street Reporting

Friday, July 14, 2006

Hundreds of Egyptian journalists filled the street in front of Cairo’s Parliament building this week and went on strike after a proposed statute kept open the possibility of prison terms for reporters who criticize the president, his cabinet or even legislators. Despite the outcry, the law passed mostly intact. BBC ...

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Primetime Pakistan

Friday, July 14, 2006

In Pakistan, a new television show on the popular GEO TV channel has sparked a national conversation about a set of laws known as the Hudood Ordinance, which, among other things, sentences adulterous women to death by stoning. As a result, the laws are under review and real reform may ...

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Death Be Not Proud

Friday, June 09, 2006

As news of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death spread around the world Thursday, the photo of his lifeless face was nearly impossible to miss. For U.S. and Iraqi security forces, the image of Zarqawi – dead, mounted, and framed – represented a decisive victory. But RAND Corporation terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman ...

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Dear Leader

Friday, May 12, 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has broken a decades-old epistolary freeze with the U.S., but the White House wants no part of it. Meanwhile, an aide to Ayatollah Ali Khomeini has sent his own letter to Time magazine; it strikes a very different tone from the President’s. Washingtonpost.com columnist Jefferson Morley ...

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In Short: The Long War

Friday, April 28, 2006

In February, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld delivered a speech entitled “The Long War.” In it, he invoked the Cold War while at the same time laying out broad strategies to fight what could be a decades-long terrorist threat across the globe. How will these sorts of war-branding efforts affect how ...

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Read All Over

Friday, April 14, 2006

The New Yorker article about dealing with the perceived Iranian threat made waves not just in Washington, but in foreign capitals as well. Brooke joins washingtonpost.com’s foreign press watcher Jefferson Morley for a roundup of the headlines. And she speaks with Knight Ridder correspondent Hannah Allam, who’s been watching the ...

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Insurgent Divergent

Friday, April 14, 2006

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is reputed to be Al Qaeda’s #1 man in Iraq. Much of that credit is bestowed by Jihadist websites, but the Washington Post has reported that hyping Zarqawi is a mission of the U.S. military, too, which countered with the claim that 90% of Iraqi suicide attacks ...

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The New Math

Friday, March 10, 2006

The research group, Iraq Body Count, issued findings recently that show the rate of civilian deaths rising each year since the declared end of combat operations. According to the group, in the first year violent deaths occurred at a rate of 20 per day; year two, 31; in 2006 to ...

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Captain Candidate

Friday, March 03, 2006

Mid-term elections are starting to heat up and the press is in hot pursuit of themes around which they can organize their coverage - for example, "Democrats in disarray" or "Republicans mired in scandal." But those seem a little tired. So the media have been quick to pounce on a ...

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Write On

Friday, February 24, 2006

Amidst the scores of Iraqis killed in escalating violence this week were three journalists, who were kidnapped while reporting on the Samarra shrine attack. It was a reminder that physical insecurity is still the biggest threat to a free press in Iraq. But it's hardly the only one. Brooke speaks ...

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Deadline Pressure

Friday, February 24, 2006

CBS Pentagon correspondent David Martin this week offered a candid public explanation about why he pulled a story on Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, in Iraq. Basically, it was because a senior military officer asked him to. And since it was very close to deadline, he did. Martin tells Brooke ...

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Ain't Gonna Cover War No More

Friday, February 24, 2006

Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi has just completed a three year stint reporting from Iraq. She's written front page dispatches, but may be best remembered for a 2004 personal email in which she described the near-impossible conditions for doing journalism there. When the email went public, it became a ...

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Update

Friday, February 17, 2006

Last year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas relinquished direct control of the state media. This week, with Hamas preparing to take over in Parliament, he changed his mind.

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Arab Media Politics

Friday, February 10, 2006

After days of violent protests over provocative political cartoons, the old familiar phrase - CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - kept roaring back. With two satellites dishes, seven or eight Arabic-language newspapers and a number of Internet magazines, Cal State political science professor As'ad AbuKhalil is awash in media from the Middle ...

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