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2005/3/21-23 [Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Others, Politics/Foreign/MiddleEast/Israel] UID:36789 Activity:nil
3/21    GNOME/Mono dude visits Lebanon refugee camps:
        http://primates.ximian.com/~miguel/archive/2005/Mar-18.html
        \_ In case you are not familiar with Robert Fisk, here's an
           (admittedly adversarial, having been written by a pro-Israel
           watchdog) introduction:
           http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/critiques/Dishonest_Reporting_-Award-_for_2001.asp#fisk
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primates.ximian.com/~miguel/archive/2005/Mar-18.html
Permalink) Coming to Beirut was a revelation, because it is completely different fro m what you imagine. I consider myself informed on the Middle East and on its political situation, but I was still a little bit scared of visitin g Lebanon. Edd and Yuyu both e-mailed me and told me that it was worth visiting and they eased my fears. Then I talked for a few weeks with Alaa and Hisham from the Lebanon Linux Users Group and they answered all of my pressing questions on Beirut. Laura in the Corniche Turns out that Beirut today is a very safe city just like any other ameri can or european city. What makes the trip interesting is the new languag e and arabic scripts. The boo k is similar to reading The Thousand Nights and a Night, it is packed wi th stories that span roughly fifteen years in the life of Lebanon and th e civil war. I am here because I read Pity the Nation' was my standard answer during my trip. He then said, I used to cut Mr Robert Fisk's hair in the 80's during the civil war, he and the others staying at the Commodore Hotel'' . I had attended one of his lectures at MIT a few years ago, being a fan of his writing. But meeting him and Victoria for lunch was a pleasure, not only we had a great conversation, but the conversation had so much info rmation that when I got back to our hotel I took pages of notes on what I had learned. I told Robert the story about the guy who cut my hair, and showed him the business card. Robert arranged for his driver to take us there, for Mohammed to show us the camp, and for drinks later that evening at his appartment. He only w arned us that we would not be able to sleep after the visit. In addition to the work restriction, new legislation in Lebanon forces pa lestinian families to sell any property they own to a Lebanese if the ow ner passes away, they can not keep the property.
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www.honestreporting.com/articles/critiques/Dishonest_Reporting_-Award-_for_2001.asp#fisk
We thank all the members of HonestReporting for sending recommendations f or this year's Dishonest Reporting 'Award'. There were many candidates f or the ignominious honor, and we distilled the list down to the worst of fenders. HonestReporting took many factors into account: Was there a policy of del iberate bias? Did a reporter base reports on unreliable sources or no so urces at all? Did the reporter or publication refuse to admit its errors ? So now, without further ado, we regretfully present the Dishonest Reporti ng "Award" 2001. T he "dishonorable mentions" (in alphabetical order) are followed by the b ias champion. And we hope that next year, this list will be much, much shorter. The Winner: BBC ===== ASSOCIATED PRESS ===== In March 2001, a Palestinian sniper looked through the crosshairs of his scope and murdered Shalhevet Pass, a 10-month old Jewish baby in Hebron. AP's headline writers declared: "Jewish Toddler Dies In West Bank." AP made no mention of who perpetrated the murder, and there is no indicat ion of the ghastly nature of the crime. According to AP, the baby just " died" -- as if from natural causes or an accident. More accurately, Shal hevet Pass was murdered, shot, gunned down, or assassinated -- by a kill er, gunman, terrorist, or sniper. More AP bias appeared in June, following the heinous suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv disco. AP published the headline: "Explosion Kills Bomber in T el Aviv." This was an early AP report, when the final death toll was not available, but at that point it was already known that there were scores of Israel i casualties. So why did AP downplay this bestial act as an "explosion," and focus on the suffering -- not of innocent teens -- but of the evil bomber? 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In February 200 1, when a Palestinian driver plowed his bus into a bus stop, killing eig ht Israeli civilians, Goldenberg was quick to defend him: "Far from being... a dedicated terrorist," she wrote, he was a "man who h as been taking medication for depression for two years... That Wednesday morning he added antihistamines and antibiotics to the pharmaceutical c ocktail. Both can cause drowsiness, according to the pharmacist." This i s even after the bus driver admitted to Israeli General Security Service investigators that the attack was intentional and premeditated. html Incredibly, Goldenberg has won several journalism awards this year from B ritish institutions. The London Press Club said her coverage was a displ ay of "courageous and objective journalism." At another award ceremony, Goldenberg was lauded: "This journalist has been subjected to a campaign of vilification" -- in reference to criticism levied by HonestReporting . 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