World Affairs Editor, AlterNet
972mag.com — A look at the right-wing conspiracy-nut thinking that informed this week's blue-ribbon report on the infamous 2000 killing of a Palestinian boy in Gaza. In the 13 years since Muhammad al-Dura was killed in an Israeli-Palestinian shootout in Gaza while cowering behind his father, masses of right-wing Jews have eagerly embraced a conspiracy theory of the 12-year-oid boy's killing - that it was staged, a hoax perpetrated by Palestinians to blacken Israel's name.
mondoweiss.net — Israeli authorities have found another way to impede free access to the occupied territories for American travelers. Haaretz's Amira Hass reported over the weekend that tourists from the U.S. have had to sign a declaration requiring them to obtain a military permit for travel to the occupied West Bank.
thinkprogress.org — The idea that some racial groups are, on average, smarter than others is without a doubt among the most discussed (and debunked) "taboos" in American intellectual history. It is an argument that has been advanced since the days of slavery, one that helped push through the draconian Immigration Act of 1924, and one that set off [...]
nybooks.com — This article will appear in The New York Review 's June 6, 2013 issue. If you were to run into eighteen-year-old Baudy Mazaev on a multicultural Boston street, you'd probably take him for a Portuguese or an Italian; in a pinch you might guess his family origins to lie somewhere farther east.
thedailybeast.com — It always seemed a little improbable that Arab sheiks could save American journalism. But in a business as troubled as the vast wasteland of American television news, hope springs eternal, and the Al Jazeera network out of Qatar seemed to offer an opulent oasis.
thedailybeast.com — Dear Maysoon, I was moved to read your piece commemorating the flight of your husband from a village near Jerusalem in 1948. He has kept the rusty iron key to his home. Yours was one of hundreds of articles in the global media, together with demonstrations and marches, marking your Nakba-the flight of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs in 1948.
mondoweiss.net — New York City Councilman Lew Fidler is still outraged over the Brooklyn College panel that took place in February on the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. In a letter sent in late April, the Assistant Majority Leader at the council suggests the hiring of a "professor from Israel" at Brooklyn College to correct what he calls bias in the school's Political Science Department.
nytimes.com — Bill de Blasio drives a gas-sipping Ford hybrid and cultivates tomatoes and peppers from his backyard in brownstone Brooklyn. He works out at the socially responsible Y.M.C.A. and opted for the all-hands-on-deck rigors of the Park Slope Childcare Collective.
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