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Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Balanced coverage of the Middle East

...isn't something you find in the American corporate press. Today's San Jose Mercury News (and probably many other outlets; it's from AP) carries a major retrospective article on the 6-Day War. The headline on the article?
40 years later, Israel still struggling
Yes, the poor Israelis, oh the inhumanity of struggling for 40 years as an occupier.

The plight of the Palestinians? The article does deal with it, but not until the 13th paragraph: "Forty years into the occupation, the Palestinians are ground down, their hopelessness worsened by an international aid embargo imposed after Hamas' rise to power."

You won't be surprised to learn that although the word "occupation" appears in the article, the word "oppression" (or any variant thereof) does not.

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