Category: Science, Tech, Media & Social Media

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

Above is coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict last night on MSNBC’s Hardball. NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gives a frank answer as to how much of a “pinpoint” operation the Israeli incursion into Gaza actually is. (If it doesn’t play CLICK HERE) by *JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 22, 2014 *updated 3:40p:  There’s been growing criticism […]

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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014 |

Northwestern University Professor and Vice President of Kids4Peace International Yakir Englander on the Urgency of Deeper Healing in Israel/Palestine by Yakir Englander for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 18, 2014: Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one […]

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Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

[ 1 ] July 14, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014: In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group known as Islamic State (formerly ISIS) called for the death of Kuwaiti-born Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the superhero comic book The […]

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Shalom Goldman on Qashing Jewish Dissent on Israel

Shalom Goldman on Qashing Jewish Dissent on Israel

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for PATHEOS on JULY 11, 2014:  A New Yorker cartoon of a few years back shows Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Looking at Moses, one Israelite says to the other, “Well, he’s alright, but I wish he were a little more pro-Israel.” The leadership of American Jewish community organizations never has to worry about […]

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Kevin Fogg on the Indonesian Election Aftermath

Kevin Fogg on the Indonesian Election Aftermath

[ 0 ] July 11, 2014 |

by KEVIN W. FOGG  for ISLAMIC HISTORY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (his blog) on JULY 11, 2014:  The Indonesian presidential election is entering a new round of competition after an overall very successful day of voting on Wednesday. This new phase will involve machinations among the political elite, lots of bureaucratic churning, and intense activity among […]

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Diane Sawyer Tells Viewers Scenes of Destruction in Gaza are in Israel: ABC Later Apologizes

Diane Sawyer Tells Viewers Scenes of Destruction in Gaza are in Israel: ABC Later Apologizes

[ 0 ] July 10, 2014 |

via RANIA KHALEK for ELECTRONIC INTIFADA on JULY 9, 214:  More than fifty Palestinians have been killed and another 450 wounded since Monday in Israel’s ongoing assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” by the Israeli army. As usual, mainstream media outlets are straining to paint Israel as the victim, defending its […]

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Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

by THOMAS HEGGHAMMER for LAWFARE BLOG on JULY 6, 2014:  Lawfare Blog Editor’s Note: The conquest of Mosul and other cities in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has alarmed the United States and its allies and electrified the Sunni jihadist community. On Monday, ISIS went one step further, changing its […]

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James Dorsey: World Cup Boosts Iran’s Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

James Dorsey: World Cup Boosts Iran’s Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER (blog) on JUNE 24, 2014:  It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of soccer’s political utility with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s militant and conservative policies he hopes to reverse. Like Mr. Ahmadinejad, Mr Rouhani, a […]

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How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere

How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere

[ 0 ] June 16, 2014 |

“What happened during the course of the long months of unrest and the protests online that followed the Iranian presidential election of 2009, changed the whole architecture of journalism, teaching and publishing. What changed too was the way we were using social media — from avatar activism to the functionality of the hashtag as slogan […]

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Global Expressions of Classical Islam on Display at Duke

Global Expressions of Classical Islam on Display at Duke

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

by AMBER WATSON for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 6, 2014:  At a time when events in the so-called “Islamic world” are most often portrayed through the lenses of political science and theory — often concentrating on government policies, war, civil strife, and socioeconomic development — Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and History Mona Hassan re-directs the conversation with […]

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