Difference in European and US news

October 5, 2006 at 5:37 pm (Politics)

I missed this one before but Julian Borger had an interesting observation during Lebanon crisis that is still valid even today, and I would like it share it with you. The article is beautifully entitled “Its like watching two different wars”:

The US and European media have always covered the Middle East from different perspectives, but flying back to Washington from a stay in London at the height of the Lebanese conflict made it clear to me how wide the gulf has become. Britons and Americans are watching two different wars.

The overwhelming emphasis of television and press coverage in the UK was the civilian casualties in Lebanon. Day after day, those were the “splash” stories. The smaller number of civilian casualties from Hizbullah rockets in northern Israel was also covered but rarely made the top headlines or front pages.

Back in DC, watching Lebanon through American camera lenses, the centre of the action seemed to be Haifa. This emphasis on Israeli casualties relative to Lebanese was taken to its breathtaking extreme by Charles Krauthammer, a conservative columnist on the Washington Post, who described the Hizbullah rocket attacks as “perhaps the most blatant terror campaign from the air since the London blitz.”

Read the extremely well written column @ Guardian’s Comments are free

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Iranian video game against U.S

October 2, 2006 at 6:41 am (Games, Politics)

Reuters is reporting:

A new Iranian computer game sets players the task of blowing up a U.S. tanker in the Gulf to block the sea route for much of the world’s oil supplies, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Well I don’t understand why this is an issue. American games have forever depicted destroy this and that of other countries in their games. No one ever complained then. Whether its “conflict: desert storm” or “delta force: task force dagger”, they have all pushed the brains of people into considering such acts as deeds of patriotism, but when Iran does it from their point-of-view its not patriotic, it becomes terrorism? Those are double standards to me.

Read the actual story @ Reuters

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You cannot board a plane wearing Arabic text

September 11, 2006 at 9:19 pm (Politics, Religious)

shirtAn architect of Iraqi descent has said he was forced to remove a T-shirt that bore the words “We will not be silent” before boarding a flight at New York.

Many oppose such behavior… and one guy has also prepared a T-shirt that promotes “I am not a terrorist” in Arabic. You can get those t-shirts and wear them as much as you can.

Read the news about being stopped at airport @ BBC
I am not a terrorist t-shirt @ Its not all bad

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Americans view towards U.S. Muslims

September 2, 2006 at 8:09 pm (Politics, Religious)

A new poll taken from 1007 U.S. adults reveals Americans feelings about American Muslims.

  • 22% say that they would not like to have a Muslim as a neighbor.
  • 34% believe that American Muslims back Al-Qaeda and terrorist activities.
  • 51% believe US Muslims are not loyal to United States.
  • 39% advocate that Muslims should carry special I.D.
  • 39% admit that they hold some “prejudice” against Muslims.
  • 40% say that Muslims religious views are too “extreme”.

In most of the questions, Americans were sympathetic towards Muslims, and these were those who know Muslims as neighbors, as co-workers etc.

Actual article and results @ Editor And Publisher

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Hezbollah hands out cash for Lebanese war victims

August 22, 2006 at 10:37 pm (Politics)

Hezbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group’s support among Lebanon Shiites and embarrassing the Beirut government.

“This is a very, very reasonable amount. It is not small,” said Ayman Jaber, 27, holding a wad he had just picked up from Hezbollah of $12,000 in banknotes wrapped in tissue.

And US is trying to make this just a “show-off” activity of Hezbollah to prove that they want to gain popularity. Is US serious? When will they wake up and realize that there people with real humanity in this world, everyone is not Bush-ified… who cannot think of anything except politics in every part of life.

Complete News story @ Yahoo

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Sandler donates 400 PS to Israel

August 22, 2006 at 12:59 am (Games, Hardware, Humor, Politics)

Following its 34-day war with Lebanon, funny man Adam Sandler is doing his part to help out war ravaged Israel. Not only is he generously donating US $100,000 of his own money, but he’s also sending 400 PlayStations to children whose houses were damaged. Because after a war, the first thing you want to do is play some PS2 in your bombed out living room. And, what are Lebanese expecting? First aid? Atari 2600?

More @ jspot

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Iraq occupancy time exceeds that of WWII

August 18, 2006 at 12:20 pm (Politics)

US occupancy in Iraq since they announced themselves as victors has exceeded the occupancy time in World War II.

The counting starts from the day Germany declared war on the US (December 11, 1941) to VE day (May 8, 1945). This is 1244 days. The Invasion of Iraq began on March 20, 2003 at 21:34 EST when the US began their first air strike on Baghdad. On August 15, 2006 21:30 EST the United States the war in Iraq became longer than it was at war with Germany in World War II.

No one critiqued when women allowed their husbands and children to die in hands of Nazis, but now everyone criticizes their action, from Muslim world to their own countrymen. Its not how you wage the war, but the purpose for which you fight, that decides the victor.

More about US occupancy @ Ironing the Flag

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Chinese Military base in Google Earth

August 14, 2006 at 9:15 pm (Internet, Politics)

If any of previous entries regarding cool findings in Google Earth were not enough to convince you to use Google Earth, then here is one more proof of cool things to find in Google Earth satellite images.

Recently a geek browsing the Google Earth found of a huge military terrain map in China of a disputed border area between India and China. The story was even given coverage by ABC News. So, what can you un-earth in Google Earth?

More about un-earthing the Chinese military base @ ABC News

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UK policy boosting terrorism

August 13, 2006 at 6:31 pm (Politics)

Leading UK Muslims have united to tell Tony Blair that his foreign policy in Iraq and on Israel offers “ammunition to extremists” (i.e. boosts their anger) and puts British lives “at increased risk”.

The key figures who write this open letter included Muslim Council of Britain and several of the signatories, such as key Labor MPs Sadiq Khan (Tooting) and Shahid Malik (Dewsbury), whom it is believed can shape Muslim opinion.

The letter accuses UK’s foreign policy of lacking any policy to pay regard to civilian lives. Mr Khan told that Mr Blair’s reluctance to criticism Israel over the Lebanon attacks meant the pool of people from which terrorists found their recruits was increasing.

Read the whole article @ Guardian

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Irani Leader accuses Bush on TV

August 13, 2006 at 12:39 pm (Politics)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sat down with Mike Wallace in Tehran on Tuesday in a rare, exclusive interview with a Western reporter, and openly accused Bush of the faults and image Iran has in current world.

“Well, please look at the makeup of the American administration, the behavior of the American administration. See how they talk down to my nation.”

Speaking about President Bush’s failure to answer his 18-page letter that criticized U.S. foreign policy, Ahmadinejad said, “Well, (with the letter) I wanted to open a window towards the light for the president so that he can see that one can look on the world through a different perspective. … We are all free to choose.”

More @ CBS News

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