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Media Microscope: Polonium and Bolognium Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

A Swiss lab's finding of elevated levels of the radioactive element polonium-210 in samples taken from Yasser Arafat's body suggesting he might have been poisoned - released days before the ninth anniversary of his death - proved to be media gold. It also served as a good promo for al-Jazeera, which

The truth behind the wrecking ball

The truth behind the wrecking ball Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The Palestinian Authority-aligned news agency Ma'an is hardly ever used as the primary source for an article in major international outlets, and for good reason. They produce advocacy journalism for the Palestinian cause, and have a pattern of one-sided and sometimes wildly inaccurate, biased and mi

Media Microscope: Rouhani Roulette Categories: Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Although Iran's new President, the avuncular Hassan Rouhani, received sympathetic coverage following his star turn at the United Nations in late-September, there was a multiplicity of views on the significance of this new face of the Iranian regime.

Arafat NOT poisoned? Media yawns

Arafat NOT poisoned? Media yawns Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

In a sane world, it would not be al-Jazeera's overblown boast on Saturday of supposed scientific confirmation for its 2012 'scoop' that Yasser Arafat might have been poisoned by polonium-210 which would have made headlines, but instead the revelation on Tuesday of genuinely new and apparently decisi

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis Categories: Australasia, Egypt, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, United States, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In June, AIJAC took a look back at the coverage of the Six Day War of 1967 in two major Australian newspapers, the Age of Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald. Now, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, we open the archives once again to look at the coverage of that war

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Australian National University has come under fire for hosting a conference purporting to focus on "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories". ... Academics are, no doubt, free to invite whomever they choose to present on any issue and to air any views they se

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Media Microscope: Legal Beagles Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Some media professionals were especially concerned over what potential changes might be made to foreign policy regarding Israel by an incoming federal Liberal/National government. The day before the federal election, James Carleton reported on how Labor and the Coalition differ on the legality of I

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