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Drawing a false equivalence
Australian [Sydney, Australia], by Editorial

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/13/2014 9:06:42 PM

Moral equivalence was at the heart of Cold War false narratives when the political excesses of, say, Joe McCarthy were used to diminish condemnation of murderous repression in the Soviet Union. It is often used these days in Middle East debates to draw perverse equivalence between Israel’s defence of its citizens and the indiscriminate terrorism perpetrated against it. And it is this sort of false comparison that Paul Barry, host of ABC TV’s Media Watch, has used to mitigate offence caused by an anti-Semitic illustration in The Sydney Morning Herald. The drawing showed a Jew sitting on a couch using a remote control, seemingly, to direct the

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Finally. The liberal media is beginning to have the scales fall from their eyes about Israel.

      


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Drawing a false equivalence
Australian [Sydney, Australia], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 9:06:42 PM     Post Reply
Moral equivalence was at the heart of Cold War false narratives when the political excesses of, say, Joe McCarthy were used to diminish condemnation of murderous repression in the Soviet Union. It is often used these days in Middle East debates to draw perverse equivalence between Israel’s defence of its citizens and the indiscriminate terrorism perpetrated against it. And it is this sort of false comparison that Paul Barry, host of ABC TV’s Media Watch, has used to mitigate offence caused by an anti-Semitic illustration in The Sydney Morning Herald. The drawing showed a Jew sitting on a couch using a remote control, seemingly, to direct the

   

 

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Pope Francis to arrive in
South Korea for his first Asia visit
CNN, by Madison Park    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 8:52:11 PM     Post Reply
Pope Francis arrives in Seoul Thursday, marking the first papal visit to the country in 25 years. The historic visit is also a nod to Catholicism´s shifting demographics as an increasing number of believers come from Latin America, Africa and Asia instead of its historic stronghold in Europe. "The Pope´s visit to South Korea is the first part of a very intelligent opening to Asia," said Lionel Jensen, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame. "The Pope's presence is a powerful symbol of the Vatican's recognition that it is in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that the church is growing most prominently."

Edward Snowden: ´I´d volunteer
for prison´ to return to US
NBC News, by Eun Kyung Kim    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 7:33:54 PM     Post Reply
Edward Snowden may have recently received a three-year extension of his stay in Russia, but the former National Security Agency contractor says in a new interview with WIRED magazine that he still clings to hope of returning home to the United States, even if it means living behind bars. “I told the government I’d volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” Snowden said in the article released Wednesday. “I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal.

´When people are dying, you must come
back from vacation´: French foreign
minister seems to slam Obama for
golfing while Iraq burns
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 7:07:02 PM     Post Reply
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something. ´I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,´ Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,´ but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.´ Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent. Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha´s Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington briefly on Tuesday before returning to fun, sun, and more golf.

Here’s why your Internet might
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Washington Post, by Andrea Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:56:44 PM     Post Reply
Some users were frustrated to find some of their favorite Web sites were unresponsive or otherwise inaccessible Tuesday. But it wasn´t a data center outage or a squirrel chewing through a cable line causing the disruption. Instead, structural problems with one of the core technologies that keeps the Internet working were to blame, researchers say. You may not have heard of Border Gate Protocol (or BGP) routing, but you likely rely on it every day if you´re online. While we often think of the Internet as one big network, it´s really a collection of smaller, interconnected networks -- and BGP is how traffic finds its way from one part of the

Apple CEO ´not satisfied´
with company´s diversity: report
Christian Science Monitor, by Jacob Axelrad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:49:30 PM     Post Reply
Going by the numbers, Apple fits into a stereotype of many tech companies in Silicon Valley: its workforce is overwhelmingly white and male. Overall, 70 percent of Apple employees are men as opposed to 30 percent women, and 55 percent are white, according to statistics provided by Apple. In addition, 15 percent of its overall workforce is Asian, 11 percent is Hispanic, and 7 percent is Black. (Snip) In the letter, Cook added that Apple´s definition of diversity extends beyond race, gender, and ethnicity to include such categories as "sexual orientation, veteran status, and disabilities."

   

 

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130 US forces land in
Iraq to plan refugee rescue
New York Post, by Bob Fredericks    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:33:12 PM     Post Reply
US Marines and special operations forces on Wednesday landed on a remote mountain in northern Iraq where thousands of Yazidi refugees have been trapped for days by murderous Sunni militants. The 130 Marines and special forces operatives were joined by a disaster assistance relief team from the US Agency for International Development, ABC News reported. They came to assess the crisis in the Sinjar mountains and come up with a plan to save the Yazidis, hundreds of whom have already been slaughtered by Islamic State jihadis. “There needs to be a lasting solution that gets that population to a safe space where they can

Gaza Truce Extended for Five Days
to Allow for More Talks: Palestinians
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:25:39 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - Israel and Palestinian factions negotiating in Cairo agreed on Wednesday to extend a truce for five more days to allow them to reach a lasting agreement to end the fighting in Gaza, the head of the Palestinian delegation said. Azzam Ahmed told reporters after a day of intense talks mediated by Egyptian intelligence that the Palestinians hoped to reach a final deal in the coming weeks, with Arab and international backing. Speaking as an existing 72-hour truce expired, Ahmed said that agreement had been reached on many issues but a few key sticking points remain, involving security issues and the lifting of the blockade.

Up in smoke: California
wildfire torches pot crops
CNBC News, by Jane Well    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:16:56 PM     Post Reply
A wildfire burning through dense forest in California´s Mendocino County has destroyed more than 11,000 acres and injured eight firefighters. The cost has reportedly topped $20 million. That does not include the marijuana. This part of California is known for growing marijuana, most of it illegal, and a lot of it is hidden among the trees. "I know there have been several marijuana gardens that have burned up," said Sheriff Tom Allman. As residents were being evacuated last week and homes were threatened, Allman attended a community meeting with locals. "Let's talk about the 'M' word," Allman said he told them, "We are not willing to

Uber and Lyft clash in war of words.
Is this how tech disputes are settled?
Christian Science Monitor, by Jacob Axelrad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:06:44 PM     Post Reply
In the battle to become the dominant ride-sharing company, Uber and Lyft have been launching a series of accusations at one another, each side accusing the other of sabotage. Since last October, 177 Uber employees have reportedly canceled more than 5,000 rides from Lyft drivers, presumably in a ploy to disturb Lyft´s business, according to data obtained from Lyft by CNNMoney. The data shared with CNN by Lyft notes that certain Uber employees have created multiple Lyft accounts, from which they have canceled Lyft rides. For example, one Lyft passenger, identified by Lyft drivers as an Uber recruiter, had as many as 21 different

Rev. Jesse Jackson:
There´s a Ferguson near you
CNN, by Jake Tapper    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 6:01:41 PM     Post Reply
This week was supposed to be Michael Brown´s first at technical college. Instead, his parents were planning his funeral. The 18-year-old was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, on Saturday, sparking a federal civil rights inquiry, local protests and national debate. Civil rights leader Rev. Jess Jackson wrote an op-ed for USA Today entitled "There´s a Ferguson near you." "Right across the country you have these dried strips of urban alienation where you have high levels of infant mortality and of unemployment, and lack of trade skills training, first-class jails, second-class schools. Tremendous alienation, and no urban plan

   

 



 
U.S. considering ground troops
to evacuate trapped Iraqi refugees
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/13/2014 5:54:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has asked his military advisers to prepare options for evacuating a group of trapped religious minorities from a mountain in Iraq that would not put U.S. personnel into a combat mission. (Snip) The president, "is open to recommendations in which the United States is helping to facilitate the removal of these people from the mountain on a humanitarian mission, which we believe is separate than saying U.S. forces are going to be redeployed in Iraq in a combat role to take the fight to [ISIS]," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes (the brother of CBS News president David Rhodes) told reporters Wednesday.



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