False Confession, Misleading Headline: That’s Occupation


by Mitchell Plitnick The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, is widely seen as Israel’s lone mainstream left-of-center daily. It has a low circulation inside Israel, but its English edition is read much more widely by Israel observers outside of the Middle East.… Continue Reading  

Painting Attack on Syria as Israeli “Retaliation”


by Gregory Shupak Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed a Syrian airbase, saying it was the command-and-control center from which… Continue Reading  

Belarus: Still at War with Press and “Parasites”


by Tatyana Ivanova Belarus is the only member, aside from Russia, of the Union State. The two countries have a common customs area and a military treaty, but different financial systems, economics, governance and legislation. They also have similar approaches… Continue Reading  

Except for Syria, Middle East Disappeared from Network News in 2017


by Jim Lobe Except for the ongoing war in Syria, coverage of the Middle East by the evening news programs of the three big U.S. networks virtually disappeared in 2017, according to the latest annual compilation by the authoritative Tyndall… Continue Reading  

Slapping Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting Palestinian Child


by Gregory Shupak Israeli soldiers shot 14-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Tamimi point-blank in the face with a rubber-jacketed bullet on December 14, 2017, in Nabi Saleh, a small village in the occupied West Bank. The boy had to undergo six hours of surgery and was… Continue Reading