Archive: October 16, 2005 - October 22, 2005

The Noose Tightens

The Mehlis report implicating Syrian officials in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafiq Hariri, has triggered a new wave of commentary that the Syrian government is in deep trouble amidst a new wave of anti-Syrian sentiment in Lebanon. ...

By Jefferson Morley | October 22, 2005; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (34)

Syria's 'Death Throes'?

The U.N. report implicating top Syrian officials in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri signals two things for online commentators in Lebanon. 1) Syria is in trouble, which means hope is rising. 2) Syria is in trouble,...

By Jefferson Morley | October 21, 2005; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (67)

And the Not-So-Quiet Arab Media

There's a burst of Arab online commentary today on Saddam Hussein's trial -- as if in response to the evident uneasiness in the region. The trial is proof that "change" is coming to the Arab world, says columnist Randa Takieddine...

By Jefferson Morley | October 20, 2005; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Quiet Arab Media

The opening day of Saddam Hussein's trial evoked uneasiness and, at times, little interest in the Arab online media. The sight of a once-formidable Sunni Arab leader facing charges from a court in a country under U.S. occupation now run...

By Jefferson Morley | October 20, 2005; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Merimee Affair

Reader Elle writes from France that I was wrong to report that the French media have not been covering Paris's relationship to Saddam Hussein. She's right, at least when it comes to the Oil-for-Food scandal. Le Monde published two revealing...

By Jefferson Morley | October 19, 2005; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (9)

Antiwar Europe Worries About Saddam Hussein Trial

For European online commentators who opposed the invasion of Iraq, the trial of Saddam Hussein is a welcome event, with worrisome undertones.  Two concerns stand out: International legal norms may not be observed because of U.S. influence and the proceedings...

By Jefferson Morley | October 19, 2005; 7:19 AM ET | Comments (24)

Israel's Online Debate

Israeli reaction to Monday's drive-by attack in which Palestinian gunmen killed three Israelis illuminates the wide spectrum of opinion in that country's online media. Collectively, these sites publish a much wider range of debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than is...

By Jefferson Morley | October 18, 2005; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (81)

'Artificial' Iraq?

Abu Khaleel is probably the only farmer-blogger in Iraq. But his hybrid background gives him some authority to talk about "the land between the two rivers." In the most recent post in his thoughtful blog, A Glimpse of Iraq, Khaleel...

By Jefferson Morley | October 17, 2005; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

More on Iraqi Civilian Casualties

A U.S. airstrike in western Iraq that U.S. officials said killed 70 insurgents today raises the issue of Iraqi civilian casualties yet again. Witnesses said 39 of the dead were civilians, according a wire service account carried by aljazeera.net and...

By Jefferson Morley | October 17, 2005; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (22)

Mideast Media Link Constitution, U.S. Withdrawal

"It is difficult for commentators to be objective about Iraq's constitution," opines the Daily Telegraph of London today. "Like every development in that country, it is viewed through the prism of the invasion. Those who supported the war hate the...

By Jefferson Morley | October 17, 2005; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (15)

 

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