BBC’s Marcus promotes ‘moderated’ Iranian Holocaust denial

BBC Watch

Although it did not stay up for long, visitors to the BBC News website’s Middle East page on September 30th 2013 were offered the opportunity to read BBC diplomatic/defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus’ supercilious chiding of the Israeli government for not being in step with the latest fashion under the title “Iran-US ‘rapprochement’ challenges Israel’s Netanyahu” – presented under the heading “Features & Analysis”.

“In the United States this week, Prime Minister Netanyahu risks appearing like a ghost at the feast; a travelling salesman whose wares have lost their appeal; a man whose warnings against Iranian perfidy seem out of tune with the moment.”

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Although Marcus admits that the spectacle of smiles, soft phrasing and one phone call “has provoked a wave of euphoria among commentators and even some diplomats”, he does not offer any serious analysis on the subject of whether that “wave of euphoria” – also being…

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The point at which you just want to go out and bash a bishop

The Slog

‘Tory Mayor Keith Brookes found not guilty of sex act after sunbathing naked’

There are approximately thirty ways of approaching this story, and I may well employ most of them in this piece.

For starters, I would just like to confirm that the above-featured Mayor Brookes did not sunbathe naked in the sun, and then suddenly seize the nearest nymph with Biblically horizontal activities in mind. It’s just that sub-eds are generally the sort of people who shoot headlines and leave. The sex act of which he was accused took place during his worship of Ra, and was alleged to have involved the act of onanism, aka bashing the pork, doing the old one-two-one-two, and much other slang including shanking the ham.

“M’lud,” began the prosecuting counsel Mr Algernon Percy-Pullover, “Mr Brookes stands accused of waving the wand”.

“Quite so,” said Lord Justice Trousers, “what say you in answer to…

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Why Does the World Feel so Tentative?

Beyond the Cusp

Why does the world feel so tentative, so uncertain, so full of fear? The mood and confidence that things would eventually turn out for the better has slowly given way to a fragility of spirit full of doubts and trepidations expecting disasters looming ahead on the horizon. The first sign that something was wrong and terribly out of sorts came as brave and resolute patriots in Benghazi fought off for hours unknown numbers of terrorists armed as well as a modern infantry company replete with mortars, anti-tank rounds, RPGs, heavy machine guns and AK-47s. These few survived over six hours while under siege all the time signaling their desperate need for reinforcements or at least some air support on targets which they had painted with laser indicators which would have enabled stand-off directed munitions to be directed to their target. Somewhere the order originated for all ready response and other…

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‘Medusa’ Lake Turns Animals to Stone



In Greek mythology, Medusa was a monster with the face of a human female and a head of venomous snakes for hair. Gazing directly upon her would turn any creature to stone.

In northern Tanzania, Lake Natron has had similar effects—on birds in particular. As part of his latest book, Across the Ravaged Land, award-winning photographer Nick Brandt explains:

“I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and…

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What the Guardian won’t report: Israelis who ‘turn swords into plowshares’.

The Guardian’s fetishization of Palestinian culture is indicative of an ideologically biased narrative which continually colors their coverage of the region .  As we’ve demonstrated repeatedly, their reporters’ capacity to bury, ignore, or downplay overwhelming evidence of a culture which nurtures antisemitism, and celebrates terrorism (including suicide bombing) against Israeli civilians, has few limits.  Conversely, characterizations of Palestinian Arabs as non-violent, abound.

A perfect illustration of this dynamic is the following photo storyon Oct. 3:


It should be noted that the weekly protests in Bil’in mentioned in the strap line are actually quite violent, typically involving Palestinians throwing rocks and metal objects, as well as firebombs, at Israeli security forces. Over the past several years more than 200 Israeli security personnel have been injured by Palestinian rioters in Bil’in.

But, no matter. The Guardian had a story of Palestinian “non-violent” resistance to tell, and so photojournalist Atef Safadi let…

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