BBC’s selective, context-free reporting from the Gaza Strip continues

BBC Watch

On the morning of January 22nd visitors to the BBC News website’s Middle East page were informed that “Israel Gaza strike kills militants” and in the sub-heading:

“Two Palestinian militants are killed by an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Israeli officials say.”

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That link originally led to a report with the rather more ambiguous title of ” ‘Two militants’ dead in Israel Gaza Strip air strike”, although it was unclear from the BBC’s use of punctuation whether it was in doubt about the number of terrorists killed or their title.

The report opened with an interestingly captioned photograph:

Israel says that airstrikes are necessary to protect the south of the country from rocket attacks” [emphasis added]

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The report itself also included a plethora of statements using the familiar “x says” theme. [emphasis added]

“Two Palestinian militants have been killed by an Israeli air strike…

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No follow up on BBC’s ‘X-Factor’ Israel report

BBC Watch

On January 16th a filmed report by Joerg Schulze of BBC World News appeared in the ‘Watch/Listen’ section of the BBC News website’s Middle East page, where it has remained for five days so far. Titled “Filipina carer wins Israeli X Factor“, the report’s synopsis states:

“A Filipina carer, once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who tend to Israel’s infirm and elderly, has surprised the country by winning one of its most popular TV singing contests.”

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Schulze expands on that theme in his commentary.

“She’s 47 years-old and in her day job she looks after an elderly lady in Tel Aviv. She’s one of about twenty-five thousand carers currently working in Israel. Their work goes widely unnoticed, so this highlight of her adventure in the limelight came as a big surprise.” […]

“She hopes her success will change the stereotype of Filipinos in Israel…

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Ukraine Violence Expanding and Intensifying

Beyond the Cusp

As the violence in the Ukraine, especially in their capital of Kiev where demonstrators are estimated to exceed one-hundred-thousand almost daily, and as the legislature and President Yanukovych are granting the police with harsher laws which are due to take effect today, the confrontations show little sign of abating in the immediate future. President Yanukovych posted on his official website, “I ask you not to join those who seek violence, who are trying to create a division between the state and society and who want to hurl the Ukrainian people into a pit of mass disorder. Now, when peaceful actions are turning into mass unrest, accompanied by riots and arson attacks, the use of violence, I am convinced that such phenomena are a threat not only to Kiev but to the whole of Ukraine.” The stimulus for the violence comes mostly from the Ukraine government, mostly simply backing the decision…

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Obama’s State Of The Union Speech Will Be All Lies

PA Pundits - International

caruba_alan20080111By Alan Caruba ~AA - Obama SOTU Speech

On January 28, the President of the United States will stand before a joint session of Congress and lie to them and to all Americans.

The mainstream media will treat it as a serious presentation and make no mention of the lies.

Following the State of the Union speech (SOTU) there will be a formal response by a Republican spokesman. It will be very polite and not likely to strongly expose the lies and oppose the President.

The “low information” Americans will take Barack Obama at his word. Nearly half of all Americans who might listen to the speech or read about it are on some form of government dole or entitlement program. They are interested in food stamps, unemployment compensation, their disability status, and an older generation will understandably want to ensure their Social Security checks keep coming and Medicare will continue to underwrite their…

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2012 Olympics

1It’s 2012 and the start of the Olympics in London.

A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman want to get in, but they haven’t got tickets.

The Scotsman picks up a manhole cover, tucks it under his arm and walks to the gate. “McTavish, Scotland ” he says, “Discus” and in he walks.

The Englishman picks up a length of scaffolding and slings it over his shoulder. “Waddington-Smythe, England ” he says, “Pole vault” and in he walks.

The Irishman looks around and picks up a roll of barbed wire and tucks it under his arm. “O’Malley, Ireland ,” he says, …………”Fencing”.


James' Funnies

A girl from New York and a girl from the west coast were seated side by side on an airplane. The girl from New York, being friendly and all said, “So, where ya from?”
The west coast girl said, “From a place where they know better than to use a preposition at the end of a sentence.”
The girl from New York, sat quietly for a few moments and then replied: “So, where ya from…. Witch?”

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“Hard Places”, the Life and Service of Dr. Tom Little in Afghanistan


Dr. Tom had served as an optometrist in Afghanistan since 1977. He and his family stayed during the Russian invasion and during the war with America. Dr. Tom felt that these were his people and they had no other care without him. He ,along with 7 foreign aid workers, and 2 Afghans were killed on August 6, 2010 by the Taliban who claimed the killings. Dr. Tom never took sides or withheld treatment to anyone who came to him, including Taliban. He loved Afghanistan and the people. Libby Little, Tom’s wife was awarded the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in honor of Dr. Tom’s 30 selfless years of faithful service in Afghanistan. Meet Tom and Libby, the other workers, and Afghan people in this documentary. The film, “Hard Places” will be released in 2014. Michael Swantek the editor, was my…

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