26 Mar

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective






 Libyan rebels advance on Brega

 Rebels say they’ve already reached oil port, just hours after taking Ajdabiya. But Gaddafi forces are shelling Misurata. 

 Last Modified: 26 Mar 2011 12:45 GMT 



Syrian protesters target Baath Party offices

Ruling party headquarters in Latakia and near Daraa set on fire as protesters continue to defy security crackdown.Last Modified: 26 Mar 2011 17:37 GMT  


Who is afraid of Julian Schnabel?

Jordan Elgrably 26 Mar 2011 13:59 GMT


Jews who embrace narratives other than those sanctioned by the pro-Israel community often inflame others.

Miral, currently in theatres, portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from an entirely Palestinian perspective. It is nothing earth-shattering (a brief filmography at the end of this article offers other films that do this far more effectively) except that it was made by a Jewish filmmaker.

Several Jewish organisations and the Israeli government have seen fit to protest against the film. They say it does not tell both sides of the story. But that is precisely the point. When director Julian Schnabel – previously lauded for his lavish features Basquiat, Before Night Falls and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – decided to make this film, based on the book by Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, his intention was to tell the story Rula tells in Miral.  

Schnabel is an Academy-Award nominated director, and his film has brought “the conflict” into the mainstream. The fact that he happens to be Jewish while representing the Palestinian perspective inflames some in the Jewish community, who consider his film an act of betrayal………………………………………………  




Diplomatic cables show the struggle for public opinion between Telesur and Voice of America.
Nikolas Kozloff Last Modified: 26 Mar 2011 13:30 GM


Marwan Bishara examines the politics of NATO’s intervention in Libya.
Marwan Bishara Last Modified: 25 Mar 2011 12:40 GMT

Radiation spikes in seawater by stricken Japan plant

Radiation levels have soared in seawater near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, officials said on Saturday, as engineers struggled to stabilise the power station two weeks after it was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami.   


Yemen President offers to yield to ‘capable hands’

Jeb Boone: Yemen’s beleaguered President Ali Abdullah Saleh offered to cede power but only to “capable hands” as tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets to demand his immediate removal.   


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