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August 20 2013

Erasing Palestine From the Map » CounterPunch : Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Erasing Palestine From the Map » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

A foreign affairs blogger [#Max_Fisher] for The Washington Post recently posted “40 Maps that explain the world.” Some of the maps are important (“Economic inequality around the world”), some are interesting (“Meet the world’s 26 remaining monarchies”), but others grossly distort the reality they purportedly represent. Chief among this latter category is “How far Hamas’s rockets can reach into Israel” .

... a map showing where and with what deadly ramifications Israel’s responses have taken place, such as this one (1) produced by the Alliance for Justice in the Middle East at Harvard University and the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, didn’t make the Post’s list.

Any attempt to cartographically represent the context within which Hamas’s rockets and Israel’s “response” may have been launched, such as this UN map (2), is also entirely missing from the Post’s compilation.

In addition to nearly erasing the Palestinian West Bank altogether, the Post’s map reveals nothing about the multiple ways in which the territory is occupied by Israel.  Maps of Israeli-only roads, checkpoints, the separation barrier, settlements, and the ethnically-based divisions of the West Bank (such as these from Btselem, the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (3), and The Applied Institute for Research – Jerusalem (4)) don’t, according to the Washington Post, help explain this part of the world as much as Gene’s map of Hamas’s rocket-firing potential.

The Washington Post’s map of choice sheds no light on the Palestinian villages within Israel that were ethnically cleansed and destroyed in 1948-1949.  References to these maps from the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) and Visualizing Palestine could have at least begun to cartographically resurrect these erased landscapes.

The Dangers of Distorted Cartography

In sum, The Washington Post’s map explains very little about this part of the world.  But what the map does reveal is The Washington Post’s myopic view of Israel and Palestine.  The ongoing colonization of Palestine by Israel is reduced and reversed, in this map’s representation, to a normal country that must fend off existential threats from its shadowy neighbors.  The effects of this distorted cartography are dangerous—erasing the geographies of Palestine is yet another step in the ongoing occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

#Robert_Ross is an Assistant Professor of Global Cultural Studies at Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.





#Palestine #Israël #manipulation #inversion #cartographie

July 29 2013

Altered Images : Egypt's disinformation war

Altered Images : Egypt’s disinformation war

So many faked images are circulating in Egypt that Facebook sites have been set up with the goal of separating fact from fiction, writes BBC Monitoring’s Dina Aboughazala.

#images #manipulation

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July 25 2013

Les larmes amères d'un GI

Les larmes amères d’un GI

Selon Damir Sagolj, des tireurs irakiens, installés dans un camion militaire, poursuivaient une voiture de civils, les forçant à se diriger vers la petite base militaire américaine. Les marines ont réagi et ouvert le feu.

Peu de temps après, le photographe envoie son image à Reuters avec la légende suivante : « Richard Barnett, aide-soignant de la marine américaine, appartenant à la 1re division de la marine, porte un enfant irakien, en Irak central, le 29 mars 2003. » Il précise également les circonstances qui ont conduit au massacre, à savoir la poursuite des civils par des militaires locaux.

Mais ensuite l’image est diffusée par les #médias sans que le photographe puisse réellement contrôler son utilisation et sa lecture. Ce que le lecteur de journaux et magazines voit, c’est une petite fille blottie contre l’homme qui, les yeux fermés, semble se recueillir, tout en la protégeant. Ce qu’il ne voit pas, c’est que l’armée américaine, celle-là même à laquelle appartient le médecin accablé, a tué la famille de cette petite fille.

#photojournalisme #manipulation

September 08 2011


"Neue Form von Korruption" | 2011-09-07

UNILEAKS Auftragsforschung an Unis wird mit subtilen Mitteln vom Geldgeber beeinflusst, stellt der Politologe Thomas Kliche fest. Er fordert mehr Kontrolle

September 01 2011

Subscription vs catchment

Recently I was filling out an OSCON feedback survey and arrived at a question that stumped me:

Which of the following industry publications and/or blogs do you read on a regular basis?

Following it was a very long checkbox list, starting with ARS Technica and ACM Queue and ending at ZDNet:

OSCON survey

I started going down the list, answering as best I could, but what I really felt was: "The world doesn't work this way anymore!"

As far as subscriptions go, the main thing I subscribe to these days is Google Alerts and other filters for the topics I care about. Things just float through my alerts, or my Twitter feed, or whatever the catchment du jour is. Subscribing would feel like over-commitment to a single source. If the feedback form had asked "Which of these do you find yourself clicking on most often?" that would have been much closer to reality.

I still have an RSS reader, somewhere around here, but the only two items from the survey list actually in my reader are, I think, Slashdot and O'Reilly Radar. Yet, I read articles from the others all the time. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've read more ZDNet articles than Slashdot articles in the last month, even though I'm "subscribed" to Slashdot but not ZDNet.

As I'm usually not in the advance guard of technology trends, I'm pretty sure I can't be the only person who's basically given up on old-fashioned subscriptions [1]. Is the "subscribe to X" model on its last legs?

Active source loyalty may just not be a thing anymore on the Net. Who evaluates sources as sources now? We're looking more at the cloud of endorsements and references around the sources. This gives us subtle clues as to whether we should go the whole way and click through. More and more, this is true even with publications that have a good reputation and that have spent effort to build that reputation. I like Linux Weekly News (LWN), but I'm not actually going to go to their front page. I'm going to wait until the generalized social waves coursing through the Net bring LWN to me.

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The catchment model means that the urgent task, for those trying to get your attention, is to look enough like what your friends and colleagues endorse to fool your filters. (Of course, one way to do that is to enter into partnerships with the filters, or just be the filters. The rest of this parenthetical aside is left as an exercise for the reader.)

In the past, the sources were a destination all on their own. But as the sources become inputs into a larger filtering system, the filters are the next natural target for those seeking influence — or as we prefer to say in the technology field, the next site of innovation. When people are trawling so many sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to start studying how the trawlers work and how to become part of the filtering infrastructure.

Perhaps this is all obvious. It just struck me because I've filled out similar evaluation forms for years, and only lately has that question felt like it's based on an obsolete model. And that model doesn't just go away: it gets replaced with something else, something in which broad data collection and pattern discernment matter far more than the reputation and branding of any individual source.

Thanks to Andy Oram for his helpful comments on earlier drafts of this post.

[1] Subscriptions on the Internet, that is. I'll still get my paper copy of The New Yorker until they make it illegal to chop down trees to support East Coast intellectual elitism — a day I hope never comes.

Associated photo on home and category pages: email_subscribe by derrickkwa, on Flickr


November 27 2010


Wussten Sie z. B., dass

a. fast alle „arbeitsmarktpolitischen Reformen“ in den 90er Jahren und des neuen Jahrhunderts von der Bertelsmann Stiftung entwickelt wurden?

b. bei der Reform des Sozialhilfe-, Fürsorge- und Arbeitslosenrechts auf Initiative der Bertelsmann Stiftung unter rigoroser Missachtung von Fachleuten die jeweiligen betroffenen Bürger entmündigt und einem abstrakten Leistungsprinzip unterstellt wurden?

c. die Verschärfung des Urheberrecht auf europäischer u. deutscher Ebene zu Lasten der Bürger auf Veranlassung der Bertelsmann Stiftung vorangetrieben wurde?

d. die staatliche Bildungs- u. Forschungspolitik im Sinne der von der Bertelsmann Stiftung geförderten Lissabon-Strategie der Übertragung von Ranking- u. Best Practice-Verfahren aus der Industrie kommerzialisiert wurde?

e. die Studiengebühren-Erhebung auf eine Initiative der Bertelsmann Stiftungs-Tochter CHE (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung) beruhen?

B R D: Bertelsmann Club der Republik Deutschland | Mywakenews's Blog
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November 25 2010

Eine Anregung für Buchhändler – die richtige Einbettung von Sarrazins Machwerk

Eine Nutzerin der NachDenkSeiten schreibt: „Anbei eine Aufnahme der Auslage einer Buchhandlung, die ich spontan fotografiert habe. Mein Kompliment an den Buchhändler – so muss man mit Volksverhetzern umgehen. Man beachte die Titel der Bücher, die Sarrazins Machwerk umgeben. Herrlich subtil, oder?“ Bitte geben Sie diese Anregung an Ihren Buchhändler weiter. Albrecht Müller.

Volksverhetzung in quarantäne

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November 11 2010


Deutschlandfunk - Analogkäse schmeckt besser!

Das Feature  09.11.2010 · 19:15 Uhr
Studiomikrofon (bild: deutschlandradio)
Studiomikrofon (Bild: Deutschlandradio)

Analogkäse schmeckt besser!

Wie sich Public Relation als fünfte Gewalt etabliert

Von Jörg Wagner

Eine mächtige Branche führt im professionellen Auftrag Millionen von Menschen ungestraft hinters Licht. Täuschen, tricksen, tarnen, das ist das Handwerkszeug der PR-Profis in konventionellen Print- und Funkmedien und neuerdings auf Blogs und in Internetforen. Meinungshoheit über ein aktuelles politisches oder wirtschaftliches Vermarktungsthema: Dafür kämpft die fünfte Gewalt. Bei der Bahnprivatisierung ging es mit gefälschten positiven Bürgermeinungen nur um viel Geld, in der Politik geht es um die Basis von Demokratie, um Transparenz.

Unauffälligkeit ist ein wesentliches Prinzip der PR-Branche! Peter Voss beispielsweise, ehemaliger ZDF-Journalist und späterer Intendant des Südwestrundfunks, hat, öffentlich kaum bemerkt, die Seiten gewechselt. Seit 2009 ist er Präsident der privaten Quadriga-Hochschule Berlin, die sich darauf spezialisiert hat, Techniken zu vermitteln, PR umfassend in Wirtschaft, Politik und Medien zu platzieren.

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Analogkäse schmeckt besser! Wie sich Public Relation als fünfte Gewalt etabliert on Huffduffer

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June 01 2010


...I hope that this is a terrible hoax... /'s not Photshopped or otherwise hoaxed...


Anon • #6 • 2:36 PM Monday, May 31, 2010 • Reply

I hope that this is a terrible hoax. It seems somewhat contrived to me. I feel for the people in Guatemala.

Xeni Jardin replied to comment from willy#7 • 2:40 PM Monday, May 31, 2010 • Reply

@willy and others:

1) it's not Photshopped or otherwise hoaxed
2) This is not a photo from 2007.

The phenomenon of "hundimientos," or rain-flooded earth during disaster-level storms just opening up and swallowing roads and buildings, is something endemic to Guatemala because of the local geology. I'm not a geologist, but I've spent a lot of time there. There's a lot of limestone, urban development on top of what used to be cave systems, lots of volcanoes, etc. So this does happen. If any geologists are reading this and have time to explain some of the science, that would be great. But yeah, it happens.

Here is a related news report from today in Prensa Libre (Spanish). Here's another in La Hora. Not sure who took these photos, but more here.


May 27 2010


Blair, of course, also tried on Churchill's waistcoat and jacket for size. No 'appeaser' he. America was Britain's oldest ally, he proclaimed - and both Bush and Blair reminded journalists that the US had stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Britain in her hour of need in 1940.

But none of this was true.

Britain's old ally was not the United States. It was Portugal, a neutral fascist state during World War Two. Only my own newspaper, The Independent, picked this up.

Nor did America fight alongside Britain in her hour of need in 1940, when Hitler threatened invasion and the German air force blitzed London. No, in 1940 America was enjoying a very profitable period of neutrality - and did not join Britain in the war until Japan attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbour in December of 1941.

Al Jazeera English - Focus - Journalism and 'the words of power' by Robert Fisk
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May 26 2010

May 14 2010

Wahlkampfmethoden in NRW: Forschen mit der Staatskanzlei
Parteilichkeit ist noch das geringste Problem: Der Wahlforscher Karl-Rudolf Korte hat der CDU gegen Bezahlung „wohlwollende“ Analysen bei der Landtagswahl in Nordrhein-Westfalen beschert. Und erntet dafür Kritik.
Quelle: FAZ

Anmerkung MB: Prof. Dr. Korte war auch am Aufbau des Centrums für angewandte Politikforschung (CAP) beteiligt, das u.A. von der Bertelsmann Stiftung getragen wird, und ist deren „Fellow“. Unabhängig geht anders. Und dass Prof. Dr. Korte immer wieder von den Sendern als unabhängiger Experte vor die Kamera gelassen wird, ist ein journalistischer Offenbarungseid.

NachDenkSeiten – Die kritische Website » Hinweise des Tages
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April 28 2010

March 21 2010

"Am Schauplatz - Bärenjäger": finanzielle und organisatorische Beiträge, um ein Ereignis der Berichterstattung herbeizuführen


[BKS-Zitat] "Der Bundeskommunikationssenat geht wie auch der Antragsteller davon aus, dass ein Beitrag finanzieller wie organisatorischer Natur zur Herbeiführung eines Ereignisses, welches Gegenstand einer Berichterstattung sein soll, dann mit dem Objektivitätsgebot vereinbar ist, sofern eine Beeinflussung der Authentizität der Berichterstattung ausgeschlossen werden kann und durch geeignete Maßnahmen sichergestellt wird, dass der Anschein von Parteinahme oder der Verzerrung der Dimensionen des Ereignisses hintangehalten wird. ..."


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