This will be a post in progress. Time is short, so I’ll do a little at a time. First of all there is Juan Cole who I read every morning. If you want detailed, objective knowledge about what’s going on in the Middle East from a long-time expert who speaks Arabic and Farsi, read Juan.
Then there’s one that Juan Cole often references for an objective overview. This is the IraqSlogger which I checked out for the first time this morning. Unlike typical mainstream reporting in the USA which usually screams out al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda, whenever there’s a suicide bombing in Iraq, this site really does a detailed analysis and looks for the truth by covering many sources without aiming for spin which helps the Bush administration. Here’s their overview of the Iraqi Parliament bombing.
Here’s an interesting paragraph from Juan Cole this morning:
There was this spate of headlines about the Iraq parliament bombing that said “Bush condemns Bombing of Iraq Parliament.” Why do American journalists do that? Is that really news? Did anyone entertain some doubt as to whether he would be pleased? In my view it is just a way for the White House to influence the news cycle and put a spin on the news (now it is not about how terrible the bombing was, but about Bush’s disapproval). I’m not complaining about mentioning the condemnation way down in the article, the way the LA Times did. I mean where you make it the lede and headline. It is this kowtowing by editors to Karl “Benedict Arnold” Rove’s spin machine that got us into this mess.
I’ve added the links to Juan Cole and IraqSlogger to an ALTERNATIVE MEDIA category on the right sidebar.