Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Alternative Media Voices

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Alternative Media Voices

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ALTERNATIVE MEDIA VOICES

As if to prove that the peace movement is growing by leaps and bounds, more than 400 students turned out Oct. 13 at the University of California, Irvine to hear progressive journalists David Barsamian and Laura Flanders address the issue of "Terrorism, War and the Media." Over the weekend, the dynamic duo spoke to record audiences at UCLA, First Congregational Church of Long Beach, the Onion Unitarian Church, North Hills and Skylight Books in Los Feliz.

"The media has been singing a one-note samba since Sept. 11 that Islam is a hate civilization," Barsamian told a standing-room-only audience at Skylight Books. "For the U.S. to push the notion that Muslim fundamentalists have an existential hatred for the West, and therefore we must go to war with them, is dangerous," he warned. "This can unleash repercussions in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and the Indonesian archipelago that will be difficult to contain."

The founder and director of Alternative Radio in Boulder, CO cited the three "I"s the media do not discuss: the big "I" of imperialism; the "I" representing Iraq; and the untouchable "I" of Israel.

Referring to the sanctions imposed on Iraq since 1990 as the "greatest human rights tragedy on the planet," Barsamian called attention to the 500,000 Iraqi children who have died from preventable illnesses. …

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