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Syria: Change the (Dissent) Channel

Syria: Change the (Dissent) Channel

By Thomas L. Knapp The US State Department’s “Dissent Channel” is a mechanism through which department personnel may disagree with administration policy without fear of job retribution. On June 17, Mark Landler of the New York Times revealed the existence of a recent  “Dissent Channel”  memo bearing the signatures of 51 diplomats and other department […]

Three Jeers for Al Jazeera

Three Jeers for Al Jazeera

In a peculiarly cynical move, the American wing of terrorist-tolerant Al Jazeera has officially banned from its English writings these terror-related terms: Islamist, jihad, terrorist/terrorism, radicals, extremist, militants. In directing this jihad on jihadist-centric verbiage, Carlos Van Meek, an executive at Al Jazeera English, explained his directive this way: “One person’s terrorist is another person’s […]