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Is there any limit to opinion expression? Like inciting to murder? Electronic Intifada
Palestinians in Occupied Territories reading dailies Hatem Omar / Maan Images

Ali Abunimah submitted to Electronic Intifada on August 8 under “New Guardian team member openly incited Israel to murder Alice Walker and others”:

In a sad sign of its deterioration, The Guardian has hired a new contributor who openly called on the Israeli army to kill Americans sailing to Gaza, including Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker and Kindertransport refugee Hedy Epstein.

In a statement on its website the newspaper says:

Today the Guardian announced the addition of Josh Treviño to their editorial team. Formerly of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Treviño will be the newest Correspondent for the Guardian’s growing US politics team through his column “On Politics & Persuasion” which launches on Monday, August 20.

“We are pleased to have Josh join the Guardian,” said Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief of the Guardian US. “He brings an important perspective our readers look for on issues concerning US politics,” added Gibson.

Calls for murder

Apparently, one of those “perspectives” is that those who disagree with Treviño should be brutally murdered.

In June 2011, as several dozen Americans, including Walker and Epstein attempted to set sail from Greece to Gaza, to break Israel’s blockade along with boats from other countrie.  Treviño tweeted:

“Dear IDF: If you end up shooting any Americans on the new Gaza flotilla – well, most Americans are cool with that. Including me.”

When challenged about his apparent call on Israel to kill fellow Americans, Treviño doubled down, affirming “Sure, if they adhere to our enemies. Flotilla participants do.”

@jstrevino Low awareness. Short of public polling on Dogan specifically, you don’t know enough to make claims about “most” Americans

Guardian expansion in US

The Guardian has long held a reputation as a progressive and reputable publication. However the laundering of someone who regards murder as an acceptable form of dealing with people whose opinions he rejects, suggests the once venerable newspaper has abandoned any such pretense.

The Guardian which is suffering massive financial losses is currently undertaking a risky expansion into the US market and perhaps hopes sensationalism, racism and calls to murder will help it find favor with American audiences.

It also shows that calling for violence against opponents is no bar to advancement in the “liberal” Guardian, as long as the victims are standing in solidarity with Palestinians.

Update 18 August 2012: The Guardian responds

I wrote to the Guardian asking for a response to this post as well as other questions. I included their responses in an analysis I wrote for Al Jazeera that was published today: “What’s gone wrong at The Guardian?

Mon cher Ado. Part 64

2018 sera bientôt finie . Et les fêtes de fin d’année s’installent déjà dans les vitrines de Paris comme dans les rues .
Et le temps des frimas chasse les rares soubresauts de l’automne qui s’essoufflent et se rangent dans les placards…

Cette fin d’année encore m’éloigne de plus en plus des doux Noëls de mon enfance , insouciante . Et que dire de cette période que j’aime et que je crains à la fois .

J’aime la chaleur de ces fêtes qui réchauffe nos cœurs avec leurs lumières et tous ces décors qui s’affrontent , parfois avec ostentation, au grand dam de certaines âmes sensibles.

Je les crains aussi pour leurs agitations excessives , à vous tordre le Coeur .

En cette période, ma douce amie, mon Coeur se charge d’émotions , de parfums divers …Certains de ces parfums ont sans doute un lien avec les Noëls de mon enfance , ces Noëls où la simplicité et le calme étaient de mise , et où les acteurs de ce temps-là nous offraient leurs plus beaux sourires , éclairant à eux seuls la crèche et le sapin de Noël …

Je suis impressionné par ceux dont la mémoire est courte , à tel point qu’ils ne se rappellent de rien au-delà de deux ou trois jours .

Ainsi , ils sont vite délestés du poids des souvenirs, et tels des nourrissons , ils vivent l’instant présent comme au temps des biberons et des pampres , et s’ils ont du chagrin, l’instant d’après, les voilà qui rient aux éclats .

Ils ont déjà oublié ce qui les avait chagrinés . Youpi !
Quelqu’un aurait dit : “laissez les petits enfant venir à moi car le royaume des cieux leur appartient ” …..

Note: Je suis de ceux qui veulent oublier ces “fetes”: en tout cas, ils ne me touchaient pas et se ressemblaient. Le seul Noel que je me souvient avec reconnaissance est celui que j’ai passe’ quand j’avais 10 ans dans une maison, et pas dans le pansionat.

American life expectancy takes a hit, cooling Earth with antacid, and more top insights

During the week, the Daily Rundown brings you the day’s trending professional news.

On the weekend, we try to keep you current on the big ideas that can help you see what’s coming. Read on and join the conversation.

American life expectancy continues to fall: Life expectancy in the U.S. fell to 78.6 years, declining by 0.3 years since 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC attributes the decline — a concerning reversal after a century of improvement — to a spike in suicide deaths and drug overdoses. Not all Americans are faring the same, though: Rural areas are at greater risk than urban centers, and northern and coastal states are doing better than southern states. • Here’s what people are saying.

Cooling Earth, by dimming the Sun: A team of researchers from Harvard is planning to release calcium carbonate — a white powder commonly found in antacid — into the stratosphere via balloon.

The goal? To determine if these particles can effectively reflect sunlight, cooling Earth and potentially mitigating the effects of climate change. It’s early days for such solar geoengineering efforts: The initial $3 million test will release 100-gram plumes of calcium carbonate, the amount you’d find in a typical bottle of antacid. • Here’s what people are saying.

International students are skipping the U.S.: Over the past two years, foreign student enrollment in American universities declined by 10%, according to the International Institute of Education.

The decline — a major reversal from recent years — threatens the nation’s $42 billion higher education market.

What’s keeping students away? Immigration concerns, tuition costs and fears about physical safety in the U.S., the BBC reports. The situation would be worse if not for China, which had 360,000 students in the U.S. in 2018, up from 60,000 in 2000. • Here’s what people are saying.

Nurses turn to second jobs to make ends meet: Between 10% and 14% of nurses who began their careers from 2006 to 2016 have second jobs, according to new research from New York University.

Some are picking up extra shifts, others are driving for Uber, selling crafts on Etsy or consulting.

What’s behind the shift? Stagnant wages and student loan burdens, reports LinkedIn’s Jaimy Lee. Such extra work comes at a cost: studies have found that nurses with side jobs collaborate less with clinicians and patient satisfaction suffers. • Here’s what people are saying.

An airbag that works like a cocoon: Auto supplier ZF is looking to develop an “external side airbag” that can spring into action from the outside, shielding the entire side of a car.

The same kind of sensors that sound alarms when you’re driving too close to another vehicle could detect if another car is approaching at an unsafe speed, triggering the launch of the external airbag.

Such protection could significantly reduce the impact of a crash, help internal airbags do their job better and limit the risk of crash-related fires. • Here’s what people are saying.

One last idea:  Many of us associate our embarrassing moments, or our slip ups, with failure. But, as actor and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez recently told LinkedIn’s Dan Roth, it’s only when we’ve given up on trying altogether that we have failed.

“Failure is not falling down and making a mistake, or choosing the wrong movie, or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. It’s stopping. Stopping is the failure, not continuing forward is the failure, not keeping going.”

Share your burning career questions in the comments with #YouAsked and we’ll get experts to weigh in.





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