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Writers to Wrestle with Mexico Drama in Forum

Some heavy hitters will be in New York City from all over the world on Tuesday, October 19 to discuss the crisis for journalists in Mexico:
When: Tueday, October 19
Where: The Great Hall Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York City
What time: 7 p.m.

With readings by Paul Auster,

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Egypt Seeks Full Control of Media Before Elections, Youth Won't Have It

Egypt Seeks Full Control of Media Before Elections, Youth Won't Have It

In light of Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections, Egyptian officials have imposed new media restrictions that will effectively put all live broadcasts, including independent television talk shows and news bulletins, under the control of state television.

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Mideast Underground

Mideast Underground

NPR this morning had a great spot on a new music Web site that showcases underground music from across the Middle East. The site, Mideast Tunes, is in English, and offers a gateway into jazz from Palestine, punk rock from Saudi Arabia, hip-hop from Lebanon …

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Global Beats for Good

New York-based dj Nikodemus of Turntables on the Hudson, along with a host of other key players in the global dance music scene, have teamed up with NextAid for what has been dubbed the Earthchild Project.

Proceeds from the 6-songs, available as …

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40 Turkish Journalists in Jail

Various sources report that dozens of Turkish journalists are jailed, and hundreds are facing trial. Chief among the reasons for so many to be jailed and facing legal action is their criticism of the government.
Over 40 journalists are in jail, and over 700 more are facing lawsuits with the threat …

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Nuclear Tipping Point (2010)

Nuclear Tipping Point (2010)

This documentary tackles an issue most dare not consider: what if nuclear material got into the hands of terrorists?
Writer and director Ben Goddard does an excellent job of mixing new interviews with archive clips of everyone from John F. Kennedy to John McCain. Their common message? Eliminate nuclear weapons.
The film …

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Hezbollah Threatens Civil War in Lebanon

Hezbollah Threatens Civil War in Lebanon

Hezbollah’s leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has openly stated that he expects some members of his political party will be indicted, but he vows not to hand them over to be prosecuted. Pro-Syrian Christian politician Suleiman Franjieh recently stated in a television interview on September 23 that if Hezbollah members are indicted “there will be war in Lebanon.”

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Mexican Journalists a 'Deliberate Target'

In the wake of journalists recently murdered in Mexico, the country’s president, Felipe Calderon met with two international press organizations last week for recommendations on how to stop the violence.
The meeting with the Inter-American Press Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reportedly had a positive …

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No Queens at EU Summit

The European Union summit on September 16 was a disappointment to those who had hoped at last to learn how the royal heads of Europe view the EU’s role in the world – and thus, presumably, their own future global influence and status. Sadly, it turned out that some of …

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'The Oath' to Air on PBS Sept. 21

'The Oath' to Air on PBS Sept. 21

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras’s ‘The Oath’ will air on PBS tonight. According to PBS:
Filmed in Yemen and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, The Oath interweaves the stories of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantánamo facing war crimes charges. Directed by Laura …

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Nowhere in Africa (2001)

Nowhere in Africa (2001)

This film deserves the Oscar it received for best foreign language film.
It is the story of a young Jewish family that flees Nazi Germany in the late 1930s to Kenya.
Walter Redlich, who had been a lawyer in Germany, is left to manage a farm in a deserted region.  His wife, …

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Ajami (2009)

Ajami (2009)

The making of this film is more interesting than the film itself.
The makers solicited many non actors to star in this movie about the realities facing the people of Ajami, a neighborhood in Jaffa which is home to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
The film is very much like a documentary in …

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Born into Brothels (2003)

Born into Brothels (2003)

They live in the margins of society, the children of prostitutes in Calcutta, India.
They are given time and space to discuss their lives with New York-based photographer Zana Briski.
Briski, who co-directed the film with Ross Kauffman, started a photography class with several of these children. She gave them cameras and …

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Pakistani Media Ease Criticism of Government Relief

Pakistani Media Ease Criticism of Government Relief

After weeks of criticizing government flood relief efforts, some Pakistani media have begun to cautiously praise Islamabad’s response while warning that if the public’s “urgent” needs are not met, Pakistan will become a “failed state.”  English- and Urdu-language media continue to carry varying amounts of praise for U.S. flood relief efforts.  Some media have reported …

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Indian Editor in Chennai Tortured

Following reports that the editor of Indian magazine Naveena Netrikkan has been arrested and tortured, press freedom organizations are calling for his release.
Mr. A.S. Mani was reportedly arrested, imprisoned and tortured after reporting on police corruption in the Indian state of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu.
Reporters Without …

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Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times (www.theepochtimes.com). She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Poynter.org. Her blog on journalism is http://artofreportage.com.

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society

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