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Newsweek's Glimpse at Anti-Americanism

An exclusive Newsweek interview with the wife of Dr. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, the suicide bomber in Afghanistan who killed himself and 7 CIA agents, reveals a chilling anti-American sentiment. During the interview, Defne Bayrak, 31, spent more than an hour at the offices of NEWSWEEK Türkiye in Istanbul talking about her husband and his […]

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2009 a Tragic, Dramatic Year for Journalists

2009 was an unusually dramatic year in the journalism world. But not because of ongoing corporate changes, which translated as the further downsizing of media companies. Lost jobs and denigrated institutional memory at major news outlets was an important part of what happened to reporters and their kin in the past year. However, the most […]

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Calling for Justice for Slain Filipino Journalists

Following the shocking, graphic, and horrific accounts of the murders of dozens of people in late November in the Philippines–31 of whom were journalists–advocacy groups are rallying for justice. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling for a global day of solidarity for the 31 journalists murdered in the Philippines. The Global Day of […]

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31 Journalists Murdered in the Philippines

26 journalists were reportedly murdered in the Philippines earlier this week. The murders brought a swift response from the international journalism community. In a letter to Philippine President Arroyo, the Overseas Press Club said, in part: “The members of the Overseas Press Club of America are stunned by the news received today of the massacre […]

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Zoriah Miller's Ethiopia

Zoriah Miller's Ethiopia

Impoverished Ethiopians search a city trash dump site for food and items that they can sell or barter in the capital city of Addis Ababa. (photo by Zoriah, www.zoriah.com) Zoriah Miller, who publishes photographs of the name Zoriah, is an award-winning independent journalist who travels the globe, photographing and telling stories about the people and […]

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American Journalists to Recount Fall of Berlin Wall

The Overseas Press Club of America will host a panel of heavyweight journalists on th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Monday, November 9. Foreign correspondent Tim Aeppel, prestigious photojournalist and co-founder of Contact Press Images David Burnett, former Newsweek Bonn/Berlin bureau chief Michael Meyer, and international affairs writer/lecturer Elizabeth Pond will […]

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"Berlin Twitter Wall" Blocked in China

A virtual wall created for Twitter users to express their thoughts and hopes on the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has been blocked in China. The “Berlin Twitter Wall,” as it’s called, is an initiative of KulturProjekte Berli, a not-for-profit organization that promotes networking and mediation of art and culture. […]

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My Notebook, My Life

On the road of being a journalist, there is one important lesson I have learned–never abandon your notebook. By notebook, I mean reporter’s notebook–those kind that are long and skinny and allow you to flip the pages as you furiously take notes. For a journalist in the digital age, this might seem an archaic way […]

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A Voice from Israel

If you are in New York City and have time for an intelligent conversations–with guaranteed humor intertwined–look into tomorrow night’s interview with Israeli writer, Etgar Keret. Keret, who is author of several books and two screenplays, will be interviewed by This American Life’s Ira Glass for NPR. Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7:00 PM Celeste […]

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A Long View of the War in Afghanistan

Dexter Filkins’ recent NYTimes magazine piece is lengthy but worth reading.  Filkins, a veteran war correspondent for the NYTimes, is adept at story-telling and doesn’t disappoint in this article. With his familiar, almost folksy, tone of writing, Filkins draws a vivid picture of the American war in Afghanistan: “The Marines around McChrystal, including the local […]

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Annual Press Freedom Index Release

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) will release their annual Press Freedom Index tomorrow. The report ranks 174 different countries by their committment to press freedom. The Annual World Press Freedom Index for 2009 will include details on progress made by the U.S., alongside a number of high-profile journalist kidnappings. RSF will hold a press conference at […]

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Jailed Newsweek Reporter Maziar Bahari Released

According to confirmed reports from Newsweek, their own reporter and filmmaker, Maziar Bahari, has been released from Iran. Mr. Bahari, who was detained in Iran since the June elections, was released from Evin Prison on bail on Oct. 17. Read the Newsweek online article about Bahari’s release here The 42 year-old reporter is expecting his […]

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"Obama's War" — on Frontline Tonight

Not to be missed on tonight’s Frontline–the newest from correspondent Martin Smith and RAINmedia on the war in Afghanistan. “Obama’s War” airs on Frontline on Tuesday, October 13 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). According to RAINmedia: “Three years ago, a small cadre of US army officers huddled at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to re-write […]

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In Search of Blood

JERUSALEM–When journalists go out on the streets to report, it is usually to record a newsworthy story. But what about when reporters search for violence? Look at the recent events in Jerusalem surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque. Rumors that extremist religious Jews were planning to enter Al-Aqsa and pray there sparked widespread calls for Muslims to take […]

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Behind the Headlines in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM–The past few days in Jerusalem have been uneasy ones. In a city that teeters on the verge of violence on a fairly regular basis, the height of the week long Jewish  holiday season of Sukkot added an element of unrest. The holiday draws a large number of Jewish visitors from around the world and […]

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About the Author

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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