(My Middle East)

77 days with a journalist, Lebanon, and a list of non sequiturs

Archive for June 18th, 2009

News on the Stephen front

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Not as exciting as the Iranian elections I know, but things are going well as usual. I have a byline tomorrow, not really a story (although I would have liked if it was one) but I was told to write 600 words on a recent report on Palestinians in Lebanon. So 600 words they got. I also will have a story in the paper the day after tomorrow on a niche magazine shop that just opened in Mar Mikhael. Not my favorite kind of stories to do, but I enjoyed talking to the owner and drinking some flower tea with a French name I couldn’t pronounce. Here comes a feature lede.

Excitement of the day: I was told to “make sure not to take the day off tomorrow.” I have no idea what that means, but I feel like it could be something good. With bated breath, I wait.

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June 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Certainty of Uncertain

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I was planning of writing some long winded post on how everyone is pretending they know what is going on in Iran and they can add some useful commentary to it. Anyone from the New York Times EIC Bill Keller to the retweeters and bloggers. But my  opinion on the matter is summed up pretty well in an article in Foreign Policy.

Just a few things to add to that. In terms of qualified sources for commentary on Iran, I look at academics first. What you need to have insight into Iran is a prior knowledge of the country, and most reporters don’t have that knowledge because of how difficult reporting is from Iran. I would also dissuade people from taking the above FP comparison too far, this is not 1978, Mousavi is NOT Khomeini.

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June 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm