The Daily Iowan

The Gaza offensive: an Israeli tradition

PATRICK HITCHON

February 23, 2009

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On April 10, 1948, the New York Times reported on the massacre of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin thus: “200 Arabs killed, stronghold taken. A combined force of Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern group, Jewish extremist underground...

The confusion doctrine

CHRISTOPHER PATTON

February 20, 2009

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Naomi Klein revealed through her demeanor a solid sense of self-confidence as she took the stage to speak at the IMU on Wednesday. Proving her rhetorical prowess, she skillfully directed her audience’s palpable populist indignation...

Holding fast in stormy times

JUDY POLUMBAUM

February 20, 2009

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Sometimes, classes take a timely unplanned detour, and that happened in one of my journalism classes a couple of days ago. Instead of our ostensible focus, commentary and column writing, discussion turned to the changing media...

Is Obama ready for a Middle East Change?

MAJD S. HADDAD

February 20, 2009

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On Saturday, the Arab Student Association will host Dr. Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow of the American Task Force for Palestine in an event titled “Is Obama Ready for a Middle East Change?” via video conference from Washington,...

Possible cell-phone ban a drop in the bucket

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 19, 2009

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It’s a Thursday evening. You have just gotten off work, and you are making your way home on Interstate 80. You’re driving the speed limit, jamming to the latest Kanye West tune and minding your own business, when from out...

Filtered news: Taxes, promises, and nuts

NATE WHITNEY

February 19, 2009

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• UI Faculty Senate President Michael O’Hara spoke with the media Tuesday before a meeting of the Faculty Senate regarding options for budget cuts. “This is going to hurt,” he told the Press-Citizen. “We just have to...

Letter to the Editor: Help Iowa’s working families

DI READERS

February 19, 2009

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We have a Democratic majority in the Iowa Legislature and a Democratic governor. Yet, they’ve not passed legislation that helps working Iowa families, except a minimum-wage increase. It’s time the Legislature and governor...

Facebook farce

LOS ANGELES TIMES

February 19, 2009

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Be honest. Sometime soon, you — like millions of others around the world — are going to log in to your Facebook account to announce what you’re doing, upload a few photos from your weekend escapades, write a “25 Random...

Lost for words in flood aid

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 18, 2009

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On March 3, citizens of Linn County will throw open their curtains, greet the swelling airs of spring, and trudge out into the blizzard-melt to cast their votes on the proposed local-option sales-tax increase. Designed to help...

In memory of TV

NICHOLAS KELLY

February 18, 2009

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TV, we must talk. TV, I thought we were OK. Remember the good times, TV? When I wrote the columns about how you were swell? How I spoke in your defense, told people you weren’t completely evil, the idiot box they’d called...

The ‘speaking truth to power’ gap

JONAH GOLDBERG

February 18, 2009

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“Speak truth to power,” a phrase of Quaker origins adopted by campus radicals, Hollywood gadflies, and establishment journalists, has become something of an abracadabra slogan to justify criticizing government or big corporations. But...

Marijuana legalization would create jobs, government income

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

February 17, 2009

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With Iowa’s state government facing a budget shortfall of approximately $600 million and an increasing number of people looking for work, there is an exceedingly practical strategy for economic recovery that very few people...