Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Today's Orwellian Prize

Today's Orwellian Prize for Journalism goes to Reuters kingpin propagandist and correspondent Tom Perry who pens a feature story on Algerian singer Souad Massi performing in Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") on Tuesday.  Perry writes:
The songwriter and guitarist acclaimed for her extraordinary voice predicts no quick end to the popular uprisings that are reshaping the Middle East.
And she thinks it is only matter of time before the Arab Spring reaches Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank, where she performed at a sell-out concert on Tuesday.
"What would have been a miracle in the past, can today happen," said Massi, whose latest album, released in October, includes three songs on the theme of revolution. They include "Let Me Be In Peace," a duet with British star Paul Weller.
The track, she says, is dedicated to the Palestinians, who have waged two major Intifadas, or uprisings, against Israel in the last three decades.
Apparently lost on both Massi and Perry is the irony of a songtrack entitled "Let Me Be in Peace", dedicated to a society which popularized aircraft hijackings and suicide bombings and murdered over 1,000 people, mostly civilians, earlier last decade.

Moving on however, we wonder whether Massi has considered whether she would be welcomed performing songs in the Flamenco style in a Palestinian state where Shari'a is the main source of legislation

Perhaps, but we're guessing she'd have to change her stage costume.

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