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Monday, August 13, 2007

  • Principal at New NYC Arabic-Language School Forced to Resign

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    The principal of New York City’s first public school dedicated to the study of Arabic language and culture resigned under pressure after she was quoted explaining that the word "intifada" literally means "shaking off" in Arabic. Debbie Almontaser’s remarks were in response to a question over the phrase "Intifada NYC," that was printed on T-shirts sold by AWAAM, a Brooklyn-based girl’s empowerment organization. The shirts have no relation to her school. [includes rush transcript]

  • ACLU Sues Jet Blue & TSA for Barring Man Wearing Arabic T-Shirt

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    The American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union have sued the Transportation Security Administration and JetBlue Airways in federal court for illegally discriminating against an American resident based solely on the Arabic message on his T-shirt and his ethnicity. Last year, the Iraqi-born architect and blogger Raed Jarrar was prohibited from boarding a flight until he agreed to cover his T-shirt. [includes rush transcript]

  • "The Media Dissector" Danny Schechter on Karl Rove’s Resignation, the Subprime Mortgage Crisis and AT&T’s Censorship of Pearl Jam

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    Facing congressional subpoenas, Karl Rove to resign as President Bush’s top adviser on August 31. Meanwhile, the world’s economic system appears to be on the verge of a crisis because of the U.S. subprime mortgage scandal. Schechter discusses his new article "Subprime or Subcrime? Time to Investigate and Prosecute." [includes rush transcript]