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The Nuclear Media Weapon: The Case of Creating Mr. and mrs. islamophobia
The Nuclear Media Weapon: The Case of Creating Mr. and mrs. islamophobia
The Nuclear Media Weapon: The Case of Creating Mr. and mrs. islamophobia
The Nuclear Media Weapon: The Case of Creating Mr. and mrs. islamophobia
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The Nuclear Media Weapon: The Case of Creating Mr. and mrs. islamophobia

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been challenged by a new weapon of nuclear nature; manipulative media, which has been continuously invading the security and freedom of almost all humans …

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been challenged by a new weapon of nuclear nature; manipulative media, which has been continuously invading the security and freedom of almost all humans beings. Harold Printer has focused on using this media as a political strategy for the interest of the West in his Nobel Piece Prize acceptance speach in 2005. This article tackles this pivotal issue and focuses on the creation of two figures Mr. and Mrs. Islamophobia, and the impacts and consequences both sides of such manipulation suffer from.

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  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been challenged by a new weapon of nuclear nature; manipulative media, which has been continuously invading the security and freedom of almost all humans beings. Harold Printer has focused on using this media as a political strategy for the interest of the West in his Nobel Piece Prize acceptance speach in 2005. This article tackles this pivotal issue and focuses on the creation of two figures Mr. and Mrs. Islamophobia, and the impacts and consequences both sides of such manipulation suffer from.
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  • 1. The Nuclear Media Weapon: The Case of Creating Mr. and Mrs. Islamophobia! “To define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.” Harold Pinter, The Nobel Prize Speech 2005 The Right to the Truth Printer’s speech of accepting the Nobel Prize was a call for “awakening” the right to know the truth, and the right to be protected from that truth which is manipulated to serve a political agenda and could destruct the very purpose of Humanity.
  • 2. Media’s power has been proven to be powerful beyond any nuclear weapon, and just like any other tool which is used as a constituent for Human Rights and Development, it has been polluted enough to be lethal and poisonous in causing traumas that will be a mark of disgrace in the history of mankind. Though there are many cases that deserve to be dissected and analyzed, the case of creating Islamophobia has been one of the main icons on the international scene that has caused severe “unfreedoms” for both sides, those who were manipulated, and those who were the subject of manipulation. Should condemning and framing all countries which are suspected of having nuclear weapons in the trap of the “Hate” stereotype be justifiable? “The United States possesses 8,000 active and operational nuclear warheads. Two thousand are on hair trigger alert, ready to be launched with 15 minutes warning. It is developing new systems of nuclear force, known as bunker busters Who, I wonder, are they aiming at? Osama bin Laden? You? Me? Who knows?” Harold Pinter Will we go on being in the “defensive” seat that calls for freedom in the face of the media that created the “Hatred Culture” which in turn leads to catastrophies? What are the measures that should be taken to prevent the harm of this weapon? As a main vehicle which aids the credibility, implementation of Human Rights and the Right to Development, what are the risks of devaluing the credibility of global media? Creating Mr. and Mrs. Islamophobia After the tragic events of 9/11 the media has created new action/horror figures on which all the blame and anger is to be directed, the “Terrorist” Rambo, and The Veiled “Oppressed”! The “Qaida” and Bin Laden’s accusation should by no means be taken as an excuse for the creation of these characters. And if we go back in time and remember the famous
  • 3. quotation by President Ronald Regan in which he was describing the Mujahedeen “These gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers”! We see how the political decision of the stereotype changes with its interest, no matter what the impact is. Having drawn such intense associations with more than one fifth of the world’s population, and direct all the negative energy toward these figures only made their existence more confirmed, no matter how fictitious their real presence is. Hate Crimes In the United States, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports program produces a yearly report on the number of incidents, offenses, victims, and known offenders under a wide range of bias categories. In 2005, 128 anti- Islamic incidents were recorded, with 146 offenses, 151 victims and 89 known offenders. Incidents are only recorded by participating police jurisdictions if they are considered to constitute a specific offense. The British Home Office reported 57,902 racist incidents and 37,028 racially-aggravated offenses in 2004/2005. In Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Canada and Australia the hate crimes are on the rise as well. Dr. Marwa El Sherbiny, while pregnant, was stabbed to death in court in Germany for mainly being veiled! The “Phobia” “A phobia is defined as the unrelenting fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes one to want to avoid it.”
  • 4. This fear is an enforced paralysis to living safely, and having to live in the panic of being attacked makes the scared person ready to initiate attack! Having millions of people live with this “disease” is a mass violation, not to mention the inability to have the freedom of living, thinking, and developing. “The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis”. Harold Pinter Unlearning Intolerance and The Clash of Civilizations In the Clash of Civilizations Forum, Lebanon in March 2010, Professor Ali Asani of Harvard University said “It’s more appropriate to talk about a clash of ignorances; People tend to paint each other with one color, with one brush stroke, as simplistic caricatures in utter humiliation.” In the seminar"Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and Understanding" December 2004, the Secretary General said ““Unlearning intolerance is in part a matter of legal protection. The right to freedom of religion –and to be free from discrimination based on religion -- is long enshrined in international law, from the UN Charter to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” And then added “We must prevent the media and Internet from being used to spread hatred, while of course safeguarding freedom of opinion and expression” This ignorance has been nourished and fed by the manipulative media enough to by -pass the usual forms of the humble initiatives of spreading awareness and calls for extreme action. Amartya Sen in the Human Rights and the Westernizing Illusion asked “Is it right, the question is often asked, that non-Western societies should be encouraged and pressed to conform to "Western values of liberty and freedom"? Is this not cultural imperialism?” And we ask the same question!
  • 5. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3648 http://pewforum.org/Topics/Religious-Affiliation/Muslim/?page=3 http://www.cair.com/PDF/cairsurveyanalysis.pdf http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/03/lebanon-experts-argue-against-clash-of- civilizations-at-university-forum.html http://media.gallup.com/POLL/Releases/pr071008i.gif http://www.humanrightsfirst.info/pdf/07601-discrim-hc-islamophobia-web.pdf http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/07/06/egyptian-woman-killed-in-german-court-for-being-veiled/ http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=1217 http://www.ihmsaw.org/resourcefiles/1260034024.pdf http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/23/113341/32

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