At State Department, Blog Team Joins Muslim Debate

[New York Times] Neil MacFarquhar - Walid Jawad was tired of all the chatter on Middle Eastern blogs and Internet forums in praise of gory attacks carried out by the "noble resistance" in Iraq. One of two Arabic-speaking members of the State Department's Digital Outreach Team, he posted his own question: Why was it that many in the Arab world quickly condemned civilian Palestinian deaths but were mute about the endless killing of women and children by suicide bombers in Iraq? The team has made scores of postings on about 70 Web sites since it put its two Arab-American Web monitors to work last November. The department expects to add seven more - four in Arabic, two in Farsi and one in Urdu, the official language of Pakistan.

2007-09-25 01:00:00

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