Thursday, March 5, 2009

Gaza: "Closed Zone"

This is a short animated film, called "Closed Zone," by Yoni Goodman, director of animation for Ari Folman's "Waltz with Bashir" (also a superb film if you have not already seen it.) It was made in collaboration with the Israeli human rights group Gisha, which fights for freedom of movement for the people of Gaza. More details about the film can be found at this link.

Criticism of Israel grows on U.S. college campuses. A good roundup of recent events and activities from

Gaza home destruction "wanton." Amnesty International accuses Israel.

Bad news for science journalism
. The Boston Globe's Monday Health/Science section is no more, after more than 25 years. Christine Russell reports and comments in the Columbia Journalism Review's online "Observatory." I just visited the paper's stellar team with my Boston University students last semester, guess we were witnesses to history. Science and health coverage will continue in other sections of the paper, and the staff is trying to put a bright face on things, but this is not good at all. It leaves the New York Times Science Times as one of the few remaining dedicated science sections in the USA.

1 comment:

Anne Gilbert said...

I'm leavin g 2 comments in one. The first is about that animated short. Wow! It's really effective! And I'm glad there are still a few brave souls in Israel, that are willing to confront the problems there with some honesty. A lot of Israelis seem to favor what they call "transfer" of all Arabs there(meaning expulsion somewhere).

And yes, the situation in journalism in general, and science journalism in particular, is very sad right now. It's not going to get better any time soon, I fear. I'm really sorry to hear about what has happened with the Boston Globe.