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Marsha Iverson

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As a communications professional, I am committed to accuracy and responsibility in communications. I understand the absolute necessity to find and report the facts of any issue so the public can make informed decisions. I believe it is crucial to provide accurate, clear, comprehensive and understandable information on critical issues, yet never have I seen so much inaccurate and inflammatory rhetoric passing as "news." I hope to be able to raise relevant questions and help expose inaccuracies through this public forum, and encourage critical thinking and civil discourse that will move us beyond partisan shouting toward constructive dialogue. We must work together to find new ways to solve the national and global issues that so desperately demand the best fact-based answers we can create.

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Location: Washington, United States
Occupation: Public Relations Strategist, public library system
Interests: accuracy in reporting, social and economic justice, environmental quality, sustainability, fair labor, human rights, peace, ethics, election reform, access to health care
Expertise: 30+ years as communications professional, writing and editing, interdisciplinary study in scientific and technical communication, media design and production, manage online newsroom for public library system
Affiliations: ACLU, American Library Association, AFSCME, Progressive Democrat; MoveOn Media Monitoring Team; Southern Poverty Law Center; Librarians Without Borders; Truthout; AlterNet
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Journalism: More than 20 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Politics: Left
Age: 50-64
Gender: Female
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Last Edit: Apr 15, 2010 - 8:57 PM PDT

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Marsha reviewed this story - Nov 20, 2012
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Gallagher clearly and simply presents the shameful facts that both the United States and Canada have refused to investigate charges of unlawful detention and torture of civilians, despite abundant evidence in support of the charges Now, the four torture survivors are petitioning the United Nations for redress. Gallagher ends with the powerful question: "These four survivors are asking the UN to enforce its own convention, nothing more and nothing less. They call upon the UN, unlike Canada, to unequivocally reject a worldview in which the powerful are exempt from rules, treaties and prohibitions against senseless acts of barbarity. Will the UN now hear their call?"

For want of justice through the government of the United States, two respected organizations--the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Canadian Centre for International Justice filed a complaint in Canada against the George W Bush administration for torture. Canada declined. It remains for the United Nations to determine whether or not the essentials of international law and human rights are to be enforced or ignored. What can we expect in the future when we face similar ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha's Rating
2.4

This is a workmanlike recounting of the Israeli government launch of "Operation Pillar of Defense" against Palestinians in Gaza, touting both the number of rockets fired into Israel by the Palestinians, and the highly-effective Israeli 'defensive' measures. There are two key omissions. -- The Netanyahu government assassinated Hamas military commander AND NEGOTIATOR Ahmed Jabari within hours of providing him with a draft of a permanent truce (see http://www.democracynow.org/2012/11/16/israeli_negotiator_hamas_commander_was_assassinated). -- The article cites three deaths, six victims of shock, and a damaged chicken coop in Israel, yet only mentions "seven terrorists" and "five rocket-launching squads" as Palestinian casualties, ... More »

The assassination of Jabari Wednesday afternoon marked the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, which Israeli leaders have warned could widen as they attempt to break ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha's Rating
4.4

Marc Ash has taken an enormously complex situation and distilled it to the essence. This heartfelt open letter to the President is a personal plea, which clearly and succinctly states the high stakes if the US fails to stop the carnage in Gaza before the entire region explodes.

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Marsha reviewed this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha's Rating
4.3

The Israeli government, specifically Netanyahu, has launched another relentless assault on captive civilians in Gaza, in "retaliation" for largely ineffective missiles launched from Gaza into Israeli territory. Both sides' assaults are unequivocally wrong, and both jeopardize innocent civilians in violation of international law. What remains largely unknown in the United States is the disproportionate damage and casualty toll on the civilian population in Gaza: They are trapped. ... More »

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Marsha posted this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha posted this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha posted this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha posted this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha's Rating
4.4

This is solid journalism with a definite point of view. Greenwald is angry, and supports his position with quotes that reveal astounding failures of "mainstream media" to report on the realities of the "conflict" between Israel and the imprisoned, predominantly civilian population of Gaza. This article will anger many, and shock those who are unaware of the disproportionate power and casualties, and the US role in the continuing "Occupation" of Palestinian Territories.

As a lifelong supporter of Israel, I did not realize how inaccurate US media reports are of the Israel/Palestinian "conflict." It is true that Israelis need to live without fear of unpredictable violence on their civilian population. Palestinians have the same need. This is basic human rights. What we have--and the US has created and continues to enable--is an endless, misrepresented, distorted and methodical effort to obliterate the Palestinans. The Israeli government is in ... More »

In reflexive defense of Israel, the US government thus once against put itself squarely at odds with key nations such as Turkey (whose prime minister accused Israel of ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.3 | See All NT Reviews »
Marsha posted this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha posted this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Nov 19, 2012
Marsha reviewed this story - Jun 17, 2012
Marsha's Rating
2.7

The writers do a creditable job presenting quotes from Romney during his interview aired on Face the Nation. They also do a fair job presenting some context on the President's support for the DREAM act. I welcome their observations that candidate Romney's responses often failed to answer the questions asked--a refreshing approach in an article that presents one candidate's campaign statements in detail, decrying the other candidate's actions as "political.' However, I fault the overall tone--set by the headline--for presenting Romney's position as fact-based, rather than as a pure political campaign script.

This is--surprise, surprise--a political campaign. When one candidate accuses the other of "playing politics," it is politics: campaign statements, not 'news.' And none of the quotes by Romney said what he would do if elected, in any substantive way. It is easy to attack the incumbent, and criticize the current conditions. Presenting a real solution is a far different matter. How will Romney do THAT? Can we have substance in this campaign, or are the super-PACS simply buying our ... More »

The former Massachusetts governor answered he would “do whatever I think is right to get America right. But for me this is not about politics.” ... More »

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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Apr 7, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

This is a living site documenting the first known gathering of libraries and journalists to discuss new forms of collaboration to enhance community engagement in civil, civic dialog. Excellent and provocative thought-starter for continuing discussion, drawing in those who aren't here--and those who want to take the results and try them out.

I am one of the planners for this conference, and I simply urge you to explore these ideas to see if you find useful ideas.

Disclosure: Marsha is involved in this story as a co-worker (review not included in overall rating). Help
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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Apr 7, 2011
Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 30, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Profoundly personal observations by Israeli Arab journalist and writer Oudeh Basharat, framing the recent Knesset ban on commemorating the Nakba in the context of his family's deep connection to their home village, Ma'alul, which they were forced to flee after the 1948 partition.

Eloquently simple, Basharat's observations find hope in this blatant effort at historic revisionism, reflecting the deeply moving sense of optimism shared by the Palestinians I have come to know and love.

What gives us room for optimism is that this running amok has awakened Israeli public opinion against the murky fascistic wave. Perhaps this absurd law will provoke a ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 28, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Fascinating observation about language limiting vision. O'Connor conjectures that lack of appropriately terrifying terminology in "Nukespeak" has capped the limits of scientific imagination and limited precautionary engineering standards to levels below known prior events.

I can imagine a diplomatic realm wherein nobody says "no one could have imagined" something predictable. It isn't that we don't have enough information. One has only to take a good look at the hybrid map of the "Earthquakes in the Last Week" by Terrametrics: http://earthquakes.tafoni.net/. Invest some time in this tool to take a good look at what satellite images show of the ocean floor. Read a bit of general geophysics, and connect the (earthquake) dots. The Pacific Rim, aka The ... More »

The language of Nukespeak, as we have pointed out for decades, (ever since co-writing the book Nukespeak: Nuclear Language, Visions and Mindset) is one of euphoric visions ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Entirely too civilized and restrained a conversation a the relative financial feasibility, sustainability, potential power generation, and inherent risks of nuclear vs renewable power. Both sides seem to be basing their views on the presumption of large-scale, revenue-generating power grids, which is not necessarily a 'given' in the future.

Many years ago, wiser analysts predicted that, by the middle of this century, the "Third World" nations would "leapfrog" the "Industrial Giants" and leave is in the dust...simply because we will cling to our outmoded infrastructure and they would not be burdened by it. There is no support for renewable and sustainable energy because this is a problem the big-money interests to not want to solve until they've wrung all there is out of everything else. it isn't easy to monopolize ... More »

This week George Monbiot wrote that the Fukoshima disaster had won him over to nuclear power. Green MP Caroline Lucas believes the technology is costly and dangerous. ... More »

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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Clear, cogent and thoughtful analysis of one example of the daily injustices Palestinians face under the Israeli government's interpretation of "justice."

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
Marsha's Rating
2.4

Interesting and provocative viewpoint that presents all actions in the Middle East as anti-Israel conspiracies. Laced with enough possibly-accurate information to have some credibility with audiences that don't look deeper for analysis, Cheney's former national security advisor's perspective is suspect. Unfortunately one-sided, this piece is a classic example of the myopic right-wing propaganda that continues to prevent just peace for Israel or Palestine.

One would expect this misleading tirade from the former national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Alas, what Hannah leaves out is the continuing seizure of Palestinian land through illegal "Settlements" in the West Bank, illegal mass retaliation against captive civilian populations in Gaza, and the appallingly disproportionate damage and casualty ratio, with innocent Palestinians bearing the brunt of Israeli government retaliation, funded by American taxpayers. ... More »

One hopes that the Obama administration is connecting the dots in response to the sudden escalation of violence against Israel. Big Iranian weapons shipments seized off the ... More »

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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 26, 2011
Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 25, 2011
Marsha's Rating
3.9

Clear and cogent summary of a reprehensible recommendation by the abruptly-retired Indiana deputy prosecutor suggesting that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hire "an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the union's cause to physically attack you...you could discredit the unions."

I'm beginning to wonder just how low the anti-union conspiracy can go. Clearly, lower than I expected. When does this become a criminal conspiracy?

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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 25, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Massalha's review of Oudeh Basharat's first novel provides interesting insights into his development as a journalist and political activist on behalf of Arabs living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Useful for putting his views on statehood for Palestine into a broader perspective.

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Deliciously ironic jab at the potential for pitfalls when politicians mess with science for partisan goals.

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Detailed and daunting list of anti-climate-change positions held by political beneficiaries of industrial largess.

When does irresponsible practice of self-promoting "Spin" become a criminal conspiracy? Inquiring minds want to know.

Today, Republicans are falling over themselves in a rush to ridicule the science that shows our use of fossil fuels is producing greenhouse gases that are warming the ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Damning documentation of the ultra-rich brothers' efforts to undermine environmental protections, labor laws, and American government for their own private, personal gain.

“The Koch brothers gave the money that founded [the Tea Party],” he said. “It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and ... More »

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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

Fascinating interview of Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. Braw's questions, and Salam Fayyad's thoughtful answers present an unswerving optimism in his positive, nonviolent approach to creating a Palestinian state this August through recognition by the United Nations General Assembly...not coincidentally, the precise way Israel was created in 1948.

This refreshing interview presents an accurate, insightful perspective on the essential aspirations of Palestinians for their own state. This piece is a vital antidote to the popular media portrayal of Palestinians in U.S. media and political rhetoric. American audiences need to understand the on-the-ground realities of life in the Occupied Territories, and of the compassionate, responsible perspective of most Palestinians. The vast majority of Americans are NOT bomb-throwing ... More »

Fayyad has already transformed Ramallah, the Palestinians’ provisional capital, into a stable, bustling city that features branches of international banks and even ... More »

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Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha posted and reviewed this story - Mar 23, 2011
Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Marsha's Rating
3.2

Interesting and informative, this article does a reasonable job of describing the US Justice Department position on the WikiLeaks posting of classified documents. It also includes two items that complicate the picture. First, a quote that questions the risk posed by these leaks, from former federal prosecutor Baruch Weiss, that the WikiLeaks case "is the widespread publication of information...that could be very important for people in assessing how well our government is doing its job." Second, there's very little information about WikiLeaks or Assange--only a reported Swedish police warrant on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

I find this article--and this issue--more than a bit disconcerting for several reasons. I'm appalled at the lame security our military seems to have had in place for classified documents. I'm also appalled that our State Department asked diplomats to spy. I'm not convinced that the leaked documents pose a serious threat to security--ours or that of others. My biggest problem, however, is the vehemence with which the Justice Department is pursuing WikiLeaks and Assange for this, while ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Marsha's Rating
3.8

Freeman's sharply-stated opinion is verifiable by studying the past 100 years of American history. His comments would benefit from links to sources.

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 1, 2011
Marsha's Rating
3.9

Budowsky takes a step back from the partisan view of budget-cutting, and focuses on those who will bear the consequences: the people. This brief, clear-eyed analysis points to the looming consequences of budget politics that favor special interests, when the best solution to our economic woes is creating living-wage jobs for the majority of Americans.

2011 brings severe spending cuts and layoffs by state and local governments and intense pressures on consumers from rising food and energy costs. In this economy, major ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Mar 1, 2011
Marsha's Rating
3.9

The country’s future greatness will be shaped by whether we cut wisely or stupidly. So we should probably come up with a few sensible principles to guide us as we cut. ... More »

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Marsha reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
2.5

This is a press release from "Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East," a Christian Zionist organization promoting their own analysis of "Palestine Papers" concept of the Right of Return. It takes some doing, links from the organization's Website lead to a highly subjective, biased 'analysis' of Palestinian Authority documents related to negotiations for the "right of return" for Palestinians evicted from their homes under the Israeli Occupation. This isn't journalism, it is propaganda against Palestinian human rights. I recommend the piece as an example of "spin" trying to pass as "news."

"Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East" is an anti-Palestinian group listed as an ally by the Israel Advocacy website: "Christians for Fair Witness in the Middle East: (http://christianfairwitness.com/) A Christian lay group that advocates among mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics in North America for fairness in the churches’ witness on issues related to the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors. A great source of press releases on their reactions to ... More »

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Marsha posted this story - Feb 23, 2011
Marsha posted this story - Feb 23, 2011
Marsha posted this story - Feb 23, 2011
Marsha reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0
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Marsha reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2011
Marsha's Rating
4.0

In a brief comment bolstered by the relevant excerpt from the United Nations resolution condemning violence in Libya, Goldberg points out--and celebrates--the fact that both Palestine and Israel signed the resolution, along with Qatar and Tunisia.

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