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Buzzfeed's Business Model and the Expropriation of Arab Cuisine

June 15, 2014 Palestine Square

As the business of journalism evolves and adapts to new digital media, websites like Buzzfeed have captured the attention of millions by combining digestible “listicle”-style articles and user-generated content with traditional reporting. In October 2013, American billionaire Sheldon Adelson launched reThink Israel, a new venture to promote his view of Israel using this

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Displays of Solidarity from International Hip-Hop Artists

March 15, 2014 Palestine Square

In early December 2013, Calle 13, a Grammy award-winning Puerto Rican hip-hop group, traveled to the West Bank to produce a music video for their new song “Multi_Viral.” The song, featuring a spoken word interlude from Julian Assange, addresses the issue of media manipulation. The video was shot entirely in

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A Chilean Soccer Team’s Redesigned Uniforms

March 15, 2014 Palestine Square

In 1920, Palestinian immigrants to Chile founded the Club Deportivo Palestino soccer team in the capital, Santiago. Today, among Chile’s 300,000 Palestinians—one of the largest Palestinian communities outside the Middle East—the team is simply known as Palestino. In December 2013, Palestino introduced new uniforms, which maintained their red-green-white-black color scheme

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Palestine at the Academy Awards

March 15, 2014 Palestine Square

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards on 16 January 2014, including the Palestinian film Omar in the category for best foreign language film. A love story and a political thriller set in the West Bank, Omar was directed by

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The Death of Ariel Sharon

March 15, 2014 Palestine Square

After eight years spent in a coma at the Tel Hashomer Hospital near Tel Aviv, former Israeli prime minister and defense minister Ariel Sharon died on 11 January 2014. Sharon was a controversial figure, both inside and outside Israel. He was infamous for his instrumental role in the 1953 creation

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Scarlett Johansson, SodaStream, and Oxfam International

March 15, 2014 Palestine Square

On 10 January 2014, SodaStream, an Israeli company that manufactures home carbonation devices, announced a new multi-year endorsement agreement with U.S. film actress Scarlett Johansson. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum explained in an interview with the New York Times that Johansson was going to “demonstrate how easy it is, how sexy