I like the Mosaic Intelligence Report on LinkTV. I learn a lot about the Middle East - things that you'll never, ever see in the U.S. press. Below is host Jamal Dajani's Middle East primer for the Vice Presidential candidates.
The one thing he doesn't cover in the video, is that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad NEVER SAID HE WANTED TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE MAP. Fuck. I get so tired of Neocon bullshit talking points, and the U.S. press not challenging it, or worse, as in the quote below about the New York Times, continuing to support the lie.
From Juan Cole:
By the way, Nazila Fathi at the NYT again today attributed to Ahmadinejad the phrase "wipe Israel off the face of the map." He didn't say it, and spoke of the regime. He quoted Khomeini saying, "This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." (Een rezhim-e eshghalgar-i Quds bayad az safhih-i ruzgar mahv shavad; the verb construction mahv shodan is intransitive). (Khomeini had said 'vanish from the arena of time.') He has explained that he meant that the Zionist regime would collapse just as the Soviet one did. He didn't threaten to wipe anything off anything.
Anyway, if you're reading this post in an email, click through to my blog to view the video.