Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My Interview with CJOB

I'll be discussing my latest column, "Mob Rule on College Campuses," tonight on Canadian radio station, CJOB. Details are below:

Wednesday, November 29

Approx. 8:10pm (PST)

CJOB, Geoff Currier, The Nighthawk, listen here.

Update: The show has been archived in the CJOB Audio Vault. Click here to listen and pick Nov. 29 and 10pm (interview starts about 10 minutes in).

Mob Rule on College Campuses

My new column's up at SFGate.com:

Mob Rule on College Campuses

It also got linked at Instapundit and the AM Roundup at Real Clear Politics.

Thanks, guys!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Bathsheba Deadline: Fiction Straight Out of the Headlines

Political junkies looking for fiction straight out of the headlines should definitely consider gravitating towards Jack Engelhard's serial novel "The Bathsheba Deadline." It's an "Amazon Shorts" novel, which means it's published in installments and touches on real life events as they occur. Part 11 came out in October and it can be purchased, along with the previous installments, at Amazon.com for all of 49 cents each.

"The Bathsheba Deadline" is on one hand a scintillating love triangle based on the biblical story of King David, Uriah and of course, the beautiful and desirable Bathsheba. But it's also a clever and wonderfully perceptive look at modern day journalism and the post-9/11 political backdrop.

The novel touches on such pertinent political and social issues as the Middle East conflict, Islamic terrorism, conversion to Islam, the treatment of women under Islam, tension between Jews and Muslims, mixed Jewish and Christian heritage, America and the war on terrorism, and the role of journalism amongst it all. Indeed, the main setting for the novel is a fictional daily newspaper called The Manhattan Independent and the main characters are its managing editor, book editor and a reporter.

Author Jack Engelhard gives much credit to the growing influence of online journalism and the blogosphere, or what he labels in the novel, "Bypass Journalism." Online journalism is in fact starting to supercede print and television and Engelhard knows it.

Seeing as he himself is an accomplished online columnist, as well as the author of previous novels, one of which, "Indecent Proposal," was adapted (after having the original Arab/Jewish themes erased by Hollywood's political correctness censors) for the film of the same name, his observations are right on the money.

I must confess that I'm hardly impartial, as I'm one of the real life online journalists referred to in the novel. Parts 2, 3, 9 and 11 all contain references to me, which I've excerpted on the homepage of my website, CinnamonStillwell.com, in the "What People Are Saying" section.

But I can honestly say that with or without the kind nods to my work, I've thoroughly enjoyed "The Bathsheba Deadline" thus far. It's the kind of novel I find myself nodding in knowing agreement and alternately smiling or sighing in shared sentiment throughout.

Beyond the romance, the great characters, the elegant writing and the charming slices of life, it touches on so many issues that I find personally and politically relevant that I can't help but be drawn in.

And it's my hope that others will feel the same way.

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.

Mideast "Peace Process" Makes for Surreal Headlines

In the surreal world of Mideast "peace processes," in which the media plays along with the charade that there are actually two sides involved, surreal headlines tend to come with the territory. Here's a recent few that come to mind:

Gaza Strip ceasefire holds despite rocket attacks on Israel

More rockets hit Israel despite day-old Gaza ceasefire

As rocket fire fades, Israel talks of deal for 'real peace'

Erekat: Despite violation, truce can and must hold

Terrorists: Ceasefire means chance to reload

Israel offers state -- Hamas calls it 'conspiracy'

One has to wonder at what point Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's delusional quest for "peace" will run smack dab into reality?

In the meantime, the so-called international community, including the United States, continues to pretend that Palestinian "ceasefires" actually mean something.

At this rate, we can expect another UN-sponsored hudna any day now.

Bizarro World indeed.

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.