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.

Friday, May 16, 2008

KVIE Segment Features Campus Watch, CAIR Watch

KVIE, a Sacramento public television affiliate, aired a segment this past week as part of its ViewFinder series titled, “Songs of Hope.” The title refers to a Sacramento Philharmonic performance of the same name that featured three musicians of Egyptian/Muslim, Arab-Israeli/Christian, and Israeli/Jewish persuasion, respectively.

In the process, the show’s producers sought to answer the question: “How does someone outside the Muslim faith get an accurate glimpse of Islamic faith when those leading the effort to educate (Middle East studies professors and the lobbying group, CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations), have come under constant criticism?”

In a laudable effort to include a variety of viewpoints, “Songs of Hope” features interviews with CAIR-Sacramento executive director Basim Elkarra, founder of CAIR Watch and Chairman of Americans Against Hate, Joe Kaufman, California State University, Sacramento sociology professor Ayad Al-Qazzaz, and me (Campus Watch Northern California Representative Cinnamon Stillwell). Professor Al-Qazzaz, it may be remembered, was the subject of a Campus Watch article about his role in approving the biased and controversial textbook, History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, for use in California public schools.

Although the segment it not available in its entirety at the KVIE website, the transcript has been posted at Campus Watch and several unedited videos, including my own, can be viewed here.

Cross-posted at the Campus Watch Blog.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Daniel Silva’s Spy Series: Middle East Studies in Fiction

My latest article for Campus Watch - posted today at Frontpage Magazine - explores the intersection of fiction, academia, and terrorism. It begins like so:
It isn’t often that characters based on the field of Middle East studies show up in current fiction, but the novels of author Daniel Silva are an exception. The last three novels of his series featuring Israeli secret agent/art restorer Gabriel Allon explore the intersection of Middle East studies and international intrigue.

The sixth novel in the series, Prince of Fire, begins with a horrific terrorist attack at the Israeli embassy in Rome, explores the origins of the modern state of Israel, and ends in an archaeological excavation trench in Provence. Figuring throughout is the handsome and mysterious Paul Martineau, an “adjunct professor of archaeology at the prestigious University of Aix-Marseille III.” Martineau appears to be a Frenchman of indeterminate origin, but when all is laid bare his lineage extends back to the so-called royalty of Palestinian terrorism. Martineau is, in fact, the mastermind behind not only the Israeli embassy bombing, but a string of Islamic terrorist attacks throughout Europe.
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