Craig Monteilh, the iron-pumping convicted con artist who spied on Orange County Muslims for the FBI, is now a movie star. Unfortunately for him, it's not as a comic book action hero in a Hollywood blockbuster, but rather an Al Jazeera documentary that has just been released online.
The social unrest that erupted last summer in Anaheim took more than a few by surprise. But for Sacred Blasphemy, a hip-hop group from that city, all the warning signs were in their rhymes. A few months before the fatal officer-involved shootings in July and subsequent protest clashes, Skandalouz, R ... More >>
The issue of assessing models for a potential police oversight commission was on the agenda during last night's meeting of the Anaheim city council. An impromptu encounter between former council candidate Duane Roberts and Anaheim Police Chief John Welter in the chamber lobby was not. It was there t ... More >>
The War Around Us recently nabbed the best feature documentary award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It profiles the 2008-2009 Gaza invasion through the eyes of two young Al-Jazeera English correspondents, Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros. Through their eyes, viewers get a glimpse into the Isr ... More >>
Wait, there's more: And the Other Newport Beach Film Festival Awards Go To . . .Apartment in Athens was the big winner of jury awards at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival, which officials say was attended by about 52,000 patrons between April 27-May 3, about the same as last year. Weekly picks H2 ... More >>
A curated sample of socially relevant offerings at the 2012 festival
Can one of the country's largest Middle Eastern neighborhoods patch up its rivalries to become OC's next famous ethnic enclave?
Bill DalatiUPDATE JAN 17, 3:38 P.M.: Anaheim Businessman Bill Dalati returned back to OC yesterday from the Liberty Convoy for Syria. As Reuters, Al Jazeera, and other news agencies reported on Thursday, the group of about 150 expatriate activists were unable to deliver food and medical supplies ... More >>
Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux debuted her video "Shock" yesterday to audiences across the globe. The song is the lead single off of Tijoux's forthcoming sophomore album La Bala, which features collaborations with Jorge Drexler and Cuban rappers Los Aldeanos and is due for release on January 31. The ... More >>
OC neocons might want to start stockpiling food and ammunition: the respected-everywhere-in-the-world-except-the-US Al Jazeera has weighed in on Occupy Orange County--and it says the movement's alright! The opinion piece appeared on their website, though we should mention it was written by UCI pr ... More >>
Or 'Survivor'. Or '(Head for) The Hills.' As the industry panics, the NYT gets its own reality show
You can watch live coverage of President Barack Obama's speech this morning at Ground Zero on a cable news channel, your favorite network or a local newscast.But for something completely different turn not to Monty Python but KCET, the SoCal channel formerly known as a PBS station, which will pre ... More >>
Invading the Long Beach Convention Center (and our Twitter streams) today is the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference, the invite-only gathering of "world-shaping minds," aka Woodstock for nerds.Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman will launch the week-long event over a live video ... More >>
For the second time in a year, a terrified American public has received the reassuring news that Adam Gadahn, a.k.a. "Goat Boy," is dead. Probably. As far as we know. Seeing as how we haven't heard much from him lately and he likes to harangue his former countrymen with annoying lectures about U.S. ... More >>
Last year Omar Chatriwala moved from Austin, Texas to Orange County to help get Squeeze OC off the ground. Recently he decided to move again, this time from Orange County to Qatar to help get Al Jazeera's English-language channel off the ground. Chatriwala's blog, OC in OC, is among the most popular ... More >>
"Fresh perspective" and "new eyes" have been Bush administration buzzwords since the nomination of Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense was announced. Whether the eyes of Mr. Gates-- which saw no evil when he was the Number 2 man at the CIA while the Reagan administration was busy undermining th ... More >>