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Venezuela Launches Media Response Plan to Fake News Attacks

    Venezuela Launches Media Response Plan to Fake News Attacks

The Venezuelan government has announced the creation of a media-based task force to address fake or misleading international news stories about the Caribbean nation. The ‘Zero Tolerance Media Plan’ was announced by Vice Minister for International Communication William Castillo Monday, and will run through the Foreign Office and its network of embassies and consulates. Castillo…

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American Woman Turns to Hunger Strike to Break Media Blackout on Yemen

    American Woman Turns to Hunger Strike to Break Media Blackout on Yemen

SAN FRANCISCO — In Yemen, 18 million civilians are now at the brink of starvation, including 5 million children. The situation in the country, widely considered to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, is entirely man-made – the sordid result of the Saudi Arabia/UAE coalition’s war to control the Middle East’s poorest nation, a war…

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Western Media Launch Attack on Critics of Controversial White Helmets Group

    Western Media Launch Attack on Critics of Controversial White Helmets Group

The October 16 issue of NY Review of Books has an article by Janine di Giovani titled “Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets”. The article exemplifies how western media promotes the White Helmets uncritically and attacks those who challenge the myth.     A Crude & Disingenuous Attack Council on Foreign relations fellow…

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The Battle for Your Mind

    The Battle for Your Mind

After reading The New York Times piece “The Plot to Subvert an Election” I put the paper down with a single question. Why, after two years of allegations, indictments, and claims to proof of this, that, and the other did the newspaper of record—well, once the newspaper of record—see any need to publish such a piece? My answer is…

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The Best of Frenemies: The Trump-Media Logrolling

  The Best of Frenemies: The Trump-Media Logrolling

Today, hundreds of newspapers, at the initiative of the Boston Globe, are purporting to stand up for a free press against Trump’s rhetoric. Today also marks exactly one month since I was dragged out of the July 16 Trump-Putin news conference in Helsinki and locked up until the middle of the night. As laid in my cell, I chuckled…

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Neocons Concoct Threat of “Iranian Hackers” to Justify Preemptive “Counterattack” Against Iran

  Neocons Concoct Threat of “Iranian Hackers” to Justify Preemptive “Counterattack” Against Iran

WASHINGTON — Several reports in both American and Israeli media have recently been circulating the claim that Iran is increasingly likely to respond to draconian U.S.-imposed sanctions by conducting “cyberattacks” against the United States. According to this narrative, “Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and…

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Coverage of Recent ISIS Attacks Shows Syrian Civilians Are Only Humanized When It Serves a Pro-Intervention Agenda

  Coverage of Recent ISIS Attacks Shows Syrian Civilians Are Only Humanized When It Serves a Pro-Intervention Agenda

DARAA, SYRIA — Amid the recent successes of Syria’s military in retaking much of the country’s south from rebel groups, a devastating terror attack ripped through Syria’s Sweida early Wednesday morning, resulting in the brutal murder of more than 220 people and injuring nearly 180. Daesh (ISIS) later claimed responsibility for the attacks and boasted…

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An Open Letter to the Guardian on Its Wildly Inaccurate Coverage of Nicaragua

  An Open Letter to the Guardian on Its Wildly Inaccurate Coverage of Nicaragua

For the past three months, there has been a political crisis in Nicaragua, with opposing forces not only confronting each other in the streets but fighting a media war. The Guardian should be at the forefront of balanced and well-informed reporting of these events. Instead, despite plentiful evidence of opposition violence, almost all your 17…

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How Washington’s Spinelessness Enables Israel’s Brutality

  How Washington’s Spinelessness Enables Israel’s Brutality

I have just spent a couple of days in New York City. Returning to Virginia on Wednesday morning, I had a somewhat strange experience. I cleared through my emails before leaving the hotel and also read through a number of the featured news articles. One, in particular, caught my eye. It described how the Democratic…

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Seymour Hersh Weighs in on Syria, the State of US Media and His New Memoir

  Seymour Hersh Weighs in on Syria, the State of US Media and His New Memoir

Seymour Hersh states that the “deadliest words” in US media today are, “I think.” With media cycles constantly fluctuating and changing format and delivery based on website clicks it’s hard to keep up and find good reporting. For example, Hersh points to a lack of coverage or deep analysis regarding the war in Yemen and…

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