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How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

Rubber ducky symbol

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

‘Who decides what’s fake news and what isn’t?’

Fake news - RT

When you consider what comprises fake news… do you ponder, for example, reports that there were weapons of mass destruction? Lionel RT Or is that flawed news? Lionel, legal and… ‘Who decides what’s… Read More »

Fake News: The Unravelling of US Empire From Within

News - Global Research

Setting the Stage of the Press-President War Prof. John McMurtry Global Research US ruling ideology and Washington power have become unstuck as never before. A war of… Fake News: The… Read More »

Discriminative ‘freedom’ of press

Press - DS

With the European Parliament’s distribution ban on Daily Sabah for trumped-up reasons, the so-called champions of free media resonated in minds with hypocrisy once again Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah It is always sobering to see selective reasoning and pick-and-choose tactics being used when it comes to basic freedoms, especially by people and entities that always touted themselves as the champions of those values. Granted, it would… Discriminative ‘freedom’ of… Read More »

How the rise of a liberal, social media–savvy generation is changing Chinese society

China - VOX

BEIJING — Lucifer does not follow Chinese politics. Alec Ash VOX The 28-year-old musician in Beijing — who chose his English name “to be different” — doesn’t read state media. He cannot name… How the rise… Read More »

How US Flooded the World with Psyops

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Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian “propaganda” yet the U.S. government created a “psyops” bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the… Robert Parry ConsortiumNews Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the… How US Flooded… Read More »

Global series: politics in the age of social media

Social media

US president Donald Trump, who gets on Twitter the moment he wakes up, may be social media’s most prominent politician user, but he is hardly the only one. Catesby Holmes, Clea Chakraverty, Fabrice Rousselot et al The Conversation For the past two decades, world leaders have leveraged the power of the internet to communicate with the public. In some nations, digital tools are part of an effort to increase government transparency and accountability. In others, they Global series: politics… Read More »

The media response to the Westminster attack reflects a divided country

Media - The Guardian

All of us responded to this atrocity in our tribes. We feel emotional, visceral indignation today, but must face the risks with calm reason Polly Toynbee The Guardian Well, how did we do? We knew this… The media response… Read More »

Why It’s A Problem That Reading Is At 30-Year Lows, And How ‘Digital Temperance’ Can Help

Literature - The Federalist

Americans’ interest in literature has dropped to a three-decade low. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist The fact is, many don’t know what they are missing—and they don’t care. I could spend… Why It’s A… Read More »

The Origin of “Fake News” in Holocaust Denial

Gatestone Institute

“Fake news” has become a subject of real news. Alan M. Dershowitz Gatestone Institute But there’s nothing new about “fake news.” Holocaust deniers have… The Origin of… Read More »

The most dangerous ally

Daily Sabah

It’s funny to see the efforts of certain figures in Western media to ‘evidently’ portray Turkey as the most dangerous ally in international relations Hakki Ocal Daily Sabah Christopher Dickey, the world news editor of the Daily Beast website, thinks that the U.S. administration should remove the estimated 50-90 thermo-nuclear weapons from Incirlik Air Base because Turkey has become the most… The most dangerous… Read More »

2016 didn’t just give us “fake news.” It likely gave us false memories.

Memories and news

A psychologist explains how easy it is to form false memories — and what that means for the future of our shared reality. Brian Resnick VOX Here’s a reasonable fear: 20 years from now, very few people are going to agree on the details of our shared history. Recently, I spoke… 2016 didn’t just… Read More »

The sweep of perpetual famine?

Arab news

The media is presenting us with images of the mother of all famines, stretching from Yemen to Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and northern Nigeria. Jonathan Power Arab News There have been bad famines in the not-so-distant past, such as the Ethiopian one in 1985 that triggered rock star Bob Geldof to organize a global popular response. In 1974 at… The sweep of… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

Iraq war

Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

The Media’s Cheery Ignorance about Islam’s Hostile Ideology

Islam - GI

It is not the president who is spreading the idea that “Islam is an inherently hostile ideology,” that “Muslims are enemies of Christians and Jews” and that “Muslims have always had a comprehensive, actionable, and jihadist plan to take over” — but rather the Quran itself. A. Z. Mohamed Gatestone Institute In other words: Islam does not recognize Judaism or Christianity as religions. Muslims are enemies… The Media’s Cheery… Read More »

Press freedom undermined by European hypocrisy

Daily Sabah

We would like to have believed that the forced deportation of Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, along with the police violence against Turkish citizens and journalists on the night of March 11 in… The Editorial Board Daily Sabah Many who followed the incident from Turkey could not believe what they were seeing, expecting senior European officials to issue statements condemning what had happened or at least explain how such a thing could happen in… Press freedom ... Read More »