Reporting 'Says' Rather Than 'Says It Believes' Could Make a War of Difference By Jim Naureckas

26 April 2013 — FAIR Blog

The lead story in the New York Times print edition today (4/26/13) bore the headline:

White House Says Syria Has Used Chemical Arms

Well, that’s pretty definitive, isn’t it? But then if you read the first line of the story, you get a different picture: Continue reading

Media Advisory: Syria Skepticism – Chemical claims should be investigated, not used as pretext for war

6 May 2013 — FAIR Blog

U.S. suggestions that the Syrian government could have used chemical weapons have been treated as fact by some media outlets, and are helping to fuel the case for greater U.S. military involvement. But subsequent reporting has called into question these early, credulous reports–and highlighted the continuing media failure to treat WMD claims with the skepticism they deserve.

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Syria: The Feckless Left by Malooga

6 May 2013 — Moon of Alabama

lifted from a comment

One must not forget the disgraceful petition put out by what calls itself the “Left” in the name of “dignity and freedom” last week, the so-called “Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution”. The geo-political analysis of the screed would not pass the muster of a child, and the empty verbiage comes straight out of a George W. Bush or Barak Obama speech — without exaggeration. In any event, don’t mislead yourself into thinking the timing was accidental in the face of the collapse of the mercenary Takfiri front. Because it wasn’t. When the empire finds its back against wall, it will not hesitate in pulling out all stops — even if it means trotting out a brigade of tired old leftists in its dirty service.

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Bradley Manning / Wikileaks Newslinks 6 May 2013

6 May 2013 — williambowles.info

Listen: Chris Hedges Interviews Julian Assange
Truthdig
In these audio excerpts from their extended conversation in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Chris Hedges asks Julian Assange about legal strategy and the WikiLeaks founder’s thoughts on Pfc. Bradley Manning. For much more, including an in-depth …
http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/listen_chris_hedges_interviews_julian_assange_20130505/

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ICH 5 May 2013: Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas: UN Has Testimony

5 May 2013 — Information Clearing House

Did Syrian “Rebels” Cross Red Line?

UN Has Testimony That Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Gas – Investigator

By Reuters

U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article34834.htm

 

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 5 May 2013

5 May 2013  — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israeli court rules to allow mosque demolition in Jerusalem
IMEMC – An Israeli court in Jerusalem has decided to allow the Israeli government to demolish part of a mosque, despite appeals from the mosque’s imam and several Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament). …

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Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly

6 May 2013 — The Bullet • Socialist Project E-Bulletin No. 816

World Social Forum 2013, Tunisia

As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization.

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