New FoI figures on UK air and drone strikes in Iraq and Syria By Chris Cole

30 August 2017 — Drone Wars

New figures released to Drone Wars UK in response to Freedom of Information requests shows a dramatic increase in the number of RAF operations in Syria in the first six months of 2017.  According to the figures, UK armed air missions in Syria rose by 480% in the first half of 2017 compared with the previous six months.

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‘Media’s First Instinct Is to Strip Ideology From the Conversation’

29 August 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Adam Johnson about Charlottesville for the August 18, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Fascists march in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally (cc photo: Tony Crider)

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Janine Jackson: The spectre of white supremacists marching with guns and torches, throwing KKK salutes, and screaming about Jews and Commies is a test for Americans, individually and institutionally, and we’re still seeing how various folks are responding. One of the primary institutions that should be asking themselves some questions right now are corporate media. Trouble is, the press being among the most sacred of cows for the press, how likely are we to see serious consideration of their own role? Not just Fox News, which aired a video of cars driving into protestors in January, with instructions to viewers to “study the technique,” but, say, CBS, whose CEO Les Moonves joked that Donald Trump’s candidacy “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” a line that has yet to be seriously interrogated by media elites.

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