Category International Media

Barbara Nimri Aziz> Syrian Drama of Another Order

The blockade on Syria – on Syrian life not weaponry – reaches into the heart of social, historical and cultural life. by Barbara Nimri Aziz This is a fascinating article exploring a too often overlooked but vitally important aspect of US/UE/GCC sanctions imposed on Syria. Syria is a richly diverse society with thousands of years […]

Der Spiegel> ‘Key Partners’: Secret Links Between Germany and the NSA

AFP Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly said she knew nothing about American surveillance activities in Germany. But documents seen by SPIEGEL show that German intelligence cooperates closely with the NSA and even uses spy software provided by the US.  By SPIEGEL The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 30/2013 (July 22, […]

Ibrahim al-Amin> The Resistance and Syria

The Resistance and Syria “Yet those who see themselves as being at the forefront of resistance ought to step back. When they see that the US, Israel, Europe, a Turkey obsessed with restoring the sultanate, and the Arab emirates of oppression, are all standing behind the would-be uprooters of the Syrian regime, they should worry.” […]

Robert Fisk> Syria’s ‘Rebel Army? They’re a Gang of Foreigners’

Syria’s ‘Rebel Army? They’re a Gang of Foreigners’ Robert Fisk hears the Syrian forces’ justification for a battle that is tearing apart one of the world’s oldest cities. by Robert Fisk   Published on Thursday, August 23, 2012 by the Independent/UK via Common Dreams The Old Quarter of Aleppo is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site. ALEPPO, Syria […]

The bizarre, unhealthy, blinding media contempt for Julian Assange

The bizarre, unhealthy, blinding media contempt for Julian Assange It is possible to protect the rights of the complainants in Sweden and Assange’s rights against political persecution, but a vindictive thirst for vengeance is preventing that. Glenn Greenwald    The Guardian guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 22 August 2012 13.10 EDT Julian Assange: the British press’s public enemy No1. […]

Der Spiegel> Fear the Reaper> ‘Humane’ Drones Are the Most Brutal Weapons of All

Fear the Reaper> ‘Humane’ Drones Are the Most Brutal Weapons of All An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit   08/09/2012   Der Spiegel The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 32/2012 (August 6, 2012) of DER SPIEGEL. USAF The German military is considering the purchase of combat drones. But we should not allow ourselves […]

As’ad AbuKhalil> Syria: Shameful Performance of Western Media

Syria: Shameful Performance of Western Media By As’ad AbuKhalil – Mon, 2012-07-30 19:11- Angry Corner  Al Akhbar English The performance of the Western media (American, British, French and others) regarding the Syrian conflict has been quite shameful. One does not expect much from American media. Ill-informed foreign editors and correspondents and political cowardice turn American media […]

Part II> Narwani> Cry Me a River, Max Blumenthal

Cry Me a River, Max Blumenthal By Sharmine Narwani     June 23, 2012    Mideast Shuffle Imagine: Max Blumenthal can write anything he wants at Al Akhbar…so he quits. Editor’s Note: This posting represents one perspective in the international debate and propaganda war taking place in regard to Syria. This post is a response to […]

Part I> Blumenthal> The right to resist is universal: A farewell to Al Akhbar and Assad’s apologists

The right to resist is universal: A farewell to Al Akhbar and Assad’s apologists By Max Blumenthal    6.20.12    Max Blumenthal.com Editor’s Note: This posting represents one perspective in the international debate and propaganda war taking place in regard to Syria. A response to Mr. Blumenthal by Sharmine Narwani is posted as Part II.  WAMM’s postion […]

Skelton> The Guardian> The Syrian opposition: who’s doing the talking?

The Syrian opposition: who’s doing the talking? The media have been too passive when it comes to Syrian opposition sources, without scrutinising their backgrounds and their political connections. Time for a closer look … Charlie Skelton   guardian.co.uk   Thursday 12 July 2012 10.48 EDT Click> Video> Inside Syria – Has the UN observer mission failed in Syria? The […]

Houla massacre picture mistake> BBC Apologizes for 2003 Iraq Photo with Syrian Massacre Coverage

BBC Apologizes for 2003 Iraq Photo with Syrian Massacre Coverage By: Sydney Smith May 31, 2012 06:10 PM EST   Media Eithics    See above a screenshot from the BBC’s May 29 apology. (Credit: BBC, screenshot)  [Editor’s Note: It doesn’t mean all photos of this crisis are deceptive, of course, but it does demonstrate that it’s […]

Links to media> Chicago No NATO protests

Editor’s note:  This list contains some of the media that has come to WAMMToday’s attention, but by no means is intended to be comprehensive. Here is a link to the Chicago Tribune’s gallery of photos for the day.  They specialize in confrontation, and have very little about the pre-march activity or the march itself.  Jennie, […]

Journalistic “Objectivity” Sours Wall Street Reporting

Police carry away a protester, one of scores who have been forcefully arrested at the non-violent Occupy Wall Street protest, 09/24/11. (photo: Tina Fineberg/AP) Journalistic “Objectivity” Sours Wall Street Reporting By Michael Tracey   26 September 11     ReaderSupportedNews.org Brian Stelter and the pathology of objectivity. Last night, the New York Times’ Brian Stelter tweeted about the Occupy Wall Street protests, which […]

Controversy and Confusion Over the Latest WikiLeaks Revelations: 8 Things You Really Need to Know

Controversy and Confusion Over the Latest WikiLeaks Revelations: 8 Things You Really Need to Know Editorial Commentary:  Noam Chomsky wrote the reason why WikiLeaks is so important:          Suppression of one’s own crimes is virtually ubiquitous among powerful states, at least those that are not defeated. — in 9/11 – was there an […]

Thank you from reporter Mahdi Nazemroaya, formerly trapped in Libya

Thank you from reporter Mahdi Nazemroaya, formerly trapped in Libya Below is a series of emails regarding the reporter trapped in a hotel in Libya.  Thank you to those who made calls! From: Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya  Date: Sat, Sep 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM Subject: RE: Mahdi Nazemroaya: Thank you for the courageous work. Relieved to […]

Wikileaks Editorial: Global – Guardian journalist negligently disclosed Cablegate passwords

Global – Guardian journalist negligently disclosed Cablegate passwords 1 September 2011 WIKILEAKS EDITORIAL A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks’ decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished US diplomatic cables. Knowledge of the Guardian disclosure has spread privately over several months but reached critical mass last week. The unpublished WikiLeaks’ material […]

Parts IV, Media and Propaganda and Part V, Crying Wolf? of What Have We Wrought:

What Have We Wrought: thoughts on freedom, taxes, capitalism and democracy Part IV:  Media and Propaganda With a mainstream corporate media that is bought and sold by the likes of Rupert Murdoch, with Clear Channel’s and other right-wing owners control of local radio around the country, how do we reach these relatives and neighbors? Every […]

Coulda, woulda, shoulda coverage of antiwar protests

Coulda, woulda, shoulda coverage of antiwar protests COMMENTARY | July 25, 2011   Nieman Watchdog Looking back, the Washington Post editor in charge of covering demonstrations says newsworthy stories have been left uncovered. He needn’t feel lonely; The Post has lots of company in ignoring stories of dissent. The New York Times,  for one, has its […]

Reporting the Endgame: The war without end is a war with hardly any news coverage

The war without end is a war with hardly any news coverage COMMENTARY | August 10, 2011  Nieman Watchdog The American print press is almost totally absent from Afghanistan, leaving the reporting to a handful of news organizations. TV coverage averages 21 seconds per newscast for NBC and not much more for ABC and CBS. One […]

Media Group Calls For UN Probe Of NATO Bombing Of Libya State TV

Media Group Calls For UN Probe Of NATO Bombing Of Libya State TV Huffington Post    August 5, 2011 08/ 5/11 01:23 PM ET    LONDON — An international media safety group has joined calls Friday for the United Nations to investigate NATO’s bombing of Libyan television, which reportedly killed 3 people and injured 15. The […]