Hamas manipulated and intimidated the media in Gaza. Why was that kept from us?

Aug 13, 2014 by

By Alan Johnson, Telegraph: We should normally say if our reports are censored or monitored or if we withhold information, and explain, wherever possible, the rules under which we are operating.- Section 11.4.1 of the BBC Editorial Guidelines on accuracy and impartiality in times of War, Terror and Emergencies The Foreign Press Association (FPA) issued an astonishing protest yesterday about “blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox” intimidation of journalists in the Gaza Strip...

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Holy War Arrives in Germany

Aug 10, 2014 by

by Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute: [...]  Supporters of the jihadist group “Islamic State” [IS] have clashed with Kurdish Yazidis in North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the largest Muslim population in Germany. The violence—which comes amid threats by a German jihadist to blow up an American nuclear weapons storage facility in Germany—has counter-terrorism officials concerned that radical Muslims are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East...

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ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam

Aug 8, 2014 by

By Alan Duke and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN: Fighters with the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday. ISIS took control of Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq’s Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south, the commander of the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters who had been defending the facility said Sunday. The...

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Apocalypse ignored

Aug 8, 2014 by

by Michael Burleigh, Mailonline: As Gaza grabs the headlines, epic slaughter engulfs the rest of the region. But where are the protests? The fragile ceasefire in Gaza was still holding last night after three days, offering a glimmer of hope that the brutal conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas might be at an end. Israel believes it has killed more than 700 Hamas fighters in the past four weeks and destroyed at least 32 of the underground passages through which Hamas smuggles...

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Barack Obama approves airstrikes in Iraq

Aug 8, 2014 by

By Josie Ensor, Telegraph: Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes over Iraq in order to prevent “genocide” from being carried out by Islamic State jihadists. The US president confirmed in a late-night address that US military planes had already dropped aid to the 40,000 Yazidi religious minority who have been trapped for days on Mount Sinjar, in the Kurdish northern region, after being driven out of their homes by Islamic State fighters. In a move which would see the US return to a...

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Remembering WW1, and the challenges of Establishment

Aug 5, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes: On Monday evening in the small village church where I worship, a group of local people put on an excellent dramatic piece to commemorate the outbreak of World War One. It was based around the reflections of four characters: a young soldier from the village who enlisted with his friends from the area, his mother, a schoolteacher who published a magazine for troops in the trenches, and the father of Wilfred Owen the poet. The soldier, who survived the war, was a fictional...

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