The Western media: the propaganda wing of al-Qaeda?

Dec 22, 2016 by

by Brendan O’Neill, Spiked: Western coverage of Aleppo has been disturbingly shallow and biased. […]  The Western media coverage of Syria counts as some of the most biased, uncritical war reporting of recent times. A vastly complex war, referred to by one journalist in August as ‘the world’s most complicated cat’s cradle’, has in recent weeks been reduced to a simplistic, binary morality play, a clash of innocence and evil. The British media coverage of Aleppo in particular has...

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We are watching Aleppo burn in real time. And just like in Bosnia and Rwanda, we do nothing

Dec 13, 2016 by

by Julie Lenarz, Telegraph: Every time a massacre happens, we say “never again”. Now, “never again” is happening in Aleppo, as I write. The government’s operation to recapture the rebel-held eastern part of the city is in its final stages and reports of atrocities are coming in. The Syrian army is reportedly going from house to house and executing residents on the spot. At least 82 civilians, including women and children, were shot on Monday, according to a...

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After Rwanda’s genocide, the world said never again. It’s happening again in South Sudan.

Dec 9, 2016 by

by Jennifer Williams, Vox: Widespread ethnic cleansing, burning villages, looming starvation, and gang rape “so prevalent that it’s become ‘normal.’” This is what UN experts found when they took a 10-day trip to the African country of South Sudan in late November. Now they’re sounding the alarm, warning that South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is “on the brink of catastrophe” that could rival the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In that conflict, some 800,000 people were slaughtered...

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Can the UN address Today’s Security Challenges?

Oct 2, 2016 by

by M. Sudhir Selvaraj, Global Christian News: This week, Heads of State from around the world gathered in New York for the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. Obviously, any event on this scale would be substantial but this year was significant because it marked the end of term of Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President Obama. The main points of the daunting agenda include a brewing war between India and Pakistan, the failure of the ceasefire in Syria, North Korea’s nuclear...

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A Tale of Two Cities: Charlotte and Tulsa

Sep 24, 2016 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: Every morning I check the news headlines and frequently rely on my mobile phone’s app for CNN.  It’s not very often that I find positive things about the Church in the headlines, but today I was both heartened and convicted by this story:  “Why Charlotte exploded and Tulsa prayed.”  I invite you to see for yourself the article and the embedded videos here. I am heartened that even the secular media would take note that in two different cities, where police shot and...

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UNICEF says 28 million children uprooted by global conflict

Sep 21, 2016 by

by Michael Astor, AP: Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. The report found that while children make up about a third of the world’s population as of 2015, they accounted for nearly half of all refugees, with the number of child refugees having doubled in the last decade. “What’s important is that...

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