anarcho-queer:

thepeoplesrecord:

Obama ‘concerned & disappointed’ after respected journalist who exposed US war crimes is freed in YemenJuly 26, 2013
The White House is “concerned and disappointed” over the news that Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, who was kept in a Yemeni jail for three years per the request of the Obama administration after he exposed a deadly U.S. drone strike, was released Tuesday.
Following news of Shaye’s release, journalist Jeremy Scahill, who has written extensively about Shaye’s story, contacted the White House for a comment.
The White House’s response was brief and alarming:

We are concerned and disappointed by the early release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who was sentenced by a Yemeni court to five years in prison for his involvement with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

According to Scahill and numerous other journalists who have followed the story, Shaye’s only involvement with Al Qaeda was conducting interviews with their members for major news outlets that included the Washington Post, ABC News and the New York Times.
Shaye’s legal troubles only arose after he uncovered the deadly U.S. strike that killed dozens of innocent Yemeni civilians, after which he was thrown in prison. At one point Shaye was slated for early release, but a phone call from president Obama urged Yemeni officials to keep him behind bars.
"We should let that statement set in," Scahill said of the White House’s response. “The White House is saying that they are disappointed and concerned that a Yemeni journalist has been released from a Yemeni prison.”
"This is a man who was put in prison because he had the audacity to expose a U.S. cruise missile attack that killed three dozen women and children."
Watch Scahill in an interview with Democracy Now!, which aired Thursday morning.
Source
….& the Obama administration’s war on truth continues.

Finally! I posted several articles about Abdulelah’s case last year and I wanted to emphasize that he was imprisoned because Obama personally gave the Yemeni president a call and demanded that Abdulelah be jailed after hearing of his first release.
The journalist revealed to the world that Obama issued a drone strike in Yemen, killing 14 women and 21 children in addition to some men and the elderly. 
He then covered up the story by telling the Yemeni government to report that they  conducted a series of strikes against an al Qaeda training camp in the village of al Majala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province, killing a number of al Qaeda militants. 
But when Abdulelah visited the site of the attack, he found the remnants of Tomahawk cruise missiles and cluster bombs, neither of which are in the Yemeni military’s arsenal. He photographed the missile parts, some of them bearing the label “Made in the USA," and distributed the photos to international media outlets. He revealed that among the victims of the strike were women, children and the elderly. 
What more do I need to say to convince you that Obama is a warmonger as well as a horrible person?

Press freedom, my ass.

anarcho-queer:

thepeoplesrecord:

Obama ‘concerned & disappointed’ after respected journalist who exposed US war crimes is freed in Yemen
July 26, 2013

The White House is “concerned and disappointed” over the news that Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, who was kept in a Yemeni jail for three years per the request of the Obama administration after he exposed a deadly U.S. drone strike, was released Tuesday.

Following news of Shaye’s release, journalist Jeremy Scahill, who has written extensively about Shaye’s story, contacted the White House for a comment.

The White House’s response was brief and alarming:

We are concerned and disappointed by the early release of Abd-Ilah al-Shai, who was sentenced by a Yemeni court to five years in prison for his involvement with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

According to Scahill and numerous other journalists who have followed the story, Shaye’s only involvement with Al Qaeda was conducting interviews with their members for major news outlets that included the Washington PostABC News and the New York Times.

Shaye’s legal troubles only arose after he uncovered the deadly U.S. strike that killed dozens of innocent Yemeni civilians, after which he was thrown in prison. At one point Shaye was slated for early release, but a phone call from president Obama urged Yemeni officials to keep him behind bars.

"We should let that statement set in," Scahill said of the White House’s response. “The White House is saying that they are disappointed and concerned that a Yemeni journalist has been released from a Yemeni prison.”

"This is a man who was put in prison because he had the audacity to expose a U.S. cruise missile attack that killed three dozen women and children."

Watch Scahill in an interview with Democracy Now!, which aired Thursday morning.

Source

….& the Obama administration’s war on truth continues.

Finally! I posted several articles about Abdulelah’s case last year and I wanted to emphasize that he was imprisoned because Obama personally gave the Yemeni president a call and demanded that Abdulelah be jailed after hearing of his first release.

The journalist revealed to the world that Obama issued a drone strike in Yemen, killing 14 women and 21 children in addition to some men and the elderly.

He then covered up the story by telling the Yemeni government to report that they conducted a series of strikes against an al Qaeda training camp in the village of al Majala in Yemen’s southern Abyan province, killing a number of al Qaeda militants.

But when Abdulelah visited the site of the attack, he found the remnants of Tomahawk cruise missiles and cluster bombs, neither of which are in the Yemeni military’s arsenal. He photographed the missile parts, some of them bearing the label “Made in the USA," and distributed the photos to international media outlets. He revealed that among the victims of the strike were women, children and the elderly.

What more do I need to say to convince you that Obama is a warmonger as well as a horrible person?

Press freedom, my ass.

(via rebelliousqueer)

fucking disgraceful, but doesn’t hold a candle to the daily injustices done by the apartheid state of Israel. ffs.

Two Years of Meta-Narratives: How Not to Cover Syria

  • The Amateur Journalist: If he is not kidnapped on his first day of reporting, after mistaking a mukhabarat informant for a taxi driver, the Amateur goes on to send starry-eyed reports from FSA-held Idlib province. His story most likely includes an adrenaline-soaked adventure of running through bullet fire as he crosses the Turkish border with the help of men wearing black scarves with white squiggly lines on them. The article usually follows with this freelancer’s encounter with a local FSA leader (or activist, since these are considered interchangeable) who coincidentally turns out to be in charge of most of the province. This leader's long, scruffy beard contributes to his stoic, battle-worn mystique. The Amateur aims to show the human side of the story. The leader chats with him while nursing to health a stray wounded cat while the leader’s wife, who is wearing a traditional abaya that flows in the wind, refills the would-be journalist’s glass of hot, sticky tea. For two weeks, the mujahid gives the amateur the exclusive inside scoop on the revolutionary democratic system that he and his fellow villagers have implemented. A system where everyone - except of course women, young people, and Alawites - has a voice in deciding the appropriate sentence for those sinful souls who stole bread from the bakery. Yes, the future looks bright for the amateur journalist who chose war-torn Syria for his first beat (we are not counting his summer internship at the North Dakota Times).
  • The Syrian-American FSA Revolutionary: The Syrian-American FSA Revolutionary's maternal great-grandmother was born in Damascus and immigrated to the US in her childhood. Since the beginning of the uprising, the revolutionary reminisces on Twitter about those two summers spent at his teta's house in the Shaam, where he would chase his cousins under the olive trees as the call to prayer emanated from the Umayyad mosque. This Revolutionary makes you look twice -- you may think he is reporting to you live from Aleppo, with his tweets every three minutes describing the situation on the ground with exacting detail and certainty, but after a few weeks, you find out he is actually broadcasting from the messy and chaotic battleground of his college dorm room in Chicago. His preferred news sources include "my second cousin Abu Mohammed in Homs," the Syrian Revolution Facebook page, blurry and unverified YouTube videos, and "#Syria" on Twitter. His "confirmed" reportage of events is retweeted religiously by his 5,272 followers, and even if his assertions are later contradicted, he rarely follows up: he is too busy hoisting his revolution flag at fundraisers for Syria with unverified recipients. The Revolutionary mocks the piss-poor media coverage of Syria, as he believes deeply in the importance of disseminating leaked naked pictures of Asmaa al-Assad, ridiculously good looking Syrian rebels nuzzling kittens, Bashar wearing different wigs, and other essential topics.

The screenshots prove it: New York Times altered headline to remove words “Israeli-occupied”

xeb695:

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Cached image of New York Times story before headline was changed to omit words “Israeli-occupied West Bank.

A New York Times headline accidentally told the truth today about Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, before it was ‘fixed.’

The story is about today’s action by Palestinians to establish a village called Bab Al Shams on land that Israel has seized for construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The original headline read “Palestinians Set Up Camp in Israeli-Occupied West Bank Territory.” Later, the headline was altered to remove the words “Israeli-occupied.” It now reads “Palestinians Set Up Tents Where Israel Plans Homes.”

The website Newsdiffs.org shows that the original headline was posted at 1:09 PM EST. It was discovered to have been changed at 7:10 PM EST.

A key goal of Israeli propaganda is to eliminate the term “occupied” from media coverage of Israel’s, well, occupation. Many media have adopted terms like “disputed” that grant false legitimacy to Israeli claims to the land which are totally null and void in international law.

The Times article still describes the area as “hotly contested piece of Israeli-occupied West Bank territory known as E1.” And yes, I’ve taken a screenshot in case they decide to change that too.

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How the headline appears after the change.

gross

(Source: cameranzeb, via stay-human)

somekindofbecca:

ninja-suffragette:

somekindofbecca:

TRIGGER WARNING - transphobic, transmisogynistic hate speech and threats in the linked article

I am disgusted that a newspaper I usually respect has publish such an inexcusable and vile article. This is nothing but out and out brazen hate speech against trans women, the writer Julie Burchill even acknowledges this within the article herself.

It’s no fucking wonder trans women refer to us as cis scum and refuse to trust us when this is the sort of ‘feminist’ writing we publish. I can’t even at how hateful this is.

It’s also interesting that the ‘defence’ of all this hate seems to be educational privilege on the part of those calling out Moore in the first place, and working class oppression of those being called out for their transphobia and transmisogyny. I note this because it was precisely the same ‘defence’ that was trotted out when Caitlin Moran made her “couldn’t give a shit” comment about the lack of representation for women of colour in Girls, and everyone called her out for it. Apparently intersectionality is a privilege and women of colour and trans women are oppressing white cis feminist women by demanding they be acknowledged.

Wow. You were not kidding. That article was astonishingly hateful, I can’t believe they’d publish it. What really struck me was this line:

Ignore the real enemy – they’re strong and will need real effort and organisation to fight. How much easier to lash out at those who are conveniently close to hand!

Because this is exactly radfems do when they spread hate against the trans* community. They have found that men as a whole are too difficult a target, but trans women are in a much more socially vulnerable position. So they’ve decided to use this group as a scapegoat to take their frustration out on. It is a disgusting thing to do, and these women are not representative of the movement I wish to be a part of.

For those readers who want complain, I would not suggest going to the comments. The Gaurdian comments section is cesspit. Rather, it might be a good idea to take it up with the Gaurdian’s reader’s editor Chris Elliottreader@guardian.co.uk, or with the Press Complaints Commission. The laws against hate speech in England are fairly strict, so emphasise the use of hate speech in any complaint that you choose to make. Use examples, and be clear.

Reblogging for links to complain. Please do, we need to make it really clear that we will NOT accept hate speech like this.

oh my lord

My PCC complaint:

I believe this article has breached the code of practice by being substantially pejorative against trans people. A specific example is where it says “I think this partly contributes to the stand-off with the trannies. (I know that’s a wrong word, but having recently discovered that their lot describe born women as ‘Cis’ – sounds like syph, cyst, cistern; all nasty stuff – they’re lucky I’m not calling them shemales. Or shims.)”

Referring to people’s gender in a way in which she clearly knows to be offensive - and even going so far as to say the term “cis” (a Latin term meaning ‘on the same side as’ when referring to non-trans people) is somehow offensive to her - is irrelevant to the article and clearly meant to be both prejudicial and pejorative in regards to the gender of others.

Really, really gross article.

(via somekindofblogthing)

"A new report says four Israeli attacks launched on journalists and media facilities during the bombardment of Gaza last month violated the laws of war by targeting civilians and civilian objects. Human Rights Watch issued the findings Thursday on the attacks that killed two Palestinian camera people, wounded at least 10 media workers and damaged four media offices. One strike also killed a two-year-old boy, Abdelrahman Naim, who lived across from a targeted building."

HRW: Israeli Attacks on Gaza Media Were Unlawful, Democracy Now!, 21 Dec

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In accordance with the canons of good journalism, the press is supposed to tap competing sources to get both sides of an issue. In fact, both sides are seldom accorded equal prominence. One study found that on NPR, supposedly the most liberal of the mainstream media, right-wing spokespeople are often interviewed alone, while liberals — on the less frequent occasions they appear — are almost always offset by conservatives. Furthermore, both sides of a story are not usually all sides. The whole left-progressive and radical portion of the opinion spectrum is amputated from the visible body politic.

False balancing was evident in a BBC World Service report (December 11, 1997) that spoke of “a history of violence between Indonesian forces and Timorese guerrillas” — with not a hint that the guerrillas were struggling for their lives against an Indonesian invasion force that had slaughtered some 200,000 Timorese. Instead, the genocidal invasion of East Timor was made to sound like a grudge fight, with “killings on both sides.” By imposing a neutralizing gloss, the BBC announcer was introducing a serious distortion.

The U.S.-supported wars in Guatemala and El Salvador during the 1980s were often treated with that same kind of false balancing. Both those who burned villages and those who were having their villages burned were depicted as equally involved in a contentious bloodletting. While giving the appearance of being objective and neutral, one actually neutralizes the subject matter and thereby drastically warps it.

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Michael Parenti (via jayaprada)

the IDF spokesman said “Warning to reporters in Gaza: Stay away from Hamas operatives & facilities” - HAMAS IS THE GOVERNMENT IN GAZA, YOU FUCKING BIGOTS

they then have the audacity to say they were “surgically” targeting fighters, after the Israeli army fired a rocket at a van clearly marked “Media”

so fucking angry

"Any journalist who enters Gaza becomes a fig leaf and front for the Hamas terror organization, and I see no reason why we should help that."

— Daniel Seaman, director of the Press Office of the Government of Israel in 2009 - relevant now as Israel targeted journalists yesterday (and then tried to blame Hamas)

How women make the front page in Britain
78% of front page articles were written by men in this study. 79% of the victims portrayed are women.
Blech.

How women make the front page in Britain

78% of front page articles were written by men in this study. 79% of the victims portrayed are women.

Blech.