The How-To Guide to Modern Propaganda: Or, How the Russians Get Kudos For Bombing Syria While the Americans Get Trashed

So many arguments across the Internet bicker over the same thing: everyone's sources are wrong.  To post an article from a UK source automatically makes it suspect of a pro-British bias; anything from the U.S. is Western propaganda; Saudi news agencies get their checks cut by the King, while al-Jazeera is beholden to the al-Thani … Continue reading The How-To Guide to Modern Propaganda: Or, How the Russians Get Kudos For Bombing Syria While the Americans Get Trashed

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Made Super

And here we go again. Especially in the United States, Palestinian-Israeli violence always sucks up the headlines, siphoning valuable media and filling it with tried-and-true journalistic narratives that play to the myriad of biases that always come to the fore when discussing the Holy Land. Evangelical Christians get their dose of Biblical chaos, hoping beyond … Continue reading The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Made Super

No Good Options: Why The U.S. Dithers In Syria

Haters do hate, and many of President Obama's greatest haters despise what he's done about Syria; or, more accurately, what he hasn't done.  Some of that criticism is fair, but much of it is not, for Syria is not worth the blood, treasure, or time of the United States when there are much bigger, nuclear-armed … Continue reading No Good Options: Why The U.S. Dithers In Syria

What the hell is Putin doing in Syria?

And more importantly, what does he want? It's important to remember how swears like that will net the sort of Google-searching folks I very much want here: the sort who want to understand, but who don't need the gross, and largely unimportant, blow by blows. In two years, Vladimir Putin has taken Russia to war in … Continue reading What the hell is Putin doing in Syria?