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Syria: Journalists risk lives to cover story public doesn’t care about

The Syrian civil war is one of the most difficult, dangerous and unrewarding stories for journalists. It is difficult for foreign correspondents to get there. Facts are hard to check. And they are risking their lives to cover a conflict that the general public back home doesn't really care about.... Read more»0


In long run, drones may be counter-productive

For a president who is reluctant to play the role of world policeman, drones look like an easy option, a simple way to show a war-weary public that he is “doing something” to defend America. They may also be the cheap option. But like the sanctions program that is supposed to force Iran to give up its presumed nuclear weapons program, some experts have grave doubts that the drone program can achieve its objective of deterring terrorist acts.... Read more»0


What can we believe about the Libyan conflict?

Propaganda is one of the oldest weapons of warfare. All countries use it to demonize the enemy and encourage public support, but how do we wade through it to find the facts?... Read more»0

Bin Laden had lost hearts and minds of Arabs

Uprisings across the Middle East show the al-Qaeda leader had little influence at time of his death. Fists raised against oppressive regimes in the Arab world had already replaced pictures of bin Laden and the slogans of al-Qaeda.... Read more»0

Middle East: What you see is not what you get

The civil unrest that is sweeping through the Arab world has produced some of the most dramatic journalism since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But there are disturbing parallels between the way the American media covered these two important stories. There's more than meets the eye.... Read more»0

Will WikiLeaks change journalism?

Is the WikiLeaks dump of diplomatic cables a victory for transparency? Will it change the way governments deal with each other? Will it be seen as a new and better form of journalism? I think we have already seen enough to know the answer. It's clearly no. So what exactly does it all add up to?... Read more»0

Opinion: Gloom and doom in U.S. news

Gloom and doom sell books. Bad news sells newspapers and grabs television viewers. Especially bad news about America and dire predictions about where the country is heading.... Read more»1


Media bias and the Israel-Palestine conflict

Depending on which country you live in, the way the news media present the facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can make them seem quite different.... Read more»0

Opinion: Media bias and Israel-Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to stop building Jewish homes in Arab east Jerusalem and the West Bank has become a major obstacle to peace talks with the Palestinians and severely strains relations with President Barack Obama's administration. That's a simple statement of fact.... Read more»0


Will the real Obama please step forward?

Which of the following is the real Barack Obama? The young Senator who broke the race barrier and promised change. The inexperienced, smooth talking, president who attempted too much. The patient politician who overcame GOP obstructionism on health care, faced down an Israeli prime minister and maneuvered the Russians into accepting cuts in nuclear weapons.... Read more»0


Small foreign news staffs threaten US democracy

The CBS London bureau now stands half empty, and the dwindling band of survivors wonder who will go next. Now ABC News has announced much deeper cuts. The Baltimore Sun now has only a skeleton staff. You would be silly to spend money buying a copy. You could read it in 10 minutes. ... Read more»0