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Mainstream media skewed on Syria
6 October 2011 | The mainstream media’s quick reaction often costs it in terms of fact-checking. As human rights groups continue to sound the alarm over multiple arrests and killings in Syria, one high-profile victim has made an amazing reappearance.

Thought Police for the Internet Age
The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian
28 September 2011 | There could be no better proof of the revolution – care of the internet – occurring in the accessibility of information and informed commentary than the reaction of our mainstream, corporate media.

An article by Martin Iqbal
Libya: NTC concocts mass grave story in brazen propaganda ploy
25 September 2011 | In a truly stunning display of dishonesty, the BBC has reported, citing no evidence to back its claim, that a mass grave containing over 1,200 bodies has been found in Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison complex. The BBC attempts to tie this ‘finding’ to the equally concocted ‘Abu Salim prison massacre’, as it claims that the bodies are those of the inmates supposedly killed in 1996.

Reporters Without Borders do not defend Palestinian journalists detained by Israel
Israel cracks down on Palestinian journalists "to hide the truth"
20 September 2011 | Israel detaining a number of journalists without charge or any form of due process.

An article by Correo del Orinoco International
Telesur Journalists Speak Truth on Libya
11 September 2011 | This week Telesur welcomed home a news team just back from covering NATO’s war on Libya from that nation’s capital, Tripoli. On arrival at Venezuela’s Maiquetia International Airport, the journalists denounced the ongoing “fabrication of lies” by mainstream media outlets and accused the international press of “producing the arguments needed for a continuation of the war”.

Stephen Lendman interviewed by Press TV
Fake reports from Libya
26 August 2011 | Press TV talks with Stephen Lendman, writer and radio host in Chicago for his assessment of the situation in Tripoli and shares an email from independent journalists being targeted for execution. Below is an approximate transcript of his interview. Lizzie Phelan, our correspondent, then responds to Mr. Lendman’s comments and contributes important information about the so-called revolutionary fighters.

How 10,000 Protestors Multiply Overnight to be 500,000
The Hama Affair
4 August 2011 | This July, I travelled to Syria, with the purpose of finding out for myself the origins of the present political conflict. I was able to roam the country at liberty, from Dera, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Maraat-an-Numan, Jisr-al-Shigur, on the Turkish border, even Deir-ez-Sor, all places where the media had signalled outbursts of violence.

An article by Jody McIntyre
Libya: a deafening silence
7 June 2011 | So now we are sending Apache jets to bomb Libyan civilians. An escalation in yet another bloody NATO war. Or, in the words of Colonel Jason Etherington, “it just brings something else to the party.”

In the Flood of Disinformation, the Situation in Syria
1 May 2011 | I was asked by L’Œuvre d’Orient for my opinion of what is happening where we live. You know that I work in Syria for the renovation of a monastery from the sixth century that had fallen into ruin. Our monastic community is dedicated to the witness and unity of the Church of Antioch, and we serve pilgrims and people seeking spiritual research. We receive about 20,000 visitors a year. This rush of people, along with our local network and the regional friendships of the community, permits us to have a quite objective idea of the situation that concerns us.

An article by Rashid Khalidi
The Arab Spring and the Western Media
3 March 2011 | Suddenly, to be an Arab has become a good thing. People all over the Arab world feel a sense of pride in shaking off decades of cowed passivity under dictatorships that ruled with no deference to popular wishes. And it has become respectable in the West as well.

An article by Jonathan Cook
Internet users paid to spread Israeli propaganda
22 July 2009 | Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel.

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