Articles Tagged ‘Media’

  • ‘Tyrants across the world know now they can maintain power through mass slaughter’

    Middle East

    Leila al-Shami, co-author of Burning Country, a writer who has worked with human rights movements in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, gave this interview to Ilya Matveev and Gabriel Levy on 29 November for OpenLeft (before the fall of Aleppo to the government forces). It sheds some light on the social and geopolitical situation which has rendered the Allepo crisis so severe in these past weeks.

  • The Propaganda System in Canada

    Propaganda is only as good as the processes through which it is concealed. Traditional examples of propaganda — the cult of personality, the political commissar, and the threat of the work camp (or worse) — were blunt and easy. They reflected a political climate where the threat of violent repression allowed for a less sophisticated regime of mass persuasion.

  • The Empire Has No Clothes

    USA Politics

    Clinton will no doubt be elected, and for strategic reasons we can let out a sigh (of relief). For women, especially elderly suffragette voters, we can take appreciative pause for a female President of the United States, which is important in ways far beyond symbolism. But it would be foolish to forget Hillary Clinton’s digital footprint to the White House while she serves as POTUS and Commander in Chief.

  • The Anti-Russian Lynch Mob Fails

    Media

    With an all-but official declaration of a new “Cold War” on Russia by the United States, the journalistic atmosphere in the US, the EU and the exiting UK has become poisonous. Dissent is hardly permitted. All evils are now assumed to be the work of Moscow until proven otherwise, even by the most liberal of publications.

  • Extinguishing the Fire: Fort Mac, Climate Change, and Preventing 2ºC

    Environment

    The fire which began in northern Alberta on May 1 grew to become one of the most devastating disasters in Canadian history, forcing the evacuation of over 80,000 people and destroying approximately 2,400 structures in the city of Fort McMurray. The fire was one of two tragedies: the first was the destruction endured by the residents of Fort Mac, the second was the coverage of the fire by the national media.

  • Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics

    Middle East

    When a “couple dozen” articles fail to quote a single proponent of a Green resolution pressing Israel to relinquish illegally occupied land it suggests systemic media bias. Canadaland’s inability to contextualize this anti-Palestinianism reveals a media watchdog subservient to the dominant foreign-policy framework about Israel. And a sign of how bad coverage is of all foreign affairs.

  • Western Propaganda for a New Cold War

    Europe

    It is alarming to see the constant drumbeat in Western media that Russia is “aggressive,” that Russia “invaded” Crimea, Russia is “a threat.” Hardly a day goes by that The New York Times does not have an editorial or news story with the assertion or insinuation that Russia is “aggressive”.

  • “We the North” and the “Marketing of Blackness”

    Culture

    To paraphrase legendary comedian Paul Mooney, “everybody wanna be black, but nobody wants to be black.”

  • Digital Disconnect How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

    Digital Disconnect seeks to strip away this benign patina by challenging the notion that the internet is fundamentally apolitical.

  • Reviving Alternative Media in an Age of Precarity

    It’s been left unsaid for a while, but some of the trends that characterize work in the mainstream media have proliferated in Left media where a large amount of work is done for little or no wages.

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