7/28/2014

Iraq Christians - France offers Asylum

BBC News - France offers Iraq Christians asylum after Mosul threat
A senior Christian cleric in Iraq, Patriarch Louis Sako, estimated that before the advance of IS, Mosul had a Christian community of 35,000 - compared with 60,000 prior to 2003.
According to the UN, just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which Isis has taken as the capital of its Islamic state.

Chaos in Libya

Remember the narrative, still current recently, that Libya was a rare NATO 'success'?

Foreigners evacuated amid Libya violence by reuters

WW1 - 100th Anniversary of Outbreak

First world war: how state and press kept truth off the front page | Media | The Guardian
At the war’s outbreak, Kitchener banned reporters from the front. But two determined correspondents, the Daily Chronicle’s Philip Gibbs (pictured)and the Daily Mail’s Basil Clarke, risked his wrath by defying the ban and acting as “journalistic outlaws” to report from the front line. Gibbs was arrested, warned that if he was caught again he would be shot, and sent back to England. Clarke, after reporting on the devastation in Ypres following the German bombardment, returned home after a similar warning.

Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes | Mehdi Hasan

Debunking Israel's 11 Main Myths About Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes | Mehdi Hasan 
I've been debating supporters of Israel's latest assault on Gaza on radio and on Twitter and I've been astonished not just by the sheer number of fact-free claims made by those supporters, but also by their confidence, slickness and sheer message discipline. According to the pro-Israel, pro-IDF crowd, Hamas is to blame for everything.
This, of course, is utter nonsense. To quote the late US senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts."
So, in a Moynihanian spirit, here are fact-filled, evidence-based rebuttals to the 11 main myths, half-truths and self-serving 'talking points' that are repeatedly pushed by various Israeli spokespersons, both on the airwaves and on social media:

Bloody Sunday in Iraq: 374 Killed, 78 Wounded

Bloody Sunday in Iraq: 374 Killed, 78 Wounded -- Antiwar.com
At least 374 people were killed today, mostly militants. Another 78 were wounded. The numbers may be considering higher, considering that few reports of security personnel deaths are reported by the government. Also, it appears that yesterday’s kidnapping of the Baghdad’s council’s chairman was perpetrated by militiamen. It is unknown whose orders they were following