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Resolutions for a Peaceful New Year

NewYear2017 The joy and hope of this new year are tempered by heaviness in our hearts as conflict rages abroad, and young lives are lost daily. Regardless of our religious, ethnic, or political orientation, we each feel the pain of this loss, and have great compassion for families whose loved ones are fighting abroad. May we take care not to get so swept up in the busy-ness of our lives that we lose touch with the heartache that many in our midst are enduring. Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we bring the spirit of peace, love, and goodwill toward each other into the new year. May this be a time of healing, compassion, and reaching out–a time to transcend our differences, and strengthen our human connections.

How do we stay in touch with and convey to our children spirit and meaning peace, love, and good will? How can we embody each of these in our actions? What follows are some answers to these questions.

1. Speak from the heart.
Let people know either by your spoken words, or through notes you send, how much you love and care about them. Avoid the superficial and inauthentic. Reach deep into your heart and soul, and speak from these when you connect with others. Encourage your children to do the same.

2. Forgive someone.
Think of one person, past or present, toward whom you have ill feelings. Be it a parent, a sibling, a spouse, child, or someone who was once your friend, ask yourself if you can find it in your heart to grant them forgiveness.

Sit down and write a note of forgiveness to this person. This note is just for you. When you’re finished, ask yourself if you’re ready to make a phone call or send an actual note that helps mend fences. Talk to your children about your process and see if they have someone they need to forgive. Let them know that forgiving is one of the greatest gestures of generosity we can make.

3. Listen with compassion.
So often conversation tends toward the mundane. We go through the motions of talking and listening while our internal conversations ramble on. This year, try listening with an open heart even if you disagree. Listening compassionately simply means that you’re making an effort to understand. Try putting yourself in the other person’s place as you listen, and see what you can learn. Encourage your children to do this as well. Compassionate listening is another gesture of true magnanimity.

4. Stop and notice.
The rush-rush nature of life often compels us to engage in back-to-back activities without soaking in what we’re experiencing. Stop, notice, and take in the small moments: the look in your child’s eyes as you admire a drawing she made for you in school; the feel of your mother’s arms around you after having been apart; the sound of your friend’s voice a thousand miles away. Then, later, reflect. Take some time to write about subtle observations and emotions that you experienced just by stopping and noticing. Resist getting swept up in the swirl. Instead, stay present to the richness of each moment.

5. Make a difference for someone in need.
What can you do to make a difference in someone’s life? My sister has a wonderful ritual of taking her children to a home for the aged each New Year’s. She and her girls give homemade gifts to elderly people who have no families to visit them. My sister has shared many stories with me about the tears and hugs of the people she and her children have connected with. The small handmade gifts and shared conversation are priceless to the elderly people who would otherwise be alone during this time. Think of things you and your family can do to reach out to others.

6. Continue several of the above suggestions all year long.
If we each made the conscious decision to live in the spirit of peace, love, and goodwill every single day, our world would slowly start to change. For this new year, and all year long, remind yourself and your children that this essential change in our world begins with each of you. We can each be the candle that helps to light the world.

For those of you who have loved ones serving overseas, deepest prayers go to you and to those you love. May they be well wherever they are, and may, someday soon, we find a way to live in peace.



Mainstream Media lies about Syria exposed by Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett


Mainstream Media lies about Syria exposed by Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett

Published on Dec 13, 2016

Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations – Press Conference, 9 December 2016

British Government Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels


GlobalResearch: The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government and is managed by Westerners operating out of Turkey, according to emails provided to AlterNet by a Middle East reporter RFS tried to recruit.

The outlet stirred controversy this November when it released a video at the height of the Mannequin Challenge, a pop culture craze in which people compete for how long they can freeze in place on video. The RFS video depicted a staged rescue by the White Helmets, the Western-funded rescue group that operates exclusively in rebel-held territory. RFS quickly removed the video and issued an apology out of apparent concern that the staged rescue could raise questions about the authenticity of other videos by the White Helmets.

Over the summer, the Middle East reporter, who asked not to be named, was contacted by an American acquaintance and former colleague about working for RFS.

“I’m currently in Istanbul, working on a media project for the HMG [the British government],” wrote the acquaintance in an email time-stamped June 23. “We’re working on media surrounding the Syrian conflict, as one of their three partners.” The email included links to RFS Media’s English website and SMO Media, an Arabic website that covers the Southern Front, a Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group.

“[W]e’re looking for a managing editor/production manager to head up our team here in Istanbul, and I thought you’d be a great fit. I was wondering if you had any interest, or knew of anyone looking to move out to Istanbul for an opportunity,” the acquaintance added.

In a followup phone conversation, the acquaintance explained to the reporter what the job would entail.

“I would have been talking to opposition people on the ground and writing news pieces based on statements from media activists who are affiliated with the armed groups in places like Aleppo,” the reporter later explained.

The salary offered for this task was an eye-popping $17,000 a month.

The reporter ultimately decided not to pursue the RFS position because he felt it would be journalistically unethical.

“The idea that I would work for the government of a country that’s intimately involved in the Syrian conflict is one that’s incomprehensible for me as a journalist,” he told AlterNet.

This was far beyond working for state-owned media in my opinion. It was to actually be a mouthpiece for specific armed groups that are backed by a Western regime with a long history of disastrous interference in this region. That doesn’t mean I don’t have sympathy for people who are against the Syrian government. I am not pro-regime. At the same time, I am a journalist and would like to maintain my integrity at that level.

The reporter declined to recommend others for the job, saying, “I’m not going to facilitate some dubious relationship between a reporter and what is obviously a propaganda outlet,” he said.

RFS did not respond to a request for comment.

Go-to source for information-starved Western media

Western media often relies on self-described “media activists” in areas controlled by Western- and Gulf-backed militant groups, like Jabhat al-Nusra (until recently Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria), Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam and Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki. These groups are explicitly anti-democratic and have been implicated in human rights violations from mass execution to using caged religious minorities as human shields. Most recently, civilians fleeing rebel-held eastern Aleppo have described being fired on by militants seeking to prevent them from escaping to the safety of government-controlled territory.

Two months ago, I spoke over the phone to a frequently quoted media activist living in East Aleppo. He told me that if he publicly criticizes the armed opposition groups, he risks being tortured, or worse. Indeed, a largely ignored report by Amnesty International published in June revealed that civilians in opposition-controlled Aleppo and Idlib have been subjected to abduction, torture and summary execution simply for criticizing armed groups on social media.

RFS’s videos and hashtags are regularly picked up by major Western media outlets. One of its videos has even been cited by human rights groups as evidence of Russian war crimes. Among its most viral campaigns is #AvengersInAleppo, which featured photos of children living in East Aleppo holding up signs calling on Marvel comic book superheroes to save them. (East Aleppo is controlled by a number of extremist groups led by Al Qaeda’s renamed offshoot, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham.)

Prior to that, RFS capitalized on the popularity of Pokémon Go to sell a pro-interventionist message to Western audiences with photos of children in opposition-controlled areas of Syria holding up photos of Pokémon characters with messages calling for intervention. The campaign garnered favorable media coverage from major outlets, including the Guardian, the Washington PostCNN, the IndependentReuters, and the BBC, none of which have bothered to question the origins of RFS or similar pro-opposition outlets.

A $3 million British government propaganda campaign for Syria’s rebels

RFS Media is just one of several different propaganda outlets financed by the U.K. Foreign Office. A recent investigation by the Guardian revealed that the British Foreign Office Conflict and Stability Fund has secretly pumped at least £2.4 million (over $3 million U.S.) into pro-rebel propaganda outfits based out of Istanbul.

The money began flowing after the British parliament voted against bombing the Syrian government in late 2013. (RFS Media launched in December 2013 in both English and Arabic.) The vote against war was attributed in large part to public pressure, as citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, reluctant to overthrow yet another Middle Eastern government after the disasters in Iraq and Libya, mobilized against another campaign for Western regime change in Syria.

After the political defeat, the U.K. Foreign Office embarked on a clandestine propaganda campaign to suppress the public’s anti-war sensibility, hiring private contractors to “produce videos, photos, military reports, radio broadcasts, print products and social media posts branded with the logos of fighting groups, and effectively run a press office for opposition fighters,” according to the Guardian.

The purpose of the propaganda, euphemistically referred to as “strategic communications” by the Foreign Office, is to clandestinely “influence the course of the war by shaping perceptions of opposition fighters” and provide “strategic communications and media operations support to the Syrian moderate armed opposition.”

Sanitizing the armed opposition as “moderate” has been a difficult task to be sure. While Western officials were well aware of the extremist and violently sectarian ideology that dominated the opposition early in the conflict, they deliberately chose to whitewash their atrocities in favor of weakening the Syrian government. RSF Media has stayed true to that goal, portraying armed groups as liberators and protectors adored by the people living under them, a narrative Western media outlets have enthusiastically echoed even as their own reporters were kidnapped, ransomed and even shot by Western-backed rebels.

This has presented a puzzling contradiction in Syria coverage. On the one hand, foreign reporters do not dare enter opposition areas for fear of being abducted. Yet the same media outlets that refrain from sending their reporters to opposition areas are comfortable amplifying propaganda that comes out of these areas with almost zero scrutiny, despite the fact that such information almost certainly requires the approval of the armed groups they fear may kidnap their reporters.

The warped picture of Syria that has been provided to Western media consumers is not the fault of the Syrian opposition, which is merely advancing its own most immediate public relations needs without regard for the objective truth, as combatants in war often do. It is, however, a damning indictment of a media establishment that has failed to scrutinize convenient pro-war narratives that serve their own governments’ geopolitical interests.

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist living in the Washington D.C. area.

Abducted US journalist faces fifth Christmas in Syrian captivity


It is very doubtful that you have ever heard of Austin Tice. Yet he is a freelance journalist who has been held captive in Syria since August 2012.

Too little has been reported about a man who is on the verge of spending his fifth Christmas in the hands of unknown captors in an unknown location in a war-torn country.

Tice was working for the US newspaper publisher, McClatchy, when he was abducted. A month later, a 47-second film of him was released on to YouTube. Blindfolded and forced to read a message in Arabic, he was roughly handled. (Warning: it is disturbing to watch. His father rightly called it brutal).

There has been no contact since from Tice or his captors. However, two months ago, Reporters San Frontieres (RSF) cited “diverse credible sources” who believe him to be alive and who further say he is not being held by Isis.

In 2012, he won both the George Polk award for war reporting and the McClatchy president’s award. Three years later, while a captive, he was given the US national press club John Aubuchon press freedom award.

It was on 14 August 2012, three days after his 31st birthday, that Tice was abducted while preparing to travel from Daraya, near Damascus, to Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon.

In October 2012, the Guardian reported that the US state department believed Tice was in the custody of the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad. By that time RSF had begun assisting and advising his family in order to raise awareness of their son’s situation.

In February 2015, RSF launched its #freeaustintice campaign. The following month, the Guardian reported that the US and Syria had entered into “rare direct talks” about Tice. But nothing came of the initiative.

Last month, on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, RSF helped to organise the unveiling of a banner on the facade of the Newseum in Washington. It showed a photo of Tice with the message, “Held captive for being a journalist since August 2012.” The banner will remain in place until his safe return.

Jeffrey Herbst, president and chief executive of the Newseum, said: “We hope this banner, prominently displayed on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of citizens and lawmakers alike, will raise awareness of his captivity and bring him one step closer to home.”

If you want to take part in the campaign to free Tice, please sign the petition, which is addressed to President Barack Obama, and take the blindfold pledge, a symbol of Austin’s kidnapping.

To participate, people can take photos of themselves blindfolded and post them on social media outlets with an explanation of why you are doing so: to raise awareness of Tice’s abduction and to call for anyone who might count to help bring pressure to bear in order to effect his release.

Radio Journalist Murdered in Mexico

Association of North American Ethnic Journalists and Writers:  Our condolence to “Jesus Adrian Rodriguez” family and colleagues.
Telesur: Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist.

In one of the deadliest countries to be a journalist, another reported has been murdered in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, bringing the total number of media workers killed in the country this year alone to at least 11.

Radio journalist Jesus Adrian Rodriguez was shot and killed Saturday morning as he was on his way to work at Antena Radio. Prosecutors are currently investigating whether his work was a motive in his death. Rodriguez uncovered news from government sources and had most recently reported about police-related news, according to local media.

“The journalists in Chihuahua and throughout the country are extremely dismayed by the murder of our comrade, who has been working for many years as a reporter,” Angel Zubia, president of the Journalists’ Forum of Chihuahua, said in a statement in response to the murder.

Zubia is demanding that Chihuahua state prosecutors conduct an exhaustive investigation and that preventive security measures be provided for Rodriguez’s family and colleagues.

According to a report issued by the freedom of expression organization Article XIX, between January and September of this year, Mexican journalists suffered 10 murders, 44 kidnappings, 50 intimidations, 54 physical or moral attacks and 58 threats.

According to Mexico’s National Commission of Human Rights, 219 journalists have been murdered since 2000, while another 20 have disappeared and at least 50 media offices have suffered some type of attack.

A nasty Hungarian national mood rejects immigrants — and journalists


CBC: The Goy Bikers Association of Budapest. Translation: The Non-Jewish Bikers Association of Budapest.

We went looking for them as part of a report on the proliferation of extreme-right, xenophobic and anti-Semitic groups in Hungary, clothing themselves as nationalist defenders of the land. It didn’t go well.

The bikers’ leader, Imre Meszaros, demands the right to veto the work of journalists who interview him, even presents them with a legal document to sign right off the bat.

We didn’t agree, but met with him at his apartment in a well-to-do suburb of the Hungarian capital in the hopes of changing his mind.

Meszaros was soon raising his voice, pointing fingers in our faces and railing about the fickle media.

After a brief off-the-record chat, we ended the conversation and said goodbye. But not before Meszaros stepped into the elevator with us to warn there would be “consequences” if the conversation was reported anywhere.

It wasn’t a threat, he said, just “information,” and he has friends in Canada, the Hells Angels.

I told him I know a threat when I hear one, and the non-interview was over.

Intimidation of the media

Later he emailed our translator, making the same threat. Intimidation of the media is a hallmark of the extreme right in Hungary.

The mood in the country is decidedly nasty these days. And the populist Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, is accused by many of feeding it with his own sharp anti-foreigner rhetoric in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis.

Then, tens of thousands of would-be asylum seekers crossed through Hungary in unforgettable scenes, many walking right across the country when the government blocked them from boarding trains to Germany and Austria.

Orban built a fence along the border with Serbia to keep them out, declared himself the defender of a Christian Europe and accusing the European Union of trying to force Hungarians to accept and “serve” foreigners in their own country.

“[Mass migration] is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its true nature is the occupation of territory,” he thundered in a speech in March.

“There shall be no mass disorder. No immigrant riots here, and there shall be no gangs hunting down our women and daughters.”

Gangs hunting down migrants might be another matter, though.

During the height of the refugee crisis, in the town of Asotthalom in southern Hungary, the mayor produced a video warning migrants they could be jailed if caught in the country.

It showed police cars roaring through forests, helicopters searching overhead and tattooed men riding motorcycles and horses down tree-lined paths — all looking, it’s implied, for illegal immigrants.

The video also said that in Asotthalom police and soldiers were being supported by “militant field guards and civil guards” — a polite way of describing the vigilante groups that have found new life in Hungary during the refugee crisis.

“Hungary is a bad choice,” ran the voice-over.  “Asotthalom is the worst.”

Attila Laszlo heads the local branch of a “civic protection guard” called the Hungarian Self-Defence Movement. He’s based in another southern town called Bekescsaba, but went to the Serbian border during the crisis.

“Sometimes we took migrants from the forest to give them to the police,” he confirmed. “These are civic actions.”

An enormous man, dressed in a black vest over a white shirt, Laszlo is polite and friendly. There’s a sticker on his office wall that accuses the Jews, and the recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres in particular, of trying to buy up Hungary.

Laszlo says it belongs to his wife who, he notes, is a lawyer and will be listening to the interview.

Laszlo was the only hardline nationalist we contacted who was willing to be interviewed without conditions. He is not ashamed of his attitudes — far from it. He believes Hungary is under threat and he’s comfortable appointing himself a defender of the land.

‘We’re necessary’

“There’s something missing in terms of protection,” he says. The police aren’t always easy to contact, “so that’s why we’re necessary.”

The Hungarian Self-Defence Movement was formed to replace another, outlawed by the courts for interfering with the rights of minorities, mainly the Roma.

The movement has a presence in 60 or 70 communities, says Lazlo. And it’s clear that when they’re not concerning themselves with immigrants, they’re focused on the ethnic Roma community.

“It’s not a question of suspicion. Statistics based on experience very often show that nine out of 10 crimes would be committed by gypsies. Is it genetic?” he asks. “Tradition?”

‘I don’t judge people on their race’

Asked if he is a racist, Laszlo seems surprised.

“I don’t judge people on their race. I just judge people the way I see them. But it’s a fact that some people belonging to a specific race, either the gypsies or today’s migrants, specifically commit crimes.”

These are hardly new attitudes in the realm of the extreme right. But the rhetoric coming from the highest office of the land raises fears they will spread.

Orban’s critics accuse him of trying to create a “post-fascist” world.  He’s moved to curb the media and the independent judiciary and has introduced legislation to deprive non-Christian religious groups of legal standing.

Some say he’s trying to keep ahead of the Jobbik Party, which is even further to the right, winning 20 per cent of the vote in the last parliamentary elections.

Three years ago Jobbik MP Marton Gyongyosi called for a list of Jews in Parliament and government, describing them as potential security risks. Gyongyosi later apologized, saying he wanted a list of dual national citizens, not Jews.

Today, he says the media made too much of the matter.

“I said that my statement was not phrased correctly and it was not quoted correctly,” he said in an interview. “The point I was making in the Hungarian parliament is that double citizenship … the citizenship of an MP or the civil service in accordance with the guidelines of the Hungarian ombudsman for civil rights, should be transparent.”

Gyongyosi is considered one of the new faces of the party, which is seeking to distance itself from its extreme-right connections to a former paramilitary group.

Orban has also been accused of contributing to a rise in anti-Semitism in Hungary. This year he awarded one of the highest medals in the land to one of his close associates, a journalist named Zoltan Bayer, known for his anti-Semitic and anti-Roma writings.

Andras Heisler is the head of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities. I interviewed him beside the Danube River, next to a memorial to Jews shot by Hungarian fascists along the river in 1944. They were forced to remove their shoes first.

Heisler’s uncle was a rare survivor. And Heisler is one of more than 100 prominent Hungarians who returned their medals to the government after hearing Bayer had been awarded one.

“I thought that I would not like to be in the same company with a man who has Nazi ideas. That’s why I gave back my medal to the government.”

Heisler says part of the problem in Hungary is a lack of judicial followup on hate crimes. “We have the laws but they are not applied.  We need to apply them.”


On the occasion of The Universal Day of Human Rights

On the occasion of; The Universal Day of Human Rights 2016

Black Lives Matter International Movement


By, Winny Moro, 

Canadian – Sudanese ANAJ Writer          


On December 10th of 1948, a Declaration of the Human Rights was presented to the United Nations General Assembly in Paris, France.  Followings are all the items of the said Declaration which are greatly summarized.



1 – Equality of dignity and rights.    2 – Equality of race, color, political opinion.

3 – Rights of life and liberty.    4 – Prohibition of slavery.    5 – Prohibition of torture and inhumane punishment.    6 – Equality before the law.    7 – Equal protection before the law.  8 – Being able to use the legal system effectively and equally.    9 – Prohibition of arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.    10 – Equality for access to independent and impartial criminal tribunal.    11 – Presumption of innocence before the person is found guilty by the relevant court.    12 – Protection of privacy, family, home, etc..    13 – Freedom of movement, exit, or entry to person’s country.    14 – Right to seek foreign asylum from persecution and without fear of the right being invoked.    15 – Right to have a nationality, prohibition of arbitrary denial of nationality.    16 – Equality and right to marriage regardless of nationality, religion, prohibition of forced marriage and protection of the family unit by the state.    17 – Right to own property.   18 – Freedom of choosing religion, freedom of thought, conscience and opinion.    19 – Freedom of expression of opinion, also the right of transfer of information and ideas through any form of media, regardless of the frontiers or countries.    20 – Freedom of choosing association and holding peaceful assembly.    21 – Right of taking part in government of a person’s country, and equal access to public services.    22 – Right to social security and use of facilities the government has provided.    23 – Right to work, employment without discrimination, equal pay, membership in unions.    24 – Right to rest and limitation of working hours, holidays.    25 – Right to adequate health and treatment for person and his family, right to assistance during motherhood.    26 – Equal right to education, free elementary schools and choice of parents for children’s education.    27 – Right to participation in cultural and community activities, recognition of intellectual property.    28 – Right to social order within which the freedoms in this Declaration are practiced.    29 – Responsibility of the person to nourish his community.    30 – Nothing in this Declaration can be interpreted in a manner that is contrary to the spirit of this Declaration.


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The recent unfortunate events in the United States which were direct results of inequality and failure of the true intent of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights seems to indicate that the North American society in reality and action still is haunted by the bondage of the centuries of colonialism and slavery.


After the murder of Trayvon Martin (Sanford,  FL 2012), and the acquittal of his killer George Zimmerman, a phenomenal movement which is known as the Black Lives Matter was founded by a trio of black activists namely: Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors.  The courageous trio have, in a remarkable way, participated in the fight for justice and freedom, and #blacklivesmatter has branched into so many other positive civic achievements and is no more solely American but has spread internationally, in particular to Canada.


The senseless killings of blacks by those set out to serve and protect needs to come to an end.  America should take a closer look at their own heavily flawed penal system and accept the fact that the word terrorist can at times be applied when we consider the ruthless actions of police and others in positions of authority who allow some heinous attacks to be carried out against the citizens.


Disregard for the items cited in the Universal Declaration and repeated daily cases of police brutality, particularly against blacks has been at the forefront of racial atrocities  which are occurring on a full fledge basis despite centuries of attempts for attaining equality.


Minorities in North America have been living under a system that is designed to mainly protect its privileged white citizens, but at the same time discredits and also actively fights against every attempt of civic progress by the visible minorities.


There is a system in place, designed to prevent blacks from climbing the social ladder.  The cycle which prevents the progress can happen in many different ways such as:  A black male without reasonable cause is stopped and searched by police and ends up in the court system.  Now, if for any reason, the person happens to miss his court date, right away and without hesitation a warrant would be issued for his arrest.   That missing of his court date by itself would result in a new charge under the criminal code and by this time the wheels of the “so called” justice are fully in motion to “get” the guy.   This is the evolution path of making a “criminal” out of an unfortunate person that primarily entered the cycle because of the color of his skin. 


The next steps are that sooner or later he is pulled to the side for a minor infraction or a Road Check while his name is all over the country as the “Wanted”.  He is arrested, resulting in the loss of his job and income for the family.  If the detainee is married, his wife may not be able to single handedly support the household and in black families, there’s usually not enough savings of money for the legal expenses and bail coverage.  So, the man stays in prison for an addition of time that an okay doing Caucasian person would not.  Many things that at the surface are small but are sufficient to alter a person’s life such as, loss of employment, vehicle confiscated, unpaid rent, and as such, they would result in a total family breakdown and that is why a considerably high percentage of prisoners in North America are minorities and blacks.


The spirit of the Human Rights Declaration is equality of all human beings, particularly in matters which the improvement of things that lack are usually out of the individuals control such as skin color, gender, the area of birth, and many other similar characteristics.


It is unfortunate that mainstream media such as the influential Fox News, do their part in discrediting claims and even evidence which are put forward by the accused blacks in courts.  This particularly can be noted by the type of negative photos that many broadcasting networks choose to portray a black accused.


For example showing a “mugshot”, or the most objectionable photo to criminalize a deceased black person, but will show a graduation picture, and positive family photos of a white shooter or killer.  Unfortunately, racism and the media go hand in hand, being a form of propaganda.


I believe that anyone who fails to acknowledge the aggressive discriminatory behaviors conducted by the “federal gangs” and turns a blind eye at the realities of systematic racism, are part of the problem.


W.M.  December 2016




Journalist linked to Anonymous released from prison


Barrett Brown Journalist linked to Anonymous released from prison

Barrett Brown served more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent.

Barrett Brown, a journalist who served as an unofficial spokesman for various Anonymous hacking operations, was released from prison Tuesday after serving more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent.

Barrett, 35, originally attracted the attention of law enforcement officials in 2011 when he copied a hyperlink to data stolen in a hack of security think tank Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, from one Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel to another. The hack reportedly yielded 200 gigabytes of data, including emails and credit card information from Stratfor clients, which include the US Army, US Air Force and Miami Police Department.

The case against Brown, whose previous journalism experience included writing for such media outlets as The Guardian, Vanity Fair and Huffington Post, was closely followed by journalists, civil-liberties activists and internet activists who worried the case could infringe on freedom of the press by criminalizing the act of linking on the internet.

While members of the hacking collective Anonymous tend to hide their faces and identities, Brown took a more public approach. As a spokesmanlike figure for the group, he recorded videos of himself talking and gave interviews to reporters.

He was sentenced in January 2015 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges of obstructing a search warrant, making internet threats and being an accessory to unauthorized access of a protected computer. He was arrested at his Dallas home in 2012 while he was in the middle of an online chat after posting tweets and videos threatening revenge against an FBI agent associated with the investigation.

Originally facing charges that carried more than 100 years in prison, Brown was sentenced under a plea agreement with prosecutors to 63 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution and fines. The two and a half years he has spent in custody were credited toward his sentence.

Brown’s released was welcomed in a tweet by Edward Snowden, the whistleblower and former NSA contractor living in exile in Russia since 2013 after releasing a trove of documents detailing the extent of the intelligence agency’s operations.

Nigerian journalist kidnapped in Benue


Armed men abduct Female Journalist in

Unknown armed men at the earlier hours of Friday kidnapped the wife of the former State Correspondent of Daily Independent Newspapers and now Benue Regional Manager of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Mrs. Yuadoo, Tor-Agbidye. Saturday Vanguard gathered that the victim, a staff of the state owned Radio Benue was abducted from the family’s private residence along the new Abu King Shuluwa road, new GRA Makurdi. According to a family source, the home of the Tor-Agbidyes was invaded at about 5am by a four man well armed gang who stormed the residence on motorbikes. Agbidye “They scaled the fence of the house after which they broke into the living home and ordered the woman to drive them in her own car to an unknown destination.


” “At the time of the incident, the husband of the victim, Mr. Achia Tor-Agbidye was away in Abuja on an official assignment but he has been told of the unfortunate development and the matter has also been reported to the Police.” It was further gathered that the abductors were yet to make any contact with the family of the victim. When contacted, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Bashir Makama said the command had received the report and was working hard to rescue the victim and arrest the masterminds. Makama said: ”from the preliminary investigation and my visit to the residence of the victim, it clearly shows that it was an insider arrangement, for the woman to haven been kidnapped. “However, we have launched immediate investigations into the matter and I can assured the family of the victim that in no distance time, those behind her abduction will be apprehended.”

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Hollywood won’t let female journalists be competent at their jobs.


Hollywood won’t let female journalists be competent at their jobs.

Rory Gilmore used to flout sexist journalism tropes. Now she embodies them.

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