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October 19 2013

« Drones, the Media and Malala's Message »

« Drones, the Media and Malala’s Message »

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai’s visit to the United States was widely covered in the media, including interviews with ABC’s Diane Sawyer (10/11/13), CNN’s Christiane Amanpour (10/14/13) and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show (10/8/13). She was selected as ABC’s “Person of the Week” on October 11, and was considered a serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.

And for good reason; just one year ago, Malala was attacked by the Taliban for her outspoken advocacy on behalf of educational equality, surviving a an attack where she was shot in the head.

But one part of her message didn’t seem to penetrate the corporate media.

During her October 11 visit to the White House, Yousafzai told Barack Obama that his administration’s drone strikes were fueling terrorism. As McClatchy’s Lesley Clark (10/11/13) reported:

In a statement released after the meeting, Malala said she was honored to meet with Obama, but that she told him she’s worried about the effect of US drone strikes. (The White House statement didn’t mention that part.)

"I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees," she said in the statement. "I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact."

This exchange, for some reason, didn’t register in a corporate media that followed Malala’s visit, and her story, very closely.

#Pakistan #drones #US #Malala_Yousafzai #femmes #plo

August 31 2013

Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective : The New Yorker

Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective : The New Yorker


Let me be clear, ” he said in an interview on CNN. “ Our goal will not be to effect régime change, or alter the balance of power in Syria, or bring the civil war there to an end. We will simply do something random there for one or two days and then leave.

“I want to reassure our allies and the people of Syria that what we are about to undertake, if we undertake it at all, will have no purpose or goal,” he said. “This is consistent with U.S. foreign policy of the past.”

While Mr. Obama clearly hoped that his proposal of a brief and pointless intervention in Syria would reassure the international community, it immediately drew howls of protest from U.S. allies, who argued that two days was too open-ended a timeframe for such a mission.

That criticism led White House spokesman Jay Carney to brief reporters later in the day, arguing that the President was willing to scale down the U.S. mission to “twenty-four hours, thirty-six tops.”

“It may take twenty-four hours, but it could also take twelve,” Mr. Carney said.

“Maybe we get in there, take a look around, and get out right away. But however long it takes, one thing will not change: this mission will have no point. The President is resolute about that.”

August 07 2013

The Toobin principle PressThink

The Toobin principle PressThink

« Abrogez le concept d’un #public_éclairé, réprimez votre décision de prendre une mesure aussi radicale. »

La semaine dernière, lors de son programme CNN, Piers Morgan avait presque terminé un petit discours sur le fait qu’un mec ne pouvait pas à la fois bénéficier de la connaissance de dossiers de sécurité et cracher des informations classifiées « sur un coup de tête », quand James Risen, journaliste couvrant la sécurité nationale pour le New York Times, l’a interrompu : quels documents parmi ceux divulgués auriez-vous souhaité qu’ils ne le soient pas ? (...)

C’était une bonne question. Piers Morgan n’a pas trop su quoi répondre.

Quand, dans le même programme, Jeffrey Toobin du New Yorker a déclaré que le débat public sur les matériaux précédemment classifiés était « une bonne chose », mais qu’il pensait toujours qu’Edward Snowden était un criminel, Risen l’a interrompu : « Ce débat aurait été impossible sans lui », a-t-il dit.

« La chose que je ne comprends pas concernant le climat de Washington ces jours-ci, est que les gens veulent avoir des débats à la télévision et ailleurs, mais en même temps ils veulent jeter en prison les gens qui permettent de les initier. »

L’observation était pointue. Jeffery Toobin n’a pas trop su quoi répondre.



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