Propaganda war concerning Syria. Turkey's role in the Middle East. Dangerous decline of US imperialism.
"Syria's Propaganda War: When Sources are Impossible to Check"
by Antonin Amado & Marc de Miramon
Both sides in the Syrian conflict--and all the Middle Eastern powers--are manipulating events and rumours for their own purposes. Media access to hard facts is limited where it exists at all, and most media want a simple, sympathetic narrative, and want it now. Mainstream media want reports regardless of whether rigorous reporting methods are used.
Turkey has been hailed in the West as a democratic model for the Islamic world. Cihan Tugal takes a cool look at the Erdogan government’s domestic and foreign-policy record, from ‘zero problems’ diplomacy to the blockade of Libya and dirty war on Damascus, airstrikes on Turkish Kurds and silence on Bahrain.
"Overwrought Empire: The Discrediting of US Military Power"