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Media silent as thousands protest in London against Turkish war on Kurds
03-06-2016, 10:05 PM
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Media silent as thousands protest in London against Turkish war on Kurds
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Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Britain's capital to express their indignation with the Ankara's military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which heaps suffering on the Kurdish minority both in Turkey and beyond its borders.

The protest, organized by an activist group known as Stop War on Kurds, took place in central London on Sunday. People gathered at BBC Broadcasting House and then left for Trafalgar Square to start the rally.

The crowd was a mixture of both Kurds and non-Kurdish supporters.
http://www.sott.net/article/313828-Media...r-on-Kurds

Society unhinged: America's loss of empathy

Here's a sobering thought for the idealists among us: Even if we someday achieve a truly fair and just society, that society will nevertheless be inhabited by the same species that produced the Holocaust. "Humans are capable of many things," as author Noam Chomsky once told me. "Some of them are horrible, some are wonderful."

Knowing that the human animal's behavioral capacities cover a spectrum from the horrific to the kindhearted, it seems obvious that our challenge going forward is to create social structures that lead to the more desirable outcomes.

There's plenty of room for debate over details, but the basic framework of where we want to go shouldn't be very controversial: general prosperity, a healthy and educated population, a government free of corruption and responsive to human needs, a sustainable natural environment, and a safe and free social environment.

Most would agree that the political realm is an important component in achieving such a society, but if that's so we should be concerned about the state of affairs in America today.

That is, the country's political dynamics—the interactions between candidates, the policy proposals being considered, and even the conduct of ordinary citizens—increasingly reflect a complete lack of human empathy, a view toward others that is willfully insensitive, if not outright contemptuous.

The objective observer is left wondering whether the United States, politically and as a society, is sliding toward ominous realms on that aforementioned spectrum of potential behaviors.

Donald Trump's now-famous Mexican wall proposal is perhaps the most obvious example of America's conscious detachment from the rest of humanity, but it's not the worst. That distinction would probably go to Ted Cruz, who declared that he would carpet bomb the Middle East, bragging that he would find out "if sand can glow in the dark," apparently with little concern about the loss of innocent life.

Blame the candidates for this devolved level of discourse, but bear in mind that they make such statements with confidence that voter support will follow. And it has, for Trump and Cruz are among the few still standing from what was once a large field.

As the candidates on the GOP debate stage last week chose to insult one another rather than debate serious policy, voters are getting the political discourse that reflects their own mindset: angry, fearful, incapable of complex analysis, and hostile toward others.
http://www.sott.net/article/313830-Socie...of-empathy

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03-06-2016, 10:33 PM
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Western Media Ignoring Reality on the Ground in Syria
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This month, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Political and Media Advisor to Syria’s President. The methods used to undermine Shaaban’s message should come as no surprise.

The interview was typical of the infrequent times corporate media has bothered to interview Dr. Shaaban: loaded lexicon, pre-priming the audience with false allegations about the Syrian government, repeatedly cutting-off the high-ranking guest, and a notably rude and condescending demeanor not afforded to guests who tow the NATO narrative on Syria.

As with other top Syrian representatives, Shaaban is made out to be “non-credible” by corporate media pundits when they deign to interview her. They actively work to discredit Syrian officials while at the same time putting forth claims that Wahhabi terrorists are “rebels” and “Syrian representatives” and those warring on Syria are “concerned” about widespread suffering in the country.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/wester...und-syria/

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