Armies of ‘opinion shapers’” are now used on social media by the governments of 30 countries to support their agendas and attack detractors, according to a report by the nonprofit Freedom House.
What’s the proper response to this?
Journalist Deniz Yucel was held in a Turkish prison for one year. A gripping story of an uncompromising idealist against a dictatorship and the vagaries of realpolitik.
Fake news was just the beginning. The postmodern curse is about to amp up.
“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?”
With a military base and a free trade zone, Djibouti is China’s gateway to Africa.
Der Spiegel on what’s next for Syria, after Assad’s ‘victory’.
EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger talks about Macron’s proposal to form the United States of Europe.
This interview with Cornel West, American philosopher and professor at Harvard and Yale, among other universities, touches on many of the issues and concerns I see in the Philippines, even though West is talking about the situation in the United States. As West sees it, the US has not done enough to tackle the underlying issues of poverty, instead becoming too focused on window dressing solutions like diversity. ‘Black faces in high places’ as he calls it.
There are too many quotable passages so I’ll just leave off with two:
First, on the flag controversy in the US:
For me, every flag is under the cross. So often, the flag becomes an idol to worship or fetishize, to defer before––whereas for a Christian like me, the cross signifies unarmed truth, unconditional love. The flag is always a national symbol, and that national symbol is under unconditional truth, unconditional love––so the cross is always a critique of the flag. I never really thought that the flag required my uncritical allegiance.
Then, on how to face the present tide:
As things become more hopeless, we have to fight more intensely because of issues of integrity, honesty, decency, truth, justice. You have to choose ways of being in the world, even when it looks as if you have very little chance of being victorious at the present moment.
US approves weapon supply to Ukraine as does Canada. Weapons sales consist of anti-tank missiles and long-range sniper rifles. With Russia backing the separatist movement, this can’t bode well for the near future.