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Gathering Intelligence in Syria

The term ‘intelligence’ when used in military and political context is something of a misnomer. The word suggests knowledge and information, but in the vast majority of instances ‘intelligence’ is nothing more than guesses, opinions and – the mother of all fuckups: – assumptions. Admittedly, intelligence is based on understanding and usually is provided by […]


North Korea: Good News Example

It would be silly to suggest that North Korean news output is as informative as in the West; or indeed, as anywhere else on the planet. I’ve come across North Korea’s news while travelling on a number of occasions. The items are mundane to the extreme: A politician visiting a school, the findings from a […]

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BBC Middle East Editor on Twitter

The BBC’s reporting of Syria has produced some fine examples of really bad journalism: Silly mistakes along with selective wording, and biased reporting that favours good news stories about the opposition and an ‘Assad Is Bad’ rhetoric that grossly over-simplifies both the man and the Syrians attitude towards him; all of which has shown the […]

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Britam – A Chemical Romance?

A British military training and logistics company has admitted its website was hacked, but claims no truth to the emails indicating the company is at the centre of a staged propaganda.  After the website hacking of Britam Defence Ltd, emails began to circulate that the company had been recruited to create a video that staged […]