Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, it has morphed from a peaceful uprising against the government into a devastating struggle in which both the regime and its enemies have sanctioned rape and torture, according to the United Nations. The carnage has led half the country’s citizens to flee, with more than 5 million refugees living outside of Syria. Human rights groups say Assad and his Russian allies have killed the largest number of civilians, dropping barrel bombs indiscriminately, targeting hospitals and medical centers, using chemical weapons and carrying out a series of sieges to starve the opposition into submission. Its most recent offensive, in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, has killed more than 1,100 civilians since mid-February, as the Syrian president continues to win back control over his battered country. … [Read more...] about Fake News Tourism in Syria: Westerners Search for ‘Truth,’ But Are They Assad’s Pawns?
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“In Italy there are sites used for political purposes, for disinformation, and those that make money through clickbait. Sadly I don't think there's a solution to this apart from education - it needs to start with schools teaching children the difference between fake news and real news.” … [Read more...] about High-profile Italians join fight against fake news
“Or had a combination of events made journalists an inevitable target during a polarising referendum? Whatever the case, it was more accurate to view Donald J. Trump as the culmination, rather than the origin, of the ongoing anti-media atmosphere. But rather than starting with Brexit, it happened in Scotland first.” … [Read more...] about ‘Proto-Trumpian Salmond first to launch attacks on the news media’
However, the indictment (PDF) contends that the two men were involved in a web of deceit involving faked documentation and “circuitous bank transfers” intended to make it appear that money was being spent on the rehab and film equipment when, in fact, it wasn’t, according to Variety. … [Read more...] about Actor and Hollywood producer, both lawyers, indicted over tax credits for film house rehab
The movie, Unraveled, is the third the 38-year-old Simon has produced. It has been shown at film festivals, and is scheduled to premiere in New York’s Village East Cinema on April 13. Showings are also expected in Los Angeles and, possibly, the nation’s capital, the article reports. A website for the film has the theater dates. … [Read more...] about Former Colleague’s ‘Unraveled’ Doc Film Focuses on Ex-Attorney Marc Dreier’s Spectacular Downfall