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
“Having impressed even his critics with an ecumenical, statesmanlike approach to politics between 2007 and 2011, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader reverted to the previous form, a highly partisan, shoot-from-the-hip, take-no-prisoners approach.” … [Read more...] about ‘Proto-Trumpian Salmond first to launch attacks on the news media’
Hoffman and his company, which is now run by his daughter, say the rehab of the Whann-Bohn house, on which the newspaper was told by developers $13 million had been spent, was legitimate and “Seven Arts Pictures Louisiana did everything with respect to the building that it promised to do,” the Times-Picayune reports. Likewise, auditors OK’d the expenditures at 807 Esplanade Ave. on which the tax credits were based before the state approved them, according to Seven Arts. Because it is common for multiple companies to be involved in movie productions, audits are commonplace. … [Read more...] about Actor and Hollywood producer, both lawyers, indicted over tax credits for film house rehab
“As much as Dreier wants to put his spin and or rationalization on his actions, when an individual such as Dreier crosses the line, he is held accountable and ultimately silenced by the judicial system. The arc of the film is a countdown to the sentencing order,” Simon told the legal publication by e-mail. “That’s the proper ending.” … [Read more...] about Former Colleague’s ‘Unraveled’ Doc Film Focuses on Ex-Attorney Marc Dreier’s Spectacular Downfall