Monday, November 16, 2015

Phase 2, week 5

Hi all

We are going to extend this phase, because it seems that you guys are getting good at this research thing and I want to keep it going for a bit.

New thing for this week: if and when you find several articles that come from, say, Reuters, there can still be differences worth mentioning: is the entire article just cut-and-pasted, or are there any things added or taken out? How is the presentation? Are there big headlines, scary pictures? Is it on page 2 or on page 25?


38 comments:

  1. Russian Gossip

    Russia seems to have taken a different position with Vladimir Putin that “called upon the Russian army personnel to preserve the momentum of the operations against terrorist groups in Syria”. (SANA) Indeed, a large part of the airstrikes have been aimed at ISIS held areas such as Deir ez-Zour and ar Raqqa provinces, the objective being to destroy crucial oil revenues. (IW) With a quick glance, Russia’s involvement seems of topnotch quality from the Syrian Arab News Agency, one could almost feel hopeful that international aid might win over ISIS with only the help of Russia’s military when listening to Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu: “10 ships, 69 warplanes participating in the Russian operations in Syria” while “successfully hitting targets”.
    Nonetheless noting from the Institute of War, Russia has not ceased to also target rebel-held areas in northern Idlib and western Aleppo provinces. These operations support the regime that are present on ground operations. Russia is continuing to target civilians while providing air support to pro-regime forces. The Institute of War states that “The Russian air campaign in Syria primarily supports the Assad regime’s efforts against the armed opposition despite Russia’s recent increase in strikes against ISIS targets”.
    While trying to discern truth from false, one can lose himself in information all too easily-especially depending from its’ source. And could one call Putin somewhat fake when he states “momentum of operations against terrorist groups”? Let’s be black or white Russia-not shady grey.

    http://sana.sy/en/?p=62092 Syrian Arab News Agency
    Not in top headline, more like second/third best. Includes a picture of Putin presiding table with military officers.

    http://understandingwar.org/backgrounder/russian-strikes-syria-november-9-november-19-2015#sthash.hhNdk2vl.dpuf Institute of the War.
    Reliable organization (.org) . It is American with its' head quarters in Washington.

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  2. Terrorism on US soil:

    (follow up) Since last week, following the terrorist attack in Paris, the American government has continued to raise vigilance on the US soil. Although the Department of Homeland Security, has no completely efficient way to determine where ISIS or other affiliated groups will launch their next attack, the state of terrorism defenses (like NYPD counterterrorism) have been deploying their troops as a "precautionary step" in many locations visited by Americans every day and susceptible to a terrorist attack, such as, sport stadiums, movie theaters, subways, airports, bridges, tunnels and government buildings. According to the Washinghton Post, recent investigations have shown that more and more Americans believe that a terrorist attack in the United States resulting in large casualties is likely in the near future. In fact, 73% of registered voters in a Quinnipiac University poll answered it was likely in early november. In recent days, 83% have answered it was likely. The level of concern went up 10 points in a few days, reflecting the fear spreading among the citizens. Here is a link that shows the graphic of the terrorism fears growing amongst the population:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-terrorism-fears-rise-after-paris-attacks/2015/11/20/5e6add98-8fd1-11e5-baf4-bdf37355da0c_graphic.html
    As a response to this growing insecurity in the Americans' minds, there has been a debate on wether or not to send more groups troops to fight the Islamic State, to increase the number of airstrikes and carry on a military response to the Paris attack.

    Sources: -"Americans More Fearful of a Major Terror Attack in the U.S., Poll Finds." Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2015.
    No big headlines or standing out words, not in the first pages of the journal, no scary pictures just one of Obama speaking at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative town hall meeting at Taylor's Uni.
    - "Paris Attacks: What You Need to Know - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2015.
    No big headlines either, article accompanied by a video of a two journalists making a summary of the whole situation in the US and in Paris.

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  3. Iranian Nuclear Situation:

    (Tehran Times) The IAEA is going to give its final decision on Iranian’s nuclear program on either December 1st or 2nd. This Iranian news source claims that the IAEA is going to give a favorable decision, saying that the IAEA has been dismantling centrifuges that did not contain any uranium that could be used for non-peaceful purposes.

    On the contrary, some un-reliable sources such as “Voice of America News” and “Town Hall News” are claiming that Iran is only partially respecting the agreement. But both these sources are very biased towards Republicans.

    (New York Times, Follow-up) Last week we saw how many tensions were building in Iran. This past week there were demonstrations of their disagreement with the deal, notably when they protested outside the former United States Embassy in Tehran.

    Seeing as how this deal is coming to an end none of these articles were on the front page, most of them were towards the middle, so the media does not find it necessary to make a big deal out of the Iranian situation.

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  4. Follow up on the plane crash in the Sinai region in Egypt :
    The US and Russia confirms the crash as being from an inside bomb but now the US government officials told CBS News that, “They have “higher confidence" an ISIS suicide bomber brought down a Russian plane over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month” (CBS News November 20 th). Now the question is what sort of bomb was placed in the plane and that question is also answered but has not yet been verified. A picture was published Wednesday in the ISIS propaganda magazine showing a purported soda can bomb. The terror group claims it was the device used in the terror attack. The bomb is said to have been smuggled by an "airport insider" in Sharm El-Sheikh but this information has not been verified yet.
    Egypt says investigations will take a long time to analyze what downed the plane and they work with full transparency but they currently have not expressed any theories about the plane crash nor denied any. (CBS News, Ahram Online and Daily News Egypt)
    Egypt’s parliament :
    Egypt has not had a parliament since 2012 but now Egyptian parliamentary elections to the House of Representatives are being held in two phases, from 17 October to 2 December 2015. The first phase was won by the Free Egyptians Party who are liberal democrats. The 2nd phase will be held from November 22 to the 23rd in Egypt but expatriates are voting November 21 st and November 22 nd. (Wikipedia and Ahram Online)
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/keeping-u-s-planes-safe-after-russian-crash-in-egypt/
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/170233/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-to-issue-tentative-report-on-Russian-airline.aspx
    http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/11/21/egypt-to-release-preliminary-report-on-plane-investigation-russian-agency/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_parliamentary_election,_2015
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/170261/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-expatriates-start-vote-in-nd-phase-of-par.aspx

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  5. Boko Haram

    Follow up on allegiance with ISIS : President Buhari of Nigeria says the allegiance with ISIS is psychological warfare on the behalf of Boko Haram because the group itself claimed the allegiance. (interview on NDTV)

    Nigeria’s death toll has considerably increased on Wednesday, making Boko Haram the world’s deadliest terrorist group. To begin with on Tuesday, an explosion in a Yola marketplace killed 32 people and wounds more than 80. Although there is still some investigation to do and the perpetrators have not been officially identified, Boko Haram was accused of this act.
    The next day, two female suicide-bombers (11 and 18 years old, most likely against their will) created explosions in a cellphone market of Kano, killing at least 12 people although witnesses and Red Cross officials say 50 or 60 people died. The number of deaths in Boko Haram attacks is rarely accurate: officials seem to count less than the witnesses, maybe to downplay the gravity of the situation.
    Furthermore, President Buhari accused Sambo Dasuki, the preceding administration’s national security adviser of stealing 2 billion dollars that were supposed to be used to finance military gear to fight against Boko Haram.
    It is believed that weapons were smuggled through Libya to Boko Haram, but also to Mali, where a hotel was attacked yesterday by the rebel terrorist group Ansar Dine who has ties with Al Qaeda.
    Some Nigerians and some outside views (such as in the Guardian) have lost faith in the president of Nigeria or in the government’s capability to handle the situation. However, the president claims that Boko Haram is in fact retreating, being only able to stage small-scale attacks on markets and public places instead of taking over entire villages and kidnapping large groups of people. President Buhari affirms that, “They are on the retreat. If you go to the front, you will find out that they no longer occupy the areas in the North East they once did.”

    Sources: The New York Times, The Guardian (They did not mention the fact that Boko Haram was suspected, they just assumed it), USA Today, NDTV interview with President Buhari.

    PS. I might have gone over the word limit, but I thought all of this information was pertinent.

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  6. The truth unfolds:

    Follow up: 8 people have attacked Paris last week but the government thinks that there are more behind these attacks.
    There has been another raid in St-Denis this weekend and 3 terrorists were killed one of who was a woman. The woman that is dead that night is the cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud and she did not made herself explode. It is a the third person that was the kamikaze.
    One of the 8 terrorists is still running, his name is Salah Abdeslam and he is 26 years old.
    Up to today 130 people have been killed and 387 were injured and several of these injured people are still fighting to stay alive.

    The French police are still looking for Salah Abdeslam and he might be hiding in Brussels in a Block called Molenbeeck known by the police since all the European terrorists have been at least seen there once.
    In Syria things are starting to get tense. Assad's army is going to be left alone for some time now since almost every country in the world agrees that IS must be crushed. So for a period of time, bombardments are going to be intensified on IS bases around Syria and Iraq for the several months to come. Secret services in France have said that IS could be developing or could already have biological weapons that they could use on the people living in Syria or in the western world. Speaking of bombarding IS, Russia has released new videos of their Bombers dropping heavy bombs on supposed IS positions but if you look at the video you can only see the bombers and the bombs but not the destroyed bases. Are they still attacking the Syrian Rebels? Could be because if they support Assad first by helping him destroy rebel forces and then, once he has re established power, attack IS they would have a naval base in the Mediterranean.
    Finally, The US has adopted a law to filter the coming of Syrian refugees since one of the terrorists that took part in the Paris attacks probably came in Europe with a false Syrian passport. Donald Trump has also used the attacks in Paris to promote his argument on guns by saying that if they had guns, not as many people would have died. He has also continued by making inappropriate comments on Islam (AFP) .


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  7. Title: Are you stupid or just very drunk? A drug cartel story

    Source: The Independent
    As of three days ago one of Mexico’s most wanted men, Ivan Cazarin Molina, also known as “The Tornado Commander”, has been arrested. He was found by federal agents while enjoying a game of football outside his house, while drunk. The Tornado Commander is believed to be second-in-command of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel; sadly it is believed to be one of Mexico’s most infamous and powerful criminal organizations. His involvement in the organization includes drug-trafficking and money-laundering in the Guadalajara region. He and three accomplices were captured without a shot, right outside a property that serves as a party venue at night and base of operations at day.

    Source: IBTimes UK

    http://www.pinguicula.org/images/maps/michoacan.gif
    Map of the concerned Mexican state
    (Follow up)
    Back to the infamous La Familia Michoacana cartel, now more savage than ever. This cartel in particular has taken on new cannibalistic notes as members must eat human hearts or the internal organs of victims to prove their loyalty. However, this is not the only heinous action of this cult-like cartel: it frequently uses torture or murder to squash their enemies and has released several videos to prove it. However this brutal cartel is quite paradoxal; it often recruits members from drug rehabilitation centers, then forcing them to work in the business, yet does not tolerate substance abuse amongst their members. It has also stated it is against the exploitation of women and children and refuses to kill or murder “innocent people”. Not only is it very active in the drug trade, it is also extremely present in the politics of Michoacana state, going as far to finance their candidate and collect taxes.

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  8. Ukraine conflict
    Russia Today:
    Kuwait has discovered an international cell involved in making arms deals with ISIS, with weapons bought in Ukraine. The weapons were first shipped from Ukraine to Turkey and then smuggled into Syria.
    Starting from January 1 2016, Putin wants to ban food imports from Ukraine, after Ukraine joined the EU in the economic and financial sanctions against the Russian Federation. This measure is expected to protect the Russian market from the so-called illegal European embargoed goods that will become available in Ukraine under the Association Agreement with the EU. Other european countries have done the same and have received the same reaction from Moscow. Previsions say Ukraine will lose $600 million in exports in 2016 because of the Russian embargo. Russia Today claims the EU urges Russia not to impose food embargo on Ukraine and that Europe, not Russia, pressured Kiev over an EU association agreement.

    CSIS:
    (follow-up)After one of the deadliest weekends for the Ukrainian fighting, a spokesperson of the military stated that if the conflict escalates further, they will be forced to return heavy artillery to the frontline of defense.
    (follow-up)Ukraine has rejected the Russian offer of paying back their $3 billion Eurobond debt over the course of the next three years ($1 billion each year, starting in 2016). Moscow wants the debt to be “fully repaid”, while Ukraine wants Russia to abide by the terms of a debt restructuring agreement agreed to between Ukraine and its other creditors. Russia said that they would expect the debt to be repaid on time if Ukraine does not agree to their proposition.

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  9. Another Taliban advance, Another attack on Hazaras

    From Al Jazeera
    The title, "Taliban advances in northern Afghanistan" gives the idea of a neutral position on the situation.
    According to Al Jazeera, violent clashes broke out between the Taliban and security forces on Wednesday. The Taliban then captured the northeastern district of Yamgan in Badakhshan province. This marks the second significant Taliban operation in the North, after having seized Kunduz in late September. Moreover, the Taliban, although witnessing a division within the movement, have lately been active in many eastern parts of the country.

    After last week's seven Hazara beheadings, another eight Hazaras were kidnapped. L'Orient du jour believes that the Islamic state is responsible for this. The Wall Street Journal shows that the Taliban are possibly responsible, however they have denied their involvement, which could mean that the Islamic state is to blame.
    Already back when the Taliban were in control, the Hazara minority was persecuted. These last months have shown a resurgence in Hazara persecution particularly linked with the presence of the Islamic state in Afghanistan.

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  11. This week I accidentally came across an article from the Huffington post about my conflict, Libya. The article highlighted Hillary Clinton's views on the conflict and was quite critical of her knowledge about it. During the Democratic Debate on November 14 she said (unchallenged by Sanders and O'Maley) that once the EU powers and US army had killed General Gaddafi the Libyans had one of the fairest elections that an Arab country has ever seen and had elected moderate leaders and that the reason why the country is in turmoil is because of radical elements. This however could not be further from the truth ; Once the Americans and EU powers left they did not ensure a stable government. They left Libya behind hoping that everyone would hail the Tobruk government. The country is now more divided than ever and while I agree that radicalism is rampant a situation like this could have been avoided if we had not killed Gaddafi in the first place. Gaddafi is by no means a saint but at least under his rule there was a system and Libya was one. with him gone the region is now torn more than ever and Libya might never be one ruling country again. I was surprised that Sanders didn't intervene on Clinton, he has always doubted America's military interventions in Iraq and was one of the brave american politicians who stood up when America went to war. Why is Libya's situation so ghastly? Because like in Iraq we came, we saw and we left behind only misery and chaos.

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  12. Disputes in the South China Sea

    Reuters: Obama and other neighboring countries of the South China Sea plan to talk about these disputes during the next ASEAN meeting.

    The Wall Street Journal: Obama announced plans to spend $250 million to help strengthen the maritime capability of the Philippines and other allies in the region. He also said: “We have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally, the Philippines. You can count on the United States. My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation.” China has said that they do not want to talk about the South China Sea dispute during the APEC reunion, however Obama has made it quite clear that it will be discussed, he even had the USS Fitzgerald docked in Manila’s port to demonstrate this claim.

    The Guardian: President Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarizing their claims in the disputed South China Sea. Obama said he commended ASEAN for working to create a code of conduct for the South China Sea “including the peaceful resolution of disputes, freedom of navigation and freedom of over flight”

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  13. FROM PRISCILLA
    Boko Haram
    NY Times; This week, the importance of Boko Haram has increased. It is now ranked ahead of ISIS for deadliest terror group. The number of deaths in Nigeria increased on Wednesday, with a bombing in Kano State in northern Nigeria, not even a full day after Boko Haram was suspected in an explosion that killed and injured dozens in another region nearby. As said in the last weeks the president still promises to have removed Boko Haram and restored a peaceful country.
    Yahoo News (took their news from Reuters and copy pasted the article): Meanwhile, Chad has extended their state of emergency by four months. Boko Haram have been ramping up attacks on the borders of Lake Chad, causing turmoil in the nearby villages.

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  14. Conflict in Venezuela:

    Follow up on the drug deal made by relatives of president Maduro: Point of view EL UNIVERSAL : The article I have read seems to be hiding what has happened in the presidential family this past week. The journalist briefly summarizes the cocaine deal and then focuses on describing the president's family. He talks about the fact that Maduro's wife is currently running for the upcoming legislative elections. Furthermore, he ends his article by saying that the opposition wants clear information on the cocaine deal. The opposition also wants to create a comission which will investigate the case. I really felt that the journalist implicitly criticized the president in his article. I think he is hiding the cocaine case in order to show Venezuelans that Maduro's government does not want to reveal exactly what has happened. However, I am unable to know if EL UNIVERSAL is a newspaper which tends to be against the government...

    Short info: NEW YORK TIMES, THE GUARDIAN: Putin and Maduro had a telephone conversation during which they discussed bilateral relations in the energy sector. Both want to continue the defense of oil markets. I also remember that in September such conversation between the two leaders had already happened even though no major deal had been put in place. However, both want to meet on November 23 at a summit of gas-exporting countries. We will see whether or not things could get moving for Venezuela...

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  15. US News:
    Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Anonymous group of hackers has declared war on ISIS. They sent the jihadists a video warning them to expect massive cyberattacks, and that members of the Anonymous group from all over the globe will be attacking them. This is said to be Anonymous' "biggest operation ever". However, ISIS was not impressed, and replied by calling the hackers idiots.
    Newsweek: In the same reply, they said: "What are they gonna hack? All the can do is hack Twitter accounts, emails, etc.."
    NBC News: ISIS has shown its technical capabilities through its discreet methods of communication. Additionally, they have an actual office with operatives tasked with the protection of the organisation 24 hours a day.
    Back to US News: However, although ISIS may appear unimpressed by the group of hackers, they have been very careful lately with their communications methods, and on top of that, Anonymous has boasted they have successfully closed down 5500 terrorist Twitter accounts. The director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security think tank has confirmed that Anonymous has never targeted an army before, and this, he says, would require a change in their usual tactics. He adds that Anonymous can do more than just attack the jihadists' Twitter accounts. They can slow the organisations' transactions, and overload the terror groups' servers. He says the propaganda that the jihadist group is spreading is vital to their function, and that by presenting an obstacle to that propaganda, Anonymous has already done good on their declaration of war. On the other hand, a cybersecurity researcher says that there isn't much Anonymous can do, since ISIS is not a nation-wide organization that is very vulnerable to cyberattacks.
    "It's nice that they're showing support, but defacing a few websites isn't going to do much to stop ISIS"
    Quentin Siart

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  16. For the first time after all these weeks of research, China's thirst to obtain control over the islands was described as "a policy of expansionism" in the website article of ValueWalk. However, this qualification was indeed used to describe China's activity in the South China Sea, but since China's goals in the East China Sea is the same, we could perfectly accept it for this conflict too. The word "expansionism" indeed amplifies how the country's actions are becoming more and more serious and worrying for her neighboring countries on a world-wide scale.

    With China gaining power every day, it's not surprising to see the weaker Japan to call for help through security alliances with other countries. In fact, according to CNN Philippines, the Japanese Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura is stating that he's seeing "a gradual improvement" in the relation with China. But we should still stay sceptical about this citation (in quotation marks in the article itself) because until now, this source was not the only one saying that the relations between the two powers were ameliorating. It feels like Japan and China are trying to show that some friendly relationship is growing progressively ONLY since they are ECONOMIC powers, and that they need each other for trade.

    Adding to the point made above, there was a bilateral meeting between the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Shinzo Abe that took place almost at the same time as the APEC summit in Manila. Just like what Japan did before, she is urgently looking for international help to counterbalance China's position in the East China Sea if war was really declared.
    To reassure herself even more, Japan recently added three new treasures to her air force. The U.S accepted to sell to Japan Global Hawk unmanned drones for $1,2 billion, that will especially help for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities. This can be interpreted as a quick response to how Japanese patrolling aircrafts identified a Chinese intelligence boat near the Senkaku islands last thursday.

    Now if we come back to China, one of her motives to keep the disputed islands for herself becomes very obvious with the gas/oil field drilling document I found. On the site, even before the text, we see "NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWS WIRES SERVICES, OR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES" as a clear indication that China is acting quite selfishly and aggressively here. The well is not exactly situated in the disputed zone of the Senkaku islands, yet it is still very close to it. This shows how China is not afraid to keep up with her original goals nor to 'pass to action mode'.
    (sorry if it's too long..)
    sources:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-japan-drones-idUSKCN0T92B120151120#zEDvPRayz3U8wtOz.97
    http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2015/11/19/east-china-sea-dispute-japan-china-gradual-improvement-in-relationship.html
    http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/11/china-ship-threatens-japanese-waters-in-east-china-sea/
    http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/primeline-commenced-drilling-of-ls30-3-1-well-tsx-venture-peh-2073824.htm
    http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/75094/sea-dispute-discussed-in-bilateral-meeting

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  17. South China Sea Conflict
    New York Times
    China has stated today in a press conference that it will continue to build civilian and military buildings on its artificial islands. The reason are numerous but the biggest one is too protect its self.This news comes a day after Obama asks all countries in the South China Sea to stop building artificial islands and militarizing them. This isn't the first time these two super powers have tested each other. For instance the U.S. has been doing operations in the area which China doesn't approve of. So we can clearly see that there is a lack of cooperation and trust in the area.

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  18. Afghanistan:
    Follow-up: Last weeks’ beheadings of several Hazaras were followed by an intensification of the persecution of the group: gunmen (whether IS or Taliban-affiliated is unknown) stopped buses and seized between 14 and 30 Hazaras in Zabul province on Highway 1 this Saturday. The group has suffered persecution for a long time as they are mostly Shiite-minorities in the large Sunni population. They have been persecuted by Taliban and IS alike, and it is said (but unproven) that they have been joining the migration to Europe in larger numbers. The increase of insecurity for the population has been denounced as the government’s failure in protecting its citizens from violence.
    The Afghans have also been fleeing this rampant instability and violence for the “safer” EU. However with last week’s Paris attacks, the migrants have been fearing once again for their security, seeing the safer Western countries being the prey of the same violent groups’ attacks. The journal also reports that: “Despite the wary mood and harsher language, there do not appear to be major changes to border procedures since last Friday.” (Ny Times)
    The threat of the islamic groups, especially the IS, that are wrecking Afghanistan apart, has taken on a worrying shape considering the attacks that have spread to western countries.

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  19. Sources: Japan Times
    Bloomberg Business

    The Japan Times' article is a direct copy of Bloomberg's article. The Japan Times uses the same picture as Bloomberg albeit with some sort of filter over it. Their version of the article is more linear and "blocky" while Bloomberg's is more structured with smaller headlines in between multiple paragraphs.

    Japan among with France and Germany is in a race to make Australia's next generation submarines. The parties (Thyssenkrupp AG for Germany and DCNS for France) have until the 30th of November to submit their final proposal for the $36 billion (¥ 4.4 trillion) program. This comes after a recent lift of a 10 year old ban on arms exportations. However, Japan has more to win than a couple billion dollars. Winning this race would significantly strengthen Japan's bonds with Australia which would help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of having a fellow United States ally against China. Even though Japan's Soryu submarine is one of the best of its kind there still remains a possibility that Japan winning this race would sour Australia's relationships with China which places the odds ever so slightly in favor of the other parties. Also Japan is relatively new to this bidding game and has "zero experience" which is another disadvantage though they are fully aware of it.

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  20. Ukraine

    As the conflict continues in Ukraine, the neighbouring countries start to worry about the natural gas supply of Russia. Indeed, she controls a near monopoly over the European imports, representing one third of the whole gas imported and being the only source of energy for the baltic countries and Finland. Putin could therefore retaliate for the imposed economic sanctions (because of the conflict) with drastic cuts in the supply of gas, so the question still remains whether it would hurt Russia’s economy too much in order to express her power or not. In addition to this problem, at least half the gas pipelines that lead to Europe pass through Ukraine, and because of the violence of the battles, since both side use destructive weapons such as submunition bombs, the pipelines could potentially be damaged. This is why countries start desperately to find new sources of energy, such as Lithuania, who started implementing drills in the Baltic Sea.
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20051220/42586383.html
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27239734

    Adrien Lopez

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  21. Reuters article:

    The U.S internal Revenue Service (IRS) was unsuccessfully hacked by cybercriminals over 111000 times. One of the attacks, which at first was considered a minor problem, was revealed to be much more extensive than expected in august. Through a "Get Transcript" online application, about 114,000 U.S. taxpayers’ personal tax information had been illegally accessed by cyber criminals in May. As a precaution, the system has been shut down and the affected taxpayers will be offered free credit monitoring and a new personal identification number to verify the authenticity of next year's tax returns.

    entrepreneur.com entirely copy-pasted reuters’ article, however changing the picture and citing the original editor. CNN changed the original title of the article, increasing the font size and adding shockingly large numbers like “330.000 stolen datas” and “three times more than believed”. They modified the article, adding spaces and making paragraphs to make it more readable. The Washington Times did the same this as CNN - they changed the title, but instead of using numbers they used excessive words such as “failed”. They also illustrated their news with a photo of an important person "Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George”.

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  22. The month of November is really not a good one for francophone countries. After the Paris attacks and their effects on France’s military operations, we will now discuss this week in Mali that saw a hostage crisis and a whole lot of coverage

    First off the BBC have made a video which continues with the idea talked about 2 weeks ago. The video entitled “The deadliest Peacekeeping mission in the World” is a 3 minute long documentary on the who, what and where of the mission. We see that Mali is now said to follow the footsteps of Iraq and Afghanistan as proven by many dead peacekeepers and the length of the conflict.

    The main event this week is the hostage crisis which has lead to the death of 19 people (mostly foreign nationals) and 2 idiots whose death shouldn’t bother anyone. The problem with these 2 dead extremists is that there were in fact 3 that entered. MaliJet.com gives us a more in-depth overview of the after math while another source Journal du Mali has a style of documenting this tragedy that reminds me of what BFM or CNN might do. Short sentences and paragraphs that tell you exactly what is going on. The article itself has very few numbers and most of them are not accurate. It has not been long enough since the attacks to really see how this will change things. next week there will be more information and details over who did this and what the reactions are. We do know thanks to the New York Times that 3 of the 9 foreigners that were ”Three senior executives of a Chinese state-owned rail construction company” This can perhaps tell us why the radicals hit the hotel at that time. It could very well be a way of saying “Get out!” to the people who they feel are oppressing them and using their people.

    After last week’s attacks, Mali has reappeared on the headlines. The BBC, CNN, and the New York Times have all posted recaps about what has been going on since early 2013 in Mali. Al Jazeera, on the other hand, has only briefly talked about it and the article is after something that Happened in Cameroon this weekend. It seems that people are finally getting up to date on the global geopolitics of the world as well as many people are now realizing that war is a current aspect of life. Boy oh boy the XXI century is starting well!

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  23. Recent News in Yemen:
    The Islamic State recently reminded everyone again of its presence in Yemen. On Friday, 19 soldiers and 35 militants were killed by an attack, which was first presumed to be one of Al-Qaeda’s moves. Though later during the day, the Islamic State “claimed” the attack saying they had killed “50 soldiers”, a number far greater than the one the official who announced the attack counted. All news posts have as title that “Daesh claims the 50 killed soldiers in Yemen” or “Islamic State claims Yemen attack”. Many of the articles’ headlines tend to use what Daesh claimed, using the words “50 soldiers killed”, instead of what has actually been reported.
    Sources:
    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/mena/daesh-claims-killing-50-yemeni-soldiers
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-yemen-security-qaeda-idUSKCN0T910720151120#vIyPAtI4DZSi5X7F.97
    Lucas

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  24. FROM ANTOINE
    On thursday, a Palestinian man shot some people walking along a road in West Bank, killing three and wounding seven. One of the killed was Israeli, one was Palestinian, and one was an 18 year old American, Ezra Schwartz, volunteering to help during his gap year. The attacker was Palestinian and was arrested after crashing his car into another. This shows how arbitrary the attacks in Israel and Palestine are, and how anyone can be killed for no real reason.
    ''Whoever condemns the attacks in Paris needs to condemn the attacks in Israel. It's the same terror.'' The Israeli prime minister Netanyahu says that what the French are living after november 13, Israel has been living for several years without seeing much progress. However, the attacks in Israel have been going on for so long that many are not surprised by the sound of gunshots or explosions. The constant fear of death becomes routine, the same way death itsself does.

    Telegraph.co.uk
    foxnews.com
    ynetnews.com
    al-monitor.com

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  25. Iranian Nuclear Program:

    (New York Times): It has been a few weeks that we've been talking about conflicts in Iran with Iranians showing their discontent regarding the nuclear deal. This past week the Iranians have manifested this discontent in front of the American Embassy in Tehran. Even though these demonstrations should be taken seriously, they are not really taken into account.

    Apart from this the deal seems to be going with the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) who seems to be ready to give a favorable decision saying Iran is respecting the deal. This sounds good for the near future.

    Not much has happened this week for this conflict. We can see this with the information not being the media's priority this week.

    Nicolas Rival

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  26. North Korean Conflict

    Nov. 20th (CNN) On Friday, South Korea accepted an offer from North Korea for talks in its truce village on its northern militarized border. It will be a preparatory meeting for high-level discussions, South Korea's Unification Ministry said, on a date yet to be set. The meeting will be held next Thursday, November 26, and will be the first since August, when the two sides met to agree to ease escalating tensions.
    Nov. 19th (The New York Times) To be more specific, in August, high tensions occurred on the peninsula because of land mines that wounded two South Korean border guards. The South accused the North of planting the bombs and, in retaliation, turned on propaganda loudspeakers. This source gave more concise and precise information.
    (Reuters) It is mentioned, on this site, that the North had indeed denied any responsibility. Next week’s talks will be setting the stage for the first government-level meeting focused on easing tension.
    The Time news source, overall giving very general world news, included other sources’ citations such as CNN’s, which therefore added onto their very brief, short summary of this news.

    (Reuters) Five years after North Korea fired shells on to a South Korean island, Pyongyang declared on Sunday to “retaliate mercilessly” if Seoul holds fire drills again near the border on the anniversary: Nov. 23, 2010. The attack in 2010 had killed four people. Indeed, North Korea said South Korean live-fire drills dropped shells in North Korea’s territorial waters which provoked North Korea into the attack.
    The British news source MailOnline has the exact same article that came from Reuters. It has the same title and doesn’t include any pictures. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC, also has word-for-word the same article as Reuters’. However, there is an added quote in the title ('merciless retaliation') and the article includes a picture of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending a gathering with military officers in Pyongyang.

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  27. Growing Instabilities in Thailand:

    The Nation: The CDC (Constitution Drafting Commission) is hesitant on the idea of letting independent agencies the right to investigate the cases and charge politicians. This change would stop the “spouse” parliament, which is the acceptance of the politician’s spouse to represent him or her after being ejected, by making these independent agencies wisely choose the members of the Senate instead of the voters or the Prime Minister. The National Anti-Corruption Commission and the Constitutional Court each have their respective responsibilities. In case of a dispute, a court’s judge will take the final decision. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha asked Thais to list the pros and cons with a second intention of showing them that they are now in a period of transformation.
    The Associated Press: This draft also limits the politicians’ power by making senators serve only a six-year term and prime ministers elected maximum twice consecutively. Some say that the political opponents might win the next elections, which is why these changes are occurring, to give the future politicians the least power possible.

    http://www.constitutionnet.org/news/constitution-drafting-committee-entire-thai-senate-would-be-appointed
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/CDC-mulls-granting-impeachment-power-to-independen-30273431.html

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  28. Iraq

    The Washington Post’s article is simply entitled
    “Live updates: Attacks in Paris”
    Apart from summing up the updates since their last article about the Paris attacks, the author has expanded by for example, talking about how New York City seems to be a targeted city by ISIS.
    On The New York Times’ front page on Sunday November 22, there are three different articles that all talk about ISIS and therefore relate to Iraqi violence. The titles for the ISIS articles are pretty large and occupy almost the majority of the front page. This serves to show how very important ISIS has become throughout the world
    Another Washington Post journalist seems to think that the French airstrikes on Raqqa haven’t done much.

    Elahe Izadi, a Washington Post journalist who talks about how an Islamic State video seems to be targeting New York City. It “reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target.”
    Below is a link to J. Peter Donald’s Twitter page, where he talks about the ISIS video that mentions Times Square. J. Peter Donald is the Director of Communications at New York City Police Department.
    https://twitter.com/JPeterDonald/status/667112983399673856/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw





    Sources:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews-live/liveblog/live-updates-attacks-in-paris/

    http://international.nytimes.com (it will have changed by the time you correct this)

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/21/world/middleeast/inside-raqqa-capital-of-isis.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/explaining-the-syrian-conflict/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/why-french-airstrikes-on-isiss-capital-probably-havent-done-much/2015/11/18/df3d5c9c-8d6b-11e5-934c-a369c80822c2_story.html (there’s a video at the beginning of this article)



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  29. FROM MAELYS
    Terrorist threat to the U.S increases after Paris attack

    source:The hill, CNN
    The event that occurred in Paris last week have resulted in ehightened security not only in France but in other countries as well. The culprit of the attack was ISIS who claimed respponsibility for the shootings and bombings. The group has threatened to attack Italy, London as well as the U.S. As a result, a new debate has surfaced : Should refugees be acppeted in the U.S? Many governors have decided not to accept syrian refugees as they are believed to pose as a threat. However, many articles show that this will not stop terrorists from attacking and the refugees are victims too, they are not a threat. In the map below we can see the states currently accepting refugees only 9.
    The news articles used were mainly against closing borders for the refugees. There wer pictures, such as the map to enhance the growth of this action and survyes havce also shown more people are for letting the refugees stay rather than leave. In CNN’s ariticle. The headline was written in big, bold letter making a clear statment :” Syrian refugees are not a threat to the U.S” CNN claims the scenario of refugees being terrorists doesn’t make sense. The pictures in the article represent single mothers with their children, to give another perspective of syrian refugees. They don’t pose as a threat in these pictures but as victims.



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    1. source: business insider uk


      In this article, there wasn’t a clear opinion showing a rejection of the idea, however unlike the other article who mainly debated on leaving the borders open to refugees, this one discusses the reasons why they should be closed. In the article, there was a mention of the suspected attackers in Paris who was found with a syrian passport, though its authenticity has not been confirmed. And many peopel are opposing to the refugees such as Texas Governer. Grerg Abbot. IN a letter he wrote to the president, he said:
      "I urge you, as president, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States. Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity. As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril". Other governers have also been opposed to keeping borders open. They believe some of the refugees may be memeber of ISIS and because they cannot determine who is a terrorirst or not they prefer not letting any refugee enter their state.

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    2. source: business insider uk


      In this article, there wasn’t a clear opinion showing a rejection of the idea, however unlike the other article who mainly debated on leaving the borders open to refugees, this one discusses the reasons why they should be closed. In the article, there was a mention of the suspected attackers in Paris who was found with a syrian passport, though its authenticity has not been confirmed. And many peopel are opposing to the refugees such as Texas Governer. Grerg Abbot. IN a letter he wrote to the president, he said:
      "I urge you, as president, to halt your plans to allow Syrians to be resettled anywhere in the United States. Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity. As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril". Other governers have also been opposed to keeping borders open. They believe some of the refugees may be memeber of ISIS and because they cannot determine who is a terrorirst or not they prefer not letting any refugee enter their state.

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  30. FROM MAELYS
    Terrorist threat to the U.S increases after Paris attack

    source:The hill, CNN
    The event that occurred in Paris last week have resulted in ehightened security not only in France but in other countries as well. The culprit of the attack was ISIS who claimed respponsibility for the shootings and bombings. The group has threatened to attack Italy, London as well as the U.S. As a result, a new debate has surfaced : Should refugees be acppeted in the U.S? Many governors have decided not to accept syrian refugees as they are believed to pose as a threat. However, many articles show that this will not stop terrorists from attacking and the refugees are victims too, they are not a threat. In the map below we can see the states currently accepting refugees only 9.
    The news articles used were mainly against closing borders for the refugees. There wer pictures, such as the map to enhance the growth of this action and survyes havce also shown more people are for letting the refugees stay rather than leave. In CNN’s ariticle. The headline was written in big, bold letter making a clear statment :” Syrian refugees are not a threat to the U.S” CNN claims the scenario of refugees being terrorists doesn’t make sense. The pictures in the article represent single mothers with their children, to give another perspective of syrian refugees. They don’t pose as a threat in these pictures but as victims.



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  31. FROM ANTOINE
    On thursday, a Palestinian man shot some people walking along a road in West Bank, killing three and wounding seven. One of the killed was Israeli, one was Palestinian, and one was an 18 year old American, Ezra Schwartz, volunteering to help during his gap year. The attacker was Palestinian and was arrested after crashing his car into another. This shows how arbitrary the attacks in Israel and Palestine are, and how anyone can be killed for no real reason.
    ''Whoever condemns the attacks in Paris needs to condemn the attacks in Israel. It's the same terror.'' The Israeli prime minister Netanyahu says that what the French are living after november 13, Israel has been living for several years without seeing much progress. However, the attacks in Israel have been going on for so long that many are not surprised by the sound of gunshots or explosions. The constant fear of death becomes routine, the same way death itsself does.

    Telegraph.co.uk
    foxnews.com
    ynetnews.com
    al-monitor.com

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  32. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

    I found very different results while searching in English than in French: US newspapers all seemed to focus on a claim that AQAP had been neutralized, while French newspapers reported only on AQAP’s latest attack on the Yemeni army. While Le Figaro released an article on the first subject, it was very short: two three line paragraphs.

    Claims that AQAP has been neutralised:

    The Long War Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Digital Journal, Le Figaro.
    On November 20th, secretary of State John Kerry claimed that AQAP’s major leaders had been “neutralized” as an “effective force” while discussing the administration’s strategy for combating IS, AQAP’s jihadist rival. Kerry believes that the US. and its allies can “finish off” the Islamic State quicker than al Qaeda. However, it is not true that al Qaeda or its top leaders have been neutralized.
    While it is true that dozens of AQ terrorists such as Osama bin Laden have been eliminated, AQ is more than a hierarchical group which ceases to function without its key leaders. In fact, AQ have extended their reach in recent years by claiming massive territories and fighting wars in more countries than ever.

    AQAP attack on Yemeni army base:

    TV5 Monde, Le Figaro, Le Parisien.
    Reports say that ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack in the South-East of Yemen on Friday the 20th of November, killing 50 soldiers. Until recently, the area was associated with AQAP, who have seized a large amount of Yemeni soil by profiting from the country’s Houthi insurgency and general instability. However, this was not ISIS’ first attack on what was until now AQAP’s claimed territory.









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  33. Pakistan has been facing moral issues inside the country lately. A six year old student was beaten by his teacher, and a missing university financial director was found dead. Unidentified men kidnapped 22 passengers from a bus on Makran Coast Highway near Pasni. Economically, flour mill producers threaten to stop their production starting December 2nd if they are not granted exportation rights. Politically there is a threat of taxes increasing, causing strikes and protests in the population. Socially, a famous actor is returning to Pakistan after a very long stay in India.
    Unfortunately, there has been almost no coverage on the Afghan missiles that were fired into Pakistan, perhaps they tried to cover it up?
    The biggest headline on both my news sources was the relief at Russia's statement of not going to war with Turkey because of the jet.
    Source -Dawn.com - Pakistan today

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  34. Over the past week, Al-Shabaab has continued its attacks, including one that claimed 22 lives. But another event that has caught a lot of attention. Many people have noticed that there has been a division inside of the group, some wanting an international jihad, and others wanting to reconquer Somalia. However, this has escalated to the point where they have had a clash, a confrontation that has killed 9 people and wounded 8 others. Al-Shabaab had attacked a pro-Islamic State faction. It is also claimed that the main protagonist of the division and the one who wanted to join forces with IS was killed in this attack. However, one off the top leaders says that he will not allow disunity, meaning that a group separation is not an option for him.
    http://www.mareeg.com/somalia-fight-between-rival-al-shabaab-factions-kills-9/

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  35. Over the past week, Al-Shabaab has continued its attacks, including one that claimed 22 lives. But another event that has caught a lot of attention. Many people have noticed that there has been a division inside of the group, some wanting an international jihad, and others wanting to reconquer Somalia. However, this has escalated to the point where they have had a clash, a confrontation that has killed 9 people and wounded 8 others. Al-Shabaab had attacked a pro-Islamic State faction. It is also claimed that the main protagonist of the division and the one who wanted to join forces with IS was killed in this attack. However, one off the top leaders says that he will not allow disunity, meaning that a group separation is not an option for him.
    http://www.mareeg.com/somalia-fight-between-rival-al-shabaab-factions-kills-9/

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