Friday, January 15, 2016

Phase 3, week 2

Hi guys

A quick recap of the grading criteria: Check-minus if you you don't have BOTH the article topic and something about the angle or bias; check if you do both; check-plus if you manage to do both within one or two reasonably concise sentences.

Aside from that, here are the other things that you need to cover by the end of this phase:

  • Layout/presentation
  • Language; how complicated is it? Is it objective or judgmental? 
  • Audience: age, interests, political leanings...
  • Publication: country of origin, distribution area, international versions (i.e. europe.chinadaily, International New York Times).
Good luck!


    Angle : The article explains how Al-Shabaab attacked the Somali Military base.
    Audience: mostly adults
    Angle : Very close to the Reuters article, it explains that the attacked base was not a Somali base, but an African Union base. Unlike the Reuters article which was more factual, this one has more quotes of the Kenyan army explaining what happened, and less details on what actually happened.
    Audience: mostly adults

    I could not find any informations on RT about the Russian bombings since the beginning of the year. Instead they post an article demonstrating their help concerning the Syrian Rebels.
    The article shows videos of bombers parachuting food over the Syrian Rebels. The used language is easy to understand and targeted to adults and adolescents.
    This is the ISW article posted this Saturday that provide information on the recent bombings on the Syrian ground that RT does NOT talk about. If you look at the map in pdf, you can clearly see that the Russian airstrikes are mostly located in the Rebel controlled territories. I would say that this article is more complex than the RT one in terms of language. It is set to be read by adults and provides a much more objective informations than the RT article

    airstrikes map:

    Gatilov calls out terrorist groups that are part of the Syrian opposition for upcoming UN held conference, and reported those horrific facts to Washington immediately.’s-political-demands
    Geneva conference in late January will most likely fail because of mainly power blockers (Russia’s view about Assad’s fate), as well the disagreements between opposition forces, even though they have been working hard on finding common ground.

  4. South China Sea Conflict

    This week, the Philippines will be granting US access to some of their military bases to help this country improve its military capabilities and scare off China, once the Supreme Court of the Philippines rules this constitutional.
    The Guardian describes the story in objective terms, and mentions all sides of the story but with less emphasis on why some people are opposed to letting the US use these bases.
    This article is really short, and describes vaguely what is happening in the Philippines but does talk more about the protests against US involvement.

    This week, two US army patrol boats were stopped near an Iranian naval base, and this article talks about their released safely. The angle of this story is that both countries came to an agreement and there was no crisis in the process, and it shows the "good" relations between the two countries so the intended audience is most probably americans who agree with the Iran deal.

    On the other hand, there was no story on my conflict on Tehran Times, my other news source. This lack of coverage could be explained by the fact that Iran has one of the strictest policies concerning news coverage, and the fact that the government doesn't want its' people to know of this disagreement right after the passing of the nuclear deal.


  6. Sudan Tribune’s front page:

    What I find interesting about the Sudan Tribune’s front page layout is that even though it is a news site almost exclusively based on South Sudan and sometimes its neighbours, the logo “Sudan Tribune” has a world map in the background, and the subtitle reads “Plural news and views on South Sudan”. This world map gives off the idea that since South Sudan isn’t a very present country on the world stage, the Sudan Tribune wants to portray the country as strongly implicated in world-wide currents events as possible, with the happenings in South Sudan affecting the rest of the world. The same idea is being given with the term of “plural” in the subtitle.

    UN News Center’s front page:

    However, the UN news center can afford to be more objective in its layout, because it does not have to “prove the importance” of the UN like the ST seems to be doing. It is a very simple blue and white layout, with the UN logo, and using “with breaking news from the UN news service” as a subtitle.

  7. The Guardian:

    This article talks generally about persecutions of Christians in the Middle-East and Africa, including Nigeria which has the highest rate of killings based on faith in Africa mostly due to Boko Haram.
    Angle: This detailed and very statistical article is regrouping an issue that is happening mostly in these regions, especially since this is destined to readers outside of Nigeria.

    Naij :

    This article about the high rate of persecutions of Christians for their faith in Nigeria uses The Guardian as a source as well as
    Angle: Since this is a source which constantly provides varied news about Nigeria, this sum-up of the previous article is much more simplistic and more focused on Nigeria’s role but still provides information on North Korea and Eritrea on the side-line. The same issue is much more dramatized in this source, as we can notice in the title: “Nigeria most deadly place in the world for Christians in 2015”.

  8. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    The Guardian:

    “Airbnb lists properties in illegal Israeli settlements”

    This article discusses a hotel booking company which advertises locations in Israeli settlements within Palestinian territory. This company’s activities have been called out as “illegal and criminal” by a Palestinian ambassador. Airbnb has not explicitly spoken about their stance on the situation according to international law.

    Al Jazeera:

    “Methodist Church blacklists 5 Israeli banks”

    The pension fund for the United Methodist Church has blocked five Israeli banks from being part of any future investments, in an attempt to ban any companies that they deem profit from abuse of human rights.

  9. AQAP
    This article summarizes the latest attacks in Marib, a mountain province in Yemen that the Houthi have been fighting to take control of for several months.
    While exacting the number of deaths caused by these attacks and therefore the Houthis, the Yemen Post also specifies that their advance was countered by government forces, showing this particular new outlet’s support for the Saudi-led coalition which supports said government.
    (Translated from Arabic) This exclusively Arabic language newspaper covers the same evolutions in the Marib province as TYP, but in a much more concise manner: only three lines were written to describe the conflict. While more objective than last week’s article which clearly favored the Houthi’s offensive, News Yemen still only reports on their “side” of the attacks.

  10. Both articles cover a suicide attack in Jalalabad that killed 13 and wounded 14.
    This article from Al Jazeera qualifies this as a "deadly suicide blast" and emphasizes on wounded prominent tribal elder Malik Osman who is a fierce critic of ISIL. It then ties the event to a previous ISIL attack days ago and how instable Jalalabad is.
    The Nytimes distance themselves throughout the depiction of the event by quoting people, which could be an attempt to be objective. It briefly mentions influential community elder Malik Osman who is against the presence of the Islamic state, then the article provides a broader overview of the event, tying it to other Islamic State attacks, demonstrations against Taliban and Islamic State groups and finally connecting it to the upcoming peace talks between representatives and Taliban.

  11. Iranian Nuclear Conflict

    NY Times: (

    This article talks about the navigational error by U.S ships who sailed into Iranian waters without being authorised. The consequence of this was that U.S sailors were detained. The article's angle is that the conflict ended well showing that U.S and Iran relations are getting better even though conflicts like this are not unusual in the area.

    Tehran Times: After searching for an article to compare both US and Iranian views on the water intrusion incident I was surprised to find that there were no articles on this event. This could show Iran's position which could be that they don't want to show their people the negative sides of the U.S so that the deal can advance...

    Nicolas Rival


    Japan provoking China over naval passage around Diaoyu Islands will be 'at its own risk'. Otherwise, it's a short relatively neutral and equal article.

    China warns Japan against "provocation" over the right of naval passage around the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Much more informative and neutral article in typical Reuters fashion.


    Boko Haram
    It is said that Suicide bombers attack a mosque in Cameroon, and kills 10 people and wounds a dozen others. References to previous suicide bombings in cameroon, and precisions on the number of casualties are made
    This article is mostly for americans, since it is Al Jazeera America. The us is characterized like a savior, they sent some help because Nigeria is not strong enough to exterminate the terrorist group.
    Another suicide bombing occured in Cameroon. Statistics on the number of people killed by Boko Haram. Article designed for a popular audience, the way the article is written promotes fear, saying that all people of religion will be attacked or killed by Boko Haram. In this article it is not said that US armies will help Nigeria and, I noticed that the last two paragraphs are identical to the ones on Al Jazeera.

  14. Egypt :
    Both articles are on the same subject : how Egypt will use the large amount of money in tourist resorts.
    - Daily News Egypt :
    A concise article and there is no clear opinion. It shows the money will be used well and that it is essential therefore we can see it’s favorable using the money therefore it’s the government’s opinion.
    -The :
    Directed at the British “vacationers” on whether Egypt will be safe ; The Telegraph does not see the importance and utility of more security because they don’t think it will help.


    Fear and instability is once again growing stronger as Daesh and the Taliban become an every-day more pronounced threat - of which the fight can only be successful if the US and other allies help adequately Afghanistan.

    Again, attacks have been reported here and there with some wounded, some dead, Ghani uses the residential attacks as a pretext that the Taliban are loosing strength... the old man really should get a pair of glasses.

  16. Cybersecurity:

    US News:
    Due to the popular demand of electronic devices, manufacturers tend to finish their products fast and leave a variety of flaws hackers can exploit. These flaws can however be compensated with a couple methods, and, in any case, although the device is connected to the wifi and can therefore be useful to a hacker, the methods suggested can greatly decrease that outcome, and it isn't really a big deal.

    Huffington Post:
    Smartwatches are very dangerous due to their sophistication. They can even comprehend hand movements, which implies they can know what your bank account code is if you type it with the hand which is wearing the watch, and, although that exploit was only accomplished by tapping into the watch beforehand (so buying a new one should be okay), hackers tapping into these devices could be devastating.

    Quentin Siart

  17. Senkaku/Diaoyu islands

    China Daily:

    It's a simply written article that talks about the Chinese and Japanese reactions to the fact that a Chinese armed ship got close to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.
    Angle: The title, "China firm on protecting territory as Japan ramps up tension", is trying to convince the reader that China is rightfully protecting her property while Japan is just making things worst. Therefore, as an act of 'defense', China needs to send her navy out too.
    Language: The article might be simply written to contribute to China's soft-power revolving her own opinion about this conflict.

    The Diplomat:

    This article talks about different Japanese maritime policies, the difference between the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) and the Self Defense Force, and what the Self Defense Force is allowed to do more than the JCG.
    Angle: The technical language, mixed with many law references are establishing a certain undertone. It feels as if it's implicitly saying that all Japanese actions until now were legally and professionally done.

  18. Thailand:

    - Bangkok Post:
    Five students extremely peacefully fought against Thailand's dictatorship and won against the police's intervention.

    - The Telegraph:
    The British Andy Hall helps a lot of migrant workers in Thailand, but is charged by the Thai court for abusing freedom while doing his job.

  19. Ukraine Conflict
    Topic: It talks about how Poroshenko declared to have coordinated actions of Crimean Tatar activists in Ukraine, and then the article goes on about what these activists have done to the Crimeans.
    Angle: Russian point of view; biased - Quotes in the articles fit too perfectly with what RT is trying to prove: these activists are radicals persecuting Crimeans and Russia is trying to help. - Jan. 13th
    Topic: Ukraine extends the ban on Russian imports to include a wide range of Russian goods.
    Angle: Western point of view; wants Ukraine to detach itself from Russia and states the Ukraine ban is a retaliation for a Russian embargo (does not say the Russians did this to respond to a Ukraine-EU free-trade deal)


    These two articles discuss the bill concerning syrian refugees entering the U.S, that was passes by the House in november; the fox news article is from January 16th and the other one is dates the 20th of November. The two artciles state facts and are mostly subjective although they seem to be slightlty inclined towards Obama’ s side and the democrats to stop the passing of the Bill. Both artciles have titles writtten in bold and in big writing.

  21. North Korea Conflict

    Topic: South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a North Korean surveillance drone. The US flew a bomber in show of force. US military deployments in South will neutralize North’s provocations.
    Angle: From South Korea’s and a Western point of view, the drone is seen as a threat. The deployments are protection and preparation for retaliation in case of attack from North Korea.

    -Korean Central News Agency (I SENT THE ARTICLE BY EMAIL)
    Topic: The South Korean war drills are provocations and create a war tension.
    Angle: It’s an exclusively North Korean newspaper/point of view, using a judgmental language in regard of the South’s actions. They never mentioned their surveillance drone on their site.


    Both articles describe that the members of parliament and the deputies have an ENORMOUS list of tasks in order to save the country. However, El Universal emphasizes that the two opposing parties will put all their possible efforts to restore the economy while El Nacional strictly repeats (in bold) throughout the article that Venezuela is currently in the worst economical state; indicating that a possible economical growth is impossible.

    Source: The New York Times
    A epic, storylike telling of El Chapo’s most recent capture and activity; the angle is surprisingly kind and almost accepting of who Joaquin Guzman is as a person and what he represents to the Americas.

    Source: The Mexican Times
    A fairly neutral, if not slightly condescending, article rapidly explaining how El Chapo was captured and the humiliation he caused the government.

  24. Source: BBC News:

    This article essentially talks about David Cameron's stance on Lybia, he seems to be convinced that a referendum to restore political stability is possible "Libya now had another chance to build a stable democracy"

    Al Jazeera:

    Al Jazeera actually tells us why the referendum to unify Libya has not been signed yet and the reason is because of the Islamic State's recent military interventions in Libya.

    Comparison: The BBC focuses on David Cameron and his views on the current situation in Libya, Al Jazeera reveals to the reader why the agreements have not been signed yet.

    The Telegraph reports about Russia’s nationalisation of a major bank in Crimea, which has supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea by giving loans for people serving in the Russian armed forces for example. The article is very matter of fact, but emphasises greatly on the illegality of Russia’s annexation and how the bank has been blacklisted by foreign institutions.

    Reuters (
    Reuters published an article about a gas deal between Ukraine and Europe, resulting from the conflicts due to the gas price of Russian gas, its principal supplier. The article does not depict Ukraine’s state of affairs as so desperate due to the Russian gas cuts unlike other sources.

    Adrien Lopez

  26. Terrorism US:

    Topic : This article talks about the nuclear deal between the US and Tehran and the return of 5 American hostages.
    Angle : It mainly focuses on the unsatisfied Republicans regarding this deal and uses many quotes, as if this opinion was shared by the majority of the population.

    Topic: Same topic is being discussed here
    Angle: This article is very "pro-Obama" as he appears in almost every sentence and is complimented for his wise actions. Many positive words are used to describe the situation : "improved, good day, victory..."

  27. South China Sea:
    China Daily
    Both articles talk about hows China wants private investors to invest in their future city which China Daily describes as a modern-futuristic city whith much potential, but NYT bashes it by reminding us it isn't a city (only a few thousand people on it so far) and that it isn't really China's land but they took like everything else in the sea.

    Good Night Mr. H., See you tomorrow ;)

  28. Source: Al Jazeera

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) finally managed to get crucial medical supplies to Taiz, a city that has been going through intense on-ground battles since August, which made it impossible for the city to receive any supplies for the past 5 months. Many of the city’s hospitals have since already closed due to the absence of adequate medical equipment.

    The article is neutral from beginning to end, only explaining that supplies have finally arrived, but not blaming it on a specific side, only on the fighting in general.

    Source: Yemen Post

    Saudi-Arabia’s coalition has been intensifying its airstrikes since Saturday around noon GMT in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and in the province of Jawf. Fighting between pro-governmentals and Houthis keep on going, and the peace talks have been postponed, scheduled first for mid-January.

    This article is written from what seems to be an average man/woman of the country, on no specific “side”, who just wants everything to come back to normal, blaming the Houthis for not complying, the government for not insisting, and the Saudi-Arabian coalition for continuing the murderous and useless bombings.

    Lucas Tournier

    The article starts by mentioning a 13 year old Palestinian boy’s 20 year imprisonment possibility and then talks about Israel’s laws authorizing 12 year old children to face the same charges as adults.
    Soccer camp unites Palestinian and Israeli boys to play soccer, proves that they can be friends, and hopes to create a new generation of friends between the two sides


    A Malian warlord calls to arms the people of Mali against the French and more general background on the guy and his "clan" after that. The bias is that Lemonde is French and clearly they don't like a guy that wants to kill them. They discredit his words and call him out on his lies saying that actually they are really weak right now.

    7 people died in ambushes in North and center Mali,the article puts this into context of a greater problem, the constant attacks occuring in Mali.
    There is not a lot of bias as it is said in a very matter of factly tone,Fact after fact. On top of that in the 7 people that got killed they count the terrorists which is strange as you would expect people to not care if islamists died but on this site they constantly add all the casualties.

  31. Uighur conflict in Xinjiang, China
    Reuters: China's Xinjiang adopts non-discrimination rules amid ethnic violence
    This purelly factual article in not meant to attract people onto the site. There are few images and littel color on the page. Reuters uses many quotes while discussing the differents aspects of the information they are brining.

    China Daily: College established to fight terrorism

    Half the article is about how the government is fixing all the problems through education, and what isn't about this is implicitly yet repeatedly blaming "domestic attacks" on foreign events/people/governments (not explicit which one).

  32. Yemen Post (
    Angle: Article written in a very factual manner, citing what the Houthi leader said regarding John Kerry’s support of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, but not going into a description of what the journalist thinks about what the two different parties said.
    Topic: Mohammed Ali al-Houthi or the Houthi revolutionnary movement leader was frustrated by John Kerry’s show of support to the Saudi Arabians, and explained that it only shows the United States’ aggressiveness towards the people of Yemen. The rest of the article summarizes which nations are allied with the Saudi-led intervention, and what the goal of the coalition is.

    Al Jazeera (
    Topic: Three of the news channel’s journalists are presumed to have been kidnapped in Taiz, having last been seen on Monday.
    Angle: The article is written in a manner to show that the journalists were not there to cause any harm, and especially did not deserve to be kidnapped, they were only there to report the human cost of the fighting in the city.
    Lucas Tournier

    -layout: short title “University attack, 1 picture of two female family members in a white nikab.
    -language: Starts with “again”, so they are showing that this isn’t the first time to perhaps calm the population down a bit. There is a lot of present tense and imperative verbs related to action.
    -audience: to Pakistan’s population, to show that they are doing something against the attack. Interestingly, the author of this article, starts off with the university attack, but continues to discuss the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    -publication:in Pakistan, and available globally online.
    -layout: Long title, with key figures (number of casualties), with multiple references and quotes
    -language: A bit judgemental since there is a good amount of adjectives but overall objective since they cite a lot of people, language is pretty simple, understandable for an educated population, in past tense.
    -audience: It is mainly aimed at Indians, but is also a stab at Pakistan, since they call Peshwar a “militant-infested” zone. They also focus mainly on the attack, contrarily to the other news source.
    -publication: in India mainly, but it is distributed electronically across the world.

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