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#2: the fake news is very real, #100hardtruths-#fakenews

#2: The fake news is very real.

By this oxymoron I mean:

  • that contemporary (and past) media manipulations and deceptions exist on the internet in increasing numbers and with expanding reach…
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Iraq Etc.

Emotions may land you in trouble.
They shatter; they burst like a bubble.
Look over the oceans –
Acts based on emotions
Bring misery, carnage and rubble.


Return to the Shadows

For those of us who monitor developments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, one of the most fascinating aspects of recent years has been the failure of what one might call mainstream Islamist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood to fully capitalise on the so-called Arab Spring. 192 more words

Consolidating pluralism under the terrorist threat: the Tunisian case and the Algerian experience

At the end of 2016, I published a research/policy article on European View, analysing the current Tunisian troubled, but still successful, path to consolidate democracy to the Algerian experience of the ’80s and ’90s. 276 more words


Looking back on Tahrir Square.

We try not to look back at the “Arab Spring.”  The military autocracy in place since the coup in 1952 has oppressed the vast majority of Egyptians and been opposed by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.  577 more words

Wars Of The Middle East

The world as I see it - a massive optical illusion

Many times I get the creepy feeling that nothing is as it seems. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The optical illusion in the picture above shows a human skull as the overall image, but if you focus on the picture, you will see a woman looking in her vanity mirror. 1,470 more words

After a US “Anti-Terror” raid last month left one US soldier and multiple Yemeni civilians dead, Yemen has revoked permission for the US to perform ground missions on Yemeni soil. 757 more words