Al Jazeera Journalists Jailed in Egypt

Maggie Flick of Reuters is reporting that: Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after a court convicted them of helping a “terrorist organisation” by spreading lies, in a case that has raised questions about the country’s respect for media freedom. Yes, that would raise questions. But: Egyptian officials have said the… Read More »

The Death of Explanatory Journalism

Someone I’m related to by marriage has written a superb column on the problem of media ignorance. The fact I’m not a disinterested observer shouldn’t stop me from noting that the column and the event that prompted it has attracted some attention. The piece is pegged to a much discussed interview talk radio star Hugh Hewitt conducted with Zach Carter, the… Read More »

Backyard Battletanks

The Kurds need heavy weapons in their fight (also our fight) against ISIS. The latest from The Weekly Standard about iraq

One Cheer for Pope Francis

Yesterday Pope Francis endorsed military action to stop the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) from persecuting religious minorities, especially Christ The latest from The Weekly Standard about iraq

An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

Photo Credit: http://www.freejamesfoley.org The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The images from the video are horrifying, as they are intended to be. The latest from The… Read More »

IS Threatens Another U.S. Journalist

The Islamic State’s official media arm, Furqan Media, has just released a video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley. The terrorist organization claims that the murder of an American citizen who went missing in Syria in 2012 comes as a warning to the White House to end its “intervention” in Iraq. If not, the video… Read More »