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Thursday, 15 January 2015

France and Nigeria: How the World Media Responds to Terrorism… Black Lives DO Matter

00 je suis charlie. boko haram. 15.01.14

“Let’s not forget Boko Haram’s victims!”

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The media gave ubiquitous coverage of the Charlie Hebdo attacks; nevertheless, the world ignores 2,000 people killed in the worst Boko Haram massacre yet. The world’s undivided attention on France following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a kosher supermarket completely overshadowed a much bloodier terrorist attack, a Boko Haram raid on Baga in Northern Nigeria, which killed as many as 2,000 people. The incident led to public debate over the media’s role in reporting events and the weight that one should give certain events as compared to others.

One issue when it comes to uneven coverage is that of media visuals. Whilst Paris is a global city and has thousands of reporters and cameras, all of whom one can easily dispatch to report on the event, Baga is a town in the remote northeast corner of Nigeria, on the coast of Lake Chad. Unlike Paris, the area is unsafe for journalists… Boko Haram fighters still roam freely and there’s a risk of attack as the Nigerian Army is still struggling to secure the area. A Haaretz editorial arguing for greater sympathy with the victims of the Nigerian terrorist attacks brought up the fact that attention to Nigeria’s Bring Back Our Girls campaign has been nil. They ascribed the failure to the Nigerian government’s inability to deal with the Boko Haram problem, despite military aid from Washington, because of its own corruption and human rights violations. The Guardian also echoed this criticism of the Nigerian political establishment; its readers learned that many Nigerians think that their government is to blame for the lack of coverage and focus on the tragedies. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Nigerian President expressed condolences for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, but not for the people killed by Boko Haram.

Although it may seem unfair to blame the Nigerian government’s inability to overcome the world’s indifference to Nigeria’s troubles, political motivation does play a role. As CNN noted, the attention on Charlie Hebdo and the national unity rally that followed it appeared to benefit Hollande, who before the attacks had an abysmal 13 percent approval rating, and to hurt Marine Le Pen’s National Front because of its focus on national unity, ignoring the issues of internal disunity in French society that caused the radicalisation of the gunmen in the first place. Nigeria has the opposite problem, as Boko Haram controls what the Wall Street Journal called the primarily Muslim stronghold of opposition to the current president, Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian. Because of that, it’s politically beneficial to President Jonathan to keep that part of the country from voting in the upcoming Nigerian general election in February. However, there’s also criticism of how the world media ignores the tragedy in Nigeria and the threat of Boko Haram. Nigerian Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama (Archbishop of Jos) told the BBC World Service that with the international support and national unity of France after its terrorist attacks, “We need that spirit to be spread around. Not just when it happens in Europe, but when it happens in Nigeria, in Niger, in Cameroon”.

Lastly, there’s the issue of social media. Whereas France had the #JesuisCharlie campaign which, as CNN noted, made it possible for people from around the world to watch the events unfold from their tablets and smartphones, Nigeria’s remote towns aren’t always reached by mobile internet, and the previous social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls is only associated with disappointment, as social media activism failed to bring back the kidnapped girls. Furthermore, previous social media campaigns in Africa such as the Kony 2012 campaign to catch the Lord’s Resistance Army warlord Joseph Kony, initiated by the activist group Invisible Children only became associated with the group’s ulterior motive

Altogether, the problem of reporter access and the lack of social media coverage left the killing of over 2,000 people in Nigeria overshadowed by the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. France had those benefits as as well as a government that took advantage of the spotlight directed toward the attacks in an attempt to increase its popularity over the opposition, whereas in Nigeria, chaos and violence in an opposition stronghold appears to benefit the president.

14 January 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/analysis/20150114/1016897740.html

Read More:

Trouble Brewing: West Turns Blind Eye to Boko Haram’s Bloody Massacre

Boko Haram Militants Seize Nigerian Town of Baga, Local Military Base: Reports

Boko Haram Launches Fresh Attack on Baga, Northeast Nigeria

Editor:

Do black lives matter at all to the Affluent Effluent and their running dog media whores? It appears not… just sayin’…

BMD

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Russia Plans to Erect Memorial to Cold War Soldiers in Moscow

00 Soviet soldier in Afganistan. 16.02.14

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On Tuesday, Frantz Klintsevich, deputy head of the RF Gosduma Defence Committee said that a memorial commemorating Soviet soldiers who died in conflicts around the world during the Cold War era will be built in Victory Park (Park Pobedy) in Moscow. The memorial will form an architectural ensemble around an existing monument honouring Soviet soldiers who died during the Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979-89). He said, “It’ll be a beautiful composition with sculptures and bas-reliefs depicting certain historical events”. Stone tablets with the names of about 10,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in hotspots all over the world will line the alley leading to the memorial. Klintsevich said that plans call for completing the monument by summer, noting, “We’ll start preliminary excavation in the near future, probably in March. We’ve already begun engraving the names on the memorial tablets”. According to official statistics, the USSR was in over 30 conflicts in some 29 countries; besides Afghanistan, Soviet troops fought in Angola (and here), Ethiopia, Yemen, and Nigeria. Some 15,000 Soviet troops died in Afghanistan alone, before the Soviet withdrawal in February 1989.

12 February 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20140212/187431812/Russia-Plans-to-Erect-Cold-War-Soldier-Memorial-in-Moscow.html

Editor’s Note:

America has no one to blame but themselves for the al-Qaeda militants. Because of the sick, all-absorbing, and twisted Russophobic hatred of Zbigniew Brzeziński, the USA aided the most feral Islamist elements in the Soviet-Afghan War. Zbig was the “godfather” of al-Qaeda… he thought that any anti-Russian group was good. Such evil elements helped to deform American élite opinion on the USSR (and, later, Russia). Should I also mention that Joe Biden‘s mentor was a pro-Ustaša Croat Catholic priest? You can see why the Orthosphere gets fucked by the American media, government, and One Percent. It’s our God-given duty to stand against this demonic shit. Thank God, I’m NOT alone…

BMD

 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

20 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Leading Oil-Exporting Countries in Africa and the Middle East

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On 14 November, Israel opened large-scale military operations against militants in the Gaza Strip. The subsequent worsening of the situation led to a rise in world oil prices. Which countries in the Middle East are the largest players in the market for “black gold?” In order to stabilise the price of oil, in 1960, major oil-exporting countries established an international intergovernmental organisation, OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries). It has 12 members:

The purpose of OPEC is to coordinate and develop a common policy on oil production among its member-countries, maintaining stable oil prices, to ensure a stable supply of oil to consumers, and to control investment in the oil sector. The member-countries control about two-thirds of the world’s oil reserves. They control 40 percent of global oil production, which accounts for half of the world’s exports of the product.

20 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20121120/176556281.html

Saturday, 15 September 2012

As John Robles Sees It… Muslim Rage Spreads Worldwide

Protestors outside the American Embassy in Cairo (Cairo GovernorateEGYPT

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Protests against the American film Innocence of Muslims has begun to spread all over the world. There’ve been attacks on American Embassies worldwide as Muslim anger against American policies and meddling continued. The protests involved hundreds of thousands; for the most part, they’re peaceful, with the largest part of the most serious violence directed at American Embassies and businesses, and in one case, protesters burned down an American school. Since the murders in Benghazi, there have been no reports of violence against Americans.

Mass protests by Muslims continue to spread to more and more countries as outrage in the Islamic world escalates due to the trailer of an American film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed called Innocence of Muslims, which appeared on the internet. Although the film was the spark that lit the flames of the violence, massive longstanding grievances and anger against the USA and its attempts to force its policies on countries worldwide, as well as the constant meddling of the USA into affairs in Muslim world are now serving to feed the escalating violence. The deep socioeconomic problems in Arab Spring countries, something that hasn’t been addressed, is also playing into the hands of Islamists and adding more fuel to the crisis.

All over the world, governments are asking Muslims to show restraint and not to escalate the level of violence. On Friday, the protests spread from Egypt and Libya to other countries including Israel, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen. There were also widespread protests in countries outside the Middle East, including but not limited to Bangladesh, Kashmir, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Qatar.

Israel

In Jerusalem, a protest near the Damascus Gate turned violent when protesters began throwing rocks at police. Apparently, the protesters began to head in the direction of the American Consulate, but the police stopped them by using concussion grenades. According to Ynetnews, there were protests in Akko, in the Wadi Ara region, and in the towns of Baqa al-Gharbiyye and Umm al-Fahm, which were for the most part peaceful.

Yemen

Yemen saw some of the most violent protests with reports saying that security forces killed four protesters who were rioting near the American Embassy.

Sudan

In Khartoum, hundreds of protesters stormed the German Embassy and set it on fire. Police used teargas to dispel the protesters, who then began protesting outside the British Embassy nearby.

Kashmir

In Kashmir, in some of the largest anti-American demonstrations so far, at least 15,000 people took part in dozens of protests, chanting “Down with America”, “Down with Israel”, and calling US President Barack Obama a “terrorist”. The country’s top cleric demanded that Americans leave the region immediately.

India

In Chennai, protesters threw stones at the American Consulate, shattering some windows and burned an effigy of Obama. Police arrested more than 100 protesters.

Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, about 5,000 people marched in Dhaka burning American and Israeli flags and calling for the death of the film-maker. Police stopped them from reaching the American Embassy.

Indonesia

In Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, protests were extremely peaceful, as only about 200 protesters held a peaceful protest outside the heavily-guarded American Embassy in Jakarta.

Iran

There were more protests in Tehran, including demonstrations outside the Swiss Embassy (which represents American interests in Iran). Reports say Ayatollah Jannati, the head of the Guardian Council, denounced the anti-Muslim film during Friday prayers.

Tunisia

Three protesters were killed outside the American Embassy in Tunis, where demonstrators attempted to enter the compound. The demonstrators included ordinary Tunisians and Salafist activists. An American school was also set on fire.

Lebanon

Security forces in Tripoli killed one demonstrator as protesters attempted to storm a government building. In addition, protesters burned down an American Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Syria

In Damascus, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the American Embassy holding a peaceful demonstration. Protesters carried images of President Bashar al-Assad and chanted anti-American slogans.

Pakistan

Hundreds of protesters attempted to march towards the American Embassy in Islamabad and were stopped by police far from the city’s diplomatic quarter where the embassy is located.

Qatar

Protesters filled the streets of Doha and lined the city’s main highway. No violence was reported.

In closing, I’d personally like to ask all Muslims to show restraint and demonstrate peacefully, as this was another provocation. Those who made the film want to see violence and want you to overreact. If you react violently, you’ll be playing into their hands.

14 September 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_14/Muslim-rage-spreads-worldwide/

 

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