Sat Jun 23, 2012, 07:02 AM
tabatha (18,795 posts)
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Wow - Syrian army defector talks to Al Jazeera (Original post)
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Sat Jun 23, 2012, 07:28 AM
longship (17,667 posts)
1. Al Jazeera, possibly the best reportage on the planet
Last edited Sat Jun 23, 2012, 07:30 AM USA/ET - Edit history (1)
On edit: It used to be NPR and Auntie Beeb.
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Sat Jun 23, 2012, 08:04 AM
stockholmer (3,751 posts)
2. yes, if you are looking for US/UK/NATO-driven empiric war propaganda
just one example:
Al Jazeera’s fake Green Square
Al Jazeera and Sky News on Sunday aired videos showing rebels celebrating their surprisingly quick victory over Tripoli in Green Square. But we believe that they have actually been showing a staged scene, including a fake scenery, one that’s reportedly been built in Doha, Qatar. Impossible you say? Then continue reading.......First off, let’s see a recording of a show aired on the Libyan state television on 17 Aug, just four days before the incident. In it, we are told that parts of Tripoli have been reproduced in Qatar, to be used as a scenery for fake proof of the fall of Tripoli.
Now watch this video that Al Jazeera aired yesterday. Watch very closely at around 1:19.
We believe that what we’re seeing here isn’t the original Bab al-Hurriya (“Freedom Gate”) and the 600 year old ancient walls around it. Compare the video with some photographs of the same spot. Notice how in the Jazeera video, the motive above the small arch is very vague, while the the street behind the left gate looks a lot like a photograph or a painting.
The relatively small crowd in the video seems to be there solely for the camera. We are reminded a lot of the staged toppling of Saddam’s statue in April 2003 http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2010/dec/10/john-pilger-war-you-don-t-see , which Robert Fisk called “the most staged photo-opportunity since Iwo Jima.” http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-baghdad-the-day-after-594104.html @GrayCardinal1 noted that there haven’t been any daytime pictures from today showing rebels cheering inside Tripoli. He suggested that the scenery works better for nighttime shots. He also suggested that Al Jazeera has prepared fake footage showing victorious rebels in front of the Bab al-Azizia compound, which it is yet to air.