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Russia-Ukraine: Navigating the media minefield | The Listening Post
As the war in Ukraine hits nine months, the news output is becoming harder, not easier, to navigate.Much of the coverage is misleading at best and dangerous at worst - and with the war showing no signs of stopping, even the term diplomacy has somehow become a dirty word.Contributors:Branko Marcetic - writer, Jacobin magazineLeonid Ragozin - journalistGeorge Beebe - director of grand strategy, Quincy Institute think tankOn our radar:One week down, three weeks to go for World Cup 2022 and some Western news outlets are still doubting Qatar’s suitability as a host country. Others are pointing out the double standards at play. Producer Johanna Hoes reports from Doha on the competing narratives off the pitch.Destination Damascus: Social media tourism arrives in Syria:As travel content out of Syria draws millions of hits online, some Syrians raise concerns about its potential PR benefits. Producer Ahmed Madi explores the curious world of travel vlogging and what looks like a victory lap for Bashar al-Assad's regime.Contributors:Paul Nabil Matthis - Syrian-American author and TikTok content creatorSarah Hunaidi - exiled Syrian writer and communications and advocacy consultantDavud Akhundzada - travel content creatorSubscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/@AljazeeraEnglish#Aljazeeraenglish#News
Move fast and break things: Musk shakes up Twitter
It has been less than a month since Elon Musk took over Twitter - and things do not seem to be going well for "social media’s public square". With thousands of employees laid off and advertisers pulling money from the platform, many wonder what will be left of Twitter by the time Musk is done?Contributors:Lia Holland - Campaigns and communications director, Fight for the FutureChris Stokel-Walker - Technology journalist and author, TikTok BoomJenna Golden - Founder, Golden Strategies and former Twitter employeeMarwa Fatafta - MENA policy director, Access NowOn our radar:Football fans everywhere are turning their attention to Qatar as the 2022 World Cup officially kicks off. Producer Johanna Hoes reports from Doha on the - at times unwanted - media attention Qatar is receiving, and how organisers are attempting to manage the messaging, a PR legacy that will live well beyond December 18th.As the world overheats, what’s it like to be a climate journalist?Another COP summit has come and gone and whether approaching climate change from the Global South or North - it is a challenging story to cover. The Listening Post speaks with two journalists who share the relentless effort it takes to report on the world’s most complex issue.Contributors:Leo Hickman - Director, Carbon BriefElaíze Farias - Journalist, Amazônia Real
'Highway to climate hell': High stakes at COP27 | The Listening Post
With world leaders gathered in Egypt for the latest UN climate summit, the agenda could not be clearer. Experts say the policies governments put in place at last year’s conference in Scotland will still leave large parts of the planet uninhabitable. The lack of progress has many questioning the COP process.Contributors:Bahar Dutt - Environmental journalist; associate professor, Shiv Nadar UniversityAsad Rehman - Executive director, War on Want; lead spokesperson, Climate Justice CoalitionKatharine Hayhoe - Chief scientist, The Nature ConservancyJoanna Depledge - Former programme officer, UN Climate Secretariat; research fellow, Climate StrategiesOn our radar:Egypt is under fire over the case of activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, whose imprisonment has threatened to overshadow proceedings for COP27. Tariq Nafi looks into the case.Prigozhin: the man doing Putin's dirty workYevgeny Prigozhin is the Russian oligarch best known as the man behind Wagner - a private military company - mercenaries notorious for doing the Kremlin’s bidding overseas. He’s also the creator of a media network which has produced propaganda and misinformation in Russia and abroad.Contributor:Ilya Barabanov - Journalist, BBCCredit: 'All Eyes On Wagner' - a project by OpenFacto dedicated to tracking Wagner mercenaries’ activities around the world and their alleged abuses.Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/@AljazeeraEnglish#Aljazeeraenglish#News
Elon Musk: Twitter warrior, satellite supremo … diplomat? | The Listening Post
Not content with manufacturing cars, generating energy, getting into space travel - Elon Musk is in the midst of a $44bn takeover of Twitter. Now he has also been involved in foreign policy conflicts - from Russia-Ukraine to China and Taiwan. Musk clearly considers himself a geopolitical player, but he is entering a world in which he has no expertise, just interests.Contributors:Chris Stokel-Walker - Technology journalist & author, TikTokBoomPeter Micek - General counsel, Access NowJason Jay Smart - Special correspondent, Kyiv PostSiva Vaidhyanathan - Professor of media studies, University of Virginia; author, Anti-social MediaOn our radar:Rupert Murdoch is on the verge of yet another business move, wanting to combine the two halves of his media empire: the TV side - Fox Corp - with the online news business - News Corp. Producer Meenakshi Ravi explores how the merger is much more an exercise in succession planning than a business deal in itself.Striking Back: UK’s Unions vs the Media:With the United Kingdom in a state of political disarray, a rare wave of work stoppages has put trade unions – and the media’s treatment of them – into the spotlight. Following successive rail strikes, right-wing newspapers have blamed the unions for travel disruptions, but one union leader - Mick Lynch - has flipped the script – putting journalists on the defensive over their habitual anti-union approach. Daniel Turi reports on the coverage of labour issues in the British media.Contributors:Aditya Chakrabortty - Senior economics commentator, The GuardianJulia Langdon - Former political editor, The Sunday Telegraph; former political editor, The Daily Mirror; chairwoman, British Journalism ReviewNicholas Jones - Former industrial correspondent, BBCSubscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/@AljazeeraEnglish#Aljazeeraenglish#News
Domestic dissent: The new front in Russia's information war | The Listening Post
Inside Russia, the narrative around the "war" is changing. The pro-war Putin-faithful are grappling with defeats they never expected and generals are taking the flak from public figures, loyalists on state TV channels, and even military bloggers.Contributors:Jade McGlynn - Monterey Initiative in Russian StudiesMaxim Alyukov - King’s Russia Institute, King’s College LondonMikhail Fishman - Anchor, Dozhd TVKatrina vanden Heuvel - Editorial director, The NationOn our radar:Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei finally broke his silence on the protests that have shaken the country for weeks. Producer Flo Phillips analyses Khamenei’s speech - key parts of which he also tweeted - and the repercussions it has had at home and abroad.Russia: National myths and rewriting history:Last year, the Kremlin published an essay - in Vladimir Putin’s name - arguing that Russians and Ukrainians are of the same Slavic nation. This new historical discourse has been key in the narrative built around the invasion of Ukraine. Producer Tariq Nafi looks into the battle over historical memory in Russia.Contributors:Nikita Petrov - Historian and member, MemorialYevgenia Albats - Journalist and editor-in-chief, The New TimesMikhail Myagkov - Scientific director, Russian Military-Historical SocietySubscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/@AljazeeraEnglish#Aljazeeraenglish#News
Trump and QAnon: The cult and the conspiracy | The Listening Post
After being forced off mainstream social media, QAnon followers fled to the outer reaches of the internet and, since then, QAnon’s gamification of reality has morphed into more pragmatic goals - like electing certain politicians. Chief among them is Donald Trump, whose occasional flirtation with the movement has moved to more of an open embrace.Contributors:Mia Bloom - Professor of communication, Georgia State UniversityAlex Kaplan - Senior researcher, Media Matters for AmericaKurt Eichenwald - Author and journalistJulian Feeld - Host and producer, QAnon Anonymous podcastOn our radar:In a televised speech this past week, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia is not ruling out the use of nuclear weapons to protect its people. Producer Johanna Hoes reports on how this threat is still reverberating overseas - and how it’s had consequences for the people and the pundits at home.A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon:Game designer Reed Berkowitz explores how the world of QAnon is similar to the ones he creates - in alternate reality games. His analysis explains how our flawed minds work, and how easily we can be dragged down the conspiratorial rabbit hole.Contributor:Reed Berkowitz - Game designerSubscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribeFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglishFind us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeeraCheck our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/@AljazeeraEnglish#Aljazeeraenglish#News
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Disappointed by your limited viewpoints on Ukraine crisis & Covid debate via Joe Rogan
I ve been to the listening post media critic on Venezuela Libya & Iraq refreshing in its critic of the corporate/msm story line. On Ukraine not so suggest you have Col Lawrence Wilkerson Or Andrew Basavich or Scott McGregor huge overreach by dying empire to benefit defense contractors but u never hear Russiagater Rachel Maddow etc, on Covid you assume on new vaccine method that all qualified scientists are or the same opinion. Not just Malone Harvey Risch Yale falculty & numerous others. If your going to admonish Rogan why not RFK jr and the doctors sited in his book the real Anthony Fauci and Gary Null has had numerous provaccine md & PhD s critical of aspects of the government reponce. You could critic Ralph Nader for his criticism of the vaccine court system.
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