‘Living in the west, one becomes used to media self-censorship when covering geopolitical and current events.
It’s generally accepted that all mainstream media outlets will stay within the party line’s narrow parameters, so as not to make Washington, London or Europe ‘look bad’ internationally. This was certainly the case before and during most major US-NATO military or covert interventions, likeYugoslavia, Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine and of course, who can forget their most egregious recent military adventure in Libya.
Are US media outlets changing their headline or stories under pressure from foreign governments?’
‘Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday he would dispatch 32 state troopers to Baltimore in advance of what is expected to be a large protest Saturday against the police killing of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Protests have been held daily since Gray died on April 19, seven days after his spinal cord was nearly severed while he was in police custody.
Gray, who was unarmed, was arrested for the “crime” of making eye contact with a Baltimore cop and, according to the police, running away. A bystander video showed a group of police officers loading Gray, who was obviously injured and screaming in pain, into a small steel cage in the back of a police van.
Eyewitnesses said that, prior to the events captured in the video, the police contorted Gray’s body, forcing his heels onto his back. One bystander said the young man was “folded up like he was… a piece of origami.”’
‘Four people have been killed in an Israeli air raid on the occupied Golan Heights, close to the border with Syria.
The victims of the Sunday night attack, which took place near the town of Majdal Shas, were yet to be identified.
According to the regime’s military, the victims were attempting to plant a bomb in the vicinity.
The latest attack came on the heels of reports saying that Israel launched attacks on Syrian army bases late on Friday.’
‘EU leaders have vowed to destroy trafficking vessels before they’re used to carry illegal immigrants across the Mediterranean to Europe. Funding for search-and rescue operations will be tripled to 120 million euros. So far though, the EU has stopped short of military action saying it wants a UN resolution first.’
‘Thousands of Palestinians have participated in the funeral of a West Bank youth shot dead by Israeli regime forces outside the Ibrahimi Mosqued in al-Khalil (Hebron) for allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier.
The funeral procession for 20-year-old Mahmoud Abu Jheisha was held on Sunday at the Amari Mosque in his hometown of Idhna, west of al-Khalil, where relatives and friends paid their final tributes, before his burial at the local cemetery, Ma’an News Agency reported.
Those attending the event reportedly chanted slogans condemning persisting crimes by the Israeli regime forces.’
‘A British court has acquitted a Buckingham Palace guard and a soldier involved in a violent assault against two men.
The guard and his fellow soldier have walked free from court despite being captured on CCTV repeatedly stamping on the head of a victim in the street.
Shaun Smith, 25, and Jason Collins, 22, attacked two men near their barracks at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire in April last year.
The pair left one of their victims lying unconscious in the road before chasing the other man and pouncing on him as he tripped and fell while trying to flee.’
‘Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Washington of directly offering logistic support to militants operating in North Caucasus.
Putin said in a documentary, which was broadcast Sunday on Rossiya 1 television, that Russian intelligence sources have found evidence of US assistance to the militants in early 2000s.
“Once our special services documented what were simply direct contacts between fighters from the North Caucasus and representatives of US special forces in Azerbaijan,” Putin said in the documentary titled “President,” marking 15 years since he first became head of state.’