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How any good news for Trump will be reported — the rule is quite clear.

I'm seeing 2 big examples of how the media are reporting good news for Trump this weekend. It's really embarrassing for them because the 2 stories are very big and very good for Trump and, in both, the same move is made to turn it into something negative and ominous.1. The Mueller investigation has concluded, and though we can't read it yet, we know that it means that there will be no charges against Trump or any of his people that have to do with colluding with Russians to affect the election. ...
Tags: Headlines, ISIS, Journalism, Mueller, Nyt, Torture, Trump derangement syndrome, WaPo


"The Islamic State’s so-called caliphate has been defeated, a U.S.-backed force said Saturday..."

WaPo reports in "The Islamic State’s caliphate has been defeated, U.S.-backed forces say."I celebrate this victory, but please forgive me if I look immediately turn to WaPo's treatment of President Trump. The first mention of him is in paragraph 4, and it's negative:The militants switched gears as territorial defeat loomed, seeding sleeper cells across former strongholds as they prepared a new phase of insurgency. U.S. military officials have also warned that President Trump’s planned troop with...
Tags: ISIS, Journalism, Obama and the military, Obama's war on terror, Syria, Trump And The Military, Trump's war on terror, WaPo


Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist prop...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum, Special Immigration Appeals Commission


U.S.-Backed Forces Admit to Facing Difficulties Defeating IS in Syria

'We are facing several difficulties regarding the operations'
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Onetime, U S Backed Forces Admit


Fort Trump? The Pentagon Takes a Step Toward Establishing Base in Poland

The Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Syria, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy, Poland, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Warsaw Poland, Trump Administration, John Rood, Fort Trump


UN plan for Syria should take priority | Letters

While there is no clear picture of what next for the situation inside of Syria, donors should not write blank cheques for reconstruction, writes Cafod’s Anne StreetThe third EU and UN conference being held in Brussels this week to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria has the optimistic title of “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” (Divisions over forced return of refugees to Syria expected at conference, 12 March).However, the future is bleak for millions of Syrians who fled the confli...
Tags: Eu, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Brussels, Cafod, Anne StreetThe


Surge in prosecutions of British jihadists 'may never happen' – DPP

Expectation that there could be hundreds of Syria returnees in court has not been realisedAn expected surge in the number of prosecutions of jihadist fighters returning home from Syria has failed to materialise and may never happen, according to the director of public prosecutions.Max Hill QC, who was formerly the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said the expectation that there could be hundreds of cases going through UK courts after the collapse of the Islamic State “caliphate” ha...
Tags: UK, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, Sajid Javid, Dpp, Shamima Begum, Max Hill


MoD claim of one civilian death in Isis raids ridiculed

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence claim that the RAF killed only one civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as ludicrous and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It said 90% of ...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


MoD challenged over 'ludicrous' claim of one civilian death in Isis raids

RAF says 4,315 Isis fighters were killed or injured in airstrikes and just one civilianThe Ministry of Defence’s claim that the RAF killed only a single civilian in thousands of airstrikes against Isis has been dismissed as “ludicrous” and “stretching credibility”.According figures released by the MoD following a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), the RAF strikes between 2014 and January this year killed or injured 4,315 of the group’s fighters. It sai...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf


RAF says it harmed just one civilian out of 4,000 enemy fighters in Iraq and Syria

Claim of almost completely avoiding civilian harm from airstrikes met with cynicism The Royal Air Force harmed just one civilian among more than 4,000 enemy fighters during just over four years of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Defence has said.The figures, provided by the MOD in response to a freedom of information request by the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), show that of the 4,315 individuals targeted by British airstrikes from September 2014 to January this year, 4,0...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Royal Air Force, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, charity Action on Armed Violence AOAV


Syrian refugees launch legal bid to try Assad for crimes against humanity

International criminal court asked to rule in case brought by 28 people who fled civil warSyrian refugees who fled to Jordan after being tortured and witnessing massacres have submitted dossiers of evidence to the international criminal court in a novel attempt to prosecute President Bashar al-Assad.Although Syria is not a signatory to the court, based in The Hague, lawyers in London are relying on a precedent set by the ICC in extending jurisdiction to the crime of forcible population transfers...
Tags: London, Law, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Bashar al-Assad, Jordan, Torture, Assad, Icc, The Hague, Bashar


Here’s what 2,400 Marines and sailors were doing during an eight-month deployment to the Middle East

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Abner Mauncio is hugged by his three children as marines and sailors of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit return from their successful, eight-month deployment to the Indo- Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions, on Feb. 28, 2019 at Camp Pendleton. The end of this deployment is uniquely significant, as it was the inaugural combat deployment of the Marine Corps F-35B, Lightning II fighter jet. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer) ...
Tags: Isis, News, Navy, Africa, Sport, Syria, Soccer, Military, Philippines, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Marine Corps, Marines, San Diego, Pentagon, Air Force


Assad can still be brought to justice – and Europe’s role is crucial | Natalie Nougayrède

Some very motivated lawyers are working hard to put Syrian war criminals in the dock, and we can all play a partThe hope must be that criminal justice will one day close in on Syria’s murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad, his henchmen and his enablers. And on that front, there’s been some good news recently: the arrests in Germany and France of three Syrian intelligence officials suspected of torture were groundbreaking. This came on top of the issuance of warrants and the filing of dozens of crim...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Sweden, Law, France, Germany, European Union, World news, Syria, Austria, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Bashar Al Assad, Natalie Nougayrède


A new template for Trump-haters: "Trump Is Epic."

That's the headline for a conversation at the NYT between Gail Collins and Bret Stephens. The pull quote under the photo of Trump is: "'Which horrible things the president has done lately seem most appalling to you?' Gail Collins asks."I'm thinking this is a real turning point in Trump-hating, a recognition that the portrayal of Trump as small isn't working anymore. The man with the tiny hands and tiny penis, the child of man, who bumbled into the White House and is throwing tantrums, watching T...
Tags: Twitter, Europe, New York, Law, North Korea, White House, Syria, Hillary Clinton, Venezuela, Collins, Trump, Stephens, Maduro, Müller, Bret Stephens, Gail


Shamima Begum says she regrets publicising desire to return to UK

19-year-old who left Britain to join Isis in 2015 fears talking to media may have harmed causeShamima Begum believes she may have inadvertently harmed her prospects of returning to the UK by drawing public attention to her situation.The British-born 19-year-old, who travelled from east London to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) in 2015 while still a schoolgirl, faces being stripped of her British citizenship in what some have described as a populist move by the home secretary, Sajid Javid. Con...
Tags: UK, Isis, London, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, UK News, Syria, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Sajid Javid, Islamic State ISIS, Shamima Begum, Begum


War doctor David Nott: ‘The adrenaline was overpowering’

As his book detailing his time volunteering in Sarajevo, Gaza, Syria and beyond is published, the NHS surgeon talks about what it takes to work in a war zone• Read an extract from David Nott’s book War DoctorWhat first inspired you to become a war doctor?Two things. The first was Roland Joffé’s film The Killing Fields, which had a huge impact on me when I saw it as a trainee surgeon. There is a scene in a hospital in Phnom Penh, overrun with patients, where a surgeon has to deal with a shrapnel ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, NHS, Gaza, Doctors, Autobiography and memoir, Phnom Penh, Sarajevo, Roland Joffe, David Nott


President Trump Plans to Keep 200 U.S. Troops in Syria, White House Says

Senator Lindsey Graham applauded the president’s decision in a statement
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Syria, Military, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Onetime, Syria White House Says


Shamima Begum citizenship decision sets a dangerous precedent | Letters

Naomi Wayne, Iain Forbes, Claire Tomalin, Sarah Eccleston and William Schabas give their views on the Isis recruit having her UK citizenship revokedThe basis for revoking Shamima Begum’s citizenship (Javid faces legal threat over Isis recruit’s citizenship, 20 February) could, potentially, apply to millions of other Brits if we behave in a way that the home secretary is satisfied “is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom”. Sajid Javid cannot legally make Begum statel...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, United Kingdom, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum


Shamima Begum's family hope to bring her baby to UK

Lawyer for family of 19-year-old who joined Isis in Syria is to ask her consent for planThe family of Shamima Begum are exploring legal and practical options to bring her baby son to the UK without her while she embarks on the potentially lengthy appeal against the removal of her British citizenship, the Guardian has learned.The lawyer representing the 19-year-old’s family is planning to travel to the refugee camp in Syria where she is living “as soon as possible” to set in motion the legal appe...
Tags: UK, Isis, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Syria, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Shamima Begum


If this is a news story, why can I detect a point of view just looking at the headline and the photograph?

I'm looking at this in the NYT:The artful photograph looks like a Madonna and Child. The woman is beautiful, serene, and intensely and spiritually maternal.The headline tells us she's an Alabaman and she's being excluded from "Home."Now, I'll read the text. I'm beginning at the beginning and will put an ellipsis when I make a cut:President Trump said Wednesday the United States would not re-admit an American-born woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State and now wants to come home. T...
Tags: Isis, Law, Islamic State, Alabama, Turkey, Syria, United States, Madonna, Nyt, Treason, Yemen, Trump, State, Leopold, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


'Let her prove herself': Bethnal Green residents on Shamima Begum

Locals express regret after home secretary revokes 19-year-old’s citizenship – but some have faith in state’s actionsResidents in Bethnal Green, east London, where Shamima Begum lived before going to Syria to join Islamic State, have expressed regret at the home secretary’s order to revoke her citizenship.Abdur Rahman, a 55-year-old cab driver, who has lived in the area for 25 years, said: “The fact she was born here is one thing, but everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves. Let her come...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, UK News, Syria, Sajid Javid, Bethnal Green, Shamima Begum, Abdur Rahman, Bethnal Green east London


UK citizenship rights of Shamima Begum's son not affected, says Javid

Home secretary says child born before citizenship stripped from teenager who fled to SyriaThe rights of the baby son of Shamima Begum, the teenager who fled to Syria to marry an Isis fighter, are unaffected by the decision to strip her of her UK citizenship, the home secretary, Sajid Javid, has suggested. Related: Javid’s decision on Shamima Begum demeans his office | Sonia Sodha Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Syria, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Sonia Sodha, Javid


Citizenship rights of Shamima Begum's son not affected, says Javid

Home secretary says decision to strip UK citizenship from teenager who went to Syria does not affect her sonThe rights of the baby son of Shamima Begum, the teenager who fled to Syria to marry an Isis fighter, are unaffected by the decision to strip her of her UK citizenship, the home secretary, Sajid Javid, has suggested. Related: Javid’s decision on Shamima Begum demeans his office | Sonia Sodha Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Syria, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Sonia Sodha, Javid


I witnessed the purgatory of people trapped in Syria's Rukban camp | Marwa Awad

Constant hunger and thirst haunt those stranded in the desert, where escape means paying vast sums to smugglersBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


A dead dog as a playmate? The plight of children in Rukban is heartbreaking | Marwa Awad

I witnessed the constant hunger and thirst of those trapped in the remote Syrian desert, where aid rarely makes it throughBetween the southern border of Syria, Jordan and Iraq lies a stretch of land akin to purgatory. More than 40,000 people are stranded in Rukban, almost 300km from Damascus.Families here are cut off from the world, facing hunger and lacking healthcare, transport and education. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Humanitarian response, Damascus, Migration And Development, Syria Jordan, Conflict and arms, Rukban, Marwa Awad


Shamima Begum 'a bit shocked' that UK has revoked citizenship

Teenager who travelled from London to Syria to join Isis says decision is ‘kind of heart-breaking’Shamima Begum, the teenager who travelled from east London to Syria to join Islamic State in 2015, has described Home Office plans to strip her of citizenship as “kind of heart-breaking”. Related: Shamima Begum: will the plan to revoke her citizenship succeed? Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Isis, London, Human Rights, Law, Islamic State, UK News, Syria, Home Office, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Begum


A “view” from the courtroom: Back to the bench for Justice Ginsburg

The court is returning to the bench this morning after its usual four-week winter recess. The recess, marked by noteworthy “shadow docket” actions on the death penalty, abortion rights and other matters, may have offered more news than the relatively sleepy February sitting. Today, though, the press section is filling up, and it is not because there is a groundswell of interest in today’s lone case for argument – a thorny patent dispute between a private business and the U.S. Postal Service over...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Featured, Law, Congress, Abc, California, Washington, Alabama, Los Angeles, Syria, Cnn, Commerce, Oscar, Npr, Ross


Shamima Begum and questions of responsibility – hers and ours | Letters

Readers give their thoughts on the east London schoolgirl who left the UK to join Islamic State and now wants to returnMany words have been spilled in discussions over whether Shamima Begum and her newborn child should, or should not, be allowed to return to UK to face justice (Let Begum’s case be a turning point, 19 February). We indubitably have a responsibility for her and can’t just remove her citizenship, though many would, no doubt, like to.However, in all of this debate, I have read littl...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Children, Islamic State, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Policy, Shamima Begum, Begum


Report: More Than 300 Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria, With Pro-Assad Forces Responsible for 98 Percent

Well over 300 chemical weapons attacks have occurred during the nearly eight years-long Syrian civil war, with President Bashar al-Assad’s government and its allies accounting for the vast majority of them, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing new research by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI).Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Washington Post, Syria, War, Military, Terrorism, Bashar Al Assad, Chemical Weapons, Syrian Civil War, Sarin, Chlorine, Barrel Bombs, Global Public Policy Institute GPPI


Trump is right, UK must take back Isis fighters – ex-British army chief

Gen Lord Dannatt says British Isis fighters in Syria should face justice back homeA former head of the British army has said Donald Trump is right to say British Islamic State fighters held in Syria should be brought back to the UK because they are the UK’s responsibility.Gen Lord Dannatt said it was important they are seen to be treated fairly to help prevent others being radicalised and to set an example to the rest of the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, US news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, British Army, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Richard Dannatt, Donald Trump, Trump



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