Christchurch in context: Media as accessory to the crime?

On The Listening Post this week: Nothing comes from nothing: we trace the history of Islamophobia in the western media. Plus, politically conscious rap in Senegal. Christchurch mosque attacks and the media It has been just over a week now since 50 Muslim worshippers were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker livestreamed his killing…
Libya: Protesters demand release of Gaddafi-era spy chief Senussi

Libya: Protesters demand release of Gaddafi-era spy chief Senussi

Relatives and supporters of Libya's Gaddafi-era intelligence chief, jailed for his alleged role in a bloody crackdown during the country's 2011 uprising, protested in Tripoli on Saturday to demand his release. Abdullah al-Senussi, a brother-in-law of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi, was sentenced to death in 2015 over the part he allegedly played in the government's response to…
‘Taste of victory’ for SDF, but ISIL threat remains

‘Taste of victory’ for SDF, but ISIL threat remains

After years of fighting, it was finally time to dance. As their commanders on Saturday declared final victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) unfurled their yellow flag atop a bullet-ridden building in celebration. They celebrated the victory with the Dabke, a folk…
‘Scores killed’ after attack in central Mali village

‘Scores killed’ after attack in central Mali village

Armed men have killed more than 100 people in central Mali, according to local officials, in what is one of the deadliest attacks in a country plagued by worsening ethnic violence and the rise of armed groups.  Moulaye Guindo, the mayor of the town of Bankass, said men dressed as traditional Donzo hunters encircled and…
Mueller ends Trump-Russia probe: All the latest updates

Mueller ends Trump-Russia probe: All the latest updates

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his nearly two-year investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and whether President Donald Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.  On Friday, Mueller handed over his report to Attorney General William Barr, who has said he will…
Christchurch mosque reopens amid call for action on Islamophobia

Christchurch mosque reopens amid call for action on Islamophobia

Christchurch, New Zealand - Christchurch's Al Noor mosque has reopened its doors, eight days after they were shuttered in the wake of the killing of 50 Muslims in the worst mass shootings in New Zealand's modern history. Officials at Al Noor, where more than 40 people were shot dead during the attack on March 15, started…
Pompeo tells Lebanon to choose Hezbollah or independence

Pompeo tells Lebanon to choose Hezbollah or independence

Beirut, Lebanon - A seven-minute media address by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday was dominated by his country's preoccupation with Hezbollah and, in effect, its patron Iran. Pompeo read out his statement during his visit to Beirut as his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil watched with an unwavering gaze. The top US diplomat minced no words while declaring…
Italy joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Italy joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Resisting pressure from Washington and Brussels, Italy on Saturday became the first G7 country to join China's controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Rome, endorsing the global infrastructure building scheme. Conte and Xi shook hands after 29 separate sections of the memorandum were signed…
Will you cross the line?

Will you cross the line?

Amidst a crackdown on freedom of expression, will you push the boundaries or play it safe?
Mass London protest to demand second referendum on Brexit

Mass London protest to demand second referendum on Brexit

London, United Kingdom - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march through central London on Saturday to demand a final say on Brexit. As the impasse over a way forward continues in Westminster, the original Brexit deadline of March 29 has now been pushed to April 12. Protesters want the government to put…

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