More Houla Contretemps
A couple of months ago, we reported claims from a German media outlet, the Frankfurter Allgemeine, that a horrific massacre of civilians in the Syrian village of Houla had been carried out by rebel forces. It's important to note that in the same time frame, another German publication, Der Spiegel, asserted the opposite. We don't know what's true. But we do know that you have a right to hear all of the emerging claims, and that these things need to be handled with great care. That's exactly what didn't happen, when, right after the tragedy, the world's media rushed to blame the Syrian government, charges which provided fodder to those arguing for a "humanitarian" (military) intervention.
More "Silent Arab Spring"
Some uprisings are more deserving than others -- that's the tacit message we get -- based on which are covered and which are not.
The uprising that doesn't exist, as far as the West and its allies (and their media) are concerned, continues. A prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province, outspoken in his condemnation of dictatorship (in the Sunni-dominated kingdom and elsewhere) was badly injured ... in unclear circumstances related to his arrest by the authorities. Hundreds took to the streets in the aftermath. Not a word appeared in any major Western media.
GRAPHIC Info here.