Facebook and Google promoted false news stories claiming that the shooter who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas was a Democrat who opposed Donald Trump. The misidentification spread rapidly from dark corners of the internet to mainstream platforms just hours after hundreds were injured at a festival near the Mandalay Bay casino, the latest example of fake news polluting social media amid a breaking news story.The flow of misinformation on Monday illustrated a particularly grim trend that has increasingly dominated viral online propaganda during US mass shootings – hyper-partisan trolls battling to blame the tragedy on opposing political ideologies.
Caste and Hindi Uber-Nationalism both to blame
A man from the Dalit, the lower caste in Indian Hindu society, has died after being attacked while attending a celebration of the Hindu festival of Navratri. Eight men have been detained and charged with murder.
Facebook has handed over copies of some 3,000 ads linked to a Russian agency to US lawmakers, as part of Congress’ probe into alleged election meddling. The ads reportedly focused on divisive social and political issues.
Who’s watching them? At least 40 patients at Norwegian psychiatric treatment units have been treated with electric therapy over the last three years without giving consent, a report has revealed.
What can we do to bring an end to these killings and our nation’s killings? Two young women who were knifed to death by a suspected jihadist outside Marseille train station on Sunday were two cousins aged 20, French prosecutors have confirmed.
Pope Francis has changed Canon law so that translations of liturgical texts are approved by local bishops’ conferences, rather than needing Vatican approval. So why is this important? Joanne M. Pierce, a professor of Religious Studies, explains.
Puerto Rican veterans who survived the horrors of Korea wonder when their commander-in-chief will address their island’s humanitarian crisis.
Here is an English version of my latest article in Al-Hurra
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In 838, a Kurdish leader based in Mosul named Mir Jafar Dasni revolted against the Caliph Al-Mu’tasim. After a series of armed confrontation between Arabs and Kurds in difficult terrain, a (non-Arab) commander of the Arab Caliph, Itakh, won the war and executed many of the Kurds, but Mir Jafar Dasni committed suicide to avoid capture.
Many opponents of the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum may not be aware of the region’s medieval historical conflicts, but undoubtedly they hope that history repeats itself and that the Kurds will be defeated once again, but this is unlikely. Their abundance of foes has united the Iraqi Kurds in support of the referendum. Never in their history have the Kurds been as focused and determined as they are today.
It is easy to join the chorus of…
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