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Africa's independence - Riz Khan. The Image War - Programmes. 9/11: It was a PR stunt which killed thousands and launched a propaganda war that has, so far, lasted a decade.

The Image War - Programmes

Since then, the US and al-Qaeda have competed furiously to win 'hearts and minds' with elaborate media strategies. Spin, threats, lies, censorship, the killing of journalists; how far has each side been prepared to go to win the propaganda war? In the 'war on terror' the exploitation of images was to become a matter of life and death, as both the US and al-Qaeda bombarded the world with media designed to win people over to their side. It started with 9/11 itself: an act of terror staged as a global media event and the catalyst for a decade of propaganda war. But al-Qaeda's canny use of 9/11 imagery, which included saving footage of the attackers for release at a later date so as to maximise publicity, gave way to serious errors in judgement as the group's use of beheadings not only terrorised viewers but also alienated one-time sympathisers.

And so, the image war goes on. TomDispatch. Home - National Priorities Project. - the films and journalism of John Pilger. WikiLeaks Press. Hitler Historical Museum. Focal Point Publications. German Propaganda Archive (Guide Page) Is pornography driving men crazy? It is hard to ignore how many highly visible men in recent years (indeed, months) have behaved in sexually self-destructive ways.

Is pornography driving men crazy?

Some powerful men have long been sexually voracious; unlike today, though, they were far more discreet and generally used much better judgment in order to cover their tracks. Of course, the heightened technological ability nowadays to expose private behavior is part of the reason for this change. But that is precisely the point: so many of the men caught up in sex-tinged scandals of late have exposed themselves - sometimes literally - through their own willing embrace of text messages, Twitter, and other indiscreet media.

What is driving this weirdly disinhibited decision-making? Could the widespread availability and consumption of pornography in recent years actually be rewiring the male brain, affecting men's judgment about sex and causing them to have more difficulty controlling their impulses? A version of this article first appeared on Project Syndicate. Staying Human - Al Jazeera World. The situation in Gaza told from beyond the grave.

Staying Human - Al Jazeera World

This film follows Italian human rights activist Vittorio Arrigoni as he campaigns for the fishermen of Gaza.Arrigoni was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using non-violent methods. In the film he relates his experience of Israel's war on Gaza and explains why he chose to visit and live in Gaza in the first place. On April 14, 2011 Vittorio Arrigoni was abducted in Gaza. His kidnappers released a video of him and demanded the release of Salafists detained by Hamas.

The following day Arrigoni was found dead by Hamas security forces in a house in the north of Gaza. Staying Human can be seen from Tuesday, June 28, at the following times GMT: Tuesday: 2000; Wednesday: 1200; Thursday: 0100; Friday: 0600; Saturday: 2000; Sunday: 1200. Norman G. Finkelstein.