How The US Will Save Syria. The Significance of the Upcoming War with Syria. SYRIA: 10 Thoughts On The Crisis. How Obama's rogue state tramples over every law it demands Syria uphold. For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are sceptical now US troops fire a white phosphorous mortar towards a Taliban position on 3 April 2009 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Photograph: John Moore/Getty You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN security council. They've defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent spectators. Four Chemical Attacks U.S. Wants You to Forget. Syria: Why we oppose intervention. General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years. The Truth About George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case leaves many myths (opinion) View full sizeGeorge Zimmerman, left, talks to his attorney, Don West, during jury deliberations in his trial in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool) It has been almost a week since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but the fury over the decision has hardly died down. In the commentary and analysis, there has been much irresponsible rhetoric –- from the U.S. attorney general to message board commenters. Message board commenters I can forgive. 5 Myths about Stand Your Ground Debunked. Myth # 1: Stand Your Ground means that you can shoot people if you believe they are a threat to your life.
Fact: No. That is basic self-defense, in all 50 states and every country in the world that has an advanced legal system, not Stand Your Ground. Remember that the belief that force is necessary to protect yourself must be reasonable and the amount of force used must be reasonable. Reasonableness is determined by a jury. Stand Your Ground simply means that you don't have to retreat, if possible, before using deadly force. Whether Stand Your Ground is a good policy or not is certainly debatable.
A Few Questions for Those Upset by the Zimmerman Verdict. Please read this first!
: This survey focuses specifically on some of the most underreported (or misreported) facts in this case -- facts that challenge many of the preconceptions created by the news media's coverage of this topic. It is not meant to be a balanced or comprehensive list of all the evidence and is not a scientific poll. Although anyone can take the survey, it is designed primarily for those who already believe that George Zimmerman should have been found "guilty" and focuses on facts that may contradict their assumptions -- facts most people don't know because they were ignored or widely misreported by a news media that wanted to tell a particular story. Zimmerman Trial & Trayvon Martin Media Manipulation Exposed. Trayvon Tragedy: Manufactured Racism? How NBC Edited Racism Into the George Zimmerman 911 Call.
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BFFs Barack Obama, Josef Stalin, and Adolf Hitler (left to right) pose together for a picture.C’mooon, what more proof do you need? Have a cause you really hate? Want to discredit it? Well, fortunately for you, there’s History’s Worst Dictators™. Whether it’s banking, corporations, evolution, abortion, gun control, gun rights, atheism, or vegetarianism, these villains can be dredged up whenever you need cast the specter of mass murder on your opponents’ intentions. Although the internet has spawned epidemics of this kind of egregious dishonesty, telling bold-faced lies to score cheap political points has a long and storied past.
Quote mining. Quote mining is the deceitful tactic of taking quotes out of context in order to make them seemingly agree with the quote miner's viewpoint or to make the comments of an opponent seem more extreme or hold positions they don't in order to make their positions easier to refute or demonize. It's a way of lying.
This tactic is widely used among Young Earth Creationists in an attempt to discredit evolution.  Prime examples See also Popular quote mines for a list of further examples. Ahmadinejad DID NOT threaten to "wipe Israel off the map." Malala's Drone Strike Warnings Ignored by US Media. Westerners are so convinced China is a dystopian hellscape they’ll share anything that confirms it. ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images, via Tech in Asia When it comes to China stories, people will believe almost anything.
Take, for instance, the reports about pollution being so severe in Beijing that residents now watch radiant sunrises broadcast on a huge screen in Tiananmen Square. So, that never happened. As Tech in Asia flags, the sunrise is a clip from a tourism ad for Shandong province, in China’s northeast; it’s on screen for maybe 10 seconds or so per loop. But that didn’t prevent a slew of prominent media outlets—including Time, CBS News and the Huffington Post—from running the story, which originated in the UK-based Daily Mail, each taking their own liberties with the truth. How do stories like this happen? But more to the point: Western readers eat this stuff up.