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SnapshotsJan 8, 2020 | 00:27 GMT
Iran Fires Missiles at U.S. Targets in Iraq
Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles against multiple U.S. targets in Iraq, including military facilities in Arbil in northern Iraq and the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, ABC News reported Jan. 7. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed credit for launching the missiles in Iranian state media, and said that any retaliation from the United States would be met with a “bigger and more comprehensive response." There are no immediate reports of casualties.
Contributor PerspectivesOct 23, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
A passerby picks up a copy of Nicaragua's La Prensa in Managua on March 25, 2019. The newspaper printed its cover in cyan, instead of black, with the headline, 'We are running out of ink, but not of news. The Civic Alliance will not negotiate an amnesty.'
What Happens When You Kill the Messenger in Nicaragua
For many Nicaraguans, the maxim that today's oppressed becomes tomorrow's oppressor is ringing all too true. In December 2018, the United Nations' human rights chief, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, denounced the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega, urging Ortega to "immediately halt the persecution of human rights defenders, civil society organizations [and] journalists and news organizations that are critical of the government." Since Ortega returned to office in 2007, he and his allies have grown increasingly authoritarian, especially in the last couple of years. During this time, his administration has come to rely more on the security forces to suppress dissent, leading to hundreds of deaths in 2018. Directly in Ortega's sights has been the media, particularly print journalists who frequently criticize the administration. Ortega has labeled them enemies and accused them of publishing "fake news," while his family has also bought television stations and other media outlets to try
SITUATION REPORTJun 20, 2019 | 09:11 GMT
Iran, U.S.: Tehran Shoots Down State-of-the-Art U.S. Drone Over Persian Gulf
A U.S. official has confirmed that an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down a U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton, a strategic reconnaissance drone, in international airspace on June 20, according to ABC News. The news follows an announcement from Iranian state media that Tehran had shot down a U.S. drone, albeit in Iranian airspace.
SITUATION REPORTMay 21, 2018 | 14:54 GMT
U.S.: Secretary of State Lays Out Iran Strategy
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a policy address laying out a plan B for the United States' Iran strategy, ABC News reported May 21. Pompeo said the United States is open to a new deal, issued a list of 12 demands aimed at guaranteeing Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon and threatened the strongest sanctions in history if Tehran doesn't change course.
SnapshotsApr 4, 2018 | 16:14 GMT
YouTube Shooting Proves Corporate Security Is a Companywide Responsibility
The shooter in the April 3 attack on YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, has been identified as 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam, ABC News reported April 4. According to information posted on her website, Aghdam was a prolific YouTube user who became enraged at the company when earnings from her YouTube channel declined. She claimed that YouTube had made it difficult to find her videos, causing them to lose viewership. According to some reports, Mountain View, California, police encountered Aghdam sleeping in her car the morning of the shooting in a park near the YouTube headquarters. Her father also reportedly had expressed concerns to the police that she was going to act on her rage at the company. If confirmed, this would make the YouTube shooting yet another instance of ignored warning signs.
Contributor PerspectivesJan 7, 2018 | 14:30 GMT
Waning public interest in foreign news has driven a crisis in the media industry.
Covering Conflict Zones for the Modern Media
My parents' stories about being foreign correspondents during the 1980s make me long for a very different time in journalism. Back then, most major national news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe, had well-staffed bureaus in the Middle East. And because the internet, hailed in its infancy as the savior of the news media, had not yet devastated a business model built around lucrative print advertising, there was enough money to ensure that foreign correspondents were paid a living wage. Without the echo chamber and feedback loop of social media, news companies didn't have to factor in the number of clicks a well-written, long-form piece on some depressing but important topic might get -- they could just publish the piece with the understanding that their relatively stable readership would survive.
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