Middle East update: September 7-8 2017

SYRIA Early Thursday morning Israeli aircraft struck a military site near the town of Masyaf, in western Syria. The base is reportedly used by the Syrian military’s unconventional weapons arm and was used to produce precision rockets and/or chemical weapons. At least two people were killed in the strike. Israel has, of course, assumed unto… Continue reading Middle East update: September 7-8 2017

How to craft a narrative

If you’ve ever wondered how to go about creating a narrative to drive public perception about a story, I’m here to help. I’d like to start, if I may, with a couple of examples. Back in January, NATO began major troop movements as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission begun in response to Russia’s… Continue reading How to craft a narrative

Fun with languages

Language, as in the study of a foreign language, is one of those things that fascinates me while also driving me absolutely bananas. I’ve studied several and struggle at pretty much all of them, but I enjoy learning about them and that’s why I sometimes note interesting stories about language here at this very English-language… Continue reading Fun with languages

Not even in the ballpark

Everybody is myopic to some degree about their own lives, families, careers, hobbies, and other niches. It’s human nature. But please, don’t be this guy: CNN host Chris Cuomo said Thursday that, for journalists, being called “fake news” is “the equivalent of the n-word.” “I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the… Continue reading Not even in the ballpark

Who whines about the whiners?

Here’s New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, on NPR’s Fresh Air today: GROSS: When someone questions whether The New York Times is balanced or not during the campaign, for example, in its coverage of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, do you do like accounting where you count like the number of stories that have… Continue reading Who whines about the whiners?

Terror attacks, and how we Americans approach them

A Syrian refugee who was reportedly denied asylum and was about to be deported detonated a backpack bomb outside of a crowded festival in Ansbach, Germany, yesterday evening. Fortunately it appears that only the terrorist was killed, but 15 others were reportedly injured in the blast–he was apparently denied entry into the festival before he… Continue reading Terror attacks, and how we Americans approach them

ISIS kills at least 148 in Latakia, where people live

Five suicide attacks and two car bombs killed at least 148 people in the Syrian cities of Jableh and Tartus earlier today. The attacks were all carried out by ISIS. Buzzfeed has aggregated photographs of the aftermath along with some specific details about each attack. I mention this first because that’s a hell of a… Continue reading ISIS kills at least 148 in Latakia, where people live