World View: Hamas Restricts Foreign Media Reporting After NDTV Shows Rocket Launch
- Russia to send 'non-military' aid truck convoy into eastern Ukraine
- Hamas restricts foreign media reporting after NDTV shows rocket launch
- U.S. sending weapons directly to Kurds in Iraq
Russia to send 'non-military' aid truck convoy into eastern Ukraine
Russia says that it will send a truck convoy with humanitarian aid
across the border into east Ukraine, into the region around Donetsk,
which is currently being held by pro-Russian separatist militias. The
announcement said that the convoy will be non-military, and that the
aid will be provided in conjunction with the International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ICRC responded cautiously, saying,
"[P]rior to the beginning of the operation, the ICRC should receive
without undue delay from the authorities of the Russian Federation all
necessary details concerning the aid, including the volume and type of
items, and requirements for transport and storage."
The Ukraine government in Kiev has surrounded the pro-Russian militias
in Donetsk, cutting off travel and supplies, with analyst opinions
mixed about whether Kiev is close to defeating them. Thousands of
people are believed to be short of water, electricity, and medical aid
due to the fighting. It's feared that Russia will use the
humanitarian convoy as a pretext for military action to support the
pro-Russian militias. Reuters and Ria Novosti (Moscow) and Itar-Tass (Moscow)
Hamas restricts foreign media reporting after NDTV shows rocket launch
On Sunday, Hamas announced that it will severely restrict reporting of
the Gaza war by foreign journalists, possibly in retaliation for the
airing a week ago of a video of the assembly and launch of a rocket
from a heavily populated area of Gaza. ("10-Aug-14 World View -- New Delhi TV accidentally gets video of Hamas rocket launch in Gaza")
Hamas has been harassing reporters since the beginning of the war, and
has threatened reporters with retaliation for publishing news that was
not favorable to Hamas. On Sunday, Paul T. Jørgensen of Norway's TV2
[S]everal foreign journalists have been kicked out of
Gaza because Hamas does not like what they wrote or said.
We have received strict orders that if we record that Hamas fires
rockets or that they shoot, we will face serious problems and be
expelled from Gaza.
The Foreign Press Association on Monday denounced the new
Hamas restrictions in a statement:
The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant,
incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas
authorities and their representatives against visiting
international journalists in Gaza over the past month.
The international media are not advocacy organizations and cannot
be prevented from reporting by means of threats or pressure,
thereby denying their readers and viewers an objective picture
from the ground.
In several cases, foreign reporters working in Gaza have been
harassed, threatened or questioned over stories or information
they have reported through their news media or by means of social
We are also aware that Hamas is trying to put in place a "vetting"
procedure that would, in effect, allow for the blacklisting of
specific journalists. Such a procedure is vehemently opposed by
According to the new rules, announced on Sunday, Hamas will require
foreign journalists covering Gaza to provide information about
Palestinian translators and fixers, as well as the address where they
are staying. Camera.org and Jerusalem Post and Foreign Press Association
U.S. sending weapons directly to Kurds in Iraq
The U.S. is sending weapons directly to the Kurds in Iraq to help the
Kurdish Peshmerga forces fight militias from the Islamic State. Islamic State hopelessly outguns the Peshmerga,
since they have advanced American-made Humvees and other heavy weapons
that were acquired from warehouses when IS captured the city of
Mosul. The intention is that the U.S. weapons shipments will even
things out a little, though the light arms being shipped are still no
match for Humvees and tanks.
Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. on Monday said that nothing that
America is doing, including airstrikes, is expected to have much
effect on IS:
I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively
contained, or that we are somehow breaking, the momentum of the
They’re very well-organized, They are very well-equipped. They
coordinate their operations. And they have thus far shown the
ability to attack on multiple axes. This is not
It's beginning to look like we're using what what might be called the
"Vietnam strategy" for entering Iraq.
What I mean by that is that George H.W. Bush took a firm decision and
fought Iraq to extract it from Kuwait. Bill Clinton took a firm
decision, and bombed Iraq to protect the Kurds and prevent
development of weapons of mass destruction. George W. Bush took a
firm decision and invaded Iraq to get rid of Iraq's reported weapons
of mass destruction.
However, no firm decisions are being made now with respect to Iraq,
and we're being pulled into Iraq more and more in a reactive mode, one
step at a time. This is how Presidents Kennedy and Johnson got us
into the Vietnam War, and we appear to be repeating that strategy.
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Russia, Ukraine, Donetsk,
International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC,
Hamas, NDTV, Paul T. Jørgensen, Foreign Press Association,
Iraq, Kurds, Peshmerga, William C Mayville Jr
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