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"friday-lunch-club": 'British survey (unpublished) by Aljazeera revealed a decline in viewership by 37%'

"friday-lunch-club": 'British survey (unpublished) by Aljazeera revealed a decline in viewership by 37%' | Global politics | Scoop.it

"Shortly after posting on the decline of Al-Jazeerah yesterday (and the post dealt only with the decline of Aljazeera net in terms of figures and ranking on Alexa), I received a phone call from an inside source at Aljazeera who does not wish to be identified for obvious reasons. He confirmed my general impression and my posts and told me that an inside survey (unpublished) by Aljazeera that was conducted some 6 months ago revealed a decline in viewership by 37% (he said that this was part of a study commissioned to a British firm). He said that the departure of Waddah Khanfar made a difference in staffing: that the Hamas folks who were hired by Waddah were all removed and that the news staff all belong to Al-Ikhwan. He tells me that the Tunisia office is now run and staffed practically by An-Nahdah party, and that the Cairo office is staffed by Ikhwan, like the office in Turkey.

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Russian Missiles' Global Reach: Does Moscow Need Military Bases Abroad?

Russian Missiles' Global Reach: Does Moscow Need Military Bases Abroad? | Global politics | Scoop.it
Throughout the 20th century, military analysts have considered military bases abroad to be an indicator of a state's power and influence, demonstrating whether or not a country has the right to call itself a great power. Recently, with advances in military technology, Russian politicians and the military have begun questioning this logic.
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In today's world, Zvezda notes, "to solve specific combat objectives, it is enough to create temporary air bases, such the one at Hmeymim." Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160430/1038886500/russian-bases-abroad-analysis.html#ixzz47eSBUfjY
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German Comic: Merkel ‘Filleted Me’ and ‘Served Me Up for Tea’ to Erdogan

German Comic: Merkel ‘Filleted Me’ and ‘Served Me Up for Tea’ to Erdogan | Global politics | Scoop.it
Breaking weeks of silence, the popular German comedian Jan Boehmermann blasted the German Chancellor for placing the whining of a “despot” above freedom of speech in her own country.
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Sanders Beats Clinton in Indiana Primary

Sanders Beats Clinton in Indiana Primary | Global politics | Scoop.it
Bernie Sanders appeared heading for a surprise victory over US Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
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Why the Neocons Hate and Fear Donald Trump

Why the Neocons Hate and Fear Donald Trump | Global politics | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s recent speech on foreign policy has been roundly condemned by the US foreign establishment.
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Russian 11 Year-Old Fools Airport Security to Fly to St. Petersburg

Russian 11 Year-Old Fools Airport Security to Fly to St. Petersburg | Global politics | Scoop.it
An 11-year-old schoolgirl has confounded Russian police and airport officials after managing to fly unnoticed from Moscow to St. Petersburg without documents and tickets.On the evening of April 25 the girl, a Moscow resident, did not return home from school and her parents began to worry. She was later discovered at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport, having boarded a plane at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, somehow eluding all inspections.
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The Geopolitics of the Odessa Massacre

The Geopolitics of the Odessa Massacre | Global politics | Scoop.it
On May 2nd, 2014 Ukrainian neo-Nazis, with the direct connivance of the Ukrainian authorities, shot and burned to death more than 100 people in Odessa. According to some estimates the number of victims of the massacre included up to 300. Among the victims were women, children and the elderly. The Odessa tragedy predetermined the further escalation of the conflict in the East of Ukraine and the beginning of military operations in Donbass.Pro-Western Coup: The First Blood
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Russians Calling Medvedev a "Traitor" for Not Vetoing UN NATO War On Libya In Larger Context

Russians Calling Medvedev a "Traitor" for Not Vetoing UN NATO War On Libya In Larger Context | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Trump, The Unavoidable: Is Political Polarization Destroying Democracy? By Ugo Bardi

Trump, The Unavoidable: Is Political Polarization Destroying Democracy? By Ugo Bardi | Global politics | Scoop.it
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Who will pay the 3 billion Euros annually for the Turkish war against Syria ?

Who will pay the 3 billion Euros annually for the Turkish war against Syria ? | Global politics | Scoop.it
While we have been stating for several weeks that the 3 billion Euros annually promised by the European Union to Turkey are not (...) [Voltaire Network]
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Mattis versus Trump, by Thierry Meyssan

Mattis versus Trump, by  Thierry Meyssan | Global politics | Scoop.it
While the media treat the US primaries as if they were a competition between Trump and Cruz on one side, and Clinton and Sanders on the (...) [Voltaire Network]
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Electoral Votes Matter: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders vs Donald Trump

Electoral Votes Matter: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders vs Donald Trump | Global politics | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton supporters have been quick to point out that delegates matter whenever a raft of polls shows Bernie Sanders tied or winning against her nat
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Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows | Global politics | Scoop.it
“Very competent, very professional, very intelligently moving towards the center, very shrewdly and effectively serving on the Armed Services Committee.” — Rep. Newt Gingrich, referring to fe…
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Clinton’s policies are in contrast highly predictable on the basis of her record and recent public pronouncements. (She has all but declared war on Syria, for example, and will continue to provocatively expand NATO while pressuring Europe to maintain unpopular and painful sanctions against Russia.) By this record I mean the record of “experience” touted by her supporters, and referred to by corporate media talking heads in their matter-of-fact way as though its substance were an unquestionable plus for Hillary.
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New Evidence of Undiscovered, Mysterious Planet Nine Befuddles Astronomers

New Evidence of Undiscovered, Mysterious Planet Nine Befuddles Astronomers | Global politics | Scoop.it
For the second time this year, world-class astronomers claim to prove the existence of Planet Nine despite being baffled about the planet’s genesis and uncertain of its present location.
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Obama: No TTIP Without EU Membership; British Voters: Do You Promise?

Obama: No TTIP Without EU Membership; British Voters: Do You Promise? | Global politics | Scoop.it
British public support for EU membership falters after President Obama threatens that the country would be placed in the back of the line for trade agreements if they exit Europe.
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This is Why Voting for Hillary is Not the Best Idea

This is Why Voting for Hillary is Not the Best Idea | Global politics | Scoop.it
The day Hillary Clinton moves to the White House, if she gets elected, would be a happy one for both neocons and liberal interventionists since the former secretary of state will likely push for a significantly more assertive US policy that could ultimately lead to a conflict with Russia and Iran, political writer Diana Johnstone warne
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Donald Trump Wins Indiana and Moves Closer to GOP Nomination

Donald Trump Wins Indiana and Moves Closer to GOP Nomination | Global politics | Scoop.it
As polls close in the Indiana primary, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is projected to take the state, beating rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich.
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Finland's President Says His Country Does Not Need NATO

Finland's President Says His Country Does Not Need NATO | Global politics | Scoop.it
According to a fresh government-commissioned, independent assessment of the effects of Finland's possible NATO membership, it would be most beneficial for Finland if Sweden were to join at the same time.Speaking with Yle on Saturday, President Sauli Niinistö stressed that both countries will make their own independent decision.
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Nobody needs NATO.
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New Video Proves Russian 'Killer Dolphin' Forces Are Real

New Video Proves Russian 'Killer Dolphin' Forces Are Real | Global politics | Scoop.it
Back in March, I warned on Russia Insider of the heinous attempt by Vladimir Putin to turn lovable dolphins into merciless killers.Unfortunately, it now appears those early reports have been further confirmed.Footage has surfaced showing a joyous Putin rewarding his death machines for some horrific act -- probably dragging a Ukrainian child under water or devouring a textbook on the Latvian language.
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A Daesh camp in Puntland

A Daesh camp in Puntland | Global politics | Scoop.it
A video published by Daesh has announced the installation of a training camp in Puntland, named «Commandant Cheikh Abou Nouman», after (...) [Voltaire Network]
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How the European Union is manipulating the Syrian refugees, by Thierry Meyssan

How the European Union is manipulating the Syrian refugees, by  Thierry Meyssan | Global politics | Scoop.it
The migration crisis that marked the European Union during the second half of 2015 was created artificially. However, several groups (...) [Voltaire Network]
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Into the Green Zone: Iraq’s Disintegrating Political System

Into the Green Zone: Iraq’s Disintegrating Political System | Global politics | Scoop.it
The storming of the parliament building in Baghdad by protesters chanting the name of populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is a sign that the political s
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Wall Street Has Taken Over the Economy and is Draining It

Wall Street Has Taken Over the Economy and is Draining It | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate sector is dominated by finance. 70 to 80% of bank loans in North America and Europe are mortgage loans against real estate. So instead of a landowner class owning property clean and clear, as they did in the 19th century, now you have a democratization of real estate. 2/3 or more of the population owns their own home. But the only way to buy a home, or commercial real estate, is on credit. So the loan-to-value ratio goes up steadily. Banks lend more and more money to the real estate sector. A home or piece of real estate, or a stock or bond, is worth whatever banks are willing to lend against it.
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