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August 7, 2017

Opposing assumptions in the coverage of Israel’s plan to close Al Jazeera

Israel announced plans to close news outlet Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices, revoke its journalists’ press credentials, and take its Arabic and English channels off the air. Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara made the announcement about the Qatari state-funded network on Sunday, saying, “We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to […]

August 2, 2017

The US may investigate China on trade. Why? The news doesn’t say.

On Tuesday, news outlets cited anonymous sources saying the U.S. government may open an investigation into China’s trade practices. The White House has not officially commented on these reports. The investigation would be carried out by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. It may […]

June 25, 2017

Missing information in the coverage of the sanctions on Qatar

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain suspended diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, alleging the small Gulf country engaged with “terrorist and sectarian” groups, according to a Saudi statement reported by Time. On June 22, Qatar received a list from these countries detailing 13 demands and a 10-day […]

May 31, 2017

Trump and Paris: presenting only one side of the story

On Wednesday, media outlets cited unnamed White House officials saying President Donald Trump would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The officials said the plans could change before Trump announces a final decision. The president tweeted on Wednesday that this would happen “over the next few days.” In December 2015, 195 countries, including the U.S., […]

May 17, 2017

Trump on Iran sanctions: Treading a fine line between accountability and dishonor

On Wednesday, the U.S. State and Treasury Departments made announcements related to sanctions imposed on Iran. The State Department announced that waivers on nuclear-related sanctions, granted as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would be extended. The Treasury Department announced it issued new non-nuclear sanctions against Iran. In its statement, the […]

April 26, 2017

Trump and NAFTA: How the media created drama out of very little news

The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to a statement from the White House. The statement was released after U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House statement said, […]

April 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump’s Berlin trip: What exactly happened?

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump made her first international visit as U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, participating in a G20 summit in Berlin titled “Women20 Summit” or W20. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had invited Ivanka Trump to be part of a panel called “Inspiring women: Scaling up women’s entrepreneurship.” According to the summit’s website, the panelists […]