The Roy Gutman story – Update

Instead of my usual News Blues (it will be back next week) a small update in regards to Roy Gutman`s reportage in The Nation which we recently criticised in-depth at this blog (see the post before).

First of all Fabrice Balanche, an associate professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2, and a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute, rebuked Gutman`s claim that the 500.000 Kurds leaving the Kurdish areas in Syria fled due to the oppression by the PYD/YPG; the number, cited by Gutman, of Kurds leaving the area is correct but the reason why they fled was due to the war circumstances and only very seldom politically motivated.

But far more damaging for Roy Gutman is a statement by Ibrahim Hussein. He is the Judge he uses as one of his key witnesses, especially in regards to the supposed control of the PKK/YPG by Iran. Mr. Hussein posted on Facebook a statement (see below) accusing Gutman of falsifying his interview answers and furthermore states: “I didn’t say that Iranian intelligence is controlling YPG”.

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Thus Roy Gutman`s reporting seems not only biased but rather, in parts, fabricated – which would be a disgrace for his legacy as a Pulitzer Price winning journalist. Up to now neither The Nation nor Gutman have made a proper statement in regards to these accusations. Of course these accusations could be wrong but for that Gutman needs to bring new evidence to the table to bolster his own claims.

News Blues III


And again we have already reached Friday – this week flew by like a tornado. Though I do not have a cold anymore I was really busy writing two new articles so this time I will keep myself brief in regard to the articles I review for your weekend reading.

As we will have further below enough articles covering the Trump Presidency lets start out with some different issues. M Neelika Jayawardane writes for allAfrica and Al Jazeera an interesting analysis of the problem with photojournalism in Africa and the Western “view” of the continent: LINK

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News Blues – II


Dear all, this time I will keep my post a bit shorter as I was knocked out for one week due to a severe cold. But as it is Friday again and you, my readers, hunger for new material to read over the weekend I collected some interesting articles for you. This time we won`t start out with the US or Trump but rather with some international news.

James Angelos has written for the New York Times Magazine an in-depth and beautiful piece on populism in France and the “death of Social Democracy”. Combine this with some eerie shots of the “French Rustbelt” and you have a must read: LINK

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News Blues – I


It is now Friday and the weekend is approaching. Thus there is nothing better than to wrap up the news of the week so that you can have some (online) reading for your Saturday and Sunday breakfasts (including coffees and cigarettes of course).

Some of the most talked about topics were on the first steps the new US president Trump took since his inauguration. So to get you up to speed you should read this short summary on what the newest Executive Orders really mean: LINK

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