September 15, 2013
The political reaction to Russian President Vladimir Putin's letter to the American people [" U.S.-Russia talks on Syria are off to a tense start ," front page, Sept. 13] seems wrong. Mr. Putin has provided the United States with an open door to respond, point by point. Mr. Putin's letter was a well-crafted, carefully worded piece of propaganda making many valid points. President Obama can respond with valid points of his own. I suggest: 1. If Russia is concerned about the United Nations maintaining orderly...
May 23, 2012 |
State Department officials recently carried out a counter-propaganda campaign on Web sites being used by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, challenging the group's anti-American rhetoric with information about civilians killed in terrorist strikes, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday. When al-Qaeda recruitment propaganda appeared on tribal sites in Yemen, Clinton said, "within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions . . . that showed the toll al-Qaeda attacks have taken...
July 7, 2013 |
Two days after he became a U.S. citizen, Abdiwali Warsame embraced the First Amendment by creating a raucous Web site about his native Somalia. Packed with news and controversial opinions, it rapidly became a magnet for Somalis dispersed around the world, including tens of thousands in Minnesota. The popularity of the site, Somalimidnimo.com , or United Somalia, also attracted the attention of the Defense Department. A military contractor, working for U.S. Special...
March 28, 2011 |
After years of spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to get its message out to Afghans, the United States is still experimenting. The State Department, for example, is trying a new communications approach in Kandahar by turning to old media — radio and television. It's planning to lease free space to Afghan service providers on a radio-TV transmission tower recently built within the area of Kandahar Airfield, which is controlled by the U.S. military. It's the first of several such...
June 11, 2013 |
MOSCOW — A bill that stigmatizes Russia's gay community and bans the distribution of information about homosexuality to children was overwhelmingly approved by the lower house of parliament Tuesday. More than two dozen protesters were attacked by anti-gay activists and then detained by police, hours before the State Duma approved the Kremlin-backed legislation in a 436-0 vote, with one abstention. The bill banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" still needs to be...
June 24, 2008 |
CAIRO Second of two articles Early this year, a religious radical calling himself Abu Hamza had a question for the deputy leader of al-Qaeda regarding the Egyptian secret police. "Are they committing unbelief?" he tapped on his keyboard. "And is it permissible to kill them?" A few weeks later, an answer came from a man with a $25 million bounty on his head, Ayman al-Zawahiri . Killing the police is justified, Zawahiri replied, because they are "infidels, each and every one of them.