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Butterfly the Geep

What do you get when you cross a goat with a sheep? The answer, of course, is a geep – and there’s one in Arizona who’s melting hearts across the internet.

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Propaganda 105

human-shield

The message we can take from the political cartoon is that Israel protects its children from Hamas rocket fire into Israel by using its defensive ‘ Iron Dome to shoot down the rockets’ while Hamas protect their rockets and themselves by using Palestinian children as human shields.
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Propaganda 103

Welcome to the third in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda.

My disclaimer:

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

So what exactly is propaganda?

*It is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution or nation.

*It is also the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
One example of an organisation that has used it is the Roman Catholic Church. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV established a committee of Cardinals whose job it was to supervise foreign missions and to train Priests for these missions. They set up a school to help them do this (College of Propaganda) for the education of Priests for foreign missions.

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Part 3: Inside the Hamas propaganda machine

We all know by now what mentality drives Hamas and a portion of the Palestinian people. We all assume we know what is going on and how Hamas is trying to manipulate the flow of information being released to the world media.  But what we have never got to see is the inner workings, the cogs that grind out the propaganda and control of information.

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945) is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership expressing his love for Israel

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945)  co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership expressing his love for Israel

 

“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine”

Message to Facebook activists on Hamas interior ministry website

Following are excerpts from the guidelines:

“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

“Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase ‘In response to the cruel Israeli attack,’ and conclude with the phrase ‘This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.’ Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of ‘the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.’

“Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation’s version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.

“Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.

“To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: ‘The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza’…”

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Trevor Mallard’s party vote National campaign

It looks like Trevor Mallard is taking labour’s “Vote positive” campaign slogan literally and endorsing a party vote for National.

This from Facebook:

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Guess Who X

It is interesting to view the posts on the facebook pages of those involved in politics.Todays one is a very important member of a Political Party.

I cannot say any more without giving it away.

As usual I have not included any personal photos of the person’s face or family. Remember that everything revealed below I was able to access and view even though I am not a facebook friend of this person. They are happy for the public to view these images. Do these images reveal enough clues for you to GUESS WHO? A bag of virtual gummie bears goes to whoever works this latest puzzle out.

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Guess Who IX

It is interesting to view the posts on the facebook pages of those involved in politics. They are very revealing. My latest GUESS WHO is no different.

As usual I have not included any personal photos of the person’s face or family. Remember that everything revealed below I was able to access and view even though I am not a facebook friend of this person. They are happy for the public to view these images. Do these images reveal enough clues for you to GUESS WHO? A virtual crunchie bar goes to whoever works this latest puzzle out.

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Guess Who VIII

It is interesting to view the posts on the facebook pages of those involved in politics. They are very revealing. My latest GUESS WHO is no different.

As usual I have not included any personal photos of the person’s face or family. Remember that everything revealed below I was able to access and view even though I am not a facebook friend of this person. They are happy for the public to view these images. Do these images reveal enough clues for you to GUESS WHO? A bag of virtual jelly beans goes to whoever works this latest puzzle out.

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Guess Who VII

It is interesting to view the posts on the facebook pages of those involved in politics. They are very revealing. My latest GUESS WHO is no different.

As usual I have not included any personal photos of the person’s face or family. Remember that everything revealed below I was able to access and view even though I am not a facebook friend of this person. They are happy for the public to view these images. Do these images reveal enough clues for you to GUESS WHO? A bag of virtual minties goes to whoever works this latest puzzle out.

(I admit this one may be a bit harder than some previous ones but the clues are there if you look carefully.)

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Guess Who VI

It is interesting to view the posts on the facebook pages of those involved in politics. They are very revealing. My latest GUESS WHO is no different.

As usual I have not included any personal photos of the person’s face or family. Remember that everything revealed below I was able to access and view even though I am not a facebook friend of this person. They are happy for the public to view these images. Do these images reveal enough clues for you to GUESS WHO? A box of virtual chocolates goes to whoever works this latest puzzle out.

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