Journalism is not dying: the true impact of the Fifth Estate

The cynics are wrong. Traditional journalism is not on its deathbed and citizen journalists are not malignant, job-consuming parasites like many in the profession seem to believe. In fact, they may actually help foster a bright future for the journalism industry. That said, I’m not denying that it has been a tough few years for the media. The news juggernauts of days past have had … Continue reading Journalism is not dying: the true impact of the Fifth Estate

Why journalists die for the news

Political implications and global indignation aside, James Foley’s death sheds a light on a harrowing truth about investigative and frontline journalism: sometimes the pursuit of news can have sizable human costs. According to data collected by the Committee to Protect Journalists since 1992, Foley is one of at least 1072 media workers that have lost their lives while fighting to grant important stories their time in … Continue reading Why journalists die for the news

Who is Steven Sotloff?

The video of James Foley’s brutal death ends with a direct address to US President Barack Obama. A masked jihadist, having murdered the American journalist only moments before, holds another man by the sleeves of his orange jumpsuit and states in an undeniably British accent: “the life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.” Barbaric and horrific as it was, James Foley’s execution was … Continue reading Who is Steven Sotloff?

Change of Leadership: Iraq’s first steps towards unity

In what the White House calls a “major step forward in uniting” Iraq, Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has finally given in to international and domestic pressure and withdrawn his candidacy. He will be replaced by Haider al-Abadi, a former exile turned politician backed by both the US government and a large percentage of the Iraqi population desperately seeking reform. If the transition goes smoothly … Continue reading Change of Leadership: Iraq’s first steps towards unity

Syria’s Silent Casualties: The Psychological Effect of War on Children

With the ever escalating turmoil in Gaza and the downing of flight MH17 getting almost all of the media’s attention these days, it’s easy to forget the other conflicts currently raging on worldwide. Syria’s destructive civil war, for instance, is steadily approaching the mid point of its third year, with its inhabitants having witnessed their bloodiest week on record at the end of the last month … Continue reading Syria’s Silent Casualties: The Psychological Effect of War on Children

Potential genocide: the current plight of the Iraqi Yazidis

US President Barack Obama today authorised the use of airstrikes in Iraq in a bid to prevent ISIS forces from taking Erbil, the Kurdish capital, and current home to a number of US consulate diplomats and military advisers. This will be the first time American warplanes have conducted airstrikes in the country since the 2011 US withdrawal. While the threat to American civilians and army personnel … Continue reading Potential genocide: the current plight of the Iraqi Yazidis