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Professor Richard Higgott explains the background to the Warwick Commission and some of the issues surrounding the world trade system.
21 May 2007
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BY TRACY PFEIFFER ANCHOR CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. The word “boogeyman” has been thrown around a lot in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death -- and as information emerges and changes, analysts are taking a closer look at popular myths surrounding the world’s most wanted fugitive. From false claims that Navy SEAL dogs are equipped with titanium teeth to rip through body armor... ...to the somewhat expected theories that Osama isn’t really dead... RABIA MEHMOOD: “A leading, very well-respected journalist has called the entire incident a hoax.” PAKISTANI ANCHOR (SUBTITLES): “One of my doubts is whether the Americans have actually conducted this operation or not.” (The New York Times) ...and continuous coverage over nearly every detail of bin Laden’s life. “This is 29-year-old Amil Achmed Abdul Fatah. She was apparently Osama bin Laden’s favorite wife. He first met her when she was just fifteen years old.” (Fox News) “Curious onlookers came in droves Tuesday to see for themselves the sprawling, heavily fortified compound where the world’s most wanted man took his last breath.” (Al Jazeera) The combination of microscopic media coverage, changing stories from the Obama administration, and rampant conspiracy theories has dominated global news for the past week -- and a blogger for The Telegraph says, it would be a mistake to write off “ill-informed opinion.” “In pockets of America and, far more significantly, throughout the developing world, conspiracy theories flow into the mainstream – and into government. The digital architecture of cyberspace enables any slick-talking conspiracy merchant to expound his or her theories in a studio setting that’s hard to distinguish from those of the [mainstream media].” On CNN, a psychiatry professor tells Eliot Spitzer, the wave of doubt over bin Laden’s death isn’t quite the same as believing in Bigfoot or UFOs. Dr. GAIL SALTZ: “A man that’s been hiding for ten years -- why did it take us so long? Why could he be in their midst? I don’t think this is as far out as, ‘Boy, you’re really crazy.’ However, I do think, you know, paranoia always comes out of seeds and kernels of truth. There’s always a kernel of truth to paranoia--” ELIOT SPITZER: “Is that the old cartoon, ‘Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you’?” Finally, Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf says -- the United States in particular should not make a myth out of a man. “Perspective ... requires not only that we struggle not to conflate the enormity of our sense of loss over what happened on 9/11 with our sense of the size of the enemy we faced. ...Bin Laden is not Hitler. ...we must bury with him the confusion and disorienting anger that has distorted our world view for a decade.” Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos for updates in your stream. Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
7 May 2011
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