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Ceasefire Deal After Weeks of Fighting in Gaza Promises Rasing of Blockade

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Alex Kane, Courtesy: mondoweiss.net, August 28, 2014
Israel and the Palestinian armed groups waging war in Gaza for the past seven weeks have inked a cease-fire deal that promises an end to the fighting. While the full terms of the deal have not been released, news outlets are reporting that the agreement includes an easing of the blockade of Gaza and the halting of attacks from both sides. The reported terms of the deal are similar to the 2012 agreement that ended Israel’s last assault on Gaza,...

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Roberto Savio, Courtesy: ipsnews.net, August 23, 2014
ROME, Aug 22 2014 (IPS) - In 1979, I had a debate at the United Nations with the late Stan Swinton, then the very powerful and brilliant director of Associated Press (AP). At one point, I furnished the following figures (which had been slow to change), as an example of Western bias in the media: In 1964, four transnational news agencies – AP, United Press International (UPI), Agence France Presse (AFP) and Reuters – handled 92 percent of world...

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