Assad’s Propaganda: Summer, Palmyra, and Mourinho

What do Jose Mourinho, ancient artefacts, and tourism have in common?

At first glance, not much, but on investigation we find that they all play a role in the continuous, if somewhat confused, campaign of propaganda by the Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad.

A story that emerged recently, that immediately jumped out at me as somewhat strange, was the news that Jose Mourinho – of Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid fame – had been targeted as the next manager for the Syrian football team.

Not one to shy away from controversy, Mourinho was said to be “honoured” at the approach, but ultimately rejected the job offer.

And whilst the audacious bid to land the “special one” came as a shock, in reality, we should not be too surprised when we see this move in the wider context of Assad’s propaganda machine.

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What Is The News?

I am debating turning this into a regular feature on the site, but the chances are that I will be swept up with some other desire or fad in the coming weeks and this will remain a one-off. Even so, here it is.

Whilst working on my Journalism diploma today, I was presented with the module, “What Is News”. The assignment that came with this module required me to look at recent news articles posted on a local newspapers website and analyse them, relating my analysis to what I had just studied in the module.

I discovered an article on the South Wales Evening Post website regarding McDonalds workers picking up litter. An apparently news-worthy story. This was exactly the type of “news” I was expected to discover, as the point of the exercise was to show how loose a term “news” really is. Almost anything can be classified as news these days, and there are a number of definitions people go by.

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