Could Van Gogh have been murdered?

The famous painter died 29 hours after taking a bullet to the abdomen in a wheat field near Paris in 1890. On his death bed he supposedly revealed that he had shot himself Now, forensic evidence brings this detail into question.

Doubt about the claim that Van Gogh killed himself seems to have first originated from art historian John Rewald, who spoke . . . → Read More: Could Van Gogh have been murdered?

False facts about Pakistan’s defence budget

So i came across a blogpost written by ET’s sub editor Faiq Lodhi titled ” What good is the Shaheen1A Missile?”

It presents an interesting mix of ignorance, myths, fabricated facts and outright lies about the whole issue regarding defense spending and if or not we should be building schools instead of bombs. I will . . . → Read More: False facts about Pakistan’s defence budget

Media and propaganda wars

(By JOHN PILGER) Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and theWashington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the . . . → Read More: Media and propaganda wars

Facebook doesn’t make terrorists, wars and tyranny does

It takes some mastery of spin to turn the litany of intelligence failures over last year’s butchery of the off-duty soldier Lee Rigby into a campaign againstFacebook. But that’s exactly how David Cameron’s government and a pliant media have disposed of the report by Westminster’s committee of intelligence trusties.

You might have expected Whitehall’s security . . . → Read More: Facebook doesn’t make terrorists, wars and tyranny does

A display of poor journalism by CNN’s Amanpour

One feels a deep sense of irony in much of what is happening these days within mainstream Western media.

It is no revelation to say that it was apparently long ago collectively decided by the Western world, that there would be one set of rules for the United States (our de facto leader from . . . → Read More: A display of poor journalism by CNN’s Amanpour

Comet makes noise- captured

In the build-up to the landing of the Philae probe on comet 67P/C-G on Tuesday, scientists learned something surprising.

The comet makes a noise – now being called a “song”.

The European Space Agency successfully landed the probe after 10 years of work, even though harpoons designed to anchor it failed to deploy, Reuters reports.

. . . → Read More: Comet makes noise- captured

Media chaos

By Zarrar Khuhro

BEFORE Daesh got digital and Ebola went viral, Ukraine dominated international airwaves. Back then, switching between CNN and Russia Today was the closest one could get to experiencing alternate realities; one channel’s freedom fighter was quite literally the other’s terrorist. The real difference was in finesse, and here RT lost the . . . → Read More: Media chaos

Should Chinese president support an anti-America blogger

(By Robert Foyle Hunwick) Did you know that in America, workers toil for a lowly $3 to $5 an hour? And that’s hardly enough to live on when “a meal at a roadside cafe costs $20-$40 per person.”

These odd and erroneous claims are some of many made in “Broken Dreams in America,” an essay by . . . → Read More: Should Chinese president support an anti-America blogger

Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban

On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, “I cannot even host a . . . → Read More: Real reasons for Mubashir Lucman ban

PM Modi believes ancient Indian scientists created their god Lord Ganesha using genetic science and plastic surgery

By Maseeh Rahman

Narendra Modi gives examples of Karna and Ganesha to support view that cosmetic surgery and reproductive genetics used thousands of years ago.

Hindu nationalists have long propagated their belief that many discoveries of modern science and technology were known to the people of ancient India. But now for the first time an . . . → Read More: PM Modi believes ancient Indian scientists created their god Lord Ganesha using genetic science and plastic surgery