Emphasis Added: The Media and The Islamic State

Emphasis Added on VICE News brings together a group of journalists, academics and other smart folks to argue about the role the media play in actually effecting the outcome of the stories they cover.

Hosted by VICE News Editor-in-Chief Jason Mojica (https://twitter.com/elmodernisto), our first episode examines media coverage of the Islamic State.

We want to hear from you: Did the media fail or succeed in covering the Islamic State? Do you think the media should have shown propaganda videos released by the Islamic State? Let us know your questions on Twitter with the hashtag #EmphasisAdded, or send us a video message on Skype.

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Joining us live for our first episode:

Steven Livingston (https://twitter.com/ICTlivingston): Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University

Santiago Lyon (https://twitter.com/slyon66): Vice President and Director of Photography, The Associated Press

Lina Khatib (https://twitter.com/LinaKhatibCMEC): Director, Carnegie Middle East Center

Phil Chetwynd (https://twitter.com/philchet): Editor-in-Chief, Agence France-Presse

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VICE News Daily: Tracing Seafood to Slavery

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Nigeria readies for a tight presidential race, Ukraine’s government sends a stern message to corrupt politicians, an AP investigation links modern-day slaves to America’s seafood market, and China’s new rules for public square-dancing.

NIGERIA
Preparations Ahead of Saturday’s Election
The country closes its borders to keep foreigners out and issues a ban on road traffic during polling hours.

UKRAINE
A New Take on Reality Television
The head of the state emergency services and his deputy were detained during a televised cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Slavery and the U.S. Seafood Market
A year-long investigation by the Associated Press found hundreds of Burmese men are forced to work as fishermen in Indonesia. Some of the seafood caught winds up on American dinner tables.

CHINA
Government Regulates Public Square-Dancing
Some 600 fitness instructors will teach 12 approved routines to millions of Chinese women who dance outdoors to keep fit.

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FARC Rebels Vow to Discharge Child Soldiers: VICE News Capsule, February 18

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Malian government and rebel groups participate in fifth round of peace talks since last September, climate change is threatening villages in the Sundarbans, Colombian FARC rebels vow to stop recruiting minors, and the Associated Press uses computers to produce quarterly earnings reports in seconds.

MALI
Government and Rebel Groups Meet in Algeria to Discuss Peace Deal
UN’s special envoy to Mali says he’s hopeful this is the last stage of negotiations, and that an agreement could come within weeks.

ENVIRONMENT
Climate Change Threatens Coastal Villages in India and Bangladesh
Swollen rivers and stronger monsoon rains are washing away homes in the Sundarbans.

COLOMBIA
FARC Rebels Promise to Stop Recruiting Children Under 17
The guerrilla group says it will soon release the 13 minors fighting among their ranks.

JOURNALISM
Automated Financial Reporting in the 21st Century
​Computers are taking the tedious task of number-crunching from the news agency’s business journalists, and producing thousands of reports every quarter.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 21, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: powerful blast in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Jewish families move into disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood, AP investigation finds suspected Nazi war criminals received Social Security benefits after being forced out of the U.S., and the World Health Organization says Nigeria is clear of Ebola.

UKRAINE
Explosion Rocks Eastern City of Donetsk
Pro-Russia rebels accused the Ukrainian military of firing a tactical missile at a factory, which the government has denied.

ISRAEL
Jewish Settlers Move Into Contested East Jerusalem Neighborhood
Families relocated to Silwan under the protection of Israeli police, a practice the U.S. and UN says presents an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.

U.S.A.
Probe Alleges Suspected Nazis Got Millions in Social Security
An Associated Press investigation found that the Justice Department let alleged war criminals keep their benefits if they left the country.

NIGERIA
Country Free Of Ebola Following Successful Virus Containment
The World Health Organization praised the Nigerian government’s swift response to the disease.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September 16, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: African migrants drown off Libya’s coast, Egyptian activist released on bail ahead of retrial, Yemeni army brigade appears to endorse Shia Houthi rebel movement, and police reportedly arrest dozens of protesters at sit-ins in Islamabad.

LIBYA
Migrants Drown After Boat Overturns
Coast guard retrieves the bodies of dozens of people trying to reach Europe’s shores.

EGYPT
Activist Released on Bail Ahead of Retrial
Alaa Abdel Fattah is being prosecuted under the country’s draconian protest law.

YEMEN
Army Brigade Expresses Solidarity With Houthi Rebels
Video obtained by the Associated Press appears to show commander at base outside the capital speaking in support of the movement.

PAKISTAN
Police Arrest Protesters at Islamabad Sit-Ins
​Opposition party says dozens detained in crackdown on demonstrations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.​
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White House Requests $500 Million to Aid Syrian Rebels

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The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding.

In a report sent to lawmakers at the Capitol on Thursday, the White House requested $500 million in aid to “help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”

The Associated Press reported that the multimillion dollar request makes up just a fraction of a larger, $65.8 billion overseas operations request sent to Congress that, if approved, would fund a number of Pentagon and State Department programs, as well as $1 billion in assistance to nations adjacent to Syria.

This latest request by the administration for aid comes merely weeks after the president outlined his foreign policy objectives during a speech last month at the West Point Military Academy graduation ceremony.

“As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people,” Obama said. “And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.”

“So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders.”

At the time, Obama added that he would “work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators.” Now only weeks later, he appears to have taken the first steps to securing such funding.

Since nearly the start of the Syrian civil war more than three years ago, hawkish Republicans in Congress have urged the White House to take action against Assad, with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) going as far as to travel abroad to meet with rebel fighters overseas. Others have condemned any response from Washington altogether, though, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), who this week attributed the arming of fighters in Iraq as the impetus for a “jihadist wonderland” there created on Uncle Sam’s watch and dime.

According to the AP’s Julie Pace, White House officials said the Obama administration would work with members of Congress and regional player to come to terms with what sort of training and assistance in particular would be provided to opposition fighters by the US.

“One potential option,” Pace wrote, “would be to base US personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there.”

Also last month, the Pentagon deployed more than 6,000 Marines to Jordan to conduct drills alongside military officials there.