By The Washington Post | December 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm By Louisa Loveluck | Washington Post BEIRUT – A Russian disinformation campaign has pushed Syria’s best-known civilian rescue group into the crosshairs of President Bashar Assad’s security forces, turning its volunteers into hunted prey, according to a team of open-source researchers and the organization itself. With the help of Western funding, the Syrian Civil Defense group – more commonly known as the White Helmets – has rescued tens of thousands of civilians from the rubble of Syrian and Russian airstrikes. More than 250 volunteers have been killed in the course of that duty, the group’s founder says, while harrowing footage of their missions has often been picked up by international media and broadcast around the world. In response, Russia is using state-run bodies and media outlets to mount a “brutal and unrelenting” disinformation campaign against the group, the … [Read more...] about Syria’s White Helmets targeted by Russian disinformation
World It may not have been her “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” jacket, but first lady Melania Trump’s white pith helmet choice for her safari in Kenya on Friday was offensive enough for some Africans and those who study the continent’s history. The white helmet is a common symbol of colonial rule. European militaries used the helmet in their colonies across Africa, according to Gentleman's Gazette. First lady Melania Trump goes on a safari with Nelly Palmeris (R), Park Manager, at the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, October 5, 2018, during the third leg of her solo tour of Africa. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Trump’s headwear choice showed she was out of touch with Africa, said Kim Yi Dionne, a political-science professor at the University of California, Riverside, specializing in African politics. “When people think of Africa, they have these standard narratives,” Dionne told The New York Times. “Her attire is a signal of … [Read more...] about Melania Trump Slammed for Wearing a White Helmet Symbolizing Colonial Rule in Kenya
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli jets flying high over Lebanon struck at targets inside Syria on Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, in a rare daytime raid that killed at least one person. Dozens Killed In Syria In Suspected Chemical Attack, Photo Date: 4/6/2018 Syria's SANA state news agency said the country's air defenses shot down five missiles, adding that one person was killed and 12 others were wounded. It reported strikes on the Wadi Ayoun area in the western Hama province and on the town of Baniyas in the coastal Tartous province. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jets targeted military installations belonging to Iran, a key ally of the Syrian government. Lebanese residents in areas north of the capital, Beirut, reported hearing jets overhead before sunset. Israel is believed to be behind a string of strikes targeting government and allied military installations in Syria, in order to disrupt weapons transfers between its archenemies Iran … [Read more...] about White House warns Syria over chemical weapon use
COLUMBIA — The whispers were in the air when South Carolina announced that as a university, it was switching its brand. Instead of the “Block C” logo that is stamped around campus and has adorned the Gamecocks’ football helmets in some form since 1975, USC was going to a script “Carolina” as its primary logo.That will include on its biggest stage — when the Gamecocks start their football season Saturday. The “Carolina” script will be etched onto USC’s helmets, just the second time since 1974 the Gamecocks have switched logos.USC announced the change Tuesday, a week after the school announced the brand change and encouraged all fans to wear merchandise featuring the script “Carolina” to the game. The Gamecocks have switched helmet logos once before, going to one emphasizing the tail feathers of the bird during a game against Florida in 2015 (USC lost 24-14, part of a 3-9 season that saw coach Steve … [Read more...] about Gamecocks are getting a new helmet logo — for now. It’s the 2nd change in 40 years.
Arkansas receiver Jared Cornelius breaks a tackle by Mississippi State State's Will Redmond during a game Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Starkville, Miss. The Razorbacks will wear all-white uniforms Saturday for the first time at home and for the first time since the 2014 season. - Photo by Stephen B. Thornton FAYETTEVILLE -- University of Arkansas Coach Chad Morris said the Razorbacks would be wearing white helmets and an all-white jersey combination for Saturday's season opener against Eastern Illinois. The combination is believed to be the first time the Razorbacks have worn all white for a home game. Arkansas last wore white helmets and white jerseys in a 17-10 loss at No. 1 Mississippi State in 2014. The Razorbacks wore the all-white get-up in Saturday's mock game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. "Yeah, we're excited about that," Morris said. "It's something we talked about [as far as] what can we do? It'll be a great way to start this season off. "We kind of broke it out in the … [Read more...] about RAZORBACKS REPORT: Hogs to go all white for opener