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word is starting to get around this neighborhood known for the arts just gives me this energy that makes new york more the way i think new york feel to be that close and be able to see the performers interact with each other was really fascinating and usually can afford seats that. a bit like a musical scavenger hunt at a time and a neighborhood where such a performance is the ultimate prize. kristen salumi al-jazeera new york. of the headlines here on al-jazeera large protests are being held across australia demanding an end to violence against women one of the biggest rallies was outside parliament house in the capital canberra demonstrators are calling for action following a string of sexual assault and harassment allegations in the parliament nicola
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gauge has more on the protest now from canberra. what's happening right now. really has been going on and has. many people have been speaking out about their own story . and harassment. life but when it comes to. the real question has always been. about 60. minutes. and. thousands of people have also protest in london there's anger against the police handling of saturday's visual for sara every day 33 year old woman abducted and killed this month 7 police officers have been charged in connection with. new york has been honoring those lost a year on from the 1st death from code 19 in america's biggest city photographs of
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some of the 30000 victims were displayed that a memorial that's been the worst hit city in the worst of country is now grappling with a new surge in cases reporting over 6000 a week. back in court in the coming hours she faces at least 4 charges including the illegal use of walkie talkie radios. that follows the single bloodiest day of demonstrations against the military since the coup at the start of february $39.00 people were killed on sunday the chinese capital of beijing has been engulfed by a dust storm the sun has blown in from the gobi desert pushing pollution levels up to the top of the scale much of northern china is being affected and flights have been grounded in the in a. region so those are the headlines the news continues on al-jazeera after the listening post stay tuned thanks for watching. on counting the cost of the perfect
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storm a pandemic of drought and china's demands to prices hit 6 year highs argentine beef soaring inflation sounds demands would slow as since the 1950 s. plus ethiopia seeks help as its debt burden becomes too much. counting the cost on al-jazeera. weeks of speculation we finally. write what appears to be the print. media often accused of all the attention they get is required to clam up and the british pop i'm going to try. to tighten it. up a tad late. hello i'm richard gere's burden you're at the listening post where we don't cover the news we cover the way the news is covered here are the media stories we're examining this week prince harry and megan marco are up against more than just buckingham palace they're also taking on british journalists many of whom stand guard for the monarchy mian mars' new military rulers are hoping some good
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p.r. will change the news narrative on the coup alternate realities the similarities between conspiracy movements like you went on in america and the gaming world plus give that arab a case did you know that i would read dealing with a distinct lack of diversity in the superhero community we begin with a story about the royal family in london datelined california 2 royals in exile prince harry and his american wife meghan markle interviewed by oprah winfrey their criticisms of the royal household this suggestions of racism within were not well received by certain british news outlets and individuals the frenzied coverage has already forced one of the u.k.'s more problematic pro-monarchy voices piers morgan off the airwaves and it has british journalists debating what the country's society of editors is the 9 that the racism in parts of the u.k.
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news media runs deep in that interview prince harry also spoke of an invisible contract that exists between the royals and the tabloids the access that the family grants in exchange for favorable coverage which raises questions about the integrity of both institutions our start. what this week is oprah winfrey's primetime special with megan and here. tonight with a person i know there's no right and i'm sitting down with what meghan harry caused by being interviewed by oprah of course was a global platform like no other. making in the carrying who are desperate to get control of the current cannot of 5 and a more sympathetic interview they did approve. or use. the naacp i mean head to head with someone like piers morgan here you know he's
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going to give you a tough time. and i got. oprah wants you to say exactly what he's going to say sure she gives or will not go like oh wow the hostile reaction. this is no mere celebrity fast this story gets at 2 british institutions the royal family that megan markham and american of mixed race married into and the u.k.'s media particularly its tabloid news culture. but people often forget is that this is a huge national and international institution so you know the royal family raise questions of national identity state power because the commonwealth the queen is the head of state in other countries around the world it's not just about britain it's not just about this family it is a much bigger question here being are the royal family needs the media to cover them the queen famously said on one occasion we need to be seen to be believed in
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those months when i was pregnant concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when his or who is having that conversation make an ameri have undermined pretty severely with a sense that the institution let them down that it didn't treat them properly but she actually made good. doubt will strike a pretty resonant chord when coming up to a point where we need to have a serious conversation about how that future. why are our taxes going to think is it necessary to rule family in in order for us to maintain our position in in the out i would argue no they don't have any political power any relevance to 21st century not. 8 at the outset of this story in 2016 the coverage wasn't all bad openminded news outlets welcomed the idea that a prince could marry
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a mixed race woman but in tabloid land the signs were troubling. within days of the relationship becoming public the daily mail and the express were both exploring markov ele roots in unflattering terms fuelling the trolls on social media. it was only a month before prince harry issued a statement on the racial undertones of certain commentators and the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of the papers. dale tacheny that's what the british media does it sells we says a. sexism you know right it's protected us right off it click big online because it has a market for it the way this is a intersects with sexism it intersects with such a thing i'm most definitely into sex with bigotry this is what black women experience and biracial women of black heritage the narrative that the british
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public the money and the tabloid press have always been against maggie and simply isn't true i completely agree that that wasn't very unpleasant nastyass just as kate middleton had i think it was more a case of her class than her race people don't want to hear that and i think that's what the real issue is you can't. there's a racial element in existence challenges everything that the operatic as shells of society in britain stand for which is. harry inherited wealth and status and having a villain southgate this people they don't give a damn about me but they wanted no doubt someone being made to cry on the feels that way because that's just who we are. if the royal family needs the media then the feeling is mutual the relationship symbiotic journalists require access to the
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palace for news contact piers morgan a tabloid editor turned broadcaster is the embodiment of that conflict morgan newmark he said they went for drinks once that he liked but he found himself rebuffed. never ever married so whatever. she goes to me right after the wedding was announced morgan used social media to lobby for an invitation which he never got. after. he eventually grew more critical of mark and when she spoke this week of having mental health issues thoughts of suicide which she said the palace disregarded morgan accused her of lying i'm sorry i don't believe a word she says about in the bank she's fired up there's this onslaught against our royal family i think is contemptible things the next morning one of his co-anchor said morgan had a personal grudge that was affecting his journalist as she said anything about you since you cut you off i do think she has but yet you continue to trash i'm dumber
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there's no no's are an hour hour is a don't know what that's a pick up truck a moment by not being sick sorry cause of the absolutely diabolical behavior he may as well not have perturbed after tens of thousands of complaints were made about morgan his bosses at i.t.v. announced he was no longer with the program. of course meghan in the interview really has brought out the 2 big guns of mental health and race and what i feel is that it's become incredibly difficult to question those i don't see why piers had to go because he questioned her credibility i can see that that calling somebody whining winching for complaining of mental health issues has got everyone on red alert but for me this highlights a far bigger issue that it's become impossible in all society to have
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reasonable debate what this really speaks to reseize kind of which why did. now social media lends itself to these really polarized positions so the right team hears and you are you to make an in this kind of no it's a no nuance debate between those 2 say. the modern history of the house of windsor has been told through television cameras many britons bought their 1st t.v. in 1953 so they could watch the coronation of queen elizabeth in 1905 princess diana used a b.b.c. interview to accuse the heir to the throne of adultery. 3 of us in this marriage and susan in rendition and at her funeral 2 years later the televised images of prince harry by the coffin were seared into memory banks why why we're staying with a convicted sex offender run in 2019 the b.b.c.
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grilled prince andrew over his american paedophile friend geoffrey epstein and that picture of him with a 16 year old girl who would later accuse him of rape the prince has yet to face justice his b.b.c. interview was big news in the u.k. but not on the same scale nowhere near the feeding frenzy that this one has become . his engine was a disaster because. it's just not constantly. that mistakes of his ways which is in should never have had it could kill as a friend. but the lack of major backlash it comes down to this to violence relationship that a royal has with the british media that is why how i make in situation is used to use at scapegoats. you know. the characters
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that that are they. ever that are is emerging very. this new story. populated with celebrities is far more revealing than it might appear. and it's about class race access and aspiration discourse and its limits. and it's about whether aging institutions the monarchy and britain's mainstream media remain fit for purpose in the 21st century it hasn't been a good week for either of them. it's been a month and a half now since the military coup in me and mark the government about. the protests ever since the crackdown by the military goes on and the news media are still beat your head. we covered the last what's changed.
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well some things have changed but a lot has stayed the same so when we cover the story we look at the violent crackdown by the military the rolling shutdowns of the internet the arrests of journalists the censorship of coverage the military didn't like all of that is still happening but it looks like the efforts of being ramped up the number of journalists have not been arrested it is at least 35 and as many as half of them are still behind bars and the raids on independent news outlets that's continued and against 5 news organizations like the democratic force of 7 days they have had their licenses stripped from them so the military really has maintained its tight grip on the country's media yeah but what to do about the extra what's being said on the outside the sanctions that are. so number of countries particularly in the west have placed sanctions on myanmar and there are reports now that the e.u. intends to widen the measures it's already taken so mean was now looking to the
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outside for them for help it's hired a canadian p.r. firm to quote assisted in explaining the real situation in the country the firm dickens' and mets in canada is owned by ari ben menashe he is a former israeli intelligence officer turned on turned lobbyist what he tell us about not formalised clients and his modus operandi is so ben bernanke she has worked with the former president of zimbabwe robert mugabe he's worked with the military government in sudan he's got a long list of clients and he is company is known for its manipulation of the media even now we seeing bayman ashley giving interviews ways trying to pin the blame on unsung suchi for the persecutions of the writing is as if that somehow absolves the military of guilt even though it stands accused of carrying out many if not most of the atrocities and he said that the civilian government was straying into the orbit
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of china which seems to be an attempt to rebrand the coup as being pro-west or very at the very least anti beijing and he's also admitted that there's a lot of money in this for him he says that there is a big bonus in it for him at the end of the day if he manages to get these sanctions against me in lifted so it's going to be interesting to hear what he has to say next ok. in the aftermath of january's capitol hill riots in washington conspiracy theories from the dark corners of the web have been dragged out into the light the q and on movement for example which contends that our world is somehow controlled by a cub all of satan worshipping cannibalistic paedophiles followers believe that q. is one or several senior military or intelligence officials who have been trying to expose a deep state plot against donald trump and q flags were seen all over washington on that january day journalists have since devoted
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a lot of time to trying to understand the conspiratorial mindset how so many americans have come to believe these things one of the more interesting takes that we've seen came not from a reporter but a game designer read berkowitz in q one on berkowitz sees a world similar to the ones that he creates in a.r.g.s alternate reality games his analysis and essay we asked him to adapt for television explains a lot about the way our flawed minds work and how easily we can be dragged down the conspiratorial rabbit hole. i am a game designer with experience in a very small niche i create and research games designed to be played in reality. fictions designed to feel as real as possible puzzles the deeper you dig the more you find. games with rabbit holes that invite you into wonderland and entice you
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through the looking but. when i saw a q. and i knew exactly what it was and what it was doing. they'd seen it before i had almost built to perform. it was gaming's evil twin. a game that plays. q anon uses the form and techniques of alternate reality gaming a r g q in an universe has a game like feel to it that it's evident to anyone who has ever played an air g. or an online role play however q. is not a game q anon is like the reflection of a game in a mirror it looks just like one but it is inverted and one of the very 1st experience fictions i ever designed the players had to explore a creepy basement looking for clues the object they were looking for was barely
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hidden and the clue was easy as a participant started searching for the object they hit and they spotted little random scraps of wood on the floor that happened to make the shape of a perfect arrow pointing right at a blank wall that had to be a clue then it got worse since they're obviously was no clue there the group decided the clue they were looking for was in the wall the collection of ordinary tools they found conveniently laying around seem to enforce their conclusion that this was the right direction. it was all random chance but i can see the connections that have been made were all completely logical these were normal people and there are some patients were normal and logical and just completely wrong they had not found a clue they had created. cultures have a name for this kind of syndrome they call it apophenia apophenia is the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful patterns between unrelated random things q and that's
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the point it isn't about finding the clues and solving the puzzle it's about confusing people to tearing down walls if you're a designer and have puzzles and have a plot in apophenia is a wild card you always have to be concerned about. cubana is a mere reflection of this dynamic. here apophenia is the point of everything there are no script and plots there are no puzzles to solve created by game designers there are no solutions there are constantly getting the player lost but pointing out unrelated random events and creating a meaning for them that fits the propaganda message queues deliver whatever. for yourself it doesn't tell you. if you think about what you want which. is a fictional character in a fictional game a real whistleblower with important information would get it out as fast as
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possible to the most reliable source possible there are people like daniel ellsberg edward snowden and chelsea manning they don't drop clues and make you solve puzzles to look at the information q does though he does this because he is not a whistleblower q. is a fictional character and acts exactly like a fictional character this is because the purpose of q. is not to divulge actual information but to create fiction let's take a look at how this works. to create apophenia 1st you need random data the more the better then you need to interpret that data in a way that leads you to a full solution that fits the narrative and several q. drops q. tells followers that there is a shadowy cult out there in which the members are required to reveal their status through symbolism owls or an animal. q. asks them to look out for these symbols and jewelry tattoos or hand gestures of
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public figures and celebrities. of course q. knows what they'll find the clintons throwing the rock an off hand horns jay z. flashing the illuminati. the rothschilds were in foreign heads of fancy dress costume parties. the images pile up fast clue after clue points the investigators to mountains of out of context images of the people they distrust totally looking like they are in a cult there is no doubt about the political nature of this propaganda either this is the internet's repurchasing of hatreds greatest hits. it is an isolated process but then in a large community of like minded people they share their finds and get showered with compliments courage men and praise they post images trade theories create. photoshop the images into crazy quilts of people wearing owls and goat have
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pentagrams. they may not believe it at 1st but as they watch and list music videos of the hollywood elite flicks covered in the cult symbols and screaming about drugs and demons. a delco. doubts are notoriously hard to get rid of the ideas start to surround them the majority of people they know believe at least partly cumin on inspired conspiracies. all their news feeds echo the same thing tick tock instagram facebook and all over twitter oh in the news max are reporting it. is becoming a widely accepted system of beliefs then you mainstream if they ever lose faith there are senators and even the former president of the united states talking about what a great movement human on is i've heard these are people that love our country eventually they just stop fighting they finally accept what is right before their eyes and what explains so much of what everyone around them is also seeing and telling them
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is the truth it's an international satanic cult and this is the moment of a pop. only this is delusion as revelation this is a reason the people enjoy doing puzzles one most of us aren't aware of. when we solve puzzles we get ahead of dopamine biochemically anchors the idea into our mind in a way that can be a certainty it gives us the motivation solve more puzzles it's that feeling you experience when you get the lawnmower to work when you solve a hard puzzle a great game the problem is we also get the same rush when we solve the puzzle in correctly but think we've got it right unlike the puzzles in a real game that have real solutions there is no reality no solution in the real world instead this is a breadcrumb trail away from the away from the actual flu and toward the dangerous
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psychological. works because when you figure it out yourself you own it because you've experienced the thrill of discovery the excitement of the rabbit hole the acceptance of a community that loves and respects you because you are convinced to connect the dots yourself you can see the absolute logic of it it's a feeling that game designers are always chasing giving players the ability to live in a world of magic that is vibrant and alive with potential a world that reveals itself to you day by day a world you can understand how to roll and. i can't believe people want to give that feeling up without a fight. whatever happens with trump acumen on one thing is certain the gaming techniques employed acumen and for simply too effective to be forgotten. the genie is out of the bottle. the may not be cute but the game of the cation propaganda
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will continue to evolve. this is just the bigger. and finally if you're error but you are accustomed to the film and television industries especially hollywood casting people like you or who look like you is villains white westerners usually get to play the hero superheroes are no different the original lineup of marvel's avengers was 5 white guys and one white woman the hulk was green but only when he had anger management issues we're seeing a little more diversity these days the comic book spider-man is now an afro latino and this is marvel is a pakistani american but we're still waiting on that 1st arab in a cape equipped with super powers saving the world on the big screen a comedy duo out of toronto called wishful genie has decided to wait no more so we leave you now with to be the 1st arab superhero and we'll see you next time you're
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at the mystic. did you kill that guy with frat. kids can't be like yeah. she was middle eastern i think and it really did. we'd never seems for me. to tell you something. but you should still get a degree but you need a real job men. even your country needs you. sorry there's just a quick screening it's completely random we get home. i'm a superhero. well if you like dr strange he's
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a superhero and a doctor. protector city. let's get married oh do you know 24. don't hurt me with you puts me in danger. to get the feeling if you need. to get the kind of the end. but if you say. to people we believe you'll be key in see the world to me can you. just see. frank assessments should we be buying bit coy ultimately it will be sovereigns and governments who are buying this and in-depth analysis of the day's global headlines
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inside story on. this thing to say that it's time for a different approach so let's leave them firstly to the headlines join me as i take on the lies dismantle the misconceptions and debate the contradictions on marc lamont hill and it's time to get out from. the bloodiest day yet in the 1000000 mom military's crackdown on protestors. hello i'm daryn jordan this is live from doha also coming up a message that's taking a right to the top woman rally outside australia's parliament calling for an end to sexual violence.


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