Media Mashup: August 18, 2015

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, right, holds talks with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, right, holds talks with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Middle East: The U.S.  Zig Toward Dictators

The Obama Administration likes dictators as much as its predecessors, particularly in Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The administration’s naive–perhaps crass–policies have left the Middle East in shambles. For more details, see The National Interest’s analysis at  http://bit.ly/1E3fURe

Turkey: The U.S. Zag Against Dictators

At a time when the United States may need Turkey’s support in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic States, the Obama government has decided to take its military toys home. The U.S. military is removing its anti-aircraft batteries from Turkey in a misguided kerfuffle over the Kurds. For more details, see http://fxn.ws/1JlNgNL

U.S. Military: The Zig Toward Censorship

The U.S. military is issuing new guidelines for reporters in war zones that some media outlets warn would lead to journalists being treated the same as members of terrorist organizations or spies. The guidelines may go too far, but they have a nice ring to them. For more details, see http://yhoo.it/1Np7tBW

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

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