Drums of war: The US media’s ‘Iranian threat’

Something sounds familiar. ‘Long-range nuclear missiles’, ‘terrorist sleeper cells’, ‘WMDs’: terms which quickly became part of the media’s vocabulary in the run up to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Fast-forward to 2012 and they are featuring heavily once again, only now it is not about Iraq, but Iran. Last time, the media’s saber-rattling followed the Bush administration’s lead in selling the attack on Iraq. This time, the so-called ‘Iranian Threat’ is a narrative being constructed by the US media all by itself – with scant public support from the Obama administration. Our News Divide this week takes a close look at the coverage of Iran and a culture of journalism that seems to have forgotten the very real dangers of hypothesis and conjecture.

Cooperate for border peace: China tells India

Beijing: Reacting sharply to Defence Minister AK Antony’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh for its statehood celebrations, China on Saturday said India should refrain from taking any action that could “complicate” the border issue. 

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has “asked India to work with China to maintain peace and stability in border areas”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported tonight.