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Ukrainian journalist allegedly targeted by enlistment officers as 'revenge' for investigation ( kyivindependent.com )

A Ukrainian investigative journalism outlet Slidstvo.Info said on April 6 that their journalist, Yevhenii Shulhat, appeared to be targeted by military enlistment officers as retaliation for his work investigating authorities....

Palestinians return to destroyed homes in Khan Younis after Israeli withdrawal ( www.theguardian.com )

Thousands of Palestinians, exhausted by six months of unrelenting war and multiple displacements, trudged back to the devastated city of Khan Younis on Monday, a day after Israel’s unexpected withdrawal of its forces from southern Gaza....

UN nuclear watchdog head condemns drone strike on Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant ( www.theguardian.com )

The head of the UN’s atomic watchdog agency has condemned a drone strike on one of six nuclear reactors at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine, saying such attacks “significantly increase the risk of a major nuclear accident”....

Israel withdraws troops from southern Gaza for ‘tactical reasons’ ( www.theguardian.com )

Israel has pulled all of its ground troops out of southern Gaza for “tactical reasons”, the country’s army has said, raising questions about the future direction of the war as Hamas and Israeli delegations travel to Egypt for a new round of ceasefire talks....

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No idea why they aren't showing up in voyager but you can block them from the default web front-end.

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No. Their MBFC page is an interesting read:

It is considered the first alternative investigative journalism internet news source. Consortium News covers stories deeply and has been responsible for uncovering scandals and important information that was not found/covered by the mainstream media.

They also get a bit philosophical about the nature of truth, which I don't think I've ever seen before.

Haaretz actually reported this first (there's an archive link in the article) and they're high credibility.

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    This is a conspiracy/propaganda site.


    They're also banned from Wikipedia for publishing "false or fabricated information."

    Ukraine's military intelligence hints drone attacks on military facilities in Russia to continue, 'range will increase' ( kyivindependent.com )

    Andrii Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine's military intelligence agency (HUR), hinted on April 4 that drone strikes on military facilities inside Russia will continue and "their range will increase."...

    Top UN expert warns of deteriorating situation in Haiti: ‘It’s apocalyptic’ ( www.theguardian.com )

    The UN’s top expert on human rights in Haiti has warned the Caribbean country is rapidly moving towards becoming “like Somalia in the worst of its times” after a criminal uprising which has displaced tens of thousands of people and largely cut its capital city off from the world....

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    Missing some of the stuff you want, but I'd also recommend the Pixel+GrapheneOS. The Graphene web installation is ridiculously easy and it's rock solid in my experience. You get 7+ years of support from Graphene too. Pixel build quality is great. Great camera, solid storage (ymmv), plenty of RAM. In my experience, Google's hardware support is really good. I've been using their phones since the Galaxy Nexus and any time I've had even a minor issue they're just like, "it's under warranty, do you want a new one?" basically no questions asked. My Pixel 6 is two years out of warranty. A few days ago the battery started to swell a bit. Reported it Sunday and I have a free replacement arriving today. All they asked for was a pic and my mailing address.

    Last summer, my nephew managed to grab my phone, take it out of its case, and drop it in the street where it was run over by an SUV. The only damage it took was some serious scratches on the back glass. My old Pixel 3 survived two years in my pocket working on an organic farm and it's still kicking as my temporary replacement. I've found their phones shockingly durable.

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    It was Knight Specialty Insurance Company. Owned by billionaire Don Hankey, who got rich doing subprime car loans. Apparently he's bailed Trump out before with loans against Trump Tower and Doral golf course.

    Unraveling Havana Syndrome: New evidence links the GRU's assassination Unit 29155 to mysterious attacks on U.S. officials and their families ( theins.ru )

    A yearlong investigation by The Insider, in collaboration with 60 Minutes and Der Spiegel, has uncovered evidence suggesting that unexplained anonymous health incidents, also known as Havana Syndrome, may have their origin in the use of directed energy weapons wielded by members of Unit 29155....

    Turkish opposition leads in vote to run Istanbul and other key cities ( www.euronews.com )

    With nearly 60% of the ballot boxes counted, incumbent Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, of the Republican People's Party, or CHP, was leading in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city and economic hub, according to state broadcaster TRT....

    Kinahan Cartel: Wanted Narco Boss Exposes Whereabouts by Posting Google Reviews ( www.bellingcat.com )

    One of the world’s most wanted men, a notorious narco kingpin whose gang is implicated in multiple murders, has left a trail of Google reviews providing valuable new insights into his movements and whereabouts over the past five years....

    Israelis stage largest anti-government protest since the war in Gaza began ( apnews.com )

    Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered outside the parliament building in Jerusalem on Sunday in the largest anti-government demonstration since the country went to war in October. They urged the government to reach a cease-fire deal to free dozens of hostages held by the Hamas militant group in Gaza and to hold early elections....

    A Russian Defector’s Killing Raises Specter of Hit Squads ( www.nytimes.com )

    Mr. Kuzminov defected from Russia to Ukraine last summer, flying his Mi-8 military helicopter into Ukrainian territory and handing the aircraft along with a cache of secret documents to Ukrainian intelligence operatives. In doing so, he committed the one offense President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has said again and again he...

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    Unless you or Squid (et al?) have some grand vision to differentiate it from world, I don't see why worldnews should exist. I don't personally think allowing video is enough of a difference - or should be allowed here. It's probably just confusing users more than anything. Although I subscribe and post here and not there, so maybe their users find some value in it I'm not aware of.

    Opinion | Zelensky: ‘We are trying to find some way not to retreat’ ( www.washingtonpost.com )

    President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a stark message to Congress in an interview on Thursday as Russian missiles were pounding southern Ukraine: Give us the weapons to stop the Russian attacks, or Ukraine will escalate its counterattacks on Russia’s airfields, energy facilities and other strategic targets....

    A Loyal Israel Ally, Germany Shifts Tone as the Toll in Gaza Mounts ( www.nytimes.com )

    Days after Hamas launched its Oct. 7 attacks on Israel, Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, was one of the first Western leaders to arrive in Tel Aviv. Standing beside the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, he declared that Germany had “only one place — and it is alongside Israel.”...

    Germany Is Seizing Jews’ Money Again: It’s fine, they’re pro-Palestine ( novaramedia.com )

    A pro-Palestine Jewish activist group has had its bank account frozen in Germany for the second time in seven years, after the bank requested a full list of its members’ details in what experts believe is a breach of German law. The group suspects the move was triggered by its involvement in a forthcoming pro-Palestine...

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    MBFC link for Novara.

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    I didn't post the link because I have a problem with the source or the story. If I use MBFC to look up a source and the link isn't in the thread, I'll post it. If I use an archive link to read an article and it's not in the thread, I'll post it. Reading their MBFC page, there's not really anything wrong with the source. Aside from having an extraordinarily terrible headline -- probably written by an editor, not the author -- there's nothing really wrong with the article. I upvoted the post.

    As much as people whine about whatever thing about MBFC they're weirdly obsessed with, those pages contain a ton of useful information collected in one place. Do you have a good reason why we shouldn't know what country they're based in or press freedom issues in that country? Should we not know who owns the company, their publishing history, or how they're funded? Are we better off not knowing that they haven't failed a fact-check in the last 5 years? I don't think it speaks to their credibility at all, but it was interesting to learn that they're luxury communists and I don't feel worse off for knowing that. Do you have some other way to get all that info in a single click?

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    It’s just that there doesn’t seem to be any actual logic or publicly published citations for why they mark some sources lower or higher.

    Their scoring methodology is available here.

    then mark them all the way down to Mixed simply due to sources with no examples of said bad sources other than they have a left bias

    They actually cite two examples of poorly sourced articles in their analysis summary. One appears to be an opinion piece that they're calling news analysis. The other uses social media as its only sourcing. Reading their MBFC page, there's nothing disqualifying. When reading an article, I'd just pay closer attention to who their sources are.

    People (esp. critics) often treat MBFC like it's a binary good/bad indicator. It's really good at that at the edges. It's great at telling you if a source is very good (ex. BBC) or very bad (ex. Sputnik/Fox/InfoWars). The middle is murky. 'Mixed'/'Medium' tells you almost nothing without looking at the reason. It's a wealth of important information for evaluating a source but 'Medium Credibility' should be treated as 'things to keep in mind' or contexts where a source may be less trustworthy. Like, I don't have a problem with this source but I wouldn't trust them to report straight on something that was counter to Luxury Communism as a viable system. I don't think that's an unreasonable position and, again, I don't think I'm worse off for knowing that part of their mission is to promote that ideology. I don't particularly mind CBC News having a higher rating for having no agenda beyond reporting the news.

    I don't think MBFC is beyond question but most criticism isn't assessing their strengths and weaknesses in context. It's mostly people taking issue with a single metric (most frequently left/right bias in my experience) and claiming they're "A JOKE" or "HAVE NO CREDIBILITY." And, honestly, 9 times out of 10 it's people who just want to share authoritarian propaganda as news. As I said before, metrics aside, there's a fuckton of valuable information on those pages and no indication that it's not factual. I've never seen an instance where an organization was owned by someone else, based in a different country, or had a different funding model than described. I've never seen someone take issue with their fact-checking. We're definitely not better off not knowing that and there isn't a better alternative.

    There’s also others, such as daily mail and Fox News with same factual rating

    They specifically list Fox News as a questionable source. They explain the Mixed Factual rating as being because their beat reporting is factual, which is true -- local beat reporters out of, say, Albany aren't far-right goons pushing conspiracy theories. The Daily Mail is rated low credibility and low for factual reporting. You're treating all "Mixed Factual" sources as essentially the same but they're not and aren't intended to be. There are numerous ways to end up with with a Mixed Factual rating, some more serious than others, including uncorrected failed fact-checks, poor sourcing, and lack of transparency by, for example, obfuscating sources by not citing or linking to them. You need to know the reasons and then assess whether it's a dealbreaker.

    Zandt has no issues with Times of Israel being left and factual.

    They rate the Times of Israel as being center-left. That rating is the least important thing on that site and they're basically trying to do something that's impossible. Left and Right are relative. They feel objective to everyone but vary considerably over time and space. Many (maybe most) Democrats would be Conservatives here in Canada. Being right-wing in the US means something pretty wildly different today than it did 20 years ago. Being "center-left" usually even means something different at the municipal level than federal. There is no universal definition of center-left. That metric is probably most useful at the extremes, but I typically pay little attention to it and wouldn't treat it as anything more than a rough ballpark figure.

    Do you have examples of Times of Israel not being factual? People seem to hate them right now because they have "Israel" in their name and it's more asserted as "everyone knows" rather than pointing to any analysis I've seen. I'm not aware of any serious retractions or scandals and I'm almost always able to verify their reporting through other sources (there aren't many English sources reporting on daily goings-on at the Knesset). I did a quick search and couldn't find anything that doesn't reinforce MBFC's assessment. I'd be happy to read whatever you send my way though. Their description of TOI's slight shift toward government perspective since Oct 7 seems accurate. It's also not surprising and happens in every country at war. Ukrainian media, for example, is less critical of the government now than before the full-scale invasion; US media was less critical of the government post-9/11. Most of their reporting is just straight-ahead reporting without editorializing. Looking at their site now, I can't see anything that would even be controversial and their top stories have all been reported by numerous news orgs.

    Disinformation has become the single biggest threat to electoral integrity ( www.politico.eu )

    Countries representing nearly half of the world’s population will hold elections in 2024. But as more voters head to the polls than ever before, those responsible for managing these elections also face challenges like never before, many of them driven by technology and disinformation....

    Russia intensifies attacks on Kharkiv, draining Ukraine's air defense and civilian morale ( kyivindependent.com )

    Russian troops on March 27 attacked Kharkiv, killing a 59-year-old man and injuring 19 people, including four children. This was the first time since 2022 that Russian troops used a glide air bomb, reportedly a new-type UMPB D-30 munition, to strike the city....

    What We Know About Palestinians Detained in Israel ( www.nytimes.com )

    More than 9,000 Palestinians imprisoned under Israel’s military and national security laws are being held in Israeli detention facilities, the highest figure in more than a decade, according to rights groups, who say that many of the detainees are being held without charges and have been abused while in custody....

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