Tag Archives: Straits Times 23 July 2014

SPINNING THE NARRATIVE, IGNORING THE FACTS

Soviet leader Josef Stalin once memorably remarked about his country that "it does not matter how people vote; it matters who does the counting". Mr Putin is continuing this tradition by assuming that facts are unimportant - the only thing that matters is who spins the narrative.

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FRENCH COURT OVERTURNS RULING ORDERING HALAL FOOD IN JAIL

A French court on Tuesday cancelled a November ruling ordering a prison to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners, in the latest legal battle over an issue that has caused controversy in the secular republic. The issue of halal meat is a controversial topic in the country and has been used as a political football. The leader of the far-right National Front party Marine Le Pen launched a fierce row before the last presidential polls in 2012 by claiming that all meat distributed in the Paris region was halal, or slaughtered according to Islamic law, and that non-Muslim consumers were being misled.

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