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is and baby formula manufacturers on thursday hoping to help ease the shortage i think were going to be in a matter of weeks or less getting significantly more formula on shelves. and we have to is also sure we're going to port and still maintain the say, the high safety stand out for now. parents are making due by turning to food banks or just feeding their children less, less all worked together because these are babies. you know, they got to eat for parents, there is no more urgent need than this nutrition for their hungry children. heidi joe castro al jazeera washington. a ukrainian band is the favorite to win this year's eurovision song, contest o collusion, orchestra is riding on a wave of public support following russia's invasion of ukraine attribute to the motherland song, mixes wrapped with traditional folk music. 25 bands will compete in the final as
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taking place in italy, city of turn. ah, this is al jazeera and these are the top stories. al jazeera journalist, sharina barclay has been laid to best and occupied east jerusalem, 3 days after israel forces shot and killed her thousands gathered for her funeral. on friday, the shrines funeral procession was disrupted when israeli forces attacked mourners carrying her casket a strong, wide spread global condemnation. a muted response from the u. s. all this is happening is palestine is prepared to mark, knock by day and marks the expulsion of 700000 palestinians after the creation of the state of israel in 1948 am on con is near the hospital where is ready forces attacks sharina, barclays mourners there's only really one word that anybody is using. certainly palestinian is using amazon. devastated, devastated though sure. in
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a barclays of fuel was not a dignified one. that it was actually a fraught with violence from the israeli forces. those pictures that we've seen are from the hospital not far away from where i'm standing right now. just stop by hill over there. where are mourners. the pall bearers were actually attacked as they carried sharon's casket out into the court yard of the hostile them where she left the hospital. at that stage they were in the courtyard and these really forces moved and g. 7 foreign ministers are meeting for a final day in northern germany. ukraine's representative has been holding talks to discuss further action to help keep the increased pressure on moscow. at least 27 people have died in a fire that broke out and a building in india's capital. the lease and you dally say more than 40 people are in hospital and thousands of others have been rescued. knows the headline news will
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continue here on al jazeera, but also the listening post. i'll say after that a, by, on counting the costs for a design marco's junior effectively the philippines. what will it mean for the economy? u. s. as in joe biden, say, fighting inflation is, is the top domestic priority? so can you bring down the cost of living and what's keeping india in the doc? counting the cost on out here. ah, impunity in the whole. will israel be held to account for killing an algae 0? as the tide turned in sri lanka, media outlets are change and go to on the roger pox, a government and russian mercenaries and misinformation messing with politics in africa. warmer
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transport in europe, the listening post where we put the global media under the microscope. our starting point this week is the killing of al jazeera correspondence, serene abu, accurate by israeli forces, which this network has called an assassination p. i did for the cleaning, you know, what i do actually was a central part of al jazeera, the palestine israel coverage for 25 years. highly regarded my colleagues and audience. her funeral ceremony was attended by the bow. c serene i black late was on assignment in the occupied west bank covering israeli raids on a refugee camp in jeanine. she was wearing a helmet and flak jacket, clearly marking her press when she was shot in the head by a sniper. the israeli prime minister then shared a video insinuating, that abu actually had been killed by a palestinian,
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an argument quickly dismantled by israeli human rights group. that center through g o, location technology, and the use of facts. but it's all part of a pattern that we've seen before. palestinian killed and israeli response designed to confuse matters. justice denied accountability avoided diana boot, who was a human rights lawyer and former adviser to the p l. o, the palestine liberation organization. miss booty, thanks for joining us here at the listing post today. can you please start by telling us who serene abu ack lay wise? we know her title palestine correspondent for al jazeera arabic, but who was she really, to arabic, language, audiences. shitty and was a formidable journalist, a journalist that every journalist looked up to should he gave us a window into what it's like to live as
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a palestinian under israeli rule center. seattle, marco massey, she you how to get very deep into, into lives, the palestinians into the story into the true it's our issue, mana, my, your moral behave. philip lina. yeah. hey nadia, con heavy, hidden medina. she didn't just report on on issues of death. she actually reported a lot on life fall moodle had been must have a difficulty. you darla, you can also whole but then been spotty leicha on center with in me not into daughter for thought hospital, a sarah the blue lucky nathan. allah is sarah isla, her human interest stories were some of the best that i've ever seen. she was a person who gave us a glimpse into what it's like to be a palestinian from everything from the bitterness and the crimes of living under is really crimes to the sweetness of what palestinian culture and humanity is. all about. these really prime minister enough tale bennett then tweeted out that video
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about palestinian gunmen saying he was responsible for the killing. why is there this need for bennett to come out so quickly encounter the case that was being made by actual eye witnesses, including his use of a video that had no sourcing behind it? well, for 2 reasons. first is because surely in, as you know, and to the homes of every single palestinian and i would dare say every arab around the world. and i think that they are afraid of the, of the condemnations that are going to come. but 2nd city in is also a us citizen. and because she is a us citizen, there will likely be calls for investigations. we know how fake those investigations were, will be. but there's a bigger issue, which is that this is part and parcel of these really has gra, as of the israeli spin doctoring that occurs. step one is to always pass it out
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on the palestinian death or to blame palestinians, or other palestinians for the death, for israel's killing of a palestinian step 2 is always to have a, a fake call for an investigation. we've already seen that happen. and then step 3, if it even gets to that will be an oops, sorry, but statement on the part of some israeli official at step one right now. so it's, it's, we're not fooled by this anymore and i really hope that nobody else is fooled by it . either and that video has since been debunked. the israelis are now saying that they are opening an investigation to determine if aqua was shot targeted fine israeli soldier. it's not an if she was. and that's the problem is that when we go down the path of questioning, what we're really doing is we're 2nd guessing eye witnesses who are there?
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we're 2nd guessing the people who risk their lives on a daily basis to cover this issue to cover this story. you know, which i think it's important to put this in its proper context. we're now at the one year anniversary since israel ah, the associated press building think back to a year ago. they blamed palestinians for the for them, bombing the 80 building a year ago. another one of your colleagues, she bought it will go daddy. these rallies broke her arm as she was covering the protest egyptian ay. and again, the blame you burn godaddy for her broken arm. they have the duty and responsibility to protect journalists and they don't because they don't want the
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truth. you know, they just want to cover up their crimes and should he refused to do that. and immediately after her killing the associated press was one of the news organizations along with the new york times to report that abu ackley was killed by quote gunfire during quote clashes. why is it seemingly so difficult for news organizations like those to state the obvious i guess that's a question. i should be asking them. when you have eye witnesses who are telling you exactly what happened? i don't know why they have to go into these mental gymnastics and do as i call it, word salad to cover up what is plainly and painfully obvious. the objectivity of palestinian journalists is always question. we never question the objectivity of an american journalist or canadian journalist, or let's say right now if there were ukrainian journalists killed in the exact same
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way by russian. we wouldn't be rushing to use the passive voice or colleague clashes, or somehow not laying blame at the foot of the russian government. but this always happens when it comes to palestinians that somehow palestinian journalists and their objectivity is always somehow discounted. even though these are some of the greatest journalists that i've ever seen, and who journalists who risk their lives all the time, without so much as support from their international colleagues and counterparts. this killing that image of serene abu accolades, lifeless body. her colleague in such distress the way it captured that moment. so clearly it's everywhere on social media. and as you've seen, it's being posted alongside and likened to another infamous moment from the year, 2000 and the killing of mohammed al dora,
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that 12 year old boy in garza now the israelis initially denied killing him as well . what do you make of the coupling of those images, the comparison of this killing to the outdoor a case? this is so painful for me because i woke up this morning to the news of the chileans killing. and the last thing that i wanted to see was her lifeless body. and i imagine that the last thing that implemented the i wanted to see was the image of her sons lifeless by i think the reason that people are putting them side by side is because in all of these cases, we're always being blamed for our own deaths and what i think is really important is that in both instances, we have to ask the question, why is the army there?
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why is the israeli army there? in the case of shitty and it was because the army was illegally going into intrusion into the camp. and a so she in is the person who followed along because she wanted the world to see in both cases the army shouldn't have been there. in both cases. we should be now seeing shitty and going on to report other stories, stories of palestinian freedom and love and life. and we should be seeing a doctor who would now be in his thirty's. oh. but instead both lives have been so tragically extinguished my israel, and i worry that she is just simply going to pass with us, remembering her, but no action, nothing done to actually change the reality in which germany operate here. and more importantly, the out the reality in which palestinians live their lives here. diana,
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to thank you so much for speaking with me. thank you. thank you. from the middle east to south asia now and sri lanka, where months of protests have president got our bay rodger parks. us government on the ropes, the hash tag. the demonstrators have rallied around says at all, gotta go home. me not sure, avi is here with more. that hash tag good. now go home the 1st not just to the president, but also to members of his family, many of whom are in government. he's the protest. centurylink, i have been over the countries diet, economical additions, rampant inflation, crippling national debt. and steve mismanagement, they had organized on social media, where means cartoons and anti government content. now dominate the discourse. the authorities tried to put a lid on that last month by shutting down all social media platforms,
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citizens would infuriated, and the government caved. lifting the blockages. over the past few weeks, she lincolns have noticed that some mainstream media outlets which have long been deferential to that address. our family are repositioning themselves. media, media players like the other day in our and he'll networks whose owners have ties with that. i to pack says, tried going with the official narrative labeling protesters, looters and pugs. but they're tempting their tongue. the owner of the other day in a group was even publicly questioned about his networks output by a political logger. i, i, i wrote the amount of critical news content on that out of boxes is notable. given that for more than 2 decades, they have been the most powerfully political players in sri lanka. and they have a track record of silencing journalists brutally at times who dared to investigate
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or criticize them. the president is still in office, but the go to go home movement. the way it's being covered indicates that roger boxes are losing their control of the media. and may well lose their grip on power into longer. thanks me to the global media are focusing on russia military efforts in ukraine. we're turning now to its para military operations in africa. ever heard of the wagner group? it's a private company, made up of mercenaries who tend to do the kremlin bidding. wagner is to russia what black water is to the u. s. a shadow we organization. notoriously difficult and sometimes dangerous for journalists to cover. its mercenaries are now all over the globe operating mostly in africa, the playbook there includes moving into a country that is politically divided like molly. taking aside creating a partnership that results in russia, getting access to precious natural resources and advancing its own geopolitical
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interests and disinformation campaigns are part of the mix, listening post nic moorhead. now on the wagner group, molly and russia soft power push in after me. there's a lot you can tell about the state of attention by watching citizens project. this is tamika, the capital of molly. earlier this year, the hostility towards france is clear and surprises. while he was once a french colony, the abuses of that year, i have not been forgotten. in 2013 french troops teamed up with maryan forces to fight an insurgency in the north. 9 years later, there is little to show for it. and french troops have begun to withdraw. while so many of these protesters carrying russian flags and why are they purchase of richard wagner? the 19th century german music composer, a man who was deeply anti semitic, a favorite of ad of hitler's, and his music,
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provided the soundtrack to the nazi movement. the answer is that wagner image has become a symbol from orleans who support a private russian military company called the wagner group, an organization that has no website, no telephone number, no physical address. wagner says secretive that officially it does not exist legal vac. now, the wagner group doesn't carry out regular crash. they misinformation and influence campaigns on line that coincide with what the mercenaries are doing in the field is much down to pass from the secrecy around wagner is something that's done on purpose. and it makes it really difficult to be certain how the kremlin is using wagner. because it can't be held accountable for actions of a group that has no official links to the links between wagner and moscow on official, but they are there and they go right to the top. wagner is reportedly owned by us guinea, precocious an oligarchy, known as putin. shift and nickname. he picked up off the hosting numerous dennis
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for the russian president, craig ocean, owns restaurants, a museum. many companies, including one called the internet research agents have been located here in saint petersburg. it is currently sanctioned by both the us and the u. k. providing extensive disinformation campaign. and when you look at the countries where wagner has been deployed the ukraine, syria, the central african republic, molly patton emerges, wagner. missionaries are deployed under the guise of military advisors to country in political turmoil. they help the embattled government, an exchange. wagner, and possibly russia get access to natural resources. then comes that this information and propaganda that makes the arrangement seem like the country's best course of action. and when you scan social media in molly, over the past year, it explains at least in part why mullins are waiving russian flags, swap, burning effigy the french president,
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the social media post that me so really concentrated on blaming fraud for the militant insurgency and parts of the country so essentially calling into question to me a few of prongs also promoting thoughts as reliable security partner. ok, go back and i thought, so what wagner did is they funded anti french rhetoric and pro russian campaigns while deploying the mercenaries to control certain areas. as expected to gain access to molly's gold melissa by your lungs, possibly a lot of lounging, many of an invisible russian. honda in social media is an invention of the french. it won't accept the fate because the russians only started to take an interest in the region after the withdrawal of french troops was announced by french president, a monday my. my job is the only money and journalist who agreed to speak with us and smiley actor. one of the many modern news outlets that now take
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a pro ration line, which isn't hard to do, given the sub power push coming from moscow. russia state back news out it's r. t and sputnik has both created french language channels that focus on francophone africa and tend to cost russia in a very favorable light multiplication local authority, says montalvo johnson. my yankee is graphic. seduce, increase their reach or teens. but nick, have made their content freely available to african use organizations and as many as 4000 across the continent have taken them up on that often. just take a look. this is molly j. a popular news aggregator. look, we much of the content is coming from sputnik news. sputnik news. sputnik news draw cause the collaboration a win win because news organizations like his lack of resources to produce this kind of journalism. and it's on pack up and we can cover all local news properly, let alone international news. this vacuum was viewed by french media. r t front
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of allowed us diversify our sources. channels like read your friends international and france. 24. do focus a lot with story. i think you from municipal voices and that is perceived by the end of interference. so combination off, russian state and media outlets like our team have a very mission to cover issues that are marginalized by the so called mainstream media. and this really resonates with african countries, including in francophone, africa, where they have been complains about the way that africa is portrayed in the waste and media that it's all ebola and civil war. whereas russian media outlets are sharing positive stories about africa by focusing disproportionately on positive news are, can split, neglect more concerning stories since coming into power in last year's q. molly's
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new military duties. back by the wagner, the mercenaries have become increasingly authoritarian. dissenting voices have been thrown in jail. the media climate is now so hostile that numerous journalists have abandoned the profession inside. as for international media, both french state backed out its france. 24 and radio false international had their licenses suspended earlier this year. after they reported on allegations of atrocities being committed against civilians in the north, by marlene troops and russian mercenaries. the play with wagner. since wagner arrival there have been growing accusations of abuses against civilians by the army and wagner mercenaries. and the news out this that report nice stories are banned. so there is clearly a desire to prevent any discussion about false sensitivities and the abuse is carried out by the exact same lama. it also sends a very clear message to the remaining local journalists and also
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a foreign media outlets at operating money. that certain topics all off limits. the concern there is that for regular citizens, it's going to become all the more difficult to access information that doesn't fit within the accepted narrative. private military companies like wagner has become a key component of the kremlin irregular warfare strategy. in 2015 russian private military companies were active in 4 countries. now they're in 27. and most of those deployments have been to africa with unstable governments, looking for protection, colonial legacies that can be exploited and under resource news outlets vulnerable to manipulation, africa is an ideal theater for russia to advance its interests. russia is courting africa and i think the success of the relationship is clearly demonstrated and the reaction of african countries to russia its recent invasion of ukraine way many african countries chose trap. spain found lou invites on the assure,
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many haven't called out russia condemned its actions at all. it don't qualify. builder thanks. did the disenchantment with france. the russians can present themselves as the new godfathers and the local population may be open to it. and then, just like that, the russians take the place of france and gain more and more influence on the continent. yours. so look, which in all, in 1958, molly gained independence. but when france pulled out it left behind a news media that operates for the most part in french rog, believe that paris is always used that to it's advantage. but now moscow and it's media apparatus are speaking the same language in the air. the challenge ahead for molly and journalists and their colleagues across the region is how to ensure that then use octed. so not used to pedal soft power for foreign interests. lemetre after camp africa media must unite to form collectivism, produce quality journalism was everyone's point to sustainable knowledge model that
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will guarantee independence. because if we don't do that or will be cannibalized by foreign news outlets with big letters. and those outlets will not defend the interest of, of course monday's, until it is. and finally, china's most populous city. shanghai is more than a month into its latest lockdown, and no one knows, given bay jennings, strict 0 covert policy, just how long it will last. if social media output is a measure, shanghai is 27000000 inhabitants are frustrated, and many have grown desperate. a video that captures that one that's making the rounds on line despite the best efforts of chinese sensors is called the voice of april. it is a montage of audio clips, official government announcements of its corporate policies mixed in with residents, descriptions of life under their strictest lockdown. yet it is
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a compelling piece of work that tells a story and ends with a simple get well soon. shanghai was the next time here at the listening post a yard e mail to me about for a day i think a. ready a, a
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with a . ready ah, each and every one of us is about to responsibility. to change our personal space for the better
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we're in, we could do this experiment. and if by diversity could increase just a little bit, that wouldn't be worth doing. anybody had any idea that it would become a magnet who is incredibly rare species for women to get 50 percent representation in the constituent assembly year. getting these people begun to collect the signature, the same, the re saying extremely important service that they provide to the city. why do we, we need to take america to trying to bring people together and trying to deal with people who left behind oh, sure. oh, and inspiration, personal stories of people who are keeping the spirit of freedom alive by
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courageously defending their right to be heard. a. how do they are a select ah, bold, and i'm told stories from asia and the pacific on al jazeera. ah, we regret the intrusion due to what should have been a peaceful procession, a mutated white house response for a sort of condemning the israeli attack on mourners during the funeral for allergies. i was jealous. sharina blocked it. ah, i'm can been out. this is on july from doha. also coming up,
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sharon was slater laid to rest and occupied east jerusalem. 2 days after she was shot dead by israeli forces.

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