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      Scott Crowder
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      First, there is this AP story from 2 days ago:

      https://apnews.com/article/business-only-on-ap-taliban-kabul-afghanistan-312374ad26aa5741394b2308bfd99487

      The Taliban are not arresting drug addicts and throwing them in jail.  They are not handing out needles and enabling the users.

      They are sending them to free rehab (cost in America $20k+).

      They are quoted as saying “They are our countrymen, they are our family and there are good people inside of them,” he said. “God willing, the people in the hospital will be good with them and cure them.”

      This article showing Taliban humane treatment (to their best ability given sanctions) was written by SAMYA KULLAB, MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and FELIPE DANA.

      The Establishment didn’t waste time perverting that story.  Enter Vice.com.

      Duckduckgo didn’t turn up the AP story, but it turned up the Vice version and multiple sites linking to the Vice version.

      https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkb7yb/astonishing-photos-show-heroin-users-forced-into-harsh-rehab-by-taliban

      Exact same title.  Same photos.  But this story posted 2 days later is by Max Daly.

      Entire paragraphs are copied and pasted verbatim.

      But it’s where he inserted his own material that informs us of how the Establishment media intends to brainwash the masses.

      Photographs document how Taliban fighters in Kabul rounded up 150 homeless drug users who were stripped and had their heads shaved before being locked in prison-like conditions for the next three months.

      Note the term “Taliban fighters” instead of “police”.  The AP article was clear these are former fighters now policemen.

      And the AP article says the rehab lasts 45 days, not 3 months.

      Then there’s this from the Vice article:

      These people are basically being kidnapped for three months and locked up. They will receive very little medical treatment and their needs will not be addressed. Once released, they will just start using drugs again.

      Kidnapped.  Very little medical treatment (because, you know, sanctions), and the assertion they will just go back to drugs again.

      No mention how difficult it will be to even find drugs by then once the poppy fields are seized and the dealers punished.

      Unlike America, the Taliban actually intend to win their drug war.

      But let’s not let the propaganda stop there.

      It looks like a concentration camp because they shave people’s heads and make them wear pyjamas

      Shave a drug adficts head after he slept for months under a bridge?  Lice anyone?

      Wear pyjamas?  OMG the fucking inhumanity.

      Concentration camp.  That’s the money phrase.

      Nazi’s calling the kettle black.

    • #448958
      mrdmk
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      I would have been thrown out of school never to return.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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    • #448974
      Mr. Mickeys Mom
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      As many as it takes to saturate the market whilst pounding a message up their ass.

      Hell, no... I'm not giving up...

    • #448980
      closeupready
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      Vice is sort of a joke, in terms of being a media outlet. On the same level as Salon or Daily Beast. Totally, 100% sellout tabloid media outlets. The tone of Vice is younger, but in no way is it a polished, responsible source of journalism.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #449009
      closeupready
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      its news topic categories include “Rec Room”, “Sex”, “Drugs”, and even “Horoscopes”. (Where’s “Tatts”?) If image is everything, then Vice could be characterized as a media outlet that would glorify the Amy Winehouses of the world at the expense of the Jane Fergusons (the PBS foreign correspondent who travels to active war zones, literally dodging sniper fire and putting her personal safety at risk to get a story about civilians who are trapped and desperate).

      Again, no offense to the threadstarter, but in general, going to Vice for seriousness (as in investigative reporting or opeds) is like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. It ain’t happening.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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