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For my own curiosity, What is the best resource on active government disputes and protests, and national conflicts? I'm not offering opinions on any of it, because I have nothing close to an informed opinion.

I just want to educate myself better about at least the approximate number of things happening actively around the globe these days. Like I knew at least something happened since the turn of the century in the Egypts, Libyas, and Syrias of the world. But just recently I caught vague information about governments dealing with dissatisfied citizens in at least Turkey and Taiwan. I thought I saw something about a South American country that I cannot recall as well. Is Africa still dealing with several other nations in desperate situations?

Thus illustrating above how I'm woefully out of date and under-informed, you can see how I'm not really looking to engage in the usual forum shenanigans. I really want to know where I should be turning.
 
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I think it’s probably easier to start by mentioning resources that should be held in serious question. Avoid major news outlets--televised and print--accept as cursory overviews. I’m thinking of CNN, The New York Times, etc. Each of us has our own biases to be sure, and I for one am suspicious of sources like these because they often offer a strong pro-Western perspective.

Anyways, too much of that stuff reads like the moves in some socio-political nation vs nation chess match IMO: This nation enforced sanctions here which reuinted this group with another, which created pressure on black’s king-side rook... I want to know how people that live there are affected—the personal narrative seems to tell a much better story.

In this day and age you can easily find blogs by the people that live in those countries affected. Sure, they’ll have their own biases but if you read a few in tangent, you might start to put some pieces together to help you develop your own opinion.

Having said all of that, I ultimately recommend you just watch Fox News. You’ll get a fair and balanced view there.
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Depends on the SNR you want.

Loudest volume, here. SNR...is going to vary.
 
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If you can find time to listen to the BBC's twice-daily Newshour program, available in convenient podcast form, you'll find that the world stage becomes your soap opera, following major developments across the globe as they unfold, with a fair bit of history and analysis thrown in as well.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/newshour
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I don't know who runs it, but this is interesting: Global Incident Map

Redbeardin84 wrote:
I thought I saw something about a South American country that I cannot recall as well.


I think you heard about Venezuela. Good luck on your search for more information. I try to read articles from different sources and news organizations when I can. You can access a lot of major world papers online for free. Just look around and find a few that you like.
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Foreign affairs. For theory there are a number of introductory texts on geopolitics.
 
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Wikipedia actually has a lot of interesting, liberal leaning, in rare cases blatant propoganda, information on many of these disputes.
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I think it’s probably easier to start by mentioning resources that should be held in serious question. Avoid major news outlets--televised and print--accept as cursory overviews. I’m thinking of CNN, The New York Times, etc.

Hostile media effect in action.
 
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Blogs, Twitter and face book. They have a high standard of editorial oversight and cannot be faked or lied on (at least according to RSP).
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This forum.


This is sage advice.

You must learn to weed out almost* all comments by the Truly Paranoid, then you have a fairly clear view of current events.

*Tripp, Drew, and BJ say something funny every once in while.
 
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49xjohn wrote:


*Tripp, Drew, and BJ say something funny every once in while.


Sometime intentionally.
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Donald wrote:
49xjohn wrote:


*Tripp, Drew, and BJ say something funny every once in while.


Sometime intentionally.
Saucer of milk?
 
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The Poster who mentioned I should avoid reliance on American Media Outlets did come close to the emotions that set me on this quest. I don't think that any commercial domestic outlet is covering Domestic nor Foreign events with integrity to journalistic principles. And a lot of happenings seem to be getting passed over because some editor decided that Americans won't be interested in a given country at all.
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