I've been travelling a lot recently so I have not been keeping up with the news very much, and only then in a superficial manner. I got home fairly late last night, just in time for the news on ITV. The leading item was on the dire situation in Aleppo, and the simply dreadful events that are going on there. But rightly or wrongly, as I was watching a felt a dawning sensation that what I was watching was a lot less like news, and more like someone pushing an agenda - I'd possibly even go so far to call it like watching propaganda. The tone was so strident, and they were trying to link events there to some of Trump's new appointments. One of his appointments, we were told, had even given speeches at business events in Russia. Now Trump does worry me somewhat, but they seem to be getting ahead of themselves with this as he is not in the Whitehouse just yet. I also got the sense that the UK politicians who were featured were effectively saying, 'well you didn't allow us to bomb the country' - so it's nothing to do with us, as if dropping bombs all over the place was going to solve the situation. But to not put to fine a point on it - the whole thing felt a bit 'Off' if you know what I mean. The kind of way you are reading an article, and as you get further through it, you realise it is in fact an advertisement, and not an article. Now I have long been a critic of the quality of the main stream media - but this felt like a whole new level of pushing an agenda. I don't know exactly what is happening in Aleppo, but neither, I suspect, does the media. I have spent time in West Africa, and seen the difference between what is happening on the ground and what is being reported in the media, the most recent being the reporting of the Ebola outbreak. Today I stumbled upon this video. Although it is easy to dismiss it as someone who is only seeing a small corner of what is happening, what this reporter is saying resonates in the same way as some of my own experiences with reporting of events in West Africa. It's 18 minutes but it is interesting viewing: Syria/Aleppo - Western Governments/Media LIES...Watch this video on YouTube I am certainly not trying to minimise the terrible events in Aleppo, but Boris John recently used the phrase 'Proxy Wars' in relation to Saudi Arabia, and I wonder if it might not be appropriate here to some degree. I was discussing this with a friend earlier and he suggested that many were strongly opposed to Trump's desire for better relations with Russia, and that this might well be an attempt to really 'poison the well' before he gets into office early next year. I'm probably extrapolating too much from a single news report after a long drive home, but I am interested to hear what others here think. Do I need to go out and get some tin foil ?