Goodbye 2016: Welcome to 2017! – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine
Hillary Clinton has called fake news an epidemic. A new year will soon bring its share of challenges. Many persons will be glad to see the end of 2016. There is little doubt that some may have realized their goals while others are still struggling bravely to reach their personal summits. They are to be commended.
The year 2016 has been unusual in a number of areas. There has been the use and abuse of information and one is not sure where the truth lies.
In late December 2016 a fake news story led to ‘threats of nuclear war between Pakistan and Israel.’ There is no evidence that a former Israeli Defense Minister threatened to destroy Pakistan if that country sent troops to Syria. But the ‘news’ was taken seriously in Pakistan and the official response was direct and acrimonious.