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Twenty-Five Years After ETA's Deadliest Attack, Victims Meet Terrorists



BILBAO - By last October when the Basque terrorist organization ETA announced an end to its decades-long campaign of violence, five different convicted ETA terrorists had already met with five people whose lives were affected by the groups attacks: the injured, orphaned and widowed.

The conversations, which were all one-on-one and held in the prisons, were encouraged by the Ministry of the Interior, and the victims reported a positive experience, El País reports. Since then, there have been 6 more meetings under the old plan, and the program was included in the government's new "reinsertion" plan announced in April.

The first meeting under this new plan took place last week, in the run up to the 25th anniversary of ETA's deadliest attack, a car bomb at a shopping center on June 19, 1987. Roberto Manrique, who was injured in that attack, met with Rafael Caride Simón, the attack's mastermind, lainformation.com reports.

Although the meetings have been widely criticized, Manrique, who is the former president of the Catalan Association of Victims of Terrorism, said that the meeting had left him with a positive impression, and that Caride had expressed his feelings of guilt for the pain his actions had caused. Caride did not ask for forgiveness, but Manrique nonetheless said he would rate the meeting "a ten," lainformation.com reports.

El País reports that at least one other meeting, between a woman whose brother was killed by ETA and his assassin, is in the works.

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Murdoch Resignation Adds To Biden's Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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