This privacy policy was last updated on December 21, 2017.

Thank you for visiting shout.news, a media destination for news and information. Shout! News Inc. ("Shout!," "we," "us" and "our") is committed to protecting your privacy. We have prepared this Privacy Policy to describe our practices regarding the Personal Information (defined below) we collect from users through the websites on which this Privacy policy is displayed (each, a "Site") and in connection with services and content made available by us through the Sites and our third party distributors Facebook and Apple News (collectively "Services"). This Privacy Policy does not apply to our interactions with you outside of the Services (e.g., if you call our offices by telephone). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy have the meanings given in our Terms of Use located at shout.news/sp/privacy-and-terms/#tos (the "Terms").

This Privacy Policy will apply whether you are a "Visitor" (which means that you simply browse the Services) or an "Authorized User" (which means you have registered to use the Services). Visitors and Authorized Users are individually referred to as a "User" and collectively as "Users".

User Consent. By submitting Personal Information through our Services, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and you expressly consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

A Note to Users Outside of the United States. Your Personal Information may be processed in the country in which it was collected and in other countries, including the United States, where laws regarding processing of Personal Information may be less stringent than the laws in your country. By using the Services you agree to such processing.

Information We Collect. "Personal Information" means information that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing Information. "Anonymous Information" means Information that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Information. Anonymous Information does not, by itself, permit the identification of individual persons. We collect Personal Information and Anonymous Information, as described below through the Services.

Information You Provide to Us.

  • Registration. When you register to become an Authorized User and open an account (an "Account") we collect your name, email address and a password.
  • SNS Login. If you prefer, you may logon as an Authorized User by using social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Google or LinkedIN) (each an "SNS"), in which case we will receive from the SNS only the information that you authorize us to receive from the SNS.
  • Profiles. The information collected during registration is used to initiate a personal profile. You may be able to add to your personal profile by providing additional information. As described in more detail below, we may add to your profile based on your interactions with the Services.
  • Reporter Communications. As a news organization, we encourage you to communicate directly with our reporters through email and other means. Unless you communicate with reporters through the email address team(at)shout.news these communications are Personal Information, on the record, and may be used by our reporters publically and as otherwise provided in this Privacy Policy.
  • Information Collected from Others About You. We may receive Personal and/or Anonymous Information about you from third parties. We may add this information to the information we have already collected from you via the Services and use it as contemplated by this Privacy Policy. You may contact us at team(at)shout.news to request the removal of this information from our database.
  • Feedback. If you provide us feedback or contact us via e-mail, we will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the e-mail, in order to send you a reply.
  • Tips. Shout! is a news organization. We encourage Users to provide us tips about news and stories. You may do so at team(at)shout.news. When you submit a tip to team(at)shout.news, you do so anonymously as we do not associate the tip information with any Personal Information. Any tips you provide are used by our editorial team on background and we verify the information in accordance with our editorial policies before publishing any such information. To be clear, we are not under any obligation to use any tips that are received at team(at)shout.news.
  • Other Information. We may also collect Personal Information in other ways within the Services, where we state that Personal Information is being collected. For example, as part of a survey, competition, sweepstakes or contest.

Information Collected via Technology.

  • Log Files. As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes IP addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), operating systems, date/time stamp and clickstream data. We use this information to analyze trends, administer the Site, track users' movements around the Site, gather demographic information about our user base, and better tailor our Services to our users' needs.
  • Cookies. Like many online services, we use cookies to collect information. "Cookies" are small files that a website or its service provider transfers to your computer's web browser that enables the website's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We may use Cookies to help us understand your preferences based on previous or current activity with the Services (as further described below in the section on advertising) and compile aggregate data about traffic and interaction with the Services so that we can offer better experiences and tools in the future. If you decide that you no longer wish to accept Cookies from our Services, then you can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting Cookies or to prompt you before accepting a Cookie from the websites you visit. If you turn Cookies off, you won't have access to certain features and some of our Services may not function properly.
  • Pixel Tags. We use "Pixel Tags" (also referred to as clear gifs, web beacons, or web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to Cookies, that are used to track online movements of users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in web pages. Pixel Tags also allow us to send e-mail messages in a format users can read and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a user.
  • Do Not Track Signals. Some web browsers may transmit "do not track" signals to the websites and other online services with which your web browser communicates. There is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals. We currently do not take action in response to these signals.
  • Collection of Information in Connection with Advertising.
    • Through the use of Cookies and Pixel Tags, we may associate your activities on the Services with certain interests or characteristics. Based on your interests, demographic information and /or your Profile, we may serve you advertising and content through the Services that is likely to be of the most interest to you.
    • Advertisers that advertise on the Services may use Cookies and Pixel Tags to learn more about your interests. In addition, we may use third parties to assist us in selecting and serving advertisements through the Services – and these third parties may also collect information about your visits to this and other websites using Cookies, Pixel Tags or other technologies. Information collected by advertisers and these third party companies may be used by them, among other things, to deliver advertising targeted to your interests on websites and in applications that are not affiliated with us. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, you may so by visiting www.aboutads.info/ or networkadvertising.org/choices/, or if you are located in the European Union www.youronlinechoices.eu/.
  • Analytic Services. We use third party analytics services such as Google Analytics ("Analytics Services") to help analyze how users use the Services. The Analytics Services use information generated by Cookies or other technologies about your use of our Site and Services to compile reports on user activity, which we use to improve our Services. Analytics Services may transfer information to third parties where required to do so by law or where such third parties process information on their behalf. Each Analytics Service's ability to use and share information it collects is restricted by its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By using our Site and Services, you consent to the processing of data about you by Analytics Services in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For a full list of Analytics Services, please contact us at flavius(at)byshout.com.

Use of Your Personal Information

General Use. In general, Personal Information you submit to us is used either to respond to requests that you make, or to aid us in serving you better. We may use your Personal Information in the following ways:

  • Facilitate the creation of and secure your Account on our network;
  • When you create an Account, you may receive an e-mail from us to verify ownership of the email address provided when your Account was created
  • We may use your e-mail address information to provide you with administrative email notifications, such as Services updates
  • Provide the Services you request
  • Provide improved administration of our Site and Services
  • Respond to your inquires and other requests
  • For fraud protection and/or to verify your identity; and
  • Customize the content and advertisements you see based upon your interests and Profile
  • Send newsletters, surveys, offers and other promotional materials related to our Services and for the benefit of our advertising and marketing partners.

Creation of Anonymous Information. We may create Anonymous Information records from Personal Information by excluding information (such as your name) that make the Information personally identifiable to you. We use this Anonymous Information to analyze request and usage patterns so that we may enhance the content of our Services and improve Site navigation. We reserve the right to use and share Anonymous Information for any purpose.

How Do We Share Your Personal Information? We disclose your personal information as described below and elsewhere in this Privacy Policy.

  1. Third Party Service Providers. We may share your personal information with third party service providers to: (i) provide you with the Services; (ii) facilitate creation of Accounts; (iii) provide technical support; and/or (iv) provide other services to us.
  2. Affiliates and Corporate Restructuring. We may share your Personal Information with our parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, or other companies under a common control ("Affiliates"), in which case we will require our affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. We may also share some or all of your Personal Information in connection with any merger, financing, acquisition or dissolution transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture, or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets. In the event of an insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, personal information may also be transferred as a business asset. If another company acquires our company, business, or assets, that company will assume the rights and obligations regarding your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy.
  3. Social Networking Sites. Some of our Services may enable you to post content to SNSs, such as Facebook or Twitter. If you choose to do this, we will provide information to such SNSs in accordance with your elections. You are solely responsible for your use of such SNSs and it is your responsibility to review the terms of use and privacy policy of the third party provider of such SNSs. We will not be responsible or liable for: (i) the availability or accuracy of such SNSs; (ii) the content, products or services on or availability of such SNSs; or (iii) your use of any such SNSs.
  4. Other Disclosures. Regardless of any choices you make regarding your personal information (as described below), we may disclose Personal Information if it believes in good faith that such disclosure is necessary (i) in connection with any legal investigation; (ii) to comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants served on us; (iii) to protect or defend our rights or property or those of our Users; and/or (iv) to investigate or assist in preventing any violation or potential violation of the law, this Privacy Policy, or our Terms of Use.
  1. Your Choices Regarding Your Personal Information Newsletters and email. We will periodically send you newsletters and e-mails that promote the use of our Services. When you receive newsletters or promotional communications from us, you may indicate a preference to stop receiving further communications from us and you will have the opportunity to "opt-out" by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in the e-mail you receive, by terminating your Account or by contacting us directly (please see contact information below). You may also limit the communications you receive from us through your account settings feature within the Services. Even if you opt of receiving marketing related messages, we will continue to send messages regarding the administration of the Services.
  2. Correcting, Updating or Deleting Your Personal Information. You can correct, update or delete some of your Personal Information by re-registering and/or editing your profile via the Services. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor requests to delete personal information. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.
  3. Changes to This Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason. We will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy here and we will change the "Last Updated" date above. You should consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.
  4. Questions and Feedback. We welcome your questions, comments, complaints and concerns about this Site, the Services, this Privacy Policy and/or our privacy practices regarding information we collect from users of the Site and Services. If you would like to report any security violations to us, or otherwise have any feedback or questions pertaining to our Site, Services and/or Privacy Policy please contact us at: flavius(at)byshout.com, or Shout! News, 1133 15th Street, NW, Floor 12, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005.
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Officials pose for a group photo during a Syria donors conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Senior representatives from scores of countries and international organizations gathered Thursday in a fresh effort to drum up aid for Syria amid growing donor fatigue as the conflict enters its ninth year. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Syria’s war news you missed - March 14, 2019

1. The Syrian civil war enters its ninth year. An Arab Spring-inspired uprising began with protests in March 2011 and since escalated into one of the most convoluted and deadly conflicts in the world, leaving at least 400,000 people dead and millions displaced. President Bashar al-Assad's enemies have been defeated and the bulk of the country is back under his control. Yet, it is unclear how the Syrian government will be able to bring the country back from the brink, with tightening U.S. and European Union's sanctions, rebuilding cities devastated by the war, economic difficulties and the many challenges of reaching a political settlement.

2. Donors pledge $7B in aid for Syria, refugees. International donors have pledged around $7 billion in aid for Syria and Syrian refugees who fled the conflict-ravaged country, the European Union announced Thursday, as the war enters its ninth year. But it was unclear how or when the money would be made available to those in need, AP reported.

3. The United States is not discussing a Turkish offensive in northeast Syria with Turkey and believes no such operation is needed to address Ankara's security concerns, dismissing media reports to the contrary, Reuters reported. In fact, the news agency claims, the U.S. sees Turkish offensive in Syria as unnecessary.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney looks behind former Secretary of State James Baker as he stands next to former Vice President Dan Quayle, back, during memorial ceremonies for former President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol in Washington. Dec. 3, 2018 (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

Syria’s war news you missed - March 13, 2019

1. Turkey says it is discussing with Russia a Syria offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces. Turkey is discussing with Russia and the U.S. a potential military offensive in a region of northeast Syria controlled by Kurdish fighters, a Turkish defense official was cited as saying by state media on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

2. Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Trump foreign policy. Speaking with Vice President Mike Pence last weekend, Cheney warned that American allies were questioning the dependability of the U.S. as a result of the Trump's public statements. He specifically highlighted Trump's public complaints about the role of NATO and the surprise announcement of the withdrawal of troops from Syria, AP reported.

3. Russia and Turkey begin co-ordinated patrols in Idlib. Russia and Turkey initiated co-ordinated patrols on March 8 to implement a demilitarised zone in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, a major area held by Syrian rebels, as part of a deal struck last year, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced that same day, Jane's Defence Weekly reported.

Map displayed during a presentation to the International Homeland Security Forum conference in Jerusalem, June 14, 2018 (Haaretz)

Israel's Syria map

The map of today's Middle East as seen by Israel displays only two colors: red and black.

  • Red: Countries with an Islamic State presence.
  • Black: Iran-controlled countries or influence.

Why it matters: The map (above), presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the International Homeland Security Forum organized by the Israel Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs last June, is an indication of Israel's perception of the Middle East as dominated by Iran's progress and influence and a metastasizing Islamic State, far from U.S. President Donald Trump's optimistic assessments about the jihadist group's defeat in recent months.

The state of play for Israel in Syria: The Syrian civil war was not a bad development for Israel, Haaretz reported, as the two main fighting sides, the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad and its jihadist opponents, deeply hated Israel. Yet, Iranian involvement and dominance in Syria as President al Assad gradually regained its control of the country and emerged as the winner of the eight years war have exacerbated Israel's concerns.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard speaking at a CNN Town Hall in Austin, Texas on March 10, 2019 (CNN)

Syria’s war news you missed - March 11, 2019

1. Ad-hoc repatriation of Islamic State foreign fighters would strengthen jihadist networks. Between 800 and 1,000 Islamic State fighters, many of whom retain Western citizenship, are being held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at detention centres in northeastern Syria. With the US planning to withdraw most of its troops from Syria imminently, the fate of these Islamic prisoners poses a serious challenge for European governments, Jane's Intelligence Weekly reported.

2. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard cited her experience serving in Iraq as informing her approach to Syria in an interview with CNN. When asked whether Syria's president Bashar al Assad is a war criminal, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said, "I served in a war in Iraq, a war that was launched based on lies, and a war that was launched without evidence. [...] And so the American people were duped."

3. Brett McGurk, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL under both Presidents Obama and Trump, cautioned against a U.S. withdrawal on Twitter: "Given this serious situation in Syria and the SDF now holding thousands of ISIS fighters and families, the last thing we should do is plan to withdraw 90 percent of the American force. Makes no sense. The SDF needs more support right now, not less."

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Is Venezuela the 'Syria of the Western Hemisphere’?

Last Sunday, a former Venezuelan diplomat, Isaias Medina, in an interview for Fox News claimed that is country was the "Syria of the Western Hemisphere."

Big picture: A U.S.-supported opposition, an entrenched leader backed by Moscow, violent street protests, desperate people scrambling across borders, and the United Nations blamed for a weak response. The ongoing crisis around the last presidential elections left incumbent Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó battling for the presidency of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and brought comparison with the conflict in Syria and its embattled leader Bashar al-Assad.

What they're saying:

  • Former Venezuelan diplomat Isaias Medina pointed to the same actors as in the Syrian conflict involved in in the current crisis in Venezuela, with Russia backing up the "dictatorship" of president Nicolás Maduro. The former diplomat to the United Nations who quit the Maduro government in protest over a year ago called for the use of force to remove president Maduro.
  • "[Nicolás] Maduro did not come to power in the same way that any of these dictators did. He did not lead a military coup, nor did he inherit a country run like a family estate from his father. He was democratically elected twice. There is little similarity between the Bolivarian Revolutionary Movement, which Chavez founded and Maduro now represents, and the forces that backed and maintained these Arab tyrants in power. Chavismo is a democratic, left-wing, popular movement that has sought to invest the riches of the state to empower and uplift the poor," analyst Hussein Walid said on Al Jazeera.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L), Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov (C), and Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu pose for a photograph as they talk to reporters after Astana-format talks on the Syrian peace process at the European headquarters of the UN in Switzerland, December18 2018 (Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images)

Syria’s war news you missed - March 4, 2019

1. The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Council will seek a change of the Syrian Arab Republic's name, so that it will not contain any national or religious affiliation during the upcoming work of the Syrian constitutional committee as part of the Astana peace process, Russia's sponsored Sputnik media reported.

2. Saudi Arabia says it is too early to restore ties with Syria, Reuters reported. This announcement nuances the process of normalization some Arab countries had begun to undertake with a call for Syria's readmission into the Arab League and by reopening their embassies in Damascus.

3. North Korea has dodged sanctions and furtively sold arms to Syria, a private U.N. Security Council draft document obtained by CBS News finds, Axios reported.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, speaks during a press conference after the UN Security Council meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States on February 28, 2019. (Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Syria’s war news you missed - February 28, 2019

1. Turkey is illegally smuggling Syrian olive oil over its border to be packaged and sold as Turkish olive oil, the Olive Oil Times reported. The stolen oil comes from the Kurdish Syrian region of Afrin and may already be in Europe. Bekir Pakdemirli, the Turkish Minister of Agriculture, has acknowledged that the theft of Syrian olive oil is happening, according to the Times.

2. A divided Europe over Assad as reconstruction aid is planned. Next month the European Union hosts an international conference in Brussels to raise billions in aid for displaced Syrians, a moment of reckoning for Europe's efforts to isolate Assad as the United States pulls back its troops, Reuters reported.

3. Geir Pedersen, the new U.N. special envoy for Syria, who has largely remained silence since his nomination late last year, said his goals in the period ahead are to achieve "concrete action" on detained and missing people and the convening of a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country "as soon as possible," Associated Press reported. Mr. Pedersen said he also wants to begin a sustained dialogue with the government and opposition "on building trust and confidence."

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the US Department of State February 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria’s war news you missed - February 25, 2019

1. Some 400 U.S. troops will remain in northern and southern Syria for peacekeeping after withdrawal, the White House said. The troops will stay in two places: in northeast Syria to assist the Kurds and others who helped to break up the ISIS caliphate; and in the south at Al-Tanf near the Jordan-Syria border, the Wall Street Journal reported.

2. Civilians evacuation from the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in Syria, the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria on the Iraqi border is wrapping up. US-backed fighters belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance are then expected to launch a final assault on Islamic State militants in Syria, the Seattle Times reported.

3. Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this Wednesday in Paris to discuss Iran and Syria. "It's very important that we continue to prevent Iran from entrenching in Syria," the Israeli premier said of the planned meeting, i24NEWS reported.

Crac des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle in Syria that was built in 1031, is included in the travel package offered by French tour operator Clio against the French government's advice. (Manuel Cohen / AFP)

Syria’s war news you missed - February 18, 2019

1. "It provides an opportunity for Russia." General Joseph Votel, the top US commander in the Middle East leading the war against the Islamic State, disagrees with President Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria. It is because of the same decision that Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State, resigned. In an interview to CNN, General Votel explained why he disagrees with the president.

2. "Autonomy means the partition of Syria. We have no way to partition." Bouthaina Shaaban, a senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected the suggestion that Damascus was willing to do a deal that would hand the Kurds some measure of autonomy, Reuters reported.

3. A French tour operator is offering a trip to Syria for next April. The group, called Clio, claims the upcoming tour is fully booked, but the French government is advising against and said the tour operator is liable if anything happens to its clients, French national radio France Info reported [in French].

(L to R) French Major of the Wagram Task Force Francois-Regis Legrier explains military positions on a sand map to French Defence Minister Florence Parly and French General Jean-Marc Vigilant at a French artillery forward operating base (FOB) near al-Qaim in Iraq's western Anbar province opposite Syria's Deir Ezzor region, a few kilometres away from the last scrap of territory held by IS, on February 9, 2019. (Daphné BENOIT/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria’s war news you missed - February 17, 2019

1. House Democrats take steps to obtain notes from Trump-Putin meetings. The contents of President Trump's one-on-one meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin will be one of many investigative priorities for House Democrats, Axios said. The contents of these meetings includes what Trump and Putin discussed on Syria during their private meeting in Helsinki last July.

2. U.S. commander warns Syria's Kurds and SDF allies on aligning with President Bashar al-Assad. The United States will have to sever its military assistance to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling Islamic State if the fighters partner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or Russia, Lieutenant General Paul LaCamera, who is the commander of the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

3. Top French officer criticize anti-ISIS coalition in Syria. "We have in no way won the war because we lack a realistic and lasting policy and an adequate strategy," Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier (pictured in the headline image), who has been in charge of directing French artillery supporting Kurdish-led groups in Syria, said. Legrier also said the coalition's focus on limiting its own risks had greatly increased the death toll among civilians and the levels of destruction, Reuters reported.