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Facebook will follow in Murdoch’s footsteps

The row about Facebook censoring the iconic photograph of a naked Vietnamese girl, Kim Phúc, fleeing a US napalm attack has led to justified outrage. But it is also helping to solidify deeply misguided assumptions about the supposed differences between "new" and "old" media. That view is illustrated in this article today by Norwegian prime [...]

The Guardian’s master of cognitive dissonance

Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian proves himself once again the master of cognitive dissonance. He berates the progressive left for its failure to match the emotional power of the political right's slogans. The left lacks an answer, he says, to the rise of a Donald Trump. It is hard (for once) not to agree with Freedland when he [...]

Study exposes BBC’s deep anti-Corbyn bias

A fortnight ago the London School of Economics published a report showing that uniformly the British press had misrepresented and denigrated Jeremy Corbyn from the moment he won the Labour party leadership last year. It was not that he had failed as leader; he was never given a chance to succeed. LSE researchers found that [...]

Guardian tries to silence Democrat leak scandal

The pattern is unmistakable in both the UK and US - and I apologise for sounding like a stuck record. Liberal mainstream media prove over and over again their aversion to telling us the news straight. They conspire – I can think of no fairer word – with the political elites in Washington and London to [...]

Why Corbyn so terrifies the Guardian

Political developments in Britain appear more than a little confusing at the moment. The parliamentary Labour party is in open revolt against a leader recently elected with the biggest mandate in the party’s history. Most Labour MPs call Jeremy Corbyn “unelectable”, even though they have worked tirelessly to undermine him from the moment he became leader, [...]

Guardian: Iraqis think Blair made a ‘mistake’

It will be no surprise to readers of this blog that I believe Tony Blair should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for assisting George Bush in attacking Iraq in 2003. The Chilcot inquiry, however compromised its members were by their establishment ties and however cautious they were in their use of language, [...]

Guardian sinks into gutter on Corbyn – again

This is way beyond a face-palm moment. Jeremy Corbyn today launched a review into the Labour party's supposed "anti-semitism crisis" – in fact, a crisis entirely confected by a toxic mix of the right, Israel supporters and the media. I have repeatedly pointed out that misleading claims of anti-semitism (along with much else) are being thrown at Corbyn [...]

Israeli MPs try to assault Haneen Zoabi

This 9-minute video, showing Israeli Jewish MPs' reaction to a speech by Haneen Zoabi today, offers a very revealing insight into how Israel's tribal democracy works. And it isn't pretty. Even in the British parliament, which is imploding at the moment, it is impossible to imagine scenes like these. Zoabi made the speech after Israel agreed this week very belatedly to pay compensation [...]

Too many heads stuck in the sand on Brexit

There are some heads stuck deeply in the sand at the moment. Typical were the dismissive responses to my piece Brexit and the diseased liberal mind. I had focused on one exceptional piece by one Guardian writer, it was claimed. I chose Zoe Williams' article because it is fully representative of liberal reaction to Brexit in the British media. [...]

Brexit and the diseased liberal mind

The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological – and helps to shed light on why a majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlier a majority of Labour party members voted for Jeremy Corbyn as leader. A few years ago the American writer [...]

Your EU vote is crucial because it won’t count

Here is a prediction about the outcome of today's UK referendum on leaving the European Union. Even in the unlikely event that the remain camp loses, the UK will still not Brexit. Europe’s neoliberal elite will not agree to release its grip on a major western nation. A solution will be found to keep the UK [...]

J M Coetzee speaks his mind on Israel

The South African novelist and Nobel-laureate J M Coetzee rarely makes public statements, so it is great to hear him speaking out on Palestine on Thursday night in Ramallah at the close of this year's Palfest literature festival. Observing that it is not "a productive step" to compare Israel's policies with those of apartheid South Africa, because it [...]

Blair, not Corbyn was dangerous experiment

By God, how Tony Blair and his ilk have degraded the public discourse. He warns that a Jeremy Corbyn government would be "a very dangerous experiment". In fact, it would not be an experiment at all. Ideologically, it would look a lot like the government of, say, Clement Attlee in 1945, which brought us such [...]

Labour to open re-education camps?

The manufactured "anti-semitism crisis" in the British Labour party rumbles on into new realms of ideological insanity. The witch-hunt against commentary critical of Israel or Zionism has been in full flow, and now an internal party inquiry led by Jan Royall has reached its conclusions. Note that in this report by the Guardian newspaper, it [...]

What Ken Livingstone didn’t say about Hitler

Yes, I know it was unwise for Ken Livingstone to make those comments about Hitler in the clumsy way he did. But that should not give anyone – adversaries and especially supporters – licence to mangle his words. It’s bad enough that he expressed himself so inarticulately without everyone parroting those who seek to misrepresent his [...]

Labour is one step away from book-burning

The British Labour party, it is becoming clear, is now indulging in all-out McCarthyism against the most outspoken critics of Israel in its ranks. And almost no one seems to have the guts to call out this dangerous farce. It has been widely reported that the Labour party has suspended (at the latest count) 19 [...]

The true anti-semites, past and present

We are desperately in need of some sanity as the British political and media establishment seek to generate yet another “new anti-semitism” crisis, on this occasion to undermine a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party before the upcoming local elections. Corbyn and his supporters want to revive Labour as a party of social justice, while Britain’s elites hope [...]

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