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How war became a lucrative, global industry

I cannot recommend the new documentary Shadow World highly enough. It packs an enormous punch in 90 mins, providing a devastating account of the arms industry and its success in capturing the US and UK political systems. The military-industrial complex has created a global war machine that needs endless feeding. Wars are no longer there [...]

Useful idiots who undermine dissent on Syria

There has been much disingenuous criticism of those, like me, who question why the western corporate media have studiously ignored the latest investigation by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh on Syria. Hersh had to publish his piece in a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, after the entire US and UK media rejected his article. There has still [...]

Media’s propaganda war on Syria in full flow

If you wish to understand the degree to which a supposedly free western media are constructing a world of half-truths and deceptions to manipulate their audiences, keeping us uninformed and docile, then there could hardly be a better case study than their treatment of Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. All of these highly competitive, [...]

Hersh’s new Syria revelations buried from view

(Updated below) Veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, the man who exposed the Mai Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and the US military’s abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in 2004, is probably the most influential journalist of the modern era, with the possible exception of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the pair who [...]

Election backlash is about more than gloating

Guardian columnist John Harris, like a lot of liberal journalists at the moment, is moving rapidly out of a brief interlude of atonement for so badly misjudging the outcome of the UK’s recent election to a sense of resentment. Those of us who held firm against the media doomsayers over the past two years – [...]

Monbiot still can’t admit media’s core problem

After more than two decades at the Guardian, George Monbiot has finally written a column in which he concedes that the entire British media has a problem, including its supposedly left-liberal elements like the Guardian. After years of cheerleading for his employer, that is a momentous, though not entirely surprising, turn-around. It would, after all, [...]

The facts proving Corbyn’s election triumph

Watching the BBC's coverage of the election, you could be excused for taking away two main impressions of last night's results. First, that Theresa May had a terrible, self-sabotaging campaign; and second that, while Jeremy Corbyn may be celebrating, he decisively lost the election. Those are the conclusions we would expect a pundit class to draw [...]

Why the London terror attack occurred now

One has to ask why terrorists like those who struck last night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. It is difficult not to infer that their violence was timed to influence the UK election on Thursday. Those behind the attack - whether those carrying it out or those dispatching the terrorists – want to have an effect. [...]

Guardian staff come out of closet for Corbyn

Dear Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Congratulations on coming out of the Guardian closet and admitting that you have been a secret Jeremy Corbyn admirer all along. Your column, "I used to be a shy Corbynite but I’m over that now", was excellent. Interestingly, I noticed Jonathan Freedland, the paper's senior commentator and its Corbyn-denigrator-in-chief (he has some competition!) – [...]

Time to confront the media’s anti-Corbyn bias

Those journalists who should have been behind Corbyn from the start – who could have been among his few allies as he battled the corporate media for nearly two years as Labour leader – are now starting to eat humble pie. Polls suggest that Corbyn may be gradually turning the election around, to the point [...]

MI6, Theresa May and the Manchester attack

You would think that, as the reverberations from last week's Manchester terror attack continue to be felt, the UK media would be scouring through the literal and figurative rubble trying to find leads. After all, is that not what a profit-driven media in a free society is supposed to do? But in the case of this attack, the [...]

Guardian mourns Corbyn’s polling surge

It is quite extraordinary to read today's coverage in Britain's supposedly left-liberal newspaper the Guardian. In the "man bites dog" stakes, the day's biggest story is the astounding turn-around in the polls two weeks before the British general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has narrowed the Conservatives' lead from an unassailable 22 points to 5, according to [...]

The real reason Britons will vote for Scrooge

Trust Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian to ask the most pertinent question of the coming British general election and then fail to offer the one answer staring him in the face. After examining the manifesto commitments of the Conservative and Labour parties, he asks: "British voters look like they’re rejecting Santa and embracing Scrooge. Why?" Why indeed? [...]

Israel, Zionism and the smearing of critics

Tom Suarez has written an important history of early Zionism, State of Terror, finding in British archives a wealth of evidence damaging to the Zionist cause. The archives reveal a troubling story of a colonial settler movement prepared to ally itself with powerful anti-semites in European governments to achieve its goal of creating a Jewish state [...]

Media can’t hide that they’re in bed with May

This is the first British general election in decades in which there is anything approaching a real political choice. For that reason, even the most liberal elements within the corporate media are jettisoning the pretence of neutrality and objectivity. The stakes are simply too high. In fact, their bias has become so overt that even a veteran [...]

Syria is the dam against more bloody chaos

A decade ago I published a book, Israel and the Clash of Civilisations, that examined Israel's desire to Balkanise the Middle East, using methods it had refined over many decades in the occupied Palestinian territories. The goal was to unleash chaos across much of the region, destabilising key enemy states: Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The [...]

A disavowal of George Monbiot’s witch-hunt

George Monbiot is again on one of his intermittent witch-hunts against "the left" – on this occasion, against anyone questioning whether the Syrian regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Idlib earlier this month. In a post on his website, called simply "Disavowal", he dismisses those who have raised doubts about the official western [...]

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