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A dangerous nostalgia for the pre-Trump order

It is not often I recommend a Jonathan Freedland column, but this one is interesting in the way it reveals, mostly inadvertently, what is bad  and what helpful about a Trump White House. As Freedland notes, the more we learn about Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon, the more dangerous this administration seems. Bannon apparently [...]

Police lied to me over Umm al-Hiran deaths

Speaking to me for my report last month on the killing by police of Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan during the demolition of his home in Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld made three allegations against Abu al-Qiyan that he said proved he was a terrorist. All of them have now been shown to [...]

Violence: the language of a Jewish state

Here is another image (copyright: Keren Manor) that conveys the situation of Palestinians – these ones Palestinian citizens of Israel – more completely than any words. The man on the ground is Ayman Odeh, a member of the Israeli parliament, the head of the Joint List, the third largest party in the parliament, and the highest-ranking Palestinian [...]

Why Palestinian children throw stones

Forget the empty posturing of world leaders in Paris yesterday. This photo (copyright: Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency) tells us what the Israel-Palestine "conflict" is really about. Imagine for a second that the little boy - how old is he, eight, nine? - is your son, trying to adjust his keffiyeh because it keeps falling over his eyes and [...]

How many British MPs are working for Israel?

UPDATED BELOW: The four half-hour episodes of Al Jazeera's investigation. Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let's not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and [...]

Zionism exposed in pages of New York Times!

Mondoweiss is right to underscore the significance of a new opinion piece in the New York Times. They suggest "Hell just froze over". There is nothing new in what Omri Boehm says. The philosophy professor at the New School in New York articulates a view that many of us on the left have subscribed to [...]

Is the CIA editing your newspaper?

Here is a great overview by Ed Jones of why corporate media are the arch-exponents of “fake news”. The media are overwhelming owned and controlled by billionaires and gargantuan corporations, who depend on the support of other corporations for ad revenue, and employ journalists from a narrow, privileged class whose careers depend on maintaining access [...]

Clinton’s defeat and the ‘fake news’ conspiracy

There is an astounding double standard being applied to the US presidential election result. A few weeks ago the corporate media were appalled that Donald Trump demurred on whether he would accept the vote if it went against him. It was proof of his anti-democratic, authoritarian instincts. But now he has won, the same media [...]

American liberals unleashed the Trump monster

The earth has been shifting under our feet for a while, but all liberals want to do is desperately cling to the status quo like a life-raft. Middle-class Britons are still hyperventiliating about Brexit, and now middle-class America is trembling at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House. And, of course, middle-class Americans are [...]

No, Hillary Clinton is not less evil than Trump

Tomorrow Americans get the chance to vote for a system – resource-hungry, war-peddling corporate capitalism – in two iterations: one has funny hair and a permatan, the other wears lipstick and trouser-suits. Yes, there are some policy differences too, or rather emphases – and Hillary Clinton’s supporters are desperately exploiting them to try to persuade [...]

Guardian plays Robin to MI5’s Batman

Today the Guardian offers decisive confirmation that it is only too willing to serve as an establishment mouthpiece. It proudly announces that it is the venue selected by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, Britain’s FBI, to receive the agency’s first-ever newspaper interview. If the Guardian were a proper independent newspaper, it would regard this [...]

Adam Curtis: another manager of perceptions

Adam Curtis’ new, near three-hour documentary HyperNormalisation, showing on BBC iplayer, is being garlanded with predictable praise from liberal commentators. As ever, Curtis joins the dots in interesting, and sometimes compelling, ways. But HyperNormalisation also continues a trend by Curtis of using his insights to present a deeply conservative, disempowering and ultimately false impression of [...]

Guardian front page channels Orwell’s 1984

Reading the "liberal" press has become a truly Orwellian experience. What was true yesterday is a lie today. What was black today will be white tomorrow. Two reports on today's front page of the Guardian could easily be savage satire straight from the pages of the novel 1984. Report one: The Guardian provides supportive coverage of the beginning of a [...]

Amanda Knox: a story of media depravity

I thoroughly recommend the new documentary Amanda Knox to anyone interested in either human nature or the role of the media – which should include most of us. Here is the chance to hear the main protagonists tell their stories. Don’t be put off by the lukewarm reviews. Journalists don’t much like this film because it [...]

How we let the media damage our psyches

Ostensibly this 4-minute video is about the way publishing corporations design women's magazines to damage the psyches of half the population. These magazines' content, most of it formally advertising and the rest of it advertising in all but name, has one aim in mind: to make women neurotic about their appearance and life choices – and [...]

Israel lobby confects another Labour racism row

It is difficult to ignore the shared agenda of the Blairites and Israel's uncritical supporters in the Labour party as they seek to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership at every turn. The confected anti-semitism "row" - claiming that the Labour party became a hotbed of anti-Jewish hatred the moment Corbyn took over – would look preposterous if [...]

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 [...]