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A lesson from Brussels we refuse to learn

The best analysis of the Brussels attacks we can hope for from the corporate media, I suppose, are these insights from Simon Jenkins. Like many libertarians, he understands what we are doing wrong, but he can't seem to extrapolate from there to how we might put things right. As a result, the first half of [...]

US media want to keep Palestine boring

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain offer an intriguing insight into how behind the scenes the US media seek to prevent us from engaging with the debate about Israel and Palestine. Their article concerns an email exchange between Hooman Bakhtiar, a Voice of America producer, and Josh Block, one of Israel's many spin-doctors in the US. Bakhtiar's programme had booked [...]

Why Blair is baffled by Sanders and Corbyn

The Guardian's interview with Tony Blair published today inadvertently offers two major insights. The first, smaller one is that, as this interview shows yet again, the Guardian and the liberal-left media in general remain in awe of the former British prime minister, despite his being an undoubted war criminal of the highest order as well as [...]

The deeper truths journalists are blind to

As I have found out myself, there is nothing media outlets like less than criticising other media publications or the "profession" of journalism. It's not really surprising. The credibility of a corporate media depends precisely on their not breaking ranks and not highlighting the structural constraints a "free press" operates under. So one has to commend [...]

Why the Assange ruling is not ‘ridiculous’

Mads Adenaes, until recently the Norwegian chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, agrees with my post that a Guardian editorial on Friday seriously misrepresented the group's legal ruling that Assange had been arbitrarily detained. Adenaes also explains in simple terms why the ruling is not a "publicity stunt" (the Guardian), "ridiculous" (British [...]

Lies about UN body imperil not just Assange

Something extremely dangerous is happening before our eyes as we watch British officials and the corporate media respond to today's ruling of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which found that Julian Assange is being arbitrarily detained in the UK. A major international institution upholding the rights of political dissidents around the world as they face [...]

No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardian

At what point do we cry foul when we witness the abuse of a political dissident, one who dares to take on mighty vested interests? When his own state, the local legal system and the media all turn on him? When he is forced to seek sanctuary in a foreign embassy for many years, surrounded [...]

The rebirth of the media barons of old

Imagine we lived in a Britain where a handful of multi-millionaires owned almost the entire media, and had names like Viscount Rothermere, Lord Northcliffe and Baron Beaverbrook. That was the situation only a few decades ago. Today, it would be hard for us to imagine a media system of that nature could describe itself as [...]

Guardian admits its cowardice over Paris

From the horse's mouth: For fear of upsetting readers, the paper silenced any commentary in the first days after the Paris attacks that might have suggested there was a causal relationship between western foreign policy in the Middle East and those events. Instead, writes the Guardian reader's editor Chris Elliott, the paper waited several days before giving some limited space to that viewpoint: On the [...]

Outrage at Paris attacks masks our racism

An article in the Australian publication New Matilda gets to the real point about last night's attacks in Paris – one that no one wants to talk about. What westerners feel right now is a powerful and very selective outrage that identifies with the suffering of people "like us". We mourn the deaths in Paris [...]

Netanyahu aide: Obama is an anti-semite

Picture the scene. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is off to Washington to see Barack Obama next week for the first time in more than a year. Their last major dealings were in March, when Netanyahu travelled to the US to speak to Congress in a bid to undermine a key plank of the US [...]

Shot woman: Israeli police alter story again

The official Israeli story about Israa Abed – the Nazareth woman who was shot six times on Oct 9 by Israeli security forces as she stood motionless in a bus station – has changed so many times, it's difficult to know what to believe any more. By a small miracle she survived the shooting. I raised [...]

Video: Israelis shoot motionless Arab woman

In the age of phone cameras, we have become increasingly used to photos and videos of Palestinians in the West Bank being shot by soldiers in unjustifiable circumstances. Think of 18-year-old Hadeel Hashlamon, who was killed late last month at a checkpoint in Hebron. A series of photos of her suggest, in the words of Amnesty International, that [...]

Video: Israel lures protesters into trap

This two-minute video, taken on October 7 in the West Bank near Ramallah, is worth studying carefully to understand how Israel has become so adept at managing the Palestinian population under occupation and at foiling their efforts at resistance. We can see about 20 men, faces concealed, who look like they are Palestinian protesters throwing stones at [...]

US lies and excuses for bombing hospital

Here is the US changing its story for the FOURTH time of why it launched an air strike on the Doctors without Borders hospital in the Afghan town of Kunduz at the weekend, massacring at least 22 patients and hospital staff. As Glenn Greenwald has doggedly pointed out, the western media have been faithfully changing [...]

Army plots against British PMs are not new

There has been some debate about the significance of a warning issued this weekend through Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times by a British general that the army would “mutiny” and use “whatever means possible, fair or foul” should the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ever get near 10 Downing Street. Here is what the general says: [...]

Guardian’s terrible dilemma over Corbyn

In autumn 2002 the Observer newspaper’s correspondent Ed Vulliamy found confirmation of a terrible truth many of us already suspected. In a world-exclusive, he persuaded Mel Goodman, a former senior CIA official who still had security clearance at the Agency, to go on record that the CIA knew there were no WMD in Iraq. Everything the US and British [...]