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The ways Israeli war crimes buy good will

I recently interviewed Jeff Halper about his excellent new book, War Against the People, which examines the way Israel has crafted an indispensable role for itself doing what Halper calls "niche-filling" in the "war on terror". Put in the simplest terms, Halper's argument is that Israel develops, refines and tests things – weapons, missile interception systems, surveillance, [...]

Corbyn and challenges to political power

Noam Chomsky and other serious critics on the left often have to contend with dismissals from opponents (including most in our political and media elites) that they are conspiracy theorists, or "anti-American" and "anti-West". For those who have not taken the time to read Chomsky, such arguments can sound superficially plausible. Does Chomsky's criticisms of [...]

Purge of Corbyn voters unmasks Labour

The British political and media elite have been agreed on one thing this summer: the need to character-assassinate Jeremy Corbyn, the only half-decent politician (make that, human being) running for the Labour leadership. If Corbyn wins, it would be the first time in living memory that the UK has had a Labour leader who is actually of the [...]

Better to be a dog than Bedouin in Israel

I have written recently about Israel's efforts to wipe off the map the 1,000-strong Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev (Naqab) so that Jews can live in their place. Dozens of other Bedouin communities in Israel – known as "unrecognised villages" and representing tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens – are facing similar [...]

Vampire banks will suck Greece dry

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis offers a clear explanation of what the euro-elites have been really up to in enforcing endless austerity on Greece. The popular line that Greeks need to pay the price for their years of profligacy and learn fiscal discipline is, as Varoufakis observes, cover for the euro-elites' efforts to force [...]

Why Greece will have to exit the eurozone

I'm no economist but I have been wondering how Syriza plans to bypass German-imposed austerity as long as it sticks with the euro. Depressed economies recover by devaluing their currency so that they can become more competitive. But Greece is currently tied to the euro, which means it cannot devalue and must continue to compete, despite its [...]

If Daesh, why not Zionist Occupation Forces?

There's something truly disturbing about the fact that British prime minister David Cameron's efforts to decide how the media refer to Islamic State are being taken seriously. So seriously, in fact, that 120 MPs have backed the idea that the BBC should not use the name Islamic State and refer to the group by the Arabic acronym "Daesh" instead. Cameron's argument is that Islamic State is [...]

How the media discredit Greek democracy

The language the Guardian and all other corporate media have been using about Syriza's victory at the weekend against draconian EU-imposed austerity is revealing. Here are some examples of the subtle but effective framing from the paper's front page today: * The referendum is described in the standfirst and text as "polarising" rather than what it is: [...]

Snowden turf war tears off media mask

The latest, astute Media Lens alert examines the astounding regurgitation - entirely unfiltered - by the Sunday Times and the BBC of British state propaganda against Edward Snowden. The misinformation campaign - alleging, without a shred of evidence, that the Russians and Chinese have cracked Snowden's encrypted files, placing secret agents in harm's way - [...]

Male and killed in Gaza – you’re a combatant

Experience should have proved that one has to be credulous in the extreme – or brainwashed by Zionism – to take seriously "rebuttals" by the Israeli army of evidence of its abuses and war crimes. But for any who still harbour suspicions that claims by the Israeli army aren't simply self-serving deceptions, take a look at its latest report into [...]

How a Hollywood spy film brainwashes us

Why are so few of us truly fearful of the impending meltdown of capitalism, stoked by global corporations' rape and pillage? And why are so many of us passive in the face of impending environmental catastrophe? The answers, surprisingly, are to be found in a recent spoof spy blockbuster, Kingsman – The Secret Service. American Sniper [...]

The Israeli war crime that goes unmentioned

Here set out in black and white in the Israeli media is a moral conundrum that western politicians, diplomats and international human rights organisations are resolutely failing to address - and one I have been highlighting since 2006. It was then that Israel implemented for the first time its Dahiya doctrine - turning Lebanon back to the Stone Age. [...]

Ben Gurion ’48 letter barred return to Haifa

Over many decades, Israel's self-serving deceptions about the Nakba in 1948 have been exposed for the lies Palestinians already knew them to be. It was long accepted in the west that, as Israel claimed, Palestinians left their homes because they had been ordered to do so by neighbouring Arab leaders. The lie usefully distracted diplomats and scholars from the much more pertinent question of why Israel had refused to [...]

Arrests by US as FIFA mulls giving Israel boot

FIFA, world football's governing body, is due to meet this Friday in Zurich to decide whether to back a Palestinian motion to suspend Israel for its systematic violations of Palestinian footballers' rights in the occupied territories, including preventing practice sessions and games, arresting players, denying entry to other teams, and bombing grounds, as well as for endemic [...]

The real lessons of the Tory victory

There’s much that could be said about the Conservative party’s victory today in Britain’s election. Not least David Cameron has emerged stronger: he now has a small but absolute majority in parliament, compared to his last government, in which he had to share power, a little of it anyway, with his minor coalition partners, the [...]

A Guardian masterclass in propaganda

A Guardian front page headline today illustrates how media organisations propagandise day in, day out, even through the use (or not) of punctuation: Obama regrets drone strike that killed hostages but hails US for transparency That should have read: Obama 'regrets' drone strike that killed hostages but hails US for transparency The subtler the technique, [...]

Professors for Israel try to shut down Lancet

Academia is far from the bastion of free thinking and free speech it would like to claim for itself, as a newly confected "row" involving the leading medical journal The Lancet confirms. Recently Southampton University in the UK caved in on hosting an important conference examining Israel and international law, following an intensive campaign of intimidation from Israeli apologists. Now some [...]