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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 [...]

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 [...]