Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth -

If the media can probe Shireen Abu Akleh’s death, why not the murder of other Palestinians?

Four US news organisations have concluded that an Israeli sniper shot Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. But where are the western media when it comes to investigating Israel’s countless other crimes?

Israel calls the Nakba a lie. So why do its leaders threaten a second one?

While Israel denounces Palestinians and their supporters as liars for speaking of the Nakba, its own officials publicly cite the Nakba as a real event that can be repeated if Palestinians do not submit completely.

Russia-Ukraine war: George Bush’s admission of his crimes in Iraq was no ‘gaffe’

Bush’s confusion between his invasion of Iraq and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine wasn’t a ‘gaffe’ – but by treating it that way, the media continues to deflect us from a true understanding of both events.

Keir Starmer has returned western imperialism to the core of Labour policy

Two years in, the Labour leader’s war on the left has shifted to ideological tests that even Pope Francis and Amnesty International would fail.

Shireen Abu Akleh was executed to send a message to Palestinians

During 20 years of reporting on the conflict, I learned first-hand that Israel’s version of events around the deaths of Palestinians or foreigners can never be trusted.

The persecution of Julian Assange

A new book exposes the mechanics of a 12-year legal charade by Sweden, the UK and US to obscure the political nature of Julian Assange’s incarceration. All three have ridden roughshod over the rule of law, argues UN torture expert Nils Melzer

Israel’s fortress state is the model for the UK’s new asylum policy

When Israel began deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda eight years ago, it did so in secret. Johnson’s government has copied that scheme but done so brazenly – to show that post-Brexit Britain is the most hostile corner of Europe to refugees.

Why Zelensky’s dream of Ukraine becoming ‘big Israel’ makes Moscow nervous

Zelensky’s dream of Ukraine as a ‘big Israel’ unnerves Moscow. It bolsters Putin’s fears that Kyiv is intent on a programme of violent ‘de-Russification’.

Israel is stoking a civil war against its Palestinian citizens

Israel is keen to blame Islamic State for a fresh spate of attacks by Palestinians. But Palestinians don’t need indoctrination from a foreign group. They have plenty of homegrown reasons to strike out against the apartheid state ruling over them

Joe Biden has confirmed to Russia that the US really wants regime change

In his reckless call for regime change in Moscow, Biden gave Putin cause – after US actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria – to argue that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was indeed pre-emptive and therefore justified.

If Putin is a war criminal, then Madeleine Albright was no less of one

If Putin is a war criminal, then Albright was no less of one. The only difference is that in Putin’s case the media are determined to show us his hands drenched in blood. In Albright’s case, they have washed the blood completely from view.

Social media giants allow hate speech against Russia but silence Israel’s critics

If Meta’s new hate speech policy against Russians is to be applied impartially, why should Palestinians not be allowed to promote violence against Israel and against Israeli soldiers that have been occupying and besieging them for decades?

Russia-Ukraine: Western media are acting as cheerleaders for war

Journalists are cheering on the arming of militias and civilians making improvised explosives – acts they usually treat as terrorism.

Russia-Ukraine: A different invasion, the West’s same ‘madman’ script

If Putin is a madman, like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders before him, then the only solution is the use of force to the bitter end. 

Why is there uproar at the smearing of Starmer but not Corbyn?

However serious the accusation of failing to prosecute a paedophile, Sir Keir Starmer might still prefer it over being labelled a traitor, a champion of terrorists and an antisemite, as Corbyn consistently was.

Amnesty apartheid report: The walls protecting Israel are finally crumbling

Amnesty and the wider human rights community are still holding back on clarifying the full implications of Israel’s apartheid character – because they fear being accused of antisemitism.

Pegasus spyware row is really about who controls cyber weapons

Washington’s ban on Pegasus spyware isn’t really about safeguarding human rights. It’s about curbing Israel’s dominance of ‘cyber weapons diplomacy’.

No 10 lockdown parties: Why the media are complicit

The media’s watchdog role is an illusion. The current scandal over Boris Johnson’s lockdown parties reveals just how dependent journalists are on government.

Why Washington’s focus on ‘credibility’ is a recipe for war

The world is entering what looks like a new, even more complex cold war, in which any misunderstanding, mishap or false move could rapidly escalate into nuclear confrontation.

Britain helped create the refugees it now wants to keep out

Europe is preparing to make its borders impregnable to the victims of its colonial interference, its wars and the climate crisis that its consumption-driven economies have generated.

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