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I Am Greta isn’t about climate change. It’s about the elusiveness of sanity in an insane world

As long as we can medicalise Greta Thunberg as someone suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, we do not need to think about whether we are really the insane ones.

Biden will fail to bring back ‘normal’ politics. What’s needed now is a populism of the left

Joe Biden is the last burp thrown up by a neoliberal system on its death bed. Growth is at an end and the technocrat’s toolbox is bare. The battle-lines are drawn: between a populism of small-minded nationalists and a populism of solidarity

The EHRC’s report into Labour antisemitism is the real ‘political interference’

The EHRC antisemitism report showed that everyone from the Board of Deputies to Jonathan Freedland had not only maligned Labour but had irresponsibly inflamed the concerns of Britain’s wider Jewish community.

The task before ‘Sleepy Joe’ is to put liberal America right back to sleep

Liberals were enraged by the symptom of their corrupt political system – Donald Trump – rather than by the corrupt system itself

Capitalism is double-billing us: we pay from our wallets only for our future to be stolen from us

Here is a word that risks deterring you from reading on much further, even though it may hold the key to understanding why we are in such a terrible political, economic and social mess. That word is “externalities”. It sounds like a piece of economic jargon. It is a piece of economic jargon. But it [...]

‘The Guardian’s silence has let the UK trample on Assange’s rights in effective darkness’

WISE Up, a solidarity group for Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning, is due to stage a demonstration outside the Guardian offices on October 22 to protest the paper’s failure to support Assange as the US seeks his extradition in an unprecedented assault on press freedom. The date chosen for the protest marks the tenth anniversary of the [...]

Criticising Monbiot isn’t ‘demonisation’. It’s a first step on the path to reclaiming our minds

The other day I wrote a piece criticising Guardian columnist George Monbiot for his failure to speak out loudly in support of Julian Assange during last month’s hearings in which the United States has been seeking to extradite the Wikileaks founder so that he can be locked away for the rest of his life on [...]

George Monbiot’s excuses for not speaking out loudly in defence of Assange simply won’t wash

Faced with a barrage of criticism from some of his followers, George Monbiot, the Guardian’s supposedly fearless, leftwing columnist, offered up two extraordinarily feeble excuses this week for failing to provide more than cursory support for Julian Assange over the past month, as the Wikileaks founder has endured extradition hearings in a London courtroom. The [...]

Doubt is a treacherous path. We must avoid being diverted towards terminal cynicism

What I think of as the cynical left are once again berating the progressive critical left, myself included, for failing to write what they want written about Covid-19. I take this as a kind of unintended compliment: that they think we can write about their concerns better than they can themselves. https://twitter.com/OffGuardian0/status/1311228761925398528 But even if [...]

The Guardian’s deceit-riddled new statement betrays both Julian Assange and journalism

In my recent post on the current hearings at the Old Bailey over Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he would almost certainly be locked away for the rest of his life for the crime of doing journalism, I made two main criticisms of the Guardian. A decade ago, remember, the newspaper worked [...]

Why is the world going to hell? Netflix’s The Social Dilemma tells only half the story

If you find yourself wondering what the hell is going on right now – the “Why is the world turning to shit?” thought – you may find Netflix’s new documentary The Social Dilemma a good starting point for clarifying your thinking. I say “starting point” because, as we shall see, the film suffers from two [...]

The US is using the Guardian to justify jailing Assange for life. Why is the paper so silent?

Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis of claims by Donald Trump’s administration [...]

For years, journalists cheered Assange’s abuse. Now they’ve paved his path to a US gulag

Court hearings in Britain over the US administration’s extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week. The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms. A journalist and publisher has been deprived of his liberty for 10 years. According to UN experts, he [...]

How the Guardian betrayed not only Corbyn but the last vestiges of British democracy

It is simply astonishing that the first attempt by the Guardian – the only major British newspaper styling itself as on the liberal-left – to properly examine the contents of a devastating internal Labour party report leaked in April is taking place nearly four months after the 860-page report first came to light. If you are a Labour party [...]

Has the left been gulled into believing its small right to speech is already too much?

My post earlier this month on the so-called “cancel culture” letter proved to be the most polarising I have written – matched only by another recent post on the pulling down of a statue in the UK to a slave trader. The ferocity of the reactions to both, I believe, is related. It derives from [...]

Writers’ open letter against ‘cancel culture’ is about stifling free speech, not protecting it

Three updates below. An open letter published by Harper’s magazine, and signed by dozens of prominent writers and public figures, has focused attention on the apparent dangers of what has been termed a new “cancel culture”. The letter brings together an unlikely alliance of genuine leftists, such as Noam Chomsky and Matt Karp, centrists such [...]

The JNF’s sordid history: Tower and stockades, forests and Jim Crow vetting committees

This is the expanded text of a talk I gave to the “Stop the JNF Campaign” webinar on Saturday 4 July 2020. The video can be watched below, or on Facebook, starting at 5.50 mins:  The Jewish National Fund (JNF) rightly presents itself as the most venerable of the Zionist institutions: It stands at the [...]

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