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Media can’t hide that they’re in bed with May

This is the first British general election in decades in which there is anything approaching a real political choice. For that reason, even the most liberal elements within the corporate media are jettisoning the pretence of neutrality and objectivity. The stakes are simply too high. In fact, their bias has become so overt that even a veteran [...]

Syria is the dam against more bloody chaos

A decade ago I published a book, Israel and the Clash of Civilisations, that examined Israel’s desire to Balkanise the Middle East, using methods it had refined over many decades in the occupied Palestinian territories. The goal was to unleash chaos across much of the region, destabilising key enemy states: Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The [...]

A disavowal of George Monbiot’s witch-hunt

George Monbiot is again on one of his intermittent witch-hunts against “the left” – on this occasion, against anyone questioning whether the Syrian regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Idlib earlier this month. In a post on his website, called simply “Disavowal”, he dismisses those who have raised doubts about the official western [...]

Bill O’Reilly and the advertisers’ dilemma

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is in trouble, as he faces a series of sexual harassment cases. The dilemma for Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch is this: either he dumps the station’s “top performing star, who they are paying in the high teens of millions per year”; or he must endure the wrath of the advertisers. Already 11 [...]

My offer to Owen Jones: A tour of Nazareth

In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle at the weekend, Owen Jones announced that he would soon be making his first trip to Israel to see friends and would take the opportunity to visit the occupied Palestinian territories. Let us hope Jones makes every effort during his stay to get the full story of what has [...]

Labour’s witch-hunt against Ken Livingstone

The ongoing Ken Livingstone (“Get Corbyn!”) saga grows yet more preposterous. After outrage that the former London mayor had said Hitler was a Zionist (when he clearly hadn’t, as I pointed out at the time here and here), Labour suspended Livingstone amid accusations that he had made anti-semitic, offensive and false historical claims. Now as Livingstone fights to avoid [...]

Is the BBC still lying over Syria footage?

Robert Stuart, a tenacious blogger, has been picking away at a scab the BBC would rather leave firmly in place. His forensic research concerns an edition of the BBC’s flagship investigative current affairs show Panorama called Saving Syria’s Children. It was broadcast more than three years ago, as many in the media were trying to push [...]

Who is the biggest climate change villain?

Here is an exclusive the Guardian has held back from its readers for 26 years. It is finally published on its pages today. In 1991 the Shell oil company produced a half-hour film, Climate of Concern, for showing in schools and universities, that set out the dangers of climate change, apparently with unnerving accuracy. The [...]

Why is Owen Jones helping to subvert Corbyn?

I have never been overly sold on Owen Jones. From his platform at the Guardian, he has spent far too much time whining about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his failure to reach out to voters rather than using his rare spot in the mainstream media to help him to do precisely that. But this [...]

A dangerous nostalgia for the pre-Trump order

It is not often I recommend a Jonathan Freedland column, but this one is interesting in the way it reveals, mostly inadvertently, what is bad  and what helpful about a Trump White House. As Freedland notes, the more we learn about Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, the more dangerous this administration seems. Bannon apparently [...]

Police lied to me over Umm al-Hiran deaths

Speaking to me for my report last month on the killing by police of Yacoub Abu al-Qiyan during the demolition of his home in Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld made three allegations against Abu al-Qiyan that he said proved he was a terrorist. All of them have now been shown to [...]

Violence: the language of a Jewish state

Here is another image (copyright: Keren Manor) that conveys the situation of Palestinians – these ones Palestinian citizens of Israel – more completely than any words. The man on the ground is Ayman Odeh, a member of the Israeli parliament, the head of the Joint List, the third largest party in the parliament, and the highest-ranking Palestinian [...]

Why Palestinian children throw stones

Forget the empty posturing of world leaders in Paris yesterday. This photo (copyright: Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency) tells us what the Israel-Palestine “conflict” is really about. Imagine for a second that the little boy – how old is he, eight, nine? – is your son, trying to adjust his keffiyeh because it keeps falling over his eyes and [...]

How many British MPs are working for Israel?

UPDATED BELOW: The four half-hour episodes of Al Jazeera’s investigation. Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and [...]

Zionism exposed in pages of New York Times!

Mondoweiss is right to underscore the significance of a new opinion piece in the New York Times. They suggest “Hell just froze over”. There is nothing new in what Omri Boehm says. The philosophy professor at the New School in New York articulates a view that many of us on the left have subscribed to [...]

Is the CIA editing your newspaper?

Here is a great overview by Ed Jones of why corporate media are the arch-exponents of “fake news”. The media are overwhelming owned and controlled by billionaires and gargantuan corporations, who depend on the support of other corporations for ad revenue, and employ journalists from a narrow, privileged class whose careers depend on maintaining access [...]

Clinton’s defeat and the ‘fake news’ conspiracy

There is an astounding double standard being applied to the US presidential election result. A few weeks ago the corporate media were appalled that Donald Trump demurred on whether he would accept the vote if it went against him. It was proof of his anti-democratic, authoritarian instincts. But now he has won, the same media [...]