Media and propaganda wars

(By JOHN PILGER) Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and theWashington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the . . . → Read More: Media and propaganda wars

A decisive turning point for American journalism

Bradley Manning released hundreds of thousands of government documents and files to Wikileaks, most famous among them the unclassified video Wikileaks dubbed, “Collateral Murder”, a harrowing gun-sight view of an Apache helicopter slaughtering a couple of armed men and a much larger group of civilians on a Baghdad street in July, 2007.

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In the War-Zone

By Tom Engelhardt

In late December 2001, not long after Washington’s second Afghan War began, there was that wedding celebration in eastern Afghanistan in which 110 of 112 villagers were reportedly killed by American B-52 and B-1B bombers using precision guided weapons.  Then there were the more than 40 Iraqi wedding celebrants (27 from one extended family, . . . → Read More: In the War-Zone

Things we know because of Wikileaks

Wikileaks: Stratfor emails reveal low-grade intelligence on Iran

The leaked info from rent-a-spy agency Statfor both highlights the intel that Israeli forces wiped out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure – and casts doubts on the report’s validity.

According to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, both Stratfor’s methods and the quality of their information gathering raise eyebrows. Speaking at a press conference in London, Assange drew attention . . . → Read More: Wikileaks: Stratfor emails reveal low-grade intelligence on Iran

Wikileaks: Assange recognized back home for outstanding Journalism

WikiLeaks has been recognised in Australia for its “outstanding contribution to journalism”, with founder Julian Assange lashing out at “cowardly” Prime Minister Julia Gillard in an acceptance speech.

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Khan’s foreign policy

Writings and commentaries abound on the PTI chief Imran Khan following his game-changeing Lahore rally. As the punditry on Imran Khan’s capacity to lead and manage matters of state and society continues amidst his own claims of washing existing political forces through an electoral tsunami, we also need a clearer sense of Imran’s approach to . . . → Read More: Khan’s foreign policy

Criminalizing online dissent, we are risking democracy

The disproportionate response to hacking protests means we are in danger of leaving our future leaders behind bars

In March this year, more than 150 UK activists were arrested while occupying Fortnum & Mason in a protest against tax avoidance. They were held in cells overnight and charged with aggravated trespass. Earlier this month, the charges against . . . → Read More: Criminalizing online dissent, we are risking democracy

It’s not radical Islam that worries the US – its independence

‘The Arab world is on fire,” al-Jazeera reported last week, while throughout the region, western allies “are quickly losing their influence”. The shock wave was set in motion by the dramatic uprising in Tunisia that drove out a western-backed dictator, with reverberations especially in Egypt, where demonstrators overwhelmed a dictator’s brutal police.

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American security guards for Zardari’s security?

In the wake of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination by his police guard, the Pakistan government is considering a proposal to bring in special security guards from the US for President Asif Ali Zardari, according to a media report today.

While Zardari’s security has always been cause of “serious concern” for authorities, the government is . . . → Read More: American security guards for Zardari’s security?