A voice for the oppressed: John Pilger, radical journalist and documentarian. (1st January 2024)
John Pilger was always on the side of the oppressed. He denounced Empire and all its violent predations–war, genocide, exploitation–as well as its endless lies and propaganda.
There is a war coming, shrouded in propaganda. (1st January 2024)
John Pilger’s final essay investigates why today there is ‘a silence filled by a consensus of propaganda’ as the world’s two greatest powers draw closer to conflict.
Death of a hero: John Pilger RIP. (1st January 2024)
John Pilger, who has died of pulmonary fibrosis aged 84, was a journalist who never shirked from saying the unsayable. Across half a century, in newspapers and in his documentary films – many for ITV, but later also in the cinema – he became an ever stronger voice for those without a voice, and a thorn in the side of those in authority.
John Pilger: Silencing the lambs:: How propaganda works. (first published 21st August 2023)
In the 1970s, I met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to be staying at the same lodge in Kenya, where she was on a photography assignment, having escaped the fate of other friends of the Führer. She told me that the “patriotic messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the German public.
Constitutional violations: Julian Assange, privacy and the CIA. (1st January 2024)
While the US Department of Justice battles to indict Assange for absurd espionage charges, various parts of his case have begun to unravel.
‘Home Desk’: The Foreign Office’s covert propaganda campaign inside Britain. (3rd January 2024)
A secret unit of the Foreign Office monitored leftist journalists, intellectuals and trade unions deemed “subversive” and sought to discredit them during the Cold War.
Will 2024 mark the end of Ursula Von Der Leyen’s EU Presidency? (5th January 2024)
With court cases and EU elections looming in the first half of this year, big question marks hang over the future of the EU Commission president.
Assange’s rights and press freedom hang in the balance. (5th January 2024)
The deadline for Julian Assange’s fight against extradition to the United States looms, as British judges will decide his case on February 21. Meanwhile, the American demand that Wikileaks publisher Assange stand trial in Virginia on trumped-up charges is what has kept this journalist locked up in Britain’s maximum security Belmarsh jail for four years, and sequestered for refuge in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for seven years before that.
China’s capitalist reforms are said to have moved 800 million out of extreme poverty – new data suggests the opposite. (7th January 2024)
In contrast to the World Bank, we find that from 1981 to 1990 – at the end of the socialist period – China’s rate of extreme poverty was one of the lowest in the developing world. It averaged only 5.6%, compared to 51% in India, 36.5% in Indonesia and 29.5% in Brazil.
The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (documentary film)
In the days of the British Empire, London served as the world’s most impressive financial center. As the empire began its decline, anti-colonial sentiment became more rampant and greater numbers of British territories began to strive for independence. The financial stronghold of its capital city began to deteriorate as well. The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire recounts how the country transformed to become a global financial power in the face of these challenges, and how their continued prominence shapes the world we live in today.
The UK government covertly plotted to discredit John Pilger. (8th January 2024)
The legendary foreign correspondent who has died at the age of 84 was monitored and targeted by a covert British propaganda unit.
UK Government prepares to launch massive attack on financial privacy, targeting benefits claimants and state pensioners. (9th January 2024)
The government’s Orwellian-dubbed “Data Protection and Digital Information Bill” — which, according to Stephen Cragg KC, “appears to be designed to downgrade the safeguards on the use of personal data for big business and government” — includes a proposal to grant the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) fresh powers to obtain data from banks and building societies to help detect breaches of eligibility rules for benefits, such as universal credit.
The ‘Ghost Budget’: How America pays for endless war. (9th January 2024)
There were three primary drivers of the Ghost Budget: unusual economic conditions, congressional budget dysfunction, and military assertiveness.
The social housing secret: how Vienna became the world’s most livable city. (10th January 2024)
In the Austrian capital, renters pay a third of what their counterparts do in London, Paris or Dublin. How is it possible?
Gonzalo Lira is dead (12th January 2024)
I am saddened and outraged at this news. It is a disgrace, particularly after Gonzalo reported having been tortured and extorted while in prison, that the State Department did nothing to assist him, when they clearly could have gotten him deported. But that was certain not to happen given his show on Victoria Nuland.
The American Way of Life in its foulest manifestation. (12th January 2024)
The United States has a long history of engaging in wars for economic and strategic gain, dating back to its colonial origins. From the Puritan colonization of Massachusetts to modern conflicts, the nation’s military actions have consistently prioritized profit and power over lofty ideals.
Chinese masterplan is a thing of beauty. (12th January 2024)
The Hegemon, is in a tremendous hurry: it’s all about Divide and Rule.
The general who terrorised the colonies. (15th January 2024)
General Sir Frank Kitson, who has died aged 97, saw the people of Kenya, Malaya and Northern Ireland as little more than laboratory rats to test his brutal military theories.
Controlling the World. (15th January 2024) Video.
The ‘fiction’ of money.
What happens when national governments and law enforcement agencies use biometric ID and surveillance systems illegally? (16th January 2024)
The answer, it seems, is nothing. But some governments, including the UK and Australia, are now modifying their laws to make sure it is no longer illegal.
If Wikileaks is the enemy, then the true criminals are perpetrating a powerful feat of optics. (17th January 2024)
When Julian Assange was disgracefully arrested in 2019, he shouted, as he was dragged out of the Ecuadorean Embassy with his hands shackled to his feet, “RESIST.” His and Wikileaks‘ story is a good illustration of why resistance is so necessary, timely, and urgent.
There’s no free press without a free Assange. (18th January 2024)
In September 1918, Eugene V. Debs stood trial on several charges brought following an anti-war speech he had delivered in June, at a gathering of socialists, workers, and sympathetic friends in Canton, Ohio. For delivering his speech, critical of the United States’ entry into World War I and heralding “the emancipation of the human race,” Debs was arrested and branded a traitor and seditionist by the U.S. government.
Labor and green colonialism in the Global South. (18th January 2024)
Making a transition away from fossil fuels is going to require a lot of work. But there’s a real concern that it will also require a lot fewer workers.
Finance firms gave Labour £2m in two years before banker bonuses U-turn. (1st February 2024)
The concept of Just War and outlines of the Just War Theory in International Relations. (5th February 2024)
[Here] is a useful primer on the evolution of thinking around what constitutes a just war and an outline of what are now considered to be the key parameters. You’ll note that a just war can take place only between states, leaving wars of liberation and revolutions as presumed unjust.
Why is Tony Blair so keen for the UK’s National Health Service to sell off its patients’ health data to private companies? (6th February 2024)
What is being proposed is obviously a terrible deal for NHS patients. But could the Tony Blair Institute’s biggest donor benefit handsomely?
A visit to Julian Assange in prison. (7th February 2024)
In Mid-December 2023, Charles Glass, the esteemed writer, journalist, broadcaster, and publisher visited with Julian Assange, an inmate at Belmarsh Prison in the U.K. Assange has been confined there since April, 2019. He is awaiting his final appeal to quash U.S. efforts to extradite him.
From the History of Western War Crimes: The Dresden Massacre (February 1945) (15th February 2024)
That night in this one raid alone, more than 45,000 men, women, and children were killed in Hamburg. Half the houses in the city were destroyed, and more than a million Germans had to flee into the surrounding countryside.
CIA had foreign allies spy on Trump Team, triggering Russia collusion hoax. (15th February 2024)
In truth, the US IC asked the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance to surveil Trump’s associates and share the intelligence they acquired with US agencies, say sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation. The Five Eyes nations are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
How the CIA destabilizes the World. Jeffrey Sachs.(15th February 2024)
If only the CIA’s rogue operations had been consigned to history as a result of the crimes exposed by the Church Committee, or at the least had brought the CIA under the rule of law and public accountability. But that was not to be.
Crocodile tears over Navalny while ignoring Assange. (17th February 2024)
The entire western political-media class are currently rending their garments about the prison death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and are being joined by the propaganda-addled citizenry of the western empire. Meanwhile Julian Assange’s last-ditch effort to appeal against extradition to the United States is coming up in a few days with a tiny fraction of the attention.
John J Mearsheimer speaks on behalf of Julian Assange. (17th February 2024). Short video.
Russiagate revived in latest MI6 operation against Russia — ‘A Spy Alone’ is spy baloney. (17th February 2024)
Just like those horrible movie franchises that lumber on through zombified sequels and prequels, Russiagate is getting a revival in the UK via a ludicrous tale of Russia being the moving force behind the Brexit vote.
Julian Assange’s Final Appeal – Chris Hedges. (18th February 2024)
Julian Assange will make his final appeal this week to the British courts to avoid extradition. If he is extradited it is the death of investigations into the inner workings of power by the press.
We’ve been lied to all along. (19th February 2024)
What brought down World Trade Centre Building 7?