Theresa May is not only a terrorist sympathiser, she is a terrorist enabler: and not several decades ago as a rebellious but relatively powerless back-bencher, but within the lifetime of the current government, as a serving Minister Continue reading Who is the real terrorist sympathiser?
We’ve been interfering in the Middle East for more than a century now: ever since oil was discovered there… Continue reading The hypocrisy of the West
So, aside from the celebrity deaths, the big news last year was about fake news. It was all over the place, in our newspapers, on the TV, on the radio, in the mouths of our politicians and media pundits: everywhere. … Continue reading The Triumph of Propaganda
Last week Russia failed to be re-elected as a member of the United Nation’s human rights council (UNHRC). This was because of its bombing of East Aleppo, currently under occupation by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, previously known as the Al Nusra … Continue reading Bare-faced hypocrisy on Syria
Have you noticed that, with all the turmoil in the Labour Party, the Chilcot Report has completely disappeared from the news agenda? The question is no longer: should we try Tony Blair for launching an illegal war, in which possibly … Continue reading Are we living in an Age of Terror?
There have been a number of high profile deaths in the news recently: starting with Lemmy from Motorhead, followed by David Bowie and ending with Alan Rickman last week. I was never a particular fan of any of them, but they served as a familiar backdrop to the ongoing story of my own life, so it will seem strange not to have them around any more. There was also the news of the death of my good friend Richard Stainton, which I first heard about on Facebook. What was particularly poignant about this for me is that I have recently … Continue reading Deaths of stars and friends remind us how fragile we are
I overheard one of my colleagues at work the other day. He was listening to a news report about the prospect of British jets bombing Isis targets in Syria. “Let’s bomb them,” he said. I often hear him saying such things. He’s not a right wing bigot or a racist, although he might be Islamophobic. Many people are Islamophobic these days. I said, “that’s exactly what they are saying about you right now.” He turned from his frame and looked at me sceptically. “So what would you do?” Unfortunately my answer was a lot less succinct than the three words … Continue reading Unbalanced reporting is feeding our ignorance
I’m getting very tired of the division of the world into “right wing” and “left wing”. It seems to me to be a false dichotomy. In fact if you listen to the average person, they usually hold a wide variety of views reaching right across the political spectrum. Often they are anti-immigration (a right wing position) but at the same time they are also quite likely to be sceptical of government propaganda and as vehemently opposed to British participation in foreign adventures in the Middle East as any member of the SWP. In fact it is entirely possible to hold … Continue reading Left wing vs right wing
A friend of mine asked me a question a while back, which has been niggling me ever since. I put up a post on Facebook, which I got from fair.org. “F.A.I.R.” stands for Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting. It was about the reporting of Russian airstrikes in Syria by the mainstream media. What it showed was that there was a certain amount of false reporting going on. The news appeared to be different before and after the Russian intervention. On the 30th September the New York Times had reported airstrikes in Homs, but then added that it was a region of Syria not under the control of … Continue reading Who do we trust?
Last week David Cameron presented the case for airstrikes in Syria. He said: “Throughout Britain’s history we have been called on time and again to make the hardest of decisions in defence of our citizens and our country. Today one of the greatest threats we face to our security is the threat from Isil [Isis].” I took the report from the Guardian website. You will notice that they felt the need to explain who Isil are by adding an alternative name in brackets. This is just in case there might be some confusion. The group are also known as Daesh … Continue reading Airstrikes for Dummies