Jon Stewart: Is Fox News a terrorist command centre?
 20 Aug 2010

Colbert: Iraq will now always be remembered as the war that ended early
 20 Aug 2010

BBC reporter gets “access” with Israel to “report” Mavi Marmara
20 Aug 2010

BBC Panorama investigate the Mavi Marmara incident off the coast of Gaza. It’s pretty shoddy work with the “journalist” getting all excited when shown Israeli commandos in action and suggesting that defending a boat in international waters is akin to terrorism:
Fisk on America’s great loss in Iraq
20 Aug 2010

Robert Fisk writes on the legacy the US has left Iraq:

…The millions of American soldiers who have passed through Iraq have brought the Iraqis a plague. From Afghanistan – in which they showed as much interest after 2001 as they will show when they start “leaving” that country next year – they brought the infection of al-Qa’ida. They brought the disease of civil war. They injected Iraq with corruption on a grand scale. They stamped the seal of torture on Abu Ghraib – a worthy successor to the same prison under Saddam’s vile rule – after stamping the seal of torture on Bagram and the black prisons of Afghanistan. They sectarianised a country that, for all its Saddamite brutality and corruption, had hitherto held its Sunnis and Shias together.


“Anti-Semitism” police on the prowl
20 Aug 2010

America, land of the repressed:

Here’s a lesson in democracy. In preparation for the upcoming November elections a group of local activists sent a questionnaire to the 85 candidates from their county running for seats in the state legislature. They hoped the information they’d receive would encourage debate and allow voters to make better decisions at the ballot box.
What did they get instead? They got slammed. Their survey was called “abhorrent and repulsive,” and the newspaper that brought the charges against them ignored their calls for a reasonable policy debate and did not allow them to respond with as little as a letter to the editor.
The candidate survey from Peace Action Montgomery came under attack for a single question in it, that – you guessed it – addressed the Israeli occupation.
Del. Benjamin Kramer (D-Montgomery), one of the candidates receiving the survey, issued a public letter calling the questionnaire “anti-Semitic” and promising to encourage fellow candidates to ignore it.


What the Australian election campaign says about us
19 Aug 2010

The BBC’s Sydney-based correspondent Nick Bryant has it right. The Australian election campaign has been deathly parochial, the world didn’t exist, the level of debate was monotonous, any vision was non-existent and both major sides of politics were desperate to appear similar to the other.
I’ll be voting Greens tomorrow and in the spirit of transparency have been calling on all political journalists to declare their voting intentions, too.


Hearing the millions of stolen women
19 Aug 2010

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn argue in their new book, Half the Sky, that the industry in women globally is equivalent to the 19th century slave trade and “in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality in the developing world.”


Is that story you’re reading provided by the lobby?
19 Aug 2010

A handy reminder of the Israel lobby’s infiltration of the American media from the 1960s onwards.


Israel still considering bombing Iran no matter the evidence
19 Aug 2010

Hard to tell if this New York Times story is supposed to calm nerves or simply give neo-cons the excuse to bomb Iran sooner:

The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.
White House officials said they believe the assessment has dimmed the prospect that Israel would pre-emptively strike against the country’s nuclear facilities within the next year, as Israeli officials have suggested in thinly veiled threats.
For years, Israeli and American officials have debated whether Iran is on an inexorable drive toward a nuclear bomb and, if so, how long it would take to produce one. A critical question has been the time it would take Tehran to convert existing stocks of low-enriched uranium into weapons-grade material, a process commonly known as “breakout.”
Israeli intelligence officials had argued that Iran could complete such a race for the bomb in months, while American intelligence agencies have come to believe in the past year that the timeline is longer.
“We think that they have roughly a year dash time,” said Gary Samore, President Obama’s top adviser on nuclear issues, referring to how long it would take the Iranians to convert nuclear material into a working weapon. “A year is a very long period of time.”
Mr. Samore said the United States believed international inspectors would detect an Iranian move toward breakout within weeks, leaving a considerable amount of time for the United States and Israel to consider military strikes.

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