Joined at the hip

The pack mentality of the White House press corp – largely replicated in the Canberra press gallery – is revealed in all its unoriginality: Evidence for the prosecution, part one. Evidence for the prosecution, part two.

Delusions of grandeur

Der Spiegel interviews Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and discusses Israel, Zionism, the Holocaust, Iraq, nuclear weapons and Western hypocrisy: Ahmadinejad: We don’t want to confirm or deny the Holocaust. We oppose every type of crime against any people. But we want to know whether this crime actually took place or not. If it did, then…

Good for us

In late April, the world’s foremost intellectual addressed a group of future US soldiers: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point was host last night to one of the world’s foremost critics of American foreign policy. Noam Chomsky, the Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke at the academy as…

Progress made

Despite my ongoing criticisms of the mainstream media and its consistent failure to accurately report the brutal reality of the Israeli occupation, sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised. This page-one story from yesterday’s Washington Post is one such example. Israel’s legitimacy will continue to fall until it realises that it cannot imprison Palestinians within their own land.…

Ignoring the blackfellas

A startling new Australian report has shocked the country’s Anglo-Saxon population: White children should not be taught their culture in schools, a report endorsed by federal Education Minister Julie Bishop says. The report, by the Menzies Research Centre, suggests removing White culture from the curriculum, because it prevents White children from progressing in their education.…

History is irrelevant

Nobody said Western policy towards Hamas was clever. The Daily Star’s Rami G. Khouri explains: The core problem is that the prevailing Middle Eastern and global power elite wants to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through compulsory Palestinian concessions and imposed Israeli gains, enforced by the gun and by sanctions if need be. This approach has…

Biting into the Apple

A victory for online journalism: Applying traditional First Amendment protections to the exploding universe of online journalism, a state appeals court on Friday rejected Apple Computer’s bid to unearth the identities of individuals who leaked inside information on a new company product to bloggers. In a 69-page ruling, the San Jose-based 6th District Court of…

The invisible Iraq

Faiza al-Arji, co-author of Iraqi blog A Family in Baghdad, reflects on a recent trip to America: I started asking people in my interviews: In the past three years, do you remember seeing one Iraqi opposing the war in the mainstream media? They shook their heads and say no. I would then tell them that…

The rosy view from Washington

Fiction: Tony Blair and George W Bush were united again at the White House last night to defend their intervention in Iraq and talk up the prospects of a stable government there. Fact: Southern Iraq, long touted as a peaceful region that’s likely to be among the first areas returned to Iraqi control, is now…

Watch your back

A dangerous escalation in the fight against fascism: Reporters Without Borders wrote to Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro today to alert him to serious threats being made against Polish journalists by Redwatch, an extreme right-wing group that advocates violence. Redwatch-Poland has posted a list of 15 left-wing and far-left journalists and directly threatened them with…