Not taking it anymore

Despotic regimes in the Middle East, many of which are backed by the West, should never tolerate abuses against journalists. And the media is fighting back: Journalists’ unions in membership of the International Federation of Journalists from 12 countries across the Arab World and Iran have launched a comprehensive programme of work focused on safety,…

How we prosecute “terrorists”

The “war on terror” means imprisonment, torture, extraordinary rendition, Western complicity and a travesty of justice. And Britain is involved up to its neck: A British resident who is facing the death penalty in Guantanamo Bay has made a final desperate plea to Gordon Brown to end his six-year ordeal and bring him home today.…

Israeli stupidity (part 6742)

Dissenting historian Norman Finkelstein explains why he may have been barred from entering Israel: Well, I guess there are two possibilities. One, I think I’m more effective than I have been in the past. I draw fairly large audiences. And I think Israel is now facing a major public relations challenge. They’re losing the moral…

Welcome to the Soviet days

The supposedly explosive memoirs of former White House press bitch Scott McClellan make for interesting reading, but it’s a little hard to take them entirely seriously considering he was one of the key figures leading the propaganda arm of the Bush administration. CNN’s Jessica Yellin said this week that news executives pushed her not to…

Packing a punch

Secretary General of Hizbollah, Sayyid Hassan Nassrallah, Beirut, May 26: Today, by the name of all gatherings here as well all free people in the Arabian and Muslim world, I call Iraqis along with their political and religious leaderships to make a noble and historical decision that prevents the ultimate fall of Iraq in the…

What Americans believe

A snapshot of Americans from recent studies indicate: 22 percent believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance. 30 percent believe Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. 23 percent believe they’ve been in the presence of a ghost. 18 percent believe the sun revolves around the Earth.