How close is BP with Obama?

Dahr Jamail is one of America’s finest independent reporters. He’s currently investigating the devastating effects of the BP oil spill: I learn that due to a combination of part of the Mississippi River having been diverted (thus stopping the natural regeneration of land from silt deposits), oyster beds being depleted in the past, oil-production infrastructure…

The rise and rise and rise of BDS

The following statement has been released: The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), established in April 2004 by a small group of Palestinian academics and intellectuals and widely supported by leading civil society associations, unions and networks,[1] has not witnessed a sustained surge in cultural boycott of Israel as in…

Zionist lobby in Australia denies there is Zionist lobby

Zionist lobby? What lobby? Jewish groups have questioned claims by a former Australian ambassador to Israel that Julia Gillard was silent on the “excesses” of Israel. And the former editor of The Age, Michael Gawenda, yesterday labelled as “bizarre” a report in the Fairfax newspaper and its sister paper, The Sydney Morning Herald, that linked…

Why Gillard is acceptable to the foreign policy elites

Scott Burchill, Fairfax National Times, 30 June: It is not a ”privilege” to talk to the US President with our troops at war. The primary goal of the US lobby in Australia is to insulate the alliance from changes of government after elections and leadership movements within the major political parties. Bipartisan support for the…

Chomsky on the invisible Iranian nuclear ghost

Noam Chomsky on a nation that threatens something other than Israel: Such harrowing pronouncements aside, what exactly is the Iranian threat? An authoritative answer is provided in the April 2010 study of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Military Balance 2010. The brutal clerical regime is doubtless a threat to its own people, though it…

Is there a connection between Dubai and Gilad Shalit?

Remember Israel’s hit on a Hamas operative in Dubai? The story is still running though is largely ignored by the mainstream press these days. Newsweek publishes an intriguing piece that adds more spice to the yarn: European investigators believe that a man arrested by Polish authorities earlier this month may be a key fixer in…