In 2015, a number of journalists and journalism associations requested access from the Parliament to documents relating to the subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances of Members of the European Parliament (‘MEPs’). Those requests were all refused by the Parliament, as were the confirmatory applications which followed them. The General Court confirms the Parliament’s refusal to grant access to documents relating to MEPs’ subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances.Read more . . .
The corporate state has made it very hard to make a living if you hold fast to this radical critique. You will never get tenure. You probably won’t get academic appointments. You won’t win prizes. You won’t get grants. The New York Times, if they review your book, will turn it over to a dutiful mandarin like George Packer to trash it—as he did with my last book. The elite schools, and I have taught as a visiting professor at a few of them, such as Princeton and Columbia, replicate the structure and goals of corporations. If you want to even get through a doctoral committee, much less a tenure committee, you must play it really, really safe. You must not challenge the corporate-friendly stance that permeates the institution and is imposed through corporate donations and the dictates of wealthy alumni. Half of the members of most of these trustee boards should be in prison!Read more . . .
Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission. Take the catastrophe in Libya.Read more . . .
The invocation of religious analogies unwittingly helps to provide religious — not political — legitimacy to ISIS. No matter what anti-Islam bigots maintain — and this is reflected in the recent ISIS article in the Atlantic Monthly — one should insist that ISIS not be analyzed or discussed within the framework of Islam, even if the intention is to absolve Islam from responsibility for ISIS.Read more . . .
Macedonian officials have admitted that seven alleged Pakistani militants killed in March 2002 were in fact illegal immigrants shot in cold blood to “impress” the international community.Read more . . .
Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”Read more . . .
The ‘Russian Threat’, the ideology driving the US and German offensive throughout Europe and the Caucuses, is a replay of the same doctrine which Hitler used to secure support from domestic industrial bankers, conservatives and right wing overseas collaborators among extremists in Ukraine, Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria.Read more . . .
Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers? These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war – with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China.Read more . . .
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/12/the-germans-lefts-palestine-problem/ The German Left’s Palestine Problem by Leandros Fischer Die Linke’s position on Palestine has isolated it from the global solidarity movement and strengthened the party’s worst elements. It was a truly bizarre scene, worthy of a Peter Sellers film: … Read more . . .
The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don’t want information to be released, it will be kept secret.Read more . . .
While it has sometimes bristled at American policy over the last decade, Riyadh remains committed to its relationship with Washington. The opposite is also true. American policymakers continue to see Saudi Arabia as indispensable not because it has shown itself willing to change or develop a more inclusive and tolerant political order, but because it does not.Read more . . .
The author is Director of the Center of Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He worked for many years at RAND Corporation. His books on terrorism have been translated into several languages. He is often invited by mainstream media to comment on terrorism issues. While utterly useless as a textbook on terrorism, Bruce Hoffman’s book can be profitably used by aspiring academic prostitutes.Read more . . .
http://electronicintifada.net/content/egypts-propagandists-and-gaza-massacre/13662 Egypt’s propagandists and the Gaza massacre Joseph Massad The Electronic Intifada 29 July 2014 Sisi’s “ceasefire” offered a week into the Gaza slaughter was spurned by Palestinians in favor of a valiant military resistance. (ActiveStills) As Israel’s murderous machine … Read more . . .
ICTR Judge Arbour suggested that the ICTR’s mandate only extended to events within the genocide, which in her view began ‘after’ the shooting down of President Habyarimana’s plane, an event that triggered the atrocities. Personnel of the ICTR were accordingly forbidden to investigate that plane crash.Read more . . .
How German leaders conspired with the U.S. and Syria in covering-up a secret operationRead more . . .
The debate we need to have Henri A. Kissinger, 8 April 2008 (International Herald Tribune) The long-predicted American debate about national security policy has yet to occur. Essentially tactical issues have overwhelmed the most important challenge a new administration will … Read more . . .
And with the king, five plane-loads of advisers The Telegraph, October 30, 2007 By Caroline Gammell The House of Saud is not known to scrimp when its principal players go travelling. Arriving at Heathrow yesterday afternoon, it is understood that … Read more . . .
New Realities in the Media Age: A Conversation with Donald Rumsfeld Speaker: Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense Presider: Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman, American Express Company February 17, 2006 Council on Foreign Relations New York, NY KENNETH CHENAULT: … Read more . . .
TRANSNATIONAL INSTITUTE (TNI) United Nations and Transnational Corporations: a deadly association Alejandro Teitelbaum 4 April 2007 The United Nations is failing in its duty to control the abuses of transnational economic power, argues Alejandro Teitelbaum. The recent report by John … Read more . . .
Interview with al-hakim as an opportunity to catch glimpse of rulers' discourse in Iraq Date: … Read more . . .