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John Pilger: Kafka has a rival. The Foreign Office lectures us on human rights

Today (December 1), a surreal event will take place in the centre of London. The Foreign Office is holding an open day “to highlight the importance of Human Rights in our work as part of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. There will be no stall for history, for our memory. [...]

Letters Published and Not Published on the Occupation of Palestine

This letter was sent to the Daily Gleaner in response to Richard Blaquiere’s letter below. The letter has yet to be published. Dear Editor, Notwithstanding his title – “Fredericton committee leaves out the facts on Israel” (25 Nov 2008) – Richard Blaquiere in 600 words fails to tell us a single fact about Israel or [...]

The Dominion’s Underreported News

Barriere Lake Algonquins press demands, OCAP builds a wall, the Minga shakes Colombia

Asper family doesn’t set good example

The N.B. Human Rights Commission chose to give its Pioneer of Human Rights Award to the Asper Foundation for its Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program. The award ceremony occurred at St. Thomas University on October 25. The award raised many concerns for those critical of the Asper family’s source of wealth, the CanWest Globe [...]

Underreported News

Barack Obama was elected president of the United States with a 62.5 per cent voter turnout, the highest in 44 years. 2.2 million more young people voted than did in 2004; over 2 million more African Americans voted this time ’round; and Hispanic voters made the difference for Obama in Colorado, Florida, and New Mexico. [...]

Massive Iraqi Death Toll Ignored by Tabloid Culture

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (IPS) – The year is 1994. Pictures of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley cover the pages of prominent U.S. newspapers and magazines. Yet hidden from national view is the attempted elimination of the Tutsi ethnic group in Rwanda.

Disaster in Afghanistan

It is difficult to find out what is really going on in Afghanistan. The focus of the mass media is almost entirely on the military activities of the Canadian and NATO forces. There is absolutely no coverage of political developments. The news on the economy is limited to the state of the poppy industry. This [...]

Cry ‘God for Harry, England and St George’

George Galloway: In their acclaim for this new Prince Hal, the media have once again made themselves the useful idiots of disastrous military adventurism

Machetes, Ethnic Conflict and Reductionism

Racist assumptions mar western media coverage of Kenya

Afghanistan: The Brutal and Unnecessary War the Media Aren’t Telling You About

They say journalists provide the first draft of history. With the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, that draft led to an almost universal consensus, at least among Americans, that the attack was a justifiable act of self-defense. The Afghanistan action is commonly viewed as a “clean” conflict as well — a war prosecuted with minimal loss [...]