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The urgency of halting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and moving toward their elimination, could hardly be greater. Failure to do so is almost certain to lead to grim consequences, even the end of biology's only experiment with higher intelligence.
Cromwell: Silence In The Service Of Power
Jun 03, 2006
In November last year, as many as 24 Iraqi civilians - among them 11 women and children - were killed by US marines in Haditha, western Iraq. The New York Times has described the atrocity as possibly "the gravest case involving misconduct by American grou
Chomsky: A Just War? Hardly
May 20, 2006
Spurred by these times of invasions and evasions, discussion of "just war" has had a renaissance among scholars and even among policy-makers.
Chomsky: Perceptions of the "Unpeople"
Apr 29, 2006
It is comforting to attribute the alleged "clash" between Islam and the West to their hatred of our freedom and values, as the president proclaimed after 9/11, or to our curious inability to communicate our true intentions. A New York Times headline reads
The prospect that Europe and Asia might move towards greater independence has troubled US planners since the second world war. The concerns have only risen as the "tripolar order" - Europe, North America and Asia - has continued to evolve.
Cromwell: Burning The Planet For Profit
Jan 18, 2006
After 4.6 billion years of planetary history, we may become the first species to monitor its own extinction. In impressive detail, humankind is amassing evidence of devastating changes in the atmosphere, oceans, ice cover, land and biodiversity.
A Media Lens reader wrote to us recently quoting historian Mark Curtis's accurate observations that:
Cagan: Remembering Rosa Parks
Oct 27, 2005
I woke up this morning to the news that Rosa Parks had died yesterday. She had lived a long, full life and had contributed to the struggle for human dignity, for freedom and justice more than most of us can even imagine doing. Nearly 50 years ago she took
"The best relationship with our viewers is no longer one of parent-child but of consenting adults trying to piece together the best picture of the world." (Roger Mosey, head of BBC TV news)
"What goes against the grain of conditioning is experienced as not credible, or as a hostile act." (John McMurtry, philosopher)
Churchill: Who's The Terrorist?
Mar 10, 2005
Once again what I have said has been turned into the opposite of itself.
Cromwell: Seduced By Doses Of Dissent
Jan 29, 2005
Given the regimented, mind-numbing conformity to power in the US mainstream media, it must be refreshing for US-based progressives to see and enjoy the occasional challenging piece in the British press. Yes, good articles do appear from time to time, part
Cromwell: Directing Bbc News In Support Of War
Jan 03, 2005
BBC news coverage is balanced, objective and fair. At least, that is what the BBC continually tells its viewers and listeners. In particular, the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been, and is being, properly reported. That's the message the British and
Child Poverty? Who Cares!
Mainstream media show an astonishing capacity for overlooking western crimes against the people of Iraq: a country utterly devastated by two US-UK wars, and by twelve years of sanctions that resulted in more than a million civilian deaths.
Choudry: Operation Enduring Free Trade
May 22, 2004
While US forces bombed, murdered and maimed their way to "freedom" and "democracy" in Falluja and across Iraq, George Bush reiterated his vision for the Middle East to the US public on April 13th, 2004:
Every time I visit Bangkok I see it. "Power is nothing without control" reads an advertising billboard for a transnational tyre company near Chulalongkorn University. This February, PirelliÕs slogan summed up the US philosophy for its proposed bilateral f
Choudry: Bush and Arroyo: Big Brother, Little Sister
Mar 06, 2004
The similarities between George W Bush and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and the electioneering underway in both countries are both surreal and striking.
Are bilateral deals the Òsmart bombsÓ of US trade and investment policy?
Cromwell: Balance Sheets, Death and Silence
Dec 21, 2003
The impact of war is always devastating, horrific and routinely sanitised for home audiences by editors and journalists. Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for The Independent is a notable exception. "It was a scene from the Crimean War", he observed