11 August 2016 — FAIR
Coverage of the breakdown of the partial ceasefire in Syria illustrated the main way corporate news media distort public understanding of a major foreign policy story. The problem is not that the key events in the story are entirely unreported, but that they were downplayed and quickly forgotten in the media’s embrace of themes with which they were more comfortable.
12 August 2016 — FAIR
The New York Times (8/7/16) reveals the corporate influence behind some of its most-used sources.
A recent New York Times article (8/7/16) detailed, in often scathing terms, what many media critics already knew: that think tanks are frequently not objective, neutral arbiters of information, but corporate- and government-funded agenda-promoters with an academic veneer to give the appearance of impartiality.
12 August 2016 — SumOfUs
Petrochemical giant INEOS is planning to flood the UK with fracking wells. And this week we learnt how the government plans to bribe people with cash payments to allow fracking in their community.
Billionaire businessman Jim Ratcliffe left the UK in 2010 to avoid paying taxes. Now he’s back, and he has big plans for the UK — and for his company, INEOS.
10 August 2016 — National Security Archive
- Obama Releases Formerly Secret Documents on Policy and Human Rights Violations During Military Dictatorship, 1976-1983
- 1000 Pages of Records from Presidential Libraries Turned Over to Argentines
- National Security Archive Applauds Administration’s “Act of Declassified Diplomacy”
9 August 2016 — Global Research
When the 15-M movement broke out onto the streets across Spain in 2011, it didn’t coalesce into a series of political parties on either end of the political spectrum. In fact, there was a common declaration that stood out among all of the indignados: “They don’t represent us”. This referred to the “Regime of ‘78” and the dominant political actors that have been ruling Spain since the death of Franco, and have made the rupturing of the social contract possible over the last 30 years.
10 August 2016 — SumOfUs
The government is about to resurrect the privatisation of our medical records, but this time without even telling us.
The government review into the care.data scheme was published earlier this month and it recommended the scheme we fought so hard against be scrapped. This sounds like a victory, but buried in the report is a new worrying scheme to sell our medical records to big corporations.
5 August 2016 — Global Research
By Prof. Tim Anderson, August 04 2016
The battle for Aleppo has forced the al Qaeda groups into their desperate last stand, as the Washington-driven proxy war on Syria moves into its final stages. The liberation of Aleppo will be the beginning of the end. The online maps have been misleading. Even before the Russian air power intervention of September 2015 the Syrian Government controlled 85% of the country’s populated areas. But reclaiming all of Aleppo is critical for Syrian control of the north and of supply lines to the shrinking ground of ISIS in the east.
3 August 2016 — Global Research
By Felicity Arbuthnot, August 02 2016
In under a week 60,000 people had been fired or detained and 2,300 institutions closed on Erdogan’s orders. Latest figures stand at 70,000 including media, health, education and judiciary purged or interned according to the State sponsored Anadolu news agency – which may be the only news outlet standing since: “at least 131 newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines, publishers and news agencies” have been ordered closed this week alone.” (Independent, 31st July 2016.)
3 August 2016 — Global Research
By Inder Comar, August 02 2016
The case, Saleh v. Bush, involves claims by an Iraqi mother that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Paul Wolfowitz — waged a war of aggression against Iraq in 2003, and that they should be personally responsible for the consequences of the unlawful invasion.
2 August 2016 — Global Research
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, July 31 2016
The US counterterrorism bombing campaign under “Operation Inherent Resolve” does not target terrorists. Quite the opposite. Both ISIS-Daesh and Al Nusra are protected by the US led coalition. The forbidden truth is that the counterterrorism campaign is directed against the Syrian people.