Media Lens: “No Great Way to Die” – But the Generals Love Napalm

30 March 2005 — Media Lens

Exchange With the BBC’s Director of News

“These are the stories that will continue to emerge from the rubble of Fallujah for years. No, for generations…”
(Dahr Jamail, independent reporter in Iraq)

Heavily Conditioned Sensitivity

Traditionally, Western journalists give massive emphasis to acts of violence committed by official enemies of the West, while lightly passing over Western responsibility for often far more extreme violence. As Robert Fisk has noted: Continue reading

Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 26-30 March 2005

30 March 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest March 26-30 2005
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005

Let’s lecture the world on “Democracy” while we put our own citizens in jail without trial or charges.

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 296 Days

Sleepwalking to disaster in Iran: By Scott Ritter

The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran with all of the incompetence and lack of integrity that it displayed during a similar path trodden during the buildup to our current war with Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8408.htm

snipurl.com/dqyh

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Welcome to Perception Central By William Bowles

29 March 2005

Stop and search figures showed the numbers of Asians targeted by the police has risen by 300% since the introduction of ‘anti-terror’ laws.

The threat is most likely to come from those people associated with an extreme form of Islam, or who are falsely hiding behind Islam.

If a threat is from a particular place then our action is going to be targeted at that area.

It means that some of our counter-terrorism powers will be disproportionately experienced by the Muslim community.

It was a reality that should be recognized. – Home Office minister Hazel Blears

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A life out of balance By William Bowles

27 March 2005

A reader turned me onto two movies this past week, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (or on Amazon.com) the Hopi word for a ‘Life out of balance’ and, ‘Powaqqatsi’, ‘Life in Transformation’ both of which I recommend not only for the way they reveal the staggering beauty of Planet Earth but of how they compare our natural Home to the madness some of us choose to call civilisation but better known to the more perceptive amongst us as rampant and totally out-of-control capitalism.

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Media Lens: No Politics – Only Elections

23 March 2005 — Media Lens

No Politics – Only Elections

The Foetus And The Flag

In the first three weeks of campaigning for the 2001 general election, the Communications Research Centre at Loughborough University found that there had been “little sign of real issues” in media coverage, where “few issues make the news”. (Peter Golding, ‘When what is unsaid is the news’, The Guardian, May 28, 2001)

Issues like the environment, foreign policy, poverty and defence were “all but invisible”. (Golding, email to Media Lens, June 10, 2001) Defence, for example, comprised 0.6 percent of reporting. There was no mention of New Labour’s “ethical foreign policy” deception, of the non-existent “genocide” used as a pretext for Blair’s bombing of Serbia, of his silence as East Timor burned, or of the ongoing siege and bombing of Iraq. The fact that senior UN diplomats had resigned in 1998 and 2000, describing New Labour’s policy on Iraq as “genocidal”, was deemed unworthy of mention in judging New Labour’s performance since 1997. The lack of real issues closely followed the pattern of the 1997 and 1992 elections.

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The Wolf at the door by William Bowles

23 March 2005

‘I’ll huff and I’ll puff and then I’ll blow your house up’

The Western media have, to put it mildly, been somewhat dismayed with the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to be head of the World Bank. How to explain to the public that the architect of the invasion of Iraq, arch-Zionist and mass murderer, has been put in charge of the Bank that has been charged (in theory at least) with the challenge of developing the ‘developing world’?

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 March 17-21 2005

21 March 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House
Digest March 17-21 2005
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 288 Days

Information Clearing House Exclusive

Interview with “Unembedded” Journalist Dahr Jamail

“Without a doubt the pentagon is lying everyday”

Watch It Now – Real Video
tinyurl.com/6dmty

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The Big Picture By William Bowles

21 March 2005

It’s an interesting observation I think, that the great majority of ‘left/progressive’ Websites concentrate on the evil doings of the imperialists but aside from the more academically oriented sites, very few pose or investigate directions forward. It is after all, much easier to tear apart the policies and actions of the imperium and although exposing the workings of capital is undoubtedly important, it seems to me that after a lifetime of involvement in the ‘cause’ in one way or another, the current situation is crying out for a structured and realistic way forward.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 March 17-21 2005

21 March 2005 — Information Clearing House

Information Clearing House
Digest March 17-21 2005
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 288 Days

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Information Clearing House Exclusive

Interview with “Unembedded” Journalist Dahr Jamail

“Without a doubt the pentagon is lying everyday”

Watch It Now – Real Video
tinyurl.com/6dmty

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Book Review: Can’t see the wood for the trees? by William Bowles

18 March 2005

A Review of Caliban and the Witch – Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation by Silvia Federici

The subject of this book goes to the very heart of what it is to be a man or a woman in our world and as someone who feels very much to contain equal portions of both, it means delving into those areas of one’s ‘self’ that are the most vulnerable, what we choose to call our identities and attempting to reassess how we came to be what we are.

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Media Lens: A Warning from Auschwitz

16 March 2005 — Media Lens

How Do You Shoot Babies?

Facing execution for his role in the murder of more than 1 million people, many of them children, Auschwitz commandant, Rudolf Hoess, reflected on his life and works:

“Today, I deeply regret that I did not spend more time with my family.” (Hoess, ‘Auschwitz, The Nazis and the Final Solution,’ BBC2, February 15, 2005)

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