Press Release: News Corp’s Hack Shows a Double Standard

12 July 2011 — FAIR

Palin Hack Had O’Reilly Calling for Criminal Prosecution

The explosive allegations about widespread illegal voicemail hacking by British tabloids owned by Rupert Murdoch are getting very little coverage on Murdoch’s Fox News Channel (TVNewser, 7/12/11). But Fox’s top host took a very different view when a Republican politician’s email account was hacked, calling for the prosecution of the website that published the emails.

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Syria News Roundup: The Beginning of the End of the Syrian Revolt? Syrians for BHL

12 July 2011 — MRZine

Rami Zurayk (Land and People, 8 July 2011): "Is there anyone who follows politics and champions the Arab and Palestinian causes who does not know Bernard Henri Levy? . . .  He was one of the first to enter the shattered remains of Jenin on board a Zionist tank to express his admiration for the Israeli army’s excellent work in ethnic cleansing and genocide. . . . 

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Pakistan, the Army and the Conflict Within By Pervez Hoodhboy, Zia Mian

12 July 2011 — Middle East Research and Information Project

Pakistan’s generals are besieged on all sides. Like never before, they are at odds with their own rank and file. According to the New York Times, the discontent with the top brass is so great as to evoke concerns of a colonels’ coup. The army also is losing support from its domestic political allies and subject to the increasing hostility of the Pakistani public. The generals are even at risk of being dumped by their oldest and most generous supporter, the United States.

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The end of Murdoch media?

12 July 2011 — Avaaz

Yesterday Murdoch pulled a last minute manoeuvre to exclude his company’s outrageous hacking practices from the BSKyB deal review. Let’s call on the government to immediately rule that the Murdochs aren’t fit and proper to own half our commercial media. Tomorrow this will be debated in Parliament. Let’s beat the Murdoch mafia – sign the urgent petition now

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The Fourth Estate is bankrupt By William Bowles

12 July 2011

From the middle of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth imperialism was the dominant national ideology, transcending class and party divisions. Britain was saturated in the ethos and attitudes of empire. They infused plays and books and, later, films. They informed school textbooks. They inspired paintings, prints and engravings. They filled newspapers and magazines. They figured in advertisements and packaging. The impact was arguably greater than that of any previous dominant ideology because its pre-eminence coincided with the rise of the mass market and the mass media. — ‘Imperialism and juvenile literature’ edited By Jeffrey Richards. Manchester University Press, 1989

So what’s changed? Not much really. Today of course, the ideology of imperial expansion now masks itself as ‘humanitarian intervention’ or ‘democracy-building’.

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 12 July 2011: UN official says US breaks rules in torture probe

12 July 2011 —

The Conscience & Agency of Bradley Manning
With previously unreleased instant message chat logs, Steve Fishman for New York Magazine published a feature story July 3, 2011, that further examined the accused whistleblower to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning. It looked at his family life before going …

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Wikileaks Newslinks 12 July 2011

12 July 2011 —

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in court for extradition hearing
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrived at the High Court today for an appeal against being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. Julian Assange is challenging a ruling by District Judge Howard Riddle at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in …

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Syria Newslinks 12 July 2011

12 July 2011 —

Syria beefs up security at embassies after attacks
The Associated Press
Mobs broke windows at both embassies Monday to protest a visit last week by the American and French ambassadors to the opposition stronghold of Hama in central Syria. The French Foreign Ministry said three embassy workers were injured. …

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Rachel Corrie’s family claim Israeli military withheld vital video evidence

11 July 2011 — The Guardian – Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem

American activist’s father says incomplete footage was given to court hearing into his daughter’s death in Gaza

The family of Rachel Corrie, the US activist killed in Gaza while protesting against house demolitions in 2003, on Monday claimed the Israeli military authorities withheld video evidence during the Corries’ civil lawsuit and misled US officials on crucial details.

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Let them eat doughnuts: the US response to Bahrain's oppression By Mehdi Hasan

11 July 2011 — Guardian Comment

While the west averts its eyes, Bahrain’s people are subjected to brutal suppression

Pity the poor people of Bahrain. They have been shot, beaten, tear-gassed – and patronised. On 7 March, at the height of the pro-democracy protests in the tiny Gulf island kingdom, a crowd gathered outside the US embassy in Manama, the capital, carrying signs that read “Stop supporting dictators” and “Give me liberty or give me death”. A US embassy official emerged from the building with a box of doughnuts for the protesters, prompting a cleric in the crowd to remark: “These sweets are a good gesture, but we hope it is translated into practical actions.”

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