We are all hostages of 9/11

12 September 2019 — Asia Times

We are all hostages of 9/11

A hijacked plane crashes into the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001 in New York. Photo: AFP / Seth McAllister

After years of reporting on the Global War on Terror, many questions behind the US attacks remain unresolved

By Pepe Escobar

Afghanistan was bombed and invaded because of 9/11. I was there from the start, even before 9/11. On August 20, 2001, I interviewed commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, the “Lion of the Panjshir,” who told me about an “unholy alliance” of the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the ISI (Pakistani intel).

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Brexit reveals Corbyn to be the true moderate By Jonathan Cook

12 September 2019 — Jonathan Cook

If there is an upside to Brexit, it is this: it has made it increasingly hard to present Jeremy Corbyn, contrary to everything the corporate media has been telling us for the past four years, as anything but a political moderate. In truth, he is one of the few moderates left in British – or maybe that should be English – politics right now. The fact that still isn’t obvious to many in Britain is a sign of their – not his – extremism.

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HALLELUJA! – BBC Updates Editorial Guidelines to Improve Scrutiny of Think Tank Pundits

12 September 2019 — TruePublica

TruePublica Editor: At last, someone at the BBC has finally seen the light. It’s at the end of the tunnel there somewhere. For four years TruePublica has complained about the detrimental effects of organisations like the so-called Institute of Economics Affairs – one of the most opaque and secretive think tanks in Britain that swings way too much political influence. It has recently been caught in a cash-for-influence scandal that a decade ago would have seen the government fall. It is not an educational charity – its a front for lobbying far-right free-market ideologies. The notice below from the BBC is, at best, muted. “Appropriate information about their affiliations” – should include exactly who funds them in the first place – and as organisations such as the IEA refuse to do so, they should be given ZERO air time on the BBC.  At least now we can call out the BBC for breaching their own guidelines when they wheel out these devotees of disinformation.

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Corbyn addresses Trades Union Congress in a display of cynicism and hypocrisy By Richard Tyler

12 September 2019 — WSWS

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the assembled union functionaries at the annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton Tuesday in a vain attempt to boost his left credentials among workers. He did so, however, under conditions in which he has capitulated time and again to the Remain agenda of his party’s right-wing Blairites.

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