Movie Review: “We Steal Secrets”: A Masterclass in Propaganda. The Assassination of Julian Assange By Jonathan Cook

30 July 2013 — Jonathan Cook

I have just watched We Steal Secrets, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. One useful thing I learnt is the difference between a hatchet job and character assassination. Gibney is too clever for a hatchet job, and his propaganda is all the more effective for it.

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How 20 Tents Rocked Israel: Palestinians Take the Fight to their Occupiers By Jonathan Cook

14 January, 2013 — Global Research

When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians. The doubters have not been silenced yet.

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Ruppert Murdoch’s Bid to Persuade Gen. David Petraeus to Run as Republican Candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election By Jonathan Cook

21 December, 2012Global Research

Carl Bernstein, of All the President’s Men fame, has a revealing commentary in the Guardian today, though revealing not entirely in a way he appears to understand. Bernstein highlights a story first disclosed earlier this month in the Washington Post by his former journalistic partner Bob Woodward that media mogul Rupert Murdoch tried to “buy the US presidency”.

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ColdType, August 2012

25 July 2012 —

In the August issue of COLDTYPE MAGAZINE – download your free copy today

Cover story is Jonathan Cook’s analysis of the West’s build-up to war in Syria, in which the West’s choice of ‘White Hat’ fighters are those democracy/freedom lovers from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, who are using oil money to fund the dissident forces. 

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Israel’s grand hypocrisy By Jonathan Cook

1 December 2011 — Global Research

Netanyahu slams ‘anti-liberal’ Arab Spring

As protests raged again across the Middle East, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, offered his assessment of the Arab Spring last week. It was, he said, an “Islamic, anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, undemocratic wave”, adding that Israel’s Arab neighbours were “moving not forwards, but backwards”.
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Is Britain plotting with Israel to attack Iran? By Jonathan Cook

25 November 2011 — Global Research

Last February Britain’s then defense minister Liam Fox attended a dinner in Tel Aviv with a group described as senior Israelis. Alongside him sat Adam Werritty, a lobbyist whose ‘improper relations’ with the minister would lead eight months later to Fox’s hurried resignation.

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The Negev’s Hot Wind Blowing By Jonathan Cook

25 October 2011 — Middle East Research and Information Project

Over the past 15 months the dusty plains of the northern Negev desert in Israel have been witness to a ritual of destruction, part of a police operation known as Hot Wind. On 29 occasions since June 2010, hundreds of Israeli paramilitary officers have made the pilgrimage over a dirt track near the city of Beersheva to the zinc sheds and hemp tents of al-‘Araqib. Within hours of their arrival, the 45 ramshackle structures — home to some 300 Bedouin villagers — are pulled down and al-‘Araqib is wiped off the map once again. All that remains to mark the area’s inhabitation by generations of the al-Turi tribe are the stone graves in the cemetery.

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Palestine Self-Determination: UN Bid Heralds Death of Palestine’s Old Guard By Jonathan Cook

26 September, 2011 — Global Research

New leaders will spurn two states

Amid the enthusiastic applause in New York and the celebrations in Ramallah, it was easy to believe — if only a for minute — that, after decades of obstruction by Israel and the United States, a Palestinian state might finally be pulled out of the United Nations hat. Will the world’s conscience be midwife to a new era ending Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians?
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On an old anniversary, a new sense that change is possible By Jonathan Cook

17 May 2011 — Jonathon Cook

They are extraordinary scenes. Film shot on mobile phones captured the moment on Sunday when at least 1,000 Palestinian refugees marched across no-man’s land to one of the most heavily protected borders in the world, the one separating Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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Guest Media Lens Alert – Tilting Towards Israel By Jonathan Cook

4 January, 2011 — Media Lens

Journalist Jonathan Cook Reveals The Bias In ‘Balance’ On Israel-Palestine

Towards the end of last year, we sent out two media alerts – Put The Palestinians On A Diet and Too Toxic To Handle? – about the corporate media’s failure to report the release of documents detailing Israel’s deliberate policy of near-starvation for Gaza. “The idea”, explained a senior Israeli official, “is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” The human rights group Gisha published explicit Israeli formulas for the amount of food, animal feed and poultry to be allowed into Gaza, and the cold calculation of “breathing space”: the number of days before these essential supplies would run out.

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WikiLeaks’ harsh lesson on imperial hubris By Jonathan Cook

30 November, 2010 — The Electronic Intifada

The WikiLeaks disclosure this week of confidential cables from United States embassies has been debated chiefly in terms either of the damage to Washington’s reputation or of the questions it raises about national security and freedom of the press.

The headlines aside, most of the information so far revealed from the 250,000 documents is hardly earth-shattering, even if it often runs starkly counter to the official narrative of the US as the benevolent global policeman, trying to maintain order amid an often unruly rabble of underlings.

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Israelis Risk Jail to Smuggle Palestinians – 600 sign up for campaign of disobedience By Jonathan Cook

24 August, 2010 — Global ResearchThe National

Nearly 600 Israelis have signed up for a campaign of civil disobedience, vowing to risk jail to smuggle Palestinian women and children into Israel for a brief taste of life outside the occupied West Bank.

The Israelis say they have been inspired by the example of Ilana Hammerman, a writer who is threatened with prosecution after publishing an article in which she admitted breaking the law to bring three Palestinian teenagers into Israel for a day out.

Ms Hammerman said she wanted to give the young women, who had never left the West Bank, “some fun” and a chance to see the Mediterranean for the first time.

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“Israel is regional bully with nuclear weapons” – Jonathan Cook

22 July, 2010 —

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is continuing to divide the Middle East. RT sat down with journalist and author Jonathan Cook who says that Israel actually benefits from the division.

‘The Jewish population in Tehran is at least 20,000, maybe 30,000 people, and when they talk about their lives there, they seem very comfortable. If Iran had a kind of racial hatred against Jews, if the Iranian regime was just a symbol of a ‘new Hitler regime’, the Nazis, why would they not be starting with their own population?’ Jonathan Cook says.

‘The reason why Israel can’t allow Iran to have nuclear weapons is because if Iran developed its own nuclear arsenal, it would totally change the balance of power in the Middle East,’ he says. ‘At the moment Israel is the regional bully, it has its own nuclear weapons, it can pull them out as it has done several times in the past, most notably during the 1973 war when it threatened the US that it might use those weapons if it wasn’t rearmed and that is why the Americans had to come in and intervene. It has that kind of ability to pressure America and terrorize the rest of the neighborhood, if you like, because it has nuclear weapons.’

Jonathan Cook says that if Iran had nuclear weapons, there would be a balance of power.

‘There would be this mutually assured destruction principle, which may not be an ideal principle, but at least it’s something in terms of counteracting the benefits that Israel has as the only nuclear power [in the region],’ he says.

As for the possible solution to the conflict, Jonathan Cook says he would support anything that brought peace and gave Palestinians and Israeli Jews the right to live happy, contented lives.

‘The question now is how you achieve that. Some people say a two-state solution could do that. I don’t actually think that it is even technically possible any longer, if it ever was,’ he says. ‘We are talking about very small areas of land that would be left to the Palestinians. Nobody is talking about it being a militarized state that would control the borders – I mean all sorts of questions that nobody really wants to look at in any kind of depth at the moment because everybody knows the answers, that this wouldn’t really be a proper state. I don’t think it would end the conflict, I think it might postpone it very briefly, but we would just end up with the same kind of conflict.’

ColdType JUNE 2010 Issue



COVER STORY – Peace, Pirates & Propaganda: 17-Page Special Report on Israel’s Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla with Contributions from Alan Maas, Daniela Perdomo, Mary Rizzo, Jonathan Cook, Craig Murray, William Bowles, Dennis Bernstein & Jesse Strauss

PLUS: Great essays from top writers: Obama and the Drones, Pedophiles and Popes, the Red Menace, Robert Mugabe, an Author’s Father, a Child In Guantanamo, Two Fresh Looks at Illegal Immigration, the Need for a Few Good Communists, Blaming the Poor While Taking Their Money, the Heresy of Greece, Ignoring the Lessons of the Big Bail-Out and Why General McChrystal Should Just Bring His Troops Home


2. THIS MONTH’S READER EXTRA is There’s No Power On Earth That Can Stop It! – A 20-page Excerpt from Stan Cox’s New Book, Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World



3. The Politics Of Fear, an excerpt from Loretta Napoleoni’s new book, Terror And The Economy

4. Death At Sea: How Obama’s Timidity Led To The Attack On The Gaza Freedom Flotilla, by Ray McGovern

5. Oil Rush To Hell, by Michael Klare

6. Projectile Dysfunction: Iron Dome, Israel, Trident And The Media, by David Edwards

7. Lost In The Fearless Plain, by Joe Bageant

Enjoy! (and if you don’t, let us know why)

Tony Sutton (Editor)

Terror on Aid Ship: “Plan Was to Kill Activists and Deter Future Convoys” By Jonathan Cook

2 June, 2010 — Global Research

Nazareth —An Arab member of the Israeli parliament who was on board the international flotilla that was attacked on Monday as it tried to take humanitarian aid to Gaza accused Israel yesterday of intending to kill peace activists as a way to deter future convoys.

Haneen Zoubi said Israeli naval vessels had surrounded the flotilla’s flagship, the Mavi Marmara, and fired on it a few minutes before commandos abseiled from a helicopter directly above them.

Terrified passengers had been forced off the deck when water was sprayed at them. She said she was not aware of any provocation or resistance by the passengers, who were all unarmed.

She added that within minutes of the raid beginning, three bodies had been brought to the main room on the upper deck in which she and most other passengers were confined. Two had gunshot wounds to the head, in what she suggested had been executions.

Two other passengers slowly bled to death in the room after Israeli soldiers ignored messages in Hebrew she had held up at the window calling for medical help to save them. She said she saw seven other passengers seriously wounded.

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Did Banned Media Report Foretell of Gaza War Crimes? By Jonathan Cook

15 April, 2010 —

Publish investigation, Israeli MP demands

An Arab member of the Israeli parliament is demanding that a newspaper be allowed to publish an investigative report that was suppressed days before Israel attacked Gaza in winter 2008.

The investigation by Uri Blau, who has been in hiding since December to avoid arrest, concerned Israeli preparations for the impending assault on Gaza, known as Operation Cast Lead.

In a highly unusual move, according to reports in the Israeli media, the army ordered the Haaretz newspaper to destroy all copies of an edition that included Mr Blau’s investigation after it had already gone to press and been passed by the military censor. The article was never republished.

Mr Blau has gone underground in London after the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police, demanded he return to Israel to hand back hundreds of classified documents they claim are in his possession and to reveal his sources.

He published several additional reports for Haaretz in 2008 and 2009 that severely embarrassed senior military commanders by showing they had issued orders that intentionally violated court rulings, including to execute Palestinians who could be safely apprehended.

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The Decline of Israel: Interview with Jonathan Cook

12 March, 2010 — Palestine Chronicle New Left Project

In a wide-ranging interview with the New Left Project, Nazareth-based journalist Jonathan Cook describes the increasingly repressive nature of Israeli society and the prospects for a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict


NLP: What did you make of Ehud Barak’s recent comparison of Israel to South Africa?

JC: We should be extremely wary of ascribing a leftwing agenda to senior Israeli politicians who make use of the word “apartheid” in the Israeli-Palestinian context. Barak was not claiming that Israel is an apartheid state when he addressed the high-powered delegates at the Herzliya conference last month; he was warning the Netanyahu government that its approach to the two-state solution was endangering Israel’s legitimacy in the eyes of the world that would eventually lead to it being called an apartheid state. He was politicking. His goal was to intimidate Netanyahu into signing up to his, and the Israeli centre’s, long-standing agenda of “unilateral separation”: statehood imposed on the Palestinians as a series of bantustans (be sure, the irony is entirely lost on Barak and others). Barak knows that Netanyahu currently has no intention of creating any kind of Palestinian state, even a bogus one, despite his commitments to the US.

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