Why is the world going to hell? Netflix’s The Social Dilemma tells only half the story

25 September 2020 — Jonathan Cook

If you find yourself wondering what the hell is going on right now – the “Why is the world turning to shit?” thought – you may find Netflix’s new documentary The Social Dilemma a good starting point for clarifying your thinking. I say “starting point” because, as we shall see, the film suffers from two major limitations: one in its analysis and the other in its conclusion. Nonetheless, the film is good at exploring the contours of the major social crises we currently face – epitomised both by our addiction to the mobile phone and by its ability to rewire our consciousness and our personalities.

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How the Guardian betrayed not only Corbyn but the last vestiges of British democracy

10 August 2020 — Jonathan Cook

It is simply astonishing that the first attempt by the Guardian – the only major British newspaper styling itself as on the liberal-left – to properly examine the contents of a devastating internal Labour party report leaked in April is taking place nearly four months after the 860-page report first came to light.

UK Labour party teeters on brink of civil war over antisemitism

28 July 2020 — Jonathan Cook

New leader Keir Starmer spurns two chances to clear Jeremy Corbyn’s name, preferring instead to pay damages to former staff

Mondoweiss – 27 July 2020

Jeremy Corbyn, the former left-wing leader of Britain’s Labour party, is once again making headlines over an “antisemitism problem” he supposedly oversaw during his five years at the head of the party.

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Has the left been gulled into believing its small right to speech is already too much?

20 July 2020 — Jonathan Cook

My post earlier this month on the so-called “cancel culture” letter proved to be the most polarising I have written – matched only by another recent post on the pulling down of a statue in the UK to a slave trader. The ferocity of the reactions to both, I believe, is related. It derives from a similar refusal, even on the left, to factor in power – and how it is best confronted – when assessing issues of speech and oppression.

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How we stay blind to the story of power

24 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

If one thing drives me to write, especially these blog posts, it is the urgent need for us to start understanding power. Power is the force that shapes almost everything about our lives and our deaths. There is no more important issue. Understanding power and overcoming it through that understanding is the only path to liberation we can take as individuals, as societies, and as a species.

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Labour’s next leader has already betrayed the left

21 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

In declaring their support for Zionism, the three contenders for Corbyn’s crown are offering only the cynical politics of old

Middle East Eye – 21 February 2020

In recent years the British Labour party has grown rapidly to become one of the largest political movement in Europe, numbering more than half a million members, many of them young people who had previously turned their backs on national politics.

The reason was simple: a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had shown that it was possible to rise to the top of a major party without being forced to sacrifice one’s principles along the way and become just another machine politician.

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With Panorama’s hatchet job on Labour antisemitism, BBC has become the Tory’s attack dog By Jonathan Cook

11 July 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Score-settling may make for lively TV, but it is execrable journalism

Middle East Eye – 11 July 2019

It is difficult to describe as anything other than a hatchet job the BBC Panorama special this week that sought to bolster claims that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become “institutionally antisemitic”.

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Mark Field and the danger of getting sidetracked

22 June 2019 — Jonathan Cook

I really do not wish to write about Mark Field, the British government minister who assaulted a climate change activist this week, grabbing her by the neck and violently marching her out of a City of London dinner while all the hundreds of other wealthy diners watched either impassively or approvingly. But whatever my wishes, it seems I must.

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Media smoothed way to Corbyn target practice

3 April 2019 — Jonathan Cook’s Blog

It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the political and media establishment have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of British political life, that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our democratic institutions.

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Labour and anti-Semitism in 2018: The truth behind the relentless smear campaign against Corbyn By Jonathan Cook

28 December 2018 — Jonathan Cook

Bombarded by disinformation campaigns, many British Jews are being misled into seeing Corbyn as a threat rather than as the best hope of innoculating Britain against the resurgence of right-wing anti-Semitism menace

Middle East Eye – 27 December 2018

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