Real journalists report issues responsibly. Scoundrels operate by different rules. They play lead US imperial roles. Without them, pretexts for war wouldn't matter. Selling them depends on widespread dissemination.
SchNEWS - 23rd August 2012 | Issue 825
A series of popular mass demonstrations brought forward horrendous repression by the Ba'athist security forces, who saw Western spies, Al Qaeda Operatives and Mossad agents behind every protest. By responding with massive brutality, the Syrian state helped make its own paranoid prophesies come true - today CIA agents and Saudi funded Salafi jihadists work side by side to overthrow the Syrian Arab Republic.
By Seumas Milne - Znet
Considering he made his name with the biggest leak of secret government documents in history, you might imagine there would be at least some residual concern for Julian Assange among those trading in the freedom of information business. But the virulence of British media hostility towards the WikiLeaks founder is now unrelenting.
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
The British government's threat to invade the Ecuadorean embassy in London and seize Julian Assange is of historic significance. David Cameron...is well placed to dishonour international conventions that have protected Britons in places of upheaval. Just as Tony Blair's invasion of Iraq led directly to the acts of terrorism in London on 7 July 2005, so Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague have compromised the safety of British representatives across the world.
The New York Times has a longstanding history of pro-Israeli bias. Former Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner is ethically challenged. He's a longtime Israeli apologist. He blames Palestinians for Israeli crimes. He largely ignores settler violence.
By Julie Hyland - 22 August 2012
The British media has played a venal role throughout the ongoing efforts to witch-hunt and silence WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. But it has plumbed new depths following the decision by Ecuador to grant his request for political asylum...The well-paid hacks of Fleet Street are just as contemptuous towards democratic rights as their political masters. This applies with equal measure to those employed by newspapers that are overtly right-wing, such as the Daily Mail, or nominally liberal outlets like the Guardian.
By Mike Head - 20 August 2012
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange spoke from a balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London yesterday, denouncing the US persecution of himself and WikiLeaks, and exposing moves by the British government to storm the embassy last week as Ecuador had prepared to grant him diplomatic asylum...In another display of intimidation by the British government, an estimated 200 police lined the streets around the embassy, and occupied the front steps of the building, as Assange addressed hundreds of supporters and media representatives.
By Richard Phillips - 18 August 2012
By steadfastly refusing to lift a finger in his defence, the Australian Labor government is maintaining its support for the US-led vendetta against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, who was granted diplomatic sanctuary on Thursday by the Ecuadorian government.
For now, Assange remains in limbo. Determined Ecuadorean ingenuity and commitment are needed to save him.
By Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada
In a sad sign of its deterioration, The Guardian has hired a new contributor who openly called on the Israeli army to kill Americans sailing to Gaza, including Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker and Kindertransport refugee Hedy Epstein.
By Robert Stevens - 17 August 2012
The threat by the UK’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government to storm the Ecuadorean embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows contempt for international law and a colonial-style disregard for Ecuadorean sovereignty...It marks a new stage in the British ruling class’ descent into criminality, aiming to silence a man who has helped expose many of its innumerable crimes and those of the United States and other imperialist powers.
For around two months, Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy after requesting political asylum.
The New York Times is a long-time imperial apologist. It's no different on Israel.
By Media Lens - July 23rd, 2012
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies. This was clear from the political and media response to the assassinations of senior ministers of the Syrian ‘regime’...[F]rom a propaganda viewpoint that accords with Western state ideology...[v]iolence perpetrated by enemy actors is “terrorism”; what ‘we’ or ‘our’ allies do is “counter-terrorism” or “peace-keeping”.
By Mairead Maguire - Dissident Voice
Mr. Assange’s only crime is he cared enough about people to respect their right to truth, had the courage and bravery to print the truth and in the process embarrassed powerful Governments.