Manufacturing ignorance: keeping the public away from power

The following article was first posted by Media Lens. MANUFACTURING IGNORANCE: KEEPING THE PUBLIC AWAY FROM POWER In their classic book on the news media, ‘Manufacturing Consent’, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky presented a ‘propaganda model’ of how the major broadcasters and newspapers operate. Whereas the ‘mainstream’ media declare that their aim is to educate,…

Support farmers and farm labourers’ bharat bandh (shutdown) across India

The following posting is from the Samyukta Kisa Morcha coalition of farmers unionS, calling for a complete shutdown across India. SUPPORT FARMERS AND FARM LABOURERS’ BHARAT BANDH (SHUTDOWN) ACROSS INDIA             Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) coalition of farmers unions has called for a complete shutdown across India (except emergency services)…

Gaslighting the public: serial deceptions by the state-corporate media

The following article on the role of political journalists in the state media was first posted by media lens GASLIGHTING THE PUBLIC: SERIAL DECEPTION BY THE STATE-CORPORATE MEDIA During last week’s Tory Cabinet reshuffle, ITV political editor Robert Peston inadvertently summed up the primary function of political journalists: ‘I simply pass on’ His tweet was in reference…

Vaccine apartheid: How Europe failed the global south

Ben Wray wrote the following  article for  bella caledonia. It highlights the division of the world into those who do and don’t have vaccines. This is a shameful episode that will live long in the memory. There was an opportunity for a different outcome through the waiving of vaccine IP rights, but Europe shut the…

Lessons from the Bund: A Socialist, Anti-Zionist, Jewish Movement

This article on the Jewish Socialist and Labour movement, the Bund, by Frankie Levine, was first posted by Left Voice (USA). LESSONS FROM THE BUND: A SOCIALIST ANTI-ZIONIST, JEWISH MOVEMENT When Zionists argue that anti-Zionism is equal to antisemitism, they gloss over the rich and deep history of the anti-Zionist movement in Jewish civil society.…

‘The Imperial Mode of Living’: Interview with Markus Wissen

Ben Wray interviewed Markus Wissen for bella caledonia about his book The Imperial Mode of Living. This book has caused a stir in Germany by arguing that our way of life in the global north is imperialist because it is sustained by a level of resource extraction.   THE IMPERIAL MODE OF LIVING   Are…

Afghan and Kurdish women revolutionaries urge joined up global resistance

The following  article outlining the links being made between the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan and the Kurdish Confederation of Women’s Organisations in the aftermath of the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban was first posted on The Canary website.   AFGHAN AND KURDISH WOMEN REVOLUTIONARIES URGE JOINED-UP GLOBAL RESISTANCE Following misogynistic Donald…

Extinction Rebellion is taking to the City

The following article written by Jasmin Orden for The Canary outlines the reasons for the actions taken by Extinction Rebellion targeting The City. EXTINCTION REBELLION IS TAKING TO THE CITY Extinction Rebellion (XR) is currently protesting across London as it aims to “target the root cause of the climate and ecological crisis – the political economy”. The…

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan respond to the Taliban takeover

We are posting this interview with a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of Kabul Afghan Women’s Mission has been in touch with RAWA to address their needs at this urgent time. In this brief Q&A with AFM Co-Director Sonali Kolhatkar, RAWA explains the unfolding situation on the…

Afghanistan – Imperial intervention paves way for murderous reaction

We are posting the following two articles by Mike Small on the current situation in Afghanistan. They were first posted on bella caledonia at https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2021/08/20/global-britain-britannia-unchained/ and https:bellacaledonia.org.uk/2021/08/17/falling 1. GLOBAL BRITAIN, BRITANNIA UNCHAINED 2. FALLING _______________ 1. GLOBAL BRITAIN, BRITANNIA UNCHAINED Liberal media went crazy for the Tory back-benchers sticking it to Boris Johnson in Westminster yesterday.…