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The Face of Democracy 2

John Pilger 73

War by media and the triumph of propaganda5 December 2014Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what's called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war - with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.

The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer…

U.S. Torture 12

Become a fan Professor, historian, author Email 'We Tortured Some Folks,' But 'That's Not Who We Are'Posted: 12/12/2014 5:18 pm EST Updated: 12/12/2014 5:59 pm EST

George Monbiot 8

Everything Is Connected
Posted: 11 Dec 2014 11:31 PM PST
The interactions between wildlife and the physical planet are more complex and fascinating than we could ever have imagined.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 12 December 2014.
I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely lost it this time. He’s written a 2,000-word article on whale poo. I admit that at first it might be hard to see the relevance to your life. But I hope that by the time you have finished this article you will have become as obsessed with marine faecal plumes as I am. What greater incentive could there be to read on?
In truth it’s not just about whale poo, though that’s an important component. It’s about the remarkable connectivity, on this small and spherical planet, of living processes. Nothing human beings do, and nothing that takes place in the natural world, occurs in isolation. When I was a student, back in the days when mammoths roamed the earth, ecologists tended to believe that the …