Rusbridger – Handmaiden to Power

by craig on August 11, 2014 12:27 pm in Uncategorized

Rusbridger’s Guardian has become an unrepentant unionist, zionist, and neo-con New Labour propaganda vehicle. Particularly deceitful is their attitude to the security services and the “war on terror”, where Rusbridger stands revealed as a handmaiden to power. He was, a very senior Guardian source told me, particularly upset when I described him as “Tony Blair’s catamite”. Let me say it again.

Let me give you a specific case to illustrate my point.

On 2 August the Guardian published a piece by Jamie Doward and Ian Cobain which, on the face of it, exposed the British Foreign Office for lobbying against the publication of the US Senate report on extraordinary rendition, lest details of British complicity become public.

On the face of it, a worthy piece of journalism exposing deeply shady government behaviour.

Except that I had published precisely the same story a full 15 weeks earlier, on April 14 2014, having been urgently contacted by a whistleblower.

What is more, immediately I heard from the whistleblower I made several urgent phone calls to Ian Cobain. He neither took nor returned my calls. I therefore left detailed messages, referring to the story which I had now published on my website.

In fact, the Guardian only published this story after William Hague had written to Reprieve to confirm that this lobbying had happened. In other words the Guardian published only after disclosure had been authorised by Government.

Furthermore, in publishing the government authorised story, the Guardian omitted the absolutely key point – that the purpose of the UK lobbying was to affect court cases under way and in prospect in the UK. Both in civil cases of compensation for victims, and in potential criminal cases for complicity in torture against Blair, Straw et al, British judges have (disgracefully) accepted the argument that evidence of the torture cannot be used because the American do not want it revealed, and may curtail future intelligence sharing. Obviously, if the Americans publish the material themselves, this defence falls.

As this defence is the major factor keeping Blair, Straw and numerous still senior civil servants out of the dock, this sparked the crucial British lobbying to suppress the Feinstein report – which has indeed succeeded in causing a huge amount of redaction by the White House.

My mole was absolutely adamant this was what was happening, and it is what I published. Yet Cobain in publishing the government authorised version does not refer to the impact on trials at all – despite the fact that this was 100% the subject of the letter from Reprieve to which Hague was replying, and that the letter from Reprieve mentioned me and my blog by name.

Instead of giving the true story, the government authorised version published by Cobain misdirects the entire subject towards Diego Garcia. The truth is that Diego Garcia is pretty incidental in the whole rendition story. On UK soil there was actually a great deal more done at Wick airport (yes, I do mean Wick, not Prestwick). That is something the government is still keeping tight closed, so don’t expect a mention from Cobain.

I was fooled by Cobain for a long time. What I now realise is that his role is to codify and render safe information which had already leaked. He packages it and sends it off in a useless direction – away from Blair and Straw in this instance. He rigorously excludes material which is too hot for the establishment to handle. The great trick is, that the Guardian persuades its loyal readers that it is keeping tabs on the security services when in fact it is sweeping up after them.

Which is a precise description of why the Guardian fell out with Assange and WikiLeaks.

I suppose I should expect no better of the newspaper which happily sent the extremely noble Sara Tisdall to prison, but we should have learnt a lot from Rusbridger’s agreement with the security services to smash the Snowden hard drives. The Guardian argues that other copies of the drives existed. That is scarcely the point. Would you participate in a book-burning because other copies of books exist? The Guardian never stands up to the security services or the establishment. It just wants you to believe that it does.

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125 Comments

  1. When you read about Chapman Pincer and his expose of GCHQ in the Express back in 1967 it just seems like a different world, yet I had always assumed that in the past 40 years we had been travelling towards more openness; sadly it seems to be the other way round.

  2. Craig, please accept 3 big Kurdish kisses on both cheeks for this piece. Not sure if the Scots do manly kisses of respect.

  3. “The Guardian never stands up to the security services or the establishment”

    Moral of the story being don’t send your scoops to the Guardian. You’d probably do better with the DM. Or better still avoid the MSM altogether.

  4. What? The corporate media represents corporate state interests?!*?

    Bloody hell.

  5. Very well said, and written Craig.

    ~~

    In the last session of the HoC, I noticed that in debates there were complimentary references to the man of Straw on many occasions. Just wait for him to bow out before the next election and they will be down on their knees kissing him in unmentionable places. It is quite dreadful that he still has the chutzpah to occupy a place on the green benches. One on the red benches next for him I suppose. He should be on a rope from a lamp post.

    ~~

    X from me too!

  6. You’re a wordy tosser, Crag. Warsi was given the job because she’s a “nigger”, to quote you know who. And just like the rest of the corrupt twats, she was no good. Don’t you remember cosying up to “Lord” Taylor? Memory slippage? Alzheimers?

  7. You forgot to mention global warming! And Zionists! And Mr Blair! Why don’t you bang on about underage sex in faraway countries, or infidelity paid for by the taxpayer?
    You filthy beast.

  8. Governments have to understand that they represent us and if they wander so far from the values and opinions of ordinary people that they have to spy on us and lie to us using the instruments of excessive deceit, at excessive cost, they have ceased to represent us and we are not responsible for our actions in restoring our legal and human rights.

    The reason that the Zionist lobby has taken such a toe-hold in world politics is that they are masters of deception. Our politicians are playing a game which is well above their own comfort level as human beings. They await instructions like the staff of Saddam Hussein awaited instructions, and whoever politely suggests another option to the Zionist game is taken outside and shot.

    Islam is the only alternative, because it embodies the values of truthfulness, justice and peace which neither Communism, Capitalism nor Church have left. Needless to say the leaders of Islam are already so far up ingratiated to the establishment that they no longer represent the values of Islam. Muslim leaders do not send ignorant young men to shoot up our fellow Muslims.

    If salt loses its flavour, with what will you salt it? Muslim leaders collude with Zionism to create typhoons of missiles rained down on the Palestinians because of Hamas, or bomb-proof humvees of militia charging round the Middle-East shooting up innocent women and children, invited by Muslim presidents and leaders like Barzani and Mulla Krekar.

    Muslim should be helping the West to fight off the grip of Zionism, not colluding with them. None of these leaders have put one word of the Qur’an into practise. They are total munafiqs/ hypocrites.

    The sole purpose of torture is that if you combine torture with mind-changing drugs, you can burn out the moral education of even a pious or normal human being. Torture is used by the Zionist Gestapo to change Muslims into monsters. The psychotropic drugs remove the parts of the brain that become hyper-active under torture, the parts which deal with respect for others.

    The sole purpose of rendition is to change Muslims through MK ultra mind control techniques. Nothing whatsoever to do with gathering information. So I personally apologise for all those who have had their personalities modified by Zionist torture and psychotropic drugs. They were once human beings but they have been converted in to Frankensteins by the Zionist Nazis.

    The leaders of Islam are either Frankensteined already or absolutely terified that they are going to be the next on the Stazi Zombie list.

  9. So you tried to arselick your way back into the Guardian’s good books and one of their resident twats got the drop on you (at least according to you).

    Stop moaning about everything, these articles are what makes your blogs worth reading.

  10. Are Enoch, Bunt and Ed L Garudian employees with a little time on their hands in the lunch hour?

  11. Mary, if I didn’t say anything that is obviously true please let me know.

  12. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    11 Aug, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    What MJ said. And if Cobain’s sanitising stuff before it gets to Rusbridger, probably better to address that as the real issue. Certainly don’t expect any acknowledgement or followup from the current generation of MSM hacks – with the occasional exception of the DM, as MJ said. Private Eye will lend a sympathetic ear, too, and that’s where the hacks often go with material they can’t break in-house. Looks like one for ‘Street of Shame’, especially if you can tie in some interesting political/commercial relationships.

    Also is it not possible that, in being unable to identify your source to Cobain, and/or your source being unwilling to go on the record, the journalist would have been bound to treat the story as interesting but unprintable?

    Cobain has a decent record. The Paul Foot Prize is not given lightly, and not given by the government.

  13. “Islam is the only alternative, because it embodies the values of truthfulness, justice and peace which neither Communism, Capitalism nor Church have left. Needless to say the leaders of Islam are already so far up ingratiated to the establishment that they no longer represent the values of Islam. Muslim leaders do not send ignorant young men to shoot up our fellow Muslims.”

    Guano indeed.

  14. Couldn’t agree more, Craig. I has been going downhill for years… was disgusted in its support for war from Kosovo onwards. If I have a choice of newspaper I go for The Telegraph. It is right-wing but you can red between the lines.

    I really can’t believe that The Guardian would allow an advert like that to appear (on business reasons if nothing else…) Have to wonder how much they were bribed to put it in… and how much their circulation will now go down…

  15. Baal

    Don’t be stupid. The Paul Foot award is given jointly by Private Eye and … The Guardian!

    I believe this was Paul Foot’s very last column, published shortly before his untimely death:

    Tony Blair’s latest musing about Iraq shows how far he has come since the glory days of weapons of mass destruction. He now has only one justification for the invasion of Iraq. It “rid the world” of the dictator Saddam Hussein.
    This justification has serious consequences for British foreign policy. For if it is Britain’s aim to rid the world of dictators, where do we go next? Here’s a suggestion. Twenty-six million people live in beleaguered Uzbekistan, almost exactly the same number of people who live in Iraq. President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan is a dictator who has perfected many of the techniques of repression developed by Saddam. There are at least 5,000 people unjustly imprisoned in Uzbekistan, many of them for their political or religious views. They are systematically tortured and murdered. There is in Uzbekistan nothing remotely resembling a free press or free speech.

    Obviously Uzbekistan should be next in line for liberation by Tony Blair and his armed forces. A sure sign of the impending British invasion of Uzbekistan is the attitude of the British ambassador there, a feisty Scotsman called Craig Murray. He shocked the Uzbeks last year with a series of speeches complaining about, among other things, the rather un-British habit of boiling dissidents to death. He even incited the Uzbek people to “fight for democracy”. That is how you would expect a representative of Tony Blair’s government to behave.

    But wait. Mr Murray has been recalled and scolded by the Foreign Office, who reminded him (as if he didn’t know) that the Uzbek dictator provided airfields and bases from which the US air force could carry out their bombing raids on Afghanistan. Surely Mr Murray could understand that this generosity put Mr Karimov’s dictatorship firmly on the side of the good guys, the democrats and the freedom fighters, and that Murray’s speeches had caused nothing but embarrassment in the lands of the free.

    Dictators, in other words, can have their uses, and Mr Murray should shut up. To his credit, he didn’t. He went back to Tashkent and continued to denounce the government there. Indeed, he committed the shocking sin of comparing the treatment of prisoners in Uzbekistan to what happened in Iraq under Saddam (and is still happening under the auspices of the country’s liberators). Before long, I predict, Mr Murray will be packed off somewhere safer.

    But where? What about another country with roughly the same population: Saudi Arabia? If Mr Murray goes there he might be asked about the terrorist atrocities that continue to plague that country. He would have to pay respectful attention to the views of Crown Prince Abdullah, the country’s de facto (and unelected) ruler.

    Responding to the latest terrorist attack in the oil city of Khobar last week, the crown prince went public. He made a solemn vow “to crush this corrupt and deviant group” which had carried out the terrorism. Corrupt and deviant group! That is the most accurate definition I have yet come across of the feudal monarchy that governs Saudi Arabia. Nowhere on Earth is the gap between the quite disgustingly rich and the even more disgustingly poor more flagrantly flaunted than in Saudi Arabia. Nowhere is dissent or divergence more ruthlessly punished. No more appropriate target exists for the grand democratic crusade of New Labour.

    But wait. What is this statement slithering out of the Foreign Office and its secretary of Straw? In its hour of need, he assures us, Britain stands solidly behind the corrupt and deviant group that rules Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Abdullah, in other words, is as secure from British invasion as is Karimov and scores of other dictators across the world who, by providing air bases or cheap oil or helpful UN votes, have proved themselves true friends of the west.

    · Almost exactly 10 years ago, I wrote this column in some dismay at the eulogies for the dead former US president (and crook), Richard Nixon. Instead of the day of mourning called for by President Clinton, I suggested a day of rejoicing. I feel very much the same about the oceans of drivel pouring out in honour of the dead former president, Ronald Reagan.

    Reagan was as corrupt as Nixon, if not more so. The Iran-Contra scandal, which he and his gang orchestrated from the White House, was far worse than Watergate. It caused chaos in Central America, as Nixon’s war did in south-east Asia. Reagan specialised in folksy rightwing jokes. He (or his speech writer) once cracked that the difference between democracy and people’s democracy was the difference between a jacket and a straitjacket. He loved democracy, in other words, provided it has nothing to do with people.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2004/jun/09/foreignpolicy.politicalcolumnists

  16. The Guardian is just as much a part of the British nationalist establishment as the Daily Mail. The founders of the Guardian must be looking down with tears in their eyes. Boycott all newspapers – except the Sunday Herald.

  17. Dan Hull
    “…except the Sunday Herald.”

    Their unambiguous position on Serengeti wildebeast is indeed not too offensive.

  18. “Governments have to understand that they represent us”

    Why?

    Apart from a brief period post-war, when they were fattening us up, they haven’t done before or since.

    “Needless to say the leaders of Islam are already so far up ingratiated to the establishment that they no longer represent the values of Islam.”

    Yup. It’s a universal problem.

    The sooner people understand that govt or media or church are merely a means of managing a population the sooner people can identify the real problem with which they’re faced.

    With all the recent talk of oligarchs re Russia and Ukraine you’d think people would be well clued up and well down the road to enlightenment.

    But no.

    I mean, doesn’t the West have oligarchs, and our govts, media and churches only vehicles through which their miracles are performed?

    I think peeps ought to get a bit more local with whom the gods of our era really are.

  19. Utilizing Herman and Chomsky’s ‘propaganda model’, the guys at medialens nailed the Guardian for the pro-establishment rag it is, years ago.

  20. CM-So are you with Putin or against us then, because he is the only man left standing against the false flaggers & Reagan type devils (BTW he just gave Snowden 3 years refuge from the Beast). Obama and Cameron have suddenly gone quiet on MH17. Putin is playing a long game – his men were first on the ground and they have the definitive video evidence and pieces of canon shrapnel, he just waits for the devils to dig themselves into a deep enough hole (even to the extent of doctoring the black box recordings, but novorussia already took copies) for him to claim Eastern Russia as a prize, with the blackmail that he will expose them. Poor Rusbridger knows all about blackmail-they probably have enough on him to turn his jet black wig grey !

  21. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    11 Aug, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    *riffles through old job references*

    No, haven’t got a Paul Foot. Well done you.

    What I was trying to say was that there are limits to the amount of unsupportable testimony you can include in a piece for any reputable paper, if it is to stay reputable. A second hand leak…it’s been through two sets of kidneys… and even when I was briefly working for a disreputable paper, I’d have thought twice about it – my editor wouldn’t have, but nil nisi bonum.

    What I would have done would have been to research it myself. And I could easily have missed the killer point without meaning to, while still unearthing something interesting. In this case, I might have already got a lead on Diego Garcia which appeared to fit.

    That said, he should have got back to you. I do agree with that.

  22. Just Squwking
    “So are you with Putin or against us then”

    Against. Personally I am not so fucking stupid to have a favourite mass murderer.

  23. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    11 Aug, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    The Guardian has banned me from the day we dared to link to your ‘where is werrity story’. Rusbridger does not like it up him and his moderators are shit scared about their jobs.
    least to say there are still enough masochists frequenting this excuse of a paper. Thanks for rewminding us of the Guardians help in deflecting torture allegations, Craig, we know who their paymasters are and why they bought a controling share in this rag.

    @ mary, off course they have been told to spit at Craig, the usual MI ire.

  24. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    11 Aug, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    BTW, Wick is interesting. And civvy-looking Gulfstreams (plural) were often in evidence at Leuchars. You could see them from the bus.

  25. And civvy-looking Gulfstreams (plural) were often in evidence at Leuchars

    Typical St Andrews students arriving for start of term!

  26. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    11 Aug, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    LOL. (Or golfers…) God, what a boring bunch of business wannabees they were too.

  27. Jesus if he ever existed and wasn’t made-up, was another charlatan shyster. Miracles -water into wine? Loaves and fishes? Get a grip, Jesus was in the pay of the Romans and his ‘father’ a humble carpenter my arse, he was no doubt turning out wooden weapons of mass destruction in his shop, and Mary too (not that one) was no doubt in on the game, if not on the game, with her false-flag ‘virgin’ birth. How is it then that Jesus spoke with a sonorous Northumberland brogue? The Romans never before or since held their census at Easter. I cannot agree however that mock crucifixion was any sort of ethical treatment for his son-of-god delusions, but he was only playing dead afterwards, so the ‘cure’ might have been well intentioned cross-therapy, though clearly it was ineffectual.

    If Hamas is an Israeli puppet organisation, why’d the Palestinians vote for them in numbers, it should have been glaringly obvious on the street what they were and did the international monitoring of the election, infact instead rig the election? If legitimately elected I despair they’re as much under the cosh of religions and a malign press as the rest of us.

    Schools in Donetsk and Lugansk are supposed to be going back soon, what chance of that?

  28. Phil “Against (Putin). Personally I am not so fucking stupid to have a favourite mass murderer.”

    There is only one mistake Putin made of late – when Bandar flew into Moscow to bribe him out of the Syrian conflict, he should have got the Chechen Government to issue a summons. The saud/wahabi bagman who financed(with the CIAs best advice) 40,000 Chechen wahabi extremists to their death by Putin, needed to be hanged in a public square in Grozny. BTW-Assad is also a “mass murderer” who is having to deal with, yes, you guessed it, the SAME Chechens whom Putin chased out of Russia, and yes once more, also financed by the saud/wahab cult.

  29. what about rusbridgers conduct in relation to the hacking issue, gordon brown mentioned his failings in a speech in parliament. his conduct allowed cameron to keep his hands clean.

    who the hell reads the gaurdian, 95% mainstream media is garbage.

  30. RIP Paul Foot.

    Where are the Paul Foots of today? There are none I am afraid to say.

  31. Are Enoch, Bunt and Ed L Garudian employees with a little time on their hands in the lunch hour?

    No they are not, they are the same miscreants stalking this blog engaged in zersetzung. Craig has patently kicked the right gonads and the resulting ouch is translated into the unconscious drivel splattered around as “comments”.

    I really enjoyed the hearty insults, Craig must have kicked the gonads (I particularly enjoyed the catamite reference, thanks Craig) pretty hard there.

    This is a given that the only “freedom” of the press prevailing in UKUS means you are free to own one, and the rest is just window dressing for the sake of those who really are not clever enough to get their own news and views from the internet.

    Guardian and the other four that colluded and shoved poor starry eyed Assange into his current situation are in fact the hand reared pets of the SIS.

    Anyone can recollect the last call doomed Kelly made form the telephone box? Evidently he talked to a reporter in US the afternoon before he going missing after which he was found dead.

    That reporter taken into confidence by poor Kelly never published the living will of the desolate Kelly whom by then knew for certain he was a dead man walking.

    Talking of SIS have you noticed iSIS is no longer getting used, and instead the new directive is to use “IS” (Islamic State) as er the latest stenographers dispatches? (this blog must be read by some of the boys).

  32. “If Hamas is an Israeli puppet organisation, why’d the Palestinians vote for them in numbers”

    I think what the Israelis did is assist in the creation of Hamas (more let it happen than make it happen) as a loopier (easier to deal with because you can always say they’re loopers the better to dismiss them) version of secular Palestinian resistance.

    It don’t mean that Hamas are day and daily taking orders from Tel Aviv.

    Having been created, they have their own ambitions too.

    Elites always prefer to deal with what they can easily label Terrorist than your more rational western sounding chap.

    See Norn Iron, from Civil Rights Movement to IRA.

  33. Craig,

    This is off topic – but I wondered what your views are as this situation in Iraq unfolds.

    What are your thoughts on the bombing to protect the Christians in Iraq?

    I am sympathetic about the innocent people not being slaughtered, yet I have some questions:-

    1. Wasn’t it when the US invaded Iraq that the largest ever numbers of Iraqi Christians were attacked and killed? That is during the actual period of US occupation.

    2. If the US bombs it will disperse and destroy some ISIS positions, but to be able to keep ISIS out it will need ground forces.

    3. Isn’t it that the US is right back in Iraq ( have they really left?) and it is just a matter of time before the US public starts to see that this is a crawling peg re-engagement – while they are being told that US troops are now out of Iraq? What is the real reason behind the professed reason for the US operations?

  34. Republicofscotland

    11 Aug, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Why would anyone be a loyal reader of the Guardian, in fact why would anyone be a loyal reader of any of the tabloids or broadsheets. Journalism, in the UK is dead, good journalism anyway, by that I mean truthful reporting. in most cases the press is just an extension of the ruling class and government, none more so than in the UK, and USA.

    Even the tv channels are under the control of politically influential people, who’s interest are more often than not, outside of the UK. one measure of this is the BBC who are petrified to mention anything about Palestine or Gaza, without first getting permission from Israel.

    As for rendition flights in the UK , I did read somewhere that over 300 of these covert flights landed in northern Scotland, on there way to other countries, no doubt to torture and extract info from illegally snatched persons. The USA can pick you up now from virtually anywhere in the world and unbelievable as it sounds, many countries have signed up to this practice and know fine well what they entail.

    Blatant establishment newspapers, well ones I,ve found to act on the establishment behalf are the Telegraph, some say its the official MI5/MI6 mouthpiece, and of course who could forget Paul Dacre’s Daily Mail, who’s journalists seem to make it up as they go. It frightening to think that many people actually believe, the stories carried by these, well lets just call them interesting reading sheets, even more unsettling is the fact they have quite a large loyal readership.

  35. @Mary: John Pilger, Tariq Ali, perhaps Robert Fisk… but it seems that there is no-one under 60… Why is that, I wonder?

  36. Grauniad Facebook page is absolutely littered with comments decrying the despicable “Advert” if it could be called that. Looks like a massive faceplant to me.

  37. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    11 Aug, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    The Guardian’s tipping point, from which there can be no return, was their survival instinct, Standing by while they destroyed the infamous harddrives, while GCHQ looked on approvingly, must have given them pause.

    Now, they are ‘all in’, just like the former paper-of-record, NYT. Henceforth, their sourcing and attribution must be curry-combed for the lice thriving in dark conditions.

  38. Republicofscotland

    11 Aug, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Incidentally, Wick was picked in the 1950’s by (AWE) the Atomic Weapons Establishment, the nuclear arm of the British government, to detonate a nuclear bomb, the exact place the weapon was to be exploded was Duncansby head. No thought was given to the nuclear fall-out nor the landscape, nor more importantly the local people.

    So why didn’t they go ahead and detonate the nuclear device was it because, of the natural beauty of the area, or was it because of the concern of the locals, or did they have second thoughts because after all Scotland is part of the UK and the British establishment couldn’t possibly do that to UK nationals.

    It turns out it was none of the above, no, the British government chose not explode a nuclear device in Scotland, at Duncansby head, because it was decided the area was to wet.

  39. So, which newspaper would you recommend? Let me guess: none. Maybe you should start one. :)

  40. “John Pilger, Tariq Ali, perhaps Robert Fisk… but it seems that there is no-one under 60… Why is that, I wonder?”

    In the post war period you could make a career for yourself being bolshie about anything. Freedom of thought and expression was considered quite important, and there were some very brilliant people in politics, church and media.

    Now you can only make a career being bolshie about elite targets, and of course these areas of life are not so attractive to brilliant people. They’re mostly filled with dimwits.

    All the real journalists and critics are now on the dangerous interweb that really needs controlling to protect kids, and Hadley’s who find it all a bit too critical and not agreeing with them and stuff.

  41. Re Craig’s Comment – “The Guardian never stands up to the security services or the establishment”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/28/1182880/-The-Guardian-in-America-Icon-of-the-left-or-too-close-to-British-Intelligence#

  42. Jonangus Mackay

    11 Aug, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    OT:

    The personal as politics: Hollywood heavy Brian Cox on why Scotland needs to vote Yes http://tinyurl.com/oujkjpy [audio]

  43. The problem with Robert Fisk’s articles in the Independent (the rest of the paper being entirely ‘lifestyle’ and sleb tosh), seemed to me when last I looked a long time ago, is that he’s never given enough space, room to develop a theme, enough column inches to do anything more than deliver half a dozen or so staccato paragraphs. A dreamy travelogue from the edge of a war zone. Endearing local colour building you hope to a point and then he wanders off to look at the fruit on the market stall. It’s paper and ink, electrons if online, they’re not all that scarce commodities, it is almost as if he’s being paid inversely by the word, the more he has published, the less he will get. There is a sort of ‘Ah, Lebanon’ air of reminiscence to his reports on the present day. Pilger (go for the jugular) Multiplier 0.62.

  44. William Hague, the blind supporter of the Zionist entity should not had pulled his dirty pants.

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/05/13/hague-i-will-fight-iran-for-israel/

  45. Yes Tony M – one wonder who is paying anti-Israel like Robert Fisk.

    “Four million Canadians carrying this anti-Semite “disease”? We’ve heard this kind of despicable propaganda before. Does B’nai B’rith Canada not realize that these very same despicable lies were used by the Nazis in their hate propaganda against the Jews of Europe? In Hitler’s Germany, Jews were described as microbes. Jews, according to Julius Streicher, were “the carriers of disease and vermin among men”. In August 1941, Goebbels called Jews “the carriers of infectious diseases” and two weeks later referred to Jews as “parasites”. By November, he was calling them “lice”, Robert Fisk wrote recently.

    http://rehmat1.com/2014/07/07/bnai-brith-canada-four-million-canadians-hate-jews/

  46. doug scorgie

    11 Aug, 2014 - 5:59 pm

    Dan Huil
    11 Aug, 2014 – 2:20 pm

    “Boycott all newspapers – except the Sunday Herald.”

    ——————————

    …and the Beano.

  47. Here we go….. again. It’s like a bad dream.

    British To Use RAF Tornados In Iraq Mission
    A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack
    A “small number” of RAF Tornado fast jets will be deployed to improve UK surveillance and assist the humanitarian mission in Iraq.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1316849/british-to-use-raf-tornados-in-iraq-mission

  48. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    11 Aug, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    What aid can Tornado’s deliver? answer, they can pacify large amount of people with one foul swoop….

    http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/breaking_news_tornado_jets_from_raf_marham_set_to_fly_reconnaisance_missions_over_iraq_1_3722271

    We have already dropped aid on Sinjar yesterday, did that fail to reach its recipients?
    These Tornados will do reconnisance for future attacks and they have been in the air all day long, despite high columns of cumulonimbus.

  49. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    11 Aug, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    …and the Beano.

    and Classic Motorcycle, please…..;)

  50. Guardian PR defending the indefensible.

    Guardian issues a corporate PR bulletin defending decision to take money for toxic advert
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1407772731.html

  51. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    11 Aug, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    “We have already dropped aid on Sinjar yesterday, did that fail to reach its recipients?”

    Tons of food and some 15000 gallons of water air-dropped without chutes. So no, it didn’t have the desired effect.

  52. doug scorgie

    11 Aug, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Mary
    11 Aug, 2014 – 3:57 pm

    “Where are the Paul Foots of today?”

    —————————–

    Feet surely? (Ed)

  53. doug scorgie

    11 Aug, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Nevermind, it will happen anyway
    11 Aug, 2014 – 6:15 pm

    “…cumulonimbus.”

    ———————————–

    Didn’t he discover America?

  54. Tons of food and some 15000 gallons of water air-dropped without chutes. So no, it didn’t have the desired effect.

    I thought the RAF failed to drop because of Health & Safety concerns – there were too many people on the dropsite waiting for the supplies. Some might have been killed – though of course many will have died today through thirst and hunger, waiting for tonight’s second attempt.

  55. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    11 Aug, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    “However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11024037/Iraq-crisis-It-is-death-valley.-Up-to-70-per-cent-of-them-are-dead.html

  56. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    11 Aug, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Doug, I’m sitting right underneath a turning point for them and have a visual of their flight manouvres, they have been at it most of the day.

    You must feel lucky that they did not chose Lossiemouth as a future base and target…..;)

  57. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    11 Aug, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    I was inclined to be forgiving to Rusbridger, until I saw that ad. No excuse. To the uttermost pit of journalist hell with him, where hacks are lashed to their desks under a rain of redhot type metal and repeatedly crushed in the Satanic litho presses, under the direction of Paul Dacre-alike demons. And for respite sprayed with flesh-eating bacteria.

    The Times declined to print it. Say no more.

    Last time I buy that rag, but I reserve the right to look at the cartoon online…

  58. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    11 Aug, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    My comment is awaiting moderation. Was it the mention of Paul Dacre?

  59. ” On UK soil there was actually a great deal more done at Wick airport (yes, I do mean Wick, not Prestwick).”

    I think when the John O’Groats Journal reported there had been some extraordinary renditions in Wick they were talking about the Karaoke Night in the Camps Bar.

    However apart from that some private jets which have in the past been used by the CIA landed at Wick, refuelled and took off again, narrowly missing the sheep grazing on the runway.

  60. This is priceless information : who we are being persuaded by, and how they operate, in detail, with names and dates. Craig, you’re terrific. Just keep going.

  61. Tons of food and some 15000 gallons of water air-dropped without chutes. So no, it didn’t have the desired effect.

    Keep an eye out for the videos of the drops it is keystonekops.

    For no parachute drops the aircraft must approach quiet low (feet off the deck) at a near stall speed and then drop from the aft ramp, as the videos show the height is quite high and the impact of the crates of water results in splash as the hungry and thirsty refugees run to find the impact site.

  62. There’s an amazing form of ‘democracy’ in existence in Iraq. A president appoints a new PM. Perhaps he could pop over here.

    Iraq PM Calls For Unity Against ‘Barbaric’ ISIS
    Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain
    Iraq’s president names a new PM as the US confirms President Obama is arming Kurdish forces battling Islamist militants.
    http://news.sky.com/story/1316536/iraq-pm-calls-for-unity-against-barbaric-isis

    Anything known on Haider al Abadi other than this?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haider_Al-Abadi

  63. Ed Murray on Medialens is brilliant. This time to Frei, late of the BBC and now Ch4 News.

    Snowmail…Iraq “Alarming context”…short email to Matt Frei…
    Posted by Ed on August 11, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Mr Frei,
    In reference to your Snowmail tonight.(1)
    Regarding Iraq, you say:

    “Where next for Baghdad?
    Lindsey Hilsum, our international editor, will explain the alarming context in which all this has been unfolding…it is a terrible mess which everyone from Washington to London to Ankara is at a loss over how to solve.”

    Why do you expect Washington and London to “solve” the problems in Iraq after they are the prime movers in causing them? Will Hilsum, or you, be including any reference to the west’s culpability and responsibility in what is happening in Iraq today?
    Speaking of responsibility, someone ought to do a report on your own culpability. You acted as an echo chamber for both Washington and London at the time of the illegal invasion, bigging up the lying culprits while denigrating those who were a bit more sceptical.

    Matt Frei, BBC News, Wednesday, 29 January, 2003
    Girding the public for war
    “President George W Bush has laid out the moral case for a war against Iraq in one of the most powerful speeches he has ever given.
    …By repeatedly giving details of the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq possessed, and the nature of the regime, he was confronting head-on the issue of evidence that has been continually raised in the debate so far – although without presenting any new facts.
    These may come when the US lays out its full case against Iraq before the Security Council, with officials hinting that new intelligence data will be released.”

    Matt Frei, BBC1, 18:00 News, June 16, 2003
    “There may be a case for regime change in Iran, too. But for now the Bush administration is relying on change from within.”

    Matt Frei, Newsnight, BBC2, January 12, 2004
    On Paul O’Neill, who tried to inform the public about Bush’s plans:
    “If you remember, Paul O’Neill was sacked mainly because he was incompetent, and he was more infamous for his gaffes than his insights on economic theory. He once famously said that the collapse of the energy giant Enron was an example of the genius of capitalism, and perhaps more accurately that the tax code in America was 9,500 words of complete gibberish.”

    One could go on and on and on….
    Not surprising from a hack who called cold-blooded mass murderer Obama a “warrior president” and Hugo Chavez, the victim of a US sponsored coup, a “chubby-faced strongman.”

    Ed Murray.

    (1)Snowmail
    Where next for Baghdad?

    Lindsey Hilsum, our international editor, will explain the alarming context in which all this has been unfolding. In the capital Baghdad, the embattled Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, who has been identified as the key problem in this increasingly sectarian bloodbath, refuses to relinquish power, even though just about everyone outside his Shiite power base wants him to. He has now deployed troops and tanks on the streets of Baghdad in defiance of the president, Fouad Massoum, who has the constitutional authority to remove him from the office to which he clings. Is it a coup? Is it another civil war in Baghdad? We don’t know yet. But it is a terrible mess which everyone from Washington to London to Ankara is at a loss over how to solve.

  64. The Muslim politician who was hated the most by western leaders – and we all know why?

    Ahmadinejad’s “goodness” vs Tony Blair’s “evilness” – by Gilad Atzmon, British-Israeli writer, author and musician.

    http://www.jailingopinions.com/atzmon-iran.html

  65. @Mary: At a future Nuremberg, I hope these journalists (and their editors)get their day in court to explain themselves… alongside Blair and Bush.

  66. @Herbie:

    You could well be right about the post-war generation and journalism. But don’t you think education might have had something to do with it… and the fact that these people grew up prior to, and in the early days of, television.

  67. At least The Guardian is, for the moment anyway, keeping its news archive intact. Couldn’t imagine them writing an article today as critical of the US military as this one:

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/1999/nov/28/focus.news1

    Admittedly this was maybe five months late (bombing happened in June), but an important contribution to history.

  68. This article in todays Guardian is perhaps intended as the “balance” to the disgusting advert:

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/11/labour-soar-past-tories-seven-point-lead-icm-poll

    Balance, because Gaza, and Baroness Warsi, are featured as possible reasons for the voter “about-face”.

  69. Courtenay @ 4;12

    this may be of interest to you Re new air strikes in Iraq –

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/bombing-iraq-for-u-s-oil-companies/5395527

  70. Regarding the complete degeneration of the British media as serious news, it is interesting to reflect that this was a deliberate strategy in the US from the 1950s:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird

    No mention of this strategy crossing the Atlantic, but if it did happen – say in the Thatcher-Reagan era – that would explain a lot.

  71. re SARAH TISDALE. Would be interesting retrospectively to know what she makes of all the continued corrupt goings on. I extend my highest regards to for her honesty.

  72. No mention of this strategy crossing the Atlantic, it did happen – say in the Thatcher-Reagan era

    You are a tad too optimistic, in the old USA there was a propensity towards more “transparency”, that is before the 9/11 (do you remember the patriot act, and the 9/11 mayor 9/11 Juliani 9/11 horrors on 9/11? ) after which the US went Nazi on steroids putting lill old Hity into shame, boy he would be spinning in his grave, that is if he had one.

    In UK we always have had an “understanding” Journos ignore what they are told to ignore, and write what the guide lines tells them, these guide lines could be set out in a little tel con, or in the pub, or even in the park, depending where their sis handlers arrange to meet them.

    So Mockingbird was really a bit of an old hat, UK was far ahead of the game then and it has since made huge gains too.

    Read Roderick Russell’s take on it all here. BTW he is not talking out of his hat, if you read other accounts of other people you will find uncanny similarities.

  73. As Craig mentions there are legal cases related to victims of rendition abuse as well as to perpetrators of rendition abuse. The UK government way of dealing with the latter is well-known – big whitewash operations and losing the evidence.

    The UK government way of dealing with victims of rendition, torture and mind-indoctrination by psychotropic drugs is to place the finest, bent, establishment lawyers like Edward Fitzgerald at their disposal and then negotiate.

    Abdulhakim Belhadj got command of the Libyan joint USUSFranceIS destruction of Libya, etc and sued the UK government for one quid. The current round of destruction in Iraq is a quid pro quo to former servants of USUKIS who had been tortured there. David Cameron is conducting the genocide on the Yazidis and Christians in Kurdistan purely in order to let the UK government off the hook for the crimes previuously committed by the UK in Iraq.

    Only the most devious of brilliant bent lawyers like Edward Fitzgerald are capable of juggling all the balls in the air at the same time, batting on the side of the US, the UK, the victims, and the Kurdish torturers who are still in office, while drinking from a bottle of pepsi and eating a sandwich.

    It is not the leaders of the UK justice system who are rotten to the core, but from the roots to the top. The whole system is infested with paedophilies, and Zionists, and colonialists, and sadists, and apologists for the crimes committed by the Christian Crown against Muslim innocents all round the world.

    It’s not just Rusbridger but all the higher echelons of UK society, all shite.

  74. @Fedup:

    You’ve misquoted me, just as Habby did a couple of days ago. Rather changes the meaning. Anyone would think you were both journalists… :)

    If what you say was really the case, how did people like Foot, Pilger, Duncan Campbell and their ilk ever get their views published?

  75. Brian,
    You said this:-
    “Courtenay @ 4;12
    this may be of interest to you Re new air strikes in Iraq –
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/bombing-iraq-for-u-s-oil-companies/5395527”
    And a friend of mine said this:-
    “Apparently ISIS is threatening their interest in the Kurds part of Iraq and that’s not permissible. As long as ISIS is killing their enemy then that’s fine but when it looks as if it is about to affect their interest then that’s not fine. Remember Sadam Hussein? When Iraq was at war with Iran it was an ally of the USA but when it threatened US interest then it is a bad guy and must be destroyed.

    The USA will only be sympathetic to humanitarian consideration if its interest are concerned. Just look at what is happening in Eastern Ukraine! Look at what happened in Gaza!

    The USA doesn’t have friends only interests!

    Those are my thoughts.”
    Between these two replies – by jove – I think I have got it.
    Thanks.

  76. Absolutely. And this ‘packaging’ of difficult stories and misdirection is commonplace in the media. I’ve come to the conclusion in fact that most newspaper commentators are nothing more than stooges for the government or lobby groups. They very carefully maintain their cover by writing about other matters, pretending to be like you and me, but they are just much propagandists as the old Pravda scribes.

  77. If what you say was really the case, how did people like Foot, Pilger, Duncan Campbell and their ilk ever get their views published?

    Are you British? (not being facetious, just asking)

    If you are not, then I can understand, but if you are then obviously you have not paid any attention to the trends. Although the “guidelines” were there, and the police state was in place (D notice) but as ever, British have a knack of dropping clangers that in turn yields the likes of Pilger (Australian), and Duncan Campbell (Scottish) whom were unknown entities and managed to interlope into the fold of Journos and then bypass the stealth tyranny of the editors to continue their work.

    However since those days, the trends towards efficiency and a constant vigilance of the blanket surveillance, have managed to bring about the demise of “investigative” stuff. Thus the paucity of the material, although it must be said that as yet there are many internet villains of the peace whom keep letting the proverbial cats out of the bag and these are not as easy to control but there are laws being drafted to get these to toe the line too. Although in the meanwhile there is internet filtering afoot, some twenty five percent of the internet sources are getting filtered.

    BTW kindly refrain from putting me in the same category of that demented “chosen troll”.

    I thank you in advance,

    Fedup says Boycott zionistan and all those firms that do business with it.

    See what you have done?

    Are you happy now?

  78. Fedup… :)

    Of course I am. Maybe I was very, very naïve, but “the news” didn’t seem to become crudely biased until about the time of the Falklands War, and I was very proud to be part of what I thought was a democracy.

    I hadn’t even heard the word D-notice until I heard about that Scottish… oops, look what you nearly made me do.

  79. @Courtenay:

    I see that the US are now tooling up to get rid of the man they helped install and supported as leader in Iraq a few years ago…

    No change there then!

  80. You’re a tad late with your Guardian discovery Craig – those of us who used to frequent the ‘Comment is Free’ pages have known for years that the G is unashamedly Blairite/NuLabour, that it’s pro-union/anti-Yes (which it calls ‘Alex Salmond’) programme is controlled by two admitted Blairites – Kettles and White.
    It’s basically a ‘pretendy left wing liberal’ newspaper that’s every but as elitist as the Torygraph.
    Hell, it’s even re-published anti-Yes pieces from the Mail !

    Honesty ? It was a Guardian website story created by a couple of it’s ‘creatives’ that caused most of the rioting in London. They lifted a one-line anonymous tweet -‘teenage girl beaten to the ground by riot cops’- and sent it viral. People who took part in the rioting gave that non-story (it was fiction. It didn’t happen) as their reason for joining in.
    The G then had the cheek to commission one of it’s regulars to track down the origins of that story – three weeks after an honest BBC hack traced it to the Guardian !
    I stopped buying the G when I saw what it was doing to the Yes campaign, and stopped going anywhere near it when it became a Westminster-controlled mouthpiece.

  81. Peacewisher,

    You said:-

    “@Courtenay:

    I see that the US are now tooling up to get rid of the man they helped install and supported as leader in Iraq a few years ago…”

    As with Saddam – support him as a US ally during the 8 year war with Iran; turn a blind eye to his gassing the Iranians; actually, sell him some of the gas; praise him for his enlightened approach to the education of women – then when he steps out of bomb, kill and decimate.

    So – Malaki – now do the dance as with Saddam – now the tune is over.

  82. Should read..

    “… when he steps out of – line – bomb, kill and decimate.”

  83. Yes, precisely. Thing is, they don’t seem to have a clue what to do next. Perhaps that is their plan… to not have a plan. And another million Iraqis will bite the dust.

    Alternatively… the Sunni & Shia Iraqis will wise up to the last 30 years or so of outside manipulation… and unite as a nation to kick the Western intruders out. The Kurds will form their own country, which will be friendly to the West and supply them with oil, like Kuwait. That would be a “best case” for peace, but the West would have to eat humble pie…

  84. Fedup and Peacewisher,

    Interesting posts above.

    There’s another school of thought that reckons in a mediascape where the Establishment have total control they occassionally permit a “limited hangout” scenario for some specially selected “journalists” and narratives if only to foster the illusion of democracy and press freedom.

    There are also those who would swear that that The Grauniad *allowing* the spooks in to destroy their hard drives re:Snowden was less a story than a charade The Grauniad were in on and thereby we,the people,are shown how powerless we really are.

    Funny,too,perhaps,how The Grauniad turned on Assange after being his bestest bestest buddy whilst he was passing them the leaked cables.

    Possibly :.)

  85. @Jives: Yes, this is an interesting thread, and thanks to The Guardian for further eroding their already battered credibility. Regarding the hard drives, I can’t understand why they didn’t think of copying the data before allowing the hardware to get smashed… (!)

    Here’s my best case scenario: govt/media decided they have to gang together to allow the wider public to think govt are in control of the matter and “move along, nothing to see”. Maybe they are right, and those of us who try to join the dots are the problem. Maybe subduing the public with TV and mobile phones helps stop them wanting to join the dots. However, maybe they are a bit clueless though and they do need a bit of external input now and then :)

  86. Peacewisher,

    Sensible people do not run the world. However there are sensible people in the world. Listen….

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/way-out-war-terror/

  87. Peacewisher,

    Above post related to your post:-

    “. Thing is, they don’t seem to have a clue what to do next. Perhaps that is their plan… to not have a plan. And another million Iraqis will bite the dust.”

  88. From the Medialens editors

    Letters protesting anti-Palestine ad don’t appear on Guardian letters page
    August 12, 2014, 6:24 am

    At least, judging by the letters page here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/mainsection/editorialsandreply

    So – stupid question – why have they tucked the letters away in this online corner?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/11/guardian-this-world-anti-hamas-advertisement

  89. Bravo these Northern Irish pro-Palestinian supporters.

    Belfast’s pro-Palestine protesters remove ‘Israeli’ goods from shelves of Asda in protest over Gaza
    It’s the second supermarket in west Belfast to be targeted
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/belfasts-propalestine-protesters-remove-israeli-goods-from-shelves-of-asda-in-protest-over-gaza-30499929.html

  90. This would be funny if it was not so deeply ironic.

    US just not sure who to bomb in the Middle East anymore

    WASHINGTON, US – An exhausted looking Barack Obama told US citizens Friday that after weeks of meetings with senior military officials he was still “mostly clueless” about who he should bomb in the Middle East. The statement days after US forces began air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq, despite their opposition to Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad, who the US also consider an enemy and have considered bombing.

    “People of America, up till now, choosing which bad guy from the Arab world to drop hundreds of thousands of tons of explosives on was a simple, clear cut decision,” he said in a live televised address. “But making a choice about who to unleash the full force of US military might has become fraught with difficulties.”

    The US president also revealed that “bombing the sh*t” out of Libya in the final months of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule hadn’t “exactly resulted in the peaceful, democratic state we had been hoping for”, while America’s involvement in Iraq could result in a new US bombing campaign “every four to five years”.

    “Sure, we may be bombing ISIS now, but just as they emerged from the ashes of Saddam’s dictatorship, which we bombed the crap out of, whatever comes next will inevitably have to be bombed to feck in the future,” he said, adding that concerns regarding the effectiveness of US bombing in the Middle East were “irresponsible”.

    Ending the speech on a lighter note, Obama joked that he was “just pleased to have bought shares in Raytheon”.

    http://www.panarabiaenquirer.com/wordpress/us-just-sure-bomb-middle-east-anymore/

  91. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    12 Aug, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Maybe subduing the public with TV and mobile phones helps stop them wanting to join the dots.

    Mobile phones cut both ways, though.

    http://rt.com/news/178704-app-buycott-israel-palestine/

    Needless to say, the zionists are adapting this to boycott Qatar and Turkey, for their support of Hamas…should get interesting as Qatar and Turkey respond in rather larger numbers on purely patriotic grounds. Turks are particularly patriotic.

  92. There is one noble, notable exception — Seumas Milne. The Blairites have wanted him out for quite a while.

  93. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    12 Aug, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Maybe Ms Wilmshurst would also be a great person to interview, Craig, after all her resignation letter was doctored. But by whom? was it Chatham house or the Guardian?

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/mar/24/uk.iraq

  94. No mention of and no reporting from Gaza or Syria on the BBC World front page.

    Today it is Ukraine, Ebola, Robin Williams and down this list to baby pandas.

    Other top stories
    Egyptian forces ‘planned massacre’
    Human Rights Watch says its year-long inquiry into the deaths of hundreds of protesters in Cairo in 2013 found evidence of systematic killings.

    S Korea ferry rescue ‘ill-equipped’ New
    South Korean coast guard officers say they did not have the right training or equipment to rescue passengers from the stricken ferry, Sewol.

    Obama lauds Iraq’s ‘promising step’
    Missouri teen’s family demand justice
    Venezuela anti-smuggling move begins
    More conscript suicides in S Korea
    ‘Action needed’ on foreign fighters
    Canada police killer pleads guilty
    Panda triplets unveiled in China New

    Amazing, isn’t it?

  95. Good point about an Elizabeth Wilmshurst immediately above. If only it “would happen anyway” tho’ unfortunately I have my doubts. Anyway nice suggestion. Maybe a Helena Kennedy initiative after all she just did a very worthwhile spot on RADIO 4 with Gareth Peirce.

  96. I expect Cobain sent his story to his security state contacts for comment first. The redactions you mention would have been requested on ‘national security grounds’ which since your piece is still up begs that question.

    Doing this is apparently called ‘Responsible Journalism’. The question that should always be asked is ‘responsible to whom?’. You have identified the answer in this case Craig. Thank you.

  97. On the BBC Middle East page, there is no current reporting from inside Syria (apart from the Reuters GSK bribery piece below) or from inside Gaza (only the talks in Cairo) but there is a long obituary for an Israeli film producer called Menachen Golan. Who?

    There is:
    Obama lauds Iraq’s ‘promising step’
    Egyptian forces ‘planned massacre’
    GSK faces bribery claims in Syria

    Other Top Stories
    Fresh Gaza talks begin in Egypt
    Human rights chief barred from Egypt
    ‘Islamists’ held in Kosovo raids
    Survivors in Iranian plane crash
    Australia boy ‘holds severed head’
    Tributes paid to film producer Golan
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/middle_east/

  98. Hopefully after March 2016 the Independent Scottish Government will pursue Westminster over the Wick renditions. I will certainly be holding my MSP’s feet to the fire on the issue as soon as the parliament gains sufficient competence. iScotland will be in an excellent position to embarrass Westminster over much that was done in our name.

    Can I suggest that you offer your information to Edinburgh after the above date Craig?

  99. I remember being somewhat surprised at Assange cavorting with the Graun et al. and hoping that he was setting them up. I wasn’t surprised when the Graun et al. betrayed Wikileaks.

  100. They ain’t making Jews like Jesus anymore

    KINKSTAH!

  101. Assange and Snowden have been pretty much forgotten by the Guardian nowadays. Try and pretend they are liberal if you want, but they’ll move onto the next big thing when it suits them…

  102. Like in USA Canada USA Germany….. UK’s major media outlets are all the same-PAID TOOLS for government.
    At least Guardian does sometimes break Zionist’s strong hold and report facts others wouldn’t touch.
    Worst of the lot is BBC. Public funded and packed with Zionists in control.
    Question ought 2B–how is it ONLY Jews are promoted and hired to control all media outlets :^(

  103. “RIP Paul Foot. Where are the Paul Foots of today?”

    Where are the Paul *Feet* of today! God, what is wrong with the education system?

  104. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    12 Aug, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    HRW’s been looking at Blair’s unhealthy relationship with Sisi:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/tony-blairs-egypt-links-in-spotlight-after-scathing-report-on-the-deaths-of-over-1000-supporters-of-ousted-president-mohamed-morsi-9664995.html

    HRW’s executive director Kenneth Roth said: “It is very short-sighted on the part of the major Western governments to believe if they just make nice with al-Sissi’s government that somehow this imagined transition to democracy which is repeatedly trumped will somehow come to pass. The message sent so far is that Egypt can get away with mass murder.”

    A spokeswoman for Mr Blair did not respond to a request for comment.

    IOW, The only news about Blair you proles need to know is published a month later on one of Blair’s websites….

  105. Loving Ed Murray’s e-mails to the media.

    Snowmail…the “excellent” Jonathan Rugman…short email to Matt Frei…
    Posted by Ed on August 12, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Mr Frei,
    In reference to your “Snowmail” tonight.(1)
    You begin by making a statement about your “excellent Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman”.
    Mr Frei doth protest too much! I won’t though, just a couple of examples to prove your statement is patently false.

    Rugman:
    “If you think in the last week the US has given up its role as honest broker in the Middle East then now, it seems, they’ve taken it back.” (Channel 4 News, July 21, 2006)

    Rugman on Chávez:
    “He supplies 15 per cent of America’s oil, yet America’s enemies are his friends. Hugo Chávez, in danger of joining a rogue’s gallery of dictators and despots – Washington’s latest Latin nightmare”. (Channel 4 News. March 27, 2006)

    He also called the extreme right winger, Maria Corina Machado, who was involved in the 2002 coup to oust Chávez, a “civil rights activist”

    Yeah, excellent, ain’t he?
    The US as an “honest broker” in the Middle East? Seriously?
    Why on earth should we believe a hack who seems to have such a feeble grasp of realpolitic, but at the same time, such a damn good grasp of western propaganda narratives?

    You continue:
    “Russian ‘aid’ convoy heads for Ukraine
    While Iraq burns, Ukraine simmers. Moscow is sending send 280 aid vehicles to eastern Ukraine bearing food, generators, medicine and other supplies, ostensibly to help the hundreds and thousands pro-Russian citizens who have so far been either unwilling or unable to escape. Will the aid be forerunner to something else? In this conflict stranger things have already happened. Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum explains.”

    You spent too much time in the USA, you seem to have lost all sense of irony!

    Ed Murray.

    (1)Snowmail
    Although we will lead on Iraq and the unfolding chaos again tonight with our excellent Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman, the story that has shocked and saddened the world is the untimely death of Robin Williams aged 63 – the American actor and comic genius.

    Russian ‘aid’ convoy heads for Ukraine
    While Iraq burns, Ukraine simmers. Moscow is sending send 280 aid vehicles to eastern Ukraine bearing food, generators, medicine and other supplies, ostensibly to help the hundreds and thousands pro-Russian citizens who have so far been either unwilling or unable to escape. Will the aid be forerunner to something else? In this conflict stranger things have already happened. Our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum explains.

  106. 11 August 2014
    Human Rights Watch director barred from Egypt
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28738953

    ‘The executive director of Human Rights Watch and another senior staff member have been denied entry to Egypt.

    Kenneth Roth and Sarah Leah Whitson were in Cairo to launch a report by the group on mass killings last year.

    Hundreds of people were killed on 14 August 2013 after security forces broke up protests against the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi.’

  107. ” Hopefully after March 2016 the Independent Scottish Government will pursue Westminster over the Wick renditions. ”

    As law and order are devolved powers I bet you they don’t!

  108. Kempe,

    ” Hopefully after March 2016 the Independent Scottish Government will pursue Westminster over the Wick renditions. ”

    As law and order are devolved powers I bet you they do”

    You almost sound happy the torturer’s are getting away with it.

    Why doesn’t that surprise me?

  109. The Guardian appears to have become a form of 5th columnist. Its moderation of comments and its selective reporting on the Ukraine crisis have been an absolute disgrace and have helped confuse public opinion. Either they totally fail to report on stories or they print blatant propaganda allowing an army of what appears to be organised pro Kiev trolls to litter the debate with dull witted idiocy whilst themselves bolstering a meme about supposed organised Russian trolls infecting the web.
    For me the newspaper carries a portion of guilt for what has happened as so much of the affair has played out appealing to a western audience with newspapers working to get that audience on board no matter what the reality on the ground. There selective reporting has helped establish a narrative that was probably written in Langley and that has little to do with actual events.
    A shameful stain on its legacy under the tutelage of an editor that seems to turn it ever more into a fey life style guide. For geopolitical news the Guardian is no longer a credible source it would appear.

  110. Our family bought this rag every day for over thirty years, believing it to be a fair and accurate beacon of truth in a country led by lying manipulators. We stopped being taken in, when their Syria coverage gave the game away.(Zoe Williams’ slant on it being the clincher) Now, we won’t even take it for free with Waitrose shopping, even the ‘Daily Heil’ is preferable in very small doses. Rusbridger’s salary is about half a million quid, easy to see why now. All credit to your ‘Whistleblower’, wish there was a better way to describe such moral courage and principle than ‘mole’.

  111. The ranting of a genocidal psychopath and ex nightclub bouncer.

    Wednesday 13 Aug 2014
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.610283

    ’10:07 A.M. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that Israel must defeat Hamas even at the cost of another conflagration. “Israel cannot afford a war of attrition,” Lieberman said in a meeting with district heads in Bat Hadar. “If the current cease-fire is heading towards collapse, “he added, Israel must “take the initiative, even if it means a significant escalation. Finish the story in the shortest time possible.”

    Lieberman also said Israel should not end the Gaza operation until the bodies of fallen soldiers. (missing words??)
    “If the terrorists from the other sides don’t get it, don’t understand it, they have to understand they will get in return the bodies of Mohammed Deif, [Ismail] Haniyeh and all of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip… My colleagues and I will not accept any resolution, any framework, without the return of the soldiers’ bodies.” (Ilan Lior)

    Lieberman said Israel should not cooperate with the UN probe into the Gaza war.’

    The above were from live updates. Five more people have been killed in Gaza by unexploded ordnance and the Israeli navy is still firing at Palestinian fishermen. The talks in Cairo are stalling on the question of the blockade which Israel wants to maintain.

  112. ” You almost sound happy the torturer’s are getting away with it.

    Why doesn’t that surprise me? ”

    Possibly because you’ve formed an image of me in your mind based on certain stereotypes.

    You are quite wrong.

  113. Yesterday we heard that 30,000 people were stranded on Mount Sinjar. Last night, Caroline Wyatt (ex BBC Defence Correspondent and now their Religious Affairs Correspondent YCNMIU) was giving the story full welly.

    Mount Sinjar survivors sheltering in derelict buildings
    6 hours ago
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28780690

    Agent Cameron was sending in the SAS who are probably there already and Obomber was planning a rescue op. Video of aircraft carriers and jets was helpfully provided by the BBC and we heard of British Chinooks being sent in.

    Today these refugees have mysteriously disappeared.

    Iraq mountain rescue unlikely – US
    The US says it is unlikely to launch a mission to save Iraqis trapped by Islamist fighters on Mt Sinjar as there are fewer people there than expected.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28783068

    What the dickens is going on?

  114. Who would have thought it?

    International | Anti-War
    No laughing matter:Comedian Robin Williams’ longstanding contribution to US war propaganda
    by Cem Ertür
    Wednesday Aug 13th, 2014 2:32 AM

    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/08/13/18759959.php

    including many photos. This is the most revolting.

    https://cemertur.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/standing-next-to-a-rq-1b-predator-drone-actor-robin-williams-entertains-us-air-force-crew-during-his-visit-to-a-us-airbase-used-in-the-war-on-afghanistan-19-october-2002.jpg

  115. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    14 Aug, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Something I haven’t seen commented on is the close similarity of the leads chosen by the Guardian and BBC Radio 4’s morning news. Granted, there is only so much news available from the agencies, but it can be quite eerie to see the Guardian’s cheer-up piece – a skateboarding parrot, for instance – echoed on the Today programme.

    Does the BBC newsroom only read the Guardian? Or vice versa? Or is there some subtle direction from above for both?

  116. This lovely writes for the Times of Israel apparently.
    https://twitter.com/MsIntervention

    She was on Channel 4 News last night with Frei. Frei gave Asim Qureshi a hard time but he stood up for himself very well.

    The Medialens editors wrote:

    Matt Frei interview with Asim Qureshi on C4 News last night

    Posted by The Editors on August 14, 2014, 9:59 am
    Has Ed fired off an email about this Frei interview yet?

    ===

    Hi,

    My partner and I really respect medialens and what you do to try and open peoples eyes to the bias and propaganda in the mainstream media.

    I advise you watch the news interview on channel 4 news from tonight which features a discussion on the current crisis in Iraq. The presenter Matt Frei was asking Asim Qureshi the research director at CAGE very Islamaphobic questions and insinuated that he supported what IS were doing. Matt did not direct the same amount of distain and rudeness to his other guest via satellite link – Julie Lenarz, maybe because she writes for the Times of Israel?

    Asim handled the questions very and made valid points asking why this crisis was receiving so much urgency from Western governments yet the poor people in Gaza were left to fend for themselves!

    Regards

    Mark

    ~~~

    It’s the item marked ‘Iraq crisis: what next?’ lasting 8mins19secs (if you can stomach it):

    http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/

    ~~
    On IS and the Yazidi refugees.
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1408006778.html

  117. Ed Murray on Medialens did not fail.

    Asim Qureshi interview…short email to Channel 4 News
    Posted by Ed on August 14, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Mr Frei,
    Great interview with Asim Qureshi last night. Almost as good as the Jon Snow “interview” with Osama Hamdan, the other week!

    Welcome to The House Committee on Un-Channel 4 News Activities!

    Frei/Snow/Newman: “Are you a member of any extreme Muslim organisations or have you ever been a member of any extreme Muslim organisations? Do you support any extreme Muslim organisations?”

    Any Guest Muslim: “Why is that question being asked of me? What relevance does that have for what we are talking about now?”

    Frei/Snow/Newman: “That’s not the question. That’s not the question. The question is: are you a member of any extreme Muslim organisations, or have you ever been a member of any extreme Muslim organisations? Do you support any extreme Muslim organisations? Do you support a Caliphate? Do you support IS?”

    Any Guest Muslim: “There’s something deeply Islamophobic about the way that question is being asked of me specifically.”

    Frei/Snow/Newman: “No there isn’t! You refuse to answer that question, is that correct?

    Any Guest Muslim: “Once again, the only reason you are asking me that question is because I’m a Muslim.”

    Frei/Snow/Newman: “Stand away from the stand …Stand away from the stand …Officer, take this man away from the stand.”

    Ed Murray.

    PS: I note you didn’t deem it appropriate to ask Julie Lenarz, who writes for “The Times Of Israel”, if she condemned the Israelis for shredding 400 Palestinians kids and killing 1500 of their parents and relatives over the last couple of weeks.
    Nice one!

  118. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    15 Aug, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Something I didn’t see in the Guardian:
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.610459

    (Paywall, but the gist is there)
    Shot in the economic foot, there…

    But there do seem to be an awful lot of flights in and out of Tel Aviv these days, mostly from tourist carriers. It’s comparable with Gatwick for volume. BDS has some relevance there, but I suppose most of the punters are either making aliyah or are evangelical ‘Christians’ sussing out the battleground for the end times.

  119. Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Iran.

    All pressure points on Russia/China, and all pressed with varying degrees of success over the last 15 years.

    The US has upped the stakes with Ukraine, though. That’s a different level of existential threat to Russia, so the risks of it turning hot are that bit higher.

    I guess the global hegemon is serious about this one. Fogh of War would love to get NATO involved.

    This business with the aid convoy might be the spark.

  120. Meet the British doctors treating Gaza’s wounded

    Veteran surgeons John Beavis and Sir Terence English should be enjoying their retirements; instead they’re among the dust and rubble of a medical frontline, where the battle against overcrowding, poor sanitation and disease is just beginning

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/13/gaza-british-doctors-treat-wounded-israel-john-beavis-terence-english

    ‘For now, at least, the worst seems to be over. But for the injured, the long haul to recovery is just beginning. “We’re seeing typical war wounds: multiple sites of injury, tissue blasted apart and bones shattered,” says Beavis. There have been countless amputations, open fractures, spinal injuries, facial trauma, head and chest wounds, severe burns and crush injuries.

    Mayasra Abu Madi, 24, lies in a bed at al-Shifa hospital. She was pregnant when her home was hit. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian

    There is also a growing risk of infection and disease, exacerbated by overcrowding, water shortages and poor sanitation. Medical experts have raised fears of a meningitis epidemic. Supplies, already at around two-thirds of routine needs before the current conflict, are at dangerously low levels. Disposables – syringes, needles, dressings, gloves – are running out, and key equipment is beginning to break down through intensive use.

    Medical staff are exhausted. Dr Atef Yout, director of al-Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis, split his staff of 60 doctors into two teams that worked alternating 24-hour shifts. As well as dealing with around 2,000 patients brought directly to al-Nasser, the hospital absorbed patients evacuated under shelling from three other hospitals. Dr Yout’s counterpart at al-Shifa, Dr Nasser Tatar, says many of its staff did not leave the hospital for 30 days. He left on only one occasion during the fighting, when his home was destroyed in an air strike.

    The grounds of al-Shifa hospital complex – which Israel claims stands over a secret Hamas bunker – have become an ad hoc refugee camp, with makeshift shelters housing the relatives of the injured, the homeless and those seeking protection from the bombing. Many of the patients need urgent transfer to better-resourced hospitals outside Gaza – in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and elsewhere in the region, or in Europe. According to Dr Tatar, about 400 patients have already been evacuated from al-Shifa, but another 800 are awaiting permission from Israel or Egypt to cross the borders. “We are grateful for foreign doctors coming to help, but it’s better to get patients out than doctors in,” he says.’

    You note that the very severely injured young woman had been waiting 12 days for ‘permission’. Probably because the data base records that her brother is an adherent of Hamas. Most peoples would show contrition over this massacre/shoah and mass maiming. I could tell you more about the ‘permission’ system as applied to people who are very ill, say with cancer or renal failure.

  121. In case you didn’t hear it on the news: “Jewish Chronicle apologises after running Gaza appeal advert”

    DEC Gaza appeal
    Stephen Pollard
    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/121492/dec-gaza-appeal

    16 August 2014
    Jewish Chronicle apologises after running Gaza appeal advert
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28812983

    On Thursday we heard Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis make multiple assertions on “Today” that British Jews have the same big bleeding hearts:

    “We are filled with pain for the suffering of innocent civilians…. , suffering civilians…. in Israel and Gaza.”
    “I think I speak for all of my community in expressing the pain and anguish that we feel.”
    “We are very much pained by what has been going on.”
    “I mentioned earlier that the loss of life of civilians causes us deep pain.”

    He sounded credible.

    But now we hear The Jewish Chronicle has been swamped with criticism and threats of boycott because it ran the DEC appeal for Gaza! Criticism and threats from whom? Well, the same British Jews, one imagines. The ones who, we are led to believe, represent the whole of British Jewry?

    We never hear from Jews for Justice for Palestinians or Neturei Karta on the BBC (ZBC).

  122. ‘Witch hunt’ against Israel’s war critics.

    ‘After Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy accused air force pilots of perpetrating “the cruelest (and) most despicable deeds” against Gaza’s weakest and most helpless,” his employer hired him bodyguards.

    Readers cancelled their subscriptions, people stopped in the street to insult him and government whip Yariv Levin denounced him as a liar, a “mouthpiece of the enemy” who should be put on trial for treason.

    “I have never faced such aggressive reaction, never,” Levy told AFP in his cramped office at Haaretz in Tel Aviv, away from the coffee shops where he fears being insulted.

    “Nobody cares here about the suffering of Gaza. More than this, if you dare to express empathy you are a traitor,” he said.’

    http://news.yahoo.com/witch-hunt-against-israels-war-critics-134302477.html

  123. Jamie Doward again on the subject of US rendition to Diego Garcia and UK assistance. Westmacott is named as the actor in the attempted cover up.

    UK ambassador ‘lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition’

    Rights groups claim that top-level talks were part of bid to redact link to Diego Garcia from report
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/16/uk-ambassador-senators-hide-diego-garcia-rendition-cia
    16 August 2014

    I was going to link this article of Craig’s but strangely comments are not enabled below the piece.

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