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December 18, 2020

Black Lives Matter: corporate takeover of the BLM brand

Sky says: “Black Lives Matter: We see. We hear. We commit.” But does the media giant really see, hear and commit? It does not square with the politics of multi-billionaire founder and former...

Political Cat Fight

Elizabeth Simpson  No sooner had disgraced leftwing firebrand, George Galloway MP, unceremoniously lost his first ever election and been kicked out of the Celebrity Big Brother household in London, UK, he hot footed it to an anti-Iraq war event in ...

Big Bother

By Gary Roberts What do you get if you put a disgraced entertainer, an outrageous transvestite and a maverick politician under the same roof, inviting the public to watch their every move? Nothing nearly as interesting as it sounds. Channel 4 is hoping not ...

Tragedy of Celebrity Soaps

By Liz Simpson Millions of television viewers sit motionless watching other people doing nothing. They might be 'D' list wannabes in the Australian jungle but we're obsessed with other people's lives. Celebrities stalked by paparazzi. Or, spied on round ...

Why the Stop Online Piracy Act 'is dangerous'

Andrew LeonardIt’s been more than 18 years since John Gilmore offered up his famous explanation of why the internet is the most powerful tool for free speech ever invented. That’s long enough for an entire generation of Wikipedia-using, Etsy-shopping, Redd ...

RIOT: The People, the State and the Media

 I have to confess to a wearying sense of ‘deja vu’ about all this, for reasons which will be apparent in the course of this presentation.There has been much debate since the events of 6th August to 13th August 2011 as to whether what the nation had e ...

Call for Norway to revoke Obama Peace Prize

Never in living memory has a Noble Peace Prize recipient gone on to cause more death and misery than Barack Obama​who now puts hits on US citizens, writes Margaret Kimberley.His foreign policy “successes,” as rated by his supporters, all involve assassinat ...

Colour prejudice 'is rife on Twitter'

The quickest way to get on my last good nerve is to cast colourism or colour prejudice within Black communities as simply an interpersonal matter when it is a systemic problem, writes Akiba Solomon. So you can imagine how irritable I’ve been since I discov ...

British tabloid tactics are rampant in American journalism too

Howard Kurtz - Washington, USIt takes some doing to get an entire country up in arms about media misconduct, but News of the World rose to the occasion. By hacking into the phones of terror victims and a missing 13-year-old girl later found murdered, the L ...

US agency accused of sabotaging Haiti earthquake aid

Glen FordIt was the unkindest cut of all. A US Agency for International Development report claims Haiti, the United Nations and the Red Cross all conspired to exaggerate the death and displacement toll from last year’s earthquake.In doing so, it “calls int ...

Bloggers have their roots in booze and printer's ink

Columnist Michael Bywater mourns Fleet Street's golden days - but sees hope in the political bloggers.Unhappy beginnings in life. Some people monetise them by turning out misery-memoirs. Others spin gloom into gold by taking against the world, like the sco ...

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