Author: Ian Sinclair

Is Owen Jones right that Jeremy Corbyn has the same policies as Ed Miliband?

Is Owen Jones right that Jeremy Corbyn has the same policies as Ed Miliband?

In his now infamous July 2016 blog ‘Questions all Jeremy Corbyn supporters need to answer’, Guardian columnist Owen Jones argued Corbyn’s policies are pretty much the same as those of Ed Miliband’s Labour Party at the time of the May 2015 general election. “It seems as though Ed Miliband presented his policies as less left-wing than they actually were, and […]

Abandoned Syrian army tank, Christiaan Triebert, wikimedia, some rights reserved.

The West and Syria: the corporate media vs. reality

As always, the government prefers to treat the public like mushrooms – keeping them in the dark and feeding them bullshit. And with our supposedly crusading, disputatious, stroppy and difficult fourth estate unable or unwilling to report basic facts and to connect some very simple dots, what chance does the general public have of ever gaining even a basic understanding of what the West is doing in Syria?

10 facts the government doesn’t want you to know about Syria

10 facts the government doesn’t want you to know about Syria

Following the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November 2015, the British government has got its wish to join the air campaign against Islamic State (IS or ISIS) in Syria, winning the parliamentary vote on 2 December 2015. With many of the government’s dubious assertions often either repeated or not examined by the media, in addition to the government choosing not […]

Jeremy Corbyn leading a July 2014 demonstration against the Israeli war on Gaza. (RonF | Flickr)

Jeremy Corbyn and the peace movement

Corbyn’s election as Labour leader is a huge opportunity for the peace movement. And a huge responsibility too. His leadership likely represents … a short period of time when temporarily discombobulated power relations mean significant victories can be won.

Syria: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Syria: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Contrary to the actual actions of the West in Syria, much of the reporting and analysis of the mainstream press has presented a false narrative of Western inaction and benevolence. This blackout imposed on reality raises huge questions about the quality and purpose of our so-called free and rambunctious media, our democracy and our foreign policy.

How, for example, is the general public supposed to understand our own role in exacerbating the refugee crisis if they are not aware of it?