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Roger Waters Addresses the United Nations

Roger Waters Addresses the United Nations

Roger Waters address at The United Nations 29th November 2012 on behalf of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (PDF file) Table of contents: 1. The text of the speech delivered to “The UN Committee on the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian People.” (UNISPAL) (page 1 to page 9) 2. The original un-edited speech. (page 10 to page […]

Saved? Ynag Guang before he left for Edinburgh Zoo last December

Cubs bred for profit, torn from their mothers

– and sent to die in the wild: The cruel truth of China’s panda factories by Richard Jones and Hazel Knowles It was a scene worthy of a Disney tear-jerker – and had a television audience to match. Leaving his mother behind, Tao Tao, the two-year-old giant panda, walked out of his cage and took his first uncertain steps to […]

British support for the Saudi intervention in Bahrain

British support for the Saudi intervention in Bahrain

An edited extract from Secret Affairs by Mark Curtis Saudi Arabia and the utility of intervention Whitehall’s long-standing special relationship with the theocratic rulers in Riyadh has been enhanced by the new coalition government at a time when evidence continues to emerge on the extent of Saudi funding of terrorism and when the Saudis have taken drastic measures to clamp […]

Tian Tian: why do we keep these wonderful creatures locked up? Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Let’s put the wild back into our wilderness

There would be nothing like a few bears and wolves in the Highlands to keep us on our toes by Kevin McKenna Eight months into the 10-year rendition of Tian Tian and Yang Guang and already we are discovering exquisite new ways of torturing them. Last week, it was Tian Tian’s ninth birthday and so the beast-masters at Edinburgh Zoo […]

What’s Wrong With Channel 4 News? Part One: ‘As Good As It  Gets’?

What’s Wrong With Channel 4 News? Part One: ‘As Good As It Gets’?

Yes, ‘as good as it gets’ is highly ironic because it is precisely the ‘better’ end of the corporate news spectrum that is the biggest problem. It’s easy to spot the Fox News brigade, but when a programme pontificates about, and poses as, ‘objective’, cultivating an image of fierce independence holding the powers that be to account, then practices nothing of the sort but offers only a parody of what they purport to represent, then that adds immeasurably to the suffering in the world.

UK Government Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards

UK Government Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards

30 Years of Secret Official Transcripts Show UK Government Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards To Sell More Vaccines And Harm Your Kids by ChildHealthSafety An extraordinary new paper published by a courageous doctor and investigative medical researcher has dug the dirt on 30 years of secret official transcripts of meetings of UK government vaccine committees and the supposedly independent medical “experts” […]

An Apostle of Pity and Tenderness

An Apostle of Pity and Tenderness

by Alison Banville The word ‘vermin’ is defined in the dictionary thus:  ‘Various small animals or insects that are destructive, annoying, or injurious to health. Animals that prey on game, such as foxes or weasels. A person considered loathsome or highly offensive.’ Perhaps you noticed something behind the stark words of that definition? Something which, if you were looking, would […]

William Beveridge was instrumental in the creation of the welfare state. Photograph: Guardian

Liam Byrne’s call for a new welfare state: panel verdict

In January, 2012, BSN editor, Alison Banville joined a panel discussion in The Guardian about benefit reform: The panel discusses the shadow work and pensions secretary’s return to William Beveridge in his comments on reform Diane Abbott: ‘Benefits are just part of the picture’ My colleague Liam Byrne is absolutely right to say that we need a debate on social […]

John Ray and Mark Austin

John Ray and Mark Austin

Give Those Guys Their Own Show by Alison Banville News at Ten on Tuesday 8th November broadcast a report on Iran’s nuclear ‘threat’. Middle East correspondent John Ray breathlessly rounded up by warning us that ‘time to stop the Iranian bomb is running out!’. Does John supplement his income by doing voiceovers for movie trailers? He could. He’s perfected the […]

Don’t Do It Ria! There’s Still Time To Save Yourself!

Don’t Do It Ria! There’s Still Time To Save Yourself!

Exchanges With a Young ITN Journalist by Alison Banville From: Alison Banville To: “[email protected]” <[email protected]> Cc: “[email protected]” <[email protected]> Sent: Friday, 21 October 2011, 18:35 Subject: occupylsx Hi Natasha and Ria, Can I ask why Ria, during your second report on the closure of St.Paul’s on this evening’s show you said ‘there are major fire safety issues’. You must have been aware […]

Real Democracy and the Future of Work?

Real Democracy and the Future of Work?

In the spirit of a Popular Assembly, the Right to Work Campaign have kindly offered me the opportunity to blog about the Spanish Real Democracy Movement.  As part of this,  I would like to put forward a personal view on the future of work in a really democratic society.  Hopefully this will stimulate some debate! by Mark Barrett, Democracy Campaigner, and co-convenor of the People’s Assembly Network […]

Authentic journalism: weapon of the people

Authentic journalism: weapon of the people

The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling by Al Giordano Newspapers are downsizing and going out of business. Major  broadcast, satellite and cable news organizations are outsourcing and closing international bureaus. The credibility of commercial journalism is at an […]