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The Meaning of Sanctuary

This  piece of writing can be seen on the wall at Hillside Animal Sanctuary by BSN Editor We feel it is a fine declaration of the BSNews ethos of universal empathy which has, as its foundation, compassion for the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. And it is how we treat the most vulnerable – animals – that is […]

Weaponising workfare

Workfare recognises a reality that the TUC and many on the left haven’t – our current model of production, from a social perspective, is crumbling. Make workfare a weapon for change  by Arron Peters The potential list of objectionable adjectives that have been extended to the medley of policies collectively understood as ‘workfare’ is, much like any credibility once invested […]

‘US, UK Hypocrisy Shows in Bahrain’

Terror’s State continues in Bahrain while Western world is asleep by PressTV An analyst debunks the US and UK governments’ claims of bringing democracy to the Middle East in the wake off their collaboration in the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Bahrain, Press TV reports. Police in Bahrain continue to step up attacks on pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain as questions […]

President Chavez: A 21st Century Renaissance Man

Faced with a violent world of imperial counter-revolution, and resolved to stand with the oppressed of the world, Hugo Chavez enters world history as a complete political leader, with the stature of the most humane and multi-faceted leader of our epoch: the Renaissance figure for the 21st century. Thus concludes James Petras in this analytical reflection of the thirteen years […]

Is Anybody Listening?

U.S. Intel Chief Says Iran Isn’t Building Nukes by Nima Shirazi In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday March 12, 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reaffirmed what the U.S. intelligence community has been saying for years: Iran has no nuclear weapons program, is not building a nuclear weapon and has not even made a decision to […]

The new propaganda is liberal

The new slavery is digital by John Pilger What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state. In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. Using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques, she produced a documentary form that mesmerized Germans; her ‘Triumph of the Will’ cast Hitler’s […]

The War on Media Freedom

Undermining the Independent Alternative Online Media, EU to “Regulate” Internet Search Engines by Nathan Allonby A new report written for the European Commission recommends regulation of internet news, modifying search engines to control access to “conspiracy sites”, the creation of European government news agencies and the training of new “cadres of professional journalists… for… science, technology, finance or medicine”. The […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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’?

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.