Saturday, September 24, 2016

Brexit- the triumph of democracy

This documentary should be re-titled "Brexit: the triumph of democracy." Instead it's called "Brexit: a very British coup?" The film-makers are raising the question - were people duped by career politicians in to voting Brexit? How elitist. But then the documentary only talks to political leaders. And oddly, no mention of opinion polls on why people voted and the variety of types of voters with their different reasons.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

journalist's harassment notice dropped

Journalist gets prevention of harassment notice issued by police dropped. After two years. The notice was issued after he asked a convicted criminal some questions by sending two emails and doorstepping once. For more click here.

Journalist Gareth Davies. Photograph: Rex

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stop Council spying on families!

Council spy on family for doing normal family stuff. Can't the Council use their money and time to pay for wall insulation instead? For more read here.

Photo: pininterest 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

a new documentary about the Greek democratic tragedy

#ThisIsACoup - a new four part documentary about how the European Union waged war on the democratically elected Greek government. But the question is: why did Greek's governing Syriza Party ignore the people and cave in to the EU's demands?

Tragedy (from the Greek: τραγῳδία, tragōidia[a]

Thursday, January 21, 2016

a documentary on the rise of a nihilistic branch of Islam and over-simplified western ideology

Made last year, the documentary Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis, is a very interesting watch. Click here to view.

Bitter Lake is a very artistically made documentary using archive footage. It's about the rise of Wahhabism, a branch of Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia, who are supported by the West and the USA, funded Wahhabism schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Due to a variety of factors, these schools helped fuel the rise of nihilistic Islamic ideas and groups such as Al Quaeda and IS. 

The USA wanted to team up with Saudi Arabia to defeat Soviet Communists in Afghanistan but they didn't seem to foresee the rise of Wahhabism and its nihilistic offshoots. Instead Western leaders like Tony Blair were busy constructing over-simplified narratives of good vs evil to explain the problems in the Middle East, and missed developing a deeper, more precise understanding of political and religious developments.

Interestingly, at one point, Curtis says that British the West has a vacuum at the heart of it's ideology. It champions democracy without knowing why. The film doesn't link islamic nihilism with western nihilism though, or address the fact that alot of ISIS jihadis were born and bred in the West. Bitter Lake Part 2?

Photo: Tessa Mayes

Monday, December 21, 2015

independent validation mania

Parliamentary ethics organisation defends politicians and, journalism ethics organisation defends journalists in undercover tv sting operation about MPs. So independent validation mania means everybody's right! For more, click here. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

and finally the journalism showtrial ends

Britain's prosecution service announce there will be no more trials of journalists in the phone-hacking case. Only a decade after the first arrests were made in April 2006. See more here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

the Pope tries to ban journalists

Two Italian journalists who wrote books based on leaked Vatican papers are being prosecuted by the Vatican court for the way they obtained the papers. For more read here.

Photograph of journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

keep Europe's borders open

Contrary to Dominic Lawson writing in the Daily Mail, it's not Europe's lack of internal border controls and free movement between countries that enables terrorism. Nobody says that about the lack of borders inside the enormous territory of other countries bigger than Europe eg the USA? 

For more, click here.

Photo: London's Southbank lit up with France's Tricolour flag.

Remember: some of the key players are home grown terrorists.

'Whatever may eventually turn out to be the identities of the Paris killers, until now, the problem of terrorism in Europe has not been created by terrorists smuggling themselves onto refugee boats.
It has, rather, mostly been the work of home-grown jihadis. The Kouachi brothers, for instance, who were responsible for the Charlie Hebdo killings in January, were born and raised in Paris.

So was Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who, that same weekend, attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris and killed four Jews. Three of the four suicide bombers responsible for the 7/7 attack on London tubes and a bus were similarly born in Britain.
Most of the 4,000 or so Europeans who have joined ISIL as fighters have been European-born, and many have been professionals and well-integrated into society.
Pointing the finger at refugees not only sidesteps the problem of home-grown jihad, but it also foments more anti-immigrant hatred, further polarising European societies.' - Kenan Malik, author, UK.

For more read here.