UK Terror War Newswire Archive
30-11-2009 22:59Activists in Tunbridge Wells Puckett Barclays in support of SnashEDO day of action
29-11-2009 21:35Cardiff Stop the War Coalition hosts the Wales premiere of the acclaimed new film by award-winning Robert Greenwald (Director of Wal Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed & Iraq For Sale)
23-11-2009 11:20Demonstrate Against the War in Afghanistan
22-11-2009 08:44PHILIPPINE revolutionaries are warning that their country could become another Afghanistan for the USA.
20-11-2009 12:33Jonathan Cook has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Nazareth, Israel, as a freelance reporter for the past eight years. Before that he was a staff journalist at the Guardian and Observer newspapers. His latest books on the conflict are ‘Israel and the Clash of Civilisations’ (Pluto, 2008) and ‘Disappearing Palestine’ (Zed, 2008). His website is www.jkcook.net
In the two-part Guest Media Alert that follows, Cook attempts the truly Herculean task of dissecting and comparing the key arguments in Nick Davies’s book ‘Flat Earth News’ and our own recently published ‘Newspeak in the 21st Century.’ The results are enthralling but demanding - even hardened media analysts will require a plentiful supply of tea and biscuits throughout.
Please do not underestimate the unique nature of the analysis Cook is offering. While Davies’s book was discussed, reviewed, and applauded, far and wide in both print and broadcast media, our own book (published in September) has so far limped to just two, largely dismissive, reviews in mainstream outlets, in the Guardian and Times Higher Education (THE), totalling exactly 1,000 words. Our previous book, Guardians of Power (2006), has never been mentioned, let alone reviewed, in any mainstream national UK newspaper.
The truth is that dissident media analyses are consistently ignored in this way - it is not just us. And so Cook’s comparison of Davies’s mainstream view of the media with an analysis based on Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s “propaganda model of media control” is a vanishingly rare event. As ever, Cook’s experience as a professional journalist adds a fascinating additional dimension to his analysis.
Cook produced this mega-review - nearly 10,000 words of it - completely free of charge. It is an extraordinary act of generosity from a fine and thoughtful journalist. We would like to express our sincere thanks to him. If you would like to thank him or otherwise comment, you can write to him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
19-11-2009 01:01There are plans to build a deadly pathogen lab in Camden. The lab could be a level 3 facility which means that it could contain anthrax and bird flu. This in turn means that the community could face scrutiny under teoor legislationa nd that the community on the Somers Town estate, many of whom are Irish could face intimidation and surveillance under terror legislation in relation to The Troubles.
19-11-2009 00:48There are plans to build a high level virus containment facility in Camden. MI5 have voiced fears over safety around the lab [Evening Standard] and scientists from the NIMR have voiced security fears. Residents have also voiced fears as to the proximity of nuclear waste carriage trains which travel from Stratford to Sellafield and vice versa. The nuclear trains sit at Kings Cross. Imagine an explosion...
17-11-2009 19:25Published Date: 17 November 2009
SIX people were arrested trying to gain access to the final day of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
The intruders were spotted walking through the front door of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre at around 8.30am this morning.
16-11-2009 19:36"This, then, is the future that you can see just as well as I can. When the Obama administration decides to up the ante on drone use in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as it's soon likely to do, it will be ensuring not the end of al-Qaeda or the Taliban, but the long life of robot war within the US's ever-more militarized society. And by the time this set of robotic dreams fails to pan out, it won't matter. Yet another mini-sector of the military-industrial complex will be etched into the American grain.
Whatever the short-term gains from introducing drone warfare in these past years, we are now locked into the 24/7 assassination trade - with the US's own set of non-suicide bombers on the job into eternity. This may pass for sanity in Washington, but it's surely helping to pave the road to hell.
Haven't any of these folks ever seen a sci-fi film? Are none of them Terminator fans? Are they sure they want to open the way to unlimited robot war, keeping in mind that, if this is the latest game in town, it won't remain mainly an American one for long. And just wait until the first Iranian drone takes out the first Balochi guerrilla supported by American funds somewhere in Pakistan. Then let's see just what we think about the right of any nation to summarily execute its enemies - and anyone else in the vicinity - by drone. "
16-11-2009 12:24At around 4 o’clock this morning the police arrested five men under the Terrorism Act 2000. Four of them were detained in Greater Manchester by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, while the other was arrested near Heathrow Airport. According to police there is “no direct threat against Greater Manchester”.
12-11-2009 00:17War Resisters' International learned today that Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who already faces charges of desertion for refusing to return to Afghanistan, has been arrested and charged with five counts of "disobeying a lawful order" public speaking resisting the war and in London on 24 October 2009, and for expressing his opposition to the war in Afghanistan to the media.