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Mémoire Du Jour


With acknowledgements to Wally Wilde, QQ (Hemlock), Patsy and other former NTSCMP staffers.


Protest Brewing? Where To Buy Your Sniper Rifles In Hong Kong

Accuracy International's Hong Kong Representative is:

Bowson International Ltd. Hong Kong, Professional Market 1/F., No. 1, Sixth Lane, Sha Kok Mei, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Tel.: 2792 4754. Fax: 2791 7418. E-mail them now on [email protected]

Everyone has seen the usefulness of sniper rifles recently in Bangkok where Government hit men picked off protesters in a turkey shoot approach to law enforcement. But where did they get them? And where can you get the same on behalf of your own threatened despotic Government? Accuracy International is a specialist British firearms manufacturer based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England and best known for producing the Accuracy International Arctic Warfare series of precision sniper rifles. The company was established in 1978 by British Olympic shooting Gold medallist Malcom Cooper (1947-2001), Sarah Cooper, Martin Kay and the designers of the weapons, Dave Walls and Dave Caig. All were international or national target shooters. Accuracy Internationals high-accuracy sniper rifles are in use with many military units and police departments around the world. Accuracy International went into liquidation in 2005, and was bought by a British consortium which has resulted in the original design team now being back in control of the company. The Accuracy International rifle system has gained success due, in part, to the design considerations put into the overall rifle. First, the rifle stock design is designed with ergonomics at the top of the design-list. The comfort in holding the rifle combined with the reduction in recoil has aided in the accuracy of those using the rifle. Second, the barrel is interchangeable with other calibres and this can be done in the field in about fifteen minutes. With a clamping of the barrel in a barrel vice, the removal of the barrel from the action, the new barrel just screws into the action and a torque wrench tightens it in place; this interchangeability allows for a mission-specific deployment of calibres. Finally, the inherent accuracy of the rifle is due to the action being bolted with four screws and permanently bonded with epoxy material to an aluminium frame to which all major rifle components are attached. As it keeps the action from moving away from zero, the accuracy of the rifle is very high. Adding a folding stock handle, this sniper rifle can be used for both HALO insertions as well as walking deployments of sniper forces.Accuracy International unveiled their new AS50 50BMG calibre semi-automatic rifle at the 2005 Las Vegas Shot Show. The UK government announced the award of an £11 million contract to produce rifles for the British Army in March 2008.

Democracy Is NOT Coming To The UK

ABOVE: Wait until the end of the interview to see Rupert Murdoch's Sky News Political Editor almost assault the Labour spin doctor. The Murdoch media, having done a deal with Cameron to dismantle the BBC, were rabidly anti-Labour in the election campaign.

Pardon our absence, or rather the lack of updates. We have been gripped by a real election and real politics in a real society, in the United Kingdom. One of my old Hartlepool and Oxford friends, the former national Treasurer of the Liberals, stood for election again and I was seriously thinking of joining him before I realised he is just a closet Tory. He lost anyway, halving the Liberal vote in Hartlepool. For a month I have been following events via the BBC News 24 channel. Sadly, it was not to be. The Tories have squirmed into power and it is clear that the Liberals are just Tories without the toffee noses and Jaguars. How nice it is to be away from it all. When I next return to UK I will shrug my shoulders as usual when they all start complaining of unemployment, high taxes, rising crime and failing public services. I'm all right, Jack. It's the British philosophy, after all. They voted for it. We now enter forty days of mourning. The Schadenfreude must begin with the first Tory Budget. Labour will return before long.

John Pilger Receives The Sydney Peace Prize

In a speech at the Sydney Opera House to mark his award of Australia's human rights prize, the Sydney Peace Prize, John Pilger describes the "unique features" of a political silence in Australia: how it affects the national life of his homeland and the way Australians see the world and are manipulated by great power "which speaks through an invisible government of propaganda that subdues and limits our political imagination and ensures we are always at war - against our own first people and those seeking refuge, or in someone else's country".

UK Election Comedy

Berk Of The Week

Ash Cloud Therapy From Hovhaness

The opening chords of Alan Hovhaness's Symphony No.50 ('Mount St Helen's') may reduce you to tears and I rarely progress to the shattering sound of the 'eruptive' third movement, one of the loudest things ever composed or recorded. Here is the beginning of that opening movement, in Windows Media, vastly superior to MP3 (2.2 MB) but of course never as good as the CD you are going to buy.

Good News For The Catholic Church

The number of scouts in the UK has increased by 16,500 since the start of 2009, the biggest growth in 38 years, according to figures. Membership has now risen for five years in a row, taking levels to nearly 500,000, the Scout Association said. The surge was largely due to a record level of interest from teenagers, who now number more than 65,000, it said. But it warned the need for more adult volunteers meant waiting lists to join the movement were at an all-time high. More...

Where to Buy Your Guns, Planes And Tanks In Hong Kong

Call EuroMandarin now on 2143 6878 or go round for a cosy chat to the 7th Floor, Harcourt House, 39 Gloucester Road, Wanchai.

Citizens getting you down with clamours for more democracy? Breakaway regions tired of being suppressed and starved of investment? Need to show off military might to discourage neighbouring states? With the UK and much of Europe blocked to air traffic, step forward BAE Systems' regional office in Hong Kong to help you out. Do the shopping, have a massage, order some howitzers and get back on the plane to Rangoon, Jakarta or Bangkok. In 1998 the old British Aerospace, now the other part of BAE Systems, established a joint venture called EuroMandarin with First Mandarin, a Hong Kong trading and project management company. Although it planned to start with civil aerostructures, it was acknowledged that the relationship 'could help support' future military aerospace deals. BAE plays important roles in military aircraft production. The company's Typhoon, Tornado and Harrier fighter-bombers are justly famous for bombing East Timor for example. BAE is a major partner in the F-35 Lightning II programme. Its Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft has been widely exported. In July 2006, the British government declassified the HERTI (High Endurance Rapid Technology Insertion), an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which can navigate autonomously. BAE Systems' interests in commercial aviation are vested in BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. This unit no longer produces aircraft, however it continues to lease and support its products, the BAe 146/Avro RJ family, BAe ATP, Jetstream and BAe 748.BAE Systems Land and Armaments manufactures the M2/M3 Bradley fighting vehicle family, the US Navy Advanced Gun System (AGS), the M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC), the M109 Paladin, the British Army's Challenger II, Warrior Tracked Armoured Vehicle, M777 howitzer and the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle. Happy shopping!

Obama Maintains Afghan Abuse, BBC Reports

Afghan prisoners are being abused in a "secret jail" at Bagram airbase, according to nine witnesses whose stories the BBC has documented. The abuses are all said to have taken place since US President Barack Obama was elected, promising to end torture. The US military has denied the existence of a secret detention site and promised to look into allegations. More...

Meanwhile In Britain

Hong Kong Money Launderers: The Man For You

Andrea Marco Benanati of Bank Julius Baer Hong Kong. Call him now on 2899 4788.

Got a bag of stash you don't know what to do with? Tax authorities getting you down? Swiss private banks are there to help you in your time of need. Principal amongst these is the biggest Swiss private bank which has now set up shop in Hong Kong. And they will go to any lengths to stifle criticism for you, even attempting to shut down web sites which want to spill the beans. Contributors to Wikileaks alleged that their disclosed documents provided evidence of the bank facilitating asset hiding, money laundering and tax evasion. Ten account holders in the United States, Spain, Peru, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong and Switzerland have been identified so far. In early February 2008, lawyers for the bank won an injunction in the USA that forced Dynadot, the domain registrar of Wikileaks.org, to disassociate the site's records from its servers, preventing use of the domain name to reach the site. Unfortunately, the bank's actions roused media and cyber liberties groups to defend Wikileaks' rights under the USA First Amendment and brought renewed scrutiny to the documents the bank hoped to shield. A judge lifted the injunction and the bank dropped the case on March 5, 2008. More... Come on Bank Baer. Bring it on. You can do better than that.

Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq

As usual, John Pilger was reporting on this years before anyone else. An uncomfortable truth is that cuddly Clinton - like most 'liberal' Amercian presidents - was the most warlike US President in recent times. Obama lovers, please note. The slogans and the colour and the PR mean nothing. The only means of judging governments, especially American ones, is how many innocent people they kill. Americanism, the unspoken and undefined taboo ideology of the USA since 1945, knows no party lines in America and it was the main theme of Obama's election pitch, not 'change'. Americanism - destructive, imperialist and bloodthirsty - remains Obama's principal policy still.

Thinking The Unthinkable

Confession and repentance are not among the Christian virtues practised by the pope. He has apologised for the rape of children by Catholic priests in Ireland; but this is one of the few paedophilia scandals now shaking the church in which neither he nor members of his inner circle were involved. He condemned the Irish bishops' "grave errors of judgment" and "failures of leadership", but of his own grave errors and failures – in Munich, Wisconsin and California – he says not a word, except to dismiss the issue as "petty gossip". His response to this scandal reminds you of the origins of the verb to pontificate. Shut out of his closed, self-regulated world, the victims of sacerdotal rape could only rage in frustration. Until now. Over the weekend, the authors Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens announced that they've asked lawyers to prepare a case against the pope. Recently, in the Guardian, Geoffrey Robertson, the barrister they are consulting, explained that senior churchmen who protected paedophile priests, swore their victims to secrecy and allowed the perpetrators to continue working with children, committed the offence of aiding and abetting sex with minors. Practised on a large scale, this becomes a crime against humanity recognised by the international criminal court. This is the general Vatican policy over which the then Cardinal Ratzinger is accused of presiding. When Benedict comes to the UK in September he could, if Dawkins and Hitchens get their warrant, be arrested. At last we are waking up to what international law means. For the first time in modern history the underlying assumption of political life – that those who exercise power over us will not be judged by the same legal and moral norms as common citizens – is beginning to crack. More...

Sun Hung Kai Buys Rights To Fritzl Flat Design

Leading Hong Kong flat builder Sun Hung Kai has bought the rights to the infamous Josef Fritzl dungeon which incarcerated his daughter and children for years. 'This design has everything', a spokesman for SHK told NTSCMP. ' It is innovative, modern, tailored to the Hong Kong consumer and really uses precious space. We intend to build 1500 of them on a deserted landfill somewhere soon. By our calculations, the total floor area is 25,000 square feet per unit, which puts our proposed 'Fritzl Vista' condominium in the super-luxury niche.' Lee Shau Kee is ugly but very, very rich.

Junk Politics And Brand Obama

Only In Hong Kong

This week: Kwai Chung

German With Joseph

This week: Vergangenheitsbewältigung ('Fer-gang-en-heights-be-velt-ee-gung')

English: 'Dealing with the past'.

A lovely vord, my little liver dumplings! Zought you ought to know about ze long words in German as zoon as possible. Zer are so many of zem! Some people have a lot to deal with ven it comes to ze past. Ve have ze nasty brown shirt past and ve have zat messing mit der choirboys past. I didn't know anyzing about zat! I vas only taking orders. In fact, I took holy orders. Geddit? Just my little joke.

Oh, how did zat get in here? Anyvay, zat's all for this veek, my little potato pancakes. See you next Sunday!

We Too Were Hacked - By A Turk?

The Chinese Communist Party's Cyber 'Red Visitors'

Just as it occasionally uses triad thugs in Hong Kong as deniable 'hooligan elements' to do its dirty work, the Chinese Communist Party manipulates 'patriotic youth' on the Mainland to hack into hundreds of Western web sites. Al-Jazeera reports.

Collateral Murder: The New All-American Video Game

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

The Cathay Attendant's Prayer

Oh send us compliant punters

Who don't complain about the seats,

Businessmen with large wallets

Nursing mothers with plenty of teats.

We used to be so glamorous

The red suit was all it took,

But now we're ageing harridans

And no one gives a f***.

A.J. Moist-Towelette, 50,000 Feet

Welcome To Apple World

It's a world where you can consume but you can't create, where you can have but you can't own, where everything whizzes but never stings. It's bright and plastic but built to last because machines are more important than the people who use them.

You wouldn't want to listen to classical music on an iPad as it sounds crap. You wouldn't want to write a novel on an iPad as it is as inspiring as a TV set. You can't really create a web site on an iPad either as that isn't what people are for.

People are made to exploit, control and emasculate. The Web looked like a good idea but within a few years it ought to be just like all the other media: managed, controlled and safe for corporate culture.

iPad anyone? It's so... shiny!

Says It All

Phoney Doctors

This week: Allan Semen

The British Empire Today

First Kill The Pets Then Remove The People

If That Doesn't Work, Make It Into A 'Nature Reserve' And Stop People From Fishing There Because Fishing Is Their Livelihood

George Galloway often tells the joke about The Empire On Which The Sun Never Sets, the British Empire, which we think has been dismantled but which in reality is, like the American and French empires, still doing well and taking on new guises and forging new partnerships. Galloway says that the sun never set on the British Empire because God would never trust the British in the dark.

Today, 2nd April 2010, even the BBC, the summit of British state propaganda, highlights the British move to make the Chagos Islands into a 'marine reserve'.

The former residents of the islands, who were evicted from the British overseas territory between 1967 and 1971 to make way for the US Air Force base on the largest island, Diego Garcia, have fought a long-running battle in the UK courts for the right to return.

Of the islands, only Diego Garcia, which has played a key role in the US-led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, is currently inhabited.

After years of litigation, the courts in the UK ordered the British Government to return the Chagos Islands to the islanders. They had been deported to the slums of Mauritius because the British got an eleven million pound discount on missiles from the Americans for selling Diego Garcia to them so that it could be made into a base for decades for bombing runs into Iraq (long before there was any official 'war').

This is of course buried low down in the article. The truth is that the British first killed the pets of the islanders, then rounded them up and bundled them off across the ocean. If the Argentinians had done the same to the Falkland islanders, bombs would have been dropped on Buenos Aires. But the Chagos islanders are black. They just don't count, as we all know. And the British Empire sails on and the longest runways in the world get their deliveries of bunker-busting bombs because Obama is for peace and justice and a new age is upon us. Yes we can, they say in Whitehall.

And Whilst We're On The Subject...Cringe Video Of The Month

Former NTSCMP Columnist Patsy Says ' I Am Gay'

We are all shocked and writing to the Daily Mail about it. For Patsy's former columns, which give none of his sexuality away, please go to the archives.

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March 2010

"We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat." General Stanley McCrystal, March, 2010.

Obama Body Count



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Al-Jazeera
http://english.aljazeera.net/HomePage
English-language site for the Qatar-based news service.

AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org
AlterNet.org is a project of the Independent Media Institute, a nonprofit rganization dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism. AlterNet's online magazine provides a mix of news, opinion and investigative journalism on subjects ranging from the environment, the drug war, technology and cultural trends to policy debate, sexual politics and health issues. 
 
ACIJ
http://www.reportage.uts.edu.au
The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) is fully committed to the principle that democratic societies require independent, critical and investigative journalism of the highest standard.

The Activist
http://www.theactivist.co.uk
Encouraging active participation in political and economic issues: globalisation, Western economic imperialism, oppression, injustice.

Appeals Worldwide
http://www.appealsww.com
Appeals Worldwide specializes in producing appeals letters based on Amnesty International cases, for you to send to the authorities in the countries concerned. No two letters that we produce are identically worded, and you can further adapt them to your own requirements. Never before has it been so easy to act on behalf of human rights victims.

Antony Loewenstein
http://antonyloewenstein.com
Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney-based freelance journalist, author and blogger. His book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question, is released by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006.

Arab Media Watch
http://www.arabmediawatch.com
AMW was set up to tackle a proliferation of traditional bias, ignorance and misunderstanding in the British media regarding Arab issues. The need to restore a measure of balance to its coverage is as urgent as ever in view of the power of the media to shape and influence public opinion.

 

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Black Rhinoceros
http://www.blackrhinoceros.org
The largest directory on the Net of environmental actions in the areas of Biodiversity, Conservation, Energy, Environmental Justice, Habitat and Pollution.

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Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (UK)
http://www.cpbf.org.uk
The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom is an independent voice for media reform working to promote policies for a diverse, democratic and accountable media. They campaign for a media which is more accountable to the people it is meant to serve; the breakup of media concentration to promote greater media diversity; rights of citizens to redress for unfair coverage; and rights of journalists to report freely. Membership is made up of individuals who care about the media and democracy, and affiliated organisations. These include national trade unions, local trade union and Labour Party branches as well as media, cultural and educational organisations.

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (Canada)
http://presscampaign.org
The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom represents a common front of readers and viewers, those working in the media industries, and labour and community groups concerned about the increasing concentration of media ownership in Canada.

Chomsky Info
http://www.chomsky.info
The official archive of articles, speeches and interviews by Noam Chomsky.

ColdType.net
http://www.coldtype.net
ColdType.net publishes e-books, essays, photojournalism and its own 64-page monthly e-magazine, dedicated to 'Writing Worth Reading From Around The World'. Its many contributors include John Pilger, Chris Hedges, Robert Fisk, Norman Solomon, Ray McGovern, Tom Engelhardt, George Monbiot, Frida Berrigan and many others. The site contains hundreds of high-quality pdf downloads and everything is free.

Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org
US-based site for progressive news and analysis.

Corporate Europe Observatory
http://www.corporateeurope.org
CEO is a Amsterdam and Madrid-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.

CounterPunch
http://www.counterpunch.org
Muckraking US leftist newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair.

Crisis Forum
http://www.crisis-forum.org.uk/index.html
Crisis Forum believe that humankind is in serious trouble due to an economic and political system which is destroying our ability to sustain our existence on this planet. Aims are: to bring together committed people from diverse college-based, academic disciplines, as well as independent researchers, to analyse the nature of the crisis in a genuinely holistic way; to put that knowledge to positive use so that ordinary people can apply global knowledge to local contexts; to develop this initiative as an independent research-based 'centre' through projects, publications and study programmes.

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Dahr Jamail's Iraq dispatches
http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com
News From Inside Iraq. Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, and the Guardian to name just a few. Dahr's dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On the radio, Dahr is a special correspondent for Flashpoints and reports for the BBC, Democracy Now!, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country.

Democracy Now!
http://www.democracynow.org
A daily news and TV programme on over 350 stations pioneering the largest community media cooperation in the US. Hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

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FAIR
http://www.fair.org
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, based in the US, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986.

FAS
http://www.fas.org/asmp/index.html
Arms sale monitoring project.

Robert Fisk
http://www.robert-fisk.com
Website dedicated to articles by Robert Fisk - Middle East correspondent for the Independent newspaper in the UK.

Foreign Policy in Focus
http://www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org
US journal with many in-depth articles and much analysis of American foreign policy. Working to make the U.S. a more responsible global leader and partner.

 

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Glasgow Media Group
http://www.gla.ac.uk/Acad/Sociology/units/media.htm
The Group consists mostly of people who have worked in the unit at Glasgow University, plus broadcasters and others who have published with them. The purpose of its work is to promote the development of new methodologies and substantive research in the area of media and communications.

Global Echo
http://www.globalecho.org
UK-based progressive site with news and current affairs from around the world.

Global Issues
http://www.globalissues.org
Progressive analysis of "global issues that affect everyone."

Global Research
http://globalresearch.ca
The Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) is an independent research and media group of writers, scholars and activists. It is a registered non profit organisation in Quebec, Canada. Their website publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focusing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.

Globalvision News Network
http://www.gvnews.net/html/index.shtml
"News and information from the inside out."

Green Books
http://www.greenbooks.co.uk
Publishers of books about the environment, ecology, gardening, organics, conservation and green issues. Publishers of 'The Compassionate Revolution' and 'Free To Be Human' by David Edwards.

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Hacktivismo
http://hacktivismo.com
Hacktivismo is a group of international hackers, human rights workers, artists and others who seek to further the goals of human rights through technology.

Hands Off Venezuela!
www.handsoffvenezuela.org
The Hands Off Venezuela Campaign was established in December 2002 to counter lies and misinformation about the country in the local and international media and to campaign against imperialist intervention by the United States.

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Indymedia UK
http://uk.indymedia.org
Indymedia UK is a network of individuals, independent and alternative media activists and organisations, offering grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial coverage of important social and political issues.

Information Clearing House
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info
"News you won't find on CNN or Fox (or the BBC)."

International Human Rights Seminar
https://www.oxfordunivhumanrightsseminar.org.uk
IHRS is based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford and organised by students and foward-thinking academics and headed by Dr William Pepper, an International Human Rights Lawyer.

Islam Online (in English)
http://www.islam-online.net/english/index.shtml
All the information you need about Islam and its civilizations, the universe and its changes, current affairs and their analyses, and general information and services.

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Justice Not Vengeance
http://www.j-n-v.org
Justice Not Vengeance (JNV) is an anti-war group which has developed out of ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War). JNV opposes the US-UK 'war on terrorism', and campaigns for a peaceful resolution of international conflicts, based on justice and equality." Includes excellent media reviews and other articles by Milan Rai.

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Media Alliance
http://www.media-alliance.org
Media Alliance is a 25-year-old nonprofit training and resource center for media workers, community organizations, and political activists. Our mission is excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in all aspects of the media in the interests of peace, justice, and social responsibility.

MediaChannel
http://www.mediachannel.org
MediaChannel is a media issues supersite, featuring criticism, breaking news, and investigative reporting from hundreds of organizations worldwide. As the media watch the world, we watch the media." Includes link to 'News Dissector' blog by Danny Schechter.

MediaLens
http://www.medialens.org
MediaLens is a response based on the conviction that mainstream newspapers and broadcasters provide a profoundly distorted picture of our world. MediaLens are convinced that the increasingly centralised, corporate nature of the media means that it acts as a de facto propaganda system for corporate and other establishment interests. The costs incurred as a result of this propaganda, in terms of human suffering and environmental degradation, are incalculable. MediaLens hope that this website will help to turn bystanders into compassionate actors.

Media Studies
http://www.mediastudies.com
The purpose of MediaStudies.com is to help advance research and education in media studies and critical thinking. The site serves as a hub - providing links to educational guidelines, global news outlets and other resources for media educators, students, researchers, and the wider community.

The Middle East Research and Information Project
http://www.merip.org
In the words of French journalist Eric Rouleau, "No person, specializing or not in Middle Eastern affairs, can afford ignoring Middle East Report." Professor Rashid Khalidi, a leading American scholar, says "Middle East Report is the best periodical (in English) on the Middle East -- bar none."

Morning Star
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk
The only socialist daily newspaper in the English language worldwide.

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News Alternative
http://www.asia-stat.com
Access to a diverse range of news media from around the world.

The New Standard
http://newstandardnews.net
The New Standard is a unique, independent hard news website. Dedicated to current events reporting and investigative journalism, TNS provides up-to-date news from a journalistic perspective that emphasizes the public interest. TNS is a reader-funded publication -- that is what makes it truly independent. Because it receives no funding from government, corporate or foundation sources, TNS remains free from outside pressures and accountable to its readership.
 
Non-Violence Help
http://nonviolencehelp.tripod.com/index.html
This site draws together some of the available on-line resources on the history, theory and practice of nonviolence. It is both an introduction to nonviolent social change and a resource for trainers and activists.

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Open Democracy
http://www.opendemocracy.net
An independent, not-for-profit magazine dedicated to free dialogue across the globe about the major issues in the world today.

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People and Planet
http://www.peopleandplanet.org
UK student action on world poverty, human rights and the environment.

Private Planet
http://www.private-planet.com
Excerpts from David Cromwell's book Private Planet: Corporate Plunder and the Fight Back (Jon Carpenter, Charlbury, 2001).

PR Watch
http://www.prwatch.org
Investigative reporting on the Public Relations industry

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Relief Web
http://www.reliefweb.int
ReliefWeb is the world's leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, it provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of 'forgotten emergencies' at the same time.ReliefWeb was launched in October 1996 and is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Jeff Rense
http://www.rense.com
Web site of the Jeff Rense Program - the US radio show

Resist
http://www.resist.com.au
Resist is a not for profit entity whose aim is to help facilitate some form of non-violent resistance to the growing neo-conservative empire.

Andy Rowell
http://www.andyrowell.com
Articles by campaigning journalist Andy Rowell, author of Green Backlash, who has had many stories published in newspapers and magazine across the world.

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Schnews
http://www.schnews.org.uk
The weekly newsletter from Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective

Scientists for Global Responsibility
http://www.sgr.org.uk
SGR promotes the ethical practice and use of science and technology. We develop and support initiatives which make science more open, accountable and democratic. Our work involves research, education, lobbying and providing a support network for ethically-concerned scientists. Links to Science and Ethics related web sites and organizations.

Spinwatch
http://www.spinwatch.org
SpinWatch exists to provide public interest research and reporting on corporate and government public relations and propaganda. Spin techniques are much more extensive than is generally realised, encompassing media management, lobbying, corporate social responsibility, investor relations and corporate dirty tricks and spying. We aim to foster greater public and political awareness of spin and to campaign against the manipulations of the PR industry in the public interest.

SQUALL
http://www.squall.co.uk
SQUALL Magazine Online is a forum for radical quality journalism and photography. It presents accessible and factually reliable investigations into issues which the mainstream media dare not touch.

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Take Back The Media
http://www.takebackthemedia.com
"The US media has abandoned their responsibility to the country. The view that gets advanced is no longer the view of the 'little guy' - it's the view of ownership, of top management, of major corporations. Editorial decisions are made with one eye on the political slant that will best benefit the company, and one eye on the bottom line. The corporate view is tainted, in that it looks for the best way to advance the corporation's financial interests. The result is this - instead of behaving as the Watchdog of Democracy, the media has become the Lapdog of government."

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Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org
Citizens and scientists for environmental solutions.

UN Observer
http://www.unobserver.com
An independent journal of international affairs.

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The Voice
http://www.voice-online.net/content.php
"Britain's best black paper" - coverage of a wide range of stories from a black perspective.

Voices in the Wilderness (UK)
http://www.voicesuk.org
Voices in the Wilderness has been campaigning - both here and in the US - against US/UK policy towards Iraq since the mid-nineties. First, against the economic sanctions and US/UK military strikes on Iraq and, more recently, against the invasion of Iraq.

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War In Context
http://warincontext.org
Alternative perspectives on the 'War on Terrorism' and the Middle East conflict.

The White House
http://www.whitehouse.org
"One of the best satirical web sites on the planet."

World Socialist Web Site
http://www.wsws.org
The World Socialist Web Site is the Internet center of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). It provides analysis of major world events, comments on political, cultural, historical and philosophical issues, and valuable documents and studies from the heritage of the socialist movement.

Brian S. Wilson
http://www.brianwillson.com
Writings by peace activist Brian S. Willson, a former United States Air Force officer who served in Vietnam.

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ZMAG
http://www.zmag.org
Z Magazine's web site: an independent political magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the United States and around the globe.

   

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