Another American dream

Another American dream

Doc, in Back to the Future, laughed when he heard that Ronald Reagan (‘an actor’) was President of the United States. How would he react now if he heard that Donald Trump (a game show host), had indeed reached that pinnacle? Donald Trump winning the presidency is a very big and disturbing subject indeed, as […]

The unspun Jeremy Corbyn

The unspun Jeremy Corbyn

Nobody expected a veteran, rebel leftwing MP to be elected to lead the UK Labour Party. It’s going to be hard for him to manage his own members, let alone convince the country the party is electable. by Alex Nunns Hours after being announced as the new leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn […]

Aren’t we having fun?

Aren’t we having fun?

Russia has moved into Syria and America doesn’t like it. What’s not to like? The United States has been controlling the Middle East and restricting the power of other allied nations. Now Russia is seeing a role for itself in the conflict and whether by stealth or compassion is most certainly making itself felt. They […]

Cyclone Donald around for a year

Cyclone Donald around for a year

It’s a good year out from the US 2016 election and good old Fox Network are at it already with their panel discussions on the potential Republican presidential candidates. Talkfest after talkfest is surrounding us with Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump not exactly getting along in the latest instalment. You have to give it to […]

Book Review: How Propaganda Works

Book Review: How Propaganda Works

Our democracy today is fraught with political campaigns, lobbyists, liberal media, and Fox News commentators, all using language to influence the way we think and reason about public issues. Even so, many of us believe that propaganda and manipulation aren’t problems for us—not in the way they were for the totalitarian societies of the mid-twentieth […]

The romance of the blue bloods

The romance of the blue bloods

The victory of David Cameron’s party at the UK elections shows a continuing romance of countries with the middle-class side of politics when you also consider similar governments of such countries as Australian and New Zealand. All British – based political systems going back a long way. The three leaders – Cameron, Abbot and Key – are […]

Bloggers jailed for abusing democratic freedoms

Bloggers jailed for abusing democratic freedoms

Reporters Without Borders condemns the sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months in prison that a people’s court in the southern province of Dong Nai imposed last week on three bloggers ¬– Le Thi Phuong Anh, Do Nam Trung and Pham Minh Vu – under criminal code article 258, which penalises “abusing democratic freedoms.” The […]

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

    Edward Snowden (left) with Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour.  Depending on your point of view, Edward Snowden is either a dangerous traitor or a laudable hero. It’s that split that makes the 31-year-old former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor a compelling – and increasingly popular – cinematic figure. That popularity is demonstrated by the […]

Mo Yan wins Nobel prize for literature

Mo Yan wins Nobel prize for literature

Mo Yan  become the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel prize for literature, a decision that sparked rejoicing but some criticism in his homeland. State media celebrated Mo’s win and the Nobel website rapidly filled with comments from Chinese users expressing pride at his triumph. The Swedish Academy, which decides on the award, said […]

Maybe next time

Maybe next time

If we lived in a parallel universe, then Clint Eastwood would probably be having a deep and meaningful conversation with an empty chair. But we don’t and we all know the true spirit of inspiration, conversation and debate comes from face to face communications.  This editorial suggests that we have a problem with inspiring people […]

Maybe next time

Maybe next time

-Doug Green If we lived in a parallel universe, then Clint Eastwood would probably be having a deep and meaningful conversation with an empty chair. But we don’t and we all know the true spirit of inspiration, conversation and debate comes from face to face communications. Written before the result of the US Elections, this […]

The Dragon’s Shadow

The Chinese government announced that it will increase its stakes in the four largest commercial banks, which are already largely public-owned. The move is designed to ”support the healthy operations and development of key state-owned financial institutions and stabilise the share prices of state-owned commercial banks”. But why was this move considered necessary at all? […]

Is the World Becoming a Better Place?

  It has been ten years since the September 11 terrorist attacks shocked the world. Over these past ten years, the world has been swayed by the ‘war on terrorism’ through events such as the attacks on Afghanistan and the war with Iraq, triggered by 9.11. Obama’s having assumed the presidency has not changed the […]

Osama bin Laden is dead

 His body has been recovered by US authorities, US President Barack Obama has confirmed after a fire fight with US forces. Obama made the dramatic announcement in a hastily called, late-night appearance  at the White House. Obama said  the US had enough evidence last week to launch an operation against a compound where bin Laden […]

The Whistleblower

Assange was the winner of the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award (New Media), awarded for exposing extrajudicial assassinations in Kenya with the investigation The Cry of Blood Ð Extra Judicial Killings and Disappearances. The Whistleblower In these times, it is commendable to know of people who are attempting to bring forward the facts on such […]