All inept and incompetent governments throughout history have seemingly been guided in their foreign policy approaches by the famous aphorism: “War is the continuation of politics by other means”. Daniel Margrain outlines the insanity of the current Conservative government tactic of belligerence and confrontation over diplomacy with Russia in response to the poisoning of the Russian-cum-British spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in the city of Salisbury where they lived.
What has been termed the Caroline Principle has been used to establish the concept “anticipatory self-defence“. This sets an extremely dangerous legal precedent. Daniel Margrain explains how it is now being manipulated to circumvent international law.
The mainstream corporate media collectively fail in their duty to report the facts in the Middle East. It’s agenda-driven all the way –
time and time again. Daniel Margrain lays out the facts so you can see a perspective that won’t get reported in the mainstream outlets.
A control freak in the house? Daniel Margrain asks if May’s sense of her apparent entitlement to rule indefinitely has become a feature of her style of leadership, apparently enabling her to cling to power.
Author and journalist, Peter Hitchens, is probably the most enigmatic and controversial public figure currently working in the corporate mainstream media today. Daniel Margrain shows you why…
The UN findings confirmed that Assange’s detention has been unlawful since his very first arrest in the United Kingdom in 2010. But Phillip Hammond thinks the UN detention report ‘frankly ridiculous’. Daniel Margrain unpicks the real drivers of this cat and mouse saga.
The Tories are deliberately under-funding the NHS to erode public confidence in order to manufacture consent for privatisation. The aim is to reconfigure the service from a free at the point of use healthcare system, towards a fee-paying US model. Daniel Margrain provides the insight…
You know there’s something deeply wrong with the state of the global economy when American venture capitalist, Nick Hanauer, reaches consensus with Jeremy Corbyn, that if capitalism doesn’t change fundamentally, it will destroy itself.
When it comes to climate change, corporations and governments are cynically exploiting the space between public perception and scientific fact. We’re being lulled into a false sense of security that climate change is a problem for the future, rather than an urgent one that must be addressed in order for the species to secure its long-term future.
We’re seeing more public sector entities being outsourced, health and social care services privatized and a culture of competition and management speak introduced into public services. Daniel Margrain shows how the political agenda on both sides have shaped the NHS crisis unfolding today.
Havana is a city of dreamers and dreams; of myths and fantasies, where “anything is possible”. But it is also a city that cannot escape a present guided by the dark forces of its past. In essence, Havana is a contradiction that represents the antithesis of the kind of nightmares imposed on it by its superpower adversary 90 miles away.
The principal objective of the UK tax system, in which the poor pay a higher proportion of tax than the rich, is not to improve the collective well-being of society, but to funnel cash – largely through tax cuts – to the corporate elite. This isn’t free-market capitalism in the formal sense, but socialism for the rich – a form of state capitalism – no different in principle to the old statist economies of the former Soviet Union.
Prince Charles has reputation for being an eco-warrior. But his noble rhetoric is not matched by his actions. In reality, the heir to the throne is part of a wider media PR machine whose role as a vocal opponent of war and environmental degradation and the neoliberal economic system that overrides them, is to act as their gatekeeper by providing the public with a humane face.
Bribery and corruption is an inherent and unfortunate part of big business deal-making across the developed and developing world. But the idea that the Western corporate media would present domestic and foreign corruption as the same is unthinkable. Instead, viewers of the BBC are conveniently invited to vent their anger towards black politicians in far away places.
The UK government is funding a top-of-the-line propaganda campaign in Syria to facilitate regime change. Media allies continue to blame Assad for chemical attacks on his own people despite the debunking of several flawed reports and the arrests of five propagandists who were caught filming fake footage in Cairo trying to pass it off as scenes of suffering in Aleppo. While propaganda and the staging of suffering is not unique to Syria, it shows the demand for it within the corridors of imperial power and their proxies who have shared vested interests.
The creation of major asset bubbles exemplified by the rising costs of housing, is a consequence of deliberate Tory government policy geared towards satisfying the asset diversification needs of the super rich rather than meeting the human need for homes for ordinary people to live in. In other words, the key motivating factor shaping government housing policy is not to end the housing crisis, but to bolster the investment opportunities of the rich which will make it worse.
Western liberal democracies may emphasise the separation of church and state, but in practice their attempts to control the population are similar to the pre-Enlightenment days where human nature was seen as unchanging, private property ‘natural’, and the power of Kings a fixed, grand purpose designed and ordained by God. Much like the industrial revolution resulted in a grand transfer of power from feudal landlords to corporate grandees, it is unlikely that the establishment will be able to control the forces which Corbynism has unleashed.
From the unsubstantiated assertions that Putin fixed the US election, the fake claims of Russian hacking, the hysterical and baseless claims of Facebook ads paid for by the Kremlin, Washington’s banning of RT and Sputnik ads and Theresa May’s speech calling Russia a threat to Western civilisation, the attempts to demonise Russia and Vladimir Putin have taken a sinister, McCarthy-ite turn.
From the colonial-imperial wars of the early 19th century through to the 1950s in Syria and the early 1980s in Afghanistan and beyond, the objectives of the Western powers has always been the same – the drive for profits. In which we critique the role both the Right and the Left in Britain have, and are, playing in the propaganda process. Has there ever been an ethical dimension in relation to UK foreign policy in Syria and elsewhere?
The Syrian conflict has never been about democracy, or human rights. It has always been about Assad’s relationship with Iran and Russia. In the first of this two-part series, we examine some of the media myths in relation to Syria, and the extent to which corporate media-state power continues to demonise the country’s president through the use of propaganda.