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  • Why Wikileaks and Julian Assange have changed journalism forever by Phillip Knightley
    the way that international diplomacy functions then the sooner all is revealed the better Unless the US Government succeeds in shutting down Wikileaks and I do not think liberal America would stand for this then Assange and his organization has a lot more suprises in store for us Tagged as Assange Hillary Clinton Jay Near Wikileaks 6 comments read them below or add one bengtisa December 18 2010 at 4 50 am Without doubt Wikileaks clearly demonstrates a generic bias against the US Governemnt The US Governemnt along with its allies are saints Most but not all of the released revelations are known public knowledge anyway However the means for citizens to acquire open government is called democracy Wilson would not have approved Wikileaks actions because Wilson was referring to an open democratic process applied in diplomacy not some complicity in the stealing of confidential documents A bit like P2P sites sharing copyrighted material The downloader is just as responsible as the uploader so stuff the copyright owner Nor some headline venture that helps journalists and editors sell newspapers Might our 15 minutes of fame hero Assange should balance his activities and steal Chinese or Indian and other unsavoury regimes cables for breakfast viewing I think not But then very serious and widespread Government sanctioned human rights abuses are public knowledge in such places The headline just might make page 3 Wikileaks won t change matters for reporters because it s disclosures are history not breaking news Whistlebowing yes but not from hiding behind anonymous digital firewalls Watergate brought down Nixon but secretive Wikileaks probably won t do the same for the current President Kenneth N Baker December 18 2010 at 8 43 pm Why has Mr Assange not published anything about China Russia He and supporters focus only on the USA which leads me to question the intention of the Wikileaks and the people in Great Britian and Australia who support his efforts As for China and Russia they do terminate people which is why the brave Mr Assange focuses his efforts on easier targets USA jake January 7 2011 at 11 57 pm you seem confused as to what leaks means assange didn t release chinese documents because chinese documents were not leaked to him he is not a hacker even if that meant what you think it does he didn t steal the information it was given to him and he published it after first offering the US government the opportunity to redact sensitive information and the cables do not come solely from american diplomats but have gone through US diplomatic channels which was what allowed the american whistleblower maybe manning maybe one of the 2 999 999 other people who had access stamping secret on something does not a security system make to access them grow up and stop crying about things you don t understand goddamn hyper developed amygdala d conservatives how your forebearers would spin in their graves at your annexation of that term

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  • journalism
    love stories of all time and it concerns Queen Victoria Empress of India and a humble Muslim man from Agra 0 comments Peace Correspondents January 17 2010 7 comments in Articles journalism Some years ago I attended a conference outside London run by a Buddhist organization who wanted to know why the Western media had dozens of war correspondents on their staffs but not a single peace correspondent It was a simple fair and important question and although we argued about it for hours no satisfactory answer 7 comments Adventures in Journalism Tall Tales and True Scoops November 26 2008 2 comments in General journalism Phillip was the guest lecturer last night at City University s Graduate School of Journalism in a talk titled Adventures in Journalism Tall Tales and True Scoops The lecture was written up by Journalism co uk a short excerpt of which is below click here for the full story Journalists working in a digital age should not underestimate the importance of off the street whistleblowing investigative journalist and author Phillip Knightley has said 2 comments Phillip Knightley on Harold Evans July 10 2006 0 comments in Articles journalism I joined The Sunday Times in 1965 and Harry Evans arrived shortly after The paper was changing from an old fashioned Tory orientated newspaper into a dynamic exposure paper and he was a breath of fresh air The Insight team got going and you were seconded there when things got interesting The idea was to tell people what was really going on Evans s role in that was absolute confidence in everybody working for him He encouraged people to stretch themselves and never stinted on cost 0 comments The Great War for Civilisation the conquest of the Middle East by Robert Fisk October 14 2005 0 comments

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  • A cheap way to deliver quick results as newspapers slug it out in hard times
    and his own plausible manner His success rate is remarkably high He claims to have helped convict 231 criminals using his undercover approach But in July 2006 his methods came under scrutiny when three men were cleared at the Old Bailey of plotting to buy radioactive material for a terrorist dirty bomb Similarly an exclusive about an alleged plot to kidnap Victoria Beckham collapsed after police found that Mahmood s main informant had been paid 10 000 and could not be considered a reliable witness Roy Greenslade professor of journalism at City University London tried to publish a photograph of Mahmood but the News of the World obtained a temporary injunction claiming it was necessary to protect his privacy Wikipedia put the photograph on its website in 2008 Apparently it escaped the Duchess s notice Phillip Knightley was a member of The Sunday Times Insight investigative team in the 1970s and 1980s Tagged as Duchess of York Mazher Mahmood News of the World 9 comments read them below or add one Avtojelektrika June 15 2010 at 10 12 am Please provide more detail on specific cuts and increases Michael Rose July 16 2010 at 4 26 pm We corresponded some years ago about the Markov affair and I m increasingly convinced there something else afoot For instance did any cabbie come forward to say where he took the assassin You remember I was the doctor at St James Balham who evidently first detected the pellet on the X ray but I cannot have been because The Australian had the story in print before I had told The Express reporter I met for lunch at Simpsons etc I ve another version I d welcome and opportunity to discuss with you Michael Rose August 16 2010 at 9 31 am It may go something like this The ricin arrives from Porton Down at a POBox No on The Adelphi Receiving the message it looks like rain the Battenburg boys go to work one drives the taxi and the other joins the queue for the Balham Omnibus How am I doing so far Bruce Michael Rose August 21 2010 at 10 08 am Someone better come up with an answer Information is hard to interpret and this is precisely the pre condition for random acts of violence Michael Rose August 25 2010 at 9 21 am How about something local Brits never cared much what happened to them Orstalians bunch of beer swilling morons without an ounce of culture dear me How very kind of all those Anzacs or Prozacs Goodness knows why they called themselves Anzacs and those dreadful slouch hats Oh my Where was I Ah yes some thing local I d say QUT might be good for some for a shock therapy STURM UND DRUNK Perhaps the Duchess of Edinburgh might find occasion to help out Must be off to The Currumbin RSC Damed good feed Play a little Shostakovitch pour amuser les Harleys Yours Mike Michael Rose August 27

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  • Reporting from the war zone
    watched on television in the living rooms of American homes and that the onslaught of horrific images turned the American people against their own military The media lost the war is a slogan still repeated by many and taught as a cautionary tale in military and public relations training programmes Griffin says that facts show otherwise Firstly the portrayal in the media of the American soldier remained sympathetic right to the end of the war Next an analysis of US television coverage of the war in Vietnam showed network news programmes neither depicted the horror of war nor did their reports play a leading role in the collapse of American support for the war at home But what about the My Lai massacre According to a recent study of American reactions to news of the massacre the revelations had little effect on overall American public opinion concerning the war as did other evidence of Vietnamese civilian suffering visual or otherwise Many Americans simply refused to believe the news of the massacre Photographic evidence of the truth of the war evidence that could have shifted the American consensus concerning US involvement was never allowed to accumulate because there was little desire on the part of the public or the media to confront such realities says Griffin Yet since Vietnam successive Western governments have devised strategies to avoid a repeat of the kind of media success they felt was detrimental in Vietnam They have adopted a plan for managing the media in wartime that has been amazingly successful in the Falklands war in the invasion of Panama the invasion of Grenada and in both Gulf wars and Afghanistan Basically this is to deny the media access to the war unless it accepts the military s conditions and to ensure that journalists and photographers identify with the cause by embedding them with a military unit Even the most independent minded war correspondents have found it difficult not to identify psychologically with the soldiers on whom they rely for their safety lodging food supplies and information This success in controlling the media represents the ultimate victory of the military over a free press Tagged as Afghanistan Michael Griffin Vietnam war 3 comments read them below or add one IAN PAYNE October 15 2010 at 8 34 am Lessons none Casualties many Just look back at the wars in that region during Victorian period where Britain didn t fair at all well IAN PAYNE October 15 2010 at 8 38 am Always remember seeing a bust of him in middle of Jordanian desert when on a tour of Wadi Rum and the mountains which inspired the title of his book SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM This was an awe inspiring moment for my wife and I and the rest of the contingent on the jeep Jordanians hail Lawrence a hero of all time I don t think Lawrence was a willing Spy too anti establishment in many respects I may be wrong though Maarten Brand August

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  • The trite age of Twitterati
    fantasy world that the spin doctors and political commentators painted for us The thought inevitably came to us that perhaps there had always been this gap The media tried to blame the leader of the Liberals Nick Clegg for their sidelining There had been a swing to him because he was TV friendly and had handled the demands of the medium brilliantly But behind the panic was the realisation that Clegg s platform includes the introduction of a fairer voting system and a more transparent party funding system If Clegg should win or hold a balance of power the media would suffer As George Monbiot one of the few progressive columnists covering the election put it The press barons would no longer be able to push an unrepresentative party into office or easily manipulate it once it s there The liberal press claims to provide an antidote to these powers but it still allows them to frame the question It is obsessed by Westminster politics and the narrow range of interests that divide the main parties while neglecting both the external forces that limit political choice and the grassroots movements that seek to confront them Simultaneously we have the arrival of twitter on the political scene Some of Clegg s most fervent supporters can be found on Twitter and the other parties will ignore them at their peril The more the conventional political press has turned on Clegg the greater has been his support on Twitter Tweeters used the social networking site to lampoon the Conservative press particularly the Daily Mail Daily Telegraph and Sun which had been running scare stories trying to blame Clegg for all Britain s ills The big thing about all this is that the tweeters are young Many have not voted before Many did not

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  • When they’re dying for a cause
    hours interviewing them The results are astounding Suicide bombers are not crazy a conclusion reached not only by Merari but by other psychologists as well If anything they have better mental health than the rest of the population Religion is not their main motive and they are not more religious than anyone else Many of them are secular Some are even atheists They are not deprived underdogs of society Many come from wealthy and privileged backgrounds They list professions like architects doctors and engineers in their CVs They are not suicidal by nature Nor are they nihilists If anything they are more idealistic than average and more prone to feelings of guilt To my mind not enough thought has been given to the suicide bombers sense of injustice and their feeling that they are fighting against an enemy so powerful that they can only make a mark by sacrificing their lives Merari says that only a few listed personal vengeance as motivation but I have read that interrogations by Pakistan authorities of terrorists revealed that humiliation at the hands of their Western enemies and the ongoing Arab Israeli confrontation was behind their decision to resort to terrorism So what does turn a person into a suicide bomber Shankar Vedantam says that one cannot believe what the bombers say are their motives They may cite religion and may carry out their mission in the name of religion in part to explain their behaviour to themselves So in the end we are left with theories and he and Merari theorise that suicide bombers are influenced by what they call the psychology of small groups the band of brothers syndrome known to all military historians Military commanders have known for generations that people don t give their lives for King God and country That may be what they say In reality ordinary men and women give their lives for the sake of the small group of buddies in the trench next to them The power that small groups wield over individuals explains why in every historical instance that has produced suicide bombers the supply of men and women willing to volunteer to kill themselves has exceeded the demand Suicide bombers belong to a very exclusive club and the exclusivity is one of its central appeals One thing is certain The suicide bomber is not going to go away until the conditions that brought about their rise go away Many told Merari that if they were released from prison they would volunteer for another mission and they thought the Israeli was crazy for not seeing how obvious and rational was their course of action Published in The Khaleej Times 1 comment read it below or add one IAN PAYNE October 15 2010 at 8 42 am Ask somebody in Japan who lost a family member during their spate of suicide missions during latter end of WW2 I am sure the answers would be very similar and interesting Leave a Comment Name E mail Website

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  • Of masters, slaves and scandals
    learn Urdu and that Abdul would be her teacher her munshi They met daily and he became devoted to her and she to him She lavished gifts and decorations and property on him some quite substantial She gave him 400 acres of land in the Agra region much to the dismay of the Viceroy who felt that bypassing the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for India in this manner was not justified The Queen ignored him She began to bombard various Viceroys with letters suggesting how India should be run Whatever the Queen and Abdul discussed today would be in a letter to the Viceroy tomorrow All this seriously worried the Palace Curry was on the menu at whichever palace the Queen was staying at to the horror of the Royal chefs Palace rooms were stuffed with Indian valuables and artifacts Royal courtiers were ignored in favour of Abdul They tried a protest strike and sent one of their numbers to the Queen to announce that if she took Abdul on her Diamond Jubilee tour of Europe they would not be going Victoria was so angry she swept the contents of a table in front of her crashing to the ground The courtier fled the strike collapsed and Abdul accompanied the Queen on her European tour How intimate was the relationship There are clues little personal notes in the Urdu homework Abdul set the Queen emphasis on love poems in Urdu But for me the clinching piece of evidence is a letter from Victoria to Abdul that has survived Abdul s wife came from India to join him Victoria was disturbed to find that the wife was childless and wrote to Abdul a letter setting out in intimate detail how he should go about getting her pregnant After Abdul

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  • ‘War on Terror’, Excuse Me…
    troops into the war forgetting that General Westmoreland had a million soldiers in Vietnam but said he needed a million more in order to win At home there has been a shift in the public mood Insiders are said to be telling President Obama he should follow the advice given to President Johnson in the middle of the Vietnam quagmire Declare victory and leave And abroad the United States slides steadily downwards in the Anholt GMI Nations Brand Index the equivalent of a world popularity contest Some knowledgeable Americans recognise the danger Robert Baer a former top CIA officer says Every time you kill a Muslim whether it is an Israeli killing them or an American or a Brit there is humiliation anger reaction and bombs go off somewhere The unpalatable fact is that Britain and America are fighting an unwinnable war against an unidentifiable enemy How can they fight terrorism when they cannot even agree what terrorism is That seems unlikely but either way what journalists should certainly be doing is reporting the views of terrorists so as to try to understand their motives Would it not be more productive to try to understand what the terrorists want and what they would be prepared to accept to end their operations Instead acres of newsprint and hours of TV time have been devoted to condemning them as evil a word which absolves us from thinking about the problem if they are evil born evil grew up to be evil taught to be evil Which is it then it is useless to try to understand them But as David Clark the former British Labour Party adviser points out those who condemn terrorists as evil cannot answer the question why is there more evil around today than there used to be And

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