Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook won the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books). His website is here.

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 Tt is up to us to make sure the Guardian is not allowed to continue colluding in this crime against Assange and the press freedoms he represents. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 28, 2020
The Guardian's Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism
In my recent post on the current hearings at the Old Bailey over Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he would almost certainly be locked away for the rest of his life for the crime of doing journalism, I made two main criticisms of the Guardian. A decade ago, remember, the...
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"All indications are that Assange will be extradited to the US to face a rigged grand jury trial meant to ensure he sees out his days in a maximum-security prison, serving a sentence of up to 175 years," writes Cook. (Photo: Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 03, 2020
For Years, Journalists Cheered Assange’s Abuse. Now They’ve Paved His Path To a US Gulag
Court hearings in Britain over the US administration’s extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week. The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms. A journalist and publisher has been deprived of his...
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A protester in Tel Aviv demonstrates against Israeli annexation on 6 June (Photo: AFP) Views
Friday, July 17, 2020
Liberal Zionism Begins to Make the Journey Towards a One-State Solution
Peter Beinart, an influential liberal commentator on Israel and Zionism, poked a very large stick into a hornets’ nest this month by admitting he had finally abandoned his long-cherished commitment to a two-state solution. Variously described as the “ pope of liberal Zionism ” and a “ bellwether...
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Israeli diplomat Ishmael Khaldi pictured at the nation's U.S. consulate in Miami. (Photo: Courtesy of Israeli Consulate) Views
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
"I Can't Breathe": Chokehold on Diplomat Exposes Israel's Special Type of Apartheid
An Israeli diplomat filed a complaint last week with police after he was pulled to the ground in Jerusalem by four security guards, who knelt on his neck for five minutes as he cried out: “I can’t breathe.” There are obvious echoes of the treatment of George Floyd, an African-American killed by...
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Right now, Americans are being offered a choice between a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, who champions health care as a right because it is a common good, and a Democratic party boss, Joe Biden, who champions the business lobbies he depends on for funding and his political success.  (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 19, 2020
A Lesson Coronavirus Is About to Teach the World
If a disease can teach wisdom beyond our understanding of how precarious and precious life is, the coronavirus has offered two lessons. The first is that in a globalised world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as individuals, communities, nations,...
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Israeli forces demolish a building with bulldozers in Wadi al-Hummus neighborhood of Sur Baher region of East Jerusalem on July 22, 2019. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Trump's 'Deal of the Century' Won't Bring Peace—And That Was the Plan
Much of Donald Trump’s long-trailed “deal of the century” came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details. The so-called “Vision for Peace” unveiled on Tuesday simply confirmed that the US government has publicly adopted the long-running consensus in...
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In political terms, there is nothing divided about Israel. In this month’s general election, 90 per cent of Israeli Jews voted for parties that identify as being either on the militaristic, anti-Arab right or on the religious, anti-Arab far-right. (Photo: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Why Israel Is Struggling to Find a Way Out of Its Political Deadlock
It would be a grave mistake to assume that the continuing political deadlock in Israel—with neither incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his main rival Benny Gantz seemingly able to cobble together a coalition government – is evidence of a deep ideological divide. In political terms,...
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Ideologically he was resolutely against the thrust of four decades of a turbo-charged neoliberal capitalism. (Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 04, 2019
The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power
In the latest of the interminable media “furores” about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed unfitness to lead Britain’s Labour party – let alone become prime minister – it is easy to forget where we were shortly before he won the support of an overwhelming majority of Labour members to head the party. In the...
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A Palestinian woman steps on a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during a protest against Bahrain's workshop for U.S. Middle East peace plan, in Gaza City, June 25, 2019. (Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 01, 2019
Exactly Like Its Predecessors, Trump’s Peace Plan Has Been Designed to Fail
Donald Trump’s supposed “deal of the century,” offering the Palestinians economic bribes in return for political submission, is the endgame of western peace-making, the real goal of which has been failure, not success. For decades, peace plans have made impossible demands of the Palestinians,...
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Shortly before April’s election, the Trump administration offered Netanyahu a campaign fillip by recognising Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights, territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967. (Photo: Mark A. Wilson) Views
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Forget Trump’s 'Deal of the Century.' Israel Was Always on Course to Annexation
When Israeli prime ministers are in trouble, facing difficult elections or a corruption scandal, the temptation has typically been for them to unleash a military operation to bolster their standing. In recent years, Gaza has served as a favourite punching bag. Benjamin Netanyahu is confronting both...
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