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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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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Ecuador rightly accepted Assange’s concerns that the US would seek his extradition and lock him out of sight for the rest of his life. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Endless Procedural Abuses Show Julian Assange Case Was Never About Law
It is astonishing how often one still hears well-informed, otherwise reasonable people say about Julian Assange: “But he ran away from Swedish rape charges by hiding in Ecuador’s embassy in London.” That short sentence includes at least three factual errors. In fact, to repeat it, as so many people...
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 It is even worse that we have a corporate media addicted—at the most charitable interpretation—to its own incompetence. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, May 27, 2019
The Western Media Is Key to Syria Deceptions
By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province — their final holdout in Syria — should have been treated by the western media with a high degree of scepticism. That the US and other...
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From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, April 12, 2019
After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition
For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our...
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They will use anything—from the murder of an MP to confections of anti-semitism and smears about treason—to incite against a democratic politician who threatens their domination of the political system. (Photo: Andy Miah/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, April 05, 2019
The UK Media Smoothed the Path to Soldiers Using Corbyn Image as Target Practice
It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the British political and media establishments have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of political life, and that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our...
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A 2013 report on the ties between big business and the settlements noted the impact on the rights of Palestinians was “pervasive and devastating.” (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The UN Fails to Name and Shame Firms Aiding Israel’s Illegal Settlements
The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps...
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In another sign of how far removed Washington is from the American public, 40 per cent of respondents want the US to impose sanctions to stop Israel expanding its settlements on Palestinian territory. (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, December 17, 2018
American Public’s Backing for One-State Solution Falls on Deaf Ears
Two years of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu as a Middle East peacemaking team appear to be having a transformative effect – and in ways that will please neither of them. The American public is now evenly split between those who want a two-state solution and those who prefer a single state,...
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With this story, it has done what it regularly does when supposedly vital western foreign policy interests are at stake – it simply regurgitates an elite-serving, western narrative. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Guardian Escalates Its Vilification of Julian Assange
It is welcome that finally there has been a little pushback, including from leading journalists, to the Guardian’s long-running vilification of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. Reporter Luke Harding’s latest article, claiming that Donald Trump’s disgraced former campaign manager Paul...
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Bolsonaro has divided Brazil’s 100,000 Jews. (Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel Finds Another Natural Partner on the Far-Right
The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag. The...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Bolsonaro: A Monster Engineered by Our Corporate Media
With Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election at the weekend, the doom-mongers among western elites are out in force once again. His success, like Donald Trump’s, has confirmed a long-held prejudice: that the people cannot be trusted; that, when empowered, they behave like a mob...
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