Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook won the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His books include: "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East" (2008) and "Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair "(2008). His website is here.

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In this photo illustration, a Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile phone with President Donald Trump's Twitter page shown in the background on May 27, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Twitter's Ban on Trump Will Deepen the US Tribal Divide
Anyone who believes locking President Donald Trump out of his social media accounts will serve as the first step on the path to healing the political divide in the United States is likely to be in for a bitter disappointment. The flaws in this reasoning need to be peeled away, like the layers of an...
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange during a press conference at Park Plaza Hotel on October 23, 2010 in London, England related to the "Iraq War Logs." The series released at the time included leaks of American military documents, nearly 400,000 in total, included details about how the torture and the abuse of detainees by Iraqi police, was ignored by U.S. forces. Just days earlier, it was reported that the U.S. government had filed charges under the Espionage Act for Assange's work as a journalist. (Photo: D Views
Monday, January 04, 2021
Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom
The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped by larger lessons that should disturb us deeply. Those who campaigned so...
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Independent Middle East Correspondent Robert Fisk in one of the miles of tunnels hacked beneath Douma by prisoners of Syrian rebels. (Photo: Yara Ismail/The Independent) Views
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Establishment Journalists Are Piling on To Smear Robert Fisk Now He Cannot Answer Back
Something remarkable even by the usually dismal standards of the stenographic media blue-tick brigade has been happening in the past few days. Leading journalists in the corporate media have suddenly felt the urgent need not only to criticise the late, much-respected foreign correspondent Robert...
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As long as we can medicalise Thunberg as someone suffering from Asperger’s, we do not need to think about whether we are really the insane ones. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
I Am Greta Isn’t About Climate Change. It’s About the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World
Erich Fromm, the renowned German-Jewish social psychologist who was forced to flee his homeland in the early 1930s as the Nazis came to power, offered a disturbing insight later in life on the relationship between society and the individual. Society itself could become so pathological, so detached...
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The Democratic party decided to run pretty much the worst candidate imaginable: an old-school machine politician, one emphatically beholden to the corporate donor class and unsuited to the new, more populist political climate. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 13, 2020
Biden Will Fail to Bring Back 'Normal' Politics. What’s Needed Now Is a Populism of the Left
Analysts are still grappling with the fallout from the US election. Trumpism proved a far more enduring and alluring phenomenon than most media pundits expected. Defying predictions, Trump improved his share of the overall vote compared to his 2016 win, and he surprised even his own team by...
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Then-Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech on digitial infrastructure policy at an election campaign event in Lancaster, northwest England on November 15, 2019. (Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, November 09, 2020
The UK Equalities Commission's Labour Antisemitism Report Is the Real 'Political Interference'
I recently published for the Middle East Eye website a detailed analysis of last week’s report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the question of whether the UK Labour party had an especial antisemitism problem. (You can read a slightly fuller version of that article on my website...
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If we let it, the pendulum will swing back and forth, between ineffectual lethargy and ineffectual rage, until it is too late. Unless we actively fight back, the stagnation will suffocate us all. (Photo: Ron Adar / Echoes Wire / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 06, 2020
The Task of 'Sleepy Joe' Is To Put Liberal America Right Back To Sleep
At birth, all of us begin a journey that offers opportunities either to grow – not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually – or to stagnate. The journey we undertake lasts a lifetime, but there are dozens of moments each day when we have a choice to make tiny incremental gains in...
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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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