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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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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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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