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Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Corporate Bias in the UK Media

Politics
Mark Tweedy
Since journalists overwhelmingly rely on the voices of elites, elites have a disproportionate influence on the media agenda, acting as the ‘primary definers’ who set the framework of interpretation against which all subsequent voices are forced to insert themselves. While voices on the right-wing of the political spectrum often claim that the media has an implicit left-wing agenda, it is corporations, not leftist academics, which enforce politically correct limits on speech. By contrast, ordinary people who appear in the news are constructed primarily as passive consumers, reacting to the agendas set by these elites. If the UK press had a left wing agenda, why would they not support Jeremy Corbyn? After all he embodies many left-wing ideas ...
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Pro-Life, Pro-God, Pro-Ireland: Abort the Abortionists

Pro-Life, Pro-God, Pro-Ireland: Abort the Abortionists

Satire
Fionnuala Hanley Reyes
The story is a familiar one. A fourteen-year-old homeless woman finds herself with an unplanned pregnancy. She has a man in her life, an itinerant, much older than she is, but the child is not his. She doesn’t know how to explain this to him or how they’ll cope with an extra mouth to feed. Will he leave her when he finds out the baby is not genetically his? Pose this question to the liberals and the solution—they’ll scoff—is simple. Abort the innocent, kill the child before it has a chance to stand on its own two feet. Problem solved. Simple indeed. As a former member of Seanad Éireann, as well as a close runner-up in ...
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Starvation Sanctions Are Worse Than Overt Warfare

Starvation Sanctions Are Worse Than Overt Warfare

Politics
Caitlin Johnstone
“We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday,” President Trump tweeted last week. “I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again — The sooner the better!” Iran’s economy is already floundering due to the steadily mounting sanctions that the Trump administration has been heaping upon it since its withdrawal from the JCPOA last year. Crucial goods are four times the price they used to be, sick Iranians are having difficulty obtaining life-saving medicine, and life in general has been getting much more difficult for the poorest and frailest Iranian civilians. For this reason, it is a very safe bet that there have been Iranians who ...
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The Psychopaths Want War

The Psychopaths Want War

Politics
Zack Breslin
Once more, tensions are rising in the Middle East as analysts warn that the ongoing strategic contest between the US and Iran might result in war. On the 13th June, two oil tankers were attacked and set ablaze in the Straits of Hormuz, off the coast of Iran. Who the perpetrators were is not clear, although inevitably the US placed the blame on their regional nemesis, Iran. The US military released video footage and photographs that are purported to back up these claims, although the governments of several nations, including Germany, have expressed scepticism. The incident was the latest in a series of unexplained attacks on oil tankers in the Straits of Hormuz. The US blames Iran ...
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Britain's Meanest Toughs: Terry Sleach

Britain’s Meanest Toughs: Terry Sleach

Satire
Brip Spears
As the host of “Extreme Wilderness Survival Affront with Brip Spears” as well as “Brip Spears: South American Death Life” and “Introducing: Brip Spears – Explorer Extraordinaire presents”, I’ve faced some of the toughest and most unforgiving climes on the planet. I’ve scaled the peaks of Mount Jillibonzaro (where I was forced to extract nutrition from pearls of my own faeces to reach maximum fitness in advance of my bare-chested run to the bottom), I’ve swam the snake-infested waters of the Zamzo River and survived to tell the tale (with only minor bites to the surface of my scrotum and wider genital area—everywhere else was a mess), I’ve even battled scores of violently frenzied Sherpas in a ...
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Where Ideas Go To Die

Where Ideas Go To Die

Politics
Mark Hoskins
A lot of dedicated, principled socialists ran in both the European and local elections in Ireland, many of whom I know personally. There’s a tendency for electoral socialists to take personally criticism of electoralism from anarchists who have been comrades on campaigns, but we aren’t saying you’re terrible because you run in elections; we’re saying you’re better than that. I didn’t ask anyone to abstain from voting in the local and European elections. I don’t particularly care if you stick a number beside a name on a ballot paper. I’m not asking you to agree, I’m not asking you to text join if you do, and I don’t have a paper to sell you or a petition ...
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The Brexit Humiliation

The Brexit Humiliation

Politics
Zack Breslin
With the UK about to vote in elections for the European parliament, it is fair to say its politics have become increasingly strange. The country is stuck in a weird pre-Brexit twilight zone, with its ruling class too proud to admit that the Brexit project is on the verge of failure but not quite stupid enough to self-inflict a catastrophic no-deal. The result is that Britain remains in a kind of chaotic state of institutional denial.The two main political parties are unclear about the way out of this three-year-long political crisis. The ruling Conservative Party is deeply divided, and Theresa May is a lame duck leader who is on the verge of suffering yet another defeat on ...
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Love, Life and Death

Love, Life and Death

Culture
Peter O'Neill
For the purpose of perspective, I should like to carry out a short comparative study of two poems treating the subject of the sea. The first poem I should like to focus on is the great sonnet by Charles Baudelaire L’Homme et la Mer, whose composition dates back to 1852. The second poem is a poem I wrote sometime last year, L’Homme et la Merde, in which I use the poem by Baudelaire, as an obvious starting point, in order to attempt to underline the epic socio-and ecological shifts which have occurred in the time frame of the composition of both poems. So, just so that we are absolutely clear, the period of time that separates both ...
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