Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq Edited by David Miler
WE ALL know they lied in the run-up to the war on Iraq, during the war and after the war. But this book dissects, analyses and hurls back those lies in gory detail. It deals with the big lies (weapons of mass destruction, 45 minutes to blast-off) and the smaller ones (we have taken Umm Qasr...again).
The book also situates the latest falsehoods in a much longer tradition of lying about wars and the reasons for them. It is a collection of brief articles and therefore is not a deep analysis of the process. But it is certainly a powerful read and destroys the idea that the mainstream media have anything to do with objectivity and balance.
Contributors include John Pilger, Phillip Knightley, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Mark Thomas, Mark Steel, Yvonne Ridley, Dave Crouch, Des Freedman, Nancy Snow, Abdul Hadi Jiad (Iraqi journalist sacked by the BBC before the war) and Mark Curtis.
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Sonic Jihad Paris
THIS IS US political hip-hop without compromise. If the album title didn't make that clear, there can be no mistake after you've seen the cover-it features a jet on a collision course with the White House.
Paris connects Bush's 'stolen election' with the war on Iraq, corporate power, and racism-the result is an assault on the whole system. In 'Sheep to the Slaughter' he combines the sound of an anti-war demonstration with speeches from the platform and his own rap. Bush and the system are not the only targets. Patriots who wave the Stars and Stripes and those rappers who play the celebrity game are also lashed by Paris's tongue.
Like many, Paris's politics have developed alongside the anti-war and anti-capitalist movements but musically there has been much less progression. There is none of the experimental musical crossover that has made much 'mainstream' hip-hop so interesting recently. The distribution companies may have insisted on a black cardboard jacket to cover the 'offensive' sleeve, but Paris's message has got a bigger audience than ever.