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April 10, 2015

Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

Originally published in The Spectator 
When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights records the very least we expect is to see such people given a thorough cross-examining. What …

Posted in Hamas, Human Rights, Israel, Media, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight
March 19, 2015

Event Transcript: ‘The State of Democracy After 25 Years: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe’

Seán Hanley
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Central and East European Politics
University College London
John Peet
Europe Editor
The Economist
Dan Turturica
Editor-in-Chief
Romania Libera
Chaired by Baroness Falkner of Margravine
Tuesday 27th January 2015
House of Commons, London
 
TRANSCRIPT
 
Baroness Falkner
Good Afternoon, everyone. My name is Kishwer Falkner, Baroness Falkner. It’s my …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Europe, European Union, Event Transcript, Far-Right, Human Rights, Media, Poland, Russia
March 10, 2015

A new low: Charlie Hebdo’s murdered staff receive an ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ award

Originally published in The Spectator
I have always treated the ‘Islamophobe of the Year’ event with the scorn it deserves. Not least because each year this fantasy prize for a fantasy concept is run by a British Khomeinist organisation laughably named …

Posted in Human Rights, Islamism, Media, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
March 5, 2015

Dr. Andrew Foxall discussing Russian censorship on Monocle Radio 24

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Defence, Media, Russia
February 28, 2015

Steering clear of mocking religion is not ‘good taste’; it’s cowardice

Originally published in The Sunday Times
Bad laws, fear and social media are eroding proud British traditions of free speech. Without the right to debate — and offend — we have nothing, writes Douglas Murray
‘We’re not that keen on free speech …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Media, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, United Kingdom
February 25, 2015

Event transcript: ‘Inside Putin’s Russia: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible’

Peter Pomerantsev
Author, Producer and Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute
Oliver Bullough
Author and Journalist
Chaired by Dr Julian Lewis MP
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
House of Commons, London
For a summary of this event, click here
For a podcast of this event, click here
 
Transcript
 
Dr. Julian Lewis MP
Good …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Event Transcript, Media, Russia
February 19, 2015

Putin, Maria Ivanovna from Ivanovo and Ukrainians on the Telly

This is the fifth in a series of guest publications and translations which The Henry Jackson Society is producing by arrangement with Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.   This publication was written by Vasiliy Gatov, a Russian journalist,  and …

Posted in Human Rights, Media, RFE/RL Translations, Russia, Spotlight, Ukraine
February 16, 2015

Audio: ‘A Lecture by Congressman Marsha Blackburn’

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Posted in Energy Security, Event Audio, Global, Media

A lecture by Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn
U.S. Congressman for the 7th District of Tennessee
Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chaired by Henry Smith MP
Monday, 16th February 2015
Portcullis House, London
Transcript
Henry Smith MP
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Energy Security, Event Transcript, Global, Media
August 28, 2014

The radical side of social media

Originally published in the Washington Times
‘The British accent heard from the man who brutally murdered U.S. journalist James Foley last week is another reminder that British citizens are traveling to Syria to join terrorist organizations in unprecedented numbers. In the past few …

Posted in Extremism, Media, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Syria, Terrorism & Security
November 22, 2012

All the best clips of BBC slips, and a dose of praise for a new balance

The Jewish Chronicle, November 22nd 2012
Despite the propagandists’ best efforts, the BBC has been impressively balanced this week.
Over the past few years, Israel has been at the sharpest end of the BBC’s stick. Of course, exceptions apply. It would not …

Posted in Israel, Israel/Palestine, Media, Middle East, Palestine
January 6, 2012

Islam Channel to launch “alternative Leveson inquiry”

The Guardian media blog reports that Islam Channel, one of the largest satellite television channels aimed specifically at British as well as other European Muslims, is to launch an inquiry “to investigate the way in which British media report on Muslim and …

Posted in Human Rights, Islamism, Media, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop, United Kingdom
December 15, 2011

The protester: winds of change

Time magazine today named The Protester as the person who made the greatest contribution to 2011. An unusual and symbolic choice, the everyman protester is “redefining people power” according to the weekly magazine.
In 1960 in the context of African decolonisation, …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Media, Middle East, The Scoop
December 12, 2011

Mitt’s slip will cost him big

The Republican Iowa debate on Saturday night (yes, another) actually proved to be relatively interesting in a fashion that most of the other debates thus far haven’t.
There were no radical revelations – despite Ron Paul being pleased with the time …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Media, The Scoop, United States
December 1, 2011

Press TV must close

Yesterday, Foreign Secretary William Hague ordered the Iranian embassy close in London in response to Iran kicking out the British Ambassador to the country and the mob attacks at the British Embassy in Tehran. This isn’t enough, however. In The Times today I …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Iran, Media, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop, United Kingdom

Press TV is mere propaganda for Iran. It must close

Closing down the Iranian Embassy in London is not forceful enough. After the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran by a mob of petrol-bomb-hurling hardliners, the British Government was right to move beyond impotent expressions of “outrage” and demand …

Posted in Iran, Media
November 28, 2011

New evidence uncovered in Sergei Magnitsky case

Today, Hermitage Capital published a report containing fresh documentary evidence regarding the treatment of the Russian whistleblower attorney Sergei Magnitsky prior to his death in custody on 17 November 2009. The report demonstrates in meticulous detail the culpability of Russian police and …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Media, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square, United States
November 24, 2011

The legal impact of al-Qaeda’s decline

Back in July, the Washington Post ran a story in which they were told by U.S. counterterrorism officials that al-Qaeda [AQ] was on the ‘brink of collapse’. Now, the same journalist in the same paper has a similar angle. Officials are briefing that AQ has …

Posted in Islamism, Media, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop, United States
November 22, 2011

Try Saif Gaddafi Inside Libya

With the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Libya today to discuss the fate of Saif Gaddafi and Abdullah al-Senussi, there is much more at stake than merely whether these men should be tried in The Hague or in Libya.
Without question, …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Libya, Media, The Scoop

Saif Gaddafi should be put on trial in Libya

Today, prosecutors from the International Criminal Court (ICC) meet with Libya’s National Transitional Government (NTC), to discuss the fate of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of late Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, along with Abdullah al-Senussi, his former intelligence chief.

Both men …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Libya, Media, Terrorism & Security
November 18, 2011

Nude pictures on Egyptian blog: a political act of bravery or stupidity?

Blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy is at the centre of debates on morality in post-Mubarak Egyptian society, after she posted nude pictures of herself oline.
Morality – especially around women’s sexual freedom – is a divisive issue in all societies. But in …

Posted in Egypt, Human Rights, Media, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop

Despite sanctions, US, Canada and Germany still host Assad regime websites

Citizen Lab, a programme at the University of Toronto examining the relationship between digital media and human rights, has uncovered alarming evidence that Canada, the United States and Germany — all countries which have imposed sanctions on Syria — are nevertheless hosting …

Posted in Canada, Germany, Media, Middle East, Syria, The Scoop, United States
November 11, 2011

Wajeh Al-Huwaidar: Saudi woman’s rights activist

In September 2011, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced that he was allowing women to vote for the first time in the next municiple elections – held rarely. Yet this article written by Wajeh Al-Huwaidar in 2009, a Saudi activist …

Posted in Human Rights, Media, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
October 13, 2011

A Western ‘Arab Spring’? Don’t get me started.

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. A true saying, but one all too often forgotten. There is no doubt that many good people across the Western world are going through hard times at present. A mixture of …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Economy, Media, The Scoop, United Kingdom
September 28, 2011

Radio Free Europe Profiles Veena Malik, the Pakistani actress who took on the media

Radio Free Europe has published a fascinating profile of Veena Malik, the outspoken Pakistani actress who famously challenged a sanctimonious cleric on a current affairs programme in Pakistan earlier this year. The video, which brought Malik international attention, is tremendous: Malik launches a …

Posted in Human Rights, Media, Pakistan, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop
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