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How Joeseph Goebbel’s Nazi Propaganda Gave Birth to Today’s Western Media

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All six children were dressed in pristine, finely pressed white clothes. Their hair was combed and styled. Aged between four and twelve, they had been assembled below by house aides. The stage was now set. Pedigree, ideological sacred cows, convictions as indefensible as the Oder River had set it. With or without cause, all final preparations were complete.

Pleas by women and staff to usher the young ones free from harm’s way were ignored. Time was running thin. No such ideas, however, would be entertained by their much sought after father, Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. With allied forces lagging behind on the western front, the Red Army invasion, stocked to the brim with Katyushas, Ilyushin II fighter jets, tanks, and hardened infantry bulldozed their way into the heart of Berlin from the east. Childhood nor innocence would escape the treacherous affairs that had unwittingly led Helga Susanne, Hildegard Traudel, Helmut Christian, Holdine Kathrin, Hedwig Johanna, and Heidrun Elisabeth to the Reich Chancellery bunker in April 1945. Above ground, the ill-prepared Volkssturm, boys and seniors anywhere between 16 and 60, give or take a few years, were fulfilling duties mandated by the Führer. Fuming amid fresh heaps of rubble, Berlin, as ordered by high-ranking officials now engaged in orgies and sordid acts inside the Chancellery, was to be defended against all odds and at all costs. Just then, Rochus Misch, the bunker’s telephonist, recalled that the six beautiful children simply “went away.”

How that cocktail of morphine and cyanide was fed to Goebbels’ kids remains shrouded in speculation. Bruises were found on 12-years-old Helga’s face. Braveheart was she, daddy’s girl resisting to swallow the ampule’s content before it was forcibly smashed between her teeth? Still, whether it was shortly before or after the kids went away, Goebbels took to the Chancellery garden and did likewise. Prior to the final act, he ordered his guards to show patience, wait until he lay lifeless and, for added posterity, hit his body with a volley of rounds and incinerate the remains. As good S.S. soldiers do, they complied. So did the bulk of French, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Flemish and other Wehrmacht foreigners who upheld their oath to the Nazi state to the end. Like a house of cards, their creationist myth of racial superiority and exceptionalism was now crumbling before their eyes and drenching in their Aryan blood.

The Soviet advance was as relentless as it was implacable. “It took a brave man to be a coward in the Red Army,” Joseph Stalin was quoted. Indeed. If the siege of Leningrad was not enough to keep soldiers on the battlefield, then deserters were met by the firing squad. With victory waiting in the wing, credit would also be paid to the hundreds of Soviet female snipers who had fought on the frontline. Awarded the Medal of Courage in 1944, Roza Shanina disposed of 59 Nazi combatants before she, at just 20 years of age, was killed in battle. Partisans across Europe also risked life and limb while engaging in sabotage and assassinations deep behind enemy lines. In Denmark, 23-year-old Bent Faurschou Hviid (codename Flammen) and concierge and music stage manager Jørgen Haagen Schmith (codename Citronen) formed an assassination duo, eliminating Nazi officials and collaborators, one by one, across Copenhagen. Killed, yet undefeated, the Danes honored the freedom fighters when their coffins stood in unison inside the historic Holmen Church.

Roza Shanina

Roza Shanina was one of hundreds of female snipers fighting in the Red Army against Nazi Germany.

Circumstances compounded abroad and now in the German heartland, Brandenburg Gates nor the Reichstag could no longer hold its own. Berlin lay in ruins. The Volkssturm and Wehrmacht scoured civilian neighborhoods as they retreated. German civilians with white flags hoisted out front were frowned upon if lucky. Homes of the unlucky were invaded and its occupants executed. Chickens had come home to roost. World War II was nearing its fanatic conclusion, and with it, an end to Nazi Germany’s propaganda mastermind, his wife and children. Goebbels himself couldn’t have summarized the moment better when he stated years back: “Faith moves mountains, but only knowledge moves them to the right place.”

Whether that knowledge is acquired, scrambled and obscured, or hidden altogether depends, in large part, on that crème de la crème communication service—the media.

Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun posing in his office as Director of the NAS Marshall Space Flight Center in 1964. Before being spirited to the US under the State Department’s clandestine Operation Paperclip and its V-2 program, von Braun served as an S.S. soldier and headed of Nazi Germany’s rocket program. Photo | Public Domain


The fifth estate pendulum

What is the media? What purpose does it, and other means of mass communication, serve?

Is it a deluge of hip entertainment news outlets and its offspring of color following suit as they curry favor among viewers with bright lights and pizzazz, sensationalism with a pinch of headlines, and nonstop celebrity opinions? Is it fact or fiction, or a warped combination of the two? Who determines what is and isn’t suitable content and commentary?

With the communication trans-nationalists of our time broadcasting on-air and streaming online every second of the day, each day of the week, it can’t be, in the words of Goebbels, “a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners.” To be clear, he was referring to propaganda, not the media per se.

Global perspectives and staying informed, however, need not be relegated to the communication trans-nationalists of our time, their soundbites or cacophony of pundits and experts. One glance at the corporate interests behind media moguls and the demographic makeup of their editorial boards is a constant reminder that the maw of this 24-hour news cycle is feverishly biased. Sizable no doubt, western mass media continues to be atomized by a malnutrition of context.

While technological advancements have leveled the playing field in terms of accessing the tools to produce and disseminate media across the globe, how have journalists reacted or had to adjust to the online world of algorithms, click-baiting, SEO, keywords, ad revenue, bots, and social media? “Data shows (Pew Research – 2019) that 55 percent of adults in the United States get their news from social media either often or sometimes. Now that’s scary,” says a media web-team director to his writers and editorial staff. A bedrock for any people, community, or nation, how are we to distinguish between informative news coverage, propaganda and biased noise without falling prey to cynicism regarding media producers across the board? Moreover, to what degree can the recent past inform us about the present?

Mountain climbing requires skills. Any skilled mountain climber knows that uninterrupted ascents are virtually impossible, especially when facing a dangerous path. At this juncture, one must descend before resuming an upward trajectory at a safer locale. So let us too take a few steps back. Back some eighty years to the Führer. Dare the imagination, or empirical mind-, conjure the memory of Joseph Goebbels in seeking some of the answers to questions about media in the year the demands clearer vision, 2020.


Goebbels 2020 homecoming

While that we will always, and I repeat always, respect everyone’s first amendment rights, those rights stop when a molotov cocktail is thrown into an open business. Those rights stop at the point that you loot the liquor store in the neighborhood. Those rights stop when you loot the gas station, the little mom and pop gas station in the neighborhood.” — John Harrington, head of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety, speaking at a press conference in the wake of George Floyd’s public lynching by Minnesota policemen

Abhorrence to Nazi crimes has stood the test of time. “Never forget,” say holocaust survivors and their descendants. Credit mainstream media for doing a remarkable job in making sure that doesn’t happen. What has been forgotten, however, is that the Nazi party did not emerge from vacuity. Forever were they indebted in their perversions by white settler colonialism in the so-called New World. “Hitler’s American Model,” written by James Q. Whitman, draws chilling parallels between the evolution of the Nazi party and how their wackadoo concepts on race biology, their political agenda that prompted genocide, their sordid contraptions of human experimentation and death, their very raison d’être were nothing more than a prerecorded rerun. In this regard, mainstream media has done an exceptionally poor job and public disservice in not detailing the ideological pendulum as it swinging between Washington and Berlin before, during, and after WWII.

“I have studied with interest the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people whose progeny would, in all probability, be of no value or be injurious to the racial stock-,” Hitler was quoted as saying. His words were not a far echo from sentiments expressed by U.S. General George Patton who chided Jewish supporters who “believe that the Displaced person is a human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to the Jews who are lower than animals.”

Mary Williamson Averell Harriman

Philanthropist Mary Williamson Averell Harriman, heiress to US railroad executive E. H. Harriman, donated large sums of money to German race biologists. Contributions continued to pour in even during the height of the Great Depression.

Gee Jon

In 1924, nine years before the Nazis even came to power, Gee Jon (picture), a Chinese man, became the first person to be executed in a gas chamber made in the USA. It was performed in Nevada’s State Prison’s butcher shop. A few year later, a modernized version of the state death contraption was developed and patented by Earl C. Liston, superintendent at the Eaton Metal Products Company Denver plant. The new design, which was incorporated at Auschwitz to help relieve stress on S.S. executioners, incorporated a slideway where potassium cyanide pellets were inserted and released into a bucket of sulfuric acid and water. In a matter of seconds, the chamber would fill with poisonous hydrocyanic acid. “Pulling a lever to kill a man is hard work. Pouring acid down a tube is easier on the nerves, more like watering flowers,” Liston commented.

Named Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda in 1933, it was Joseph Goebbels’ responsibility to convey all messaging associated with Nazi Germany via radio, TV, film, posters, books, newspapers, and other means of mass communication. His skills in public relations and marketing were exacting, so much so that many WWII researchers insist that German society as a whole—discounting a failed assassination attempt to take out Hitler by Germans officials Claus von Stauffenberg, Werner von Haeften, Albrecht, Mertz von Quirnheim, and Friedrich Olbricht—had been hoodwinked. Be this a fair assumption or convenient oversight, one thing is certain: More than seven decades have elapsed since the capitulation of the Nazi state. Still, a cursory glance at succinct propaganda ideas espoused by Goebbels compared and contrasted to soundbites relayed time and again by western media and recurring themes in their coverage, begs a simple question: Do ideas, unlike flesh and bones, live on? Is there an unbroken thread of basic concepts extending from the Third Reich’s media genius and western media trans-nationalists of our time? As the song goes: “Who the cap fit?”

Iran v US wars

The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.” — Joseph Goebbels

This poster is in protest against wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo | Twitter

Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.” — Joseph Goebbels

MainstrePress Propam western media and institutions have clung to the narrative that press freedoms have been abruptly undermined since the rise of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. Goebbels, however, professed a more collaborative relationship between the holders of power and the fifth estate.

Mainstream western media and institutions have clung to the narrative that press freedoms have been abruptly undermined since the rise of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. Goebbels, however, professed a more collaborative relationship between the holders of power and the fifth estate.

Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” — Joseph Goebbels

In a recent DemocracyNow interview addressing U.S. immigrant jails and the separation of children from their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, reporter Jacob Soboroff, said “this is the first time since — this is the first time ever that children have been separated on a systematic basis — look at those photos right there — from their parents. And that is because of the Trump administration.“ Whether by conscious omission or otherwise, at no point did Soboroff discuss the systematic separation of African or Indigenous children from their parents not too long ago when chattel slavery and colonialism swept through what would become the United States, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, or other parts of the modern-day western hemisphere. This talking point, in fact, has become a mainstay on progressive and left-wing news outlets, that the current practice of separating Latino and Hispanic children from their parents by U.S. state agencies is an unprecedented phenomenon initiated by the Trump administration.

The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” — Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels smiles for the cameras whilst holding a well-arranged bouquet of flowers circa 1934.

Subtle or overt, the media is a weapon for better or worse and it’s no secret that western corporate news outlets churn and refry their coverage 24-hours a day, 7-days per week. Dismissing, ignoring or underestimating its role in upholding New World creationist myths, its political and corporate legacy borne through settler terrorism, appropriation of land, labor, and human beings without blinking an eye would be a grave folly. Goebbels reminds us:

Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin, and when I speak in Bayreuth, I say different things than I say in the Pharus Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.”


The war creeps back – neutralize communications

By 1940, France, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, and Belgium were all draped under the red, white and black swastika. Europe’s most recent dark days were not exclusively consummated through the barrel of guns. Conspirators, collaborators, and appeasers at the highest level of government, such as British and French prime ministers Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier, signees to Hitler’s Munich Pact in 1938, and business leaders, such as Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, a British MP and head of the British Union of Fascists, all lent their support, thus paving the way for annexation. Mosley’s connection to Nazi leaders ran so deep that he married his mistress, Diana Guinness, at Goebbels’ home in 1936. His guest of honor was none other than Adolf Hitler, a man with whom he was able to negotiate a private radio station that broadcast German programs in Sark. Expanding westward, the Nazi military high command now made plans, as Napoleon had done over a century ago, to take Britain. Having gobbled Western Europe, Hitler surely must’ve deduced that the land of her majesty would be an easy pick. It was, after all, the empire where the sun never sets, burning the midnight oil far and thin to prolong its colonial rule.

The invasion strategy was divided into three phases. If executed properly, the offensive would culminate in the seizure of the Union Jack. To illustrate the importance of media and effective communication, phase one included surprise air-bombings, pulverizing Britain’s Royal Air-force and their bases, as well as all communication services and transport lines. The campaign, however, lasted for a year without ever getting past phase one. Extending from Britain’s eastern shoreline all the way to the heart of London, more than 40,000 people lost their lives during the air raids. It was thanks to the tally-ho of Royal Air-force pilots at the helms of those sturdy spitfire planes, 24 of which were purchased and donated to Britain by the generosity of the Basotho people of Lesotho, that Hitler never set one boot on British soil.

Communications remained alive and well, despite Nazi planes dropping a million pounds of bombs on London just on the night of November 14th, 1940. News radio broadcasts continued informing people of air raids, which underground tube stations to seek shelter, victories compiled by the spitfire pilots thus keeping morale high, and other vital details concerning the attempted invasion and ways of providing solidarity during a time of crisis.

Almost four years later, after Britain’s resounding halt to the Nazi advance, it would be Goebbels turn to resort to radio broadcast. “We would rather work until our hands are bloody and fight until our last breath before we let the enemy occupy German territory and impose his will on us.”

Goebbels again took to the airwaves on April 21s1t,  1945. With Red Army mortars exploding in the garden above the Chancellery compound, the Third Reich’s propaganda expert addressed his listeners one last time. Staff member, Wilfred von Oven, recalled that Goebbels, in one instance, had to wipe away pane and glass as exploding bombs shattered all of the bunker windows. Still, he didn’t fray during his speech. “Berlin is now on the frontline. At the walls of our city, the Mongolian hordes will and must be stopped. Agitators or insurgent foreigners are to be arrested or, better still, neutralized. Naturally, I shall stay on in Berlin with my staff. My wife and my children are also here and will stay here.”

Do not fear the enemy for they can take only your life. Fear the media far more, for they will destroy your honor.” — Vo Nguyen Giap – General of Vietnam’s People Army

On the western front, European-American soldiers afforded Nazi prisoners greater respect than classified negro soldiers fighting under the red, white, and blue. Again, and not that taking on Nazi Germany was inconsiderable, the latter group had succumbed to what Robert Williams would later call a “honky trick.”

To the east, Red Army soldiers took no qualms in pummeling Berlin to smithereens. For Georgy Zhukov, Marshal of the Soviet Union, Houdini was not a rank-and-file member within the Third Reich nor had he ordered the siege of Leningrad. With that established, the Soviet general would speak the only language spoken by the Nazis. Neither by political function, birth, or tradition would Jewish people be integrated into Nazi Germany and, in the struggle against Hitler’s own version of Manifest Destiny, more than 26 million Soviet men, women, and children lost their lives. Preferring the British and European-Americans enter Berlin before the Red Army, Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler put their own communication skills to the test, secretly negotiating an unconditional surrender with the allied forces’ western camp. Their efforts proved futile. Both would resort to their cyanide ampules by war’s end.

Stjepan Filipović

“Death to fascism, freedom to the people!” shouted partisan leader Stjepan Filipović moments before his execution by Nazi collaborates in Valjevo, Yugoslavia.”


Media – A weapon for better or worse during times of crisis

As World War II and its antecedents prove, media and other forms of mass communication are critical during times of conflict and uncertainty. For example, in March 1789, Abdel Kader Kane, leader of the Futa Toro region in northern Senegal, sent an official letter to French authorities in which he stated: “We are warning you that all those who will come to our land to trade in slaves will be killed and massacred if you do not send our children back.” In an apparent response to Kader Kane’s warning, Jean-Baptiste Durand of the Compaigne du Sénégal attested that Europeans required armed protection “from the Negroes living in the country.”

In an attempt to stall communications during Indonesia’s struggle for independence, the Dutch East Indies naval blockade cut mail service between the republican forces based in Java and Sumatra in 1947. Meanwhile, an official visit to Vietnam by Robert and Mabel Williams in the late 1960s, Ho Chi Minh told the exiled freedom fighters that leaders of the People’s Army were inspired to launch the Tet Offensive after reading reports of the 1967 Detroit Riots in their Crusader newsletter. In her memoir, “Re-living the Second Chimurenga,” Fay Chung recalled that in the 1970s, Rhodesia’s white minority government “made a great effort to woo spirit mediums (vana sekuru) to support their rule, on one occasion even showering pamphlets (over guerrilla held territories) purporting to come from the ancestors from aeroplanes.”

Mao Tse-Tung

Robert Franklin Williams and Mao Tse-Tung in Peking, China circa 1964

More recently, between May 2007 and December 2011, Bell Pottinger, a British-based public relations firm, received  $540 million dollars to produce and disseminate fake terrorist videos with the aim of portraying insurgent groups negatively. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that the PR firm cooperated with top U.S. military officials based at Camp Victory in Baghdad and viewers of the videos could be tracked by U.S. forces. It was an ignoble reminder of the Lincoln Group. This Washington-based PR firm wrote news articles denouncing insurgent groups while praising U.S.-led efforts in Iraq. The reports were subsequently published in Iraqi newspapers.

The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses. — Malcolm X

Meanwhile, Rwanda

In 1994, Tutsi leaders of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) pleaded with top U.S. officials of the Bill Clinton administration to cut Radio Télevision Libre des Milles Collines (One Thousand Hills Free Radio) broadcasts. This privately-run radio station, which began airing in April 1993, not only incite hatred and killings against the Tutsis, but also stressed the political imperative of seizing control of the narrative. When French military forces intervened in Rwanda under Operation Turquoise following the airplane downing and death of former Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, they established a control zone where Radio Télevision Libre des Milles Collines was allowed to continue operating. A broadcast from Gisenyi encouraged all “Hutu girls to wash yourselves and put on a good dress to welcome our French allies. The Tutsi girls are all dead, so you have your chance.”

Explaining why French forces had seemingly recused themselves from detaining government officials they knew were involved in coordinating massacres against the Tutsis, the French foreign ministry argued that the UN mandate provided no authorization to detain war criminals. Meanwhile, requests to jam Radio Télevision Libre des Milles Collines signal were repeatedly met by cold explanations that such a measure would be in violation of the U.S. commitment to freedom of speech, as well as international broadcasting agreements. When Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Prudence Bushnell raised the issue of radio jamming for a second time at the Pentagon, one official responded, “Pru, radios don’t kill people. People kill people!” It was, however, an incomplete sentence by any measure for the same people who kill others are also the makers of radios to incite and order the killings.

Ultimately, but not before almost a million people were slaughtered over a span of just three months would the RPF singlehandedly defeat the interim government forces, thus bringing an end to the genocide. “Kwibuka” the annual commemoration of the 1994 genocide, means “remember” in Kinyarwanda. It’s also a time to recall past events that stoked divisiveness and hatred, review ongoing efforts at reconciliation, trauma counseling, and nation-building. However, the shadow and scars of 1994 are never too far away. Félicien Kabuga, a chief financier of the Radio Télevision Libre des Milles Collines, was arrested in France in May of this year. Having remained on the lam for 23 years, his previous indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 1997 marked the first time a media executive was tried for crimes of genocide since the Nuremberg tribunal.

Having produced translations and subtitles on issues related to the Rwandan genocide and the social and economic progress made since, someone sent me a message stating that when they return to the country and resume power they will “cut down them trees,” in reference to Tutsi government leaders.

That propaganda is good which leads to success, and that is bad which fails to achieve the desired result. It is not propaganda’s task to be intelligent, its task is to lead to success.” — Joseph Goebbels


Officialdom voices, right to left

Mass media, regardless of its political persuasion, doesn’t live in a vacuum. An extension of public education, that which is presented as the news doesn’t operate at the base of the social pyramid. Up a few stones, but never too far away, it propels creationists myths, as did the Nazis, such as the notion of a master race (i.e. exceptionalism) that thrusts legacies and the status quo into the future. Generation after generation the baton is passed. The mainstream media’s relationship to this process goes, for the most part, unnoticed. This is where Joseph Goebbels’s body of work as head of the Third Reich’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda is so crucial. It’s 2020 and western media continues to pride itself on maxims that mirror his ruminations on matters related to the media, propaganda, and western psychology.

As in times of conflict, media remains an essential public service, especially during the current COVID-19 global pandemic. This is true despite the wave of layoffs and furloughs in the industry. The fifth estate is not any less important during times of peace. An extension of pedagogic work, this vehicle is meant to keep a well-informed global citizenry, educate, as well as provide culturally-inspired entertainment.

The media of tomorrow remains in gestation. While it now has the tools to produce and disseminate news coverage across the globe, their resources and reach are infinitely less than the corporate media conglomerates dominating the field. At times, essential tools of the trade such as paid writers, editors and other staff members; researchers; on-the-ground and investigative reporting; and travel accommodation are hard to come by. Still, alternative media is by no means a novelty. This torpid concept, however, persists precisely because of resource disparities and reach. And here I’m not referring to catching up in speed to the 24/7 news wire where quantity trumps quality. Nor am I referring to the bulk of mainstream or independent left-wing or progressive media outlets that, in their editorial boards and staff, replicate levels of exclusion practiced by right-wing conservatives. According to How Diverse Are U.S. Newsrooms (American Society of News Editors – 2019), just seven percent of The Intercept’s total journalistic team is comprised of Black people. Another seven percent are Hispanic. ProPublica, a media outlet that prides itself on being an independent, nonprofit newsroom that exposes abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform, has a staff comprised of six percent Black people. Another six percent are Hispanic. The New York Times’ very own 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Report shows that nine percent of its staff are Black or African-American and seven percent are Hispanic or Latino. Even more surprising is its <1%, which I presume to mean negative one percent, Indigenous people, Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders on its overall staff. Another <1% of Indigenous people hold leadership roles.

What these numbers say without uttering a single word, is that non-whites lack the wherewithal to report on the affairs of a world in which they are the majority. Honest brokers or not, qualified or otherwise, the window in which we view the world is minimized to the narrative of a self-entitled few.

Over half a century ago the U.S. federal government, lagging far behind Robert and Mabel William’s Crusader newsletter, assigned a committee to outline the causes of the 1967 Detroit Riots and make recommendations to avoid future outbreaks. Published in 1968 and popularly known as the Kerner Commission (Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders) the 426-page report dedicated an entire chapter to the media. It stated, in part, that: “Important segments of the media failed to report adequately on the causes and consequences of civil disorders and on the underlying problems of race relations. They have not communicated to the majority of their audience–which is white—a sense of the degradation, misery, and hopelessness of life in the ghetto.” In an effort to correct these “failings” the report suggested that “improvement must come from within the industry.” Remedies included:

  • Expand coverage of the Negro community and of race problems through permanent assignment of reporters familiar with urban and racial affairs, and through establishment of more and better links with the Negro community.
  • Integrate Negroes and Negro activities into all aspects of coverage and content, including newspaper articles and television programming. The news media must publish newspapers and produce programs that recognize the existence and activities of Negroes as a group within the community and as a part of the larger community.
  • Recruit more Negroes into journalism and broadcasting and promote those who are qualified to positions of significant responsibility. Recruitment should begin in high schools and continue through college; where necessary, aid for training should be provided.
  • Improve coordination with police in reporting riot news through advance planning, and cooperate with the police in the designation of police information officers, establishment of information centers, and development of mutually acceptable guidelines for riot reporting and the conduct of media personnel.

Recommendations and remedies put forth by the Kerner Commission have remained “decades behind” writes Paul Delaney.

Integration, moreover, speaks to the problem of blackness in a despicable way. As a goal, it has been based on complete acceptance of the fact that in order to have a decent house or education, blacks must move into a white neighborhood or send their children to a white school. This reinforces, among both black and white, the idea that “white” is automatically better and “black” is by definition inferior. This is why integration is a subterfuge for the maintenance of white supremacy. — Kwame Ture


Links untold: WWII – Israel – Occupied Palestine – George Floyd

I was struck by the recent media uproar over what is and what isn’t antisemitism. I reiterate—what is and what isn’t antisemitism—for western media’s portrayal of those who make such remarks lies the suggestion that vast populations of Semitic people are nonexistent in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, or anywhere else except Israel and among the Ashkenazi Jewish diaspora. Like the majority of global issues with deep historical roots, media coverage of this matter barely scratched the surface, if at all and as quickly as it had appeared, suddenly vanished beneath breaking stories. However, in these times of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s public lynching by Minnesota policemen and other filmed or unregistered police killings of Black people in western metropolises from Louisville, USA to Lausanne, Switzerland, coupled with the link between the end of WWII and the emergence of Israel in 1947, it’s worth noting that recent debates on antisemitism were discussed without the slightest mention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Few, if any, spoke of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Apart from a few alternative news outlets, nobody recalled the hundreds of officers from U.S. police departments in California, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, and other states who had flown to Israeli for training over the past two decades.

In 2012, no less than 100 Minnesota police officers attended a conference hosted by the Israeli consulate in Chicago and FBI, which showcased some of the methods employed by Israeli forces in occupied Palestine. Shahr Aieli, Israel’s deputy consul, said that the counter-terrorism training session was intended to share information and techniques employed by “top-notch professionals from the Israeli police.”

“When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his neck with his knee as he cried for help and other cops watched, I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique of leaning in on our chest and necks when we were protesting in the West Bank sometime in 2006,” said Neta Golan, co-founder of International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She added that “They (Israeli security forces) started twisting and breaking fingers in a particular way around the same time. It was clear they had undergone training for this. They continue to use these tactics — two of my friends have had their necks broken but luckily survived — and it is clear that they share these methods when they train police forces abroad in ‘crowd control’ in the U.S. and other countries including Sudan and Brazil.”

Europe’s killing fields of the 1940s not only culminated in the demise of Nazi Germany, but it also gave birth to Israel. Though the Palestinians have no responsibility in the rise of Nazism, they continue to suffer the consequences of those cataclysmic events seven decades later. With the full backing of U.S. foreign policy and the biases of western corporate media, their land, like that of the Gullah-Geechee of the eastern U.S. seaboard, Black farmers throughout Uncle Sam, or the Garifuna of Honduras, has been consistently confiscated by settler colonialism.

Recently, four Garifuna land-defenders—Snider Centeno, Milton Martínez, Suany Álvarez, and a fourth unidentified— were abducted from their homes by heavily armed men in Honduras’ northern coastal town of Triunfo de la Cruz. Community leaders referred to the kidnapping as the latest attack against their indigenous and African-Indigenous homeland as they continue to struggle against Canadian tourist speculators as well as mining and other extractive industries.


Communication Beyond Borders

Mainstream and, increasingly, not so mainstream western media is a blunt enterprise. It tells us, point-blank, what happens on a day-to-day basis. Rarely does it delve into the context, historical or otherwise, as to why things happen. Surface story in hand, journalists, spin doctors, experts and people with little to no knowledge of the events can weave whatever narrative they so please. In this regard, public education cannot be left out of this equation. However, with the basis of its focus on upholding creationist myths and forcing students to prepare for standardized tests, the western education system lags behind by design in this marriage between what is taught at school and how adults interact or respond to the news. Disconnected from one another, the follies of the past play out like a rat running on a toy wheel. Games aside, today’s western media portrayal of the South China Seas or Iran as representing a terrorist threat may very well be yesterday’s Gulf of Tonkin.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Joseph Goebbels pondered openly and without fear. “We shall go down in history as the greatest statesmen of all time, or as the greatest criminals.” It’s a menacing dichotomy that possibly mass media and other forms of communication are only capable of producing. But despite the perils, communication, verbal, physical or otherwise, remains a quintessential tool of the ages. It’s the means by which we develop mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and interpersonally. It’s how the king of the jungle coordinates with others to prepare her next meal and how a herd of gazelles escape from becoming that next meal. Elephants employ a series of sophisticated non-verbal communication techniques to exchange present and past information, as well as detect vibrations in the earth, unfamiliar noises, and odors. Communication is how dolphins and whales navigate the high seas, a rattlesnake warns us off from encroaching on its homeland, and ants build their intricate kingdoms.

A single, microscopic spermatozoon thrust among untold numbers finds an egg via communication. From this point of inception, the world as we know it goes round. A few years later, hegemonic gang leaders order the bombing and invasion of a country far away. Faith then moves mountains, resistance abounds, and a sparrow sings its song of a new tomorrow.

Feature photo | President Donald Trump arrives and speaks with Fox News Channel Anchor Bill Hemmer, as Vice President Mike Pence looks on, during a Fox News Channel virtual town hall, at the White House, March 24, 2020, in Washington. Evan Vucci | AP

Additional photos | Unless otherwise noted, all photos featured in this article are in the public domain.

Julian Cola is a translator (Brazilian-Portuguese to English). A former staff writer at the pan-Latin American news outlet, teleSUR, his articles and essays also appear in Africa is a Country, Black Agenda Report, Truthout, Counterpunch and elsewhere.

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In Other News: Bat Boy Runs For School Board 

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Farewell Local News McClatchy, one of the largest and oldest newspaper publishers in the country, will be bought out of bankruptcy by Chatham Asset Management, a hedge fund. McClatchy owns 30 papers including the Sacramento Bee, the Miami Herald and … Continue reading

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Teaching economics for a better world

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Francesc Trillas (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona) explains CORE’s objectives and recent teaching and learning developments.

The article is in Spanish. An English translation is available here.

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Manipulating the Message: Police Attacks on Free Press and the Fencing in of Humanity

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/06/2020 - 6:19am in

The evening before President Trump lumbered over to St. John’s Church for his infamous “photo op,” U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr quietly instructed all 56 regional departments of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) to “identify criminal organizers and instigators” in the nationwide protests elicited by George Floyd’s murder. Barr, himself, directed the dispersal of demonstrators outside the White House on Monday to clear the way for the President’s jaunt to the nearby house of worship.

As intended, the stunt drew all the media’s attention and left precious little coverage, if any, about the continued encroachment by the federal government into whatever is left of America’s “freedoms.” Predictably, the mere use of a Bible as a prop was enough to rile up the base and the opposition together, diverting the attention away from substantial issues and corralling public discourse around a completely meaningless event.

From comments made by the church’s bishop denouncing Trump’s unannounced visit as a “charade,” to Pentagon officials accompanying the President claiming they were “unaware” of where they were headed, this has been the modus operandi of the Trump presidency from the start. But as the administration begins the last leg of its first – and possibly last term – the signs of more direct control over the press are starting to manifest.


Your e-papers, please

Right from the gate, Trump harped on the message of “fake news” and labeled news media organizations as the enemy. The crass and petulant delivery of Trump’s invectives against large news media outlets conceals the subtlety of the tactics in play. After all, the emergence of the Internet had laid bare the limitations of the fourth estate, which found itself exposed by a new generation of bloggers and independent journalists empowered by unfettered access to information. Trump’s story rang true to many Americans who bought into the narrative he was peddling.

But, as events continue to unfold, it is becoming more clear that the outright effort to curtail first amendment protections is not exclusively geared towards professional journalists, but to the general population instead, who by virtue of having a video recording device with instant publishing capabilities right in their pocket, are de facto journalists, as well.

A fairly new requirement for visa applications now compels people wishing to enter the country to provide their social media handles. The so-called “social media registration” measure is being challenged in court from many different sectors, including social media giants Twitter and Reddit, faith-based organizations, and filmmakers.

The broader implications of such a seemingly innocuous change to a simple visa application are far reaching as the State Department “can retain the collected information indefinitely, share it broadly among federal agencies, and disclose it, in some circumstances, to foreign governments.”, according to a press statement by the Knight First Amendment Institute.

The danger posed to the establishment by a hyper-informed population is being combatted on many fronts because it is a real threat to their power; to the point that they are willing to sacrifice their own, mostly loyal mainstream media allies,  to drive the point home.


Shot in the face

The Australian government is opening an investigation into the assault on two Australian journalists covering the anti-police brutality protests in Washington DC. Punched and shot with rubber bullets, cameraman Tim Myers and reporter Amelia Brace were caught in one of the many brutal acts by riot police. Journalists have been arrested on camera and attacked by police repeatedly all over the country. The tally so far, compiled by U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, counts as many as 12 arrests, 38 attacks on members of the press, and over 190 claims of abuse at the hands of police officers.

A particularly egregious attack left journalist Linda Tirado permanently blind in one eye from a rubber bullet shot at her directly by police. A similar attack left legal observer Danny Garza with a black eye at a protest in Sacramento, California. Garza, who also suffered from a concussion, is a member of the National Lawyers Guild and was at the protest in the capacity of a legal observer, he was nonetheless targeted specifically, as were the medics who came to his aide.

Scenes like these have been repeated in many places across the nation over the past several days. In one especially haunting incident that has been making the rounds on social media, a team of riot police lurched down a quiet residential street in Minneapolis where no protest of any kind was taking place, shooting their paintball guns at residents on their porch.

All of these shameful events beg the question: Why is this happening in a country which holds freedom of speech to be one of its guiding principles? Part of the answer was touched on above. The state’s traditional control over the public narrative, usually parsed by its partners in the fourth estate, is under serious threat. But, there are more effective and less visible ways of addressing such concerns. The overt, gross examples of police brutality on display during the very demonstrations organized against it might have a different purpose altogether. One more closely related to the roll-out of a new form of policing, which relies on algorithms instead of crude billy clubs.


Virtual Precincts Don’t Burn Down

The breach of Minneapolis’s 3rd Police Precinct on day three of the George Floyd protests in that city was an unprecedented act in modern American history. Not even during the turbulent and explosive social tensions of the 1960s did such a thing ever take place and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that it was allowed to happen. The building was abandoned by police shortly after they reportedly “ran out” of non-lethal ammunition. Reports of other questionable behavior by police, such as the destruction of protester’s water supplies and the ostensible planting of bricks in alleyways have proliferated over the past week of civil unrest, painting law enforcement in the worst possible light under the circumstances.

The perception of an out-of-control police force is not rare in minority communities, who have historically had to bear the brunt of their excesses, but it is far less familiar to more well-off suburbanites who don’t have the same relationship with law enforcement. National coverage of these not-so-new behaviors, coupled with the narrative pushed by Susan Rice and others of “foreign actors” and “outside agitators” is tacitly making the case for the replacement of a fallible and racist police force with cleaner, more precise policing mechanisms developed by entities like Google, Apple and Microsoft.

A tech-based, self-censoring model of social control is the ultimate dream of those who wish to rule over us, but not live among us. Presenting the facet of police most (White) people never see for themselves on live TV is a good way to make a case for their replacement by cold and intractable computer code.


To Be or Not to be

A video of a confrontation between AP journalists and a police officer emerged on Tuesday, in which videojournalist Robert Bumsted and photographer Maye-E Wong were precluded from covering a protest in lower Manhattan. After being told to go home by an NYPD officer, Bumsted pleads their case, asserting that members of the press are considered “essential workers.” The officer responds by saying he doesn’t “give a shit,” while a fellow officer adds that they should “get the fuck out.”

Such messy displays of human interaction can be completely avoided in a world where your status is determined by a scanning device instead of another person and law enforcement is reduced to a machine parsing the photographs and videos we’ve already become so fond of taking of each other.

The existence of police brutality in America for people of color cannot be disputed. It is a fact of life for them, as well as many other marginalized groups. At its core, it is a problem of inhumanity that requires a human solution, not stricter digital barriers that exacerbate our alienation in the name of profit and a false, uneasy peace.

Feature photo | A police officer shouts at Associated Press videojournalist Robert Bumsted, June 2, 2020, in New York. Wong Maye-E | AP

Raul Diego is a MintPress News Staff Writer, independent photojournalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker.

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Convention for HE Statement, A New Future for HE

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 10:08pm in

This is an edited version of a statement developed, discussed and agreed at a 200-strong online meeting of academic staff and supporters of Higher Education on Saturday 23 May 2020. You can add your support to this statement below.
No return to ‘Business as Usual’:
Time for a New Future for Higher Education
1. The Crisis in Higher Education

Covid-19 has brought universities to the brink of collapse. An estimated 30-60,000 jobs are at risk, and many universities are confronting bankruptcy. The Government’s fee/loan market reforms of Higher Education were originally justified as a way to provide a sustainable future for HE and facilitate student choice. Instead, they have created a financial bubble, the over-expansion of some institutions while others shrank, and debt-fuelled building projects leveraged on ever-growing home and overseas student numbers.

2. The Public Value of Higher Education

The expected economic depression in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis will disproportionately affect young people, and those in the poorest areas of the UK. We need a strong, sustainable HE system if the UK is to recover. Universities are uniquely equipped to enable the development of new knowledge and skills, and thus a social and economic renewal.

The ideology of the tuition fee market has prioritised the private benefit of Higher Education over the public good. But universities do not merely train students for the workplace: they are the centres of research and scholarship essential to the understanding of society and its ills; they develop our culture; and they facilitate much-needed public debate.

  • Support for universities must be based on a model of public funding, in conjunction with planned support for a reinvigorated Further Education sector.

3. Addressing Social Inequalities

Addressing social inequalities should be the main focus of delivering support to universities in the crisis. Support for Higher Education must be addressed in conjunction with support for Further Education, which has been de-funded and denigrated.

  • To enable full advantage to be taken of the opportunities in reformed Higher and Further Education sectors, the restoration of properly-funded maintenance grants must be a priority, with additional resources to tackle the inequalities of access by social class, ethnicity and disability.
  • Priority should be given to those social groups in disadvantaged circumstances, whether on the basis of locality, socio-economic class, ethnicity or disability; and to unemployed adult returners.
  • In the short-term, and with the temporary move to on-line teaching, tuition fees should be reduced by 30%, with the balance made up by direct government grant to institutions. Delivery of higher cost subjects should be directly subsidised by grant income.

4. Creating Sustainable Employment in Higher Education

Marketisation has encouraged run-away salaries at the top of UK universities alongside the vast expansion in fractional, temporary, hourly-paid or even zero-hours contracts at the bottom. This is wrong, and it must be reversed.

  • Salaries within higher education should be contained through a maximum ratio of 6:1 between the lowest and the highest paid in an institution.
  • Universities must provide secure contracts for staff who carry out teaching and research, and the out-sourcing of teaching must end.
  • Voluntary severance schemes should not be used to worsen staff-student ratios but rather to provide employment opportunities for early-career researchers.

5. Research and Education without Borders

Universities should be welcoming places for all staff and students, irrespective of their nationality. Research and education is enriched by the international diversity of university campuses. The government’s so-called ‘Hostile Environment’ policy has rendered international and EU staff and students as second-class citizens, and has turned university staff into border guards forced to monitor their international students.

  • International students and staff should not be subject to racist and discriminatory policies, including surveillance for the purposes of UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) monitoring, and should not be subject to the migrant NHS surcharge.

6. Cooperation not Competition between Universities

The removal of caps on student recruitment, alongside the pursuit of overseas student fees, has profoundly destabilised the university system. Allowing universities to compete for students, even within the 5 per cent over-target cap proposed by the Office for Students, will likely cause many institutions to collapse. The diversity of provision, structure, courses, modules and subjects in UK post-compulsory education is a strength of the sector, and must be protected from the simple logic of market forces.

  • A restoration of institutional recruitment limits is required, backed up by direct public funding to support any struggling institutions through a temporary dip in recruitment.

7. Addressing Financial Inequity and Cross-subsidy

Universities have used surpluses in teaching income to fund both capital expansion and under-funded research.

  • Research should be funded directly at full cost, instead of relying on a subsidy from student fees. This requires increased and more equitable Quality-Related funding and increased funding within grant-awarding bodies.
  • To minimise waste, the “Full Economic Costing” component for salary per employee should be capped at the minimum level for a professor.
  • The teaching of costly subjects should be topped up by direct public teaching grants to institutions.

8. Governance and Oversight

Universities have become increasingly authoritarian in their internal governance structures, with a control culture of managerialism replacing scholarly leadership. Widespread but secretive contracting of debt and public-private partnerships pursued by university managers now imperil their institutions’ very survival. These arrangements have been leveraged against current and future fee income, subsidised with public money.

  • Internal university governance must be democratised to restore internal accountability. This would require the election of Vice-Chancellors by the academic community, and a return (or the institution) of the sovereign role of elected representative bodies of staff (e.g. congregations, academic boards, and senates).
  • The Office for Students should insist that all institutions publicly declare their outstanding debts and associated covenants, and introduce adequate transparency and oversight regulations.

9. The Way Ahead

The steps identified above are, we believe, a modest set of achievable goals for a sustainable future for Higher Education in the UK. Implementing these steps would preserve the strengths of the existing sector in the short term and allow the UK Higher Education sector to play its part in the economic and social recovery we all want to see following a Covid-19 lockdown. Some steps are urgent. As outlined above, offering students maintenance grants and fee support in the next academic year would have two benefits: it would create major opportunities to learn and develop to the population while financially stabilising institutions and averting a wave of redundancies.

Supported by: UCU London Region, Bournemouth University, Brighton Falmer, London RM, London School of Economics, Newcastle University, Newcastle College (FE), University of Northampton, Open University, University of the Arts London, University College London, Yorkshire and Humberside RM, Wales RM, University of Warwick, University of Worcester (add your branch).

Initial signatories include

Sean Wallis, UCU Branch President, Principal Research Fellow, University College London (UCL)
Prof John Holmwood, Campaign for the Public University, University of Nottingham
Prof Des Freedman, UCU Branch VP, Goldsmiths, University of London
Nicola Pratt, Reader, International Politics of the Middle East, University of Warwick
Rachel Cohen, UCU Branch VP, Reader in Sociology, City, University of London
Lee Jones, Reader in International Politics, Queen Mary University of London
Tom Hickey, Hon. Research Fellow, University of Brighton
Xanthe Whittaker, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Saladin Meckled-Garcia, UCU Branch VP, University College London
Muireann Crowley, UCU Learning Rep, University of Edinburgh
Prof Lizzie Thynne, Professor of Film, University of Sussex
Priscilla Ross, Principal/UCU member, Co-operative College/ Coop University Project
Kathleen O’Donnell, Principal Lecturer
Grant Buttars, UCU Branch President, University of Edinburgh
Mark Hagen, Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Bristol
Keith Simpson, UCU Branch President, City, University of London
Mark O’Brien, Senior Researcher, University of Liverpool
Louise Gaynor, Manager, UCL
Claire Duncanson, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh
Ellie Harrison, Lecturer, University of Dundee
Marian Mayer, Co-chair Bournemouth University UCU, Chair South Region UCU, National Negotiator, Senior Lecturer, Bourenmouth University
Prof James L Newell
Kathryn Dutton, Chair HE, Yorks & Humber UCU/ Associate Dean, York St John
Prof Megan Povey, Professor of Food Physics, UCU Leeds Committee, LGBT+ MSC and Womens MSC, University of Leeds
Mark Waugh, Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL
Matteo Tiratelli, Teaching Fellow, UCL
Karen Evans, Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool
Gail Edwards, Lecturer in Education, Newcastle University
Michael Szpakowski, UCU
Richard McEwan, UCU branch secretary, New City College Poplar
Prof Patrick Ainley, Professor of Training and Education (retd.), University of Greenwich
Prof Christophe Soligo, UCL
Fadl Isa, PhD Student, The University of Sheffield
Lesley Catchpowle, Senior Lecturer / UCU cocom member, University of Greenwich
Sunil Banga, UCU Branch President, Lancaster University
Mark Newman, Reader, UCL Institute of Education
Salomé Ietter, Postgraduate researcher, Queen Mary University of London
Marc Olivier, PhD researcher, Ulster University
Matthew Barnfield, PhD student, Queen Mary University of London
Felix Mantz, PhD Researcher, Queen Mary University of London
Prof Neve Gordon, Queen Mary University of London
Anne Daguerre, Associate Professor, Middlesex University
Lewis Jones, London Metropolitan University
Adrian Budd, Associate Professor, London South Bank University
Brian Hosmer, H.G. Barnard Chair of Western American History, University of Tulsa
Catherine Rottenberg, Associate Professor of American Studies/ Departmental Union Rep, University of Nottingham
Lee Humber, Senior lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Prof Andrew Patrizio, University of Edinburgh
Mark Riley, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton
Caroline Martin, University of Manchester
Katherine Parker, Teaching Associate, Queen Mary University of London
David Bakewell, former Lecturer, University of Liverpool
Kyran Joughin, UCU-UAL CoCom Sec, University of the Arts London
Claire Graf, Tutor/Casework Coordinator, University of Edinburgh
Ayse Sargin, University of Essex
Elizabeth Lawrence, Branch Secretary, UCU Yorkshire and Humberside Retired Members’ Branch
Jo Lampard, University College London
Peter Seddon, Reader (retired), University of Brighton
Prof Paul Ward, Professor of Animation Studies/UCU Branch Chair, Arts University Bournemouth
Sean McMahon, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh
David Whyte, UCU Branch Vice President, University of Liverpool
Mark Abel, UCU Branch Chair, University of Brighton
Soe Tjen Marching, Senior lector, SOAS
Juan Usubillaga, Research Assistant / PhD Student, Cardiff University
Michaelina Jakala, Coventry University
Muhammad Azizuddin, Senior Teacher, NUBS, Newcastle Universality
Félix Hernández Fernandez, PhD Student, Queen Mary University of London
Paul Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in International Development, University of Sussex
Sarah Britten-Jones, Lecturer and Research Student, Oxford Brookes and RCA
Prof Paul Anderson, UCU Branch VP, QMUL
Prof Sergey Mikhalovsky, (retd.), University of Brighton
Maya Nedyalkova
Tania Manyuira, Additional Learning Support/UCU Learning Rep, Sandwell College
Hans van de Koot, Reader in Linguistics, University College London
Prof Engin Isin, Queen Mary University of London
Caterina Nirta, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton
Sue Gollifer, Branch Secretary, University of Brighton
Jeremy Bubb, Senior Lecturer / UCU member, University of Roehampton
Richard Blackman, Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University
Prof Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths, University of London
Carlo Morelli, UCU Scotland President, Dundee University
Prof Linda Davies, Branch Co Vice President, University of Manchester
Yaiza Hernández Velázquez, Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London
Mina Sol, Research Associate, SOAS
Barbara Pizziconi, Reader, SOAS, University Of London
Pamela Karantonis, Lecturer / Dept UCU Rep and Membership team, Goldsmiths, University of London
Marina Vishmidt, lecturer/ dept rep, Goldsmiths, University of London
Amanda Kipling, Health and Safety Officer / Senior lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ian Dolan, Early Career Academic, Arts University Bournemouth
Rebecca Pride, Associate Professor and Course Leader, Arts University Bournemouth
Leticia Sabsay, Associate Professor/UCU Branch committee member, London School of Economics
Phil Beards, Course Leader, Principal Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Sonya Andermahr, Reader in English / Equalities Officer, University of Northampton
Tom Armstrong, soas ucu branch chair, SOAS, University of London
Prof Haim Bresheeth, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS, University of London
Siavash Bakhtiar, Language Instructor, Queen Mary University of London
Kostas Maronitis, Lecturer in Politics and IR, Leeds Trinity University
Christopher Cunningham, PhD candidate, The University of Essex
Ronald Mendel, Associate Lecturer, University of Northampton
Dianne Kirby, Reader Emerita, Ulster University
Simon Frend, AUB UCU H&S Officer, Arts University Bournemouth
Hilary Partridge, Ordinary member of branch executive, The Open University
Wayne Martin, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Matteo Mandarini, Lecturer in Strategy/Ordinary committee member, Queen Mary University of London
Richard Lewis, Senior Lecture / UCU Member, Arts University Bournemouth
C. Sanger, SL, London South Bank University
Milly Williamson, UCU equalities rep, Goldsmiths, University of London
Nick Thoburn, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
Mark Baxendale, Reader, UCU Branch Committee, Queen Mary University of London
Lesley Kane, UCU NEC member for HE South, Open University
Prof Eleonore Kofman, UCU Branch Executive member, Middlesex University
Steve Roskams, Senior Lecturer, Dept UCU Rep, University of York
Prof Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol
James Pattison, Teaching Associate in Sociology/UCU Member, University of Nottingham
Massimiliano Mollona, Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
Isabelle Darmon, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
Mark Erickson, Reader in Sociology, University of Brighton
Les Levidow, Senior Research Fellow, Open University
Benjamin Vincent Oakley, Post-Graduate Research Student, Arts University Bournemouth
Joe Newman, Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
Simon Beeson, Course Leader, Arts University Bournemouth
Nessa Cronin, University Lecturer and Associate Director of Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Christina Paine, UCU NEC casualised rep, London Region Vice Chair, and UCU Londonmet Chair, London Metropolitan University
Bill Aird, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, The University of Edinburgh
Susan Kelly, Senior Lecturer Art; GUCU Joint Secretary, Goldsmiths, University of London
Antony Dixon, Lecture/ member, Arts University Bournemouth
Nick Cimini, Lecturer / EIS-ULA ex-President, Edinburgh Napier University
Christine Gausden, Academic, University of Salford
Yonit Percival, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS/QMUL
Christian Hogsbjerg, Lecturer in Critical History and Politics, University of Brighton
Gabriel Moreno, Senior lecturer, Northumbria University
Ryan Burns, Senior Lecturer / Branch Chair, University of Brighton
Sara Bragg, Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education
Willem de Bruijn, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Prof Bob Brecher, Professor of Moral Philosophy; UCU member, University of Brighton
Marten Sims, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Roddy Slorach, UCU branch organiser, Imperial College London
Prof Fergus Nicol, LMU UCU branch treasurer, London Metropolitan University and Oxford Brookes
Nico Pizzolato, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University
Esther Yarnold, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Andrea Bernardi, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Nadia Edmond, Principal Lecturer and UCU Branch Chair, University of Brighton
Nick Stevenson, Reader in Cultural Sociology, UCU rep, Nottingham University
Johan Siebers, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Middlesex University London
Martin Caminada, Lecturer, Cardiff University
Sezen Kizilgul Kartal, LSA UCU, City and Islington College
Salema Foot, PhD student, The University of Essex
Prof Helena Miguelez-Carballeira, Professor in Hispanic Studies, Bangor University
Prof Raphael Salkie, Professor of Language Studies, University of Brighton
William Astle, University Senior Lecturer, and UCU Departmental Rep, University of Cambridge
Liz Morrish, Visiting Fellow, York St John University
Prof Carol Richardson, University of Edinburgh
Michael Mahadeo, Lecturer in Sociology, Ulster University
Peter Conlin, Lecturer , Coventry University
Christopher Cocking, Principal Lecturer/ casework co-ordinator, University of Brighton
Nicole Wolf, Senior Lecturer/ departmental rep, Goldsmiths, University of London
Paul Okojie, Ex-Departmental Rep, School of Law (retd.), Manchester Metropolitan University
Feyzi Ismail, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, University of London
Sarah James, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Sophia Woodman, Senior lecturer, University of Edinburgh
Richard Smith, Reader, University of Warwick
Catherine Craven, PhD candidate, SOAS, University of London
Prof Maggie ONeill, Professor of Sociology , University College Cork
Adele Keeley, Senior Lecturer, The Arts University Bournemouth
Anne Alexander, Exec committee member Cambridge UCU, University of Cambridge
Sue Mew, Associate Professor and UCU Branch Chair, Middlesex University
Manjeet Ramgotra, Lecturer/SOAS UCU Equality and Diversity Rep, SOAS, University of London
Anandi Ramamurthy, Professor of Media and Culture , Sheffield Hallam University
Konstantinos Sirlantzis, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent
Prof John F. Allen, Honorary Professor, University College London
Luci Attala, Senior Lecturer, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Prof Megan Povey, Professor of Food Physics, UCU Leeds Committee, LGBT+ MSC and Womens MSC, University of Leeds
Reem Talhouk, VC Research fellow, Northumbria University
Canglong Wang, Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Hull
Prof Michael J Larkin, (retd.)
Eleni Kapogianni, Lecturer, University of Kent
Prof Ciara Kierans, The University of Liverpool
Prof Richard Seaford, (retd.), University of Exeter
Francesca Berry, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Richard Bradbury, UCU Branch VP, Open University
Laurence Rushby, PhD candidate, Arts University Bournemouth
Prof Lizzie Thynne, Professor of Film, University of Sussex
Jill Burke, University of Edinburgh
Jill Reese, Teaching Fellow in Visual Culture, Anthropology Department, University College London
Bettina Friedrich, Research Fellow, UCL School of Medicine
Sarah Magill, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
Prof Craig Brandist, Senior Vice-President Sheffield UCU, University of Sheffield
Joanne Gosling, Senior Curriculum Manager, New City College
Mehmetali Dikerdem, UCU Branch Executive member, Middlesex University
Michael Guida, Research Associate and tutor, University of Sussex
Anthony Sullivan, Senior Lecturer, London College of Fashion, UAL
Terry Bryan, Music Coordinator, University of Sussex
Jotika Khur-Yearn, Subject Librarian, SOAS, University of London
Richard Wild, Principal Lecturer in Criminology, University of Greenwich
Prof Ben Highmore, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sussex
Prof Alisa Lebow, Professor of Screen Media, University of Sussex
Michael Lawrence, Reader in Film Studies, University of Sussex
Rhiannon Lockley, Branch Secretary, Birmingham City University
Lucy Steeds, Reader, University of the Arts London
Prof David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Southampton
Peter Jones, Reader, Sheffield Hallam University
Prof Barry Smart, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth
Prof Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Sussex
Aaron Winter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of East London
Prof Mark McCormack, Professor of Sociology, University of Roehampton
Caroline Barratt, Lecturer, University of Essex
Peter Rees, Associate Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
Billy Woods, Lecturer, University of Essex
Sean O’Dell, Lecturer in Contextual Studies and Social History, University Centre Colchester
Gabriella Alberti, Associate Professor, University of Leeds
Sian Lewis-Anthony, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent
Prof Ruth Luthi-Carter, Equalities Rep, University of Leicester
Tanja Müller, University of Manchester
Eirini Konstantinidou, Senior Lecturer, University of Essex
Mano Suzuki, World Languages Tutor, University of Kent
Prof Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton
Prof Kay Peggs, Professor of Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University London
Samer Gharib, Education Developer, University of Essex
Idris Akindamola Ajia, University of Southampton
Debra Benita Shaw, Reader in Cultural Theory, University of East London
Esme Terry, Research Fellow, University of Leeds
Eleftheria Lekakis, Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex
Alice Eldridge, Lecturer in Music Technology, University of Sussex
Umit Cetin, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster
Louise Steel, Reader, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
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Journalism Cannot Be a COVID-19 Casualty

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 15/05/2020 - 12:32am in

Journalism cannot survive, and certainly not thrive, without resources. And those resources are not coming from a “free market” that has stalled out. There has to be a federal fix, and that means that Congress must include muscular support for journalism in stimulus measures. Continue reading

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Covid-19 is resetting the way we talk about the economy

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In an op-ed, Wendy Carlin and Samuel Bowles discuss how the twin crises of climate change and the pandemic provide an opportunity to transform economic thinking. Ethical considerations will be unavoidable, but they will enrich our economic vernacular.

Read Wendy and Samuel’s article by following the link below or by downloading a PDF copy.

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The coming battle for the COVID-19 narrative

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Like the Great Depression and WWII, the COVID-19 pandemic (along with climate change) will alter how we think about the economy and public policy, not only in seminars and policy think tanks, but also in the everyday vernacular by which people talk about their livelihoods and futures. It will likely prompt a leftward shift on the government-versus-markets continuum of policy alternatives. But more important, it may overturn that anachronistic one-dimensional menu by including approaches drawing on social values going beyond compliance and material gain.

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Another ‘Samuelson, 1948’ moment? Evidence from machine learning

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About seventy years ago, Paul Samuelson urged economists to focus their attention on the “really interesting and vital problems of overall economic policy”. Today, a similar call might be needed. By using topic modelling, Wendy Carlin and Samuel Bowles find that concepts empowering economists to address today’s major challenges – climate change, inequality and the [...]

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What Students Learn in Economics 101: Time for a Change

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A paper by Samuel Bowles and Wendy Carlin, in the March 2020 issue (vol. 58, issue 1) of the Journal of Economic Literature, uses machine learning text analysis to tell about the evolution of introductory economics since Samuelson revolutionized intro in 1948, and sets out how CORE is attempting something similar to what Samuelson did in 1948 to address the new challenges that face us today.

Read the article on the JEL website or as a pre-print on the UCL website.


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