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How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions by Jonathan Cook

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Palestinians protest inside the open-air prison that is Gaza during long day demonstration against the Israeli occupation on June 8, 2018 in near Nahal Oz, Israel. (Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

  • The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate power by legitimizing it, by making its unbalanced and unjust distribution seem natural and immutable.
  • Our planet and our children’s futures depend on us liberating ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are.

Jonathan CookCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Raised%20Fist%20with%20Peace%20Sign%20Background%20copy.jpgJune 13, 2018 | For several years now, I have been writing regular posts on my blog with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive.

It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer than everyone else. We have simply had a chance – an earlier one – to step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of the two.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/jonathan_cook.jpg?itok=EQqAZ8wm Jonathan Cook won the 2011 Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East (Pluto Press) and Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair (Zed Books).

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