Sources, columnists and saucey columnists


Now that print journalism is dying of blood loss while being roundly sodomised by governments and Business the world over, where do YOU go for current affairs, discourse, commentary and information on this glorious web thingy?

I don't know if this will construe advertising - and as such fall foul of site rules - but a thread detailing the best of what's out there may be quite a useful resource for those tired with the "News For Mouth-Breathers" we get fed daily.

Please feed this thread with links. The best best way to kill the likes of the sun is to get people reading something else, for free.

"All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value." Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

I think Google News is pretty good...

Its ingenius algorithms search 000's of news providers and then it automatically groups reports by topic but from different providers. So you can easily see how the same story is being reported in two different media outlets. Hopefully you find the middle ground between Al-Jazeera and Fox...

Also, I'm a big fan of The Economist (unless its anything to do with the EU). They really back up everything they say and they are the only organization I know of that correctly report things I have personal knowledge of.

Over a pint I considered a new thread, but this appeared (as if by magic).

Private Eye may never be arrsers' greatest friend, but I offer you their latest editorial (No. 1142 30Sep-13Oct).

"We will not cut and run when faced with this violence", announced defence secretary John Reid, trying to turn the successful rescue of two British soliers from an Iranian-backed militia in Basra into a handy 'Zulu moment' just before the Labour Party confererence.

On fact neither he nor anyone else at the ministry of defence had anything to do with the rescue. The decision to go was taken by Brigadier John Lorimer, acting without any support, his own commanding officer being away on holiday at the time.

The MoD had verylittle to say about the action for a full 24 hours, denying key details of the breaking story until convinced that it had been a success. Meanwhile Lorimer was acting on his own initiative, fully aware that he would have been the fall guy if the operation had gone 'belly up'.

Once it was clear there had been no mass casualties and no footage of SAS hostages being beheaded live on videao, however, the MoD re-assumed control of the story.

It announced grandly that our lads had shown 'restraint' in the use of fire power. In fact squaddies in Basra say they are now so terrified of the possible legal consequences of using their weapons that they hesitate to do so, allowing the mob in this case to get close enugh to shower them with petrol bombs.

The MoD also announced that the British had been attacked by a 'small and violent crowd'. But those on the ground say the police station in question was home to hundreds of militia men, who fled only when British armour arrived. They left behind looted Mercedes and Lexus cars - all gleefully crushed under the tracks of British tanks.

The MoD also said that "the situation in Basra is now calm" but the problem is actually that the British Army has been involved in a major operation for some time now not just against Iranian-backed insurgents but also Iranian militia themselves"
Apart from "Zulu moment" being less appropriate than "Rorke's drift moment" and "tanks" vs "Warrior AFVs", they seem to be on our side - although they may be more anti-government than pro-army.

Is the last para re Iranians accurate .. or are they just floating a future headline ?.

You can subscribe on-line at, good value, filthy crossword, mischeivous cartoons aplenty. Bizarrely, their web site includes the humour/front page captions etc on-line - but you have to bey the mag for the articles. Very funny "Love is Blind" (a la Mills & Boon) ref Blind Pugh's predicament.
I am a long time subscriber to Private Eye and enjoy its irreverent, anti-establishment point of view. Mrs Fett used to struggle to distinguish what was serious comment and what was urine extraction, but I think she has got the hang of it now.
From what I have seen & heard over the years (long time Eye subscriber) Ian Hislop has a soft spot for the Army. They showed a clip of the amarillo video on "have I got news for you" and his comment was " They've got the shittiest job in the world and still have the sense of humour & morale to make that"
I like Newsmap.

The size of the box gives you an indication of how many people are reporting it.
You can tick & untick the boxes at the top & bottom to select only the things that interest you & then click 'permalink' & add to favourites (this saves you making the same selections every time you view it).


Al Ahram - the english weekly edition. Is always good for a main stream Arab perspective of things.

Asian Times - Covers the whole Asian region has a wide variety of writers.


Professor Juan Cole - Chicago ME and S Asia specialist also deals with American issues.

Abu Aardvark - Another American ME specialist. Focuses more on popular arab opinion and culture (note for PTP and others he likes discussing hot Arab women quite a lot) - US gossip and Celeb site

Then the usual:,
Excellent, especially the more obscure ones. Get some more in quick before the labour stewards from bournem- NO! WAIT! LET ME JUST PRESS SUBM-..................

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