Articles by Jake Lynch

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On Western Civilisation
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

One of the best-known quotes about Western civilisation is the exchange attributed to the Mahatma Gandhi. What did he think of it? he was asked. The great man’s reply – “that would be a good idea” – has passed into legend. An equally famous aperçu from the US writer and political candidate Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man (sic) to understand something”, he wrote, “when his salary depends on his not understanding it”.

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Why I’ve Written an Historical Novel
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

Myth and mysticism are resurgent. Brexit will enable Britons to “take back control”. Corporate tax cuts will lead to “jobs and growth”. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has a “clean bill of health”. Global warming is a “Chinese conspiracy”. None of these claims withstands more than a minute’s informed scrutiny, but that doesn’t dispel them because, as Trump’s lawyer, the former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, told NBC’s Meet The Press recently, “truth isn’t truth”.

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Peace Journalism in Lebanon
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

Inaugural Conference, Association of Media Educators of Lebanon, Lebanese American University, Beirut 7-11 Dec 2017 — Lebanon is a country in acute need of Peace Journalism. In a general sense, there is a hunger among both journalists and their readers and audiences for ways to engage with social and political issues in the public sphere that do not exacerbate the tensions inherent in a diverse society, still coming to terms with the legacy of a vicious civil war.

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Brexit and Its Discontents
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

To the extent that grievances over inequalities in Britain drove the Leave vote, they were shooting at the wrong target. The UK cost of living crisis is due not to ‘Brussels’ but the actions of governments the British have elected to power in Westminster. The long-cherished vision of the Brexitollahs is for power to tilt still further in favour of employers and the wealthy.

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(Italiano) È ora di sfidare il sistema bellico
Jake Lynch | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

Si sono osservate dinamiche che conducessero a una grandiosa cospirazione putativa, che coinvolgesse vari soggetti di vari settori – industria, militare, politica e media – attivi a tramare in segreto per sospingerci alla guerra, a prescindere dalle conseguenze, al fine di far soldi? Qui è dove attingiamo ai concetti forniti dalla sociologia per definire la portata dell’attività politica non nelle parole e negli atti di attori identificabili – l’aspetto ‘comportamentale’ – bensì in quanto forza generativa immagazzinata in e attivata da sistemi e strutture.

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Time to Challenge the War System
Prof. Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

Are these observations leading to a putative grand conspiracy involving individuals in different domains–industry, military, politics and media–scheming in secret to propel us into war in order to make money? This is where we reach for the concepts furnished by social science to locate political agency not in the words and deeds of identifiable actors but instead as a generative force that is stored in, and activated from, systems and structures.

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What Is Peace Journalism?
Prof. Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

Peace journalism is when editors and reporters make choices – about what to report, and how to report it – that create opportunities for society at large to consider and to value non-violent responses to conflict.

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Bugger the Journalism: The Slow Death of Critical Thinking in Australia
Jake Lynch – New Matilda, 7 Nov 2016

The Australian Research Council’s latest funding round is rich on gadgets, but a wasteland to social justice projects and big ideas. My designated Field of Research is Journalism Studies. And yet, of 630 funded projects, the number in Journalism Studies is… zero. Yes, that’s right: the square root of naff all.

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Please Help Us Save the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney
Prof. Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2016

CPACS has a long and distinguished record of bringing the perspectives of Peace with Justice to bear on the University’s research, teaching and community outreach. We honour the tradition of speaking truth to power on vital issues where the mainstream of Australian politics and media would rather look the other way.

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Open Letter to University of Sydney to Reject Calls to Punish Palestine-Justice Supporters
Jake Lynch, Sydney Staff for BDS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2015

Calls are principally focussed on having Associate Professor Jake Lynch and Dr Nick Riemer dismissed from the university. In Lynch’s case, this is the demand explicitly being made by the Australasian Union of Jewish Students. We call on you, Dr Spence, not to allow yourself to be made the agent of the Israel lobby’s persecution of those committed to a just peace in the Middle East.

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Please Help Us Save the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Jake Lynch, Australians for BDS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Oct 2014

I am writing to ask you, who stood with us over our support for the Academic Boycott of Israel, to now write to the University of Sydney to help save the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in its present form.

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Time for BDS to Oppose Israeli War Crimes
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jul 2014

16 Jul 2014 – I have spent the last year defending my right, through Australia’s Federal Court, not to take part in fellowship schemes that link the University of Sydney, where I direct the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and two institutions from Israel. This week, Judge Alan Robertson dismissed the case against me and awarded costs.

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What’s Really at Stake in the Sydney University BDS Affair?
Jake Lynch – New Matilda, 9 Jun 2014

People in Israel should realise that in the 21st century the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation. This is realised by many in Israel and the responses include using the courts of other countries to close down political action intended to signal a refusal to tolerate the occupation, such as BDS.

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(Italiano) Il Giornalismo di Pace indica la strada dalla Terra Santa al BDS
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 May 2014

‘Stone Cold Justice’, come spesso fa un articolo di Giornalismo di Pace, termina con un punto interrogativo. Israele può essere forte in questo momento, osserva John, ma cosa succederà quando l’attuale giovane generazione di palestinesi – in molti casi brutalizzati e traumatizzati – diventeranno adulti?

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Free Speech and BDS Case: Applicants Wanting to Run!
Jake Lynch, Australians for BDS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 May 2014

At the Australian Federal Court, four of the five applicants to have me found guilty of racial discrimination applied to pull out of the action. That would leave only Shurat HaDin, the right-wing Israeli law centre. But I still need your help in meeting my legal bills, which are well into six figures.

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Anzac Day: A Fitting Codicil to a Century of War
Jake Lynch – New Matilda, 28 Apr 2014

Military spending and mythology in Australia have taken on a life of their own. Perhaps we can use 2014 and 2015 to switch our critical faculties back on, and use our freedom and democracy to loosen the grip of the military-industrial complex and our deference to warmongers across the Pacific. That would be a fitting codicil to a century of war.

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Peace Journalism from the Holy Land Points the Way to BDS
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Apr 2014

It calls for journalism to offer backgrounds and contexts of conflict, not just the familiar series of big bangs; a wide range of voices rather than merely a leader on each ‘side’; supply readers and audiences with the means to challenge dominant accounts, and therefore resist propaganda; highlight peace initiatives, however small, which are always underway in any conflict, perhaps in out-of-the-way places; and show images of peace as well as those of war.

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Victory in Sight for Defend Free Speech and Support BDS
Jake Lynch, Australians for BDS - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Mar 2014

Tomorrow (March 25th, 2014) is scheduled as a full day in the Australian Federal Court as I defend myself against the application to have my stance on the academic boycott of Israel declared illegal. The court proceedings have been going well up to now, but the case is a complicated one, and the legal bills are rolling in. If you haven’t contributed yet, now would be a good time to do it. Thank you!

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Legal Fund for Academic Boycott of Israel
Jake Lynch, Australians for BDS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

UPDATE March 17, 2014 – Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies [and TMS advisor], has been taken to the Federal Court of Australia due to his support of the Palestinian call for academic boycott of Israel. The court case is now entering a crucial phase. Over 250 of you have made a donation to the legal fund so far. Please make your donation here—however small. Thank you!

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Fighting Fund for Academic Boycott of Israel
(Jake Lynch) Australians for BDS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Mar 2014

February 2014 – Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies [and TMS advisor/peace journalist], has been taken to the Federal Court of Australia by the Israel Law Centre, due to his support of the Palestinian call for academic boycott of Israel. We call on our supporters to MAKE A DONATION to support Jake Lynch’s fight for our democratic rights.

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Taking Me to Court Won’t Stop BDS
Jake Lynch, New Matilda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2013

The More Informed People Are About Israel-Palestine, the More Likely They Are to Sympathise With the Palestinians – This week in Australia’s Federal Court I am defending my right not to participate in institutional arrangements with Israeli higher education, in response to the call by Palestinian civil society for an academic and cultural boycott.

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Boycott Movement under Attack in Australia
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2013

The right of academics in Australia to join the boycott of Israel is under threat from an Israeli law centre that has filed suit against me under anti-discrimination laws… A legal victory will present a great opportunity to spread the boycott campaign among Australian academics. My hunch is that there is a large potential constituency, silenced up to now by fear. Our job is to dispel that fear.

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What ‘Impartial’ Means At the Oz
Jake Lynch, New Matilda - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2012

Journalist Christian Kerr recently filed a series of critical articles in The Australian about me over my support for an academic boycott of Israel, and then boasted to friends about using the paper to further his own views on the subject.

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Why I Boycott Israel
Jake Lynch, New Matilda - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2012

Sydney University academic Jake Lynch has come under fire this week [13 Dec 2012] for his stance on Israel. Today he argues his case: Palestinians and dissenting Israelis need international support to achieve justice.

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Peace Journalism in Mexico
Jake Lynch, New Matilda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2012

There’s a concentration on arrests of alleged “kingpins” of the drug cartels, and on the death and destruction they leave in their wake as they scrabble for control of key smuggling routes. There is much less space for exploring why some people join the gangs in the first place, and what could be done — and is being done — to offer them a route to a better future.

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Sri Lanka: International Governments Must Take the Lead in Investigating War Crimes
Jake Lynch – The Conversation, 19 Mar 2012

There is a growing danger that the political leaders responsible for the greatest single atrocity of recent years will suffer no consequences. Journalists, not governments, have taken a lead in raising the issue to the international agenda of command responsibility for violations of humanitarian law in Sri Lanka.

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What Did The Gaza Flotilla Achieve?
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2011

The Isreali navy prevented Freedom Flotilla activists from delivering aid supplies to the Gaza Strip – but the mission has had an unexpected impact on political debate here, writes Jake Lynch.

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News Goo Episode 1
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2011

In the launch edition of News Goo, Jake Lynch interviews Julian Burnside QC, and the journalist, author and film-maker John Pilger, about the investigative journalism of WikiLeaks.

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Has The Pro-Israel Lobby Subverted Australian Democracy?
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Feb 2011

So, was there an elaborate plot, involving the active connivance of pro-Israel groups, the US embassy, the mining industry and the Right faction of the ALP, and kept successfully secret, to bring Rudd down and install Gillard in his place? To pose the question in those terms is to stretch credulity, but of course there is a way to answer it, which resonates with abundant life experience, and is encapsulated in another question: cui bono? (Or perhaps we could simply say: Go Figure).

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Pressure for an Independent Umpire in Sri Lanka
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2010

James Bourne spoke to the Sri Lanka Human Rights Project coordinator, Professor Jake Lynch, about the political situation in Sri Lanka- and how sport can be used as an effective tool of persuasion.

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Peace Research and Peace Activism
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2010

“When peace research was launched as an academic field… the idea from the beginning was that this should be an applied social science with a value commitment: peace by peaceful means”. So writes Johan Galtung, in Searching for Peace, of the founding of the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), in 1959.

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Beyond Dualism: Reporting Conflicts in the Post-Electoral Mediascape
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2010

To ‘hear both sides’ is, of course, the surest way to avoid allegations of bias – but it elevates, to the status of convention, a way of reporting that divides the world around us into dyads: home and abroad (‘boat people’); humanity against nature (Pakistan floods); us and them (‘the Taliban’); Left against Right.

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Puncturing Pomposity
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2010

Proposition: the pomposity of self-satisfied elites serves to normalise the unthinkable. Edward Herman, writing about Hannah Arendt’s concept of the ‘banality of evil’, says: “This is the process whereby ugly, degrading, murderous and unspeakable acts become routine and are accepted as ‘the way things are done’.”

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Communicating Positive Peace in Australia
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2010

The brightly coloured ute stood out in the traffic crawling through the historic Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. As we drew closer, we could pick out the design, lovingly spray-painted on the side: the all too recognisable face of Osama bin Laden, and the single word, ‘damai’, meaning, of course, ‘peace’.

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The World’s First Demonstration for Peace Journalism?
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2010

The theme of the demo is ‘Give Peace a Chance’. It is – as far as we know – a world first, being a demonstration in favour of peace journalism. In our book of the same name, Annabel McGoldrick and I define peace journalism in these terms: “Peace journalism is when editors and reporters make choices – of what stories to report, and how to report them – that create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict”. Such choices are subjugated, in most media, most of the time, by journalistic conventions: conventions that grow out of the economic and political interests of the news industry. This is why, as Richard Keeble argues, “We need to move away from the concept of the audience as a passive consumer of a professional product to seeing the audience as producers of their own (written or visual) media”.

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Communicating Peace: Organiser’s Introduction to IPRA Sydney 2010
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2010

Sydney plays host, from July 6-10, to the biennial global conference of IPRA, the International Peace Research Association. The keynote speaker is Johan Galtung. Delegates can register for the whole conference or for one day.

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Censorship in a Slingshot
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2010

Israel’s attacks on humanitarian workers heading for Gaza have been called piracy, murder, ‘state terrorism’, even an act of war against the countries whose flags the boats were flying. On the other side has been a massive and cynical campaign of misinformation and misdirection, aimed at muddying the waters and deflecting responsibility.

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Conflict and Fragility
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2010

When you give aid in a context of armed conflict, you become part of that context and also therefore part of the conflict. The aphorism is from Do No Harm, by Mary B Anderson, the book-length account of an approach to development and humanitarian fieldwork that attempts to identify and foster local capacities and resources for peace.

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Security for Australia in the ‘Asia Pacific Century’ (Part 2)
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2010

Let’s cup our ear to some echoes from the past. Andrew Alexander, a journalist on the right- of-centre Daily Mail newspaper in the UK, recounted how his research for a book about the origins of the Cold War confounded his presuppositions: there had, in reality, been “no Soviet military threat”, and wrong-headed western assessments that one existed were responsible for “one of the most unnecessary conflicts of all time, and certainly the most perilous”.

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Security for Australia in the ‘Asia Pacific Century’ (Part 1)
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2010

It looked like a raised middle finger. A stark, mocking figure 1 – the number of votes garnered when Australia put itself forward a couple of years ago for membership of the United Nations Security Council. Even Iran found thirty-two supporters when it stood for election in the same round. Australia, apparently, was friendless. So why did the international community shun Kevin Rudd’s ambitions for greater recognition on the world stage?

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United Nations World Press Freedom Day
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2010

Not a column this week but a podcast, by the UN, to mark World Press Freedom Day, with fellow guests Jenny Manrique, a Colombian journalist, and Brendan O’Malley, journalist and author of UNESCO’s 2010 Education Under Attack report.

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Apartheid Is Alive and Well
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2010

There is a place where indigenous blacks are still being shunted off their land into reservations; where work is rewarded not with wages but with ration cards, to spend in white-owned supermarkets; where public services are lavished on the already wealthy but denied to the poorest unless they agree to hand over their birthright.

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Blatant Victimisation
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2010

Australia is often a good place to observe the workings of political agency. There is a blatancy here, in the connection between cause and consequence, and the alacrity with which sectional interests exploit procedures, that is both appalling and, in a perverse kind of a way, simultaneously appealing. Political parties and business lobbies seem to feel little compulsion to concealment: there is not the sense of layers of subtlety having to be peeled back to reveal what is ‘really going on’, that one might encounter in Washington, say, or London, Paris, Delhi or Jakarta.

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THE ‘MISSING’ AFGHANS
Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, with additional research by Indra Adnan, 17 Mar 2010

A cricketing joke from the 1980s saw Mark Waugh, the Australian batsman, nicknamed ‘Afghan’. Struggling to emerge from the shadows of brother Steve, he was always in danger of being overlooked: ‘the forgotten Waugh’. The war in Afghanistan is a canvas on to which powerful intervening nations project their own preoccupations; one that goes through […]

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FEMINISE THE REPORTING OF AFGHANISTAN
Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, with additional research by Indra Adnan - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2010

For much of the last decade, the war in Afghanistan was obscured, in the media of troop-contributing countries, by news from Iraq, to the extent that it became, once again, “the forgotten war”. Those assessments came on the basis of reporting in 2006, since when Afghanistan has grown in salience, but the vast majority of […]

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THE ‘WAR ON TERRORISM’ AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTEXT
Jake Lynch, 27 Feb 2010

George W Bush explicitly likened his so-called “war on terrorism” to the generational challenge posed by the Cold War, but it never convinced to anything like the same extent. In December, 2001, shortly after the ‘9/11’ attacks, three respected institutions – the Pew Research Centre, Princeton Survey Research Associates and the International Herald Tribune newspaper […]

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CAPITALISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS: A REVIEW OF CIVILISING GLOBALISATION
Jake Lynch, 20 Feb 2010

“Globalisation, like the idea of God, is known to us all, even if we do not believe in it or understand it”.  So says David Kinley, Professor of Human Rights Law at Sydney University. Readers of his book will certainly emerge with a deeper understanding of the processes shaping our interdependent world; whether they believe […]

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BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE
Jake Lynch, 5 Feb 2010

“If people really knew, the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don’t know, and can’t know. The correspondents don’t write and the censorship wouldn’t pass the truth. What they do send is not the war, but just a pretty picture of the war with everybody doing gallant deeds”. The words are from […]

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PEACE AND JUSTICE
Jake Lynch, 24 Jan 2010

“Peace is not the absence of war”, Martin Luther King told us: “it is the presence of justice”. King’s legacy transmitted itself directly into the mantra of African-American activists, outraged over the beating, by LA police officers, of the black motorist, Rodney King, in 1991: “No justice, no peace”, they chanted. It’s an important answer […]

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CULTURE-JAMMING
Jake Lynch, 3 Jan 2010

Public space is shrinking. Shopping malls cover it over on the ground; even publicly owned TV channels accept advertising. The shirt of your favourite sports team is incomplete without at least one corporate logo, often many more. Media of all kinds have become ever more explicitly geared to selling; a function that has infected and […]

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ABOUT THIS COLUMN: PART TWO
Jake Lynch, 22 Dec 2009

Jake Lynch began writing this regular column for TMS in November 2008. Since then it has gained many new followers around the world, some of whom are kind enough to send appreciative messages! In three instalments – last week, here and also next week – he explains the rationale behind it, some of its underpinning […]

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ABOUT THIS COLUMN: PART THREE
Jake Lynch, 22 Dec 2009

Jake Lynch began writing this regular column for TMS in November 2008. Since then it has gained many new followers around the world, some of whom are kind enough to send appreciative messages! In three weekly instalments, culminating in this one, he has been explaining the rationale behind it, some of its underpinning ideas and […]

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ABOUT THIS COLUMN: PART ONE
Jake Lynch, 19 Dec 2009

Jake Lynch began writing this regular column for TMS in November 2008. Since then it has gained many new followers around the world, some of whom are kind enough to send appreciative messages! Here, and over the following two weeks, he explains the rationale behind it, some of its underpinning ideas and the range of […]

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AGENCY AND INTERVENTION
Jake Lynch, with additional research by Emily Parsons-Lord, 11 Dec 2009

Drug money from trading across the Sahara desert is funding insurgents and ‘terrorists’. So said the UN Office on Drugs and Crime this week, invoking an alarming vision of West African cocaine meeting heroin coming through East Africa, with the proceeds being used by “terrorists and anti-government forces… to fund their operations, purchase equipment and […]

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“MESSAGE TO MR NOBODY: MAKE WAY FOR THE TOURISTS”
Jake Lynch, 27 Nov 2009

With the Jerusalem Centre for WomenSo now, it’s a game of chicken. Stop expanding settlements on our land, then we’ll talk to you: the message to Israel from Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, backed – for once – by the White House. Start talking to us and we’ll stop expanding settlements, says Israeli president Shimon Peres, […]

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SRI LANKA: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Jake Lynch, 22 Nov 2009

The news that the Government of Sri Lanka is to close the internment camps where thousands of Tamils were illegally detained, following the end of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels six months ago, is testimony to the effect of international pressure. The European Union backed the call by Judge Navi Pillay, […]

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BACK TO BASICS FOR PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE
Jake Lynch and Majd Beltaji, 15 Nov 2009

The decision by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas not to seek re-election in January, and the vote at the UN General Assembly paving the way for the Security Council to consider the Goldstone Report, should, between them, prove a turning point in the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. Even the patient Mr Abbas has now apparently given […]

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TIME TO STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA – AT LAST
Jake Lynch, 30 Oct 2009

Here in Australia, ‘Sri Lanka Week’ has shrunk to a long weekend. The trade and investment shindig in Melbourne’s Docklands was scheduled to take place back in June, but was called off amid outrage over the Sri Lankan army’s pounding of Tamil areas and UN estimates of 20,000 deaths. It was back on, from Friday […]

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ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN: AND A PATHWAY TO PEACE
Jake Lynch, 24 Oct 2009

1) The insurgency against the US-led troops in Afghanistan is mutating into a general insurrection The Bradford peace professor Paul Rogers draws attention to an attack on US forces at two outposts in Kamdish district of Nuristan province, near the border with Pakistan, sited to allow the Americans to crack down on the trickle of […]

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A WELL-FOUNDED FEAR OF PERSECUTION
Jake Lynch, 16 Oct 2009

“The toilets are only less than five metres from my tent and the smell was strong when the emptying of the toilet pits is not carried out in time, which is always the case. When there is water shortage, which is frequent, concern about how one is going to use the toilet becomes the most […]

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BOOK REVIEW OF ‘VIRTUOUS WAR: MAPPING THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL-MEDIA-ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK’
Jake Lynch, 9 Oct 2009

By James Der Derian, New York and London: Routledge, 2009, ISBN 978-0-415-77239-6, Second Edition.Are we gaming our way into war? Two years before Saddam Hussein’s fateful decision to cross the border with Kuwait, in 1990, US intelligence discovered that Iraq was running simulations of the invasion using a computer program purchased from an American software […]

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UPDATES AND PROGRESS
Jake Lynch, 3 Oct 2009

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney came about after a campaign by students and staff to have peace taught within its hallowed sandstone walls. After all, they reasoned, just about every other conceivable subject was taught there, so why not peace? The authorities of the day acceded, with the […]

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MORE ON MENDES, PILGER AND “PALESTINIAN LAND”
Jake Lynch, 19 Sep 2009

Philip Mendes protests, in his statement to TMS, that he himself is a supporter of a “two-state solution” and that, by comparison, John Pilger is “a hardline extremist [whose] public writings all suggest a position favouring the dissolution of the existing State of Israel, and its replacement by an Arab state of Greater Palestine”. This […]

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FREE SPEECH AND THE PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY
Jake Lynch, 11 Sep 2009

Have you ever had the feeling that the walls closing in? So narrow has political debate become here in Australia, over the Israel/Palestine conflict, that attempts to remind Australians of basic facts, well accepted in the global community, are falling foul of censorship – silenced by the swish of a bureaucrat’s pen. Journalists at public […]

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WHO’S BEING NAÏVE IN AFGHANISTAN?
Jake Lynch, 7 Sep 2009

A famous scene in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic mafia movie, The Godfather, sees Diane Keaton, as Kay, remonstrate with Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone about his career plans as he is groomed to take over the family business from his Don, the imperishable Marlon Brando. Michael: My father’s no different than any other powerful man. Any […]

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SRI LANKA: RELIABLE ACCOUNTS
Jake Lynch, 28 Aug 2009

The conversation, in Sinhala, is casual, punctuated by laughter as well as the background noise of heavy weapons. Two young men, naked except for a strip of cloth covering their eyes, their hands bound behind their backs, are made to sit. Each has his back to the soldier who is about to become his executioner. […]

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THE EMIRE STRIKES BACK
Jake Lynch, 20 Aug 2009

News managers at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation have struck back in response to my complaint, filed six weeks ago and reported on TMS, over their coverage of Australia’s Defence White Paper, which provides for a continuing rise in spending on the military at three percent above the rate of inflation. As expected, they’ve come out […]

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WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND
Jake Lynch, 8 Aug 2009

The Times of London was at it again this week. “Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead”, the paper said, “and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb”. Forget previous indications that the program had stalled: “Tehran had halted the […]

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PEACE JOURNALISM FOR JOURNALISTS
Jake Lynch, 2 Aug 2009

Peace journalism has emerged, since the mid-1990s, as a new, trans-disciplinary field, of interest to professional journalists, in both developed and developing countries, and to civil society activists, university researchers and others interested in the conflict-media nexus. It offers both a set of practical plans and options for editors and reporters, and a basis for […]

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A DARK DAWN: THE NEW NUCLEAR AGE IS WITH US
Jake Lynch, 17 Jul 2009

Friends of the Earth, the UK-based environmental advocacy group, greeted the British government’s plan, announced this week, for deep cuts in the emission of greenhouse gases, with something approaching jubilation. A press release quoted Executive Director Andy Atkins: “Today’s announcements are a significant step towards the creation of a safe, clean and low-carbon future”. Environment […]

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IS AUSTRALIA PARTLY TO BLAME FOR ISRAELI LAWLESSNESS?
Jake Lynch, 12 Jul 2009

Days after the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was greeted in Israel and thanked for having been "alone in sticking by us" during Operation Cast Lead, the attack on the Gaza Strip in December and January, the Jewish state added piracy to its list of recent crimes against international law. The two developments are connected, […]

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JAKE’S COMPLAINT TO THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (ABC)
Jake Lynch, 3 Jul 2009

Peace journalism is a way for news organizations in general, and broadcasters in particular, to fulfill their obligations and practise their values and aspirations in stories about conflict. In Johan Galtung’s words, “peace journalism makes audible and visible the subjugated aspects of reality”. News conventions mean that important stories, and bits of stories, are always […]

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HOW AMERICA IS ALWAYS AT WAR – AND WHY
Jake Lynch, 26 Jun 2009

Early 2009 will be remembered as a turning point in America’s relations with the rest of the world. Not because Team Obama took over Washington’s diplomatic effort, welcome though that has been. What tells us more about the underlying dynamics of global conflict is that the US switched, at some point following the inauguration back […]

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UP CLOSE AND SPINELESS WITH AUSTRALIA’S DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Jake Lynch, 14 Jun 2009

There’s a fascinating exhibition at the Australian museum in Sydney. Titled ‘Up Close and Spineless’, it features winning entries in a photography competition focusing on the colourful world of invertebrates. These, along with the permanent insect exhibits, struck me as an apt metaphor for Australia’s ‘Foreign Affairs community’: a swarm of politicians, public servants, think-tankers […]

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MORE ON BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
Jake Lynch, 6 Jun 2009

Responses have poured in to my column of last week (Why I’m Joining the Academic Boycott of Israel). All but a couple have been constructive. Some have raised important questions and counterpoints, worthy of serious consideration. Perhaps the chief concern has been over the effect the boycott may have on relationships that constitute indispensable raw […]

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WHY I’M JOINING THE ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
Jake Lynch, 31 May 2009

Nearly two-thirds of Israelis in favour of direct, substantive negotiations between their own government and the leadership of Hamas. Some mistake, surely? Actually no – this was the finding of an opinion survey in February 2008 by Tel Aviv University. Barely ten months later, as ‘Operation Cast Lead’ got underway, pollsters were finding still higher […]

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“HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION”
Jake Lynch, 24 May 2009

‘Nationalist thug terrorises, massacres civilians in drive to crush separatists’. It’s a story which, when played out in southeast Europe a decade ago, brought fearful retribution on the head of the perpetrator, Yugoslavia’s president, Slobodan Milosevic. A Nato bombing campaign rained down ordnance on his country for 78 days, and he later ended up in […]

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OUTRAGE OR OPPOSITION?
Jake Lynch, 15 May 2009

Several important objections have come in, from knowledgeable and experienced observers, to my last column (Civilian Populations) arguing that pronouncing oneself in favour of human rights should predicate opposition to war. One is from Professor George Kent of the University of Hawaii, who says: “I think it is important not to mix outrage at particular […]

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CIVILIAN POPULATIONS
Jake Lynch, 12 May 2009

The ‘Ishaqi massacre’ of March 2006 made headlines because it triggered a rare public dispute between US occupying forces and Iraqi police, who accused Marines of rounding up 11 people, including five small children, shooting them and blowing up their house. At the time the Pentagon said it was “highly unlikely that [the allegations] were […]

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THE MANY AND THE FUGUE
Jake Lynch, 30 Apr 2009

fugue (fyo̵̅o̅g)nounDefinitions: 1. (MUSIC) a composition for a definite number of parts or voices, in which a subject is announced in one voice, imitated in succession by each of the other voices, and developed contrapuntally; 2. (PSYCHIATRY) a state of psychological amnesia during which the subject seems to behave in a conscious and rational way, […]

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A TREAT OF WORDS AND MUSIC
Jake Lynch, 25 Apr 2009

What is peace journalism? How would peace journalists report on the conflicts in Afghanistan, or Israel and Palestine? Would it have made any difference in coverage of the G20 summit and the Global Financial Crisis? Or even the rise of Nazism and the Second World War? Jake Lynch reflects on these questions and more, and […]

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WOMEN’S BUSINESS?
Jake Lynch, 18 Apr 2009

Both of our peace journalism films, News from the Holy Land and Peace Journalism in the Philippines, open with two versions of the same story. In the former, it’s a suicide bombing on a bus in Jerusalem, which killed seven children and 16 adults; the latter relates the deaths of eleven commuters in bomb attacks […]

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THE PLIGHT OF THE PAPUANS
Jake Lynch, 10 Apr 2009

Indonesia is heading in some promising directions. Triumph for the Democrat Party of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – ‘SBY’ – in the country’s parliamentary elections, amounts to a handsome endorsement for a general-turned-politician who is, in many ways, a significant reformer. Among his achievements are the peace deal that finally brought a glimmer of hope […]

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TWO VIEWS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Jake Lynch, 28 Mar 2009

Review of Innocent Abroad, by Martin Indyk and Arabian Plights, by Peter Rodgers. Pub quiz question: who was the only elected US president since World War II not to have sent American troops to war? Answer: Jimmy Carter, whose single term in the White House came during the crisis of military legitimacy following defeat in […]

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THE END OF NEO-LIBERALISM?
Jake Lynch, 21 Mar 2009

It’s a sign of the unholy alliance between journalists and political classes that we are so often told that radical, epoch-shifting change is in the air. Eras are regularly brought to an end. Every election represents an ‘historic choice’, even when the differences between parties are relatively slight. Every conflict puts our very survival at […]

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INTERNATIONAL LAW IN THE NEWS
Jake Lynch, 14 Mar 2009

Was Israel’s attack on Gaza illegal under international law? The question was raised, to a position of prominence unusual in the reporting of conflict, in many media which covered the events in the first two months of this year. Complaints came from both humanitarian organizations and highly-placed UN officials, and governments called explicitly for the […]

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PIERCING THE CARAPACE
Jake Lynch in Cleveland, Ohio, 4 Mar 2009

Are we just wasting our time?  That’s the challenge, to those of us working in the peacebuilding field, from two of its most respected figures, Simon Fisher and Lada Zimina. Their Open Letter to Peacebuilders argues that this should be our moment. Cold war rivalries have receded into distant memory, while hot war as a […]

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PEACE WITH JUSTICE FOR BURMA
Jake Lynch in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 28 Feb 2009

Why do Russian dentists extract their patients’ teeth through the nose? Because Russians are afraid to open their mouths. It’s a good joke, and one that’s acquired fresh relevance in recent times, fit to rank alongside Soviet-era classics like the one about Moscow policemen and their habit of patrolling in threes (one could read, one […]

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A LIBERAL DEMOCRACY?
Jake Lynch, 19 Feb 2009

Whenever I see a BMW Mini I think of home. Our last English address, before moving to Australia, was in Cowley, a suburb of Oxford, which has been a centre of car-making for nearly a century. Indeed, the hall at the top of our road had been the old Morris Social Club, where workers went […]

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BRINGING IT HOME
Jake Lynch, 13 Feb 2009

I live in the northern Sydney suburb of St Ives, in an area known as Ku-ring-gai, so called after the Aboriginal people who are its traditional owners and custodians. Ku-ring-gai was named in a survey last year as having the highest quality of life of anywhere in Australia. Australia being, at the same time, top […]

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HOW THE ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’ WORKS
Jake Lynch, 6 Feb 2009

“In building a balance of power that favors freedom, the United States is guided by the conviction that all nations have important responsibilities”. So says the US National Security Strategy, the 2002 version in this case, and just one more iteration of a long-established strategic posture: the so-called ‘hub and spoke’ doctrine of American foreign […]

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STRUCTURE AND AGENCY
Jake Lynch, 1 Feb 2009

“The winds of change are blowing through American media”. So say the enterprising campaigners for peace and social justice at Avaaz.org, an independent not-for-profit organisation with offices in six countries. Avaaz means ‘voice’, in many languages, and their team “works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making”. Like […]

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PROMISING SIGNS?
Jake Lynch, 25 Jan 2009

The incoming Obama Administration is making some promising noises on both nuclear weapons and relations with Iran. It’s a notable breach with previous US political discourse that a world free of nuclear weapons is back on the agenda at all, even as a distant dream. During the Democratic and Republican conventions, which anointed Obama and […]

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SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES
Jake Lynch, 21 Jan 2009

One of my students is establishing herself as a freelance journalist in Sydney and helping to pay the bills by filling in, now and again, with shifts on the switchboard at one of the main television channels here. Since Israel’s assault on Gaza began, she relates, “the phones have been hot during the news with […]

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OPERATION CAST LEAD: MILITARISM AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW
Jake Lynch, 10 Jan 2009

“Israel is America’s unsinkable battleship in the Middle East”. So said Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan. And, as the imprisoned population of Gaza is pounded by F-16 jets, M109 self-propelled Howitzers and the latest American-made white phosphorous artillery shells, it’s difficult to miss the proxy character of the offensive against […]

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THE MIDDLE-CLASS COMMENTARIAT
Jake Lynch, 30 Dec 2008

The middle-class hegemony in British journalism makes itself felt when journalists themselves are put in the uncomfortable position of seeing their own futures on the line. This was never more evident than in the Andrew Gilligan affair of 2003-4. In the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq, officials in the UK, in particular, were […]

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CONFRONTING THE RACISM OF ENOCH POWELL
Jake Lynch, 16 Dec 2008

In the Media Education Foundation film, Race: the Floating Signifier, Stuart Hall discusses the cultural processes whereby differences of appearance come to stand for the natural or biological qualities of human beings. Race is a “discursive construct”, he argues, whose meaning can never be fixed. One of the key arenas of contestation and negotiation over […]

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DEBATES IN JOURNALISM TRAINING
Jake Lynch, 11 Dec 2008

Amman, Jordan, 1999, and my first experience of peace journalism training. Reporters, and one or two editors, from Israel, Palestine and Egypt came to join their Jordanian counterparts for the second instalment of a program titled ‘Telling About The Other’, funded by the official Danish aid agency, DANIDA and run by an NGO, also from […]

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INEQUALITY: THE NEW (OLD) DYNAMIC OF CONFLICT
Jake Lynch, 6 Dec 2008

I started teaching the first ever peace journalism university course in October 2000, just days after the outbreak of what became known as the ‘Al-Aqsa Intifada’. The blanket media coverage of ‘clashes’ between Israelis and Palestinians afforded a rich source of material for students to get their teeth into, with the characteristic patterns of omission […]

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HOW REAL IS REAL?
Jake Lynch, 28 Nov 2008

Can you imagine being caught up in the attack on the Indian city of Mumbai? If so, how? What images do you summon to your mind’s eye, and where do they come from? Such an ordeal is, thankfully for most of us, far removed from personal or social experience. It is, to use a vogue […]

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