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David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist

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Merkel stands by Israel even when it kills Germans NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 1 Month, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Earlier this year Angela Merkel was awarded Israel's "presidential medal of distinction." The German chancellor merited this honor, some journalists dutifully reported, because of her "unwavering commitment to Israel's security." That "unwavering com...
EU regurgitates Israeli propaganda NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 41 Minutes ago
The daily press briefing at the European Commission seldom fails to illustrate the cozy relationship between journalists and the powerful. So harmonious is this rapport that many of its attendees "graduate" from being spoonfed stories by official EU...
Diplomat who used sex to sell Israel advises top EU lobby group NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 3 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Two markedly different images of the Israeli military have emerged: the grainy and the glossy. The grainy image is epitomized by the new video of soldiers murdering two teenage boys. This image is often captured by amateurs. It is authentic. The gl...
Turkey's fickle support for Palestinian struggle NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 4 Months, 4 Days, 13 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
On a flight from Istanbul to Brussels last night, I learned something that I had not previously known. Armenians have used the term aghed -- catastrophe -- to describe the massacres inflicted on them by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Palestinians, of...
Shining Big Tobacco's shoes NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
Two very powerful Americans - let's call them VPAs - have been welcomed to Brussels by the EU's grovelling grandees over the past month. The first of these visitors was Barack Obama. Displaying his usual charm, the president received a lot of attenti...
Arrested for confronting arms-dealers NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 5 Months, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
I spent seven hours today in a police station cell. Why? Because I tried to disrupt a feast of flesh-pressing between weapons dealers and top political figures. As the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) was about to begin in Brus...
Transporter of Israeli settlement goods benefits from EU science grant NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
A transporter of food grown in Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank has benefited from the European Union's scientific research grants. Cargo Air Lines, an Israeli firm, and its subsidiary Liège Air Cargo Holding Services (LACHS) hav...
Trade chief misleads on GM foods NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 1 Hour, 47 Minutes ago
Who is really in charge of the European Union's food safety policies? Over the past few weeks, two EU commissioners have been sounding markedly different notes about genetically modified (GM) crops. First, the trade chief Karel de Gucht insisted that...
How Europe funds the occupation of Palestine NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Has the European Union finally confessed that it is footing the bill for the occupation of Palestine? In a roundabout way, one of its envoys may have done just that. Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU's ambassador in Tel Aviv, recently warned about the c...
A farcical approach to food safety NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
Cupid, the god of erotic love, inspired several frescoes adorning the ducal palace in Parma, Italy. I'm not sure whether the European Food Safety Authority, the building's current occupant, has set out to harness Cupid's energy. Yet it has become s...
The immense cruelty of Ariel Sharon NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
If it wasn't for a brief encounter with Ariel Sharon, I may never have become a Palestine solidarity activist. It was towards the end of 2001. I was among a number of reporters accompanying a European Union "peace mission" to the Middle East. On a...
Merry Christmas (war isn't over) NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
This morning I took part in some direct action against Europe's support for the arms industry. Wearing a royal blue tie with images of machine guns, tanks and warplanes in bright yellow, I pretended to be a weapons dealer. Money rained down on me --...
Don't buy Israeli toys this Christmas NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 8 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
My 11-month-old daughter has an impeccable taste in music. When I played the Motown Christmas album on Spotify, she starting bobbing her head to some vintage Stevie Wonder. I was delighted, then, that she received a bag of small instruments as an ear...
Facebook isn't our friend NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
A few days ago, I was told by the organisers of a "social media" festival that the hashtag was my "new best friend". As I've never hugged a hashtag or cried on the shoulders of one, I felt it was important to question this "wisdom". Like millions of...
EU rekindles love affair with Livni NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 9 Months, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
A short memory can be an asset in politics. Around this time five years ago, Tzipi Livni was being fêted as a paragon of moderation by EU insiders as she won a commitment to "upgrade" Israel's relations with the Union. The love turned a little...
Peter Mandelson: a battering ram for big business NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 9 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Is it still possible to be shocked by the arrogance of New Labour's architects? I didn't think it was. Then I started investigating Peter Mandelson's stint as the EU's trade commissioner. In 2007, Mandelson sent a threatening letter to several mini...
Arms dealers sniff opportunities as French president visits Israel NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 9 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
François Hollande will give his blessing to closer military cooperation between France and Israel when he visits the Middle East next week. The French president will be the "guest of honor" at the "France-Israel innovation day" in Tel Aviv on...
Business chiefs demand more austerity NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 9 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
The plebs must suffer. That's the chilling message - admittedly expressed in less cogent terms - that powerful businessmen have delivered to senior political figures in Brussels behind closed doors. I've got hold of briefing notes prepared for a lun...
John Bruton: from prime minister to puppet NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
One of Dublin's quirks is that its banking district sits beside a harrowing memorial to those who perished in a nineteenth century famine. Ireland's International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) hosts offices for banks and hedge funds whose feckless...
Tory MEPs cosy up to lobbyists NEW
David Cronin - Campaigning Journalist 10 Months, 6 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
David Cameron probably rues the day he declared that lobbying was "the next big scandal waiting to happen". Uttered in 2010 when he was still leader of the opposition, Cameron's words have proven to be prescient. Last year the Conservative Party hi...