Jonathan Cook, author of Blood and Religion and Israel and the Clash of Civilisations has been awarded the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Special Award for Journalism, 2011, along with Charles Clover and Umar Cheema.
In presenting the award the veteran journalist and campaigner John Pilger said:
I have been reading Jonathan’s work on the internet for years. On Palestine and Israel, I can think of no more reliable source. His de-coding of propaganda and analysis is so good, so consistent, it is always bracing.
In praising the work of Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema, John also mentioned the recently murdered Pluto author Saleem Shahzad:
Umar Cheema has been harassed and tortured. On Tuesday, the body of another courageous Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad was found, murdered. Umar was due to fly to London to be with us today, but the British High Commission in Pakistan refused to expedite his visa within 12 days of his application – knowing that we wanted to honour him. A disgrace.
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Visit Jonathan’s website to view a complete archive of all his articles.
Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East
Argues that the current chaos in the Middle East was always the intention of the Bush administration and Israel.
“One of the most cogent understandings of the modern Middle East I have read. It is superb, because the author himself is a unique witness who blows away the media debris and presents both a j’accuse of those who would destroy the lives of whole societies in their pursuit of power and myth, and a warning to the rest of us to speak up and act.” – John Pilger, author of Freedom Next Time (2006) and The New Rulers of the World (2003)
“A compelling account of the recent wars for Middle East oil, untangling a complex web of interests shared by the neocons, Israel and the Bush White House. Cook’s timely book raises disturbing questions about where Israel and the US hope to push the region next.” – David Hirst, author of The Gun and the Olive Branch (2003)
The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State
Former Guardian and Observer journalist explores the real reasons behind the Gaza pullout — arguing demography is the heart of the issue.
“Timely and important … by far the most penetrating and comprehensive [book] on the subject to date. … This work should be required reading.” – Nur Masalha, Director of Holy Land Studies, St Mary’s College, University of Surrey, and author of The Politics of Denial (2003)
“An original and powerful book.” – Ilan Pappe, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Haifa University, and author of Out of the Frame (Pluto 2010)
Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11
Syed Saleem Shahzad
A unique insight into the post-Osama bin Laden generation of Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders from a journalist who interviewed many of them.
“This is a disturbing book. … Shahzad considers the strategies of al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist movements in terms that are not often heard.” – The Times
“Buy Shahzad’s book. It tells us what the Pakistani government, whose corruption and brutality Shahzad died to expose, does not want us to know.” – Charles Glass