Examining the people and practices


Mainly disapproving

To control something or someone to your advantage, often unfairly or dishonestly:

Throughout her career she has very successfully manipulated the media.
The opposition leader accused government ministers of manipulating the statistics to suit themselves.

Cambridge Dictionary

1 Mansbridge One on One: Tony Blair


21 nov. 2016

If governments ignore people’s fear, far-right leaders will exploit it, former U.K. PM tells Peter Mansbridge, To read more: http://cbc.ca/1.3850473
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2 Tony Blair on Brexit, Labour, and populism – BBC Newsnight


20 jul. 2018

Evan Davis interviews former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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3 THE FOURTH ESTATE (2015 UK). Documentary about media corruption and propaganda.


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7 dec. 2015

Documentary film by Lee Salter and Elizabeth Mizon

Film web site: http://www.fourthestatedoc.com
Director web site http://www.lee-salter.com

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UK, 2015, 80 mins | fourthestatedoc.com | @fourthestatedoc

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Examining the people and practices of the media industries, The Fourth Estate illuminates not only specific incidences of corruption by press groups, but how the wider business as a whole, including the film and entertainment industries, has a huge amount to answer for in the state of the political economy of the west. There’s no business like show business…

Produced in the UK on a zero-budget, the filmmakers spent two years contacting and interviewing journalists, organisers and critics of the corrupt industrial practices highlighted by, but not limited to, the Leveson Inquiry in 2011. While the phone hacking scandal illuminated the depth and breadth of the cavalier flouting of legality and integrity in British journalism, there are larger implications and connections to ideology, entertainment, and political economy at work in this crisis. The Fourth Estate is the result of an examination of these connections at work.

In the wake of the Leveson report the media’s focus has quickly diverted from a brief period of self-examination to business as usual. This opportunity for serious consideration of the true, entrenched causes and effects of the UK’s inadequate media must not go unexplored, and the recent press scandals must not be framed in terms of the “bad apple” soundbites we’re so often fed.

4 Exposing corruption, abuse and war crimes – Whistleblower | DW Documentary


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13 jan. 2017

From Edward Snowden to Wikileaks – whistleblowers are seen by some as heroes defending the public. The system sees them as traitors. What are they really?

In the authorities’ eyes, they are traitors, yet the public at large often sees them as heroes. People are driven to whistleblowing by anger, disbelief and powerlessness. It is a decision from which there is no turning back, a moment when someone obeys their conscience regardless of the consequences. It marks the beginning of a battle against the system in which old allies become enemies.

Revelations by whistleblowers such as Swiss Leaks bring tax authorities around the world billions in revenue. They uncover corruption, data abuse and war crimes – without whistleblowers, the world would be a more naive place. Behind each story, however, is a personal fate: when the auditor Rudolf Elmer disclosed illegal business methods by Swiss banks, his life turned into a thriller. Stéphanie Gibaud, too, a marketing employee at UBS was first put under massive peer pressure and then fired. This is the price that most whistleblowers have to pay – just like Swen Ennullat, who had the gall to cry foul twice!

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5 Spy Merchants l Al Jazeera Investigations


10 apr. 2017

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit enters the secretive world of the surveillance industry. Spy Merchants reveals for the first time how highly-invasive spyware, which can capture the electronic communications of a town, can be purchased in a ‘grey market’ where regulations are ignored or bypassed. Mass surveillance equipment can then be sold onto authoritarian governments, criminals or even terrorists.
During a four-month undercover operation, an industry insider working for Al Jazeera filmed the negotiation of several illegal, multi-million dollar deals that breach international sanctions. The proposed deals include the supply of highly restricted surveillance equipment to Iran. The undercover operative also secured an extraordinary agreement to purchase powerful spyware with a company who said they didn’t care who was the end-user.

6 Rupert Murdoch’s Scandal (2012) documentary


15 jun. 2018

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7 WSJ Live Presents: Rupert Murdoch Interviewed


8 mrt. 2013

WSJ Live presents an interview with News Corp. Chairman and CEO, Rupert Murdoch. Mr. Murdoch discusses a wide range of topics including the future of journalism and the ‘new’ News Corp. The interview was conducted by Peter Robinson for ‘Uncommon Knowledge,’ a production of The Hoover Institution.

8 How Corrupt is Britain? – Dave Whyte & Luke Hildyard


18 aug. 2015

Over 2,700 people gathered in central London for the Marxism 2015 festival last weekend. They included striking

workers, students, campaigners and socialists from across the globe.

Up to 900 people attended the opening rally. Amy Leather from the central committee of the Socialist Workers

Party (SWP) said, “The theme of Marxism is ideas for revolution—we need to make those ideas a reality.”

Events in Greece dominated the event (see below).

Several meetings discussed struggle and austerity in Britain.

At a meeting on class Joseph Choonara argued that people feel more precarious than they are and that the working

class can transform society.

A debate on why there are so few strikes in Britain looked at whether there has been a structural change in the

working class. Some argued that focusing only on structural changes could miss underlying shifts in workers’ mood

to fight.

Bfawu union president Ian Hodson spoke in one session, along with striking Glasgow homelessness caseworkers and

two sacked porters from Sotheby’s.

There was a live link-up with a US McDonald’s worker. Members of Glasgow socialist choir—Unite, Fight, Sing—

finished the meeting with a song from the US fast food strikers’ picket lines.

The Glasgow strikers raised around £1,000 for their strike fund over the weekend.


Fighting racism was a big theme.

Hassan Mahamdallie spoke on the frightening rise in state Islamophobia.

Veteran anti-racist Darcus Howe launched his memoirs at the event. Diane Abbott MP discussed how to take on

racism with Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism.

It was standing room only in a meeting on how socialists should vote in the European Union referendum.

Some argued for a Yes vote because racists and Ukip are likely to dominate the No campaign.

Others said socialists shouldn’t abandon the No side to the racists—and said some on the Yes side would also use


A meeting on why Labour lost saw a discussion on how socialists should respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy for

Labour leader.

Other meetings debated the nature of Zionism, women’s oppression and the Green Party. Many service users

discussed their experiences at a meeting on Marxism and mental health.


Several meetings debated how Marxist theory applies today. Others linked theory with struggles—such as how the

school system fails children.

Socialists and activists spoke from Turkey, Bahrain, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Syria and Ukraine.

A meeting on revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt grappled with the crushing of the hopes of 2011. People

called for protests when Egyptian dictator El-Sisi visits Britain.

There were a number of meetings on Palestine, including one on the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)


Some 70 students met for a picnic on Friday afternoon.

Many were at Marxism for the first time, including Iona from Brighton University.

She told Socialist Worker, “I came because I want to get more politically active. There’s no other event like

this—I love it.”

Greece—the big debate
Socialists from Greece spoke about the struggle there and debated the best way to take it forward.

Stathis Kouvelakis from the central committee of Syriza, the left party in government in Greece, debated Alex

Callinicos on Saturday.

This followed Syriza passing an austerity deal through the Greek parliament.

Stathis argued that there had been a “failure of political strategy” in Greece.

Alex stressed that this was not the end of the battle and said the mass mobilisation of workers pointed to the

way forward.

Panos Garganas, editor of the Workers’ Solidarity newspaper in Greece, spoke from the floor.

He said, “The game is not over. But we have discovered the referee is against us.”

He said Syriza had made the mistake of thinking it could make the bosses see reason.

“We’ve used the ballot box,” he said.

“Now we have to use workers’ power in the workplace.”

9 Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

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18 okt. 2012

Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests — and to finally get some answers.
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10 How Government Corruption is a Precursor to Extremism | Sarah Chayes | TEDxFultonStreet

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12 nov. 2015

A former reporter, she covered the fall of the Taliban for NPR, then left journalism to remain in Kandahar in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the country, living there almost continuously since December 2001. Deeply embedded in the life of the city and fluent in Pashtu, Chayes gained a unique perspective on the unfolding war.

An expert on the dynamics of severe corruption, Sarah Chayes lived for most of a decade in Kandahar, Afghanistan, before serving as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She now researches the role of corruption in driving security crises.

Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. She is an expert in South Asia policy, kleptocracy and anticorruption, and civil-military relations.

She is working on correlations between acute public corruption and the rise of militant extremism.

After running a nongovernmental organization founded by President Karzai’s brother Qayum, Chayes launched a manufacturing cooperative that produces skin-care products for export from licit local agriculture. The goals were to help revive the region’s historic role in exporting fruit and its derivatives, promote sustainable development, and expand alternatives to the opium economy.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

11 Our democracy no longer represents the people. Here’s how we fix it | Larry Lessig | TEDxMidAtlantic


20 okt. 2015

Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig makes the case that our democracy has become corrupt with money, leading to inequality that means only 0.02% of the United States population actually determines who’s in power. Lessig says that this fundamental breakdown of the democratic system must be fixed before we will ever be able to address major challenges like climate change, social security, and student debt. This is not the most important problem, it’s just the first problem.
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

12 Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? | Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic | TEDxUniversityofNevada


26 mrt. 2019

There is a pathological mismatch between the qualities that seduce us in a leader and those that are needed to be an effective leader. Based on research on the psychology of leadership, Chamorro-Premuzic shows that if leaders were selected on competence rather than confidence, humility rather than charisma, and integrity rather than narcissism, we would not just end up with more competent leaders, but also more women leaders. In fact, he argues, the main obstacle preventing competent women from becoming leaders is the lack of career obstacles for incompetent men. Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, talent management, leadership development, and people analytics. He is the Chief Talent Scientist at Manpower Group, co-founder and CEO of DeeperSignals and Metaprofiling, and Professor of Business Psychology at both University College London, and Columbia University. He has previously held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics, and lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD, and INSEAD, as well as being the CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems. Dr. Tomas has published 10 books and over 150 scientific papers, making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. His work has received awards by the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, to which he is a Fellow. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

13 Corrupt Britain: The Land of Cover Ups, Whitewashes & Secrecy


17 dec. 2015

This session will look at – and seek to explain – the British obsession with cover-ups and whitewashes, as evidenced in recent years by farcical and less-than-honest inquiries into matters such as phone-hacking, Hillsborough, and Jimmy Savile and a prevailing attitude of ‘protect the establishment at all costs’.

It will also look at the hypocrisy of British politicians who claim to advocate transparency and integrity, particularly for offshore financial centres, while practicing secrecy and deceit.

Presented by: NICK KOCHAN, Journalist & Author (London)

Recorded on November 24, 2015 during The OffshoreAlert Conference in London at The Grange St. Paul’s Hotel.

OffshoreAlert is an independent news website founded in 1997 by investigative reporter David Marchant and offers news, documents & intelligence about businesses and individuals operating in Offshore Financial Centers, with an emphasis on fraud investigations. OffshoreAlert also holds conferences in North America and Europe tailored for the offshore world. OffshoreAlert is generally considered to be a leading authority on OFCs and serious financial.

14 How London fuels corruption | Anthea Lawson | TEDxHousesofParliament


10 jul. 2014

Anthea Lawson is a campaigns director with Global Witness, a not for profit organisation that investigates the economic networks behind conflict, corruption and environmental destruction, and campaigns to change the system. In this talk she tells the story of how London has become a hub for corrupt money and outlines what should be done to stop this.
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15 Customers Eat Bull Penis! – Just For Laughs Gags


5 jun. 2016

You’d be surprised at all the benefits you’d get by eating a bull’s penis. Okay we can’t think of any because we’re not even sure it’s edible, but why not try it?
Filmed in Montreal, Quebec
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