Sunday, February 19, 2006

Center for Research on Globalization – A review

Website: www.globalresearch.ca

Background:

This is the web site of Center for Research on Globalization, which is led by Michel Chossudovsky, an economics professor at the University of Ottawa. According to its site it’s “an independent research and media group of writers, scholars and activists” who publish “news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focusing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes”.

Discussion:

I find this site extremely informative. Its articles represent a broad array of topics with an analysis that works from suppositions that I’ve found quite accurate and are those of this blog: that the powerful interest groups of the world work in fairly Machiavellian ways that are only superficially discussed in the western, and in particular American, press. And Chossudovsky himself has moved quite seamlessly from understanding the inherent ruthlessness behind the machinations of the globalization process under Clinton to the imperial militarism under the pretext of the 9/11 attacks and the war on terror of the current administration.

Summary:

Overall : Excellent – Good articles that attempt to analyze what is really happening in the current world situation.

Analysis: Excellent – The site’s strength.

News: So-so – While it is not a site that points to news sources and only a few articles are added daily, there is enough meat here to get a sense of what’s is happening around the world.

Bias: Very Good - I find the site fairly balanced, though clearly it is not fond of corporate globalization. It has been accused of an anti-Israel bias; I find this to be generally untrue, with the possible exception of the occasional rabid author.

Pros: A very solid site with fairly knowledgeable authors who are willing to look under the covers.

Cons: No direct mainstream news links, only a handful of articles added each day.

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