Which scribblers do you enjoy?

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Which scribblers do you enjoy?



In spite of all the noise out there, we can still occasionally find a few worthwhile columnists.


Ted Rall is one of those for me.



War on Free Speech

It's the economics




Gwynne Dyer is another


A question of water in Pakistan 




And of course Linda McQuaig


Making it easier to ignore the poor




And Heather Mallick


Why I wish I were a guy


I like Eric Margolis on American foreign policy issues. When it comes to "workers are too spoiled in France" I am not too crazy about him.

I follow Gwynne Dyer at this website regularly (not his own because it is always a few weeks behind):


Another great site I visit regularly is: http://www.antiwar.com/ -- they have many contributors worth reading.

And, once in white i visit Michael Moore at: http://www.michaelmoore.com/ -- a lot of information there.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The Angry Arab or As'ad AbuKhalil

The Unrepentant Marxist or Louis Proyect

Robert Fisk of The Independent

hmm. There are plenty at the CCPA, and rabble, of course ...

And I almost forgot the most famous "scribbler" of them all ...

Martinus Scriblerus of the Scriblerus Club was the noblest of them all.



Superb quote on Proyect's home page - thanks N.Beltov


The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose,  because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. In order for somebody to win an important, major fight 100 years hence, a lot of other people have got to be willing - for the sheer fun and joy of it - to go right ahead and fight, knowing you're going to lose. You mustn't feel like a martyr. You've got to enjoy it.

-I.F. Stone

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Northreport, I see your Heather Mallick and raise you one Marina Hyde: First 100 days: David Cameron and Nick Clegg lose buddy movie script -- although her place in my personal pantheon of great scribblers was cemented by We have a drinking problem, and it makes oil seem cheap -- a small sampling:

"Beyond the flavour considerations," he instructs his late-capitalist disciples, "you should also take intangible considerations like presentation and a water's story into account when choosing your bottled water. I look forward to the time," he continues, "when people can select not only the vodka for their martini, but also the ice."

I look forward to the time when those people are wiped out by a highly targeted plague. Arguably the most loathsome water he plugs is called Bling. I think it is described as a "couture water" - I can't be sure, the book went out of the window at that point - but the bottle is studded with Swarovski crystals and costs £20 for 750ml. Bling is one of those products the mere purchase of which should result in your voting rights being withdrawn in perpetuity. You have just spent £20 on a bottle of water: you no longer have the right to participate in decisions that may affect society's direction.



Robert Fisk, Jeremy Scahill from democracy now (along with all the other reporters there), gideon levy from ha'aretz...Znet...

although i think it's important to add in there human rights reports and reports from various activist groups.  Like during the earthquake in haiti Partners In Health was a good source of info.  Or during/after the G20, i've found more accurate info by listening to the accounts of the people themselves on rabble and elsewhere.




Yes, I've read Marina Hyde before - she is an excellent as well.


Seymour Hersh Unleased


"Many of them are members of Opus Dei, Hersh continued, 'they do see what they're doing--and this is not an ayptical attitude among some military -- it's a crusade, literally. They see themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They're protecting them from the Muslims [as in] the 13th century. And this is their function.'

'They have little insignias, these coins they pass among each other, which are crusader coins,' he continued. 'They have insignia that reflect the whole notion that this is a culture war...Right now, there's a tremendous, tremendous amount of anti-Muslim feeling in the military community.''

odd stuff even for Hersh


So Blake Hounshell of Foreign Policy (a subsidiary of WashingtonPostCorp) is one of your favourite scribblers?

George Victor

Having a Monbiot hereabouts would be good:

Bonus Balls

Posted: 24 Jan 2011 11:38 AM PST

A leaked document, published exclusively on monbiot.com, shows that the government has been secretly protecting bankers' bonuses.

How the Treasury Deceived Us

Posted: 24 Jan 2011 11:38 AM PST

This is the text of the leaked document referred to in Bonus Balls.