How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton’s March to War with Iran – Global Research

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03-06-19 07:26:00,

The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them.

Much of this assistance has been overt. Just like during the run-up to the Iraq war, outlets like CNN, NBC, and the New York Times have in recent weeks simply parroted without scrutiny claims from Bolton and other administration officials of a dire Iranian threat based on intelligence no one has seen (these claims would in turn compel officials within the U.S. intelligence community to tell reporters that the intelligence in question shows nothing new or that it was being blown out of proportion).

But the media is also failing us in other, less overt ways, namely by quoting and promoting those pushing for regime change and/or war and presenting them as, at best, neutral “experts,” or at worst, proponents of a “strong” or “tough” U.S. policy vis-a-vis Iran.

In a story earlier this week about how President Trump is showing signs of souring on Bolton, particularly because of Bolton’s quest for war with Iran, the Times gave Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) CEO Mark Dubowitz prominent billing to praise Bolton as the one giving Trump the “diplomatic space for him to go back and forth between a very hard-line position and holding talks.”

Except the reality is that Dubowitz has no interest in the U.S. holding talks with Iran. In fact, over the past decade or so, he’s essentially been the titular head of the pro-regime change/Iran war movement that worked to prevent President Obama from reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, and subsequently pushed to destroy it.

Dubowitz himself has called for regime change in Iran and the organization he runs, FDD, has been underwritten by right-wing billionaire funders Bernie “I think Iran is the devil” Marcus, and Sheldon Adelson, who’s on record calling for the U.S. to nuke Iran. FDD has also been the leader in promoting the false narrative that Iran is in league with al-Qaeda,

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The Western Media is Key to Syria Deceptions

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30-05-19 08:18:00,

By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province — their final holdout in Syria — should have been treated by the western media with a high degree of scepticism.

That the US and other western governments enthusiastically picked up those claims should not have made them any more credible.

Scepticism was all the more warranted from the media given that no physical evidence has yet been produced to corroborate the jihadists’ claims. And the media should have been warier still given that the Syrian government was already poised to defeat these al-Qaeda groups without resort to chemical weapons — and without provoking the predictable ire (yet again) of the west.

But most of all scepticism was required because these latest claims arrive just as we have learnt that the last supposed major chemical attack — which took place in April 2018 and was, as ever, blamed by all western sources on Syria’s president, Bashar Assad — was very possibly staged, a false-flag operation by those very al-Qaeda groups now claiming the Syrian government has attacked them once again.

Addicted to incompetence

Most astounding in this week’s coverage of the claims made by al-Qaeda groups is the fact that the western media continues to refuse to learn any lessons, develop any critical distance from the sources it relies on, even as those sources are shown to have repeatedly deceived it.

This was true after the failure to find WMD in Iraq, and it has been confirmed after the the international community’s monitoring body on chemical weapons, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), was exposed this month as deeply dishonest.

It is bad enough that our governments and our expert institutions deceive and lie to us. But it is even worse that we have a corporate media addicted — at the most charitable interpretation — to its own incompetence. The evidence demonstrating that grows stronger by the day.

Unprovoked attack

In March the OPCW produced a report into a chemical weapons attack the Syrian government allegedly carried out in Douma in April last year. Several dozen civilians, many of them children,

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How Media Propagandists Create “Symbolic” Meaning

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24-05-19 07:18:00,

Authored by Joshua Philipp via The Epoch Times,

In the information age, propaganda has become one of the most powerful forces in the world. And political factions, legacy news outlets, and special interest groups looking to manipulate societies to their wills use propaganda’s various tactics to advance their goals.

Yet, if we can manage to understand the inner workings of these propaganda tactics, their effects can be blunted. Like watching a magician at work, the tricks lose their charm when we can recognize the sleight of hand.

Among the most common methods used by legacy news outlets and political factions to manipulate public opinion is to deceive people into interpreting their adversaries as “symbols” of intended emotions and concepts.

Edward Bernays, whose 1928 book “Propaganda” directed modern tactics for advertising and politics, wrote that the intentional manipulation of societies, and of the habits and opinions of people, “is an important element in democratic society.”

“Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society,” he wrote, “constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

The manipulation of symbols is one of the tactics at the foundation of many other tactics. And to understand how these broader tactics work, we first need to understand how propagandists break down how a person views the world, and how they can trigger people’s emotions. This ties to one’s “mythos” and “cycle of meaning.”

The “mythos” is used to describe a person’s system of values and perceptions of the world. It can be your interpretation of right and wrong, your beliefs shaped by religion, and your worldview shaped by stories and experiences.

Propagandists look to alter a person’s “mythos” by subverting what’s described as your “cycle of meaning.” This is the cycle that makes people interpret things as symbols. It holds that people don’t interpret reality directly, but instead interpret reality through a series of symbols onto which they attach meaning. Through the cycle of meaning, it’s held that a person can alter the way people interpret these symbols through things including ritual, myth, art, and experience.

The concept isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As an example,

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MH17 – Media verzwijgen cruciale nieuwsfeiten

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15-05-19 01:59:00,

Waarom verzwijgen de landelijke media cruciale nieuwsfeiten als het om de MH17 gaat? Waarom wegkijken wanneer feiten de officiële versie naar de prullenbak verwijzen? Waarom worden nabestaanden opgescheept met ongeloofwaardig officieel prutswerk, zonder dat de reguliere media dit corrigeert?

Stefan Beck is onderzoeksjournalist gespecialiseerd in Oost-Europa en onderzocht voor Novini de crash van de MH17 vanaf het eerste begin. Een jaar geleden ontdekte hij een cockpitluik en een stabilisator van het MH17- vliegtuigwrak bij een boerenschuur in de Oekraïne. Ook constateerde hij dat Oekraïne bij herhaling leugens vertelde over primaire radargegevens; deze waren, anders dan Oekraïne steeds beweerde, wel degelijk in ruime mate beschikbaar. Zowel de onderdelen als de cruciale informatie kregen op geen enkele wijze de interesse van de onderzoekcommissie. Wat is er toch mis met het onderzoek naar de MH17-ramp? Waarom worden feiten die ingaan tegen de conclusies van de commissie genegeerd?

Café Weltschmerz

Novini-medewerker Eric van de Beek sprak met Stefan Beck voor Café Weltschmerz naar aanleiding van zijn serie artikelen over MH17. Dat gesprek is hieronder te bekijken.

Blijf op de hoogte van nieuws, opinie en achtergronden: Volg Novini!

Steun Novini!

Doe een donatie aan Novini en blijf nieuwe bijdragen mogelijk maken!

Doneer nu!

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Media verspreiden nepnieuws over atoomakkoord Iran

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15-05-19 07:34:00,

Bij Nu.nl moeten ze hun eigen nieuws eens wat beter checken. Afgelopen zaterdag kwam de nieuwssite met het bericht dat Iran zich “gedeeltelijk teruggetrokken” zou hebben uit het atoomakkoord met de P5+1, het zogeheten JCPOA. De NOS spreekt van “gedeeltelijke opzegging“. Beide formuleringen zijn geen correcte weergave van de feitelijke situatie.

“De Amerikanen legden Iran deze week ook nieuwe sancties op, die gericht zijn op de aluminium-, staal-, ijzer- en kopersectoren van het land. Als reactie daarop besloot de president van Iran zijn land gedeeltelijk terug te trekken uit het nucleaire akkoord, dat in 2015 werd ondertekend.”

Een jaar na terugtrekking VS

In de eerste plaats is het goed om hier nog eens te benadrukken dat Iran zich, ondanks de terugtrekking van de Verenigde Staten uit het akkoord en de Amerikaanse sancties, een jaar lang nauwlettend aan de voorwaarden van het akkoord gehouden heeft, zoals ook herhaaldelijk door het internationale atoomagentschap IAEA is vastgesteld. Daarmee is het de andere permanente leden van de VN Veiligheidsraad en de Europese Unie ter wille geweest. Rusland en China hebben zich dan van hun kant eveneens aan het akkoord gehouden. De Europese Unie belijdt daarentegen wel met de mond de Amerikaanse opstelling af te keuren, maar heeft tot nog toe concreet weinig gedaan om tegemoet te komen aan haar kant van de deal. Zoals de NOS overigens ook vermeldt.

Blijf op de hoogte van nieuws, opinie en achtergronden: Volg Novini!

Nieuwe sancties

Pas nu de VS nieuwe sancties introduceren, bovenop de reeds bestaande sancties, is het geduld van Teheran op. Onder deze omstandigheden zou het niet meer dan begrijpelijk zijn als Iran zich terug zou trekken uit het akkoord. Dat doet het echter niet, ook niet gedeeltelijk zoals Nu.nl en NOS beweren. 

Wederkerige maatregelen

Iran trekt zich niet terug uit de nucleaire deal, maar neemt alleen wederkerige maatregelen nu de naleving door andere zoals bepaald in artikel 26 van de overeenkomst met betrekking tot de mogelijkheid dat een of meer van de zes mogendheden onderdelen van het verdrag niet naleven. Dat is wat er nu aan de orde is. Iran stapt dus niet uit het akkoord, maar schort de toepassing van delen ervan op. Tegelijk wil Teheran de deal liefst overeind houden en blijft het dus bereid tot onderhandeling over terugkeer naar volledige naleving van het akkoord.

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Iraqi Media: US Helicopters Drop Food & Medicine to ISIS in Anbar – Global Research

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08-05-19 12:46:00,

US Army helicopters dropped food and medicine to ISIS terrorists hiding in the depth of Anbar desert, Iraq, as per locals.

Qussai Anbari, director of the Iraqi Badr Organization, stated ‘ISIS terrorist groups hiding in the depth of Anbar province where no one can reach except US planes and under strict US approvals.’

‘Local Beduin families living in the desert have seen US helicopters drop food and medicine packages to the terrorists who are hiding in the western desert,’ Mr. Anbari added. He explained that the ‘Anbar desert is vast and terrorists cannot travel for long distances to buy food there’.

It’s not a first for US helicopters to deliver aid to terrorists, the US army operates under an illegal coalition of similar evil countries has been spotted delivering food and other aid to ISIS terrorists while the Iraqis were trying to clean their country from the terrorists in Saladdin, Falluja, Musol, and Diyala.

Iraqis also reported US planes transporting ISIS commanders and personnel from frontlines to other areas.

The same what US troops allegedly fighting ISIS in Syria within the same illegal coalition of evil countries have done multiple times leaving no doubts as to who is behind these world’s trash terrorists.

US fighter jets have constantly targeted and bombed the Syrian Arab Army and its allies during fights with ISIS, Nusra Front, and other internationally designated terrorist groups in the country.

A very infamous incident occurred in September 2016 when the US fighter jets bombed for almost an hour an SAA post which was stationed in Thardeh Mountain protecting the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS. This attack, the Pentagon apologized for later claiming it was by error, killed 90 SAA soldiers and injured 110 more, led to the waiting ISIS herds storming the mountain and taking control of it before SAA reinforcement could arrive and clean it again.

Former US secretary of state Kerry was caught in a leaked conversation with political heads of Syrian terrorists that the US sought the use of ISIS to add pressure on the Syrian leadership to effect the long-awaited Regime Change in the country.

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Alternatieve media gaan samenwerken terwijl de censuur toeneemt – De Lange Mars Plus

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06-05-19 05:53:00,

In een klimaat waarin de censuur iedere maand toeneemt en het nieuws van de mainstream media tot waarheid wordt verheven moeten de alternatieve media gaan samenwerken. De eerste stappen zijn gezet, vijf alternatieven hebben de koppen bij elkaar gestoken. Ondertussen piekt de censuur, worden steeds meer media geweerd van de grote platforms en dreigt zelfs vermelding van gecensureerde sites bestraft te worden met een verbanning. Het is de hoogste tijd dat ook het lezerspubliek partij gaat kiezen. Passief toekijken zal onherroepelijk tot gevolg hebben dat de wereld wordt omgeturnd tot een gevangenis a la 1984 (zoals George Orwell in zijn boek voorspelde in 1948), waar maar een waarheid geldt namelijk die van de massa media en wat hun broodheren hen voorschrijven.

Censuur

De meest recente censuurmaatregel heeft David Icke geraakt. Wanneer hij naar Australië wil afreizen om daar een volgeboekte lezingenreeks te gaan geven, ontvangt hij enkele uren vooraf van de Australische regering de mededeling dat hij niet toegelaten wordt tot het land omdat hij zich schuldig zou hebben gemaakt aan antisemitisme. Het schijnt dat een kleine groep mensen op het Australische continent Icke niet zien zitten en dan kan je met het label ‘antisemiet’ wonderen bereiken.

Jammer voor David Icke blijft het daar niet bij. Op 4 juni gaat een film over zijn leven ‘Renegade’ in première. Wanneer hij in de VS zit wordt ook hier op het laatste moment een voorstelling over deze film afgeblazen door de eigenaren van het theater. Hetzelfde gebeurt ook in Londen toen de TUC de première niet door liet gaan. Icke zegt in zijn commentaar op de gebeurtenissen dat wanneer je de waarheid spreekt je een bedreiging voor de gevestigde orde vormt.

Icke verdwijnt ook langzaam uit het openbare cyberleven, net als Alex Jones in augustus 2018.

Infowars, het conservatieve nieuwsprogramma van Alex Jones, is begin augustus 2018 verwijderd van de platforms: – Facebook,– YouTube, – Apple, – Google Podcast, – Spotify, – TuneIn, – Spreaker, – iHeartRadio, – Audioboom, – Pinterest, – MailChimp, – Stitcher, – Disqus, – Sprout Social en – LinkedIn. Hun app blijft echter wel toegankelijk, naast hun website natuurlijk.

Ten opzichte van Infowars gaan Facebook en Instagram nu weer een stap verder in de repressie.

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Is The Media Driving America Insane?

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03-05-19 04:22:00,

Authored by Jeff Charles via Liberty Nation,

Americans are more depressed than almost anyone in the world – and we may have the media to thank…

Here’s a conundrum for you. Would it be possible for citizens of the strongest, wealthiest, and freest country in the world to have stress levels higher than those of the most brutally oppressive nations in existence?

The next question would be: “How could this be?” After all, America’s capitalist society has produced many benefits for its residents and the rest of the world. What could possibly have Americans so worried? There are many likely culprits, but one of the key contributing factors is the country’s media establishment, which has peddled in fear and outrage since its inception. So, is the media driving Americans insane?

Americans Are Stressed And Angry

Gallup’s 2019 Global Emotions Report provides a disturbing insight into the emotional state of Americans. According to the study, 55% of people indicated that they felt stressed during much of the day in 2018. Nearly half stated that they were worried and about 22% reported feeling angry. These rates are higher than all but three other countries.

To provide some context, the United States reported higher stress levels than people living in countries such as Chad, a nation rife with violence that suffers tragedy on a daily basis. “Even as their economy roared, more Americans were stressed, angry and worried last year than they have been at most points during the past decade,” wrote Julie Ray, a Gallup editor in her summary report.

While several factors are contributing to this phenomenon, one of the primary elements that stand out is the influence of the media and the current state of American politics. Indeed, other studies have revealed that these are having an overly pernicious impact on the American psyche.

What’s Causing These Emotions?

Americans have become far more politically aware since the 2016 presidential campaign. A Monmouth poll showed that 36% of Americans reported that they believed it’s “very important” to get involved in politics. This is an 11% increase over the previous year. Moreover, 37% said that they have become more involved in politics since President Trump took office.

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Door media en politiek doodgezwegen politiegeweld in Frankrijk – De Lange Mars Plus

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03-05-19 04:19:00,

Al maandenlang zorgen de ‘ordediensten’ van Macron voor een ongekende terreur op straat in Frankrijk. Tot nu toe is geen enkele ‘agent’ voor deze wandaden bestraft. Het regime Macron moedigt hen eerder aan met bonussen voor dit ‘weekendwerk’ van 500 euro. Het geweld richt zich meestal tegen de Gele Hesjes, maar ook tegen journalisten, willekeurige voorbijgangers, scholieren en studenten. De filmpjes en foto’s worden meestal door de media genegeerd en door de verschillende sociale mediaplatformen verwijderd.

En als dan geweld genoemd wordt door de media dan verdraaien ze het zoals onderstaande gebeurtenis op 1 mei in Parijs in de buurt van een ziekenhuis.

Franse media suggereerden dat Gilets Jaunes, de gele hesjes een ziekenhuis waren binnengevallen. Uit ‘zoek geraakte’ beelden blijkt dat ze vluchten voor geweld van de knokploeg van Macron.

Étant donné qu’une partie des vidéos de l’hôpital Salpêtrière disparaissent “magiquement” de Twitter, nous la réuploadons. 🎥

La propagande médiatique au service du pouvoir qui fait croire à une “attaque” de l’hôpital pour stigmatiser les manifestants est indigne. 🤥 pic.twitter.com/Af3y4LdTgR

— Le Discord insoumis (@Action_Insoumis) 1 mei 2019

De video’s met geweld zijn talrijk, zodanig dat het moeilijk is een selectie te maken.

#Politiegeweld in Frankrijk staat geen maat op. Eindeloos, brutaal en straffeloos. #EUlanden doen niets. #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/ZvWilkmdBs

— De Lange Mars Plus (@delangemars) 2 mei 2019

Hier gooit een man, die gekleed is als politie-agent, een kinderkopje de menigte in op 1 mei in Parijs.

😱💥TRÈS URGENT – La police jette des pavés dans la foule !! Partagez cette grosse bavure !! 😰#Paris #FêteDuTravail #1erMai #France pic.twitter.com/x1Sgm7zAjk

— L’Antenne Jaune (@AntenneJaune) 1 mei 2019

Politie regime Macron verstikt oppositie van #GiletsJaunes In #Toulouse in gas. #acte24

Vrijheid van meningsuiting bestaat alleen nog op papier. Mensen met ongewenste mening worden ver(traan)gast.

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“Aanvallen op media in Balkan ondermijnen democratie”

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12-04-19 06:37:00,

De mediavrijheid op de Balkan wordt steeds verder ingeperkt en ondermijnt de democratie, constateert Susan Wilding, hoofd van Civicus, een wereldwijde alliantie van burgerorganisaties.

Demonstranten die de kantoren van de Servische staatstelevisie binnendringen, als protest tegen de eenzijdige berichtgeving. Journalistieke organen die de Albanese premier aanschrijven over plannen om de media te censureren. Een reporter die onderzoek doet naar corruptie die zijn huis moet ontvluchten wegens brandstichting. Een Montenegrijnse onderzoeksjournalist die bij haar huis in het been geschoten wordt.

Het zijn slechts enkele voorbeelden van geweld in de westelijke Balkan, en de repressie van de mediavrijheid – en burgerlijke vrijheden – die de wens van Servië en Montenegro ondermijnt om toe te treden tot de Europese Unie. Het is geen verrassing dat Servië 10 plaatsen gedaald is naar een 76ste plaats op de Persvrijheidsindex van Reporters without Borders. “Servië is een land geworden waar je als journalist niet veilig bent”, licht de organisatie toe. De buren doen het niet veel beter. Albanië staat op de 75ste plaats, Kosovo op 78 en Montenegro op 103.

Smeercampagnes

Smeercampagnes gericht op journalisten; straffeloosheid voor degenen die de media aanvallen; samenspanning tussen corrupte journalisten en politici; concentratie van media-organen in de handen van enkelen; dreiging met dure gerechtelijke processen; zelfcensuur. De lijst met praktijken die de media ondermijnen in de Balkan is nog langer.

In Belgrado, de Servische hoofdstad vindt tot en met vrijdag de International Civil Society Week plaats. Meer dan negenhonderd deelnemers discussiëren hier over oplossingen voor de meest dringende uitdagingen. Een van de vragen in Belgrado is wat burgerorganisaties kunnen doen om de druk op de vrijheid van expressie te verminderen. Hoe kunnen ze hun stem laten horen en individuele rechten, en die van de media beschermen?

Tactieken

De eerder genoemde restricties op de media zijn onverzoenbaar met een democratisch systeem, dat rust op drie fundamentele mensenrechten: vrijheid van vreedzame vergadering, vrijheid van organisatie en vrijheid van expressie. Rechten die beschermd worden in het internationale recht. Elke regering die beweert vrije en eerlijke verkiezingen te houden, en beweert een democratie te zijn, kan haar burgers niet het recht onthouden op informatie en het recht om gehoord te worden.

Op grond van mijn bevindingen bij de Civicus Monitor, een online platform dat bedreigingen van burgerlijke vrijheden in kaart brengt in 196 landen,

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Are The Rise Of Social Media & The Decline Of Social Mobility Related?

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05-04-19 08:14:00,

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Social media offers hope of achieving higher online social status without having to succeed financially in a winner-take-most economy.

I’ve often addressed the decline of social mobility and the addictive nature of social media, and recently I’ve entertained the crazy notion that the two dynamics are related. Why Is Social Media So Toxic?

I have long held that the decline of social mobility–broad-based opportunities to get ahead financially and socially–is part of a larger dynamic I call social depression: the social decay resulting from economic stagnation and the decline of social mobility and financial security. America’s Social Depression Is Accelerating

Japan offers a real-world 29-year lab experiment in the negative social consequences of economic stagnation, a top I addressed back in 2010: The Non-Financial Cost of Stagnation: “Social Recession” and Japan’s “Lost Generations”

The conventional explanation of social media’s addictive hold is that it activates the human brain’s reward circuits much like an addictive drug: in effect, we become addicted to being “liked” and to checking our phones hundreds of times a day to see if we received any “likes”.

This phenomenon is known as FOMO, fear of missing out: fear of missing out on some emotion-stimulating “news” or a “like” from someone in our network.

The innate addictive appeal of social media is pretty clear, but is that all that’s at work here?

Being social animals, humans naturally seek to identify their status in the pecking order and improve their position by whatever means are available as a way of increasing their reproductive success and their relative share of resources.

Traditional societies were bifurcated into a small elite and a much larger mass of commoners. As a general rule, social mobility was limited to those extraordinary commoners who were especially valuable to the ruling elite as soldiers, scribes, etc.

From its inception in the early 1800s, the American Dream was to acquire the “good life” via mass produced luxury goods. This has been the mainstay of the modern consumer economy, a consumption-based economy that became dependent on credit in the 20th century.

The downside of mass-produced luxury items (status symbols) is that in a credit-based economy,

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Media over jaar protesten Gaza: geen kant kiezen is de kant kiezen van de sterkste

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02-04-19 06:16:00,

Op 30 maart 2019 was het één jaar geleden dat de eerste betoging in Gaza onder de titel ‘Mars voor de Terugkeer’ begon. Ondanks de honderden Palestijnen die vermoord werden door Israëlische scherpschutters en een vernietigend rapport van de VN, blijven de media volharden in hun onevenwichtige berichtgeving, over de onderdrukking van een bezet volk.

Zaterdag 30 maart, dag van het Land voor de Palestijnen, was in Gaza ook de herdenking van de allereerste Mars voor de Terugkeer exact één jaar eerder. Sinds die dag komen tienduizenden inwoners van Gaza elke vrijdag samen aan de afsluiting rond hun enclave om de opheffing van de blokkade te eisen, het recht op vrije beweging tussen de Palestijnse bezette gebieden en meer fundamenteel het recht op terugkeer naar hun land waaruit ze in 1948-1949 en in 1967 werden verdreven.

“We bepalen niet wie gelijk heeft”

De berichtgeving van de Belgische media volgt de lijn van de meeste internationale media. Die kan men als volgt samenvatten. Wat in Israël/Palestina gebeurt is ‘een conflict’ tussen twee volkeren. Wie van beiden gelijk heeft bepalen we niet zelf. “Elke kant in dit conflict heeft zijn eigen narratief” volgens een VRT-journalist.

De openbare zender VRT en zijn voorganger BRT zijn echter nooit onpartijdige waarnemers geweest in Israël/Palestina. Daarin verschilt de VRT niet van zijn commerciële concurrent VTM of van de leidende kranten De Standaard en De Morgen. De VRT is echter geen commercieel privé-bedrijf maar een openbare zender. Daar mag je hogere journalistieke prestaties van verwachten. In werkelijkheid blijkt de openbare zender, zeker op vlak van internationaal nieuws, geen onderscheid te maken. Dat is het meest schrijnend in het geval van de kwestie Israël/Palestina.

Een vergelijking van de berichtgeving in De Standaard, De Morgen, VTM en VRT, the Guardian, BBC, Le Monde en El Pais toont een zeer opvallende gelijkenis. Het bronnenmateriaal is alvast identiek: grote persagentschappen en Israëlische overheidsdiensten worden als ‘bron’ geciteerd. Organisaties als de Rode Halve Maan, Hamas en andere Palestijnse organisaties krijgen daarentegen altijd een kadering, soms subtiel “volgens de Rode Halve Maan”, soms openlijk “zo beweert althans Hamas”.

“Palestijnen komen om het leven”

In alle berichten valt het voorzichtige taalgebruik op. Een van de meest terugkerende omschrijvingen is dat “meer dan 200 Palestijnen” het voorbije jaar “om het leven kwamen”,

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Media Blackout as Israel’s Largest Banks Pay over $1 Billion in Fines for US Tax Evasion Schemes – Global Research

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22-03-19 08:45:00,

Similar revelations about other banks and offshore tax-evasion schemes — such as those contained in the Panama Papers — led to global protests and even the resignations of some world leaders

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Israel’s three largest banks — Hapoalim Bank, Leumi Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank — have all been ordered to pay record fines, which collectively are set to total over $1 billion, to the U.S. government after the banks were found to have actively colluded with thousands of wealthy Americans in massive tax-evasion schemes.

The scandal, though it has been reported on in Israeli media, has garnered little attention in the United States. The media black-out has been so surprising it was even directly mentioned by the Times of Israel, given that similar revelations about other banks and offshore tax-evasion schemes — such as those contained within the Panama Papers — led to global protests and even the resignations of some world leaders.

The settlements are the end result of a series of Department of Justice (DOJ) probes that were related to the DOJ’s 2007 investigation targeting UBS AG, Switzerland’s largest bank. The focus of the probe turned to Israel a few years later in 2011, when it was determined that the Swiss subsidiaries of several of Israel’s largest banks had actively aided Americans seeking to launder their money.

As the probes advanced, the DOJ found that the three banks — Israel’s largest when ranked by net income and total assets — had a history of collaborating with wealthy Americans in tax evasion schemes, not just in their Swiss subsidiaries but in Israel as well. Most of those wealthy Americans were Jewish Americans or dual U.S.-Israeli citizens who hid their U.S. citizenship from the Israeli banks.

A year after the probes into Leumi, Hapoalim and Mizrahi Tefahot were made public, the U.S. State Department notably listed Israel as a “major money laundering country… whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking … or other serious crime.”

Settlements reached and pending

Bank Leumi was the first to admit to wrongdoing and reached a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ in 2014 that eventually resulted in the bank paying $400 million in fines to the U.S.

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The Media Navigator

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The Media Navigator classifies more than 60 news outlets based on their political stance and their relationship to power. In many cases, the latter is more relevant.

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The Media Navigator was developed based on an in-depth analysis of news coverage, commentary, media ownership and financing. There is also a European edition.

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Swiss Propaganda Research (SPR) is an independent research group investigating geopolitical propaganda in Swiss and international media. You can contact us here.

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Social Media, Universal Basic Income, & Cashless Society: How China’s Social Credit System Is Coming To America

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17-03-19 09:05:00,

Authored by Brandon Turbeville via The Organic Prepper blog,

Some well-informed Americans may be aware of China’s horrifying “Social Credit System” that was recently unveiled as a method of eradicating any dissent in the totalitarian state. Essentially freezing out anyone who does not conform to the state’s version of the ideal citizen, the SCS is perhaps the most frightening control system being rolled out today. That is, until you consider what is coming next.

Unbeknownst to most people, there appears to be a real attempt to create a system in which all citizens are rationed their “wages” digitally each month in place of a paycheck, including the ability to gain or lose money. This system would see any form of dissent resulting in the cut off of those credits and the ability to work, eat, or even exist in society. It would not only be the end of dissent but of any semblance of real individuality.

Here’s how the Social Credit System operates in China.

First, however, for those who are unaware of the Social Credit System as it operates in China, we should briefly describe just what has taken place there. The Social Credit System in China isn’t merely a punishment for criticizing the state as is the case in most totalitarian regimes, the SCS can bring the hammer down for even the slightest infraction such as smoking in a non-smoking zone.

One summary of the SCS can be found in Business Insider’s article by Alexandra Ma entitled “China has started ranking citizens with a creepy ‘social credit’ system — here’s what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you,” where Ma writes,

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system that will monitor the behavior of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their “social credit.”

The “social credit system,” first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that “keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful,” according to a government document.

The program is due to be fully operational nationwide by 2020, but is being piloted for millions of people across the country already.

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Media Hit-Job Continues As Colbert Ambushes Tulsi Gabbard

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15-03-19 08:50:00,

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

Hawaii Congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where instead of the light, jokey banter about politics and who she is as a person that Democratic presidential candidates normally encounter on late night comedy programs, the show’s host solemnly ran down a list of textbook beltway smears against Gabbard and made her defend them in front of his audience.

Normally when a Democratic Party-aligned politician appears on such a show, you can expect jokes about how stupid Trump is and how badly they’re going to beat the Republicans, how they’re going to help ordinary Americans, and maybe some friendly back-and-forth about where they grew up or something. Colbert had no time to waste on such things, however, because this was not an interview with a normal Democratic Party-aligned politician: this was a politician who has been loudly and consistently criticizing US foreign policy.

After briefly asking his guest who she is and why she’s running for president, Colbert jumped right into it by immediately bringing up Syria and Assad, the primary line of attack employed against Gabbard by establishment propagandists in American mainstream media.

Colbert: Do you think the Iraq war was worth it?

Gabbard: No.

Colbert: Do you think that our involvement in Syria has been worth it?

Gabbard: No.

Colbert: Do you think that ISIS could have been defeated without our involvement and without our support of the local troops there?

Gabbard: There are two things we need to address in Syria. One is a regime change war that was first launched by the United States in 2011, covertly, led by the CIA. That is a regime change war that has continued over the years, that has increased the suffering of the Syrian people, and strengthened groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS, because the CIA was using American taxpayer dollars to provide arms and training and equipment to these terrorist groups to get them to overthrow the government. So that is a regime change war that we should not have been engaging.

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The Media’s 6 Biggest Lies about North Korea

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12-03-19 08:40:00,

Here are six of the media’s biggest lies about North Korea:

1–Did North Korea end the negotiations in Hanoi because Trump refused to lift sanctions?

No. That’s not what happened at all. Kim Jong un made a serious offer to permanently halt all long-range rocket and nuclear tests and to “completely dismantle all the nuclear production facilities” at Yongbyon (the DPRK’s primary nuclear enrichment facility) in exchange for the partial lifting of sanctions that targeted North Korean civilians. Kim did not present his offer as an ironclad demand from which he was unwilling to budge, but as a starting point for discussions just as one would expect during negotiations. But the Trump team never seriously considered Kim’s offer, instead–at the advice of neocon warlord, John Bolton — the Trump delegation surprised Kim with a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum that included the “elimination of the DPRK’s “chemical and biological weapons, “their ballistic missile program” along with complete denuclearization. Bolton said that no sanctions would be lifted until this comprehensive disarmament plan was implemented and verified by Washington’s weapons inspectors. These unrelated demands were not part of previous discussions nor were they contained in the earlier agreements in Singapore. They were concocted with the clear intention of sabotaging the summit and ensuring that no agreement between the sides would be reached.

2–Has the Trump administration honored the agreement it made at the Singapore Summit?

No. On June 12, 2018 President Trump signed a joint declaration agreeing to the following:

  • The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  • The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  • The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

While Kim has taken a number of steps to normalize US-DPRK relations (including the cessation of all ballistic missile and nuclear weapon tests, the destruction of one former nuclear testing site, returning the remains of 55 US servicemen who were killed during the Korean War back to US custody,

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Here’s Why The Media Is Lying About “Reconstruction” At North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility

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11-03-19 09:58:00,

Authored by William Craddick via Disobedient Media,

In the aftermath of the Hanoi Summit, President Trump has been barraged with attempts to undermine his confidence in the good faith of Kim Jong Un and his intentions to deal fairly with the United States in the negotiation process concerning denuclearization and de-escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. One of the primary causes of concern has been a series of reports from NBC News claiming that “commercial” satellite footage shows that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been engaging in fresh construction at their Sohae Launch Facility in preparation for an alleged missile launch or test.

Not only is the use of the term “commercial” misleading in nature, but analysis of the photos indicates that the activity at the Sohae facility is related to deconstruction. The reports are driven by a number of entities with connections to the Central Intelligence Agency and a number of other special interests which call into credibility both the veracity of the reports and the journalistic integrity of NBC News.

I. Satellite Footage Of Sohae Launch Facility Is Misrepresented

The NBC report, written by Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee and Andrea Mitchell, concerns satellite imagery released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) purported to have been taken on March 2, 2019. The imagery suffers from two defects – the fact that the images show two different facilities being attributed as one by the media, and that the purported construction activity indicates dismantling of the Sohae site rather than fresh additions or repairs. Side by side comparisons of the photos show that they are in fact taken from two different locations. This discrepancy might be apparent to an analyst with knowledge of North Korea’s Sohae Launch Facility, but not to an average member of the public.

Analysis of the photos indicates deconstruction for a number of reasons which are outlined below:

  • The positioning of the two cranes in the photo is not advantageous for construction of a tower since they cannot efficiently raise material to it from the ground level. The cranes are so close together that their arms are at risk of colliding during construction.

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Me, Myself and Media 50 – Massenmanipulation, Massenmedien und Machterhalt | KenFM.de

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07-03-19 07:27:00,

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Nichts ist für den Status quo des Geld-Adels so gefährlich, wie unabhängiges Denken. Wer unabhängig denkt und die Strukturen der Macht analysiert, stößt nicht nur permanent auf Untaten und Verbrechen, sondern auch auf Täter und Verbrecher.

Um zu verhindern, dass Ross und Reiter benannt werden können, wurde eine ganze Branche aus der Taufe gehoben. Sie definiert sich selbst als freie Presse, obwohl es ehrlicher wäre, sich Bewusstseinsindustrie zu nennen.

Kein lohnabhängiger Angestellter eines öffentlich-rechtlichen oder privaten Pressemediums kann wirklich frei publizieren. Wo die rote Linie verläuft, bestimmen die Besitzer oder von Think Tanks installierte Alpha-Journalisten.

Wer sich an die ungeschriebenen Spielregeln hält, kann ein gut situiertes Leben als Steigbügelhalter der Macht führen, gilt unter Umständen sogar als Intellektueller und tingelt von Talk-Show zu Talk-Show. Wer dagegen die Verlogenheit des Systems offenlegt, wird gesellschaftlich geächtet und verleumdet. Mit Framing-Begriffen wie Verschwörungstheoretiker, Putin-Versteher oder Neu-Rechte sollen ganze Themengebiete nachhaltig vermint werden. Besonders unter Feuer genommen wird jeder, der der Friedensbewegung nahesteht und sich kritisch gegenüber der Rüstungsindustrie äußert.

Spätestens seitdem herauskam, dass die ARD 120.000 Euro in ein Framing-Gutachten investierte, um ihr angeschlagenes Image als neutrale Staatspresse wieder auf Vordermann zu bringen, sollte es jedem Menschen, der noch bei Verstand ist, dämmern.

Wir haben es mit einer gigantischen Propagandaindustrie zu tun, deren Ziel es ist, permanent Feindbilder und Sündenböcke zu erschaffen. Mit diesen soll dann davon abgelenkt werden, dass die oberen 10% auch in einer sogenannten demokratischen Gesellschaft den politischen Kurs einer Nation diktieren und sich unbegrenzt bereichern. Auf Kosten der Mehrheit.

Permanentes mediales Einseifen ist daher die Regel und nicht die Ausnahme und erfährt nur dadurch eine Form der Süffisance, wenn man sich klarmacht, dass das Wort „Lügenpresse“ 2014 zum Unwort des Jahres gewählt wurde, während im selben Jahr die Auszeichnung „Journalist des Jahres“ an Claas Relotius ging.

In der 50. Ausgabe von MMM decodieren wir die Techniken der Gehirnwäsche-Profis und lassen damit ihre Tarnung auffliegen.

„In Zeiten universeller Täuschung ist das Aussprechen von Wahrheit ein revolutionärer Akt.“ George Orwell

Inhaltsübersicht:

00:04:16 Verhaltensforschung: Wie funktioniert Gehirnwäsche?

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Media: Venezuela Protests Good. Yellow Vests Bad.

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07-03-19 07:17:00,

The author is a well-known UK pundit who writes frequently on Russia.  He is currently running a crowdfunding to raise money to fund his legal costs for his court case against Oliver Kamm, a writer for the Times newspaper, who he has sued for libel and harassment. If you like this article, please consider supporting this writer. He is one of the best out there on Russia.

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The ‘Yellow Vest’ anti-government protests in France have received limited coverage in Western media and what coverage there has been has been quite hostile to the protestors.

In Venezuela though it’s a very different story. Here the street demonstrations are a major news event, despite the country being thousands of miles away. Furthermore, the coverage is very sympathetic to the protestors and extremely hostile to the government.

Why are angry street protestors in France bad, but in Venezuela very good?

The answer has to do with the stances and international alliances of the respective governments. It’s inaccurate to call President Emmanuel Macron of France the President of the rich. He is, as his predecessor Francois Hollande admitted on French television, the President of the very rich.

Macron is an unashamed globalist, committed to carrying out neoliberal reforms at home, and following a ‘liberal interventionist’ ie imperalist foreign policy abroad, which means keeping French forces —illegally- in Syria.  No wonder the elites are mad about the boy.  The toppling of Macron, in a French Revolution 2.0, would be a huge blow to the most powerful people in the world. It cannot be allowed to happen.

The French authorities have responded to the street protests with force; one activist was even sentenced to prison for six months — but this has largely been ignored by Western ‘liberals’ who would be so quick to denounce similar actions in other countries, whose government they don’t approve of. Instead, the message is ‘law and order must be maintained’.

The Yellow Vests protestors have been relentlessly traduced.

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Media Serve the Governors, Not the Governed

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05-03-19 09:04:00,


Since 2006 WikiLeaks has been censuring governments with governments’ own words. It has been doing the job the U.S. constitution intended the press to do, says Joe Lauria.

By Joe Lauria
in Sydney, Australia

In his 1971 opinion in the Pentagon Papers case, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black wrote: “In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

That’s what WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have been doing since 2006: censuring governments with governments’ own words pried from secrecy by WikiLeak’s sources—whistleblowers. In other words, WikiLeaks has been doing the job the U.S. constitution intended the press to do.

One can hardly imagine anyone sitting on today’s U.S. Supreme Court writing such an opinion. Even more troubling is the news media having turned its back on its mission. Today they almost always serve the governors—not the governed.

Lauria: Media serve governors–not the governed. (Cathy Vogan)

The question is why.

Consolidation of media ownership has increased obedience of desperate journalists; entertainment divisions have taken over news departments; and careerist reporters live vicariously through the power of those they cover, rejecting the press’ unique power to hold those officials to account.

It comes down ultimately to lifestyles. Men go to war to protect and further their lifestyles. The press cheers them on for residual material betterment and increase in status.

Millions of lives erased for lifestyles.

It used to be accepted in television that news departments would lose money and would be supported by the entertainment division. That’s because news was considered a public service. TV newsmen—they were almost all men in those days—were former wire service and newspaper reporters. But greed has put the presenters’ personalities before public service,

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How The Media Manufactures Consent For Regime Change In Venezuela

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12-02-19 08:21:00,

Authored by Alan MacLeod via Venezuelanalysis.com,

The latest extraordinary chapter in the bizarre world of Venezuelan politics is playing out before our eyes. After winning the 2018 presidential elections, Nicolás Maduro was inaugurated in January, only for the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó — a man whom, at the time, less than 20 percent of the country had even heard of — to declare himself President.

Guaidó was immediately backed by the governments of the U.S. and U.K., with Vice President Mike Pence stating, “Nicolás Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power. He has never won the presidency in a free and fair election, and has maintained his grip of power by imprisoning anyone who dares to oppose him.”

I’ve previously cataloged how the media has been quick to echo the ideathat Maduro is completely illegitimate and has been eager to position America’s stance towards Venezuelan politics as one of a neutral arbiter.

Why do mainstream media outlets, who resist Trump at home, neatly align themselves with his administration’s Venezuela policy? And why has there so little criticism of what is essentially an ongoing U.S.-backed coup attempt?

In a recent study, I analyzed how the media presented the 2018 elections in Colombia and Venezuela. Looking at how these two elections were covered can help us understand why there’s so little nuance in the media coverage of U.S.-Venezuela relations.

A seminal study inspires

To study the 2018 elections, I used the propaganda model media scholars Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky outlined in their book Manufacturing Consent. Their propaganda model contends that mainstream, corporate media is not a neutral venue for truth. Instead, it is a vehicle that advances the interests of media owners and their advertisers.

The authors argue that, in contrast to the top-down censorship of authoritarian states, these outlets achieve uniform opinions through the pre-selection of “right-thinking” editors and reporters who have been trained at the “right” schools. They then disseminate information – or, at the very least, self-censor – in a way that protects or advances the ideology of ownership,

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Western Media Fall In Lockstep For Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt

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10-02-19 08:23:00,

Authored by Adam Johnson via Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting,

The Trump administration’s now completely overt effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid:

All of the above articles – and scores more like it – repeated the same script: Maduro was blocking aid from the US “out of refusal to relinquish power,” preferring to starve “his own people” rather than feed them. It’s a simple case of good and evil—of a tyrannical, paranoid dictator not letting in aid to feed a starving population.

Except three pieces of key context are missing. Context that, when presented to a neutral observer, would severely undermine the cartoonish narrative being advanced by US media.

  1. Both the Red Cross and UN warned the US not to engage in this aid PR stunt.

  2. The bridge in question is a visual metaphor contrived by the Trump administration of little practical relevance.

  3. The person in charge of US operations in Venezuela has a history of using aid as a cover to deliver weapons to right-wing mercenaries.

(1) Not only has the international aid community not asked for the “aid,” earlier this week, both the International Red Cross and United Nations warned the US to explicitly not engage in these types of PR stunts.

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How the Media Uses Venezuela’s Poverty to Demonize Leftist Leaders

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09-02-19 07:21:00,

The weapon’s effectiveness can only be sustained through a media in lockstep with the government’s regime-change goals. That the media is fixated on the travails of a relatively small and unimportant country in America’s “backyard,” and that the picture of Venezuela is so shallow, is not a mistake. Rather, the simplistic narrative of a socialist dictatorship starving its own people provides great utility as a weapon for the establishment to beat back the domestic “threat” of socialism, by associating movements and figures such as Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jeremy Corbyn with an evil caricature they have carefully crafted.

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What the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Tell You About Venezuela – Global Research

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05-02-19 06:16:00,

The corporate media is wholeheartedly behind the federal government’s push for regime change in Venezuela. The propaganda is thick and, as per usual, it is as much about what they don’t, as what they do, report. Here are some important developments that have largely been ignored by Canada’s dominant media:

  • At the Organization of American States meeting called by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 25 the Canadian-backed interventionist resolution was defeated 18-16.
  • The “Lima Group” of governments opposed to Venezuela’s elected president was established 18 months ago after Washington, Ottawa and others failed to garner the votes necessary to censure Venezuela at the OAS (despite the head of the OAS’s extreme hostility to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro).
  • Most of the world’s countries, with most of the world’s population, have failed to support the US/Canada push to recognize National Assembly head Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela.
  • The UN and OAS charters preclude unilateral sanctions and interfering in other countries’ affairs.
  • UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur for sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, recently condemned US/Canadian sanctions on Venezuela.

As well, here are some flagrant double standards in Canadian policy the media have largely ignored:

  • “Lima Group” member Jair Bolsonaro won the recent presidential election in Brazil largely because the most popular candidate, Lula Da silva, was in jail. His questionable election took place two years after Lula’s ally, Dilma Rousseff, was ousted as president in a ‘parliamentary coup’.
  • Another “Lima Group” member, Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernandez, defied that country’s constitution a year ago in running for a second term and then ‘won’ a highly questionable
  • “At the same time”as Canada and the US recognized Juan Guaidó, notes Patrick Mbeko, “in Democratic Republic of Congo they refuse to recognize the massive recent victory of Martin Fayulu in the presidential election, endorsing the vast electoral fraud of the regime and its ally Félix Tshisekedi.”

Beyond what the media has ignored, they constantly cite biased sources without offering much or any background. Here are a couple of examples:

  • The Globe and Mail has quoted Irwin Cotler in two recent articles on Venezuela.

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Me, Myself and Media 49 – Nächster Halt: Selber denken! | KenFM.de

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04-02-19 07:53:00,

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Massenmedien haben weniger die Aufgabe, Menschen zu informieren, sondern eher das Denken der Mediennutzer in die „richtigen“ Bahnen zu lenken. „Was wichtig und was richtig ist, kann der einfache Bürger gar nicht wissen, dazu ist er im Industriezeitalter viel zu beschäftigt. Von daher ist es die Aufgabe der Eliten, sich für das Volk, die „Schafherde“, den Kopf zu zerbrechen, um diese Herde vor größerem Schaden zu bewahren.“

Zu dieser elitären Ansicht kamen vor Jahrzehnten Menschen wie Edward Bernays oder Walter Lippmann. Beide schrieben Bücher, die dem Meinungsmanagement dienten und bis heute als Standardwerke gelten, z. B. „Propaganda“ oder „Die Öffentliche Meinung“. Credo:

Da die Eliten, die sich als Besitzer der Herde verstehen, nicht auf alle Schafe persönlich aufpassen können, setzen sie Schäfer und Schäferhunde ein. Diese werden in unzähligen Förderprogrammen auf ihre zukünftige „Führungsrolle“ vorbereitet. Generell gilt: Wer vor den Eliten buckelt, sich einer entsprechenden Gehirnwäsche unterzieht, wer im Anschluss auch das selbstständige Denken der restlichen Menschen unterbindet und bekämpft, der kann im gesamten „Kommunikations-Sektor“ mit einer steilen Karriere rechnen, in etwa als Alpha-Journalist, Regierungssprecher oder „geförderter“ Wissenschaftler.

Durch die freien Medien im Internet ist das System der vollständigen Kontrolle durch Meinungsmanagement schwer durcheinander geraten. Wie über Nacht wissen die Menschen plötzlich mehr, als den Eliten recht ist. Wer als Medien-Konsument im Internet fremdgeht und im Anschluss Zweifel an der publizierten Wahrheit der Massenmedien äußert, wird nicht sofort unter Feuer genommen. Das geschieht aber umso heftiger, wenn er selber über soziale Netzwerke zum Massenmedium wird. Je größer seine Reichweite und damit sein Einfluss auf die öffentliche Meinung, je heftiger der Gegenwind durch die staatlich lizensierten Verkünder der Wahrheit.

Der Geist ist längst aus der Flasche und jeder, der sehen will, kann erkennen: Der Kaiser ist nicht nur nackt, er ist vor allem kein Kaiser, sondern Teil eines Geldadels, dessen Macht vorrangig daraus resultiert, dass er das Wissen der Massen massiv einschränkt, indem er die Massenmedien kontrolliert.

Was tun, wenn unter dem Einfluss der Alternativ-Medien langsam das eigene Bewusstsein erwacht? Selber denken! Das mag für viele neu sein,

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Mainstream Media is Literally Making People Sick

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26-01-19 11:50:00,

Mainstream Media is Literally Making People Sick

Caitlin JOHNSTONE

new, updated data set is now available on a psychological phenomenon that has been labeled “Trump Anxiety Disorder” or “Trump Hypersensitive Unexplained Disorder,” and it says that the phenomenon only got worse in 2018. The disorder is described as a specific type of anxiety in which symptoms “were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate,” and according to the 2018 surveys Americans are feeling significantly more stressed by the future of their country and the current political environment than they were last year.

Pacific Standard reports as follows:

“As the possibility of a Hillary Clinton victory began to slip away—and the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency became more and more certain—the contours of the new age of American anxiety began to take shape. In a 2017 column, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank described this phenomenon as “Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder”: Overeating. Headaches. Fainting. Irregular heartbeat. Chronic neck pain. Depression. Irritable bowel syndrome. Tightness in the chest. Shortness of breath. Teeth grinding. Stomach ulcer. Indigestion. Shingles. Eye twitching. Nausea. Irritability. High blood sugar. Tinnitus. Reduced immunity. Racing pulse. Shaking limbs. Hair loss. Acid reflux. Deteriorating vision. Stroke. Heart attack. It was a veritable organ recital.

Two years later, the physiological effects of the Trump administration aren’t going away. A growing body of research has tracked the detrimental impacts of Trump-related stress on broad segments of the American population, from young adults to women, to racial and LGBT communities.

The results aren’t good.”

I do not for one second doubt that Americans are feeling more stressed and suffering more health-degrading symptoms as a result than they were prior to Trump’s election. But Pacific Standard and its “growing body of research” ignore the most obvious and significant culprit behind this phenomenon which is tearing people’s health to shreds: the mass media which has been deliberately fanning the flames of Trump panic.

The always excellent Moon of Alabama blog has just published a sarcasm-laden piece documenting the many, many aggressive maneuvers that this administration has made against the interests of Russia,

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‘Western media has become cheerleader for war’ – analyst on Estonian journo’s ‘bomb Russia’ article

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23-01-19 05:49:00,

A recent Estonian op-ed calling for capability to shell St.Petersburg and sink Russian ships in case of conflict may be hypothetical, but the pressure on Tallinn to buy missiles from NATO is real, a British journalist told RT.

“Just several limited strikes” on St. Petersburg could be enough to change Russia’s mind if it ever decides to attack Estonia, an opinion piece in Delfi, one of the top online news outlets in the Baltics, suggested. Its author, Estonian journalist Vahur Koorits, also urged the country to become capable of sinking or hijacking Russia ships in order to disrupt trade in the Baltic Sea.

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Koorits’s article is part of a wider trend that signals “a sad decline in journalism” in Europe and the US, according to UK journalist Neil Clark.

“A lot of journalists in the West have become cheerleaders for military confrontations and wars… Instead of being skeptical, looking at issues objectively and actually trying to hold power to account, they’re doing the opposite. This is very worrying,” he said.

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The publication in Delfi was “the latest in a number of similar articles, basically calling for aggression against Russia,” Clark noted. He recalled another example in the Washington Examiner last year, in which US political commentator Tom Rogan advised Ukrainian authorities to bomb the newly built 19km bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia.

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“Just imagine a Russian writer saying a similar thing about America or Britain, saying that infrastructure in the US should be bombed. It would be seen as outrageous… hailed as evidence that Russia is aggressive; threatening the West,” Clark said.

However, when a Western journalist is calling for the use of force against the countries that have been labeled as “bad guys” by Washington and London, “there is silence,” he added.

Moscow, of course, has “zero reasons” to attack Estonia and Tallinn would never dare to attack Russia,

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«CH Media»-Zeitungen entdecken die WEF-Reserven

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17-01-19 11:00:00,

«Ostschweiz am Sonntag» vom 13. Januar 2019: «Kürzlich wurde bekannt»
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«Ostschweiz am Sonntag» vom 13. Januar 2019: «Kürzlich wurde bekannt»

Kurt Marti / 17. Jan 2019 –

Vier Monate nach der Debatte im Nationalrat und in Davos merken die Zeitungen der «CH Media»: Das WEF hat gigantische Reserven.

«WEF knausert bei Kosten für Sicherheit» titelten am letzten Sonntag die «Ostschweiz am Sonntag», die «Zentralschweiz am Sonntag» und die «Aargauer Zeitung online». Und am Montag erschien der Artikel auch in der Printausgabe der «Aargauer Zeitung» und weiteren Kopfblättern der AZ Nordwestschweiz. Alle diese Zeitungen sind Teil des neuen «CH Media»-Joint Venture von NZZ-Mediengruppe und AZ Medien.

Im Artikel heisst es weiter: «Kürzlich wurde bekannt, dass die Genfer Stiftung, die das Forum in Davos durchführt, über ein Eigenkapital von 321 Millionen Franken verfügt. Diese Reserven sind überdies in den vergangenen Jahren munter gewachsen».

Fakt ist: Die gigantischen WEF-Reserven von 285 Millionen Franken plus 36 Millionen Stiftungskapital wurden nicht erst «kürzlich» bekannt. Bereits im Herbst sorgten sie in Davos und Bern für Gesprächsstoff und zwar im Hinblick auf die Frage, wieviel sich die SteuerzahlerInnen die Sicherheit am WEF künftig kosten lassen wollen. Hinzu kommt, dass Infosperber seit Anfang Februar 2018 im Zusammenhang mit den öffentlichen Subventionen für das steinreiche WEF insgesamt sieben Mal kritisch über die massiv gewachsenen WEF-Reserven berichtet hat (siehe Chronologie unten).

Abstimmung in Davos

Im September 2018 fanden zwei wichtige Abstimmungen zu den künftigen öffentlichen Millionen-Subventionen für das WEF statt: Am 23. September in Davos und am 26. September im Nationalrat über insgesamt 42,75 Millionen Franken (Bund: 39,375 Millionen; Kanton Graubünden: 2,25 Millionen; Gemeinde Davos: 1,125 Millionen) jährlich für den Einsatz der Sicherheitskräfte und der Armee.

Obwohl die Fakten zu den gigantischen WEF-Reserven damals längst publiziert waren und damit die Frage auf dem Tisch lag, ob sich das WEF nicht stärker an den Sicherheitskosten beteiligen müsste, schwiegen sich die oben genannten Zeitungen der «CH Media», aber auch die nationalen Blätter NZZ, «Tagesanzeiger» und «Blick» über die WEF-Reserven aus.

Grösser war das Interesse an den WEF-Reserven in den Bündner Medien. In Davos lancierte die «Davoser Zeitung» bereits Anfang Februar die Debatte, indem sie den Infosperber-Artikel «‘Wucher‘-Vorwurf trotz prallvollem WEF-Tresor» integral abdruckte,

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The US Media has Lost One of Its Sanest Voices on Military Matters

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15-01-19 10:22:00,

I hate television “experts”, the infamous “analysts” who know all – and support all – about the military, the televisual ex-generals with vain presidential ambitions and the infamous American “think tank” personnel whose right-wing, pro-Israeli beliefs are carefully shielded from viewers by the US networks who employ them. I always characterise the antiseptic and pseudo-academic institutions to which they belong as the “Institute for Preposterous Affairs”.

The Fisk “IPA” contains hundreds of robotic folk who will churn out claptrap about “key players”, “stakeholders” and “moderate allies” and, of course, “world terror”. They turn up on CNN, Fox and Russia Today. And, of course, the BBC.

But William Arkin was always a bit different. This ex-US marine intelligence author of ground-breaking work on secret CIA “black sites” and equally secret US weapons dumps (nuclear and non-nuclear) has a respectful audience at both Harvard and Maxwell US Air Force Base. And when he quits, I take notice.

Here’s a guy the Reagan administration wanted to send to prison for revealing the location of US and Soviet nuclear weapons, and who – in his own words – “had to fight editors who couldn’t believe that there would be a war in Iraq”. He’s just resigned his job as a talking head. Goodbye NBC News. That’s what I call a real story.

And here’s what Arkin told his colleagues about the American military when he left NBC last week. “There is not a soul in Washington,” he wrote to them, “who can say that they have won or stopped any conflict. And though there might be the beloved perfumed princes in the form of the [David] Petraeuses and Wes Clarks, or the so-called warrior monks like James Mattis and HR McMaster, we’ve had more than a generation of national security leaders who have sadly and fraudulently done little of consequence.

Arkin’s draw – for me, at least – is that he doesn’t suck on the rubber tube of Wikileaks or social media whistle-blowers. He prefers to dig down through the pages of dull, boring real military information available in serious army and air force journals and official government documents. I came across his work when a reader in Japan sent me pages from Arkin’s book Code Names: Deciphering US Military Plans,

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Why Are the Media So Eager to Declare Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Dead?

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12-01-19 01:52:00,

Corporate media have converged around a narrative that the president has been forced to walk back his decision. But while a withdrawal will undoubtedly prove more challenging than the president originally anticipated, this verdict simply does not reflect the facts on the ground.

When John Bolton spoke in Jerusalem earlier this month, leading news outlets reported that Trump’s national security adviser had declared that withdrawal would not be completed unless and until specific conditions had been met or objectives achieved. The New York Times announced that “Bolton Puts Conditions on Syria Withdrawal, Suggesting a Delay of Months or Years,” claiming that he “told reporters that American forces would remain in Syria until the last remnants of the Islamic State were defeated and Turkey provided guarantees that it would not strike Kurdish forces allied with the United States.”

The Associated Press story, which was picked up by The Washington Post, proved similarly categorical. “U.S. troops will not leave northeastern Syria until Islamic State militants are defeated and American-allied Kurdish fighters are protected,” a top White House aide is quoted as saying. The article also notes that Bolton was “signaling a pause to a withdrawal abruptly announced last month and initially expected to be completed within weeks.”

Those stories were written on the assumption that Bolton was enunciating yet another policy on Syria withdrawal. There is now good reason to believe that no such new policy decision has been made. The Wall Street Journal has quoted a defense official as saying, “Nothing has changed. We don’t take orders from Bolton.”

The Times and AP failed to provide the actual text of Bolton’s statement, much less any analysis of it in context of his statements.

Bolton’s statement was extraordinarily indirect and didn’t necessarily mean what it appeared to mean at first glance. As quoted in The Wall Street Journal, one of the few places where the text could be found, Bolton said, “Timetables or the timing of the withdrawal occurs as a result of the fulfillment of the conditions and the establishment of the circumstances that we want to see. It’s not the establishment of an arbitrary point for the withdrawal to take place as President Obama did in the Afghan situation … the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”

On closer examination,

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