Mass Media’s Phony Freakout Over Bernie’s WaPo Criticism Is Backfiring

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17-08-19 08:48:00,

After days of ridiculous, hysterical garment rending by mass media talking heads in response to Senator Bernie Sanders’ utterly undeniable assertion that The Washington Post has displayed unfair bias against his campaign, people with extensive experience in the mainstream press who are fed up with the lies are beginning to push back. Hard.

Former MSNBC producer Jeff Cohen has published an article in Salon titled “Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias”. Cohen details his experience with the way corporate media outlets keep a uniform pro-establishment narrative running throughout all their coverage without their staff having to be directly told to to do this by their supervisors (though sometimes that happens, too). He writes as follows:

“It happens because of groupthink. It happens because top editors and producers know — without being told — which issues and sources are off limits. No orders need be given, for example, for rank-and-file journalists to understand that the business of the corporate boss or top advertisers is off-limits, short of criminal indictments.

“No memo is needed to achieve the narrowness of perspective — selecting all the usual experts from all the usual think tanks to say all the usual things. Think Tom Friedman. Or Barry McCaffrey. Or Neera Tanden. Or any of the elite club members who’ve been proven to be absurdly wrong time and again about national or global affairs.”

Cohen’s exposé follows the phenomenal segment recently aired on The Hill‘s show Rising, in which former MSNBC star Krystal Ball and her co-host Saagar Enjati both detailed their experience with the way access journalism, financial incentives, prestige incentives and peer pressure were used to push them each toward protecting establishment narratives in their respective mainstream media careers. Ball said at one point she was literally called into the office and forbidden from doing any critical Hillary Clinton coverage without prior approval in the lead-up to the 2016 election, saying that in mainstream journalism jobs “you are aware of what you’re going to be rewarded for and what you’re going to be punished for,

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Media Spin Makes David Gareja Monastery a “Flashpoint for False Flag” | New Eastern Outlook

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07-08-19 10:31:00,

DG

Both history and borders are not constant. They are often in flux, especially if conflicts can serve some not so hidden agendas.

On 30th July, the self-described “independent” outlet OC media, which also happens to be funded by the Open Society Foundation, released an article stating that only Moscow benefits from rising Tbilisi-Baku tensions, referring to the recent flare up in David Gareja between Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The article begins with an alarmist tone, claiming that there is hateful rhetoric on both sides, and that only the Russian government can benefit from this. But first some background is required on the current disputed area around a 6th Century Monastery, which is on the border between the two countries and is known as the David Gareja Monastery in Georgia and Keşiş Dağ (Priest Mountain) or Keşikçidağ Dağ (Guardian Mountain) in Azerbaijan.

The rightful ownership of this monastery was rarely discussed either during or after the Soviet Union. Not until recently did it become a heated issue, taken advantage of by all sides. Even now it is only fringe nationalist groups and people looking to score political points who are discussing it, but the OC media article makes clear that this will not continue to be the case – foreign contenders have also entered the ring, with far more sinister proposals.

But what do these contenders have which will prove their unsubstantiated claims? No historic reference is given to the root of the problem, which lies in the former USSR , when this disputed territory was split between the Georgian and Azerbaijani SSRs, then ceded to Azerbaijan by Sergo Orjonikidze, who was later killed in Stalin’s purges, as a way of laying ticking time bombs.

Both Georgia and Azerbaijan have things to gain from this dispute. When the article states that ONLY Russia can benefit from it, this gives the impression that this article is shifting blame to another side to hide its own agenda. But it won’t remain hidden fort long, based on what we know.

Now is the future

The only thing the authors can cite in support of their rabid claims of rising tensions in the area is a mere two articles on the above-mentioned OC media site.

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Media Propaganda Creates “Know-Nothing Americans”. Majority In Favor of War – Global Research

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30-07-19 08:45:00,

Americans are the most over-entertained, uninformed citizens on planet earth — despite around 80% of US households having Internet access, making it easy to stay informed with minimal effort.

Manipulated by the power of state-sponsored and go-along establishment media propaganda, Americans are ignorant about geopolitical and other major issues affecting their lives and welfare.

It’s why both right wings of the US war party get away with ravaging one country after another — while the FBI and police nationwide operate with impunity as enforcers for powerful interests, grievously breaching the rights of ordinary people.

Reality is clear. The US already is a police state because of repressive laws overwhelmingly passed by Congress, supported by the executive and federal courts.

Based on events post-9/11 at home and abroad, things in the US are heading toward full-blown tyranny and ruin.

Perhaps it’s another major state-sponsored false flag away, wrongfully blamed on elements having nothing to do with it, followed by martial law and suspension of the Constitution on the phony pretext of sacrificing fundamental rights for greater security, losing both in the process.

Polls consistently show Americans are out-of-touch with reality.

Earlier polls showed most Americans favor war on North Korea if diplomacy fails. Other polls showed around half of Americans believe war on Iran is coming.

Both countries are viewed as threats to the US despite their nonbelligerent agendas. Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries.

Nor has North Korea throughout its entire post-WW II history — while the US wages forever wars against invented enemies, its ruling class hostile to world peace.

Annual Gallup polls since 1989 showed from 79 – 87% of Americans view Iran as “mostly (or) very unfavorabl(y).” Throughout this period, they viewed the Islamic Republic from 5 to 17% favorably.

North Korean nukes, ballistic missiles, and other weapons are solely for defense — to deter the legitimate threat of US aggression.

Iran’s nuclear program has no military component, repeatedly confirmed by nuclear watchdog IAEA monitors.

Since joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) nearly half a century ago, Iran fully complied with its provisions.

According to Nukewatch co-director John LaForge,

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Mainstream Media Coverage of LED Lights That Blind, Fry, and Spy On Us

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20-07-19 05:38:00,

By B.N. Frank

Many are promoting LED lights as “environmentally-friendly” because they supposedly use less energy.  In fact, some environmentalists are really ticked off at the Trump administration because they want to exempt some of these bulbs from “green” standards.

Unfortunately, just because these LED bulbs supposedly use less energy to operate doesn’t mean they are harmless – biologically or environmentally.  There’s too much research that says they aren’t and warnings from the American Medical Association and other health experts have been covered extensively by the Mainstream Media (see 1, 2) and other credible sources over the years (see 1, 2, 3).  Their surveillance capabilities have been reported as well.

Activist Post regularly reports about issues associated with LED light bulbs used for street lights, vehicle headlights, and everything else.  For more information visit our archives.

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Social Media, Not Video Games, Linked To Teen Depression

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18-07-19 07:01:00,

The use of social media has been linked to an increase in depressive symptoms in teenagers, according to researchers at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital, according to the CBC

In a new study led by University of Montreal psychiatry professor Patricia Conrod, adolescents were studied over a four-year period to investigate the relationship between depression and various forms of screen time. 

Patricia Conrod, left, is a professor of psychiatry at Université de Montréal. She worked on the study with Elroy Boers, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal. (Kate McKenna/CBC)

“What we found over and over was that the effects of social media were much larger than any of the other effects for the other types of digital screen time,” said Conrod. 

The researchers studied the behaviour of over 3,800 young people from 2012 until 2018. They recruited adolescents from 31 Montreal schools and followed their behaviour from Grade 7 until Grade 11.

The teenagers self-reported the number of hours per week that they consumed social media (such as Facebook and Instagram), video games and television.

Conrod and her team found an increase in depressive symptoms when the adolescents were consuming social media and television. –CBC

The study was published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal on Monday. 

Unsurprising to some, the study found that all forms of screen time are bad, but that consuming social media was the most harmful. Conrod and her colleague, Elroy Boers, found that being active on platforms like Instagram – where teens can compare their dismal, boring lives to those of glitzy ‘influencers,’ cause the most depression. 

“It exposes young people to images that promote upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves,” said Conrod. “These sort of echo chambers — these reinforcing spirals — also continually expose them to things that promote or reinforce their depression, and that’s why it’s particularly toxic for depression.” 

The researchers also observed whether the additional screen time was taking away from things generally known to reduce depression, such as exercise and fun interacting with other human beings, but found no link. 

‘A good pastime’

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Media Intrigue: Spying on Julian Assange – Global Research

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17-07-19 01:15:00,

History’s scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite.  

To see images of an exhausted and world-weary Julian Assange attempting to dodge the all-eye surveillance operation that he would complain about is to wade in the insensibility of it all. 

But it could hardly have surprised those who have watched WikiLeaks’ battles with the Security Establishment over the years.

Assange is not merely an exceptional figure but a figure of the exception.  Despite being granted asylum status by an Ecuadorean regime that would subsequently change heart with a change of brooms, he was never permitted to exercise all his freedoms associated with such a grant.  There was always a sense of contingency and qualification, the impending cul-de-sac in London’s Ecuadorean embassy. 

Between December 2017 and March 2018, dozens of meetings between Assange, his legal representatives, and visitors, were recorded in daily confidential reports written by an assigned security team and submitted to David Morales, formerly of special ops of the marine corps of the Spanish Navy.  The very idea of legal professional privilege, a fetish in the Anglo-American legal system, was not so much deemed non-existent as ignored altogether.

The security firm tasked with this smeared-in-the-gutter mission was Spanish outfit UC Global SL, whose task became all the more urgent once Ecuador’s Lenín Moreno came to power in May 2017.  The mood had changed from the days when Rafael Correa had been accommodating, one at the crest of what was termed the Latin American Pink Tide.  Under Moreno, Assange was no longer the wunderkind poking the eye of the US imperium with cheery backing.  He had become, instead, a tenant of immense irritation and inconvenience, a threat to the shift in politics taking place in Ecuador.  According to El País,

“The security employees at the embassy had a daily job to do: to monitor Assange’s every move, record his conversations, and take note of his moods.”

The revelations of the surveillance operation on Assange had had their natural effect on the establishment journalists who continue taking the mother’s milk of conspiracy and intrigue in libelling the publisher.  CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Kay Guerrero and Arturo Torres seemed delighted in finding their éminence grise with his fingers in the pie,

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If You Use Social Media You Support the Gestapo Police State – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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14-07-19 10:03:00,

If You Use Social Media You Support the Gestapo Police State

Paul Craig Roberts

Americans, being an insouciant people, are unaware and unconcerned that their addiction to social media supports the Gestapo Police State.   Both Twitter and Facebook are mechanisms by which the police state imposes censorship on Americans and casts aside the First Amendment.  Social media is also used to isolate truth-tellers and to disappear dissidents who expose the official lies used to control people by controlling the explanations that they receive.

The latest strike against freedom is by the fascist organization Twitter which has just suspended the support account for WikiLeaks founder, and Washington victim, Julian Assange.  

The suspension of the WikiLeaks account tells you all you need to know about the fascist excrement that runs Twitter.  Pitty the poor people who work for Twitter or have any investment interest in it and those addicted to its use.  The entirety of their integrity has been taken away from them by the servants of the police state that run the company.  Every employee and investor and user has been made complicit in Washington’s gestapo isolation of a truth-teller in order to more easily falsely prosecute Assange.  How is it possible that any decent person would work for, or invest in, or use the product of, such a nazi piece of shit company?  It is the insouciant American people themselves who are creating the Gestapo Police State.

https://www.rt.com/news/464082-waters-twitter-unity4j-suspended/ 

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/07/12/top-assange-defense-account-deleted-by-twitter/ 

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Social Media: So wird im Netz manipuliert

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11-07-19 09:07:00,

Gerettete Flüchtlinge der «Sea Watch 3»: Der rot umrandete Ausschnitt wird auf Facebook verbreitet © Screenshot und Bearbeitung: Correctiv

Der Beitrag auf der Facebook-Seite «Befreiter Blick» vom 1. Juli 2019. (Screenshot und Schwärzung: Correctiv)

Das Originalbild aus dem Video von Notizie.it auf dem Portal «Dailymotion» zeigt, dass auch Frauen unter den Geretteten sind. (Screenshot Correctiv)


Alice Echtermann, Correctiv / 11. Jul 2019 –

Das Foto zeigt Menschen auf der «Sea-Watch 3» – aber der Bildausschnitt führt in die Irre.

Die Facebook-Seite «Befreiter Blick» verbreitet ein Foto, das die geretteten Menschen an Bord des Schiffes «Sea-Watch 3» zeigen soll. Auf dem Bild ist eine Gruppe Männer zu sehen. Es wurde mehr als 2800 Mal geteilt. 

Der Beitrag auf der Facebook-Seite «Befreiter Blick» vom 1. Juli 2019. (Screenshot und Schwärzung: Correctiv)

Der Kommentar der Seite «Befreiter Blick» dazu lautet: «Hier eine Aufnahme der kürzlich ‘geretteten’ Frauen und Kinder von der SeaWatch3…». Da der Bildausschnitt nur Männer zeigt, wird mit dem Satz impliziert, es seien gar keine Frauen oder Kinder an Bord des Schiffes gewesen.

Doch das stimmt nach Angaben von «Sea-Watch» nicht. Das Originalbild stützt die Darstellung der Organisation. Laut «Sea-Watch» wurden am 12. Juni insgesamt 53 Menschen vor der Küste Libyens aufgenommen, «unter ihnen 9 Frauen, 39 Männer, 2 Kleinkinder und 3 unbegleitete Minderjährige». Einige «besonders schutzbedürftige Personen» durften an Land gehen noch bevor die «Sea Watch 3» im Hafen der sizilianischen Insel Lampedusa anlegte. Medien wie Spiegel Online berichten von 13 Menschen, darunter «Frauen, Kranke und Kinder», die vorzeitig an Land gebracht wurden. In Lampedusa verliessen Medienberichten zufolge etwa 40 Menschen das Schiff.

Bildausschnitt taucht auf ungarischer Webseite auf

Eine Bilder-Rückwärtssuche führt zunächst zur ungarischen Webseite Vadhajtasok. Dort wird in einem Artikel vom 1. Juli über die Kapitänin Carola Rackete berichtet. Und es ist der gleiche Bildausschnitt zu sehen, der auf Facebook verbreitet wird. Darunter steht: «’Hungrige, arme Flüchtlinge’ auf dem Schiff Sea-Watch 3». Die Worte «hungrig, arm» sind in Anführungszeichen gesetzt, womit wohl angedeutet werden soll, die abgebildeten Menschen seien eben dies nicht.

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National media outlets told the story of David Briscoe surviving the Santa Fe shooting. He wasn’t there. | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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04-07-19 06:38:00,

A man who claimed he was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High during the 2018 shooting told a harrowing story of survival. But the school district says he never worked there.

by Alex Samuels July 1, 201912 AM

A middle school served as a reunion point for parents and students after a gunman killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School in 2018.
Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

In the immediate aftermath of the May 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School, a man who said he witnessed the carnage seemed to turn up everywhere.

The man calling himself David Briscoe appeared in Time as a substitute teacher seemingly in the wrong place at the wrong time; CNN described his heroism as he ordered his students to “get down” and kept them protected until police came; The Wall Street Journal relayed the blood-curdling screams he heard from students in the hallway.

In April, nearly a year after the shooting, he told a strikingly similar story to The Texas Tribune. But after investigating some of his claims, the Tribune did not publish his account of the shooting — because it appears his entire story was an elaborate hoax.

In a roughly 31-minute interview with the Tribune, David Briscoe told his tale: When the first shots rang out — “it was very, very loud” — he said he directed his classroom of nearly a dozen students in the remedial English course he was teaching to muffle their screams with their hands.

He barricaded the doors. Turned off the lights.

He said he could never return to the Houston-area school where 10 died and another 13 were injured last spring. “Just knowing that there’s blood on the walls where you walk at … I don’t think I could go back,” he said, so after he and his students were rescued by law enforcement, he said he quit teaching altogether and moved to Florida, three months after he took the job at Santa Fe High.

But according to the school district, he was never there.

Lindsey Campbell, a spokeswoman for Santa Fe Independent School District, said it had no record of anyone named David Briscoe being employed by the district in any capacity and that the district is confident no one by that name was on campus the day of the shooting last year.

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Media verzwijgen liever 100 miljoen dollar #vaccinatieschade #BMR – De Lange Mars Plus

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28-06-19 09:40:00,

Media en politiek in Nederland praten liever niet over de schade die vaccinaties kunnen veroorzaken. Ieder moet hier meedoen en daarom vindt hier eenzijdig positieve berichtgeving plaats. In de VS hebben zij echter een heus fonds opgericht voor slachtoffers van vaccinatieschade waaruit al miljarden zijn uitgekeerd aan slachtoffers. In België is een vereniging die mensen helpt bij negatieve gevolgen van vaccinaties.

Verenigde Staten

Volgens een persbericht van MCT Law Advocaten in Florida is er een schikking van 101 miljoen dollar voor compensatie voor een kind dat schade heeft opgelopen na inenting met het BMR vaccin.

De een jaar oude baby kan al lopen en klimmen wanneer het in 2013 inentingen krijgt met BMR tegen bof, mazelen en rode hond, eentje tegen Hepatitis A, met het HIB vaccin, met Prevnar (tegen longontsteking), en Varicella (waterpokken).

Die avond merkt de moeder dat de baby geïrriteerd en koortsig is. Een arts schrijft het kind medicatie voor. Na een aantal dagen krijgt het aanvallen en een hartstilstand waaraan de baby ernstig hersenletsel, encefalopathie, verslechtering van het corticale zicht, lage spierspanning en truncale hypotonie en nierfalen overhoudt. Na maanden van behandeling in het ziekenhuis gaat het uiteindelijk naar huis, maar haar beperkingen vereisen gespecialiseerde medische zorg en supervisie voor de rest van haar leven.

Het bedrag van 101 miljoen dollar is bedoeld om de voortdurende medische zorg te kunnen betalen. Het gezin ontvangt een bedrag van 1 miljoen om de directe medische kosten te bekostigen.

In 1986 heeft de Amerikaanse federale regering een Nationaal Vaccinatie Schade Compensatie Programma ingesteld. (NVICP).  Dit om mensen te compenseren die ernstige reacties op de vaccinaties krijgen. Het fonds heeft daarvoor 3,75 miljard dollar in kas. Het fonds heeft tot op heden 4 miljard dollar aan vaccinatie schade uitgekeerd. Om een claim te kunnen indienen moet de aandoening meer dan 6 maanden duren nadat de vaccinatie is gegeven of resulteren in een ziekenhuisopname en chirurgische ingreep of leiden tot overlijden. Sinds 1988 zijn 20.018 claims ingediend bij het ‘vaccinatiehof’ van het NVICP.

De meeste Amerikanen zijn echter niet bekend met dit speciale hof.

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Rusland-China: de top die de media negeerde, door Manlio Dinucci

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18-06-19 12:34:00,

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Op 5 juni zoemde de mediaprojectoren in op tegen president Trump en de Europese leiders van de NAVO, die, ter gelegenheid van de verjaardag van D-Day, in Portsmouth ’vrede, vrijheid en democratie in Europa’ vierden, en zwoeren ’hen te verdedigen op op elk moment, waar ze ook worden bedreigd “. De verwijzing naar Rusland is duidelijk.

De belangrijkste media hebben het ofwel genegeerd, of enigszins sarcastisch verschoven naar de tweede zone, de ontmoeting die plaatsvond op dezelfde dag in Moskou tussen de presidenten van Rusland en China. Vladimir Poetin en Xi Jinping, voor hun dertigste bijeenkomst in zes jaar, onthouden zich van het presenteren van retorische concepten, maar merkten een reeks feiten op.

De uitwisselingen tussen de twee landen, die vorig jaar meer dan 100 miljard dollar bedroegen, worden nu uitgebreid met ongeveer 30 nieuwe Chinese projecten voor investeringen in Rusland, met name in de energiesector, voor een totaal van 22 miljard dollar.

Rusland is de grootste olie-exporteur naar China geworden en bereidt zich voor hetzelfde te doen voor aardgas: de grootste oostelijke gaspijplijn opent in december, gevolgd door een andere vanuit Siberië, plus twee enorme locaties voor de export van vloeibaar aardgas.

Het Amerikaanse plan om Rusland te isoleren door middel van sancties, ook toegepast door de EU, in combinatie met het stopzetten van de Russische energie-export naar Europa, zal daarom nutteloos worden.

De Russisch-Chinese samenwerking zal niet beperkt blijven tot de energiesector. Gezamenlijke projecten zijn gestart in de ruimtevaart en andere hightechsectoren. De communicatieroutes tussen de twee landen (spoor, weg, rivier en zee) worden sterk ontwikkeld. Culturele uitwisselingen en toeristenstromen breiden ook snel uit.

Dit is een grootschalige samenwerking, waarvan de strategische visie wordt aangegeven door twee besluiten die aan het einde van de vergadering zijn aangekondigd:
- de ondertekening van een intergouvernementele overeenkomst om het gebruik van nationale valuta’s (de roebel en de yan) uit te breiden tot commerciële beurzen en financiële transacties, als een alternatief voor de nog steeds dominante dollar;
- de intensivering van de inspanningen om de Nieuwe Zijderoute, gepropageerd door China, en de Euraziatische Economische Unie (EAEU), gepromoot door Rusland, te integreren met het “doel om in de toekomst een groter Euraziatisch partnerschap te creëren”.

Het feit dat dit doel niet alleen economisch is,

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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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19-03-19 04:01:00,

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.

The Media NavigatorClick to enlarge 🔎

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.

About the authors

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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Published: March 2019

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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

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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,

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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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