Narrative Management = Reality Management

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18-06-19 07:02:00,

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal has published the first part of an investigative series on how so-called non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are being used to manipulate the narrative about what’s going on in Syria by posing as impartial investigative bodies and circulating pro-imperialist disinformation to the western political/media class as objective fact.

Part one is titled “Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media’s go-to monitor”, and it documents a mountain of evidence that one of these “NGOs” is in fact very much state-funded and highly biased in favor of anti-Assad forces, yet still gets cited as an independent source by western mass media outlets in a way that just so happens to help make the case for western interventionism in Syria.

“Citing the Syrian Network for Human Rights as an independent and credible source is the journalistic equivalent of sourcing statistics on head trauma to a research front created by the National Football League, or turning to tobacco industry lobbyists for information on the connection between smoking and lung cancer. And yet this has been standard practice among correspondents covering the Syrian conflict,” Blumenthal writes. “Indeed, Western press has engaged for years in an insidious sleight of hand, basing reams of shock journalism around claims by a single, highly suspect source that is deeply embedded within the Syrian opposition  –  and hoped that no one would notice.”

Major media outlets rely on the Syrian Network for Human Rights as a go-to source.

They won’t tell you that @snhr is based in Qatar & run by Syrian opposition leaders who clamor for US intervention.@MaxBlumenthal rips the lid off a propaganda front: https://t.co/myUpZbARO4

— The Grayzone (@GrayzoneProject) June 14, 2019

I’ve taken to calling such things “narrative management operations” lately, because that’s a much clearer illustration of their function than simply labeling them propaganda constructs and psyops (though those labels are certainly accurate as well). Countless operations have been set up both inside and outside of Syria to control the narrative about what’s happening there, and now if a casual observer decides to find out more about the Syrian conflict they’ll almost certainly be consuming information that has been filtered through narrative management ops that have been funded by governments within the US-centralized power alliance.

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Establishment Narrative Managers Struggle With New Syria Plot Holes

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21-05-19 09:53:00,

It has been about a week since the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM) published a leaked internal document from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria last year. The document, whose authenticity the OPCW has confirmed, contends that the official story which was used to justify an air strike by the US, UK and France about poison gas being dropped on civilians from Syrian government helicopters is scientifically implausible, saying “In summary, observations at the scene of the two locations, together with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather than being delivered from aircraft.”

The document, titled “Engineering Assessment of Two Cylinders Observed at the Douma Incident”, was signed by a man named Ian Henderson, whose name is seen listed in expert leadership positions on OPCW documents from as far back as 1998 and as recently as 2018. The OPCW hid this information from the public, for reasons it has yet to attempt to justify.

The fact that a longtime OPCW-trained investigator wildly dissented with the OPCW’s official conclusions within the OPCW’s own investigation should obviously have been made public knowledge, and this revelation should obviously have made headline news throughout the western media. Instead, it’s been completely ignored. Only a few alternative media outlets and the usual Russian publications have covered it.

“According to ProQuest database, [Peter] Hitchens’ piece is the only mention in any UK corporate newspaper so far,” tweeted media analysis site Media Lens yesterday.

According to ProQuest database, Hitchens’ piece is the only mention in any UK corporate newspaper so far. Impressive discipline. https://t.co/iNcmO0pnVd https://t.co/9htN2h8hFC

— Media Lens (@medialens) May 20, 2019

So there’s a total media blackout on this story from the usual plutocratic news outlets, which is a huge story in and of itself. Just as significantly, the less well-known propagandists who are typically the first to attack any argument which casts doubt on the “Assad is a child-gassing monster who must be stopped at all cost” imperial narrative have been incredibly feeble in their attempts to dispute this new revelation.

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The Legal Narrative Funnel That’s Being Used To Extradite Assange

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13-04-19 06:02:00,

Isn’t it interesting how an Ecuadorian “asylum conditions” technicality, a UK bail technicality, and a US whistleblowing technicality all just so happened to converge in a way that just so happens to look exactly the same as imprisoning a journalist for telling the truth?

Following the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, top UK officials all began simultaneously piping the following exact phrase into public consciousness: “No one is above the law.”

“In the United Kingdom, no-one is above the law” – UK PM Theresa May on arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in Londonhttps://t.co/zZWNjp4ps8 #Assange pic.twitter.com/ObXhpseJJj

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) April 11, 2019

“This goes to show that in the United Kingdom, no one is above the law,” Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament after Assange’s arrest.

“Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law,” tweeted Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. 

“Nearly 7 years after entering the Ecuadorean Embassy, I can confirm Julian Assange is now in police custody and rightly facing justice in the UK. I would like to thank Ecuador for its cooperation and @metpoliceuk for its professionalism. No one is above the law,” tweeted Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Over and over again that phrase showed up to be unquestioningly re-bleated by the human livestock known as the British press in all their reporting on the Assange case: No one is above the law. No one is above the law. No one is above the law. Something tells me they really want people to know that, with regard to Julian Assange, no one is above the law.

But what is “the law” in this particular case? What they are constantly referring to as “the law” with regard to Assange is in fact nothing more than a combination of ridiculous bureaucratic technicalities which can be (and have been) interpreted very differently, but are now instead being interpreted in a way which just so happens to lead to a truth-telling journalist being locked in a cage, awaiting extradition to the same government which tortured Chelsea Manning.

Now, the US is a Free Democracy™. When you are a Free Democracy™,

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Kampf der Narrative: Stillstand in Venezuela

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04-04-19 08:05:00,

Das angeblich zerstörte “Herz” der Stromversorgung. Bild: Cuatro F

Im neuen Kalten Krieg scheint der Westen mit seinen Regime-Change-Plänen und seiner Galionsfigur Guaidó trotz der Folgen der Blackouts an die Grenzen der Beeinflussung zu stoßen

Während die Maduro-Regierung mit juristischen Mitteln versucht, die Position des vor allem von den USA installierten Gegenpräsidenten Juan Guaidó und seines Teams auszuhebeln, geht mit den fortgesetzten Problemen mit der Strom- und Wasserversorgung der Kampf um die Ursachendeutung weiter. Das Narrativ der Opposition ist es, das das Zusammengebrochene Stromnetz auf die Misswirtschaft und Korruption der Maduro-Regierung und die Abwanderung der Fachkräfte zurückzuführen ist. Die Maduro-Regierung sucht hingegen der Opposition und der dahinterstehenden US-Regierung die Schuld in die Schuhe zu schieben. Angesichts des Unmuts der Bevölkerung würde die Bestätigung eines der beiden Narrative der Gegenseite schweren Schaden zufügen. Die Maduro-Regierung steht jedenfalls um den Preis des Überlebens unter dem Zwang, die Strom- und Wasserversorgung im gesamten Land wiederherzustellen und deren Sicherheit zu garantieren.

Gerade hat Maduro ein Magazin veröffentlichen lassen, um unter dem Slogan “Ende mit dem Terrorismus” die Sicht zu verbreiten, dass Venezuela sich in einer “historischen Schlacht” befinde. Das hat wieder etwas mit den Blackouts zu tun. Behauptet wird, dass das “Stromsystem” am 25. März nicht elektronisch, sondern physisch an einem zentralen Punkt für die Stromversorgung mit einem Gewehr angegriffen wurde, was einen Brand ausgelöst habe. Das sei auf Donald Trump und seine venezolanischen Anhänger zurückzuführen. Das “tapfere und gigantische Volk mit seiner majestätischen Würde” müsse die Folgen dieses “Krieges” ertragen. Mit schwülstigem Kitsch wird es zum Widerstand aufgefordert: ” hasta la victoria siempre, venceremos!”

Maduro sagte, man habe die Beweise für den Angriff, die Patronen und das benutzte Gewehr. Es sei ein “Söldner” im Auftrag der “Putschopposition” gewesen. Er habe gewusst, was er macht. Aber bislang wurden die Beweise, abgesehen von Bildern der angeblich abgebrannten Station, nicht vorgelegt, auch der Täter bleibt ein Phantom. Man repariere nun das “Herz des Systems”, die Stromversorgung sei weitgehend wiederhergestellt. Man werde jetzt untersuchen, wie es zu dem Vorfall am Wasserkraftwerk Guri gekommen ist, also welche Sicherheitsprobleme es gegeben hat. Eines der Hauptprobleme ist allerdings die zentrale Stromversorgung fast des gesamten Landes durch das Wasserkraftwerk Guri. Dadurch kann ein Anschlag oder eine Panne eben zu einem fast landesweiten Blackout führen.

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“A Toxic Coup Narrative”: Why Italy’s Political Crisis May Be About To Explode

“A Toxic Coup Narrative”: Why Italy’s Political Crisis May Be About To Explode

27-05-18 10:04:00,

On Friday Europe experienced an existentially terrifying “deja vu” moment straight from the 9th circle of Europe’s 2011/2012 sovereign debt hell, when first Italian, and then Spanish, yields exploded amid fears of political chaos in the Eurozone’s 3rd largest economy, coupled with the threat of an imminent collapse of the Rajoy government in Spain, the 5th largest economy.

But while Spain is a late entrant to Europe’s “political chaos” soap opera – although with both El País & El Mundo calling for an early general election, it is only a matter of time before this particular box of gunpowder also explodes, all eyes remain on Italy where not only have short-term rates blown out to levels that would send MF Global into Chapter 22…

… but the BTP-Bund spread exploded well beyond Goldman’s “contagion” threshold of 200bps

… while the scariest chart of all revealed that Italian redenomination risk is now at an all time high, reflecting the reality of Italy’s ‘Mini-BoT’ parallel currency concerns.

However, if it was the market’s intention into scaring Italy’s political system into submission, the same way it did in 2011 when the ECB got Sylvio Berlusconi to “quit” in just a few days as Italian bond yields exploded, it has failed, and according to the latest development in Europe, the Italian crisis may be about to get much worse.

Newly appointed Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

For those who missed it, Italy entered the weekend with the country deadlocked in what may be a Euro-defining clash whether euroskeptic professor, Paolo Savona, strongly endorsed by the League party, is allowed to become the country’s next economy minister. Here are the latest troubling details from Leonardo Carella:

The nomination of the designated Finance Minister, Paolo Savona, is being held back by the President of the Republic – a prerogative he formally has but that has rarely been exercised – reportedly over Savona’s anti-EU views.

From President Mattarella’s point of view, Savona, an 82 year-old professor who served in Ciampi and Berlusconi’s administrations,

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