Propaganda Narratives Are Custom-Made For Each Ideological Echo Chamber

propaganda-narratives-are-custom-made-for-each-ideological-echo-chamber

06-11-19 11:27:00,

Yesterday I started a thread on Twitter lamenting the fact that support for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange has been eroded all across the political spectrum since 2016 by the establishment smear campaign.

I started the thread because I’d just been reflecting on how some of the first clumsy articles I ever wrote for this gig were basically just me marvelling at how support for Assange had united Berners, Trumpers, Greens, anarchists, libertarians and hackers against those who sought to silence him. Yet today I routinely see people from those factions smearing him because, at some point between then and now, an establishment propaganda narrative got through to them.

Sometimes all I can do is stare in awe at the power and efficiency of the imperial propaganda machine. When I first started this gig in 2016 Assange had way more support, from Berners, Greens, Trumpers, all across the spectrum. Now a large amount of that support has been eroded.

— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) November 4, 2019

Almost immediately after I made the initial post, commenters started lining up to unintentionally prove me right. A Bernie supporter came in to proclaim that Assange is “a giant piece of shit”, and a liberal claimed Assange was “a de facto member of an election campaign to get a white nationalist elected president of the U.S.”

Multiple Trump supporters came forward arguing in support of their president’s persecution of Assange, arguing that his imprisonment and pending extradition is no big deal, claiming Assange is a CIA asset, saying Assange needs to be punished for publishing US military secrets, arguing that Trump is actually just trying to force Assange to give up his sources for the 2016 publications (as though a president coercing a journalist to give up a source with the threat of life in prison would be perfectly fine and constitutional), and claiming Assange’s persecution is coming exclusively from the UK and not the US (the US extradition request is the only reason for his continued imprisonment and US officials are openly giving instructions to British prosecutors in the courtroom).

These are all groups who once supported Assange,

 » Lees verder

Fake Narratives as Cover for High Crimes. The Al Baghdadi ISIS-Daesh “Fairytale” – Global Research

fake-narratives-as-cover-for-high-crimes.-the-al-baghdadi-isis-daesh-“fairytale”-–-global-research

30-10-19 02:17:00,

Western stories about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are meant to confuse, to distract, and to strengthen fake narratives.

First, the West supports Daesh in Syria (and beyond). It isn’t a secret. High profile people such as Tulsi Gabbard even admit it.

.

.

Tulsi Gabbard: “This current President is continuing to betray us. We were supposed to be going after al Qaeda, but over years now, not only have we not gone after al Qaeda … our President is supporting al Qaeda” #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/RM5q7yb5aE

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 1, 2019

Second, it provides a distraction from what is really happening in Syria. Whereas the West has been destroying Syria and stealing its resources throughout the war, now Washington is basically admitting that it is stealing Syrian resources.

Finally, it fortifies the fake “War on Terror” myth which inverts the truth, which is that the West supports terrorism in all its forms as it commits war crimes as policy.

The political spectacles, the transparent war lies, the fake narratives, obscure foundational issues.

The Right to Self-Determination is foundational to International Law. Syria has every right to take any and all necessary measures to regain ITS OWN OIL FIELDS. Washington has ZERO rights to steal the oil. Syria did not EVER invite Washington and its allies like Canada to impose a REGIME CHANGE war.

The Charter of the United Nations prioritizes the right of nations to determine their own, self-directed political economies.

The right to self-determination is “apart from and before all other rights”:

Adopted at the Twenty-first Session of the Human Rights Committee, on 13 March 1984

1. In accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognizes that all peoples have the right of self-determination. The right of self-determination is of particular importance because its realization is an essential condition for the effective guarantee and observance of individual human rights and for the promotion and strengthening of those rights. It is for that reason that States set forth the right of self-determination in a provision of positive law in both Covenants and placed this provision as article 1 apart from and before all of the other rights in the two Covenants.

 » Lees verder

‘Narratives’: 1914-2018: The War on Russia, Germany and ‘Hate’ | threeman.org

‘Narratives’: 1914-2018: The War on Russia, Germany and ‘Hate’ | threeman.org

08-10-18 03:06:00,

This article was first published in New View magazine #89 Oct.-Dec. 2018

On 5 September the British government revealed, on the basis of what it called “exhaustive CCTV analysis”, the identities of the two men it claimed had arrived in Britain on 2 March and had been responsible for deliberate nerve agent poisonings in and near the city of Salisbury. It said that these men were Russian agents working for the Main Intelligence Directorate (GU, formerly GRU), the military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The BBC and other British media were soon laying the blame for the attacks directly at the door of President Putin himself. On 13 Sept. the two men appeared on Russian television to say they had simply been on a tourist trip to Salisbury; this was immediately dismissed as a fabrication and an insult by the British. This British government claim of Russian State criminality is but the latest in a stream of such claims about the Salisbury incident since the accusation was first made by the British government on 12 March, on the basis of zero actual evidence presented to the public, that it was “highly likely” that the Russian State had poisoned the former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, now resident in the UK, and his daughter Yulia, a Russian citizen,  on 4 March. But despite the fact that the British legal system has always prided itself on maintaining the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”, Theresa May’s government declared on 12 March that there were only two possibilities that accounted for the attack: either deliberate action by the Russian State or the loss of control by the Russian State of the poison and its acquisition by “others”. UK government demanded a response from the Russians within 24 hours as to which of these two possibilities was true (a similar 24 hour ultimatum had been given to Germany on 3 August 1914 before the declaration of war).

A key part of the British government’s argument was that the Russians ‘had form’ when it came to assassinations abroad and covering them up, and that is certainly true; the Czarist secret police were doing it over 100 years ago.

 » Lees verder

On Corrupt Narratives and Choices | New Eastern Outlook

On Corrupt Narratives and Choices | New Eastern Outlook

26-08-18 07:02:00,

NATTR343645362343

On August 23 NATO announced that a Canadian officer, Major-General Fortin, will be the new commander of NATO forces in Iraq for the continuation of what the invading and occupation forces call a “training mission.” Previous objections to the presence of foreign forces in Iraq by the Iraqi government were more or less ignored by the United States and its jackboots, and by Canada, one of the little poodles always running along side the top bulldog with its tail up and tongue out, so any objections now will count for nothing.

These two nations, well, we can call the US a nation, Canada a shell of one, claim to act in the interests of peace and security in Iraq and the Middle East. But the Iraqis know what colonialism is. They have resisted it since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1921; against the British, the French, the Americans and now Canada, which continues its role in the American colonial system as part of the enforcement unit.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq was, the world knows, a war of aggression, a war crime, and this crime continues so long as the occupation continues. Everyone connected with that aggression and occupation are war criminals and this of course includes the members of the Canadian government and armed forces. In fact the entire NATO alliance is now a party to the crime and so every leader of every NATO country is a war criminal. This is the absurdity to which the world has descended, a world in which international law, the United Nations Charter, the Nuremberg Principles are regarded as only fit for confetti and every western leader is a criminal.

Last January an Iraqi general, working with the US forces, claimed the foreign forces were “necessary” to preserve a “fragile peace,” though it is more likely he wanted to fill the hole in his pocket, while Nayef al-Shamri, deputy chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s security committee, countered that, “Iraq does not need the presence of U.S. ground forces or military bases”. He said “U.S. forces had no actual presence in battles against the Islamic State, only stopping at air and logistical support.”

At the beginning of the year the Americans had stated that they were going to reduce or withdraw their forces in Iraq but by May it became clear that they were increasing them and,

 » Lees verder

Western narratives, proven to be false, have nevertheless brought about a real Russia-West estrangement

Western narratives, proven to be false, have nevertheless brought about a real Russia-West estrangement

17-08-18 04:24:00,

Tony Kevin

We have a situation now in which two major world governments, UK and Russia, both nuclear powers and permanent members of the UNSC, are upholding entirely opposed and contradictory narratives on two issues – the alleged Salisbury/Amesbury Novichuk poisonings, and the alleged nerve gas attacks by Assad Government forces on 7 April in Douma, Syria (on basis of false White Helmets-staged evidence). The latter allegation led to a US/UK bombing attack on Syrian Air Force bases.

On both issues, the US and French governments – also UNSC members and nuclear powers – have in solidarity supported UK government- sourced narratives , though in the former case there has been no UK judicial process, and in the latter case OPCW inspectors have found no physical evidence of use of nerve agents in Douma , and nor do local people’s accounts support the allegations.

In the Salisbury case, OPCW technical reports made public in Moscow on 14 April by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, detailing results of the Skripal samples analysis by the OPCW Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland, support a finding that the Skripals were probably poisoned temporarily with non- lethal BZ toxin , found in the Skripal samples, and that quantities of Novichok (A-234) lethal toxin had twice been added to the samples before they passed from British Govt to OPCW custody, in two clumsy attempts some weeks apart to create a false Novichok chemical trail. Lavrov commented, in strong language for him, that the fact Spiez Lab found these two doses of A-234 in the samples “appears to be utterly suspicious.”

Nevertheless, two days later on 16 April, the OPCW Executive Council , under Western pressure, decided unprecedentedly not to release the full reports of the samples testing by the four OPCW laboratories in Switzerland, thereby casting serious doubt on the professional reputation of OPCW. See here and here.

The second document contained a manifestly untrue statement by Mr Marc-Michael Blum, the Head of the OPCW Laboratory and leader of the technical assistance team that was deployed to the United Kingdom, that

The Labs were able to confirm the identity of the chemical (Novichok, or A -234) by applying existing, well-established procedures.

*** There was no other chemical that was identified by the Labs ***.

 » Lees verder