The nature of political communication, positively referred to as the
"art of persuasion" or negatively as "propaganda", has transmuted over
the course of the two World Wars. The British (Lord Baeverbrook and
Lord Northcliffe) were pioneers in creating a Ministry of Information,
elevating deception to the rank of military strategy. Their example
was followed first by the United States and subsequently by Germany
(Goebbels) and the USSR (Tchakotine).
In principle, what was permitted in the throes of war was not tolerated in time of peace. But the in-between status of the Cold War was exploited by the two blocks to develop competing propaganda systems in their respective areas of influence. In the 1970s, the Non-Aligned Movement attempted to restore freedom of information by challenging the monopolistic stranglehold of the press agencies. Their defiance was nipped in the bud when the United States and the United Kigdom pulled out of UNESCO.
At the end of the 80’s, with the USSR on the wane, the United States spread their media hegemony on a global scale. They introduced a new model of consumption: round-the-clock televised news and information imbued with their self-serving contents. The fast broadcasting pace allowed them to circumvent any verification by journalists and thus impose their own narrative of events.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the Anglo-American governments set up common tools of "global communication" aiming to coalesce news commentary with an emotional charge and mass conditioning gambits. An example of this occurred on the occasion of the year 2000, with the fear-mongering announcement by the White House of a gigantic computer bug.
The hoax was tagged with various stories about its foreseeable consequences together with useful safeguard tips. The stage setting, which was conveniently backed by a temporary United Nations agency by the name of International Y2K Cooperation Center (IY2KCC), allowed the United States to sell 200 billion dollars worth of software equipment, turning Bill Gates into the richest man on earth.
The Court of Arbitration (the PCA) at the Hague ruled in favour of the Philippines in its case against the People’s Republic of China, rejecting Chinese territorial claims over the Spratly Isles in the South China Sea.
For the Western Press, this is a sign that the United States is right to denounce Chinese expansionism.
In actual fact, the Court of Arbitration does not have jurisdiction over boundary disputes. Jurisdiction over such disputes lies with the International Court of Justice, (...)
The European Parliament should, on July 12 2016, adopt a resolution on "strategic communications of the European Union."
At the initiative of Zbigniew Brzeziński and Polish figures who have already launched an "initiative for information warfare" against Russia at the heart of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, NATO has established a Centre for strategic communication in Latvia and the European Union should adopt a similar structure.
The idea is to centralize (...)
Photo: mise en scène: the suburbs of Damas. Seated at the table in the forefront, we recognize Zahran Allouche (who died in December 2015). Saudi Arabia is providing the weapons while the British SAS, the military advisers. The photograph is embossed with the logo designed for the “Army of Islam”. The ensemble was put together during a communications campaign of the British government.
The Guardian uncovers that sub-contractors of the UK Foreign Ministry of Affairs, working under the (...)
Nato pursues its propaganda campaign aimed at making us believe that Russia is on the warpath and that we need to be ready. Thus, flouting the principles of the Alliance (premised on relying only on regular forces), the Alliance is setting up in Poland, just it did so in Ukraine - a paramilitary force of 35 000 men that forms part of the Anakonda 16 manoeuvres. The thinking is that once members of this paramilitary force have participated in these exercises, they will, in turn, perpetuate the myth of a Russian threat.
On the occasion of Victory Day, the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic organised a symphony concert in the ruins of the antique city of Palmyra on the 5th May 2016.
Speaking in duplex, President Putin saluted the common victory of the Allies over Nazism at the end of the Great Patriotic War (in Western terms, the Second World War) and today, that of Russia and Syria over terrorism.
Using cameras flying over the town of Palmyra, the television showed the extent of the damage (...)
Photograph from the 15th October 2015
© Russian Ministry for Defence
The Russian Minister for Defence has published satellite photographs of the Al-Qods hospital in Aleppo, allegedly destroyed by the aviation of the Syrian Arab Republic on the 27th April 2016. In fact, it had already been destroyed at least seven months ago.
Photograph from the 29th April 2016 © Russian Ministry for Defence
The announcement of the supposed bombardment of this hospital was made by Médecins sans (...)
Gearoid O’Colmain visited Republic Square in Paris to see there the movement "Nuit debout". To his disappointment, what is presented as a citizen speaking was a leftist rally. Here, far from seeing in capitalism "the highest stage of imperialism", we deplore the lies of a great boss, but no one world dealing with the financialization of the economy, and a celebration of coups of makeup "Arab Spring".
Although the economic situation in Russia is much more difficult than in France, Russian TV viewers massively followed the programme « Direct Line with Vladimir Putin », while the French showed scarce interest in « Citizen Dialogues with François Hollande ». The audience levels of the two programmes correspond to the public support garnered respectively by each political figure. For Thierry Meyssan, contrary to the dogmas of communication gurus, TV viewers and the electorate are not swayed by poor economic indicators, but rather by their president’s capacity as a leader or as a simple manager.
Contrary to what may appear to be the case, the «Panama Papers» campaign will not lead to restraining embezzlements of funds, nor to expanding liberties, but the exact opposite. The system is going to consolidate a bit more around the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and Israel, so that these and only these will control it. By violating the principle of equality before the Law and their professional ethics, the members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have put themselves at the service of the enemies of liberty and the defenders of Big Capital. The fact that they had pinned down in the process some crooks will not change anything. Explanations.
In August 2012, Google created an application for counting desertions from the Syrian Arab Army, as attested by an email from Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas, to State Secretary Hillary Clinton and her advisors William Burns, Jacob Sullivan and Alec Ross .
Later on, Google sold this application to the Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera, which received a prize for the best technical innovation in on-line Media. The prize was awarded by a group founded by the British communications (...)
Over time, it is possible to completely rewrite history and interchange the roles of the actors. Professor Michael Jabara Carley examines here the example of the Second World War. This important event, extensively studied by many historians, was completely falsified, after 70 years of propaganda by the Atlantic Alliance.
President Obama has decided to replace the «Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications», created in 2011, by a «Global Engagement Center». To that end, on the 14th March 2016, he signed a secret decree – but a copy is already in circulation (see document below).
The new administration will be charged with fighting recruitment by terrorist groups. While still placed under the authority of the Secretary of State, it will be directed by Michael D. Lumpkin (photo). It will be (...)
Secretary of State John Kerry visited Hollywood on February 16, 2016, to meet with key producers and ask them to help in the fight against Daesh ideology.
Those in attendance:
Jeff Shell, Universal Pictures, President of Broadcast Board of Governors (the official propaganda organ of the United States)
Chris Dodd, president of Motion Picture Association of America
Donna Langley and Jimmy Horowitz, chairman of Universal Pictures
Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation president (...)
You don’t understand the change of attitude of the United States deal with Syria? This is normal because there is no relation between what they do and what they say. In Munich, Washington —which has continued to arm groups fighting against Syria— comes to promote the principle of a cease-fire. Indeed, we must save the soldier Daesh that the Russian and Syrian armies are about to defeat.
The premeditated operation of New Year’s rapes, in Cologne and elsewhere, continues with a denunciation of the responsibility of the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. A study of computer traffic certify that the Twitter accounts organizing this protest are based on the West Coast of the United States.
This is almost turning into a farce, albeit a tragic one: since 9/11 there has been one single terrorist attack in which the authors, who are supposed to try and remain unidentified, have not somehow left ID documents behind. For sociologist Jean-Claude Paye, what might look like repetitive asininity must be interpreted as a rhetorical device used by those in power to achieve sideration. It is because the official version is absurd that we may not, must not question it.
The war which has now spread to Paris is incomprehensible for those French citizens who are ignorant of practically all the secret activities of their government in the Arab world, of its unnatural alliances with the Gulf dictators, and its active participation in international terrorism. These policies have never been discussed in Parliament, and the major media have rarely dared to take an interest in them.
Considering that journalists work in the service of peace, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution designed for their protection in combat zones. However, only two weeks later, the US Department of Defence published instructions for the arrest of media professionals who engage in espionage – an initiative which could harm journalists from the member states of NATO, observes Thierry Meyssan.
A few months ago, the Gulf press accused Damascus of buying petrol from Daesh that Daesh had stolen from Syria.
General Salim Idris, Minister of Defence of the provisional government of the National Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, accused the Syrian Arab Army of having delegated 180 officers to fight with Daesh.
The United States Embassy in Damascus, which has continued its work from Washington via the Internet, made public on the evening of the 1st June 2015 (in other words, taking (...)
Human Rights Watch, a US association for the defence of Human Rights financed to the tune of 100 million dollars by the speculator George Soros, has multiplied its communiqués and reports accusing the Syrian Arab Army of using barrels of explosives against its own civilian population.
Questioned on this subjet, President Bachar el-Assad replied to the BBC and France2 that his army had no reason to use barrels of explosives when it disposes of classic bombs which are far more effective . (...)
On the 8th of May 2015, the Qatari television channel, Al-Jazeera, broadcast a debate intended to explain the necessity for all Sunnis to torture and massacre all Alawites.
An Internet poll of millions of TV spectators throughout the entire Arab world indicated that 96,20 % of them were in agreement with the genocide of Alawites.
Contrary to what was claimed in the broadcast :
70 to 80 % of the Syrian Arab Army is composd of Sunnis,
Since the beginning of the war, more than one (...)
David Pujadas: Good evening, Mr. President, I’d like to start straight forward. For most French, you are in a very large part responsible for the chaos going on in Syria, because of the brutality of the repression during the last four years. According to you, what is your part of responsibility?
Bashar al-Assad: Actually, since the first few weeks of the conflict, the terrorists infiltrated the situation in Syria with the support of Western countries and regional countries, and they started (...)
In 2012, the US television channel NBC suddenly decided to revise the story of the 5-day kidnapping of its team in Syria. Until then, we were asked to believe that Richard Engel and his assistants had been imprisoned by the « Shabihas » - which means, in Western propaganda rhetoric, a « secret militia of the dictatorship »). The journalist even specified that they were « chiites », and that they had been « trained by the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards ».
But … O dear! (...)
At the request of President François Hollande, the French Socialist Party has published a note on the international “conspiracy theorist" movement. His goal: to prepare new legislation prohibiting it to express itself. In the US, the September 11, 2001 coup established a "permanent state of emergency" (Patriot Act), launching a series of imperial wars. Gradually, the European elites have aligned with their counterparts across the Atlantic. Everywhere, people are worried about being abandoned by their States and they question their institutions. Seeking to retain power, the elites are now ready to use force to gag their opposition.
This week a metal junkyard is exhibited in the centre of Kiev. Thus the incumbent Ukrainian administration seeks to prove “the facts of the Russian aggression in Ukraine”. But in reality they only managed to prove their own ignorance and lack of any military expertise. As a result this show of the modern illusionary art is acquiring no more than polite shrugs of the astonished spectators.
The target audience has already visited the stage. On Sunday it was attended by the high-ranked officials from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Georgia and some other European countries invited to commemorate the first anniversary of the EuroCoup d’Etat which they prefer to call “The Revolution of Dignity”.
States struggling against imperialism are probably not sufficiently aware of the importance of having non-aligned media. Yet, obviously, Russia Today, Press TV, Telesur and Al Mayadeen are better at defending freedom than other weapons. For these are indeed weapons we are talking about.
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