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 spokesman of the Polish Foreign Ministry, Marcin Wojciechowski, refuted the claims made by Nie magazine about Pravy Sector activists being trained at the Polish police academy. He stated that the magazine had never interviewed the officials named in the article and wrote off the matter as a regrettable April Fool’s day caper.
Nie is a satirical and anti-clerical weekly publication, along the lines of the French Le Canard Enchainé, but with twice the circulation. It is directed by Jerzy (...)
The Anglo-Saxon Empire is based on a century of propaganda. It managed to convince us that the United States is "the land of the free" and that it engaged in wars to defend its ideals. But the current crisis over Ukraine has changed the rules of the game. Now Washington and its allies are not the only speakers. Their lies are openly challenged by the government and media of another major state, Russia. In the era of satellites and the Internet, Anglo-Saxon propaganda no longer works.
Ivan Šimonović, Croatian diplomat, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights since 2010.
Portions of the UN’s forthcoming human rights report on Crimea, to be released Tuesday, have been leaked to Foreign Policy magazine, and its findings are far from objective . Indicating yet another instance of institutional bias against the Russian Federation and its interests, Ivan Šimonović, the UN’s Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, has filled the so-called report with bias, (...)
David Axelrod, recognized for creating a winning campaign strategy for Barack Obama’s senatorial race (2004) and presidential elections (2008 and 2012), will spearhead Labour leader Edward Milibrand’s campaign for the United Kingdom 2015 General Election.
The author of the "Yes we can" slogan promised to project an image of Labour as the bearer of hope, as he had done for his other clients, including President Obama. According to him, the Labour campaign should focus on social inequalities (...)
Richard Stengel was sworn in as undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the US State Department on Tuesday, 15 April 2014.
During his career as a journalist, he was a press correspondent in South Africa. Then he became director of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and finally managing editor of Time Magazine (since 2006). Under his leadership, Time acquired a markedly political profile, in the service of the government’s "noble" causes.
In 2008, he served (...)
The U.S. State Department has drawn up and circulated a rationale challenging Russia’s position in Ukraine following the 12 April rebellion which saw pro-Russian para-military insurgents seize government buildings in the eastern part of the country .
This is the second time since the beginning of the crisis that the State Department has provided the mass media with anti-Russian arguments .
While Washington may have grounds to denounce the oversight of the pro-Russian forces by (...)
Fact Sheet by the U.S. Departement of State
Russian Fiction the Sequel: 10 More False Claims About Ukraine
“No amount of propaganda can make right something that the world knows is wrong.”
President Obama, March 26
Russia continues to spin a false and dangerous narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine. The Russian propaganda machine continues to promote hate speech and incite violence by creating a false threat in Ukraine that does not exist. We would not be seeing the violence (...)
The persistence of the big lies propagated by the Bush and Obama administrations is nothing short of dumbfounding. While all evidence shows that Osama bin Laden had nothing to do with September 11 and that he was not killed in Pakistan by Navy SEALs, the global ruling class continues to maintain such fasehoods. At what point will we finally open our eyes?
The Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera channel aired a documentary on the Lockerbie bombing (December 1988) where a witness claims that he was commissioned by Ayatollah Khomeini to avenge the destruction of Iran Air Flight 655.
On 3 July 1988, the USS Vincennes knowingly shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing 290 people including 66 children.
According to the witness, Abolghassem Mesbahi, who presents himself as a former intelligence official who defected, the (...)
Political analysts are paying attention to the timing of America’s efforts to replace the government in Venezuela and Ukraine. Washington wants to prove that a superpower is still capable of simultaneously directing the course of events in different parts of the world and to discourage those who hope to escape by forging other alliances. In this article, the author focuses on the crisis situation in Venezuela and sets the record straight on what may be the most lied about country in the Western media.
RT television network released a wiretapping of Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, in which he is heard saying that the mysterious Maidan square snipers were linked to the pro-European opposition.
Without taking a personal position, the Liberal Minister phoned the High-Representative of the European Union, Lady Catherine Ashton, to share his perplexity. The authenticity of the leaked call, dating from one week ago, was confirmed by both parties.
The fairly annoyed Minister attested (...)
According to the French daily Le Monde, in Syria rape has become the weapon of "Bashar al-Assad’s secret war" against the revolutionaries. At least, this is what is advanced in a long article by Annick Cojean (photo) .
The journalist insinuates that the revolution, after a peaceful start, turned violent in reaction to the mass rapes perpetrated by the military regime. She relies on the statements made by a Syrian refugee in Jordan following her imprisonment: "We were raped every day to (...)
President Putin’s Fiction: 10 False Claims About Ukraine
As Russia spins a false narrative to justify its illegal actions in Ukraine, the world has not seen such startling Russian fiction since Dostoyevsky wrote, “The formula ‘two times two equals five’ is not without its attractions.”
Below are 10 of President Vladimir Putin’s recent claims justifying Russian aggression in the Ukraine, followed by the facts that his assertions ignore or distort.
1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in (...)
While the Venezuelan opposition - which narrowly lost the April 2013 presidential election and later lost the municipal elections of December 2013 by a wide margin - calls for "regime change", the media are busily engaged in numerous manipulations.
An event in Sao Paulo (Brazil) changes into an event in Caracas (Venezuela).
An aerial image of a religious pilgrimage is sold as a mass opposition rally, which never took place.
The grievances of Chilean students are used by the (...)
In August-September 2013, Barack Obama, David Cameron and François Hollande accused Syria of killing 1,400 opponents in the suburbs of Damascus. Denouncing that a red line had been crossed, they threatened to launch a punitive campaign against Assad’s criminal regime. Shortly after, London withdrew, then Washington, and finally Paris. Commenting on these events, Seymour Hersh shows that President Obama knew nothing of what had actually happened, abused the ignorance of his interlocutors and lied when he claimed to have evidence of Syria’s guilt.
The images of a naked Ukrainian prisoner in the snow, surrounded by police forces taunting him, have spread around the world. They show the brutality of the regime that the glorious activists of Maidan Square are trying to overthrow.
There is only one problem: at the end of the footage, Andrei Dubrovik can be spotted wearing a uniform. Yet, Mr. Dubrovik had left the Ministry of the Interior some time back to step in as security chief of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (Batkivshchyna) (...)
British law firm Carter-Ruck isued a report, on 20 January 2014, accusing the "current Syrian regime" (sic) of war crimes and crimes against humanity, in other words two day before the opening of the Geneva 2 Peace Conference.
The firm hired three former international prosecutors - the very Honourable Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva, Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice and Professor David M. Crane - to examine "Cesar"’s testimony and the pieces of evidence provided by him.
Sir Desmond Lorenz de Silva (...)
The media and the governments of the NATO and CCG countries have altered their definition of the war on Syria, especially since the chemical weapons crisis and the convening of the Geneva II conference.
Although the depiction of the Al-Assad administration is still unflattering, governments and media are showing a bit more respect: they abstain from all out slogans such as ’’Bashar must go !’’ and finally refer to the president by his surname (Assad or Al-Assad) instead of his first name (...)
In a circular issued on 6 January 2014 to the country’s prefects, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls requests them to draw the attention of mayors, invested with the power to police public performances, to the guidelines banning ’’Le Mur’’(The Wall) by French humorist Dieudonné, and if necessary to act in their stead when they deem the conditions to enforce the ban are in place.
The circular entitled "Lutte contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme — manifestations et réunions publiques - spectacles (...)
The Al-Azhar University of Cairo, leading theological authority within Sunni Islam, has announced that it was getting ready to launch a multilingual television channel to propagate a correct image of Islam and therefore fight against terrorism.
According to Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb, it will be broadcasting within three months in German, English, Arab and French.
Since Hosni Moubarak’s resignation, Al-Azhar University has become politically independent (...)
A cursory perusal of what big media says leads one to "understand" that, even if it is no longer Soviet and no longer proclaims the dictatorship of the proletariat, the Russian bear is still almost as wicked and dangerous as at the time of the USSR. Is this a reflection of reality or an image that the media complex is trying to anchor in our minds? In the article we reproduce today, Karl Müller explores the why of this campaign.
In a few weeks, Sotheby’s will be auctioning the draft of a speech delivered by King George the VI, announcing England’s entry into the Second World War.
The document is dated 25 August 1939, that is to say one week before the III Reich invaded Poland.
It would thus appear that, contrary to the official version, the UK did not go to war because Germany invaded Poland, which only served as a pretext, but for other reasons.
“It’s too long-winded ! What George VI’s adviser thought of early draft (...)
On 20 November 2013, President Vladimir Poutine received a delegation of the opposition political parties not represented in Parliament. Discussions centered on the respect for human rights in Russia.
Alexei Navalny was not invited to the Kremlin, his party not being legally registered.
During the meeting, the opposition leaders broached the issue of the recent law banning gay propaganda. The president answered that : ’’All that we have done, both at the executive and legislative levels, is (...)
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British Broadcasting Corporation, a beacon of international journalism, has proposed us this week two exemplary masterpieces on how to discredit legitimate public queries on high-profile issues.
Richard Galpin, a BBC World Affairs correspondent who warns on his Twitter that “views expressed are mine, not BBC’s” abused this brand by releasing an article “Mother Agnes: Syria’s ‘detective’ nun who says gas attack film faked“ .
He insists that he interviewed Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, the (...)
Macedonian television broadcasted, on September 27th, a show of two and a half hours with Thierry Meyssan, The Milenko Nedelkovski Late Night Show. The president of the Voltaire Network expounded the events that have occurred in the Middle East for the past two years, distinguishing between the military operations planned by the Pentagon since 2001 (Libya and Syria) and the colour revolutions provoked and mismanaged by the State Department (Tunisia and Egypt).
He explained the sophisticated (...)
The Institute, presided by Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, has listed the first videos of the massacre of Ghouta, and was able to ascertain the encoded hours of the videos as well as the time of posting on internet. The closer study of this material enables us to point out incoherences and manipulations :
Ghouta is has been depopulated or some time now. The only people that are left are those who support the ’’rebels’’ and some elderly people who weren’t able to flee. The supporters of the (...)
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