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.
Political analysts, like Nil Nikandrov, 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 directing the course of events in different parts of the world to suit its agenda. In this article, the author focuses on the crisis situation unfolding 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 (...)
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 (...)
Voltaire Network is proud to announce the opening of new language sections. From now on, it’s major articles will be available in 9 languages (French, English, German, Arab, Spanish, Italian, Persian, Portuguese and Russian). Additionally, some articles will be translated into Greek and Turkish.
Voltaire Network continues to seek support from volunteer translators in these native languages.
Voltaire Network’s leading articles will henceforth be featured in the press reviews of important (...)
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 (...)
The Obama administration originally counted 1 429 victims of the chemical attack in Ghouta, on August 21st 2013, while the French government had only counted 281 .
According to Reuters, the official US number could include not only gas victims, but also classic bombing and other death type victims .
The agency concludes, by citing Paul Pillar, the former head of US intelligence in the Near-East. According to him, the Obama administration made a mistake by giving a too exact number, (...)
Thierry Meyssan analyses the contradictions and incoherences made by the US, British and French secret services about the so-called chemical massacre of Ghouta.
Thierry Meyssan : The Western secret services are 100% sure of things that aren’t logical :
1. They think that combat gases can make the difference between men and women.
2. They observed while the concoction of combat gas was being made, but did not intervene to avoid it’s usage. On the other hand, they stepped (...)
You liked the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the Vietnam War, the Kuwaiti incubators and the first Gulf War, the Racak massacre and the war in Kosovo, Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and the second Gulf War and the threats to Benghazi and the Libyan war? You will just love the gassing of civilians in Ghouta and the bombing of Syria.
Following the broadcasting of the images of the massacre in Ghouta, distributed by the Free Syrian Army and relayed by US and French services, Alawite families from Latakia have filed a complaint for murder.
Some of these videos were filmed and posted on Youtube before the events they picture .
They show children suffocating from a chemical intoxication that can’t possibly be sarin gas (the latter provokes yellow drool, not white drool).
The children do not correspond to a sample of (...)
A photo taken by Marco di Lauro/AP in Iraq in 2003 was presented by US State Secretary Kerry on August 30, 2013 as evidence of "Assad’s chemical attack."
The situation in Syria is still in focus of the world media. Another U.S.-led “humanitarian intervention” may be unleashed soon. The Pentagon announced that it is ready to attack Syria in order to punish Bashar al-Assad and Syrian army for the alleged use of chemical weapons against the civilians.
Meanwhile, the new evidence of the U.S. (...)
A controversy surfaced regarding the doubts expressed by Russian diplomacy regarding the dates of the videos of the slaughter committed in Damascus, on August 21st 2013 . We had noticed that the videos, posted on Majles Rif’s account, were dated August 20th .
In an ’’attempt to clarify’’, the author of the account indicated that these videos were posted at 05h00 Universal Time, in other words 07h00 am in Damascus. Knowing that there is a time difference of 9 hours with California, the (...)
The US Defence Minister Chuck Hagel, the Secretary of State John Kerry, the National Security counsellor Susan Rice and the National Intelligence director James Clapper, held a closed meeting regarding Syria with leaders of Congres, on Thursday August 2013.
According to representative Elliot Engel, who is the Democratic minority leader on the Foreign Affairs Commission, the Obama administration confirmed the interception of a Syrian government communication attesting to it’s responsibility (...)
According to the website magazine Foreign Policy dated August 28th 2013, the NSA would have intercepted communications between the chief of the Syrian chemical weapons unit and a high ranked official from the Syrian Department of defence. The latter was in panic after the chemical attack that costed the lives of 1 429 people .
This information, widely broadcasted by the Atlantic press, contributed to increase the conviction of the western states of Syria’s guilt.
However, the source of (...)
According to the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian authorities have bombarded the ghoutta, a suburb of Damascus, with sarin gas, Wednesday, August 21, 2013, resulting in a total of 1700 deaths. This announcement was immediately commented on by German, British and French authorities who have called an emergency meeting of the Security Council so that UN observers can be allowed to investigate. All of this information is taken over by the Atlanticist media as a certainty, the conditional being (...)
Father Paolo Dall’Oglio (s.j.) has indeed been executed by his ’’brothers’’ of the Islamic State in Iraq and in the Levant, three days ago, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), a branch of the Muslim Brothers, based in London under MI6 protection.
Face of the ’’Syrian Revolution’’, of which he had become the mediator with the international media, the italian jesuit was despised by the syrian christians who blamed him for behaving like a western missionary and for having (...)
The United States and its British and French allies, have launched a warning: by the end of August, the Al-Qaeda international terrorist network could attack many of their embassies around the world. It is a certainty acquired by the NSA intercepting a phone call by Ayman al-Zawahiri. Immediately, exceptional security measures were taken and some embassies were closed ... for the weekend. Why the hubbub?, asks Manlio Dinucci.
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