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.
After denying the reports coming out from the Val de Grâce Hospital (Paris), on 28 April 2013 the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel announced the death of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, at the age of 76.
The channel has been endeavoring to foment an "Arab Spring" in Algeria since the fall of Muammar al-Gaddafi in Libya.
On 28 April, President Bouteflika was readmitted to the Paris hospital, following a transient ischemic attack (...)
On April 28, 2013 the Iraqi Communication and Media Commission (CMC) has banned 10 television channels for "promoting violence."
They have in common that they are all Sunni and opposed to the government of Nouri al-Maliki. They are all Iraqi, except for Qatar-based Al-Jazeera. It is a fact that they abetted sectarian violence through their coverage of a recent wave of unrest in Iraq.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed his ministers to refrain from talking about Syria, reported the Israeli Army Radio on April 28, 2013.
Recent statements by Deputy Foreign Minister, Zeev Elkin, calling for action against Syrian chemical weapons have been interpreted as an attempt to put pressure on Barack Obama.
Israel has meddled in Syria since the beginning of the "Arab Spring", including through the spread of weapons. The aim was to "bleed" the country. However, (...)
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez returned to Caracas on Monday, 18 February 2013. Upon his arrival, at 2:30 am local time, the Venezuelan president Chávez announced his return in a series of message on his Twitter account, the first of them reading: "We’ve arrived once again in our Venezuelan homeland. Thank you, my God!! Thank you, beloved nation!! We will continue our treatment here."
Vice President Nicolas Maduro said later that President Hugo Chávez had been taken directly to the Military (...)
The French authorities take great care in their communications to emphasize that they are intervening in Mali solely at the request of the interim President and to support the Malian army.
Thus, the French Ministry of Defence stated: "After seizing Gao on the night of 26-27 January, Operation Serval troops, in coordination with Malian units, took control of the airport tonight and gained access to the city of Timbuktu through an air-land maneuver."
However, the French press did not resort (...)
On 17 August 2012, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated: "After hearing the harrowing testimonies of the people here (...) when we hear all that, and I weigh my words: M . Bashar al-Assad does not deserve to be on earth."
Contrary to the most basic diplomatic principles, such remarks were interpreted as a call for murder on the part of a country that has abolished the death penalty.
Fabius’ new communications directives ban the use of the family name of the President of the Syrian (...)
Once there was a German Chancellor who said: “Peace is not everything, but without peace everything is nothing.” That was about 40 years ago, however it is still true, but meets with no response in today’s German policy. An editorial of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 18 December 2012 gives evidence of that by blatantly failing to mention what the Germans have gained through their own efforts after the end of the Second World War.
And you might ask yourself: How is it possible that in a (...)
In this in-depth interview given to Spanish journalist José Luís Paniagua of EFE news agency, Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro underscores the constitutional legitimacy of the current Venezuelan government in the absence of President Chávez, and slams the Western media spin and propaganda surrounding the immediate future of Venezuela. Ultimately, he reiterates his country’s steadfast commitment to pursue the Socialist Plan and unshakable faith in the multipolar world, free of imperial hegemony, that is being born.
Qatar has bought cable channel Current TV, co-founded by former Vice-President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, to turn it into Al-Jazeera America.
The acquisition permits Qatar to reach 40% of U.S. households immediately.
The transaction is valued at $ 500 million, including 100 for Mr. Gore.
In addition to its channels in Arabic, Al-Jazeera broadcasts in English, Urdu, Turkish, Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian. The consortium should soon launch a channel in French.
Al-Jazeera is a news channel whose (...)
Unable to find a new ideological identity after the demise of its big Soviet brother, the European left has engulfed itself in societal issues at home and humanitarian interventionism abroad. In an inconsistent stance, it calls for the protection of peoples by U.S. imperialism. But how can it wish to protect anyone when it has given up its own freedom?
It is now beyond question that the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. all involved patsies, additional gunman and perhaps most importantly, mass media complicity to achieve their political ends. Along these lines and in a fashion now characteristic of how such public executions are framed, the observations and analyses of citizen journalists and alternative media suggest how coverage of the Newtown Connecticut school shooting was substantially altered in the several hours and days following the event.
At the end of a secret trial, five times postponed, the Qatari poet Muhammad Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami was sentenced to life imprisonment for "insulting the regime, defaming Crown Prince Tamim and attacking the constitution" (sic).
Though the charge has not been disclosed, it seems that the regime may have zeroed in on al-Ajami’s widely circulated “Jasmine Poem,” which asserted "We are all Tunisia in the face of the repressive elite."
The poet has already been held in solitary confinement for at (...)
The new information technologies were going to transform the world into a global village where news reports would circulate instantaneously, assured Canadian sociologist Marshall McLuhan. But nothing could be further from the truth. An iron curtain has been drawn in front of Western audiences who are maintained in a state of ignorance about important current events, and are unable to access anti-imperialist satellite channels.
Following the European satellite provider Eutelsat SA’s illegal move to stop the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels, Press TV launches an online petition to save Iran’s English-language broadcaster across Europe.
In a flagrant violation of freedom of speech, the company on Monday stopped the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels, including Press TV, al-Alam, Jam-e-Jam 1 and 2, Sahar 1 and 2, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network, Quran TV, and the Arabic-language (...)
In U.S. war films, the American soldier fighting in a strange land befriends a local child, creating a personal bond of humanity, while busily killing scores of the kid’s adult countrymen. American corporate media perform much the same sick exercise, identifying children among the “worthy victims” of the other side in U.S. foreign wars. Children deemed unworthy of American sympathy are left to the tender mercies of drones.
In the midst of disinformation campaigns on the crisis in Syria – largely based on nameless witnesses giving indeterminate figures – Ammar Bagdach, secretary general of the Syrian Communist Party, shared with Cuba’s Granma International a reality far removed from many of the biased media versions.
Our friend and colleague, 33 year-old Maya Nasser, Press TV’s correspondent in Syria, was shot in the neck by a gunman on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, while covering the double attack against the Syrian Ministry of Defence. He was murdered by terrorists as they were trying to take advantage of the bedlam to get into the burning building.
During his lifetime, Nasser Maya had never experienced anything except a war-torn Middle East. He was an exemplary journalist. He was also a sensitive and (...)
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized Western media for creating hype over the September 11 attacks and ignoring more than one million victims of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The materialistic view of Zionists has destroyed the sacredness of media and today media no longer regulate the relations among humans, but have turned into a means of domination and gaining power,” Ahmadinejad said on Monday.
The Iranian chief executive stated that a major part of the events (...)
The Pentagon has come up with a show that has been scoring NBC’s highest ratings. Combining the principle of a reality show that puts reality on display, with that of a television game that simulates a situation to test the competitors’s reactions, the TV series treats the audience to real-life war games. This propaganda show, unparalleled since the sports competition in battle dress staged by Joseph Goebbels, aims to both enhance martial attitudes and obscure the cruelty of war.
The BBC has sensationally censored a news story and a video showing Syrian rebels forcing a prisoner to become a suicide bomber, a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, presumably because it reflected badly on establishment media efforts to portray the FSA as glorious freedom fighters.
The video, a copy of which can be viewed below (the original BBC version was deleted), shows Free Syrian Army rebels preparing a bomb that is loaded onto the back of a truck to be detonated at a government (...)
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Pierre-Rene.Lemas@elysee.fr (Secretary General of the Elysée)
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Nicolas.Revel@elysee.fr (Deputy Secretary General)
Sylvie.Hubac@elysee.fr (Cabinet (...)
Under the title "Improbables scènes de liesse à 40 km d’Alep" (Improbable scenes of jubilation at 40 km from Aleppo), the French daily Le Monde posted on its website an Agence France Presse video showing people partying in the town of Manea to demonstrate their confidence in the victory of the Free Syrian Army while it is undergoing defeat in Aleppo.
The village of Marea is 10 kilometers from the Turkish border, an area beyond the control of the government in Damascus. The event brings (...)
The slogan "Bashar must go!" was supposed to be chanted by crowds of protesters in Damascus and Aleppo. In the absence of such demonstrations, it has been taken over by Western leaders themselves even though it goes against all the conventional rules of diplomacy. Why?
Photo: Major-General Vladimir Kuzheyev, who Syrian rebels said they killed outside Damascus, speaking to reporters Wednesday.
A military general called a news conference at the Defense Ministry on Wednesday to deny a claim by a Syrian rebel group that he had been killed in clashes outside Damascus.
Major-General Vladimir Kuzheyev worked for some time as an adviser to Syria’s Defense Ministry on military schools, but he moved to Moscow after being transferred to the military reserves, (...)
The most prominent names in the western human rights business behave, essentially, as weapons in the imperial arsenal. Amnesty International’s campaign against Syria, analyzed below by Felicity Arbuthnot, is the latest illustration of the organization’s slide from its lofty founding ideals to a role of simple mercenary for empire and sworn enemy of international law.
The Saudi daily Arab News in its August 4 edition denies the death of Prince Bandar bin Sultan . Arab News is the official mouthpiece of the royal family. It is owned by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Defence Minister of the Kingdom. The author of the article, Ali Bluwi, is an economic journalist and ... a crisis communications consultant to ... Washington.
Arab News claims that the Voltaire Network dispatches were written by Thierry Meyssan, alleged to be close to (...)
A divide over Syria is gradually emerging between the German government on one side, its army and press on the other. While the Chancellor has been actively lining up her country behind Western schemes, German intelligence agencies and the press have slammed the anti-Assad propaganda and the impunity of the crimes committed by the opposition.
In a new media offensive against Damascus, Washington has claimed that the Syrian government possesses and intends to use chemical weapons.
“We believe Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile remains under Syrian government control,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor in a press conference in Washington on July 21.
“Given the escalation of violence in Syria… we remain very concerned about these weapons,” the spokesman added.
Vietor also stated that the United States is “actively consulting” (...)
On Friday, July 20, 2012, around 19:00, signals began to be sent to imbed new channels onto Arabsat and Nilesat. The signals mimic those of Syrian television, duplicating both the graphics and logos. For now, the programs present patriotic clips.
According to experts, the signals are being sent from Australia, probably from a U.S. National Security Agency base.
The genuine Syrian television signals were interrupted yesterday by Arabsat and Nilesat. Their websites were hacked and are (...)
Western media are jubilant over the defection of a Syrian TV channel reporter, Ghatan Sleiba, who had been unaccounted for since Wednesday, June 27, and reappeared on Monday, July 2, in Turkey. In an interview with The Guardian, he revealed he was a spy working for the "rebels" for 7 months. He claims to have provided them during that time with sensitive information on army movements.
The Western press has presented Ghatan Sleiba as a journalist for Ad-Dunya, adding that he also worked (...)
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