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.
On 11 May 2013, two cars that had been wired, exploded in Turkey at Reyhanlı (which borders with Syria), causing 51 fatalities and leaving 140 people injured. The Turkish government immediately accused Syria of organizing the attack and the AKP organized pogroms in the city against Syrian immigrants.
However Syria denied any involvement and the documents of the Turkish police published by the RedHack hackers provided evidence that the operation had been mounted under a false flag by the (...)
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, "a treacherous provocation is being filmed in the locality of Jisr al-Choghour to make believe that the Syrian army has used chemical weapons against civilians."
Radicals transported two cans of a chlorinated toxic substance to Jisr al-Choghour to make the setup of the attack more “realistic".
Filming crews from several Middle East TV stations and a regional representation of a major US channel arrived in the morning on September 11, 2018, to (...)
On 8 September 2018, the company YouTube (owned by the Internet giant Google) shut down the channels of the Syrian government including the channel of the Syrian President, the Syrian Minister of Defence as well as Sana, the Syrian government press agency.
YouTube has not given the reasons for its decision.
These channels have been around for several years. As they have different programs, the decision for this collective censure cannot be content-based. It must be exclusively based on (...)
Seven years after the beginning of the war against Syria, fought by proxy jihadist forces, the partisans of its destruction want to start again. And yet they have suffered a definite defeat on the ground, where the population, after a momentary hesitation, massively chose to support the Republic. This attempt to restart the war from the beginning can only be understood if its objective has evolved.
The USS Sullivans destroyer (DDG-68) of the US Navy with 56 cruise missiles on board has been prepositioned in the Persian Gulf. Simultaneously, a US Air Force B-1B strategic bomber with 24 AGM-158 JASSM air-to-surface cruise missiles arrived at Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar.
On August 29th, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all parties involved in Syria to show restraint.
On August 30, 2018, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart, Walid al-Muallem, in (...)
Facebook and Twitter declared that they have now censured information published by groups linked to Iran and to Russia.
These two companies justify their position on the grounds that such information falls within the category of fake news. However, they are not giving out information on the identity of these accounts, nor their contents. This makes it impossible for the public to evaluate if this censorship is legitimate and deprives the persons sanctioned of any thought of a remedy. (...)
Facebook has announced that it has withdrawn the English accounts from TeleSur, a pan-American television channel.
On August 7, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s director, personally coordinated with Apple, Google, Spotify and YouTube (but not Twitter) the deletion of Alex Jones and InfoWars accounts for "conspiracy". He also wants to suppress "communist propaganda" (sic).
Created at the initiative of President Hugo Chávez, TeleSur was a public continuous news channel shared by Argentina, (...)
“A Free Press Needs You”
In 1787, the year the Constitution was born, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
That’s how he felt before he became president, anyway. Twenty years later, after enduring the oversight of the press from inside the White House, he was less sure of its value. “Nothing can now be believed (...)
A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “the enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words.
Replacing a free media with a state-run media has always been a first order of (...)
In less than 12 hours, Internet giants have closed down all internet accounts belonging to the Group Infowars and the US journalist Alex Jones (see photo), both pro-Trump.
This purge follows a US House of Representatives Hearing of the Justice Committee on Censorship of the Internet and was coordinated by Apple, Facebook, Google, Spotify and You Tube (but not Twitter).
Every video Alex Jones had made has been deleted from the Internet.
This decision was taken in the name of ideological (...)
Seventy five journalists working in Syria in the “rebel” regions have called on Israel to help them. Their request is to be able to cross the border and then to be evacuated to Europe.
We do not know for sure the names of these “journalists” but we do know that, general speaking, they are not fighters. They have covered the events and are giving credence to the various allegations of crime committed by the Syrian Arab Republic, including the use of chemical weapons.
While initially several of (...)
When they want to condemn a suspect, the Western powers accuse him of all sorts of crimes until they’re ready to pronounce sentence. Truth and Justice have no say in the matter, the only thing that counts is their power. Let’s take another look at the accusation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Thierry Meyssan reminds us that although that particular case is only a few years old, the principle of claiming that Syria is guilty has been established for more than two thousand years.
OPCW investigators have been in Syria for two weeks now. They are conducting their work in extremely difficult circumstances. They have our full support. Instead of working with the OPCW to support their investigation, Syria and Russia have continued to create obstacles to delay their deployment to Duma and to wage a propaganda campaign against the OPCW. Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, (...)
Canadian historian Michael Jabara Carley summarizes the various arguments in the Skripal case. It shows that the British authorities probably hide some elements and did not hesitate several times to lie to accuse the Russian Federation. He then drew a parallel with an old English scandal, strangely identical to the present case.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has denounced from Moscow the role of a Russia-phobic, Western secret service in the White Helmets’ staging of the alleged chemical attack in the Ghouta, the rural region at the gates of Damascus, the Syrian capital.
The spokesperson for the Russian army, Igor Konachenkov, has for his part, directly challenged the United Kingdom.
Both these declarations took place when Syria had just announced new witnesses regarding the alleged (...)
Armed terrorist groups — including the so-called “Army of Islam” — and their supporters, financers and handlers from the Wahhabi Saudi regime, the United States administration and the colonial powers France and Britain are once again fabricating slanders, this time about the use by the Syrian Arab Army of chemical weapons in the city of Duma in eastern Ghutah. They are doing so in a shameless and failed attempt to undermine the successes achieved by the Syrian Arab Army during the past few (...)
Gary Aitkenhead is the Head of the Military Laboratory for Science and Technology of Porton Down (United Kingdom). On 3 April 2018, he declared speaking for himself and on behalf of his colleagues, that his services identified that the substance used on Sergei and Yulia Skripal was an agent belonging to the Novichok programme but made it clear that they had never determined where it was made.
He declared in an exclusive interview given to Sky News on 3 April 2018:
“We were able to identify (...)
There is nothing new about what is happening today in Brazil where President Dilma Roussef was impeached by the Senate and “Lula” da Silva, the former president who is aspiring once again to be elected president, is very soon to be put in jail. There is no novelty because other Latin American leaders have been removed from power in this way, violating popular sovereignty. This method is being applied, perhaps with greater finesse, throughout the rest of the world. Thus it was used in Iran – when the former president Mahmud Ahmadinejad tried to stand in the Presidential elections – and in France, where the candidacy of a former Prime Minister was blown to bits by a series of accusations and judicial proceedings taken against him only days of the Presidential Elections. In each of these instances, the Judicial System was manipulated to work against People’s (...)
Joint Statement on the anniversary of the Khan Sheikhoun attack by Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister of France, Heiko Maas, Foreign Minister of Germany and John Sullivan, Acting Secretary of State of the United States
Today marks 1 year since the heinous attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, where Asad’s forces unleashed sarin nerve gas with tragic consequences for hundreds of men, women and children.
For more than 7 long (...)
The use of snipers against the Palestinian demonstrators at the boundary line of the Gaza Strip: Tel Aviv presents this as a necessary and moderate security measure, that the mainstream press repeats. From Panama City, Julio Yao, an expert in international law reminds us that this is far from the first time that the Western mainstream media chooses to take sides and to hide the facts rather than expose them. The people from Panama have experienced this for themselves.
Thierry Meyssan pursues his study of national foreign policies. After having analysed the policy of France, he now turns to that of the United Kingdom. While the former is considered to be the « private domain » of the President of the Republic, and as such, escapes the democratic debate, the latter, even more so, is elaborated by an elite gathered around the monarch, outside of any form of popular control. Thus the elected Prime Minister can do no more than implement the choice of the hereditary Crown. Faced with the failure of the US project for a unipolar world, London is attempting to restore its erstwhile imperial power.
The Department of Defense has just transferred 40 million US dollars to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) to gag those outside the US providing a commentary on its actions.
It was President Obama that established the GEC in 2016, to fight the emergence of information which brought to light the support his administration had provided to the jihadists . At the time it was established, the budget of Global Engagement Centre was officially 35 million US dollars. However, (...)
Cultural Diplomacy in a World of Conflict, by Hans Köchler / Iran is not top terror sponsor. Memorandum for the US President Donald Trump, by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity / Close Camp Bondsteel! / 2018 – There are good reasons to fight and to hope, by Natacha Polony / Swiss model versus EU bureaucracy. EU Weapons Directive is in contradiction to the freedom of citizens, by Marianne Wüthrich / Austria: This is what the new government wants, by Klaus Faissner / Digital transformation in schools – learning from experience, by Felice Pensatore / People do not want war … or how wars are made, by Dieter Sprock.
The Atlantist Press has been claiming for years that President Bachar el-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Except that according to US Secretary for Defense, General Jim Mattis, this is fake news. Like Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons, this story, which has been occupying the columns of newspapers for the last five years, is pure war propaganda.
Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has published a study on the publication of fake news on the internet in two EU member states: France and Italy.
Concerning France, it relied on a list of “not trustworthy” sites drawn up by Le Monde and excluded Voltairenet.Org from it.
Published in about 12 languages, in just 15 years Voltairenet.org has established itself as a source of analysis that is recognized by many Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defence, which (...)
On 18 January 2018, the United Kingdom and France, represented respectively by Prime Minister Theresa May and President Emmanuel Macron, held a defence summit at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. The two states decided to beef up their cooperation against both Russia in the Baltic States and terrorism in the Sahel. They also decided to intensify the build-up of their Combined Joint Expeditionary Force which was initially launched during the war against Libya .
On 22 January, the UK (...)
While NATO was busy setting up a vast network with which to accuse Russia of perpetuating propaganda from the Soviet era, Washington was suddenly swamped by a wave of hysteria. In an attempt to discredit the new US President, the dominant media accuse him of talking rubbish - in response, the President accuses them of propagating fake news. This cacophony is amplified by the swift development of the social media, which had once been intended for use as weapons of the State Department against nationalist regimes, but which today are popular forums used to combat abuse by all kinds of elites – with Washington at the top of the list.
What Alternative für Deutschland, Rodrigo Duterte, Mauricio Macri, Narendra Modi, Barack Obama, the Scottish National Party and Donald Trump have in common? They relied on their election campaigns on the advice of Mark Zuckerberg. Taking the case of the falsification of Indian elections, Shelley Kasli reveals the way Facebook manipulates democracies.
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