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.
Washington’s evidence of Russian responsibility for the downing of a Malay airliner over Ukraine are final. The problem is they are not verifiable and therefore reflect the seriousness of those solemnly dealt out by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Security Council to justify the attack against Iraq.
"Israel Defense Forces" (sic) announced the detention of several soldiers suspected of leaking figures of Israeli military losses during the onslaught against Gaza.
Measures have been taken to ensure that only official information comes out and the mobile phones of soldiers in several units have been confiscated.
Since the beginning of the offensive on July 8, Israel acknowledged the death of 32 soldiers on Palestinian territory and of two civilians inside Israel. However, the actual (...)
Some Western states and Kiev rushed to find Russian involvement in the MH17 crash having no evidence to back their claims, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister told RT. He invited Ukraine to answer 10 questions to prove their commitment to an impartial probe.
Speaking to RT, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has criticized Western countries for jumping to conclusions just “24 hours after the crash” while there is no evidence.
“They try to show to the whole world that we are (...)
Commenting on the charge that the Syrian Republic had used chemical weapons against its own people, sociologists Jean-Claude Paye and Tülay Umay reveal the willful contradictions in Atlanticist discourse: two contradictory statements are issued at the same time by the same source, while facts are transformed into degrees of certainty. The auditor has henceforth no way to challenge official discourse, except to revolt against the bad faith of his own authorities.
Atlanticist and Gulf television channels announced the fall of Mosul to ISIL militants six hours before they entered the city.
This technique, typical of 4th generation warfare, is designed to break the morale of the population and to undermine its resistance.
In this respect, the fall of Mosul bears a strong resemblance that of Tripoli (Libya): Atlanticist and Gulf news channels broadcast images contrived in a studio to create the impression that the rebels had entered the capital and (...)
Press TV’s Canada correspondent Joshua Blakeney received a threatening email from the Jewish Defense League (JDL) over his criticism of Israel, in the following terms:
In the middle of the last century, Jews had no right or means of response when they were demonised, persecuted and attacked by your ideological soulmates. Today, the world is a very different place. When we are attacked by hate-filled antisemites like you, we respond with all the resources at our disposal, and (...)
While the images of the civilians killed or injured on 2 June 2014 during an airstrike against the Lugansk regional administrative headquarters had already surfaced on the internet, the Kiev regime was obstinately denying having conducted such an operation.
According to various sources, the air strikes left 8 civilians dead.
It wasn’t until the images were broadcast - only on Russian TV channels - that the Kiev regime admitted having bombed eastern Ukraine in what is clearly a punitive (...)
The Syria Satellite Channel will broadcast from 29 May 2014 until the June 3 Syrian presidential elections, every night at 20:30 (Paris time), a special program in six parts: The Secret Story of the war against Syria: ten years of resistance.
The program will be shown in Arabic. A French version will be produced in June by Voltaire Network and broadcast by MetaTV and YouTube.
Designed by Thierry Meyssan, the series will be presented by Lena Mabardi and will feature Hassan Hamade (Lebanese (...)
Behind Putin’s Cynicism and Hypocrisy
The Kremlin’s ruler wants to extend to neighboring countries the tyranny he imposes on his own people.
You can usually figure what Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing and why by noting the actions and values he falsely projects onto others.
Over the past several weeks, for example, he has accused the Ukrainian government of stripping autonomy from Ukraine’s eastern regions, while moving to end local elections in Russia.
He has claimed U.S. (...)
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“People everywhere long for the freedom to determine their destiny; the dignity that comes with work; the comfort that comes with faith; and the justice that exists when governments serve their people — and not the other way around. The United States of America will always stand up for these aspirations, for our own people and for people all across the world. That was our founding purpose.”
President Barack Obama, September 25, 2012 (...)
Western lies and Syrian election
By Ghaleb Kandil
The United States, NATO countries and their Turkish and Arab vassals continue their war of attrition against Syria. They try to undermine the credibility of the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled on June 3, while the Syrian state is continuing its preparations to ensure the success of this popular consultation, during which three candidates will compete, which is a first in the modern history of Syria.
Among the pretexts evoked by (...)
NATO has created a working group to look into the communications approach of the Ukraine government.
The Alliance is very concerned about the impact of Russian television, which successfully convinced the Ukrainians and the rest of the world that the "EuroMaidan revolution" was actually "a coup by perpetrated by Nazi groups" .
NATO is studying the possibility of breathing new life into certain Cold War tools or to create new media from scratch in Ukraine. The Baltic States are actively (...)
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (tantamount to propaganda) Richard Stengel posted a "dipnote" on the State Department’s official blog, labelling the work of RT.com as propaganda, that is to say of "deliberate dissemination of information that you know to be false or misleading in order to influence an audience.”
The Under Secretary of State makes fun of the "constant reference to all Ukrainian opposed the Russian grip on the country as a terrorist and blind repetition (...)
Karma Mohamed Tahsin al Khayat, Al-Jadeed TV (New TV), as well as the parent chain, NEW TV SAL, Ibrahim Mohamed Al Amin, Al Akhbar, and the parent company of the newspaper, Al Akhbar Beirut SAL were summoned for revealing the name of STL’s "confidential witnesses" . STL against the media and sovereignty
By Ghaleb Kandil
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), created to look into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, ordered Lebanese journalists Ibrahim al-Amine (...)
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 (...)
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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 (...)
Russia’s accusations - setting the record straight
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s international isolation, including NATO’s suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia. To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has levelled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia. Russia has also made baseless attacks on the (...)
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 (...)
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