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 EU Military Chief of Staff has uncovered its role in establishing Decodex: a service provided by the daily newspaper Le Monde. Decodex aims at destroying the credibility of certain websites.
This service, technically subsidized by Google and Facebook, aims at fighting an alleged Russian influence in the West. Its strategy? Going after Internet sites challenging Nato, and charging them with being trivial in design and spreading this so-called “propaganda” from Moscow.
Several media (...)
Our previous articles concerning President Trump have caused some fierce reactions from our readers. Some of them have been wondering about the naïvety apparently displayed by Thierry Meyssan despite the warnings issued by the international Press and the accumulation of negative signals. Here is his response, well-reasoned as always.
The Jihadists, who since 24 December 2016 have been polluting the sources of Barada — the river which provides the water supply for the inhabitants (now totalling more than 7 million) of Damascus and the region, - and that have exploded its canalization, have published a declaration laying down their conditions.
Currently, 5.6 million civilians have been completely cut off from running water for more than two weeks. The authorities have managed to harness lorries with tanks to supply the (...)
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On 23 December 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Fiscal Defense Law 2017. Pursuant to Section 1287 of this text, a Global Engagement Center is established, the function of which is to fight against enemy propaganda and disinformation .
This Centre, which sits alongside the Nato Strategic Communication Centre and the EU Strategic Information Unit , has been allocated a budget of 140 million dollars contributed by the Defense Department and the State Secretariat. The US Centre (...)
For Manlio Dinucci, the Western media’s coverage of the Berlin attack, as well as the wars in Libya and Syria, does not overly concern itself with established facts. What is happening is what the novelist George Orwell called “The Ministry of Truth”. Current affairs are broken up into small sequences, disconnected from each other so that they cannot be understood. This enables our governments to conceal their crimes.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Extract) SEC. 1287. Global Engagement Center
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other relevant Federal departments and agencies, shall establish within the Department of State a Global Engagement Center (in this section referred to as the “Center”).
(2) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the (...)
The Egyptian Minister for Home Affairs confirmed that Sahar M. Aa., (44 years old), Sayyaf A.I. ( 22 years old), Mohammad H.M., Moustafa A.M (25 years old), and photographer Moustafa A. Aa. (21 years old) had been arrested when they were taking photos which were going to be posted on Facebook.
Sahar’s two children, covered in blood, were playing the role of the children of Aleppo who had, so it was claimed, been injured by Russian bombings.
The group had already posted a substantial (...)
Our site, Voltairenet.org, has been proving for a long time that it is possible to communicate on political subjects without having to suffer the anathema of the major medias, Donald Trump has now taken the road we opened and that many others have also taken. If you want news about the next US administration, don’t read the New York Times, which wastes its time with caricatures, but Internet sites like Breitbart.com. The President no longer answers questions from the grand Press, but communicates on twitter.com/realdonaldtrump.
This is a long story which extends over fifteen years. NATO first attempted to silence those citizens who were trying to discover the truth about the attacks of 11 September 2001. Then it turned on those who contested the oficial version of the «Arab Springs» and the war against Syria. One thing leading to another, it then attacked those who denounced the coup d’état in Ukraine. Now NATO is behind the accusations by a pseudo-NGO that the people who campaigned for Donald Trump are Russian agents.
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The European Parliament,
– having regard to its resolution of 2 April 2009 on European conscience and totalitarianism ,
– having regard to the Strasbourg/Kehl Summit Declaration of 4 April 2009 adopted on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of NATO,
– having regard to its resolution of 11 December 2012 on a Digital Freedom Strategy in EU Foreign Policy ,
– having regard to the Foreign Affairs Council conclusions on counter-terrorism of 9 February 2015,
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The company Innovative Communications & Strategies (InCoStrat), created by MI6 to organise NATO propaganda concerning Syria , broadcast a video and a photograph of young Omran Daqneesh (5 years old) being helped by the White Helmets in an ambulance in Aleppo.
This material was seen around the world, and made the front page of most of the newspapers of the Atlantist bloc. It has become the symbol of the children massacred by the «Bachar el-Assad régime, or his Russian allies». (...)
The Court of Arbitration (the PCA) at the Hague ruled in favour of the Philippines in its case against the People’s Republic of China, rejecting Chinese territorial claims over the Spratly Isles in the South China Sea.
For the Western Press, this is a sign that the United States is right to denounce Chinese expansionism.
In actual fact, the Court of Arbitration does not have jurisdiction over boundary disputes. Jurisdiction over such disputes lies with the International Court of Justice, (...)
The European Parliament should, on July 12 2016, adopt a resolution on "strategic communications of the European Union."
At the initiative of Zbigniew Brzeziński and Polish figures who have already launched an "initiative for information warfare" against Russia at the heart of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington, NATO has established a Centre for strategic communication in Latvia and the European Union should adopt a similar structure.
The idea is to centralize (...)
Photo: mise en scène: the suburbs of Damas. Seated at the table in the forefront, we recognize Zahran Allouche (who died in December 2015). Saudi Arabia is providing the weapons while the British SAS, the military advisers. The photograph is embossed with the logo designed for the “Army of Islam”. The ensemble was put together during a communications campaign of the British government.
The Guardian uncovers that sub-contractors of the UK Foreign Ministry of Affairs, working under the (...)
Nato pursues its propaganda campaign aimed at making us believe that Russia is on the warpath and that we need to be ready. Thus, flouting the principles of the Alliance (premised on relying only on regular forces), the Alliance is setting up in Poland, just it did so in Ukraine - a paramilitary force of 35 000 men that forms part of the Anakonda 16 manoeuvres. The thinking is that once members of this paramilitary force have participated in these exercises, they will, in turn, perpetuate the myth of a Russian threat.
On the occasion of Victory Day, the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic organised a symphony concert in the ruins of the antique city of Palmyra on the 5th May 2016.
Speaking in duplex, President Putin saluted the common victory of the Allies over Nazism at the end of the Great Patriotic War (in Western terms, the Second World War) and today, that of Russia and Syria over terrorism.
Using cameras flying over the town of Palmyra, the television showed the extent of the damage (...)
Photograph from the 15th October 2015
© Russian Ministry for Defence
The Russian Minister for Defence has published satellite photographs of the Al-Qods hospital in Aleppo, allegedly destroyed by the aviation of the Syrian Arab Republic on the 27th April 2016. In fact, it had already been destroyed at least seven months ago.
Photograph from the 29th April 2016 © Russian Ministry for Defence
The announcement of the supposed bombardment of this hospital was made by Médecins sans (...)
Gearoid O’Colmain visited Republic Square in Paris to see there the movement "Nuit debout". To his disappointment, what is presented as a citizen speaking was a leftist rally. Here, far from seeing in capitalism "the highest stage of imperialism", we deplore the lies of a great boss, but no one world dealing with the financialization of the economy, and a celebration of coups of makeup "Arab Spring".
Although the economic situation in Russia is much more difficult than in France, Russian TV viewers massively followed the programme « Direct Line with Vladimir Putin », while the French showed scarce interest in « Citizen Dialogues with François Hollande ». The audience levels of the two programmes correspond to the public support garnered respectively by each political figure. For Thierry Meyssan, contrary to the dogmas of communication gurus, TV viewers and the electorate are not swayed by poor economic indicators, but rather by their president’s capacity as a leader or as a simple manager.
Contrary to what may appear to be the case, the «Panama Papers» campaign will not lead to restraining embezzlements of funds, nor to expanding liberties, but the exact opposite. The system is going to consolidate a bit more around the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United States and Israel, so that these and only these will control it. By violating the principle of equality before the Law and their professional ethics, the members of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have put themselves at the service of the enemies of liberty and the defenders of Big Capital. The fact that they had pinned down in the process some crooks will not change anything. Explanations.
In August 2012, Google created an application for counting desertions from the Syrian Arab Army, as attested by an email from Jared Cohen, the director of Google Ideas, to State Secretary Hillary Clinton and her advisors William Burns, Jacob Sullivan and Alec Ross .
Later on, Google sold this application to the Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera, which received a prize for the best technical innovation in on-line Media. The prize was awarded by a group founded by the British (...)
Over time, it is possible to completely rewrite history and interchange the roles of the actors. Professor Michael Jabara Carley examines here the example of the Second World War. This important event, extensively studied by many historians, was completely falsified, after 70 years of propaganda by the Atlantic Alliance.
President Obama has decided to replace the «Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications», created in 2011, by a «Global Engagement Center». To that end, on the 14th March 2016, he signed a secret decree – but a copy is already in circulation (see document below).
The new administration will be charged with fighting recruitment by terrorist groups. While still placed under the authority of the Secretary of State, it will be directed by Michael D. Lumpkin (photo). It will be (...)
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