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.
European Parliament resolution of 19 September 2019 on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe (2019/2819(RSP))
(Text put to the vote by Michal Šimečka, Frédérique Ries, Ramona Strugariu, Katalin Cseh, Ondřej Kovařík, Vlad-Marius Botoş, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Jan-Christoph Oetjen and Christophe Grudler on behalf of the Renew Group, including the British Libe-Dem and the Irish Alliance.)
The European Parliament,
– having regard to the universal principles of human (...)
In August 2018, the international press reported on a massive exodus of Venezuelans fleeing the famine and chavist dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro. There were 18,000 to cross the border each day. At the time, the UN predicted that there would be 5.3 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees throughout Latin America by the end of 2019. There was a major crisis.
Alas! These figures were pure propaganda: the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees has just published its official statistics (...)
U.S. Department of State
Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external displacement of persons in the Hemisphere’s history. Also present were Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and members of interim President Guaidó’s coalition. Maduro’s rampant corruption, brutal repression, and vast (...)
The G7,which was originally a meeting-place for the Western leaders to better understand their respective points of view, has now become a communication platform. Far from sharing their opinions in private, the guests have become actors in a media show in which each of them tries to deliver a convincing performance. The worst moment of this G7 was the surprise concocted by Emmanuel Macron for the journalists, and against his US guest.
Just before the opening of the Biarritz G7, an intense disinformation campaign was launched in the international press with the complicity of French President, Emmanuel Macron and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. It aims to allow Europeans to control the Amazon, its minerals, its pharmaceutical treasures and its precious woods.
Its purpose is to distort the problem before providing a false solution.
In the first place, the campaigners reiterated that the Amazon is "the (...)
Russian Myth: Russia’s demonstration of the 9M729 on January 23, 2019, proved that the system is INF Treaty compliant and showed that Russia is being transparent.
Fact: Russia’s so-called “demonstration” on January 23, 2019, of what it claimed was the 9M729 launcher and canister did not change the fact that the system is a violation of the INF Treaty, because it has been flight-tested to distances prohibited under the treaty. The United States and most of our NATO Allies did not attend this (...)
British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time.
It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed (...)
Thierry Meyssan reacts to the commemoration of D-Day in Normandy, the commemoration of the massacre at Tiananmen, and to the campaign for the election of the European Parliament. He points out that we continue to lie deliberately and even to take pride in it. Yet only the Truth will set us free.
The United States continues to closely watch the military operations by the Assad regime in northwest Syria, including indications of any new use of chemical weapons by the regime.
Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19, 2019. We are still gathering information on this incident, but we repeat our warning that if the Assad regime uses chemical (...)
The sense of sacrifice moves us. War can become admirable. Recipe: (1) find a young and likeable hero (2) praise his commitment and his altruistic death (3) claim that he was defending the good guys from the bad guys (4)say nothing about the horrors we have commited. This operation is still working – over and over again.
Israeli spy Elie Cohen
We resolutely deny the allegations of some Israeli media that Russian representatives have taken the remains of Eli Cohen, a secret agent working for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and executed in Damascus in 1965, out of Syria.
The motives for circulating such outright misinformation are unfathomable. Nor is it quite clear who masterminded it. We urge Israeli partners, including journalists, to display the most meticulous, professional and honest approach (...)
We noted a Twitter post of April 10 by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, stating that it’s been over a year since Russia used the lethal Novichok agent in Salisbury, yet London hears nothing but denials from Russia, which allegedly objected to Novichok being added to the list of substances controlled by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It gets more cynical as you read on: “If they love Novichok so much, other countries will rightly worry about the next Salisbury.”
Although Russia is no (...)
Jürgen Cain Külbel is an ex-investigator for the criminal police of the Democratic Republic of Germany. He became a journalist after the reunification of Germany. He has managed to identify the author of the reports posted on the Bellingcat site which influenced the international police team tasked by Ukraine with establishing the cause of the destruction of Flight MH17. This amateur, who « found » evidence of Russian guilt which he claims to be « irrefutable », is in reality a musician, with no competence whatsoever in criminalistics.
We have taken note of the summary of the main conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the “purity” of the 2016 US presidential election, submitted by the US Department of Justice. The main conclusion, which is that Donald Trump’s election staff did not conspire with Russia – was to be expected. It is surprising, though, that it took 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of 40 FBI agents, intelligence forensic accountants, and other professional staff, issued more (...)
In a report dated 1 March 2019, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) attests to the fact that were never any prohibited chemical substances in Douma (Syria) during the attack of 7 April 2018. The reprisal tripartite bombing (United States, France, United Kingdom) was therefore unjustified. This scandal is exactly identical to the story of the bogus Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. It will be followed by many other items of fake news as long as the West continues to trust their medias.
The Australian Judiciary has issued a gag order on anything being publishing relating to the George Pell matter.
Cardinal Pell was the former archbishop for Sidney and then became the Chief of the Secretariat for the Economy of Saint-Siège (that is, he was the Finance Minister for the State of the City of the Vatican and the Catholic Church). He was tried in Melbourne in December 2018 and convicted of paedophilia. He is due to be incarcerated.
About a 100 media organizations have received (...)
More than 150 states have registered for the conference on the adoption of the Global Pact for sure, orderly and regular migration of Marakesh [Note: the reference document in English is entitled Global Pact but the UN translates it as the World Pact].
In his introductory remarks, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, took great pains to denounce the “false information” on the Pact. In particular, he emphasized that the text is not binding and it will not limit state sovereignty. (...)
For the third consecutive day, the Israeli defence forces are continuing operation “Northern Shield”. The project is under the command of the Head of the North Region, General Yoël Strick, and is being supervised by the Head of the General Staff, General Gadi Eizenkot.
Tsahal has declared that it discovered two of Hezbollah’s tunnels that penetrate into Israeli territory. The Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon, has denounced this as a violation of Resolution (...)
Just as NATO denounces the boarding of Ukrainian ships by Russia, without noting that they had violated its maritime space, so its Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, denounces the danger of Russian missiles. The principles of propaganda never change – avoid the context and distort the scale of the facts.
Facebook has accepted allowing French state officials to form part of its censorship committee. So announced French President, Emmanuel Macron.
This announcement was made at an International Forum on the Internet Governance held on 12 November 2018 at UNESCO (Paris). The agreement is that this arrangement between the French Government and Facebook will last for six months.
The fact that the censorship of the net might be controlled by a government even if through a platform like Facebook, (...)
Joint statement of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (Burkina Faso), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Denmark), Emmanuel Macron (France), Raimonds Vējonis (Latvia), Saad Hariri (Lebanon), Dalia Grybauskaitè (Lithuania), Erna Solberg (Norway), Macky Sall (Senegal), Alain Berset (Switzerland), Beji Caid Essebsi (Tunisia)
The Heads of State or Government of Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Senegal, (...)
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 (...)
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