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.
Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of (...)
The European Union, which aligns with the United States - and sometimes even precedes them - has published a new list of Venezuelan political figures whose accounts, if any, it has decided to block .
Alongside a list of Chavistas, the EU has for the first time included leaders of the democratic opposition, considered guilty for failing to re-elect Juan Guaidó as President of the National Assembly, therefore barring him from becoming interim President of the Republic as foreseen by the (...)
The ideologies of anti-racism and racism are based on the same sham: there are separate human races that cannot have healthy common descent; a stupid postulate that everyone can see is nonsense. When questioned on the subject, the proponents of these two ideologies can only ensure that they speak figuratively, but shortly afterwards resume their racial interpretation of humanity and its history. As Thierry Meyssan shows, this passionate couple has never served the interests of anything but the dominant Powers.
On 28 May 2020, President Trump signed an executive order to reestablish social networks neutrality on the Internet.
Hereafter, social networks (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) and other internet forums must choose between:
publishing unfiltered the content posted by their users; or
filtering, altering, commenting on them.
In the first case, the social media companies shall not be legally liable for the posts of their users; however, in the second case, if they (...)
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy. Our Founding Fathers protected this sacred right with the First Amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to express and debate ideas is the foundation for all of our rights as a free people.
In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a (...)
Every country’s history has been marred by scandals of covert newspaper-buying by economic magnates. This is happening today at the European level.
For example, in 2019 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made the following donations:
Der Spiegel: $ 2,537,294
Die Zeit: $ 297,124
Le Monde: $ 2,126,790
The Atlantic: $ 500,222
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: $ 1,068,169
The Guardian: $ 175,000
The Project Syndicate (op-eds): $ 1,619,861
It should be noted that by (...)
In the past, European political leaders yielded to the orders of their astrologers. Today, they refer to them identically to the statisticians of the Imperial College. In the past, the latter have provided them as much justification as they needed for their liberal hospital policy. Today, they predict millions of deaths without any scientific rigour. Thierry Meyssan reveals how these charlatans have taken control of the policies of the European Union, the United Kingdom and certain states of the United States.
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was founded in in 1997 to oversee the application of the Paris Convention. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 while it was watching over the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal following Damascus’ accession to the Convention.
On 7 April 2018, the Army of Islam, the White Helmets and the French government accused Syria of having used chemical weapons in Douma (Eastern Ghouta).
On the night of 13-14 April 2018, the (...)
Every major epidemic has changed the course of history, not necessarily by wiping out populations, but by provoking revolts and changes in political regimes. In the panic, we are unable to think and we behave collectively in an animal-like manner. Many societies have not survived the stupid decisions they made then.
The CIA is waging a campaign, which it portrays as "re-information," claiming that Covid-19 originated in China while, at the same time, Russia is seeking to expose it as a US plot.
Thus, according to Reuters, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued an internal nine-page document highlighting 80 cases of disinformation (Fake News) allegedly disseminated by Russia to sow panic in the European Union .
According to the EEAS Disinformation Task Force, the Russian campaign (...)
Iranian journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan (photo) working for The Guardian has confirmed that Jamal Khashoggi was his informant. According to him, the latter’s revelations to him constituted the motive for the assassination of the Washington Post journalist (and member of the Muslim Brotherhood), on 2 October 2018 in Istanbul.
In October 2018, Saeed Kamali Dehghan published three articles spotlighting the Saudi connections of certain media . He pointed out, in particular, that London-based (...)
While pretending to protect Turkey, Western propaganda hides its calls for help. The problem is by no means the clashes with the Russian army at Idleb, nor the fate of the families of jihadists, it is much more serious. The world is a cruel place. It is not by blinding ourselves that we will be able to come to the aid of threatened populations.
New documents have leaked on the organization of British propaganda against Syria. They provide insight into how bona fide journalists could have been permanently intoxicated by the myth of the "Syrian revolution" and why the UK withdrew from Syria despite the success of this operation.
Official documents declassified by the UK National Archives in early 2020 show that between 1945 and 1977 Her Majesty’s government secretly subsidized the Reuters News Agency and the BBC to disseminate Fake News against the USSR and communist sympathizers.
During the Cold War, the Foreign Office founded the Information Research Department (IRD), an apparatus in charge of identifying and discrediting supporters of the USSR. In particular, it created the Globe News Agency, the Near and Far (...)
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