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 media and the governments of the NATO and CCG countries have altered their definition of the war on Syria, especially since the chemical weapons crisis and the convening of the Geneva II conference.
Although the depiction of the Al-Assad administration is still unflattering, governments and media are showing a bit more respect: they abstain from all out slogans such as ’’Bashar must go !’’ and finally refer to the president by his surname (Assad or Al-Assad) instead of his first name (...)
In a circular issued on 6 January 2014 to the country’s prefects, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls requests them to draw the attention of mayors, invested with the power to police public performances, to the guidelines banning ’’Le Mur’’(The Wall) by French humorist Dieudonné, and if necessary to act in their stead when they deem the conditions to enforce the ban are in place.
The circular entitled "Lutte contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme — manifestations et réunions publiques - spectacles (...)
The Al-Azhar University of Cairo, leading theological authority within Sunni Islam, has announced that it was getting ready to launch a multilingual television channel to propagate a correct image of Islam and therefore fight against terrorism.
According to Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb, it will be broadcasting within three months in German, English, Arab and French.
Since Hosni Moubarak’s resignation, Al-Azhar University has become politically independent (...)
A cursory perusal of what big media says leads one to "understand" that, even if it is no longer Soviet and no longer proclaims the dictatorship of the proletariat, the Russian bear is still almost as wicked and dangerous as at the time of the USSR. Is this a reflection of reality or an image that the media complex is trying to anchor in our minds? In the article we reproduce today, Karl Müller explores the why of this campaign.
In a few weeks, Sotheby’s will be auctioning the draft of a speech delivered by King George the VI, announcing England’s entry into the Second World War.
The document is dated 25 August 1939, that is to say one week before the III Reich invaded Poland.
It would thus appear that, contrary to the official version, the UK did not go to war because Germany invaded Poland, which only served as a pretext, but for other reasons.
“It’s too long-winded ! What George VI’s adviser thought of early draft (...)
On 20 November 2013, President Vladimir Poutine received a delegation of the opposition political parties not represented in Parliament. Discussions centered on the respect for human rights in Russia.
Alexei Navalny was not invited to the Kremlin, his party not being legally registered.
During the meeting, the opposition leaders broached the issue of the recent law banning gay propaganda. The president answered that : ’’All that we have done, both at the executive and legislative levels, is (...)
Voltaire Network is proud to announce the opening of new language sections. From now on, it’s major articles will be available in 9 languages (French, English, German, Arab, Spanish, Italian, Persian, Portuguese and Russian). Additionally, some articles will be translated into Greek and Turkish.
Voltaire Network continues to seek support from volunteer translators in these native languages.
Voltaire Network’s leading articles will henceforth be featured in the press reviews of important (...)
British Broadcasting Corporation, a beacon of international journalism, has proposed us this week two exemplary masterpieces on how to discredit legitimate public queries on high-profile issues.
Richard Galpin, a BBC World Affairs correspondent who warns on his Twitter that “views expressed are mine, not BBC’s” abused this brand by releasing an article “Mother Agnes: Syria’s ‘detective’ nun who says gas attack film faked“ .
He insists that he interviewed Mother Agnes-Mariam de la Croix, the (...)
Macedonian television broadcasted, on September 27th, a show of two and a half hours with Thierry Meyssan, The Milenko Nedelkovski Late Night Show. The president of the Voltaire Network expounded the events that have occurred in the Middle East for the past two years, distinguishing between the military operations planned by the Pentagon since 2001 (Libya and Syria) and the colour revolutions provoked and mismanaged by the State Department (Tunisia and Egypt).
He explained the sophisticated (...)
The Institute, presided by Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, has listed the first videos of the massacre of Ghouta, and was able to ascertain the encoded hours of the videos as well as the time of posting on internet. The closer study of this material enables us to point out incoherences and manipulations :
Ghouta is has been depopulated or some time now. The only people that are left are those who support the ’’rebels’’ and some elderly people who weren’t able to flee. The supporters of the (...)
The Obama administration originally counted 1 429 victims of the chemical attack in Ghouta, on August 21st 2013, while the French government had only counted 281 .
According to Reuters, the official US number could include not only gas victims, but also classic bombing and other death type victims .
The agency concludes, by citing Paul Pillar, the former head of US intelligence in the Near-East. According to him, the Obama administration made a mistake by giving a too exact number, (...)
Thierry Meyssan analyses the contradictions and incoherences made by the US, British and French secret services about the so-called chemical massacre of Ghouta.
Thierry Meyssan : The Western secret services are 100% sure of things that aren’t logical :
1. They think that combat gases can make the difference between men and women.
2. They observed while the concoction of combat gas was being made, but did not intervene to avoid it’s usage. On the other hand, they stepped (...)
You liked the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the Vietnam War, the Kuwaiti incubators and the first Gulf War, the Racak massacre and the war in Kosovo, Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and the second Gulf War and the threats to Benghazi and the Libyan war? You will just love the gassing of civilians in Ghouta and the bombing of Syria.
Following the broadcasting of the images of the massacre in Ghouta, distributed by the Free Syrian Army and relayed by US and French services, Alawite families from Latakia have filed a complaint for murder.
Some of these videos were filmed and posted on Youtube before the events they picture .
They show children suffocating from a chemical intoxication that can’t possibly be sarin gas (the latter provokes yellow drool, not white drool).
The children do not correspond to a sample of (...)
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