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.
A divide over Syria is gradually emerging between the German government on one side, its army and press on the other. While the Chancellor has been actively lining up her country behind Western schemes, German intelligence agencies and the press have slammed the anti-Assad propaganda and the impunity of the crimes committed by the opposition.
In a new media offensive against Damascus, Washington has claimed that the Syrian government possesses and intends to use chemical weapons.
“We believe Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile remains under Syrian government control,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor in a press conference in Washington on July 21.
“Given the escalation of violence in Syria… we remain very concerned about these weapons,” the spokesman added.
Vietor also stated that the United States is “actively consulting” (...)
On Friday, July 20, 2012, around 19:00, signals began to be sent to imbed new channels onto Arabsat and Nilesat. The signals mimic those of Syrian television, duplicating both the graphics and logos. For now, the programs present patriotic clips.
According to experts, the signals are being sent from Australia, probably from a U.S. National Security Agency base.
The genuine Syrian television signals were interrupted yesterday by Arabsat and Nilesat. Their websites were hacked and are (...)
Western media are jubilant over the defection of a Syrian TV channel reporter, Ghatan Sleiba, who had been unaccounted for since Wednesday, June 27, and reappeared on Monday, July 2, in Turkey. In an interview with The Guardian, he revealed he was a spy working for the "rebels" for 7 months. He claims to have provided them during that time with sensitive information on army movements.
The Western press has presented Ghatan Sleiba as a journalist for Ad-Dunya, adding that he also worked (...)
Promoted as the instrument of the "revolution" by Western regimes, the reality of the social media site Facebook is quite different for those on the wrong side of "democracy".
Indeed, the platform has relayed, for several weeks, pages calling for the lynching and murder of citizens and Syrian officials accused of being favorable to their government, which is described as "bloodthirsty".
Accordingly, the anti shabiha page invites to send the coordinates and complete descriptions of such (...)
During an attack on a local television station on 27 June 2012, an armed opposition group gunned down three Syrian journalists and four guards.
Our colleagues Sami Abu Amin, Mohammad Zeid and Chammah Kohl worked for the Al-Ikhbariya satellite TV channel.
Voltaire Network wholeheartedly shares the grief of the victims’ families.
On 12 June, two journalists from the same channel had already been wounded in Al-Haffah in the governorate of Lattakia, when their car came under fire.
Supported by Canadian tax dollars to the tune of almost $1b per year, CBC-TV English language news has been crafted to serve the same purpose as Joseph Goebbel’s Ministry of Truth - a true propaganda organ. Below runs a letter of outrage sent by author and activist Robert S. Rodvik to the news network. With Canada increasingly moving in lock-step with the United States on virtually all issues, the letter shows that this mainstream outlet has sacrified its independence not to serve Canada’s national interests but the imperial agenda of a foreign nation. Gone are the days when U.S. Army deserters could find asylum under the maple trees.
In the depth of night over the weekend of 19-20 May 2012, the Free Syrian Army military council for the city of Damascus issued a victorious statement, which reads: "The Military Council of Damascus and its suburbs announces the execution of several officers and functionaries of the criminal regime in a special operation by one of the heroes of the al-Sahaba Brigade. The targets were Assef Shawkat, Mohammed al Sha’ar, Dawood al Rajiha, Hassan Turkmani, Hisham Al Ikhtiyar, Mohammed Saeed (...)
After creating a sports channel in French, Qatar is preparing to launch a 24-hour satellite news channel in the language of Molière.
Founded at the initiative of the Frydman brothers, Al-Jazeera was revamped in 2005 by the Libyan Mahmoud Jibril and the Palestinian Wadah Kanfar to serve the political agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood .
The chain, which had steadily gained credibility through its coverage of the conflicts in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq, veered unexpectedly in January (...)
As the Obama regime and its European allies openly endorse extremism, including state terror, targeted assassinations and indiscriminate bombings by rogue groups under their command, the mainstream media have followed suit. Taking the example of Colombia, Honduras and Syria, James Petras argues that ’all forms of extremism permeate Western regimes and find justification and rationalization through the respectable media whose function is to indoctrinate civil society and turn citizens into uncritical accomplices to extremism.’
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of many cities across Honduras to protest the killings of journalists in the Central American republic.
The demonstrators, who were chanting "Killing journalists does not kill the truth," marched past the offices of the president and the human rights commission in the capital Tegucigalpa on Friday, AFP reported.
According to organizers, some 5,000 people attended the demonstration in Tegucigalpa, but protests were also staged in San Pedro (...)
Yossef Bodansky, the U.S.-Israeli expert who wrote the official history of Al Qaeda, is back. The one who had explained with a straight face that bin Laden was both an Iraqi and Iranian agent, and that Saddam Hussein had financed the attacks of September 11, no longer works for the U.S. Congress and the Defense Department, but for the Institute Strategie für Politik-und-Sicherheits-Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW) in Berlin, a, Atlanticist think tank.
He has just published a paper soberly titled (...)
Fascism, as Mussolini said, is the merger of state and corporate interests. However, the control device (media and political class) of big Western capital has increasingly used this concept to categorize the political movements or intellectuals who challenge its dominance. Yet it is capitalism that breeds imperialism and its crimes, not nationalism. According to Alexander Cockburn, the media coverage of Le Pen’s National Front in France exemplifies this trend. When Americans express concern about the rise of "extremism" in Europe, they are in fact overlooking the "proto-fascist" dimension in their own country.
Will burning of books be next?
What lies behind the anti "conspiracy theorist" discourse
The Pentagon False Video