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Media Control and Indoctrination in the United States

This is an excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky's OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity published by Zuccotti Park Press. Free...

UK’s plans to make Facebook & Google ‘media outlets’ would ‘control freedom of speech’...

Published time: 12 Oct, 2017 14:51 Edited time: 13 Oct, 2017 08:37 A British government...
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Video: Part 1: Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying Seven Techniques to...

http://democracynow.org - Today marks the 146th day since Donald Trump last held a news conference. As the Electoral College backs Trump, we speak to...
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Video: Part 2: Robert Reich: Like a Tyrant, Trump Is Deploying Seven Techniques to...

http://democracynow.org - Today marks the 146th day since Donald Trump last held a news conference. As the Electoral College backs Trump, we speak to...
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Video: US plans to put state-sponsored media under full federal control

US plans to put state-sponsored media under full federal control, with BBG CEO appointed directly by US President. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via...

Can Social Media Seize Control of Our Elections?

(Photo: Steve Rhodes) Americans don't trust the media. In fact, studies show that we like, really, really, really don't trust the media. A new...

Report: Corporate control of British media is dangerous

A new report says control of the UK media is concentrated in the hands of just a few large corporations, threatening news plurality at...

Dozens More Military Programs To Control Social Media Revealed

Controversial Facebook study is just tip of an iceberg Steve Watson In the wake of last week’s revelations that Facebook allowed researchers with direct links to the Department...

Insidious Mass Media – Propaganda, Psychology, Mind Control

Kenneth Anton Edward Bernays speaks of “the invisible government which dictates our thoughts, directs our feelings and controls our actions.” Also known as the godfather of...

Obama Takes Control Of ‘Free’ Media!!! (Video)

By Susan Duclos


Americans are poised to lose even the pretense of a free media as the Obama administration proposes placing "government monitors" in newsrooms across the country" to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run."


According to Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai, "The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about "the process by which stories are selected" and how often stations cover "critical information needs," along with "perceived station bias" and "perceived responsiveness to underserved populations."


There is so much wrong with that one paragraph I don't even know where to start.... who determines what information is "critical" for the purpose of the Obama administration's proposal? Who determines bias? Isn't that percieved by what side of the political aisle you are on? Also, how dare them attempt to decide who is deserving and who is not?


Via Mr. Pai's WSJ op-ed:


How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of "critical information" such as the "environment" and "economic opportunities," that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their "news philosophy" and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information. 
The FCC also wants to wade into office politics. One question for reporters is: "Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers that was rejected by management?" Follow-up questions ask for specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decisions. 
Participation in the Critical Information Needs study is voluntary—in theory. Unlike the opinion surveys that Americans see on a daily basis and either answer or not, as they wish, the FCC's queries may be hard for the broadcasters to ignore. They would be out of business without an FCC license, which must be renewed every eight years.

There is much more in the op-ed, go read it.


For those that think this is just a proposal, the first feild test starts this spring in Columbia, SC.


In the video below I go over this in more depth and Obama's prior attempts at controlling the media in the video below.


Alternative Media is the wave of the future folks, putting everything out there, trusting readers to decide for themselves what to pay heed to, research more, or even discard rather than the government controlling what is brought to their attention.







Cross posted at Before It's News

Sheriffs’ Resistance to Federal Gun Control Acts Makes Major Media

Sheriffs' refusal to enforce unconstitutional federal gun control measures has garnered national media attention. An article published Sunday, December 15 in the New York Times,...

Veteran CNN, New York Times and CBS Reporters: Obama Administration Is the Most “Manipulative”,...

Veteran Journalists Reveal that – Contrary to It’s Claims of “Openness” and “Transparency” – This Administration Is the Most Closed Ever Long-time CNN political reporter Bob Franken (now with MSNBC) said last week: FRANKEN: Well, let’s use the “P” word … Continue reading

Veteran CNN, New York Times and CBS Reporters: Obama Administration Is the Most “Manipulative”, “Control Freak”, “Secretive”, “Hostile to Media” In HISTORY was originally published on Washington's Blog

‘US media corporate-controlled’

Americans are frustrated with the mainstream media in the United States which is controlled by big corporations, a political commentator in New York says. �œClearly...

The US “Military Industrial Media Complex” Controls President Obama

Press TV has conducted an interview with Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich, independent researcher and writer from Irvine, Cal. about the US' warmongering policy and its...

RINF VIDEO: How The Broadcast Media is Controlled – Part 1

Mick Meaney speaks to veteran investigative journalist Tony Gosling about how the broadcast media is controlled by the corrupt elite.

If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?

Jeff Cohencounterpunch.orgJune 28, 2013 The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at...

If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?

The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets — especially TV...

‘West bans Iran media to control info’

An analyst says recent restrictions imposed by certain European satellite providers on Iranian channels reveal that the West aims to monopolize the information received...

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a...

Trump’s drug control pick abdicates after opioid scandal — RT America

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 17:39 Edited time: 17 Oct, 2017 17:40 President Trump’s nominee to...

Organized Chaos and Confusion as Political Control

There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear. — Buffalo Springfield 1967   It’s not supposed to be clear, now or then.  If you’re...

NRA, GOP & White House seeing eye-to-eye on ‘bump stock’ gun control regulation

Published time: 6 Oct, 2017 01:55 Edited time: 6 Oct, 2017 09:18 The National Rifle Association,...

Americans pushed into pro-war frenzy by elite-controlled MSM & NATO – Max Blumenthal

Years of Russia hysteria and North Korea fearmongering led by the US mainstream media and NATO...

Truth vs. the Feds and Their Media

ACLU leads lawsuit against Trump administration over birth control rollback

Published time: 6 Oct, 2017 22:15 The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump administration...

Media ‘Extremes’ on Healthcare: Universal Coverage or Taking Healthcare From Millions

For many years, corporate media have largely ignored a single-payer system as a possible solution to the United States healthcare crises (FAIR.org, 3/6/09). This...

The War on Social Media is Being Stepped Up

A really social media, one where we can freely express ourselves and where we alone control the content, is the problem. It must be...
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Video: No oil, no money, no Caliphate? Syrian Army takes control over strategic oil...

Oilfields and a natural gas-processing plant southeast of the Deir-ez-Zor air base have come under the control of the Syrian Army, media reports. RT...

Gallup: Only Republicans’ Trust in Newsmedia Plunged After 2003

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On August 25th, Gallup headlined "Republicans', Democrats' Views of Media Accuracy Diverge”, and reported that ever since America's newsmedia...
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Video: Scott Rickard “Trump Is A Petulant Little Boy & Easily Controlled By His...

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Net Neutrality Reduced to Mogul vs. Mogul in Corporate Media’s Shallow Coverage

John Oliver (6/1/14) on net neutrality: “The only two words that promise more boredom in the English language are ‘featuring Sting.'” A common refrain in...

Damage control? Tillerson pushes for diversity at State Dept amid Trump controversy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has joined the list of top US officials who made...
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Video: Khalid Khan “People Voted Against Uncontrolled Migration & To Leave The EU Completely.”

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Vassal Aristocracies Increasingly Resist Control by U.S. Aristocracy

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at The Saker The tumultuous events that dominate international news today cannot be accurately understood outside of their underlying context, which...

New privacy laws will offer Brits ‘right to be forgotten’ from social media

The government will soon give British citizens the ability to see what social media firms...

How Mainstream U.S. ‘News’ Media Pump their Government’s Lies to Deceive the Public

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Now that finally the U.S. government has officially terminated its arming and training of the jihadist gangs that are...

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda

The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels. The initiative, one of the CIA’s...

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda

The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels. The initiative, one of the CIA’s...

How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative

A new Vox video (7/17/17) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran—just as the...

Flurry of gun control bills pass across US as Everytown delights in ‘winning’ against...

Published time: 13 Jul, 2017 23:50 Edited time: 14 Jul, 2017 09:09 Gun control advocates are...

Fumes at FAA control center ground DC-area flights for hours

Published time: 11 Jul, 2017 03:53 Passengers are still coping with flight cancellations and delays at...

Sweden to Ban Alternative Media

By changing the constitution, the Swedish government wants to prohibit websites that reveal the ethnicity of convicted criminals, Fria Tider reports. It is through...

Should Media Expose Sources Who Lied to Them?

If an anonymous source knowingly and maliciously feeds a media outlet false information, should they continue to be granted anonymity? If media continue to...

Should Media Expose Sources Who Lied to Them?

CNN (6/27/17) reported the retraction of a Trump/Russia story, but the original is no longer available to see what CNN‘s source had claimed. If an...

Mainstream Media Are Billionaire Media

We noted yesterday that the Washington Post is owned by one of the world’s richest guys, worth $72.8 billion  … and who may soon...

Trump announces plan to modernize, privatize air traffic control

Published time: 5 Jun, 2017 17:03 President Donald Trump plans to modernize US air traffic control...

In a Dozen Interviews, Media Never Bothered Asking President Trump About Climate Change

Media outlets like Bloomberg shamefully abandoned questions about humanity’s greatest threat. President Donald Trump’s disastrous withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Change Accord...

Media Served as Echo Chamber for Trump Nominees

Despite conservative accusations that news media are “the opposition party” (Politico, 1/26/17) and “the ultimate Super PAC” for the Democratic Party (Politico, 10/28/15), a...

CIA Agents to Troll Alternative Media Sites in Huge Propaganda Program

The CIA are expanding an existing program that influences mainstream media outlets to promote fake propaganda stories, by having agents troll internet forums, social media, and website...

Britannia rules the web? Theresa May wants sweeping new powers to control the internet

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants sweeping new powers for her government to seize indiscriminate...

Major Media Organize to Rig Web-Search Results

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The New York Times, as Robert Parry has pointed out, “Cheers the Rise of Censorship”, but only of censorship...

Our Media Problem is Deeper than We Admit

The roots of our media dysfunction are deeply embedded in the ethos of the country, and always have been. We are -- in our...

Four major US networks band together to reject Trump ad that brands them ‘fake...

Published time: 6 May, 2017 21:27 NBC, ABC and CBS have joined CNN in rejecting an...

‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’

Janine Jackson interviewed Kyle Wiens about copyright overreaching for the April 28, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Bombs of April: The Media Are Giddy for Airstrikes

In an image provided by the US Navy, a Tomahawk cruise missile is launched from the USS Ross in a strike on a Syrian...

Trump administration to overturn fracking controls on public land

Published time: 16 Mar, 2017 23:55Edited time: 17 Mar, 2017 09:08 Court filings indicate that the US...

Propaganda, Fake News, and Media Lies

The expansion of public relations and propaganda (PRP) firms inside news systems in the world today has resulted in a deliberate form of news...

Hammond’s U-turn on National Insurance savagely mocked on social media (TWEETS)

Published time: 15 Mar, 2017 15:19 The internet did not look kindly at Chancellor Philip Hammond’s...

Gun control: Remington plant lays off 120 as gun makers report declining sales

Published time: 14 Mar, 2017 20:23 Remington has announced layoffs at its New York plant as many...

‘We Are Conditioned by Mass Media to Choose Up Sides’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Norman Solomon about Trump, Russia and the press for the March 3, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited...

The Trump Administration’s Other War on the Media

The Trump administration’s unrelenting attacks on the media and assault on reality have been well covered by journalists and media outlets that find themselves...

US Customs To Solve Terrorism by Asking Tourists for Their Social Media Accounts

Image Courtesy of Edward SnowdenThe United States government seems to have a real thing for social media and terrorism, stoutly believing if only they...
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Video: G. Edward Griffin “Climate Change Conditions People To Accept More Control & Loss...

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Narrative Control Madness

Feb 6, 2017 By Mundilfury When world events spiral out of control, it’s tempting to log into your normie social media...

“Trump Memo”—Media Technique Revealed

The “Trump Memo” furor is an example of how the controlled media manufactures fake news by using a devious technique known as...

The ‘Post-Truth’ Mainstream Media

Exclusive: U.S. mainstream media sees itself as the definer of what’s true and what’s “propaganda,” but has gotten lost in...

In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda

This Daily Beast headline (8/8/16) was an unusually direct acknowledgement of Al Qaeda’s role in Aleppo. The Syrian government—a dictatorship known for imprisoning, torturing and...

Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden is about control, not counterterrorism – Oliver Stone to...

The majority of the US public is not aware of what exactly was exposed by...

How The U.S. ‘News’Media Has Proven It Cannot Be Trusted

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The great metascientist and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb headlined on November 22nd a devastating takedown of U.S. ‘news’media and...

Anti-antisemitism, Thought-control Bill moves through Congress

Eight years of legislative constipation suddenly ends when it comes to Congress' preferred constituencyby Denis R. O'Brien / December 9th, 2016 To provide for the...
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Video: Snowden exposed mass surveillance to show it’s for control, not counterterrorism – Oliver...

The majority of the US public is not aware of what exactly was exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden because media coverage focused on...

Fake News About “Fake News”: The Media Performance Pyramid

In the wake of Brexit and Trump, “mainstream” media have done the formerly unthinkable by focusing on media bias. The intensity of focus has...

The Fake News Media Attacks

Eric Zuesse has brought to our attention that US intelligence officials have placed a story in Buzzfeed, “a Democratic party mouthpiece,” that the Russian...

U.S. ‘News’ Media & Intel Agencies Blame Moscow for Trump’s Election

Eric Zuesse On November 30th, Buzzfeed bannered "Intel Officials Believe Russia Spreads Fake News”. Their ‘reporter’ (that is, stenographer of U.S. government propaganda) opened: “US intelligence officials...

The Lying Washington Post Gets Exposed, And All Major U.S. ‘News’ Media Refuse to...

Eric Zuesse The most important news-story since the U.S. Presidential election has been the blockbuster by Glenn Greenwald and Ben Norton at The Intercept, headlining...

A Brief History of the Election OMG PUTIN IS TAKING CONTROL OF THIS ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Media ignore Clinton’s weaknesses and Trump’s strengths for 18 months to epically blow election predictions. No calls for recounts. Clinton concedes. No calls...

Stop Letting Facebook Control Your News

In an attempt to rationalize the fact that Donald Trump has been elected as the next president of the United States, a growing movement...

A Media Blacklist, Courtesy of WaPo: Now I’m Afraid for Our Democracy

In most third world societies, when people don’t like the results of an election, they take to the streets. In America, we take to...

Foogle Ready To Kill Alternative Media

This week three media goliaths — Facebook, Google, and Twitter, who collectively act as information gatekeepers for the Internet — announced they would begin implementing...
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Video: The Hillary Clinton Media Psychological Operation Explained

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks about the latest Hillary Clinton email revelations by wikileaks and their shocking findings. The emails show the strong...

Media Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria

Hillary Clinton told Goldman Sachs that a no-fly zone is “going to kill a lot of Syrians.” (cc photo: Gage Skidmore) As she marches toward...

Can You Really Trust ‘Establishment-Controlled’ Election Polls?

(RINF) - Some of these polls are going to turn out to be dead wrong.  With just over two weeks to go until election...

The Philosophy of Gun Control

The authors are well-qualified for a good debate, and the book does not disappoint. Hunt is a philosopher of libertarian inclinations who has written...

Birth Control Study Has People Talking About Depression

A Danish study linking birth control with depression has generated excited headlines around the world and struck a chord among many women....
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Video: Richie Allen On How The Rothschild Controlled Cabal Will Try To Reverse The...

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A Government Is Seizing Control of Our Election Process, and It Is Not the...

There is an attempt underway for a government to take control of our election process and throw the election to...

Evacuation & controlled explosion in Hammersmith, London

Published time: 4 Oct, 2016 14:09Edited time: 4 Oct, 2016 14:40 Police have destroyed a suspicious...

More Media B.S. – OMG, Trump Company Legally Rented Office Space to Iranian Bank!

Once again a story that Trump did nothing illegal is somehow front page news. His crime this time? Continuing to...
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Video: Jordan Maxwell Back After Heart Attack & Talks Brexit, Gun Control, CERN &...

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Swedish police lose control amid refugee crisis as number of 'no-go zones' rises to...

The inflow of asylum seekers in Sweden, a country with one of the most liberal laws towards refugees, is putting an increasing...
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Video: Michael Rivero “Gangsterism Has Replaced Government & How George Soros Controls Black Lives...

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Three Big Lies that Pervade America’s ‘News’ Media

(This news-report was submitted to virtually all U.S. national ‘news’ media, almost all of which are the very same ‘news’ media that hide these...

Theresa May Bans Ministers Talking To The Media

The BBC’s rather charming piece entitled “Who is Theresa May: A profile” sets out a life reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher, from her early days...

‘Invisibilizing the Workers Who Actually Do the Work’ – Transcript of CounterSpin's special Labor...

Janine Jackson assembled some of CounterSpin‘s best segments on workers and media for a special September 2, 2016, episode for Labor Day. This is...

Just How Dangerous Are the Media?

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian...

Longtime Clinton aide listed as former assistant editor of radical Muslim magazine – media

The top campaign aide to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was listed as an editor for a...

Foreign hyper-glide weapons ‘challenge’ to American Defense – media

The top brass of US Strategic Command acknowledges that hypersonic glide weapons developed by other countries...

How Media Distorted Syrian Ceasefire’s Breakdown

Coverage of the breakdown of the partial ceasefire in Syria illustrated the main way corporate news media distort public understanding of a major foreign...

Media Silence and the Agrochemicals Industry: The Slow Poisoning of Health and the Environment  

Colin Todhunter It’s an all too common tale of dirty deeds, shady deals and propaganda. Rosemary Mason’s recent open letter to journalists at The Guardian...

Media’s Mix-Up of ISIS Branches Fuels ISIS’s Terrorism

The global string of terrorist attacks linked to the Islamic State has broadened the War on Terror’s debate over the...

Trump Can't Stop Attacking the Press — He Still Thinks It Is a Reality...

Donald Trump has a pretty complicated relationship with the press. On one hand, the Republican nominee knows the value of free media;...

Media salivates over Trump gaffes, fueling speculation of 'imploding' campaign

It’s been a no-good, very bad week for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the GOP,...

At RNC, Media Put a Happy Face on Suppression of Speech

Cleveland’s NBC affiliate praised the city’s police chief for “an approachable toughness and a firm friendliness.” “News media could either be our ally or our...
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Video: Kim Hutchison ‘Serenity, Surrendering Will, Healing States That Free You From State Control’

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Political Prisoners in Ukraine: A Crisis Ignored by Western Media

A Ukrainian Army soldier, left, stands guard as prisoners are exchanged between the Donetsk People's Republic and the Ukrainian government on the...

NATO and ‘News’ Media Pump for WW III — Nuclear War

Eric Zuesse (updated and expanded from my article at strategic-culture.org) INTRODUCTION America’s announcement that Russia has committed ‘aggression’ against America, is an announcement that America is...

Democrats end House sit-in protest over gun control

Democrats decided to end their day-long sit-in protest on the House floor over gun control Thursday. Rep. John Lewis, who launched the...

How NRA Dark Money Impedes Gun Control Reform

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 17, 2016. McConnell has brought...
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Video: Meria Heller “Gun Control, National Trauma & Martial Law Behind Orlando Attack!”

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Trump to meet with NRA over Democrats’ gun control proposal

Following the Orlando nightclub massacre, a Democratic initiative to ban gun sales to people on the...
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Video: Dean Henderson “8 Families Control The Money Supply & Thus Control The World....

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Democrats now controlled by oil-funded lobbying companies

Ion Todescu (RINF) - An information society is a thing of curiosity. A human has always been dependent on the public opinion turning eventually into...

Google involved with Clinton campaign, controls information flow – Assange

American tech giant Google is closely cooperating with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to promote the candidate,...

The Mainstream Media and Its Discontents

Those of you who have been through college know that the educational system is very highly geared to rewarding conformity and obedience … it...

‘Dangerous White House propaganda’: Obama team & GOP battle over Iran media spin

Mainstream media outlets in the US had a tough week after being accused of being puppets...

Hanford Site not ‘controlling what comes out of nuclear waste tanks to protect workers’...

One of the Hanford Site tank farms that holds high-level nuclear waste was evacuated due to...

Collusion between Westminster, police & media sustained Hillsborough cover-up – Shadow Home Sec

Collusion between political elites, the media and police bolstered the Hillsborough cover-up, which was dutifully...

Electoral Politics and the Illusion of Control

We have all been told a lie. The lie that says democracy can be maintained only through voting, through purely representative, parliamentarian means. When...
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Video: Dr. John Hall “MKUltra Never Ended. Millions Suffering In Global Covert Mind Control...

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Why Do Virtually All ‘News’ Media Hide an Exposé of CNN’s Lies?

Eric Zuesse  On April 3rd, a news report was submitted to virtually all news-media, concerning the falsehood of a certain CNN story that allegedly explained...

How Corporate Media and Political Establishment Have Tried to Orchestrate the Democratic Primary

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona, March 21, 2016....

Sanders under pressure to quit from Democratic leaders, media

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Patrick Martin In the wake of five losses in five contests Tuesday,...

Soros-Obama-Merkel-Erdogan Win Control of Europe

Eric Zuesse On Friday, March 18th, a combined effort by George Soros, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, and Tayyip Erdogan, has arranged to get the EU...
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Video: Kurdish-controlled autonomous areas in Syria expected to declare federal system

Kurds want lands they control in Syria to become federation under Damascus, according to local media reports and RT's sources on the ground READ...

America’s Laughable ‘News’ Media

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org As of Friday March 4th, democracy ended in Turkey, but you’d hardly have known it by reading the international ‘news’...
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Video: ‘Many media organisations have been silenced by Turkish state in different ways’

Just days after the seizure of the country's largest opposition newspaper Zaman, the Turkish government has reportedly taken control of Cihan news agency. Via Youtube

Arms Control: Worse Than Baby Steps

Nuclear weapons are as much of an emergency for the earth as global warming, but their abolition is treated as if we have all...

Why Do Western ‘News’ Media Ignore Many Important News-Events?

Eric Zuesse On 12 February 2016, the much-maligned-in-the-West Mr. Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, was interviewed by Agence France Presse — a reportorial coup, of...

Police and Media Agree: Cops Just Need to Be Nicer

A Washington Post photo (5/7/15) illustrating how “a community-policing ethos builds ties between officers and residents” (photo: Washington Post/Carl Costas) Two months after the 2014...

We May Look Back at the Islamic State as a Time When Islamic Extremism...

Jihadism itself has a stronger hold on the hearts and minds of budding Islamic extremists around the world than just the Islamic State. (Photo:...
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Video: EU backlash? Brussels threatens sanctions over new Polish media law

Brussels has launched a probe against Poland into its laws controlling state media - Warsaw can hire and fire senior managers working in state...

White 20-year old Female College Student Shot in Head on New Year’s Day by...

Denton Police say a 20-year-old University of North Texas student has died after being taken off life support following a shooting overnight. Sara Mutschlechner was...

Psychological domestic abuse, social media trolling could carry 5yrs in prison

Domestic abusers who subject their victims to a pattern “coercive and controlling” behavior could now face up to five years in prison under a...

Historic New Harpers Article Exposes Who Controls America

Eric Zuesse There can be little doubt now: America’s decades-long catastrophic failures to make significant progress in eliminating even a single one of the numerous...

The World’s 20 Largest Economies Just Met, and the Media Reported on Cats

(Photo: dat’ / Flickr) Doesn’t the Internet have enough cat videos? News of the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, which concluded a few days after the...

Video: Tony Topping: “UFO Contactees Are Being Harassed By Secret Police Agencies Using Mind...

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No Matter How Well Russian Media Expose Western Lies …

Eric Zuesse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p54hHhlLjRk * Western ‘news’ media simply refuse to report the lying that’s done by Western ‘news’ media and their governments. Western media didn’t even report...

Ukraine’s Cyber Mercenaries Attack Alternative Media

George Eliason (RINF) - The terms cyber war and infowar have been a constant in many articles written about the conflict in Ukraine. The problem...

Why Corporate Media Won’t Cover Citizens United

Americans have always been skeptical of corporate power. In fact, this country was founded by a revolt against the biggest corporation of its day...

How Britain’s Propaganda Machine Controls What You Think

On the one hand, just five individual Billionaires in Britain get to control 80% what you read in printed media and on the other...

State controlled BBC refuse to report on David Cameron ‘pig-sex’ scandal

Although we always knew there was something shady about David Cameron, we had no idea that beastiality could be in the mix. Now, it's evident that he...

A List of Media Where the ‘News’ Is Censored — And Where It’s Not

Eric Zuesse –– A good test of the extent to which a given news-medium censors out news that the aristocracy (especially the people who control international...

Katrina’s ‘Golden Opportunity’: 10 Years of Corporate Media Celebrating Disaster

Americans love, above all, a narrative. Preferably a moral one, marked by a clear good and evil. For many so-called “school reformers,” the tragedy...

Media and Nuclear Deal Opponents Continue to Spread Debunked Myth Iran Will Monitor Itself

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The site you are reading this article on is part of the ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’ media. Many of these sites do not take advertising and are run on the basis of donations from readers. Many of the authors whose articles appear on these sites write for no or little financial remuneration. 

Contrast this situation with the so-called ‘mainstream’ print and TV media.

The corporate mainstream media with its well-paid journalists and increasing concentration of ownership bows to the concerns of advertisers. It tends to be privately owned and its owners have a vested interest in maintaining an economic system based on private ownership and in manufacturing consent for it. Moreover, such outlets these days are increasingly part of major conglomerates, which may include armaments manufacturers, banking or industrial concerns, and will not therefore adopt stances or report on stories that are harmful to the interests of the wider organisation.

The public is thus given access to a world view that is distorted in favour of state-corporate interests. Such interests have succeeded in getting across the message that, for example, the ‘free market’ is the best way to deliver goods and services to people, state provided welfare is bad and ‘individual responsibility’ is good, ‘austerity’ is necessary, privatisation increases efficiency, an endless ‘war on terror’ must be waged on designated enemies, well-being is measured in terms of a never-ending quest for GDP growth, the US and NATO are the 'world's policemen', giant agribusiness must displace peasant farmers to secure food security and gross inequalities and unregulated corporate power are both necessary and legitimate.

Over the past 15 years, numerous 'alternative' news websites have sprung up that challenge these assumptions and the belief that ordinary citizens should be passive consumers of a predetermined news agenda. There are now dozens of popular news sites that inform people of issues the mainstream media has deliberately failed to tell people the truth about. There are also many more sites with global reach that exist to scrutinise specific sectors, hold practices to account and counter corporate propaganda (for example, GMWatchCorporate Europe ObservatoryFood & Water WatchCampaign Against the Arms Trade, etc.).

The existence of ‘alternative’ independent sites has led the European Union to express concerns about the ‘damaging’ effects of people having access to these sources of information. The EU argues that societal consensus is being eroded as people are being ‘led astray’ by dissenting voices on the internet. In the report ‘A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy’, the EU feels there is a danger that people are being misguidedly radicalised. It advocates EU funding for ‘responsible’ journalism, getting the EU’s viewpoint across regularly and prominently in the media and placing controls on the net. The EU perceives this to be ‘pluralism’.

What is ‘responsible journalism’?

An article by Annie Day indicates that as a result of its destabilisations, coups, mass bombings and death squads, the US military and the CIA have been responsible for a figure of an estimated ten million deaths since 1945. Yet the corporate media never describes any of this as constituting a form of mass terror. Through the cynical hijacking of the concept of ‘terror’, the US now attempts to justify its ongoing tyranny through a ‘war on terror’, which goes unquestioned on a daily basis by the mainstream media.

Ukraine is the latest example of a US-backed terror campaign, which the corporate media has consistently failed to question. As the world edges ever closer to nuclear war, the mainstream media merely parrots the official lie coming from Washington that the situation is all due to ‘Russian aggression’.

You can also add to that ten million, countless others whose lives have been sacrificed on the altar of corporate profit, which did not rely on the military to bomb peoples and countries into submission but on the IMF, World Bank and WTO. It begs the question how many lives have been cut short across the world because of the inherent structural violence or silent killing of the everyday functioning of predatory capitalism? 

The appropriation of wealth through a system that funnels it from bottom to top via a process of accumulation by dispossession is celebrated by the corporate media as growthprosperity, and freedom of choice, despite evidence that, from Greece to Spain and beyond, the reality for the majority has been falling wages, increasing poverty, the stripping away of choice and misery.

So where is the ‘responsible journalism’ that the EU calls for?

Does it lie with those journalists in the corporate media whose claim to respectability is their rigid professionalism, their accountability, their objectivity?

If you can call professionalism, accountability and objectivity being in the pay of and not wishing to offend advertising interests, officialdom and powerful corporate interests then they are paragons of absolute responsibility.

Peddling their high salaried deceptions, they have failed and continue to fail the public and genuinely hold power to account. By shining their ‘investigative’ light on ‘parliamentary procedures’, personalities, the rubber stamping of policies and the inane machinations of party politics, they merely serve to maintain and perpetuate the status quo and keep the public in the dark as to the unaccountable self-serving nature of power broking and the unity ofinterests that enable Big Oil, Big Finance, Big Pharma, Big Agra and the rest of them via their secretive think tanks and policy initiatives to keep bleeding us all dry. 

But that’s the role of the media: to help reinforce and reproduce the material conditions of a divisive social system on a daily basis. It’s called having a compliant, toothless media. It’s what the corporate media itself calls part of ‘liberal democracy’
And in this type of 'liberal democracy', it is people like Edward Snowden or Julian Assange who expose the wrongdoings of the political-corporate elites that are hounded. 

It was George Orwell who said that journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed and everything else is public relations. Orwell was correct. Former CIA boss General Petraeus stated in 2006 that his strategy was to wage a war of perceptions conducted continuously through the news media, while John Pilger observes that the role of respectable journalism in western state crimes - from Iraq to Iran, Afghanistan to Libya - remains taboo. Its role has been to serve as first-choice cheerleader for illegal wars.

Intelligence agencies secure media compliance

There are of course some good journalists working in the corporate mainstream media. But if you think this article mounts to little more than a one-sided attack on the ‘mainstream’ media, you may need to think again.

Many readers will be aware of a recent story about the former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, who claimed that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. 

This revelation came as a shock to many. But it should not have because  in the UK, for example, the British intelligence agencies along with the CIA has for decades strived to ensure that the mainstream press and TV complied with the interests of the Establishment. In addition to making sure that the British left was subverted, infiltrated and made toothless, the mainstream media was molded by the intelligence agencies to parrot the Establishment’s viewpoints and aims.


The article reveals the tight-knit relationship between senior journalists and MI5:

MI5 targeted labour correspondents in both newspapers and broadcasting right up to the 80s; they were recruited in droves for their contacts with a wide range of trade union officials and with each other. According to Peter Wright, MI5 always had about twenty senior journalists working for it in the national press. “They were not employed directly by us, but we regarded them as agents because they were happy to be associated with us.”

As the national public service broadcaster funded by the state, special attention was paid to the BBC:

At the BBC, Brigadier Ronald Stonham liaised with MI5 and Special Branch and advised the corporation on whether or not to employ people. Names of applicants for editorial posts in the BBC were similarly ‘vetted’ by MI5.

From the article, it becomes clear were the elite thinks journalism’s loyalty should ultimately lie:

“There should be times when the journalist, when he’s examined all the facts and tested all his sources, should come down on the side of the government of the day, the established order and the Establishment as a whole.” - Chairman of the Radio Authority

And the working class in particular should certainly know its place (Toxteth is an urban district and is used here to signify the social unrest that gripped a number of British cities in the early eighties):

“We are in a period of considerable social change. There may be social unrest, but we can cope with the Toxteths… but if we have a highly-educated and idle population, we may possibly anticipate more serious conflict. People must be educated to once more know their place.” – from a secret Department of Education Report.

The article makes clear who the British Establishment regards as the ‘enemy within’ and what it perceives the role of the much-heralded ‘free press’ (much heralded by people belonging to this ‘free press’) to be.

With massive decreases in readership, however, the print media seems to be in terminal decline. The Establishment's grip on the control of information has been in danger of slipping as the internet has become a major vehicle for the dissemination of information.

The state-corporate-financial elite has presided over a bought and paid for mainstream media for some time. Now it is engaged in an ongoing strategy of global mass surveillance and a clamp down on internet freedom. The goal is to eventually have a fully controlled internet that mirrors the shackled ‘free press’ that the Establishment has for so long cherished. 

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Finance is the new form of warfare – without the expense of a military overhead and an occupation against unwilling hosts. It is a competition in credit creation to buy foreign resources, real estate, public and privatized infrastructure, bonds and corporate stock ownership. Who needs an army when you can obtain the usual objective (monetary wealth and asset appropriation) simply by financial means?                                                                                       — Dr. Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, October 2010

When the US Federal Reserve bought an 80% stake in American International Group (AIG) in September 2008, the unprecedented $85 billion outlay was justified as necessary to bail out the world’s largest insurance company. Today, however, central banks are on a global corporate buying spree not to bail out bankrupt corporations but simply as an investment, to compensate for the loss of bond income due to record-low interest rates. Indeed, central banks have become some of the world’s largest stock investors.

Central banks have the power to create national currencies with accounting entries, and they are traditionally very secretive. We are not allowed to peer into their books. It took a major lawsuit by Reuters and a congressional investigation to get the Fed to reveal the $16-plus trillion in loans it made to bail out giant banks and corporations after 2008.

What is to stop a foreign bank from simply printing its own currency and trading it on the currency market for dollars, to be invested in the US stock market or US real estate market?  What is to stop central banks from printing up money competitively, in a mad rush to own the world’s largest companies?

Apparently not much. Central banks are for the most part unregulated, even by their own governments. As the Federal Reserve observes on its website:

[The Fed] is considered an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms.

As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan quipped, “Quite frankly it does not matter who is president as far as the Fed is concerned. There are no other agencies that can overrule the action we take.”

The Central Bank Buying Spree

That is how “independent” central banks operate, but it evidently not the US central bank that is gambling in the stock market. After extensive quantitative easing, the Fed has a $4.5 trillion balance sheet; but this sum is accounted for as being invested conservatively in Treasuries and agency debt (although QE may have allowed Wall Street banks to invest the proceeds in the stock market by devious means).

Which central banks, then, are investing in stocks? The biggest player turns out to be the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the Chinese central bank.

According to a June 15th article in USA Today:

Evidence of equity-buying by central banks and other public sector investors has emerged from a large-scale survey compiled by Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), a global research and advisory group. The OMFIF research publication Global Public Investor (GPI) 2014, launched on June 17 is the first comprehensive survey of $29.1 trillion worth of investments held by 400 public sector institutions in 162 countries. The report focuses on investments by 157 central banks, 156 public pension funds and 87 sovereign funds, underlines growing similarities among different categories of public entities owning assets equivalent to 40% of world output.

The assets of these 400 Global Public Investors comprise $13.2 trillion (including gold) at central banks, $9.4 trillion at public pension funds and $6.5 trillion at sovereign wealth funds.

Public pension funds and sovereign wealth funds are well known to be large holders of shares on international stock markets. But it seems they now have rivals from unexpected sources:

One is China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), part of the People’s Bank of China, the biggest overall public sector investor, with $3.9 trillion under management, well ahead of the Bank of Japan and Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), each with $1.3 trillion.

SAFE’s investments include significant holdings in Europe. The PBoC itself has been directly buying minority equity stakes in important European companies.

Another large public sector equity owner is Swiss National Bank, with $480 billion under management. The Swiss central bank had 15% of its foreign exchange assets – or $72 billion – in equities at the end of 2013.

Public pension funds and sovereign wealth funds invest their pension contributions and exchange reserves earned in foreign trade, which is fair enough. The justification for central banks to be playing the stock market is less obvious. Their stock purchases are justified as compensating for lost revenue caused by sharp drops in interest rates. But those drops were driven by central banks themselves; and the broad powers delegated to central banks were supposed to be for conducting “monetary policy,” not for generating investment returns. According to the OMFIF, central banks collectively now have $13.2 trillion in assets (including gold). That is nearly 20% of the value of all of the stock markets in the world, which comes to $62 trillion.

From Monetary Policy to Asset Grabs

Central banks are allowed to create money out of nothing in order to conduct the monetary policies necessary to “regulate the value of the currency” and “maintain price stability.”  Traditionally, this has been done with “open market operations,” in which money was either created by the central bank and used to buy federal securities (thereby adding money to the money supply) or federal securities were sold in exchange for currency (shrinking the money supply).

“Quantitative easing” is open market operations on steroids, to the tune of trillions of dollars. But the purpose is allegedly the same—to augment a money supply that shrank by trillions of dollars when the shadow banking system collapsed after 2008. The purpose is not supposed to be to earn an income for the central bank itself. Indeed, the U.S. central bank is required to return the interest earned on federal securities to the federal government, which paid the interest in the first place.

Further, as noted earlier, it is not the US Federal Reserve that has been massively investing in the stock market.  It is the PBoC, which arguably is in a different position than the US Fed. It cannot print dollars or Euros. Rather, it acquires them from local merchants who have earned them legitimately in foreign trade.

However, the PBoC has done nothing to earn these dollars or Euros beyond printing yuan. It trades the yuan for the dollars earned by Chinese sellers, who need local currency to pay their workers and suppliers. The money involved in these transactions has thus doubled. The merchants have been paid in yuan and the central bank has an equivalent sum in dollars or Euros. That means the Chinese central bank’s holdings are created out of thin air no less than the Federal Reserve’s dollars are.

Battle of the Central Banks?

Western central banks have generally worked this scheme discreetly. Not so much the Chinese, whose blatant gaming of the system points up its flaws for all to see.

Georgetown University historian Professor Carroll Quigley styled himself the librarian of the international bankers. In his 1966 book Tragedy and Hope, he wrote that their aim was “nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.” This system was to be controlled “in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert by secret agreements,” central banks that “were themselves private corporations.”

It may be the Chinese, not acting in concert, who break up this cartel. The PBoC is no more transparent than the US Fed, but it is not an “independent” central bank. It is a government agency accountable to the Chinese government and acting on its behalf.

The Chinese have evidently figured out the game of the “independent” central bankers, and to be using it to their own advantage. If the Fed can do quantitative easing, so can the Chinese – and buy up our assets with the proceeds. Owning our corporations rather than our Treasuries helps the Chinese break up US dollar hegemony.

Whatever power plays are going on behind the scenes, it is increasingly clear that they are not serving we-the-people. Banks should not be the exclusive creators of money. We the people, through our representative governments, need to be issuing the national money supply directly, as was done in America under President Abraham Lincoln and in colonial times.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute and the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt. Her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, explores successful public banking models historically and globally.

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Fact: With virtually nothing for ordinary Ukrainians longterm.

Fact: Kiev putschists increased gas prices 50% starting May 1.

Fact: Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz hiked them 40% more beginning July 1. 

Fact: It promised further stiff increases ahead.

Fact: At the same time, Ukraine's central bank began limiting currency interventions. 

Fact: Since January 1, Ukraine's hryvnia currency lost over one-fourth of its dollar value. 

Fact: It may end up worthless.

Fact: Expect more deterioration ahead.

Fact: Pensioner income was halved.

Fact: It went from $160 to $80 dollars monthly.

Fact: Other social benefit cuts were made.

Fact: Across-the-board.

Fact: More coming.

Fact: Ordinary Ukrainians are hit hardest.

Fact: Kommersant-Ukraine (K-U) obtained an internal document.

Fact: "The Finance Ministry has prepared a plan for optimizing budget expenditures, which implies budget sequestration is to be in force before the end of March," said K-U. 

Fact: "For this purpose, in particular, it has been proposed to reduce capital costs, eliminate tax schemes and preferences and to cut social benefits, for example, 50 percent of pensions to working pensioners."

Fact: At the same time, plans are to plunder Ukraine.

Fact: Hollow out its economy.

Fact: Sell its state enterprises at fire sale prices.

Fact: Sack growing thousands of its workers.

Fact: Eliminate its trade unions altogether.

Fact: Crack down hard on nonbelievers.

Fact: A race to the bottom defines official policy.

Fact: Hunger and homelessness are increasing.

Fact: So is human misery.

Fact: Popular needs don't matter.

Fact: Fascist regimes operate this way.

Fact: Don't expect Times correspondents, contributors or editors to explain.

Fact: Editorial policy defends the indefensible.

Washington Post editors bash Putin irresponsibly. "Will the West move the goalposts again for" him they asked?

Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "warned that disruption of Ukraine's election by Russia would trigger a tough new round of sanctions by the West."

They expanded "what (they) meant by 'disruption…' " They said it's "not just whether "Moscow's agents tried to stop voting, but whether the government of Vladimir Putin tried to prevent such interference."

Voting included "substantial disruption(s)." In "two (Eastern) provinces…"

"(W)here Moscow's agents tried to stop voting," they claimed.

Where Vladimir Putin did nothing "to prevent such interference," they said.

"(N)o voting (was) possible" in most Donetsk and Lugansk districts.

"Ukrainian security forces (were) ambushed." Kiev "election commissions (were) abducted and threatened."

"There's little question among Ukrainian government officials and Western diplomats in Kiev that Russia is backing the separatists and has done nothing to stop their interference."

"Yet US and German officials…again (moved) the goalposts." They "justif(ied) retreat by (saying voting) will proceed smoothly in the rest of the country."

Noting Putin "hinted he would accept the results. The bottom line is that Mr. Putin could come out of the election having kept alive the separatist movement…"

"(W)ithout suffering economic consequences." Giving "Moscow de facto suzerainty over the eastern provinces…"

"(A) power to block any move by Ukraine toward the West."

WaPo called it "lapse of Western resolve."

Fact: It bears repeating.

Fact: Ukraine's sham electoral process was farcical.

Fact: It had no legitimacy whatever.

Fact: So-called Eastern Ukrainian "substantial disruption(s)" reflect freedom fighting in action.

Fact: For fundamental human and civil rights everyone deserves.

Fact: For what warrants universal support.

Fact: So-called "Moscow agents" don't exist.

Fact: Ukrainian freedom fighters acted on their own volition.

Fact: No evidence suggested otherwise.

Fact: None whatever.

Fact: They're not separatists.

Fact: They're not militants.

Fact: They're ordinary people wanting to live free.

Fact: Most Donetsk and Lugansk residents reject Kiev putschists.

Fact: They refused to vote.

Fact: Ballot choices excluded democratic ones.

Fact: Fascists or sympathizers alone competed.

Fact: Putin "hinted" nothing.

Fact: He was clear and unequivocal.

Fact: "We understand that the people of Ukraine want their country to emerge from this crisis," he said.

Fact: "We will treat their choice with respect."

Fact: "We are today working with those people who control the government, and after the election we will of course work with the newly elected authorities."

Fact: He urged peaceful conflict resolution.

Fact: He stressed "constructive dialogue." 

Fact: He made no demands or ultimatums.

Fact: He urged mutual respect.

Fact: He supports unity.

Fact: He opposes separatism.

Fact: He has no Ukrainian territorial ambitions.

Fact: Or anywhere else.

Fact: Claims about him wanting Russia's empire restored don't wash.

Fact: He called making them "a tool in the (anti-Russian) information war."

Fact: "People are trying to label us as such, that we're trying to restore the empire, the Soviet Union, to bring everybody under our influence. But this is totally inaccurate," he said.

Fact: Ukrainian security forces wage war without mercy.

Fact: On ordinary Donestsk and Lugansk civilians.

Fact: Notions of heavily armed troops being "ambushed" are sheer nonsense.

Fact: Or claims about "threaten(ing)" and "abduct(ing)" them.

Fact: Or saying Putin backs separatists and does nothing to stop them.

Fact: Or suggesting he's in any way involved.

Fact: So-called goalpost retreat claims reflect WaPo editors neocon credentials.

Fact: They're militantly hardline.

Fact: They support war.

Fact: They deplore peace.

Fact: They reject diplomatic conflict resolutions.

Fact: They prefer belligerent ones.

The Wall Street Journal headlined "Ukraine Seeks to Regain Stability as Voters Head to the Polls."

"In Donetsk, hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russia rebels paraded in front of a crowd of about 2,000 to underscore the power they hold there," it said.

"The rebel insurgency has left dozens of people dead and transformed much of the country's southeast into a conflict zone."

Fact: Journal comments were milder than their usual militancy.

Fact: Perhaps a Monday editorial follow-up will talk tough. Perhaps it'll make up for what its election day report lacked.

Fact: So-called "heavily armed pro-Russia rebels" use hand-held light ones.

Fact: They're no match against Ukrainian tanks, APCs, artillery, mortars, attack helicopters and fixed wing warplanes.

Fact: They reject fascist rule.

Fact: Most prefer Ukrainian unity.

Fact: They want local autonomy.

Fact: They want Ukraine federalized.

Fact: They want the right to elect their own officials.

Fact: They reject having them appointed.

Fact: Doing so denies their democratic rights.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility.

Fact: It turned their regions into conflict zones.

Fact: It elevated illegitimate fascist putschists to power.

Fact: They launched war without mercy.

Fact: They did so against freedom-fighting Ukrainians.

Fact: They acted at Obama's behest.

Fact: Don't expect Journal correspondents, contributors or editors to explain.

Fact: They in lockstep with longstanding US policy.

Fact: Imperial lawlessness reflects it.

Fact: Ukraine is in the eye of the storm.

Fact: It's Obama's latest imperial trophy.

Fact: Holding it is another matter entirely.

Fact: Ukrainian freedom fighters may have final say.

Fact: Perhaps if they stay the course.

Fact: If their will to win remains indomitable.

Fact: If growing thousands more Ukrainians join them.

Fact: If freedom fighting protests spread nationwide.

Fact: If they're sustained.

Fact: Organized people can beat organized money.

Fact: Perhaps Ukrainian freedom fighters will become role models.

Fact: Perhaps for activists everywhere.

Fact: Perhaps they'll inspire resistance too strong to beat.

Fact: Perhaps real change is possible.

It bears repeating. The fullness of time will tell.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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Irresponsible Scoundrel Media China Bashing

Irresponsible Scoundrel Media China Bashing

by Stephen Lendman

Media scoundrels march in lockstep with Washington's worst policies. They do it egregiously. They do it irresponsibly. They do it ad nauseam.

They're virtual government house organs. They twist vital truths to fit US policy. 

They're bashing China. They're piling on. It followed reprehensible Justice Department charges. A separate article discussed them.

Washington never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity to engage other nations responsibly. 

Polar opposite polices substitute. They're standard practice. Washington rules alone apply. Other nations are pressured, bullied and threatened to comply.

Outliers are targeted. No-holds-barred tactics are used. Nothing too extreme is avoided. Rule of law principles don't matter. 

Media scoundrels ignore what deserves headlines. Managed news misinformation rubbish substitutes. One-sided reporting follows.

The New York Times operates as a virtual US propaganda ministry. An earlier editorial claimed "little doubt that Chinese hackers have taken aim at a range of government and private systems in the United States…"

On May 19, The Times headlined "With Spy Charges, US Draws a Line That Few Others Recognize."

It charged China with "commercial, for-profit espionage…Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (claimed) we-don't-spy-for-corporate-America."

"There is little doubt, based on the evidence published last year, that…companies that compete directly with state-owned Chinese enterprises (are) targets of Chinese espionage," said The Times.

The Washington Post said China spying is longstanding. "High-level executives at US firms frequently complain that they are targeted whether they are bickering with their Chinese counterparts or…acting in concert."

Nonproliferation Policy Education Center executive director Henry Sokolski was quoted, saying "(t)he Chinese want to know everything. What they can't buy, they steal."

Brookings' Kenneth Lieberthal lied, claiming "the US has been vigorous and vehement about drawing a clear distinction between espionage, cyber-intrusions for purposes of national security and for commercial advantage."

"I think that's a distinction that the Chinese don't make…because to them the competitive health of their firms, especially the big state-owned enterprises, is part of their national security."

The Chicago Tribune bashes Beijing often. It said Chinese "hackers targeted US companies in the nuclear power, metals and solar products industries to steal information useful to competitors in China…"

George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute head Frank Cilluffo was quoted, saying:

"…DOJ has 'smoking keyboards' and (is) willing to bring the evidence to a court of law and be more transparent."

He said nothing about lawless NSA spying. He ignored it altogether.

An unnamed FBI official was cited saying multiple cybersecurity-related indictments and arrests are coming. It's unclear if he means against China.

USA Today accused Beijing of "theft of business secrets…beyond espionage. It quoted Center for Strategic and International Studies analyst James Lewis.

He lied claiming "(t)he United States engages in cyber spying activities but does not penetrate commercial companies for the benefit of domestic firms."

The Wall Street Journal bashed China. It regurgitated Justice Department charges. It did so without challenge.

It reported them like gospel. "(O)ther cases relating to China are being prepared," it said.

"(H)ackers in Russia are likely to be charged soon," it added. "US agencies have also been investigating incidents with possible ties to Iran and Syria," it said.

The Journal featured a "WANTED BY THE FBI" posting. It claimed "Conspiring to Commit Computer Fraud."

"Accessing a Computer Without Authorization for the Purpose of Commercial Advantage and Private Financial Gain."

"Damaging Computers Through the Transmission of Code and Commands."

"Aggravated Identity Theft."

"Economic Espionage."

"Theft of Trade Secrets."

Photos of indicted Chinese officials were shown. Alleged aliases were listed. Some disparaging. 

Wang Dong's were Jack Wang and UglyGorilla.

Sun Kailiang was called Sun Kai Liang and Jack Sun.

Posted Wen Xinyu's alias were Wen Xin Yu, WinXYHappy, WinXY and Lao Wen.

Huang Ang Zhehyu was called Huang Zhen Yu and hzy lhx.

Gu Chi Nhui was called Gu Chun Hui and KandyGoo.

The Journal said posting their photos was "unusual." It begs the question. Why did Journal editors do it? What they suggested was out-of-line.

Why instead of just reporting what happened? Why without challenging US accusations. Why without explaining lawless NSA spying? 

"US officials privately acknowledge they spy on companies for foreign intelligence purposes" only, said the Journal.

"(B)ut they say they won't steal secrets to provide an advantage to US companies."

White House press secretary Jay Carney lied claiming "(w)e don't do what those Chinese national were indicted for."

"We don't gather intelligence for the benefit of US companies."

Fact: A separate article explains otherwise.

Fact: It does so in detail.

Fact: NSA spying targets everything and everyone of possible interest.

Fact: It does it domestically and abroad.

Fact: It does it globally.

Fact: No nation is left behind.

Fact: No officials Washington considers important.

Fact: No foreign government agencies it wants to monitor.

Fact: No administrations.

Fact: No parliaments.

Fact: No business sectors and companies it wants to steal proprietary information from. 

Fact: Spies "R" us defines official US policy. 

Fact: It's mostly unrelated to national security concerns.

Fact: It's for control.

Fact: For economic advantage.

Fact: For being one up on foreign competitors.

Fact: For information used advantageously in trade, political, and military relations.

Fact: Don't expect media scoundrels to explain.

A same day Journal editorial bashed China. "The vast extent of China's cyber spying against government and private US targets is well known," it said.

"(S)o the power of this case is its public specificity," it added.

"(M)uch of the American public still doesn't comprehend the magnitude of the cyber assault against US private industry, and in that sense the indictment will be instructive."

It cited an unnamed intelligence source claiming "only two kinds of companies in the US today: Those who've been hacked and those who don't know they've been hacked."

"This isn't some rogue band of hackers," it said. "The five named defendants are part of the Chinese military, which has a formal cyber arm that targets American secrets." 

"These hackers are as much agents of the Chinese state as the pilots of PLA warplanes."

"The proper way to respond to cyber war is to use the tools of statecraft to make China pay a political and economic price."

Journal editors want punitive measures imposed. Likely harsh sanctions targeting Chinese business sectors and specific companies.

Measures aimed at weakening Beijing politically. Similar ways Journal editors urge targeting Russia.

In China's case, they want a "cyber battle plan (attacking Beijing) targets and forc(ing) (it) to play defense rather than devot(ing) all its resources to hacking US targets."

They want Chinese firms punished. They want Sino/US military-to-military ties limited.

They want visas to children of "China's elites" for attending American colleges and universities denied.

They want lots more than indicting five Chinese officials. They barely stopped short of urging all-out cyberwar. 

Perhaps a follow-up editorial will do so. Maybe other irresponsible US editors will do the same thing. 

Expect voices urging good international relations to be silenced. Perhaps the worst of all possible outcomes will follow.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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While HAARP and weather control has been called a conspiracy theory by the mainstream media and government officials, during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, dropped a bombshell in answer to a question asked by Lisa Murkowski in relation to the dismantling of the $300 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Gakona this summer.


Walker said this is "not an area that we have any need for in the future" and it would not be a good use of Air Force research funds to keep HAARP going. "We're moving on to other ways of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do," he said. "To inject energy into the ionosphere to be able to actually control it. But that work has been completed."

Many believe HAARP was created and has been used for weather control, with enough juice to trigger hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes and comments such as this bring about the question of whether conspiracy theorists are more on target than anyone has admitted to date.

This is not the first time a public official has acknowledged that HAARP and weather control is not only possible, but has been and continues to be, used as a "super weapon," as evidenced by a statement in 1997 by former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen, where he said "Others [terrorists] are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves… So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations…It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our [counterterrorism] efforts."

Is it still just a conspiracy theory if public officials admit it is true?

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by Stephen Lendman

Growing thousands of Eastern Ukrainians reject Kiev putschists. Perhaps it's just a matter of time before Western ones join them.

Slavyansk is in the center of the storm. Ukrainian military forces blockaded the city. On Friday, an assault followed. Minimum casualties so far.

A self-defense force press statement said:

"The attack is targeting a few checkpoints at the same time." 

"A few armored vehicles and airborne combat vehicles arrived and airborne troops descended from the helicopters and attacked the checkpoints. Some forces were dropped off around the train station, where we didn't have anyone."

Ukraine's Interior Ministry said 10 self-defense forces checkpoints were seized. Slavyansk's broadcast facility was captured. So was a police station.

A Ukrainian Ministry statement said:

"Outside of Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region, two Ukrainian military Mi-24 helicopters, which were carrying out aerial patrols, were downed." 

"According to preliminary information, the military machines were taken down by unidentified individuals using mobile Zenit rocket systems." 

"As a result, two military personnel were killed and several others have been injured."

Reports said a third helicopter was damaged. At midday Friday local time, Itar Tass reported two Ukrainian soldiers killed. 

Several others wounded. One self-defender dead. Another injured.

Russian TV news channel Rossiya-24 reported a third Ukrainain military helicopter downed. An explosion destroyed it. Its crew's fate is unclear.

Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters vow continued resistance. Growing thousands fill their ranks. They're challenging US-supported illegitimate coup-appointed fascists.

They reject their authority. They control over a dozen Eastern Ukrainian cities. They want Ukraine federalized. They want local autonomy. They want fundamental rights everyone deserves.

Kiev is incrementally losing control. Elements of its military reject them. They refused to fight their own people. Fascist Right Sector thugs were deployed to do so. Foreign mercenaries joined them.

On Friday, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said:

 "We decisively demand that the West stop its destructive policies in regard to Ukraine and to those who have announced themselves the authorities in Kiev to immediately stop the punitive operation and any violence against its own people, to release political prisoners, and to provide complete freedom to journalists in their activities."

"Russia is concerned over the beginning of a punitive military operation in Slaviansk using terrorists from the Right Sector and other ultranationalist organizations."

"As we have repeatedly warned, the use of the army against its own people is a crime and will lead Ukraine to a catastrophe."

Attacking Slavyansk militarily bears close watching. Resistance weakens Kiev control. It may end up lost altogether.

Power depends of people accepting it. Otherwise it's too weak to govern effectively. Perhaps its days are numbered. 

Most likely if Eastern Ukrainian resistance spreads nationwide. For sure if it's full-blown. It may just be a matter of time.

Fascists make more enemies than friends. IMF force-fed austerity heads Ukraine for Greek-style Depression. 

Ukrainians are deeply impoverished. Hitting them harder assures inciting widespread anger. People take so much before rebelling. When pain thresholds exceed tolerable levels, all bets are lost.

According to Gerald Celente: "When people lose everything and have nothing else to lose, they lose it." Revolutions erupt this way. 

Perhaps in Ukraine. Perhaps challenging Kiev putschists effectively. Perhaps letting people power prevail. Perhaps reclaiming Obama's imperial trophy. The fullness of time will tell.

On Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Washington. Ukrainian crisis conditions dominated discussions. 

On May 2, the Wall Street Journal headlined "German Businesses Urge Halt on Sanctions Against Russia," saying:

Merkel arrived with a message. "…Germany's business lobby to the White House: No more sanctions. Major companies oppose them." 

They include financial giant Deutsche Bank, Siemens AG, BASF SE, Volkswagon and Adidas AG among others.

They "made their opposition to broader economic sanctions against Russia clear in recent weeks, both in public and in private," said the Journal.

Germany is Russia's largest European trade partner. Annual volume exceeds $100 billion. Berlin is heavily dependent on Russian natural gas and oil. So is Europe overall.

According to the Journal:

"As the Ukraine crisis has worsened, German officials have faced a barrage of telephone calls from senior corporate executives, urging them not to take steps that would damage business interests in Russia, people familiar with the matter say."

Some German corporate bosses went public. They warned against harsher measures.

Former Daimler AG official Eckhard Cordes heads Ostauschuss. It's German industry's Eastern Europe lobbying arm. He spoke for corporate Germany, saying:

"If there's a single message we have as business leaders, then it's this: sit down at the negotiating table and resolve these matters peacefully."

BASF has close ties to Russia's gas giant Gazprom. Its CEO Kurt Bock said:

"It's up to politicians and historians to determine the efficacy of boycotts, but I have my doubts."

Many German companies depend heavily on business with Russia. It's a key growth market. It provides substantial revenue and profits.

US companies do far less business. They voiced concerns privately. They worry about losing sales to foreign competitors.

Other US allies reject harsh measures. They include Japan, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Israel among others. They voiced concern about permanently rupturing Russia's Western ties.

Germany has clout. It's Europe's largest economy. It's an economic powerhouse.

Around 6,200 German companies do business in 
Russia. They oppose political interference. Lost trade means thousands of lost jobs, they say.

According to German economist Klaus-Jurgen Gem:

"There's no question that Germany's economic interests would be best served by avoiding sanctions."

Imposing tough ones could slow German economic growth by up to 2%, he added. Berlin estimates as many as 300,000 lost jobs.

On April 30, Der Spiegel headlined "Little Love for Sanctions: Ukraine Crisis A Tightrope Walk for German Businesses," saying:

Longstanding "economic ties make disengagement next to impossible." On the one hand, EU governments warned Russia of "additional and far-reaching" sanctions.

On the other, they're reluctant to impose them. They cut both ways. They hurt European sales and profit. They harm their economies. 

According to Spiegel, "politicians appear to be having a difficult time agreeing to far-reaching and painful sanctions, given Europe's energy dependence on Russia." 

"The business community…has no interest in such punitive measures."

According to lobbyist Eckhard Cordes, "(w)e won't let the constructive work of the last decades be ruined for us."

Hundreds of German business officials feel the same way. For sure many throughout Europe and America.

According to BASF executive Rainer Seele, "(t)he Russians are dependable allies."

"Embargoes don't do anything for anyone. We shouldn't be frivolously be putting years of built-up trust in jeopardy."

German exports already suffered. In January and February, they're down 10% year-over-year. Russian state-owned companies began shifting to Asian suppliers.

Expect much more of the same ahead. Expect it whether or not tougher sanctions are imposed. Russia is defensively shifting East.

Later in May, Putin heads for Beijing. Consummating a major gas deal is planned. It involves supplying 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. 

It'll do so via pipeline. It's the first one between both nations. It's expected to cost about $22 billion to complete.

When fully implemented, energy trade will bypass dollar transactions. It'll weaken petrodollar strength. 

Bilateral ruble/renminbi trade weakens dollar strength overall. Perhaps other countries may follow in their own currencies. 

Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss increasing other bilateral trade. It includes timber and military contracts.

In 2013, China was Russia's largest trade partner. Moscow is Beijing's ninth. Both countries want closer economic ties. 

Establishing them weakens Western interests. Sino/Russian unity provides a powerful counterweight to US-led Western economic, political and military dominance.

According to Analysis of Strategies and Technologies' Vasily Kashin:

“The worse Russia's relations are with the West, the closer Russia will want to be to China. If China supports you, no one can say you're isolated."

Both countries know Washington wants them weakened and controlled. Unity goes a long way toward preventing it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Multi_Viral is Calle 13’s first album under their own record label, El Abismo (The Abyss), allowing them to have more creative and artistic freedom than ever before. “An artist should have control over their art in every way possible”, says René, vocalist and songwriter of the band. It’s this state-of-mind that has set Calle 13 apart from the reggaeton genre pushing boundaries with satirical lyrics and social commentary about Latin American issues and culture

Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, a non-profit news organization that gained worldwide attention when they released 250,000 US classified documents to several news outlets which exposed the U.S. government’s global agenda. Julian Assange is currently residing in an Ecuadorian embassy in London, England after Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa granted him Diplomatic Asylum. Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine (RATM), An American rock band known for their political views, critical of the US government’s policies which reflect in their music. It also features Kamilya Jubran who is a Palestinian singer born in Akka, within the State of Israel. Kamilya was Sabreen’s lead song performer, and player of several oriental instruments including the Oud and the Qanoon among others. In her official website it says “From 1982 to 2002, Kamilya along with Sabreen represented the voice of resistance; struggle for freedom, and a deep and dynamic artistic-political process that created a new style of a modern Arabic song.”

The Buenos Aires Herald wrote a story called ‘Calle 13 multi-viral trend’ and said that “Calle 13 will then take its vigorous message through the Caribbean, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Highlighting its true commitment to social and political issues, band members René Pérez and stepbrother Eduardo Cabra go by the most telling nicknames of “Resident” and “Visitor” respectively.” Calle 13 is releasing a new album that exposes the mainstream media. “After seven years on the road and releasing no albums with new material, Calle 13’s Multi-viral was published under its own label, El Abismo. In keeping with its spirit, Multi-viral was cowritten by René Pérez and Julian Assange to address the manipulation of information in the media” the report said. The Associated Press reported on December 2013 on Rene Perez’s comments on Palestine’s political situation in comparison to Puerto Rico ‘Calle 13 singer says Palestinians like Puerto Rico.’ It said:

Speaking to the Associated Press in Bethlehem, where he is shooting the band’s latest music video, Rene Perez said Puerto Ricans were linked to Palestinians “because we are a colony of the United States. Here you have the situation with Israel.

Perez, also known as Residente, added that Puerto Rico and the Palestinians both have “cosmetic” governments. “Here most people want to be free, they fight for their country,” he said in the West Bank city, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. “It would be good to start building bridges between Palestine and Puerto Rico

The Associated Press also reported that Calle 13 is anti-establishment:

Perez, who performs along with his step-brother Eduardo Cabra, has emerged as a leading antiestablishment rapper and is a strong supporter of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Calle 13 has a long history of lacing social messages over bass-thumping beats

Perez said he chose to come to the Palestinian territories to shoot the majority of the band’s latest video, “Multi Viral.” He said the song is about manipulation of the media and how it distorts information. He said he worked on the song with Tom Morello, a former guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. 

“I think music never stops being music. It always keeps being music and the message can be social, political, anything,” Perez said.

Recently the New York Times published an article about Calle 13’s new album ‘Still Rebels, Even as Maturity Looms’:

Multi_Viral,” Calle 13’s fifth album, is the work of a duo reckoning with both its global perspective and its contentious artistic impulses, determined to maintain a rebellious spirit even as maturity looms. Mr. Pérez described his new lyrics as “more existential” than previous Calle 13 efforts.

“Suddenly I’ve started to be more aware, or worried, about living and dying,” Mr. Pérez, 36, said. “I thought, maybe I can do something bigger than politics”

It is much bigger than politics; in fact it is about exposing what the media conveys to the public as truth. It also exposes other Global issues the world is facing.

Multi-viral music video is in Spanish, English and Arabic.

U.S. Media Propaganda: Russia Accused of Spreading “Conspiracy Theories” on Ukraine

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The New York Times reported that Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev wrote a Facebook post that said “Blood has been spilled in Ukraine again,” wrote Mr. Medvedev, once favored in the West for playing good cop to the hard-boiled president, Vladimir V. Putin. “The threat of civil war looms.” According to the New York Times article ‘Russia Is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine’, said that “He pleaded with Ukrainians to decide their own future “without usurpers, nationalists and bandits, without tanks or armored vehicles — and without secret visits by the C.I.A. director.” The New York Times followed with a statement regarding Medvedev’s post. It said the following:

And so began another day of bluster and hyperbole, of the misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine that have emanated from the highest echelons of the Kremlin and reverberated on state-controlled Russian television, hour after hour, day after day, week after week

Now let’s look at the facts. First, blood has been spilled since the beginning of the crisis. Back in February, USA Today published a headline that declared many people were killed. The title read “As many as 100 killed in New Ukraine Clashes” proves Mr. Medvedev’s claims. The Ukraine’s unelected government is made up of Nationalists and bandits. They are the same people who don’t even agree with each other as they resorted to violence during sessions of the Ukrainian parliament. Here are some of the photos below:

                                              A common occurrence as Violence erupts in the Ukrainian Parliament

                                                                              Followed by more violence

                                                              A Ukrainian Official apparently lands on his face

Seems like banditry to me. The New York Times states that “Conspiracy Theories” are coming out of “State-Controlled Russian Television” constantly. Well, Reuters did confirm that the head of the Central Intelligence Agency did visit Ukrainian officials. “We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.” How about that other conspiracy theory concerning the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria “F**K the EU” Nuland and US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt and their conversation on how they can install a “Puppet” government in the Ukraine by nominating Bat’kyvshchina Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk as Deputy Prime Minister and have Udar Party leader and former Boxer Vitaly Klitschko step aside. At the same time, Nuland and Pyatt agreed to discredit the Svoboda party, a Neo-Nazi political party they originally backed. These are not conspiracy theories, these are the facts. However, the New York Times did admit that “There is no question that the new Ukrainian government and its Western allies, including the United States, have engaged in their own misinformation efforts at times, with officials in Kiev making bold pronouncements in recent days of enforcement efforts that never materialized. On Tuesday, some American officials were spreading unverified photographs allegedly showing Russian rocket launchers carried by pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine.”

The anti-Russian crusade carried out by the American mainstream media is more apparent as the crisis continues. The media reports are even sometimes laughable. The New York Times is at least truthful in one sense; they do report “All The News That’s Fit To Print.” Nobody in the alternative media would ever disagree with that statement.

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by Stephen Lendman

The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. They do so after Mecca's Sacred Mosque and Madina's Mosque of the Prophet.

Israel wants control. Naftali Bennett is Israel's Jewish Home Party leader, Economy minister, and Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs minister.

In February, he told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations of plans for greater Israeli control over East Jerusalem.

"Unfortunately, the Temple Mount today doesn't allow for the full exercise of freedom of religion, and there is discrimination against Jews there," he said.

Knesset members debated establishing greater Temple Mount sovereignty. Arab world criticism followed. 

PA officials held an emergency session. A statement followed saying:

"If Israel continues this policy, it proves it does not want peace but continues to violate international laws and resolutions."

One-third of Jordanian parliamentarians urged annulling Amman's peace treaty with Israel. They called Israeli efforts for more Temple Mount sovereignty a clear peace treaty violation. It's "aggression against Jordanian custodianship," they said.

Jordan and the Jerusalem-based Islamic Waqf jointly administer the Temple Mount. They've done so since June 1967. Proposed Israeli changes bear full responsibility for unrest.

Its provocations are commonplace. In 2014 alone, the Al-Aqsa Foundation and Heritage reported 1,720 Israelis invaded the mosque compound provocatively.

Virtually daily they create one or more incidents. Most often they want to pray where they don't belong. They want to incite violence. They want Israeli security forces blaming Palestinians for their provocations.

Extremist Israeli rabbis want full control over the entire area. So do right-wing ideologues. It covers 144 dunums. It includes both mosques, an Islamic museum, a Sharia Islamic court and other facilities.

Palestinian worshipers remain inside the Al-Aksa Mosque compound to protect it. Israeli forces storm it belligerently all too often.

On April 17, they did so. They fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers. Dozens were hurt.

Al-Aqsa Mosque director Sheikh Azam al-Kahtib said "about 1,000 Israeli officers stormed the compound." They used "live ammunition," he added.

Special forces deployed around the main gates since dawn. They blocked worshipers outside from getting in.

Ministry of endowment employees and students attending school inside were denied entry.

Security guards did so. So did men aged over 65. Several worshipers prayed in alleys outside.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld lied. He claimed peaceful Palestinians provocatively threw "stones and firecrackers" at police. They responded with rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades.

About 100 worshipers remain inside the compound day and night. They do so to protect it.

On April 20, Haaretz headlined "Temple Mount closed to visitors as police, Palestinians clash."

Hardline Jewish extremists bear responsibility. They want their rituals conducted where they don't belong. On Sunday, two Border Police were slightly injured.

For the first time, violence spread into the Old City's Muslim Quarter. Israeli security forces closed the Temple Mount. Doing so justifiably infuriated Muslim worshipers. According to Haaretz:

"Most incidents involve Jews attempting to access the area in order to pray or demonstrate a Jewish presence." 

"The growing strength of the Jewish Temple Movement and other organizations that seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount has exacerbated these tensions, as has the crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations."

Hardline Jewish extremists get US-based support. American Friends of LIBI provide it.

It's a 501c3 NGO. Pro-Israeli volunteers run it. "When you donate to LIBI USA, over 95% of your donation goes directly to support Israeli soldiers," they say.

It's an official IDF fund. In 1980, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin and then Staff IDF chief of staff Rafael Eitan established it.

The did so "to provide educational, religious, medical and recreational needs of Israeli soldiers."

On April 13, American Friends of LIBI headlined:

"BREAKING NEWS: This morning, after Palestinian and Arab rioters threw stones and Molotov cocktails on the Temple Mount, the police were forced to close the area." 

"Is it time for Israel to take control of the Temple Mount, end the violence, and open it to people of all religions? Click here to 
vote!"


A photo shows "(m)asked Palestinian youths throw(ing) stones towards Israeli riot police during clashes following Friday prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on February 7, 2014."

American Friends of LIBI support institutionalized Israeli racism. "Time to…get the Arabs out," they asked? 

It bears repeating. The Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque rank third in Islamic importance. Zionist zealots don't care. 

They want Muslims denied entry to Islam's third holiest site. They want Jews allowed on sacred ground where they don't belong.

Israeli police lie. They claimed dozens of Palestinian youths provocatively threw stones and firecrackers at them from within the compound. Many were masked, they added.

Arrests followed. Dozens of Palestinians were injured. Dozens more arrested. Israeli initiated violence rocks the Temple Mount. It does so virtually daily. 

Palestinians are wrongfully blamed. Israeli zealots and security forces bear full responsibility.

On April 21, dozens of settler extremists stormed through Mughrabi gate. Israeli police protected them. They blocked Palestinian worshipers. They unsuccessfully tried entering the Temple Mount.

On April 21, an Israeli court exiled six Jerusalemites for varying periods. Izzideen al-Shaloudi, Malik al-Showaiki, Mohammed Romman, Ihab Ighbarieya, and Muhannad Atieya were targeted.

Israeli zealots target Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories. On April 18, they vandalized an Umm al-Fahm mosque.

They torched its front door. They spray-painted hate graffiti on its walls. They did so over the Passover holiday period (April 14 - April 22).

"Arabs out," they wrote. Friday's attack followed earlier ones. Investigations when held are whitewashed. Crimes go unpunished.

Palestinians are fair game. Radicalized Jews act with impunity. Israeli security forces do nothing to stop them. 

They encourage lawlessness by inaction. They do it with overt support. So-called "price tag" attacks describe retaliations relating to Israeli government actions limiting their political goals.

They occur with disturbing regularity. They're documented by time, type, location, number of injuries and/or deaths. They do so by settlements of origin. 

Israeli and collaborating Palestinian security forces do virtually nothing to stop them.

Ordinary Palestinians are left vulnerable on their own. They're in a virtual war zone. Israel is an occupying power. 

International law is clear. Palestinian security and safety come first. Israel ignores its mandated responsibility. Punishments don't follow Israeli crimes against humanity.

Separately, Nikolayev, Ukraine's main synagogue was firebombed on April 19. At the time, it was empty.

The synagogue's security camera recorded the incident. A passer-by extinguished the fire. In late February, Zaporizhia's Giymat Rosa synagogue was attacked the same way.

Jewish media selectively report these incidents. Western ones largely ignore them. Putschist controlled presstitutes turn a blind eye.

Last week, fake letters circulated to Donetsk Jews. They called on those over 16 to register. Failure threatened citizenship revocation, deportation and assets seized.

Jew baiting followed Kiev putschists usurping power. Racist hate is unstated official policy.

Ukrainian Jews nationwide have one thing alone to fear. They're targeted. They're endangered. 

Neo-Nazi putschists threaten them. Eastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are wrongfully blamed.

Kiev putschists are fascist extremists. Svoboda Party and Right Sector leaders openly display neo-Nazi symbols and insignia.

Svoboda's slogan is "Ukraine for the Ukrainians." It earlier called itself Socialist-Nationalists. 

It bears erie resemblance to Hitler's National Socialism. It reflects fascism writ large.

Hooliganism is longstanding neo-Nazi policy. So is anti-Semitism. It's rife in Ukraine. Earlier Jewish populations suffered pogroms and other hate crimes.

Current ones are targeted in other ways. Svoboda Party head Oleh Tyahnbok once said Ukraine is headed by a "Muscovite-Jewish mafia."

Fascist elements openly display Celtic crosses. They reflect neo-Nazi white nationalist pride. The symbol 14/88 is prominent.

The 14 represents a white nationalist 14-word slogan. The 88 stands for 'Heil Hitler." "H" is the alphabet's 8th letter.

Black Sun occult symbolism is used. Allegedly it was drawn for Heinrich Himmler from an old Aryan emblem. It represented inner-circle SS power.

It united three important Nazi ideological symbols - the sun wheel, the 12 SS Knights of the Order of the Death's Head, and their three retainers.

Red and black flags are openly displayed. Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera featured them. He participated in mass executions and ethnic cleansing.

He wanted Ukraine made ethnically pure. Mass extermination followed. Current Ukrainian neo-Nazis have their own methods.

Bandera's legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His present day counterparts get open US support.

Repressive power politics dominates America, Israel and Ukraine. State terrorism reflects official policy. 

Anyone challenging state power is targeted. Coverup and denial claim otherwise. 

These countries aren't fit to live in. They're unsafe. Fascist hardliners run them. They threaten world peace.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Scoundrel media editors find new ways to embarrass themselves. They mock legitimate news and opinion. 

They suppress it. They violate fundamental journalistic standards doing so.

They suck up to power. They support monied interests. They deplore popular ones. They endorse Western aggression. They do it repeatedly.

They blame victims for horrific US crimes committed against them. They condemn Putin for responsibly defending the safety and security of endangered Russian nationals.

Thank heavens he's around. He's the one world leader challenging the damn fool in the White House responsibly.

He's our best hope for world peace. He deserves worldwide support. His best efforts may not be enough.

Neocons infest Washington. They threaten everyone. The damn fool in the White House risks starting WW III.

His damn fool Secretary of State John Kerry said "we're now discussing all of the options."

He outrageously accused Russia of "aggression." No nation commits it more often against more nonbelligerent nations than America.

It wages one lawless war after another. It ravages and destroys countries doing so. Kerry is an unindicted war criminal. So is the damn fool in the White House.

They threaten world peace. They risk potential armageddon. Media scoundrels cheerlead what demands condemnation.

They denounce what demands praise. When America goes to war or plans one, they march in lockstep. They do it disgracefully.

New York Times editors stand out. They masquerade as legitimate journalists. They feature managed news misinformation rubbish. 

They endorsed Ukrainian putschists. They ousted a democratically elected government. They did so with well-planned US help. 

Stop NATO's Rick Rozoff called their coup the most overt one since Mussolini's 1922 march on Rome. It's no exaggeration. Nothing in recent memory matches their brazenness. 

Times editors are mindless of mob rule governance. Fanatical putschists run things. They scare hell out of everyone paying attention.

Times editors turn a blind eye. Journalism the way it's supposed to be is verboten. On March 2, they headlined "Russia's Aggression." 

They outrageously accused Putin of "exploit(ing) the Ukrainian crisis to seize control of Crimea (as well as) any other power grab he may be hatching."

They ludicrously claimed "an immediate threat to Ukrainian Russians is empty." Crimean self-defense volunteers already put down an attempt by Kiev infiltrators to seize government buildings.

Times editors ignore what refutes their arguments. They lied claiming Ukrainians in Crimea are endangered. 

They have nothing to fear from responsible governance. Democrats in charge prioritize public safety.

Times editors wrongfully accused ousted President Viktor Yanukovych of coup plotter killings. 

They murdered civilians in cold blood. They gunned down Kiev security forces. They did so in Independence Square. 

Neo-Nazi snipers fired from rooftops. They operated from windows in nearby buildings. Everything that happened was well choreographed in advance. 

Washington's dirty hands manipulated things. Obama bears full responsibility. He partnered with fascist thugs. He's got another imperial trophy. 

Keeping it is another matter entirely. Ukrainians nationwide won't likely tolerate what's planned for them. Perhaps real revolutionary fervor will erupt.

Times editors are consistent. They're on the wrong side of history. They ignore facts. They bury them. 

They make stuff up. They lie for power. They do it to defend the indefensible.

They lied claiming Putin wants "control over Crimea." He wants to "humiliate Ukraine," they said.

They want Obama, NATO and EU leaders challenging Putin "if (he) escalates his intervention in Ukraine."

He supports its sovereign independence. He opposes Washington's direct role in replacing democratic Ukrainian governance with mob rule fascists. Don't expect Times editors to explain.

Neocon Washington Post editors want more direct US intervention. They support ousting Syria's Assad forcibly. They endorse fascists usurping power in Ukraine.

They headlined "President Obama's foreign policy is based on fantasy." They bashed Assad, China's Xi Jinping and Putin.

They want Obama confronting them more aggressively. If he "doesn't make the case for global engagement, no one else" will for him, they said.

They claimed "the tide of democracy in the world" is "retrenching." They ignored Washington's direct role in subverting it at home and abroad. 

In previous editorials, they barely stopped short of urging direct US intervention. They support Ukrainian fascists retaining power.

David Ignatius is one of many WaPo neocon columnists. He has longstanding close US intelligence ties. He's no journalist. He's a propagandist.

He openly favors arming anti-Assad death squads. He reports what Washington bullies want stressed. 

Inconvenient facts are dismissed. Lies, damn lies and misinformation substitute. On March 2, he headlined "Putin's error in Ukraine is the kind that leads to catastrophe."

He lied claiming he "invad(ed) Crimea." He did no such thing. He'll deploy military forces to protect Russian nationals if needed. Any responsible leader would do the same thing.

Ignatius turned facts on their head. He claimed "former Soviet satellites" are "prosperous" EU members. 

He ignored deepening poverty, unemployment and deprivation throughout its member states.

He ludicrously claimed countries making up the former Yugoslavia "emerged as strong democracies." Pro-Western puppet governments run them.

He blamed Yanukovych for fascist street thug crimes. They "courageous(ly) braved the cold and police brutality to protest," he said.

They committed cold-blooded murder. They ousted Ukraine's democratically elected government. They rule by brutal force. Don't expect Ignatius to explain.

He ludicrously envisions "a cascading chain of error that brings Russian troops deeper into Ukraine and sets the stage for civil war."

Putin wants it avoided. He's going all-out for stability and security. Fascist coup plotters will bear full responsibility if internal conflict erupts.

Ignatius is militantly hawkish. Obama "would be wise to seek to deter Russian aggression without specifying too clearly what the US ladder of escalation might be," he urged.

His commentary excluded what's most important for readers to know. Truth was systematically suppressed.

Wall Street Journal editors match the worst of outrageous opinion writers. Rupert Murdoch rules apply. On March 2, they headlined "Putin Declares War."

They lied saying he "seized Ukraine's Crimean peninsula by force (and) now has his sights on the rest of his Slavic neighbor."

"(B)razen aggression," they screamed. War threatens Europe's heartland "for the first time since the end of the Cold War," they claimed.

Post-WW II, it never once did until now. Washington's orchestrated coup ups the stakes. Obama threatens world peace.

Putin is the world's best chance to preserve it. Whether he's able deter possible US aggression remains to be seen.

Journal editors turned truth on its head. It's hard imagining more convoluted rubbish. They accused Putin of "moving to carve up Ukraine…"

They claim "a popular democratic uprising" toppled Yanukovych. They ignored a US-orchestrated fascist coup d'etat.

They called Russia's parliament "rubber-stamp." They lied accusing its members  of "approv(ing) military intervention anywhere in Ukraine, which is nothing less than a declaration of war."

They called Obama's full responsibility for crisis conditions in Ukraine "made entirely in Moscow."

Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are world class diplomats. They're democrats. They're polar opposite Western fascists. 

They're worthy Nobel Peace Prize nominees. They're more deserving than any other world leaders. 

Nobel Committee members have their own system. They honor war criminals. Peacemakers needn't apply.

Journal editors write what responsible ones wouldn't touch. They claimed Putin seeks "entrench(ed) authoritarianism in client states."

He wants them "prevent(ed) from joining free Europe," they said. Freedoms in Western dominated areas are fast disappearing. 

Neoliberal harshness is official policy. Ordinary people are ruthlessly exploited. Don't expect Journal editors to explain.

They lied claiming Russia's upper house Federation Council "approved (a) declaration of war."

They lied again calling Kiev's coup d'etat parliament democratic. They quoted Obama lying. He called Moscow's legitimate defense of Russian nationals a "breach of international law."

Journal editors urge aggressive anti-Russian measures. They want their officials targeted. They want Sixth Fleet warships patrolling Black waters close to Crimea.

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They want other NATO countries confronting Moscow. "Mr. Obama and the West must act," they said. They must do more "than merely threaten..."

They absurdly called Ukraine "a casualty of Mr. Obama's failure to enforce his 'red line' on Syria."

"Ukrainians can't be left alone to face Russia, and the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea can't be allowed to stand," they said.

They called Putin "the leading edge of what could quickly become a new world disorder."

Journal editors and commentators specialize in reinventing history. Their rubbish doesn't wash. They consistently turn truth on its head. 

They suppress what readers most need to know. They disgrace themselves in the process.

A previous article quoted former Chicago columnist Mike Royko (1932 - 1997) saying: "No respectable fish would (want to) be wrapped in" a Murdoch paper. It's more than ever true now.

Ongoing crisis conditions persist. War winds threaten to become gale force. Potential East/West conflict is real. 

Obama bears full responsibility if it erupts. Bellowing scoundrel media liars share it.

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It's low-hanging fruit. It's geopolitically important. America wants it plundered for profit. So do EU partners. They want it at Russia's expense. 

Business as usual defines Western policy. Obama warned Ukraine. He threatened "consequences if people step over the line."

"We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible," he said. "We expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters." 

Obama supports fascist opposition leaders. He's funding street thugs to commit violence. 

They're armed and dangerous. They shot and killed 10 Ukrainian police officers. They're fully responsible for deadly violence.

They broke a February 19 brokered truce. Street violence continued overnight and through Thursday. Dozens, perhaps hundreds more were hurt.

Reuters and AP reported 70 killed on Thursday. RT.com reported at least 77 overall. 

Accurate counts are hard to come by. Conditions are so fluid they're outdated soon after reported.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry said protesters captured dozens of police officers. They're likely holding them hostage. 

Things are totally out-of-control. Washington's dirty hands are manipulating them.

Rooftop-positioned sniper fire targeted police. Other shots were fired from conservatory building windows. It overlooks Independence Square. 

Around two dozen police officers were wounded. An Interior Ministry statement said protesters are "openly using fire arms against" security forces.

Itar Tass said protesters seized a luxury Kiev hotel. They broke into Ukraine's parliament building.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sergei Burlakov said:

"There has been evidence of some poisonous agent having been used against police. Measures are being taken to find out what the substance was."

Imagine if this type violence erupted in Western cities. Imagine no-holds-barred crackdowns to follow. 

Imagine security forces using live fire. Imagine military troops involved. Imagine far greater bloodshed than in Ukraine. Imagine protesters bearing the brunt of the carnage.

The State Department imposed visa sanctions against 20 senior Ukrainian officials. It warned about adding financial ones. EU governments have their own in mind.

A Russian Presidential Executive Office statement said:

"Vladimir Putin...underlined that it is important for Western countries to give up their accusatory attitude towards Ukraine's incumbent leadership and stressed the importance of strongly condemning the opposition forces liable for organizing unlawful extremist and terrorist activities."

Media scoundrels march in lockstep with imperial US policy. Bashing Ukraine continues. It's been ongoing for months.

It's entirely one-sided. It's vicious propaganda. President Viktor Yanukovych is wrongfully blamed for US-manipulated violence.

Street thugs are paid to riot. CIA elements are involved. So are State Department-funded groups. 

Dirty tactics persist. What's ongoing is as old as empire. Media scoundrel misinformation accompanies it.

New York Times editors find new ways to disgrace themselves. They one-sidedly support US imperial ruthlessness. 

They routinely turn truth on its head. Managed news misinformation and opinion substitute. Deplorable Ukraine misreporting highlights it.

On February 19, New York Times editors headlined "Ukraine's Deadly Turn," saying:

"What is obvious now is that Mr. Yanukovych and his Russian enablers cannot restore the old order through violence."

"Mr. Yanukovych and the Russians predictably blamed 'extremists' and accused the West of supporting 'illegal' actions by the opposition." 

"But it has become increasingly clear with every passing week and every new effort to block reforms that the Yanukovych government is destroying the credibility it needs with the moderate opposition leaders, Vitali Klitschko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to achieve any negotiated settlement."

Fact check

Times editors lied. They did so willfully. They acted maliciously. They support power-grabbing fascists. 

They wrongfully blame Yanukovych for US-manipulated rioting. For turning Kiev into a war zone.

It bears repeating. Obama bears full responsibility for street violence. EU partners share it. 

At stake is Ukraine's independence. It's future is up for grabs. Moderate opposition elements don't exist. Fascist ultranationalists are involved. Nazi symbols and rhetoric expose them.

Russia acts responsibly. It supports Ukraine's sovereignty. It's refrained from interfering in its internal affairs. Don't expect Times editors to explain.

Yanukovych "must abandon any illusion that he can fight his way out of the corner he has put himself into," they said.

"And the Russians must acknowledge that the problem is not the West or 'extremists,'..."

It's hard imagining more disgraceful rubbish. Times editors added insult to injury. They called for early elections. They want "a reduction of presidential powers."

They want their will imposed. They want Ukrainians having no say. On geopolitical issues, they're Washington propagandists. Credibility isn't their long suit.

Romano Prodi is a former Italian prime minister and European Commission president. He's an establishment figure.

He supports policies enriching Western elites. He's in lockstep with imperial US policy. Times editors gave him feature op-ed space.

He took full advantage headlining "How Ukraine Can Be Saved."

"(T)he West must make clear to Moscow that Ukraine…should not be the object of geopolitical games...Russian interference in Ukraine's internal affairs must not be tolerated."

As explained above, Moscow remained discrete throughout months of conflict. It deplores interfering in the internal affairs of other nations. Its policy is polar opposite Washington and EU partners.

Prodi nonsensically called most protesters "peaceful." He admitted "violent faction" elements involved.

At the same time, he claims restoring peace requires Yanukovych's government readiness "to stand down once order is restored..."

Doing so flies in the face of Ukrainian constitutional law. Don't expect Prodi to explain.

He wants Yanukovych to "extend an olive branch." He offered many to no avail. Washington subverts his efforts. So do EU partners.

"Europe should not accept interference by Russia in Ukraine's affairs, but it also cannot stand by as the crisis in Kiev rages," said Prodi. 

"The European Union should re-engage Mr. Putin and make clear that all parties have everything to lose, and nothing to gain, from further violence."

Yanukovych has gone all-out to avoid it. He wants it ended. 

Compared to thuggish Western security forces, Ukrainian ones have shown remarkable restraint. How much longer in the face of armed and dangerous fascist elements remains to be seen.

Washington Post editors are some of America's most hawkish. They're unapologetic neocons. They support war, not peace. They're in lockstep with imperial extremism.

On January 21, they headlined "The West must break Ukraine free from Mr. Putin's grasp."

They blame Yanukovych for US-manipulated street violence. They wrongfully accused him of "ramming a series of measures through parliament aimed at outlawing opposition demonstrations."

He's following Putin's "playbook," they said. He's "a product of (his) paranoid conviction that pro-democracy movements...are the result of Western government plots."

It's not the first time he let "Putin be his puppeteer." WaPo editors reinterpreted Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution. They rewrote what happened. They got things upside down.

Color ones are a US speciality. Washington's dirty hands manipulate things its way. 

In 2004, Yanukovych was democratically elected. US orchestrated street protests, civil disobedience, sit-ins and general strikes followed.

New elections were called. Yanukovych was replaced. Ukrainians were deceived. They ended up losers. Promises made were broken. Exploitation followed.

Not according to WaPo editors. They said "Russia's secret services tried to rig (Yanukovych's election) the way they fix votes at home."

Russian elections shame America's sham process. It has no legitimacy whatever. WaPo editors endorse what demands condemnation.

They take every opportunity to bash Putin. They assail Yanukovych the same way. They accused him of using "government-sponsored provocateurs."

They denounced his "repression." They want Ukraine "integrat(ed) with the democratic West (instead of) becoming an autocratic Kremlin colony."

They want Putin held accountable for "attempting to impose his autocratic model on a country that has been struggling to become a genuine democracy..."

They want Ukrainian sovereignty destroyed. They want its resources plundered. They want its people exploited. They're in lockstep with imperial US policy.

Before current violence erupted, Chicago Tribune editors headlined "Ukraine's winter of discontent: The thrilling rejection of a repressive regime."

They blamed Yanukovych for US funded and supported fascist street thug violence.

"Many Ukrainians hope to follow the Western model, becoming prosperous and democratic. But a corrupt and repressive government has repeatedly dashed those hopes," they claimed.

Corporate interests and rich elites alone enjoy so-called Western prosperity. Neoliberal harshness harms most others.

Poverty, unemployment and deprivation affects growing millions. Democracy is a convenient illusion. Don't expect Tribune editors to explain.

They blamed Yanukovych for anti-government violence. They claimed his "agents" "disappeared" opponents.

"In the dead of winter," they said, "there is the promise of spring" in Ukraine.

There's all-out US-instigated holy war against Ukrainian sovereignty.

On February 19, Wall Street Journal editors headlined "Ukraine and America."

They want harsh sanctions imposed on Ukraine. They want Yanukovych shown "there are personal and political costs for lurching toward Vladimir Putin-style authoritarian rule."

They want Ukraine pulled "into the Western orbit as a matter of human dignity and strategic interest."

"A Europe-leaning Ukraine can join the company of free nations and fulfill the aspirations of its people."

"A Ukraine tilted toward the corrupt authoritarian regimes allied with Moscow will be a source of regional unrest at best, and part of a revived Russian empire if Mr. Putin has his way."

They want US force-fed policies on Ukraine. They want corporate America benefitting. 

They want ordinary Ukrainians losing out entirely. They want Russia marginalized. They want Putin discredited.

Stephen F. Cohen is New York University/Princeton University Professor Emeritus. He's a Russian expert.

On February 11, he headlined "Distorting Russia: How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine."

It's reprehensible scoundrel media practice. It's been ongoing "for many years," said Cohen. "(M)edia malpractice is...pervasive."

Major broadsheets like the "venerable New York Times and Washington Post (fail to) adhere rigorously to traditional journalistic standards..."

They suppress "essential facts and context...Reporting on Russia today (is) less objective, less balanced, more conformist and scarcely less ideological than when (US media) covered Soviet Russia during the Cold War."

It began after Soviet Russia dissolved. Putin is viciously demonized. Reports, commentaries and editorials have "little regard for facts." Cohen asked:

"Was any Soviet Communist leader after Stalin ever so personally villainized" as Putin? Provocative US policies are ignored. "Autocrat" Putin is bashed.

He "stabiliz(ed) a disintegrating nuclear-armed country...(He) grant(ed) amnesty in December to more than 1,000 jailed prisoners, including mothers of young children."

Media scoundrels "eagerly await (his) downfall." He's Russia's most popular politician. He won reelection convincingly. It was open, free and fair.

Toxic coverage vilifies him. It does so reprehensibly. It tarnishes legitimate Sochi coverage. His winter games have been a notable success.

He's mercilessly bashed on Ukraine. Crisis conditions won't be resolved easily. "A new Cold War divide between West and East may be now unfolding," says Cohen.

Permanent confrontation may follow, he believes. The "threat of a hot war far worse than the one in Georgia in 2008" is possible.

"(I)nflammatory" US media accounts ignore what's most important. "(F)actual distortions" substitute for accurate reporting.

"(T)he most crucial media omission is Moscow's reasonable conviction that the struggle for Ukraine is yet another chapter in the West's ongoing, US-led march toward post-Soviet Russia..."

It began with 1990s NATO eastward expansion. It continues with US-funded NGO anti-Russian efforts inside the country.

Obama practices confrontational politics. Putin is public enemy number one. Relentless bashing risks potential conflict. 

Responsible leadership would go all-out to avoid it. Imperial madness suggests otherwise. Imagine the world's two nuclear super-powers facing off.

Imagine the worst of all possible outcomes. Imagine winner-take-all strategy leaving everyone losers. Imagine what's too potentially grim to risk.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Western news media reportage on the rampant criminal activities of foreign-backed paramilitary groups operating within Syria still relies heavily on unreliable sources frequently referred to as “activists.” Such spokespersons routinely claim the Syrian military are committing atrocities against the Syrian population. The reports are often disputed by the Bashar al-Assad government and proven suspect or false when additional information is unearthed by independent researchers and alternative news media.

In July 2012 UK journalist Charlie Skelton reported that Western news outlets remain willing accomplices in a propaganda campaign being carried out by public relations practitioners. According to Skelton, “the spokespeople, the ‘experts on Syria’, the ‘democracy activists’ … The people who ‘urge’ and ‘warn’ and ‘call for action’” against the Assad regime are themselves part of a sophisticated and well-heeled propaganda campaign to allow NATO forces to give Syria the same medicine administered to Libya in 2011. “They’re selling the idea of military intervention and regime change,” Skelton reports,

and the mainstream news is hungry to buy. Many of the “activists” and spokespeople representing the Syrian opposition are closely (and in many cases financially) interlinked with the US and London – the very people who would be doing the intervening. Which means information and statistics from these sources isn’t necessarily pure news – it’s a sales pitch, a PR campaign.[1]

One needn’t look far for current examples of such uncertain reportage and sourcing from eminent news organizations. For example, a prominent February 8, 2014 story from Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, titled, “Aleppo Bombings Kill 23, Activists Say,” carries the lead, “At least 23 people have been killed as a regime helicopter dropped barrel bombs on an opposition-controlled district in Syria’s largest city Aleppo on Saturday, activists said.”[2]

The New York Times reports, “Rebel and government groups have each been accused of massacring civilians, and the government has stepped up air attacks on Aleppo with barrages of improvised ”barrel bombs” packed with high explosives that activists say have killed more than 200 people.[3]

Similarly influential papers such as the Washington Post also remain unabashedly forthright in their reliance on such sourcing. A recent Associated Press piece carried in the paper, titled, “Activists: Syrian Forces Launch New Aleppo Strikes,” quotes the Aleppo Media Center, a self-described “anti-Bashar Assad activist group.” Post readers are assured the entity “has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting.”[4]

Likewise, in November 2013 the BBC, whose Syria coverage tilts strongly toward “activist” observations, cites the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights to break the story of Syrian government air strikes “kill[ing] dozens in Aleppo.“ As Skelton noted in his 2012 exposé, “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is commonly used as a standalone source for news and statistics” which are taken at face value and parroted by corporate media. While SOHR sounds like a credible and non-partisan human rights outfit, “’They’ are Rami Abdulrahman (or Rami Abdel Rahman), who lives in Coventry,” Skelton observes. In 2011 Reuters reported that when Abdulrahman “isn’t fielding calls from international media, [he] is a few minutes down the road at his clothes shop, which he runs with his wife.”[5]

The analysis suggests how despite the fact that those regularly quoted as authorities on Syria are often far-removed from what is transpiring on the ground and thus involved in a more far-reaching disinformation program to confuse the public on the calculated murder and chaos being carried out throughout Syria by Western-financed mercenary forces.

With the foreign-backed destabilization of Syria now well over two years old, major corporate-owned and government-backed news media, perhaps amazingly, continue to rely on such questionable entities as sources. Indeed, a Google search of “activists say” and “Syria” yields 919,000 results.

A more careful LexisNexis database search for “Syria,” “Assad,” “government” and the phrases “activists say” or “activists report” in the subject headings or text of news items for conventional print outlets indexed for June 1, 2012 to February 7, 2014 yields a data set consisting of close to 2,000 pieces—1,638 newspaper articles, 205 BBC broadcast transcripts, and 148 web-based articles.[6] A total 134 articles appeared in the New Zealand Herald, 52 in the Washington Post, 38 in the New York Times, 30 in the Financial Times, and 28 in the International New York Times.

The following table breaks down the news outlets that, based on the above search parameters, appear to have used so-called “activists” as sources 20 or more times since June 1, 2012.

News Outlet

News Articles / Transcripts

Referencing “Associated Press”

British Broadcasting Corporation

205

New Zealand Herald

134

43

Belfast Telegraph Online

97

 –

Washington Post

52

26

Daily Star (Lebanon)

38

 –

New York Times

38

5

Today’s Zaman (Turkey)

36

 –

The National (UAE)

34

21

Anadolu Agency

32

 –

Bismarck Tribune

30

 –

Financial Times

30

15

Scotsman

29

 –

Guardian

28

 –

International New York Times

28

8

The Capitol (Annapolis MD)

26

13

McClatchey Tribune

26

 –

Times of Oman

26

 –

Salt Lake City Tribune

25

23

Times & Transcript

24

5

Times (London)

23

 –

The Mirror

22

 –

About 13.5% of the sample (270) either reference the Associated Press as a source or are AP wire stories. A search for “Associated Press” within the search results yields 270 articles, including a significant number appearing in the New Zealand Herald (43), the Washington Post (26), The National (21), the Bismarck Tribune (15), and the International New York Times (8). A far smaller number of the overall sample (33) reference “Reuters.”

Combined with an acquiescent news media that are arguably complicit in such deception, the end result amounts to sheer propaganda selling the “Syrian revolution” and further conditioning world public opinion for the inevitability of gradual regime change or even more direct military intervention.

After over two decades of phony atrocity stories and tall tales involving Middle Eastern bogeymen and their legion hordes—from babies being thrown out of incubators in Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait to bin Laden’s alleged 9/11 attacks, Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, and Muammar Gaddafi’s fabricated “crackdown” on his people—the public should well understand that much of corporate news media merely function as a well-oiled propaganda machine where “special interests” pull the strings. This is particularly the case when the true powers that be seek to undermine sovereign governments and carry out programs of wholesale terrorism and destruction against their populations.

Notes

[1] Charlie Skelton, “The Syrian Opposition: Who’s Doing the Talking?” Guardian, July 12, 2012.

[2] “Aleppo Bombings Kill 23, Activists Say,” Anadolu Agency, February 8, 2014.

[3] Anne Barnard and Mohammad Ghannam, “Dozens Are Killed in Syrian Violence, Even Amid Preparations for Peace Talks,” New York Times, December 23, 2013, 12.

[4] “Activists: Syrian Forces Launch New Aleppo Strikes,” Associated Press / Washington Post, February 1, 2014.

[5] Skelton, “The Syrian Opposition”; “Coventry: An Unlikely Home to Prominent Syria Activist,” Reuters, December 8, 2011.

[6] A search including the past tense phrases “activists said” or “activists reported” would have likely retrieved an even larger sample.

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Media Scoundrels Target Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman 

They do it in editorials. It's in commentaries. It's in feature op-eds. More on this below.

Previous articles discussed Ukraine. It's under attack. Western dark forces want regime change. 

At stake is its national sovereignty. What's ongoing involves weakening and isolating Russia. 

Western-sponsored violence continues. It erupted in November. Police showed remarkable restraint. They still do.

Western officials wrongfully blame President Viktor Yanukovych government for street thug violence. So do US media scoundrels.

On January 29, Russia's Federation Council (its upper parliamentary house) passed a resolution. It condemned Western interference in internal Ukrainian affairs.

It "expressed indignation at a number of Western politicians unceremoniously interfering...and consciously provoking destabilization in the country."

It blamed opposition groups for ongoing violence. It called them part of a "well-organized campaign to discredit and overthrow the legitimate government."

"Pogroms and fire-raising in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities, the storming of an administrative building, aggressive actions against law enforcement officers that have led to deaths and a significant number of injured are occurring with the approval of those who have brought people to the streets," it said.

It expressed "confidence that the brotherly Ukrainian people and their leadership will find a way to restore peace in the country."

It's nowhere in sight. On January 28, Ukraine's parliament repealed its days earlier enacted anti-protest law.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned. Yanukovych accepted his resignation. He signed a decree. It dismissed his other cabinet officials.

He promised other concessions. He appointed a committee to propose constitutional revisions.

It didn't help. Protests continue. Violence accompanies them. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned "fascistic youths." 

He warned against external interference. Russia "stands for a political settlement within the framework of Ukrainian law," he said.

Street thug "roughnecks" prevent it. They control areas around Kiev's Independence Square. 

Barricades protect them. They occupy government building. They do so in all western regions of Ukraine except one.

On January 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a press conference. He did so following a Brussels-based EU-Russia summit.

"Russia will never interfere in" internal Ukrainian affairs, he stressed.

"I can only imagine how our European partners would have reacted if amid a crisis, say, in Greece or in Cyprus, our foreign minister had appeared at an anti-European rally and started making calls." 

"We believe this is not very good in general, and, taking into consideration certain specifics of relations between Russia and Ukraine, this is simply unacceptable and impossible for us."

Russia will fully honor its bilateral Ukrainian agreements, Putin added. He mentioned what hasn't been explained elsewhere.

He cited an unnamed religious leader. He's a radical extremist. He called on Ukrainians to rally in Kiev. He preached insurrection. 

He urged Yanukovych's ouster. He wants his legitimate government replaced. He used racial epithets. He said Russians, Jews and Blacks should be excluded from ruling Ukraine.

His agenda has no place in civil society, said Putin. It shows what peaceful Ukrainians are up against. 

Washington's dirty hands are manipulating things. EU officials share blame. Hardball viciousness reflects ongoing policy. It's longstanding Western practice. 

It's ruthlessly exploitive. It operates globally. It harms ordinary people horrifically. Ukrainians supporting Yanukovych's government have cause for concern.

US media scoundrels aren't neutral. They blame Yanukovych for street thug violence. New York Times editors pointed fingers the wrong way. 

They urged Washington to "make abundantly clear to Mr. Yanukovich and his lieutenants that they will pay a price if they try to use the talks simply to gain time, or if they order a bloody crackdown."

Revoking visas for Ukrainian officials "was a good start," they said. They urged additional measures.

They wrongfully accused Yanukovych of "undermin(ing) his legitimacy." He did so, they said, by rejecting an EU deal.

They claimed it "could have opened the way to a brighter economic future."

The lied saying so. Western deals are one-way. They're all take and no give. They're exploitive. They ignore popular interests.

Ukraine dodged a bullet by rejecting what no responsible government would accept.

Not according to Times editors. On January 28, they gave four former US Ukrainian ambassadors feature op-ed space. They gave none to Yanukovych supporters.

John Herbst heads Washington's National Defense University's Center for Complex Operations.

William Green Miller is a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars senior policy scholar.

Steven Pifer heads the Brookings Institution Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative.

William Taylor, Jr. is United States Institute of Peace Middle East and Africa vice president.

All four groups are Western establishment organizations. Their views are slanted. They're one-sided. They lack credibility. 

So do former US ambassadors. Rare exceptions prove the rule. They're paid to lie. They support policies demanding rejection.

They headlined "What the West Must Do for Ukraine."

What's responsible was excluded from their commentary. Imperial priorities were featured. International law was ignored.

Things are "on the verge of spinning out of control," they said. They pointed fingers the wrong way.

They blamed "authoritarian (Yanukovych) policies." They lied saying so. They haven't abandoned their old ways.

"If the United States and European Union wish to encourage a peaceful resolution, they must use their leverage now," they said.

Peaceful Ukrainians deplore outside interference. They want dirty hands kept off their country. 

Former ambassadors wrongfully accused Yanukovych of "employ(ing) force."

He's been remarkably restrained. Western governments attack peaceful protesters violently. 

They do it consistently. They use brute force. Media scoundrels ignore what demands condemnation.

Yaukovych concessions are "too little, too late," said the ambassadors. He's gone way out of his way to be conciliatory. 

Opposition thugs respond with more violence. They occupy government buildings.

If something similar happened in America or EU countries, police and other security forces would intervene forcefully. They'd do it violently. In some cases perhaps with guns blazing.

Injuries would follow. Maybe deaths. Mass arrests for sure. Media scoundrels would applaud supportively. So would former ambassadors.

They want "coordinate(d) Western action." Doing so ignores fundamental international law.

Nations are prohibited from interfering in the internal affairs of others. Self-defense is the only exception. Not according to former Ukrainian ambassadors.

"United States and European Union officials should make clear to Mr. Yanukovych that he must refrain from the use of force and must negotiate seriously to find a resolution to the crisis." 

"That means going beyond his latest proposals. He must offer shared control over state security organs with the opposition."

Imagine if former Russian officials demanded Washington share power with anti-government opposition independent parties. 

Imagine public rage. Imagine condemnation. Imagine the harsh response. Imagine media scoundrel editorials and commentaries denouncing unacceptable meddling.

Do what we say, not do, is official US policy. Former ambassadors don't forget.

"American and European officials should directly engage Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle and underscore that they need to act now to promote a settlement or face Western visa and financial sanctions," they said.

"American and European officials...should leave Mr. Yanukovych a way out. He could still order the police to move against demonstrators." It would "hasten his departure from office."

Responsible governments confront lawless insurrections. They're not tolerated. They shouldn't be. 

The alternative is anarchy. The worst of Ukrainian opposition elements aren't "demonstrators."

They're Western manipulated provocateurs. They're street thugs. They're ultranationalists. They're fascists. They're lawless.

Former ambassadors ignored what demands highlighting. They urged greater Western involvement. "Brussels needs to maintain a high-level team in Kiev for the duration of the crisis," they said.

Imagine if Russian officials said Moscow must do something similar in Washington to assure pro-Kremlin policy.

Former ambassadors want US and EU officials "visibly monitor(ing)" Kiev streets.

Who gives them the right to dictate Ukraine policy? Former ambassadors want them sending Moscow a "coordinated message."

They want Putin "caution(ed)." He "should understand that rough stuff with Ukraine would cast a shadow over" February's Sochi Winter Olympics.

They endorse hardball Western meddling. They call it the right thing to do. It bears full responsibility for inciting violence. 

At stake is Ukrainian sovereign independence. Former ambassadors want pro-Western governance replacing it. 

They want ordinary Ukrainians denied say over their own futures. They want them ruthlessly exploited.

They want Ukraine's resources stolen. They want another Western colony. They want what the vast majority of Ukrainians reject.

Why Times editors gave them feature op-ed space, they'll have to explain. 

It wasn't the first time. It won't be the last. It's longstanding Times policy. So is supporting wrong over right.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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In 2009 the Obama administration partnered with utilities by allocating $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds toward building a nationwide “smart grid,” where smart meters figure centrally.[1] The project is part of President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” that under United Nations auspices seeks to reduce US carbon emissions 20% by the year 2020.[2]

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Yet in the US and elsewhere the imperative of having a “smart grid,” the prospect of a carbon trading scheme, lax (and in at least some cases corrupt) state and federal regulatory bodies, and the sheer power of the utilities combine to jeopardize the long term health of the entire population.

In a purportedly democratic society news outlets play a decisive role in such an impending health crisis. By failing to report on the dubious health research of smart meters and the fact that the public is being involuntarily subjected to such technology, news media are a key factor in the citizenry’s continued ignorance and inaction.

In May 2011 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer categorized “radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless cellphone use.”[4] Despite this warning from a well-recognized source, the utilities stubbornly insist that all residences must be equipped with a smart meter issuing dangerous electropollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ceased studying the health effects of radiofrequency radiation when the Senate Appropriations Committee cut the department’s funding and forbade it from further research into the area.[5] Thereafter RF limits were codified as mere “guidelines” based on the EPA’s tentative findings and are presently overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

These weakly enforced standards are predicated on the alleged “thermal effect” of RF to which the FCC subscribes. In other words, if the energy emitted from a wireless antenna or device is not powerful enough to heat the skin or flesh then no danger is posed to human health.[6]

To this day power utilities cling to this severely outmoded and unscientific standard when confronted with the formidable body of research linking RF to cancer, destruction of DNA, and other negative health effects. News media seldom question the FCC policy when it is cited by utilities and regulators alike to underline the supposed overall safety of smart meters.[7]

An electronic LexisNexis search of newspaper articles referencing “smart meters” appearing between May 31, 2011, the date WHO classified RF a Class 2B carcinogen, and June 19, 2014, yields close to 839 pieces published in English language papers. Yet for the same time span only one tenth of the sample (82 articles) mentions “smart meters” and “carcinogen” or “carcinogenic” in the same report. Of these, 65 of the articles appeared in Canadian, and to a much lesser degree Australian or UK papers. Note that each sample includes guest editorials and letters to the editor penned by concerned citizens.

Using parameters from the date May 31, 2011, the date WHO declared RF a Class 2B carcinogen, to January 19, 2014, of 93 newspaper articles referencing “smart meter” and “World Health Organization,” 76 were published in Canadian, and to a much lesser degree UK, Australian, Malaysian or New Zealand outlets.

As the above suggests, the extremely limited awareness especially in the US of the potential health consequences of exposure to the continual RF emitted by smart meters is primarily because the issue is being blacked out in the press. When such dangers are reported, they are tempered by the refrain of the FCC’s “thermal effect” policy, which in light of the abundant countervailing research amounts to disinformation.

In December 2013 I contacted the reporter at the local metro-daily Palm Beach Post covering the state power utility, Florida Power and Light, and its smart meter policy to remind her of the bevy of public health and medical research documenting the likely consequences of sustained RF exposure. I also directed her to the WHO statement classifying RF as potentially carcinogenic.

To the Post’s credit a subsequent story highlighting Florida Power and Light’s “opt out” policy referenced the WHO statement. Yet the piece appeared deep in the business section of the paper, and the WHO warning was accompanied by the Florida Public Service Commission’s familiar rejoinder.

In 2011 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields such as those emitted by cellular phones, microwaves and smart meters as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

The PSC has said its authority does not extend to health issues related to meters. Smart meters are certified for compliance with radio frequency emission standards by the Federal Communications Commission, and the FCC has deemed that meters in compliance with the standards do not have adverse health impacts.[8]

While one or more hidden agendas likely exist to keep the public unaware of the health dangers associated with RF and smart meters (again, think carbon trading, in addition to the social control possibilities via energy rationing and surveillance soon to be realized through the “smart grid,”) a more immediate cause for such censorship is simply profit and continued media monopoly control of public opinion and discourse.

The telecommunications industry whose services are largely predicated on RF has recently exhibited the largest growth in advertising outlays, which are surely recognized in bottom line terms by the news and media industries.[9] With potential continued revenue growth on this scale, raising questions and relaying information that can safeguard public health and allow citizens to ask intelligent questions concerning the health of themselves and their loved ones simply constitutes poor business practice.

Notes

[1] “President Obama Announces $3.4 Billion Investment to Spur Transition to Smart Energy Grid,” The White House, October 27, 2009.

[2] Ed King, “Obama Promises to Cut Carbon Pollution in Climate Action Plan,” Responding to Climate Change, June 26, 2013.

[3] See, for example, the American Association of Environmental Medicine EMF-RF Reference List (PDF) and AAEM’s April 12, 2012 Press Advisory (PDF).

[4] World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer, “IARC Classifies Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields as Possibly Carcinogenic,” May 31, 2011.

[5] Susan Luzzaro, “Field of Cell Phone Tower Beams,” San Diego Reader, May 18, 2011,

[6] FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, http://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety. See also James F. Tracy “Wireless Technology and the Accelerated Toxification of America,” memoryholeblog.com, July 7, 2012.

[7] When this author obtained documents through a public records request from the Florida Public Service Commission on Florida Power and Light’s smart meter campaign–a very simple and routine endeavor for any journalist–it was evident that no human health impact studies on statewide smart meter deployment were ever considered. The PSC merely accepted FPL’s rationale and related public relations literature.

[8] Susan Salisbury, “Media Opt-Out Fee to Be Considered, PSC Staff Proposes Enrollment, Monthly Cost for Device For Device Foes,” Palm Beach Post, January 3, 2014, B4.

[9] “Ad Spend By Sector: Consumer Goods and Telecom Take the Cake in 2012,” Nielsen.com, April 25, 2013.

Republished at GlobalResearch.ca on January 21, 2014.

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While my tenure was ultimately upheld, one is left to seriously ponder the informal yet persuasive constraints placed in intellectuals today who concretely address certain controversial issues and topics. Only a brief survey of today’s lamentably somber and often inane public discourse is necessary to conclude that tenure is far too infrequently used in the fashion originally intended—to allow academics to research with impunity the topics of their choosing that may prove inflammatory, particularly to some who may wield enough political influence to have them disciplined or fired.

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By Susan Duclos



We have a twofer here since they both involved a media blackout, one from the mainstream media in and out of Japan, and the other on social media continued five days after a major earthquake hit near the Fukushima nuclear plant.

First we will start with a Tokyo mother declares that despite sickness, death and serious radiation symptoms, there is a "total media blackout" on what is actually happening in Japan as a result of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami cripple it.

That question and answer from the Cinema Forum Fukushima was published in July and still, the media ignores what is happening. 

"In Japan, it’s really a total blackout of media, even though there are lots and lots of people who have been developing symptoms. That information itself cannot come out because of the control of the media and the doctors, like the Society of Medicine in Japan, are denying even now that there have been health damages [...] I just wanted to remind you that this is really a real thing. It’s not only the anxiety, it is happening. I think this is the most important thing. But there are very few people who talk about this […] I was outside on the 15th of March in Tokyo, and then about 1 month later, I had fever of like 103ºF for 8 days. And this [baby] boy, he was totally healthy, now he’s OK, but at the time he had 101ºF fever on and off for 13 times in the duration of 3 months. He had rash all over and he was really, really sick [...] he became real skinny and he stopped growing for 3 or 4 months. It is really happening. I have 2 nodules in my thyroid, and my boy has countless number of minor nodules. So what I wanted to stress most, the most important thing is the symptoms are happening. I want you to know, and I want you to spread this information."

That will be the first video below.

As was reported yesterday, there are also questions as to whether the supposed "live" camera at the fukushima nuclear plant is really live.

Last but definitely not least, BeautifulGirlByDana continues to monitor the web and five days after another 7 plus magnitude earthquake hit near the already devastated nuclear plant, still no verifiable direct social media interaction from Japan.

Dana also brings about the question of the global damage as is clear in the headline of his video "# 2 Fukushima Death Plumes Hitting Canada Tonight & for months ??"

One more quick thought before showing the two videos below.... is it only Japan that has a total media blackout or are governments around the world also hiding the effects from their people and why is the media being complicit and helping them do so?







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