18:25 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Now approaching nearly a year after the April 7, 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria — which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases throughout Damascus — a BBC reporter who investigated the incident on the ground has issued public statements saying the "Assad sarin attack" on Douma was indeed "staged". Riam Dalati is a well-known BBC Syria producer who has long reported from the region.
1:50 [21st Century Wire] (E)
The prospect of US withdrawal from Syria has taken the use of doublespeak by frothing neocons and their liberal interventionist fellow travellers to a new level.
Here to help the confused observer is a glossary of some of the most frequently used key terms and their true meanings, along with guidance on usages deemed taboo in Western policy-making and media circles
21:42 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Phil Butler - CNN reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin, without so much as a wave of his mighty hand, is now the cause of the fall of western civilization. What, you think I am kidding? We’ve known all along this was coming, and now the writing will likely be on the U.S. border wall. Meanwhile, the people who own the CNNs of the world rip apart people’s belief in God. No, I am not kidding. “Another good day for Putin as turmoil grips US and UK,” that’s the snappy title CNN analyst Stephen Collinson labeled the network’s latest fake Putin news with.
13:05 [newsbud/YouTube] (E)
For over a century The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in England has worked behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for a one world government. It has relentlessly pushed propaganda that predicts the end of Western civilization, adopted from the work of German philosopher Oswald Spengler.
18:34 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Western corporate news media have got to be one of the most irresponsible and toxic entities. In particular, their contribution to distorting international relations with Russia and stoking tensions is bordering on incitement. It is astounding and atrocious that such paranoid thinking is displayed on a massive scale. Western establishment news media, without a hint of irony, proclaim to be independent, critical, free-thinking and defenders of democracy.
21:18 [The Unz Review] (E)
It is cold in the Midwest, so cold that Rachel Maddow already ascribed it to evil Putin (“Russia will freeze you and your family to death.”) It is extremely cold in England, too. I’d think this frost spell should put paid to the silly notion of Global Warming. But no, the adepts of Al Gore sect are not so easily dissuaded. Like the Flat Earth Society, they are impervious to arguments. These enlightened people keep struggling against global warming.
18:02 [Craig Murray] (E)
We are frequently told that people in Venezuela have no food, clothing or toilet paper, and that popular discontent with the left wing government is driven by real hunger. There are elements of truth in this story, though the causes of economic dislocation are far more complex than the media would have us believe.
15:57 [Truthdig] (E)
On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago. A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.
13:54 [offGuardian] (E)
Philip Roddis - My previous post on Venezuela claimed media on both sides of the Atlantic to have a long and unbroken record of backing US aggression on the global south. Of scores of examples I might have given, I chose the Observer’s 2003 call for ‘decisive action’ against Iraq.
14:27 [The Jimmy Dore Show] (E)
Jimmy Dore and his guests break it down.
11:35 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
The U.S. mainstream media is suddenly discovering Venezuela. Without having any actual knowledge of the country, all dirt the writers can think of is thrown against its government. Don`t expect to get any facts from them. Most is just propaganda in a media build for a war. In this NPR report for example, Amid Chaos Venezuelans Struggle To Find The Truth, Online, the first line is already an outrageous lie: In Venezuela, where media is controlled by the government, figuring out what is truth, rumor or propaganda has always been difficult. No. The media in Venezuela is NOT controlled by the government. There are many privately owned newspapers and TV stations.
11:33 [Truthstream Media] (E)
Regarding Global Occult Initiation PSYop
9:00 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Just as the US has done across the Arab World and in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia faces political subversion aimed at transforming the region to serve Washington’s interests....For all of these reasons, the United States has slated Thailand for regime change. Toward that end, Washington currently maintains a growing army of supposed “nongovernmental organisations” (NGOs) attempting to influence and control everything from the media and law, to education, the environment and even elections. These NGOs are also actively leading protests against the current government, protests that have recently grown after the government repealed bans on political gatherings.
14:05 [The American Conservative] (E)
No evidence, a transparently false narrative—it`s not the National Enquirer; it`s the past week in journalism. After a week in which Buzzfeed published the false claim that Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to Congress and a tsunami of inaccurate reporting smeared a bunch of high school kids in MAGA hats, it’s time to ask: what happens if political journalism can’t snap back from its current state of tabloidization?
14:04 [Consortium News] (E)
By Caitlin Johnstone - A new, updated data set is now available on a psychological phenomenon that has been labeled “Trump Anxiety Disorder” or “Trump Hypersensitive Unexplained Disorder,” and it says that the phenomenon only got worse in 2018. The disorder is described as a specific type of anxiety in which symptoms “were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate,” and according to the 2018 surveys Americans are feeling significantly more stressed by the future of their country and the current political environment than they were last year.
0:19 [The Unz Review] (E)
There is not a single newspaper in the US that supports the views of the US President. Nobody defended him when he was accused, brazenly, in-your-face, of being a Russian agent. Nobody supported him when he called to bring the troops home from Syria. Nobody came to his aid when he mulled parting with NATO. There are tens of millions of men and women who voted for him, but he has only his Twitter account at his disposal.
23:30 [The Intercept] (E)
BUZZFEED WAS ONCE notorious for traffic-generating “listicles”, but has since become an impressive outlet for deep investigative journalism under editor-in-chief Ben Smith. That outlet was prominently in the news this week thanks to its “bombshell” story about President Trump and Michael Cohen: a story that, like so many others of its kind, blew up in its face, this time when the typically mute Robert Mueller’s office took the extremely rare step to label its key claims “inaccurate.” But in homage to BuzzFeed’s past viral glory, following are the top ten worst media failures in two-plus-years of Trump/Russia reporting.
7:03 [Global Research] (E)
Now They’re Targeting Pakistan and PM Imran Khan
15:05 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY - The Washington Post is a noisily anti-Russian newspaper which every weekday by email produces for subscribers (of whom I am one) the Daily 202 (“Power Post — Intelligence for Leaders”) which covers US politics, a little international stuff, and a section called “There’s a Bear in the Woods” aimed at denigrating, belittling and generally insulting Russia. The Post is intent on convincing citizens of the United States and the world in general that nothing good is ever done by, in or with the government of Russia, and a favourite target is President Putin. A typical Editorial was headed “Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly” and dealt savagely with the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki last year.
15:03 [RT] (E)
WikiLeaks says it has collected enough funds to file a lawsuit against the Guardian for publishing an uncorroborated story about alleged meetings between former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Julian Assange.
14:45 [RT] (E)
Simon Rite - We`ve all met those people who describe themselves as laid back, when in reality they`re just one loud noise from a mouth frothing breakdown. So when something describes itself as having integrity, be wary. Enter the Integrity Initiative (II), Britain`s very own government funded influence network which is currently in the process of having its underpants revealed to the world. There`s no doubting it`s an initiative, the jury`s out on the other bit. Some of the people behind it are alleged former spies (can you be a former spy?), a calling not often linked to integrity.
13:43 [RT] (E)
Donald Trump’s reluctance to provide unfettered access to his conversations with Vladimir Putin has upset nameless American officials, the Washington Post has revealed. The US president dismissed the story as absurd and offensive.
13:42 [RT] (E)
Fighting "Russian disinformation" in the West has become a lucrative business. But, in reality, you`re far more likely to encounter deceitful agitprop directed at Russia.
13:38 [LaRouchePAC] (E)
The New York Times of Saturday, January 12th, blared the headline, in oversized type: “FBI Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.” A closer look reveals that the Times plagiarized this article largely from the Epoch Times, the Falun Gong’s anti-China newspaper.
22:01 [SOTT] (E)
The latest news about Russia from New York and Washington is chilling, ominous, and more diabolical than ever before. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is now in complete control of U.S. President Donald Trump`s mind. The Raw Story is, the Russian president has managed to infiltrate the teeming grey matter of America`s chief executive. The implications are mind-boggling, to be sure. I should continue this real news story with brilliantly contrived fabrications, for it`s for certain, the world will believe anything these days.
21:11 [Consortium News] (E)
After mobilizing a disinformation campaign across Europe, documents show that the Integrity Initiative is now infiltrating the U.S., report Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames. A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert U.K. state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”
11:54 [The Nation] (E)
By Aaron Maté - The release of two Senate-commissioned reports has sparked a new round of panic about Russia manipulating a vulnerable American public on social media. Headlines warn that Russian trolls have tried to suppress the African-American vote, promote Green Party candidate Jill Stein, recruit “assets,” and “sow discord” or “hack the 2016 election” via sex-toy ads and Pokémon Go. “The studies,” writes David Ignatius of The Washington Post, “describe a sophisticated, multilevel Russian effort to use every available tool of our open society to create resentment, mistrust and social disorder,” demonstrating that the Russians, “thanks to the Internet…seem to be perfecting these dark arts.”
11:39 [American Renaissance] (E)
An insider’s story. Editor’s Introduction: This article is about events that took place in 2012, but anyone who follows the news closely knows that nothing has changed. This is a remarkable account by someone who had an inside look at deliberate falsifications by what was once one of the most respected names in journalism. * * * In May of 2012, the BBC Panorama program broadcast a documentary about “racism” in the host countries of the 2012 European soccer championship: Poland and Ukraine.
17:38 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
ERIC ZUESSE - An article by the BBC on “The world’s most nutritious foods" ranks the healthfulness of foods on the basis of an article at the supposedly scientific PLOSone journal, titled "Uncovering the Nutritional Landscape of Food”. That study is based on a dataset that entirely ignores antioxidant-content of foods. Antioxidant-content has come to be recognized during recent decades as constituting perhaps the most important factor in nutrition. It’s probably even more important than vitamin-content and than mineral-content and than protein, carbohydrate, and fat content.
17:26 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
As historians know, events of great significance are sometimes put into motion by some seemingly irrelevant occurrence. This week’s shot across the bow of the mainstream media by one of its erstwhile members probably won’t trigger a stampede for the exits, but it did provide for a timely wake-up call.
17:17 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
By DAVID MACILWAIN - Amongst the many things that may be said about 2018 in the echo-chambers of Western media, you can be sure that an admission of the lies that were told will not be one of them. Yet of all the things that characterize this year of fracture and dissonance, the litany of lies told by Western leaders and media stands out – a veritable juggernaut of mendacity about almost every aspect of the political and strategic battles fought against internal and external enemies over the last year.
17:15 [Counter Currents.org] (E)
by Dr Ludwig Watzal - Year after year, the right-wing Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles publishes its shitlist of the top leading “Anti-Semites” or “anti-Semitic” incidents. It’s always funny to read about this organization distortion of reality and unworldliness. These yearly “Anti-Semitism” Awards come right after the famous Hollywood Awards.
2:09 [Viable Opposition] (E)
While the Iranian nuclear and missile program have received relatively little coverage in recent weeks, things may well be heating up again. Here`s the latest from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Iran:...and here`s what Iran`s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif had to say in response
14:02 [Zero Hedge] (E)
The German government has mounted an aggressive campaign to encourage illegal migrants to leave - bribing them with free rent for a year in their home countries. "Your country. Your future. Now!” read billboards in seven languages, plastered in nearly 2,500 locations across 80 German cities, reports the National Post...."The Turkish flag on the poster is particularly difficult. Many Turks have been here for decades," said Huebner.
14:01 [Zero Hedge] (E)
A journalist with NBC has resigned from the network with a statement which highlights the immense resistance that ostensibly liberal mass media outlets have to antiwar narratives, skepticism of US military agendas, and any movement in the opposite direction of endless military expansionism.
14:00 [Sputnik] (E)
The files were released just after 2:30pm GMT on January 4 — I`ve barely scratched the surface of the content, but what I`ve seen so far contains a panoply of bombshell revelations — to say the least, the organization(s) now have serious questions to answer about what role they played in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in March, and its aftermath both nationally and internationally.
12:55 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
The British Government runs an anti-Russian smear campaign through the pseudo non-government-organization Integrity Initiative. Some person, operating under the `Anonymous` label, obtained internal papers of the Initiative and publishes those in several batches. Moon of Alabama was one of the first sites that analyzed the released papers.
21:40 [Cassandra`s Legacy] (E)
Lies appearing in the mainstream media can be invented out of nothing -- they don`t need to be connected in any way with reality. The fact that they appear on a tabloid, the Daily Mail, well known for being unreliable (including telling us of a restaurant selling human meat in Nigeria) means little or nothing. It is sufficient that the legend agrees with some widespread perception, in this case that the Russians are evil and deceptive.
2:06 [Judicial Watch] (E)
President Trump declared victory over ISIS in Syria on Dec. 19 and ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the war-torn region, as well as a substantial reduction in forces deployed in Afghanistan – winding down our 17-year entanglement in the “graveyard of empires.”
20:36 [Eurasia Future] (E)
As you watch the US mainstream media having a go at US President Donald Trump on a daily and sometimes even hourly basis there some important things you need to keep in mind when you absorb all that flow of information.
The first and foremost rule of digesting any mainstream news is that you should treat every single word you read or hear with deep scepticism. If you start treating mainstream news seriously, you risk becoming addicted to knowing and saying things that have nothing to do with reality.
19:06 [Spiked] (E)
In 2018, there were few things Western elites didn`t blame on Russia.Over the summer, Sweden’s defence commission warned that ‘a larger European conflict could start with an attack on Sweden’.
18:34 [Outside the Reality Machine] (E)
Cautionary Note: This is not an article. Nor is it fake news. It is something called fiction. Most people no longer understand that term. If they did, they would not be interested. How could fiction possibly reflect what is happening in the real world? Metaphor? Baloney! What does that stupid elite term even mean? Enrichment of the mind? Don’t be silly. We don’t have time for it.
18:06 [The Grayzone Project] (E)
The Grayzone entered the carefully concealed offices of a covert, British government-backed propaganda mill that is at the center of an international scandal the mainstream media refuses to touch. By Mohamed Elmaazi and Max Blumenthal
14:47 [youtube] (E)
8:48 [Heinrichplatz TV] (E)
Recent hacked documents have revealed an international network of politicians, journalists, academics, researchers and military officers, all engaged in highly deceptive covert propaganda campaigns funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), NATO, Facebook and hardline national security institutions.
This “network of networks”, as one document refers to them, centers around an ironically named outfit called the Integrity Initiative.
15:57 [Liberty Nation] (E)
When news broke out of Germany that an award-winning reporter for Der Spiegel had been exposed as a serial fabricator, my first inclination, before delving into the details, was to assume a certain way the story would unfold. It would involve a writer reporting from a leftist viewpoint in a highly literary, as opposed to fact-driven, manner. Check and check. Claas Relotius, honored in 2014 as CNN’s “Journalist of the Year,” was especially adept at a stylized form of “reporting” that read like good fiction.
17:50 [Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media] (E)
The Integrity Initiative now accounts for most of the budget of a Scottish-registered charity named the Institute for Statecraft founded by Daniel Lafayeedney and Chris Donnelly in 2006. Most of the overt funding for this programme – about £2.6 million / year – comes from the Conflict Security and Stability Fund’s Russian Language Programme, now merged with a secret Counter Disinformation and Media Campaign. Office space in central London and most of the staff salaries, appear to be provided as a covert benefit in kind.
21:46 [SOTT] (E)
An MP has taken aim at Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan over the Institute of Statecraft and demanded a probe into a Scottish-based black ops Twitter attack on Labour. An MP has accused Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan of misleading Parliament over a Government-funded infowars unit that attacked the Labour Party. Chris Williamson made the claim after an urgent debate in the House of Commons sparked by the Sunday Mail`s exclusive report on shadowy Scottish "charity" the Institute for Statecraft (IfS). The organisation - run by military intelligence experts - is now being probed by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
18:51 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The updated list with some 65 issues, ideas and things that Russia allegedly `weaponizes` will hopefully help to convince people that most of what is said or written about Russia is likewise blatant nonsense.
22:55 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
Q: What do humor, health information, giant squids, robotic cockroaches, tedium and postmodernism have in common? A: Russia weaponized them. Back in March 2016 we created a list of news items that accused Russia and its bear riding president Vladimir Putin of weaponizing things. Others have since copied the idea. Several of the pieces listed in it are products of the recently uncovered British government financed disinformation campaign, or of similar efforts by other governments. But these are only a part of the general anti-Russian reflex that is ingrained in our `western` culture.
13:10 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Well, what d’you know, regular as clockwork, Russia is being blamed – again – for “sowing social division” in Western states. This time, it’s the ongoing nationwide public protests in France against economic austerity which some Western media outlets have claimed are being “amplified” by Russian influence.
16:15 [Mint Press News] (E)
By George Eliason - For the last four years, there has been a massive uptick in how much information and Intelligence from politically deviant sources like Bellingcat are tainting the President’s daily press briefing, NATO Intel, EU Parliament, and US Congressional inquiries.
23:09 [RT] (E)
Robert Bridge - Unlike the 2014 Ukraine uprising, which witnessed invasive meddling on the part of US politicians and diplomats, Western support for the French Yellow Vest protests has been conspicuously missing in action. The streets of Paris are ablaze for a fourth weekend in a row, as a swarm of Yellow Vests assert themselves against a French government which, they argue, has become increasingly detached from the cares of ordinary citizens. Yet support among Western capitals for the protesters is nowhere to be found.