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The Western media’s parallel world

A political and media class in the West intent on constructing its own reality finds itself in a hopeless struggle with the truth.

Vaughan Famularo




We need to be careful as we enter into a brave new world, conspicuous by the discarded foundations that humanity toiled centuries to build.

We have callously discarded the sword of truth and justice to the annals of history and instead, have cheaply replaced them with a world ruled, by those who can scream the longest and loudest.

This new world seems to run parallel to the world we live in and the one, we are expected to comply and acquiesce.

This new world is steered and shepherded by the Mainstream Media (MSM) and, where policy is decided in the Court of Public Opinion.

It is fuelled, inspired and controlled by unelected jackals, whose only goal is subservience to their masters and, the propagation of false information, designed to grow their ever expanding bottom line.

Civil society in almost every nation of the world, embraces a general consensus; that individuals have the right to a fair trial, to face their accusers, and be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Indeed, this is the cornerstone of Law and Freedom in all of our Democracy’s.

However, this is not the standard in this parallel world. In the media’s Court of Public Opinion, no truth is needed, there is no Fifth Amendment, just a chorus of carefully scripted, loud and repetitive voices.

What is troubling and increasingly worrisome, is that this parallel world has apparently crossed the threshold of innuendo and bluster and morphed into the spirit and consciousness of our Western world leaders!

The examples are numerous and this article cannot pretend to cover them all.

However, anyone paying attention, can see the shocking displays of the US and NATO Government Ministers, abusing their position and historical relevance, by making outlandish accusations of Russian War Crimes without producing any evidence whilst hypocritically carrying out identical bombings themselves in Mosul.

Russia, Syria, Iran, and Presidents Putin and Assad, are continually vilified over and over again without any evidence ever produced to back up the accusers’ claims.

There are two basic methods in play here.

The first is the circular argument. This can best be illustrated by the MH-17 tragedy.

The downing of MH-17 was blamed on Russia within hours by US leaders without ever presenting evidence.

We were assured by John Kerry and President Obama that their satellite data was comprehensive and absolute but that data could never be released because it was “classified”.

The merry minstrels who are made up of other Western Leaders,quickly joined in the chorus of blaming Russia and vilifying Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

Australia’s Prime Minister embarrassingly threatened to “Shirtfront” Putin on his upcoming visit to Brisbane.

However, when Abbott graced reality, he chose instead to shake Putin’s hand.

This example shines a light on the shameless actions of these so called Western leaders.

Their baseless claims delivered an immediate verdict of Guilty!  A verdict supported by hidden information we can never see and presented by corporately funded politicians who are proven liars.

If we ask for proof or evidence, the circular form of the argument takes shape: “we can’t, it’s classified!”

The other method used to frame a country or leader is straight out accusatory.

An example is the recent bombing of a UN Humanitarian Convoy that produced an Oscar winning performance by the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power who within hours of the bombing accused Russia without presenting a shred of evidence.

Russia, quite rightly, called for an independent UN investigation.   However by then the genie had been let out of the bottle.  If a UN investigation ever takes place – which is unlikely – it will take months, and by that time the false accusations will have gained traction and will have already been used to influence military policy.

In the case of the bombing of the humanitarian convoy all the indications in fact point to the attack having been carried out by people on the ground instead of through the falsely claimed airstrike because there was no tell-tale bomb crater typical of that left by an air to ground bomb or missile.

The only people in the vicinity of the convoy at the time of the attack and who were armed and capable of destroying it were the Al Nusra terrorists. 

Embedded with those Al Nusra terrorists are, members of the western backed White Helmets.  They are a counterfeit civil defence group who the US uses to tap the majority of their ‘on ground’ intelligence and whose allegiance is murky at best. Their leader – Raed Saleh – was actually refused entry into the US this year, apparently because he was on an FBI terrorist watch list.  Regardless, the US still funds his group to the tune of $22 million.

This odious relationship gives the US ‘political accountability’.   When their baseless accusations against Russia are eventually proven false, they can blame the White Helmets for feeding them false intelligence.

The scary reality the world now faces is how quickly these childish slurs quickly morph into apparent fact and then – before we know it – are used to shape policy.

The pattern is now predictable.  The US delivers baseless accusations against Syria or Russia or their leaders.  The same scripted rhetoric is then repeated ad nauseum like a harmonised chorus by other Western leaders.  These false claims are then echoed hourly by the media and, like a magic trick, they turn valid, accepted as fact amongst Western leaders even though no facts are ever actually forthcoming.

This is how our Western leaders now form their political and military policy, and how our military machine is being oiled, primed and aimed towards war with a nuclear powered Russia.  Yet no one ask: why?

Modern history is full of examples of these tactics. Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein both became targets after having been softened up with the vitriol dripping from the mouths of just about every Western leader of the time.  During the 1990s ad hominem attacks against Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic culminated in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. 

Milosevic was continually vilified in the media and accused of genocide and of crimes against humanity.   Eventually he was arrested and tried at The Hague.  Although he died in prison he was recently found innocent of all charges.

A Sun Tzu quote reads, “The wheels of Justice grind slow but grind fine”.

However, our modern and accelerated political world is no longer restrained by something as insignificant and slow as justice.  By the time justice finds her voice the media refuses her a microphone and has already hastily moved on.

The Western media is like an Illusionist who draws the audience’s gaze to one hand whilst the other is conjuring the trick.  It is totally blind to the injustices rendered on innocent people other than those it chooses to endorse to promote its agenda.

No longer is any attention paid to those who ordered the bombing of Yugoslavia. The guilty parties have long moved on, and are now positioned out of focus of the media’s attention.

The same cognitive dissonance will appear when the facts concerning Aleppo and Syria finally come to light. No one will be interested, and the glare of attention will be focused on some new tragedy.

I often wonder whether if the Western media refuse to report an incident, did it really happen?  I say this because policy and history appear to be written by shallow incidents that either never did take place or which took place in a totally different way to how the media reports them.

The Western media and those who own and fund it have created a parallel world.  They see themselves as an elite and sovereign entity accountable to no one and bound by no rules or laws.   In reality the media are owned and coupled to the same oppressive powers that drive the hegemonic policies of the West.

The politicians who embrace this parallel world and push their agendas and deliver their policies contrary to the will of the people think they are untouchable. But history is replete with tales of how our forebears continually dealt with despots and autocrats.

Presently, people everywhere are being awakened from their slumber and they are looking for evidence of truth.  And, as hard as the media try to muddy the waters, the truth, like a spirit, will continue rise and shine and people will run to its embrace.

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Via RT

Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”



Via Zerohedge

Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Authored by Al Masdar News:

Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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