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Mainstream media plumb depths with blanket Russia coverage

Rather than focusing on credible issues, the corporate media continue to discredit themselves with the myth of “Russian hackers”.

Shane Quinn

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Months of fixation by the mainstream media on the invented Russian election interference says much about the West’s intellectual culture. It has reached a point whereby a brief meeting between a Russian adoption lawyer and the American president’s son makes bumper headline news. What’s particularly striking, is that no proof of Russian interference in the 2016 American election has been unearthed. Nor will it ever be, one can safely assume by now.

One of the traditional components of journalism is meant to be based on discovery of evidence, then analysing and reporting on that evidence. Yet even this may be a fanciful assumption. Noam Chomsky, in his forgotten book Necessary Illusions, revealed some interesting things about the corporate media in the United States. Chomsky focused primarily on the New York Times, as it is the standard bearer for American newspapers with the rest rarely deviating.

Chomsky analysed the New York Times’ coverage of US President Ronald Reagan’s brutal terrorist wars in Central America. He provided streams of evidence of the following: the exact opposite was occurring on the ground to what the Times had been reporting to the public. The American people were oblivious to the murder of thousands of people by US-backed forces, and so the slaughter could continue in secret. One of the leading murderers, General Vides Casanova of US-backed El Salvador, was described by the Times as “a soft-spoken, amiable man who has a reputation as an excellent administrator”. General Casanova, former El Salvadoran defence minister, is today known as a notorious war criminal.

In the meantime, the Free Press have been trying to deflect attention from their disastrous backing of Hillary Clinton from the get-go. The establishment hugely supported Clinton, firstly as she controversially wrested the Democratic Party nomination from Bernie Sanders – a respected candidate who would likely have defeated Donald Trump in the stand-off. On the eve of the election, Clinton remained odds-on favourite over Trump, within hours a ticking time-bomb had exploded under the establishment base.

The leading newspapers have long since aligned themselves with the power centres. President Woodrow Wilson’s Red Scare (1917-1921) was one of the greatest witch-hunts in American history. The campaign’s sinister workings – led by J. Edgar Hoover – were strongly backed by the New York Times and Washington Post, with “stories of Communist atrocities fill[ing] column after column in American newspapers”. Hundreds were deported, most for imaginary reasons, and unions were smashed.

It’s a classic tactic of the press: concoct invented enemies like hordes of Communists or “Russian hackers” trying to take over the country. It serves to keep the population in line through a campaign of manipulation and fear. The Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was a master of control, and said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such a time as the State can shield people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.” Goebbels was one of the more extreme Nazi criminals, but was noted for his intelligence.

There have been few bigger lies in history than Russia hacking the American election, or indeed, the French election, or any other election. When Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were sitting together at the G20 summit last month, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was positioned slightly closer to the cameras. A mainstream journalist was heard shouting a question on “Russian hackers”, and Lavrov could not contain his laughter. For it is exactly that: laughable. The Russian leaders are fully aware of US interference in dozens of elections since 1945, nor were they using computers either.

The selective reporting of the Western media is notable. Three days before the French election, Barack Obama openly endorsed eventual winner Emmanuel Macron in a video. Obama said: “I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again. But the French election is very important to the future of France…” Yet this is not reported as American interference in an election. The double standards are remarkable. Here an ex-US president admitted he interfered in elections while sitting in office, and afterwards continues to do so. How would the West have reacted if, for example, Putin had publicly backed the French leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon?

Among the thousands of articles on “Russian hacking”, there has been little attempt to provide balance and perspective by also including American foreign policy. That would serve the public interest by providing a proper context, but they are being deliberately misled to meet the requirements of corporate media.

Rather than focusing primarily on Trump administration policy, the press are concerned with trying to restore their battered reputation. Trump’s desire to eliminate regulations will further enrich the powerful few, likely leading to another financial crash. That is of little concern to the super-wealthy, as the general population would again be called on to rescue the financial institutions.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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