John Pilger’s study of war propaganda, lies, deception and empire.
More on propaganda.
John Pilger’s study of war propaganda, lies, deception and empire.
More on propaganda.
BBC deleted this report where residents dispute the Ukraine coup (Nazi) government’s version of events.
BBC now completely discredited for hiding this information from the world.
So you thought Pando might be different?
Until last week I was working this story for Pando Daily, where I was a staff writer and cartoonist. We intended to publish the name — not to endanger him (which in any case would not have been possible since Langley had yanked him off his post), but to take a stand for adversarial media.
Journalists ought to publish news wherever they find it, whatever it is, damn the consequences. Credible media organizations don’t protect government secrets. They don’t obey spy agencies. Real journalists don’t cooperate with government — any government, any time, for any reason. My editor and I believed that, by demonstrating a little fearlessness, we might inspire other media outfits to grow a pair and stop sucking up to the government.
There is no longer a “we.” Pando fired me over the weekend, along with the investigative journalist David Sirota.
Censorship in Amerika, state secrets and the insicious ways that power keeps them.
A generation drowned in douche. Their sensibilities insulated and protected from strange ideas that might challenge them. Who will save the children from these discomforting words?
Yes, universities across our rapidly collapsing empire rush to rein in discomfort, as a few whiny little turds have complained vociferously enough to get their way. Everyone can enjoy the new “trigger warning” America, where texts that cause discomfort can be targeted and singled out. These will be pressured out of schools in a more subtle process than bonfires in the quad.
Personally, that would make it easier for me to find the better books, but I doubt those that need to learn more about the world are going to see it that way. We already have a nation of splintered fundamentalist groupings, extremist churches, religious insanity. My own town is full up with so-called Christian nutjobs who wouldn’t recognize Jesus if he knocked on their front doors.
They burned Beatles records too.
By Bill Blum
“Arseniy Yatsenuk, it should be noted, has something called the Arseniy Yatsenuk Foundation. If you go to the foundation’s website you will see the logos of the foundation’s “partners”. Among these partners we find NATO, the National Endowment for Democracy, the US State Department, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK), the German Marshall Fund (a think tank founded by the German government in honor of the US Marshall Plan), as well as a couple of international banks. Is any comment needed?”
So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking time off from parading around with their swastika-like symbols and calling for the death of Jews, Russians and Communists – on May 2 burned down a trade-union building in Odessa, killing scores of people and sending hundreds to hospital; many of the victims were beaten or shot when they tried to flee the flames and smoke; ambulances were blocked from reaching the wounded. Try and find an American mainstream media entity that has made a serious attempt to capture the horror.
And how did this latest example of American foreign-policy exceptionalism come to be? One starting point that can be considered is what former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates says in his recently published memoir: “When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, [Defense Secretary Dick Cheney] wanted to see the dismemberment not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.” That can serve as an early marker for the new cold war while the corpse of the old one was still warm. Soon thereafter, NATO began to surround Russia with military bases, missile sites, and NATO members, while yearning for perhaps the most important part needed to complete the circle – Ukraine.
In February of this year, US State Department officials, undiplomatically, joined anti-government protesters in the capital city of Kiev, handing out encouragement and food, from which emanated the infamous leaked audio tape between the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, and the State Department’s Victoria Nuland, former US ambassador to NATO and former State Department spokesperson for Hillary Clinton. Their conversation dealt with who should be running the new Ukraine government after the government of Viktor Yanukovich was overthrown; their most favored for this position being one Arseniy Yatsenuk.
My dear, and recently departed, Washington friend, John Judge, liked to say that if you want to call him a “conspiracy theorist” you have to call others “coincidence theorists”. Thus it was by the most remarkable of coincidences that Arseniy Yatsenuk did indeed become the new prime minister. He could very soon be found in private meetings and public press conferences with the president of the United States and the Secretary-General of NATO, as well as meeting with the soon-to-be new owners of Ukraine, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, preparing to impose their standard financial shock therapy. The current protestors in Ukraine don’t need PHDs in economics to know what this portends. They know about the impoverishment of Greece, Spain, et al. They also despise the new regime for its overthrow of their democratically-elected government, whatever its shortcomings. But the American media obscures these motivations by almost always referring to them simply as “pro-Russian”.
The leaked call details Erdogan’s thoughts that an attack on Syria “must be seen as an opportunity for us [Turkey]“.
In the conversation, intelligence chief Fidan says that he will send four men from Syria to attack Turkey to “make up a cause of war”.
Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Yaşar Güler replies that Fidan’s projected actions are “a direct cause of war…what you’re going to do is a direct cause of war”.
Former CNN reporter talks openly of censorship throughout the corporate media.
Los Angeles progressive radio has really stunned me with its one sided coverage of Ukraine and the Russian response (Sunday, Background Briefing, 11am). Guests and the host, Ian Masters, are calling for US imperial actions against Russia and ignoring the US roles in both Ukraine and in Syria, presenting a fake history of what has just happened last week! The real complaints of the Russians are snidely dismissed without any vetting of the facts. Some amazingly counter-factual pronouncements, and they place all blame for the Neo-Nazi led violent coup d’tat of Ukraine on Russia.
The pro-imperial spin of Masters has always been questionable, but openly cheerleading for empire and Obama to escalate the prospect of World War 3 is intolerable. It is no secret that Obama’s officials openly brag about funding and sponsoring the insurrection in Ukraine that deposed the legitimately elected government there. The one-sided, US approved so-called alternative analysis couldn’t have been better scripted by Victoria Nuland herself.
“We’ve invested $5 billion… as we take Ukraine into the future it deserves.”
-Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland
A former National Security Council official, on the Council of Foreign Relations no less, got the mic to make the US anti-Russian offensive sound reasonable. No disclosures of actual US covert actions across the region nor the history of Western sponsored “color revolutions” gets a mention. This is blatant propaganda, by Pacifica / Ian Masters and his carefully selected guest lineup. Apparently everything that has happened in Ukraine to date is the sole fault of Vladimir Putin, despite Victoria Nuland admitting to “five billion dollars” spent on the Ukrainian uprising, and John McCain shaking hands with the Neo-Nazi coup leader Tyahnybok.
The US and its allies have provoked the violence with firebombs and arson across Kiev for strategic reason. The US wants Ukraine back in NATO and lined up against Russia. The Neo-Nazi shock troops stormed the government buildings under the cover of a wider demonstration. This was classic destabilization, as seen in Iran, Syria and many locations where the US funds violent extremists to destabilize unfriendly regimes. This is not difficult to investigate. Evidence is not that hard to find – they openly brag about it! But it doesn’t get mentioned, curiously, and the picture is painted in red, white and blue primary colors.
A hint of light at the end of the show when Jeremy Scahill showed up to pitch his film Dirty Wars. Scahill made some reasonable points, but he included some other spin particularly on 9/11 and on Obama’s presumed good intentions. Masters, however, would be a valuable intelligence asset, and has been a fixture on so-called alternative airwaves for a long time. He has long been an attack dog against investigating 9/11, much like Chomsky. The credibility and independence of these people are questionable.