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The Vienna agreement that no one seems to have noticed…

On the day after the Vienna talks, and the announcement of a tentative agreement between the US and Russia over the Syrian crisis, this was the front page of the Guardian…

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And this was the World page of the Guardian…

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And this was the Middle East page of the Guardian

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In fact, to cut a long story short we haven’t been able to find a single news item on the Graun about the Vienna talks at all.

We find this strange.

Other corporate outlets at least managed to squeeze in a mention. Bloomberg, for example, and even the WSJ. The Independent mentioned it, but apparently thinks it’s not as important as a Mexican theatre troupe lampooning Donald Trump, and their headline is pure fiction:

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Yes, 129 people died in Paris, and yes this is tragic. We understand that the corporate media is required to promote these western European deaths as being much more relevant and terrible than the thousands upon thousands of non-European people dying in unimportant places such as Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. We also understand that endless, prurient lip-smacking stories about “blood”, “grief” and “horror” are now considered appropriate rather than disrespectful, and there are only so many column inches to spare.

But surely the Graun could at least have mentioned the Vienna thing? Surely the media in general could have accorded it a slightly more prominent place?

Does anyone get the impression it doesn’t fit the current approved narrative? After all it basically consists of the US conceding to Russia, on paper at least. This is not cool for the Empire of Exceptionalism, and the lunatic faction in Washington no doubt wants no part of it.

Convenient for them that the Paris attacks happened just when they did isn’t it. Kerry has been effectively sidelined for the moment and the agreement he and Lavrov signed is now likely to be ripped up before the ink is dry, and without most readers of corporate news even knowing it happened.


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  3. Monkeybiz says

    I notice today that the piece by Jeremy corbyn on why DC hadn’t got an argument to stand on was closed to comments after only 320 comments, whereas most of the corbyn “kill” pieces the Groan has been running since his election have been open for days. I don’t suppose it has anything to do with the fact that most of the comments were in support of JC’s arguments and even people who admitted they didn’t support him were saying he was making sense. Meanwhile “Labour split” pieces run to 1-2,000 comments.

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  5. tanyushka says

    they are not receiving comments either… neither in news concerning the Paris attacks, Russia or the Middle East, nor in any editorial or analysis by their staff… they just don’t trust in their own readers…

    and with respect to the infamous cartoons in Charlie Hebdo about the attack against the Russian airliner in Egypt, they only commented the Russian Government criticism and the absurd reply of the magazine saying the concept of blasphemy has no meaning for them because they are atheists, democrats and defenders of the freedom of expression… but The Guardian didn’t show the cartoons, neither described them… so any unsuspecting reader might well consider the magazine’s reply reasonable, even admirable…

    this is just one example among many…

  6. I was actually surprised hearing the news on bbc, mentioning President Putin several times..respectfully. Consolidating his outstanding leadership just when the world is in need of a great statesman.

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  8. Marc Krizack says

    Good observation but bad conclusion. The agreement reached in Vienna will not be torn up. It is a compromise that the US had to make and did make. It is in all the signatories’ interests to maintain.

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  10. Seamus Padraig says

    Thanks for this piece, Off-Graun. Even in the alt-media, this story hasn’t gotten much coverage. I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t heard of it until checking in with you.

    In theory, this agreement is good news; but then, in theory, so was the Oslo Accord back in 1994. The sad reality is that these paper agreements are so easy to undermine or derail. If indeed the Paris attacks are another false-flag, that would probably be the goal: to kill any agreement that would leave Syria in one piece.

    By the way, on the subject of false-flags, Paul Craig Roberts has this interesting tidbit to report:

    “I have received a report from European security that there was a massive cyber attack on French systems 48 hours prior to and during the Paris attacks. Among other things, the attack took down the French mobile data network and blinded police surveillance The attack was not a straightforward DDOS attack but a sophisticated attack that targeted a weakness in infrastructure hardware.”

    (http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/11/15/french-security-left-blind-during-paris-attacks-2/)

    And how about that ‘Syrian’ passport they found? Couldn’t have been stored too close to the suicide vest, now could it!

  11. The Graun is so vitriolic in it’s hatred of all things Putin, they will no doubt be celebrating the Paris “diversion”, so sad and sick has the Graun become. The Vienna Agreement will be torn up and thousands more Syrians will die as a consequence, what a myopic and wilfully hypocritical mainstream media we have.

  12. They would not know the TRUTH if they were hit in the head with it. Along with the sheep. No body checks any thing, they want some one else to do the job and sit an argue with them…

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