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How the Western media support state terror – while millions die Five academics examine our media’s coverage of foreign affairs, in a piece censored (and then rejected) by a leading liberal publication.

Matthew Alford,  Florian Zollman,  Alan Macleod,  Jeffery Klaehn, and Daniel Broudy, August-September issue of PeaceNews

When Noam Chomsky first observed that the United States had attacked South Vietnam, he was upending a particularly tedious case of media conformism from that era, namely that the West was fighting Communists in the North to defend Saigon. However, the young professor was spectacularly right. By the end of the war, two thirds of US bombs – twice the total tonnage detonated in the Second World War – had fallen on the South.

The leading military historian Bernard Fall – who believed in the US presence there – said at the time that ‘Vietnam as a cultural and historic entity… is threatened with extinction… [as] the countryside literally dies under the blows of the largest military machine ever unleashed on an area of this size.’ Yet, as Chomsky argued, mainstream media opinion saw US actions in Vietnam either ‘as a “noble cause” that could have been won with more dedication,’ or, on the other side of the political spectrum, the critics spoke of ‘“a mistake” that proved too costly’.

The war consumed everything like a vortex: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, even Bernard Fall himself was killed by a landmine.

Timor limited

Similarly, when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, Chomsky and his co-author, Edward S Herman, cut lonely figures in observing that the attack had even happened. Aerial bombing, mass executions and enforced famine claimed 200,000 lives, but the occupation received almost no US coverage whatsoever.

We found that reporting on East Timor in Canadian papers like The Globe and Mail declined after the invasion and virtually flatlined as the atrocities reached their peak in 1978. Two decades on, Elaine Brière’s documentary Bitter Paradise: The Sell-Out of East Timor (1996) told the story but was itself bought – and then buried – by a major Canadian outlet.

The other exception was John Pilger’s Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1994), which was broadcast in Britain by ITV. Pilger, director David Munro and journalist Christopher Wenner had entered Timor posing as representatives of a travel firm and the film exposed Western complicity in what most analysts consider genocide.

Pilger cited former CIA officer C Philip Liechty, who was stationed in Jakarta, saying that Indonesian president Suharto ‘was given the green light [by the US] to do what he did. We supplied them with everything they needed [from] M16 rifles [to] US military logistical support…. When the atrocities began to appear in the CIA reporting, the way they dealt with these was to cover them up as long as possible.’

Paired examples

As media scholars critically engaged with Herman and Chomsky’s work on propaganda, we are particularly interested in perspectives that are ignored in the mainstream, especially by the most progressive news media outlets.

Over the past 10 years, in a series of peer-reviewed studies about Western media representations of numerous countries, we have observed that the West’s enemies are still portrayed very differently to those of its allies such as those Cold War-era dictatorships in South Vietnam and Indonesia.

Crimes by ‘anti-Western’ regimes in places like Serbia/Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria routinely prompt media campaigns for external intervention. While such moral indignation can be justified, the US and UK – alongside allies such as Israel, Egypt and Colombia – commit atrocities that are given a constructive spin or only token coverage.

Some coups are cool

For example, our work shows how Venezuela has been demonised in the media as a ‘socialist dictatorship’ since the 1998 presidential election of the wildly-popular Hugo Chavez.

Following a 2002 coup, the New York Times, for example, endorsed a short-lived US-backed dictatorship in Venezuela as a ‘refreshing manifestation of democracy‘. And the mainstream press – not to forget some blood-curdling video games – have continued to advocate another coup against Chavez’s successor Nicolás Maduro, elected president in 2013, which the media justify on the grounds of his alleged economic mismanagement.

When, on 30 April 2019, opposition politician and self-appointed president Juan Guaidó called on the Venezuelan military to overthrow Maduro, Western media outlets were reluctant even to call this an attempted coup.

A survey by the US media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) found that literally no elite US commentators opposed the April 2019 coup attempt, describing it as an ‘uprising‘, a ‘protest‘, or even an ‘opposition-led military-backed challenge‘.

Fresh US/UK sanctions have been celebrated in the mainstream media, even as they exacerbate the crisis.

The United States has blocked the importation of insulin, dialysis machines, cancer and HIV medication, including those Venezuela had already paid for.

As a result specifically of the sanctions, 40,000 Venezuelans died between August 2017 and December 2018 alone, according to a report produced by leading economists at the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research. The report establishes in detail how in the absence of sanctions a state with such ‘vast oil reserves would… have the ability to avoid this kind of an economic crisis’.

As part of a March 2019 Veterans For Peace delegation to Venezuela, Dan Shea, a US veteran from Portland, Oregon, asked us why, ‘if America is there out of humanitarian concerns, does the US put sanctions on people, to starve them, to take their medications away, to not allow them to have some quality of life? It is against the Geneva Conventions to stop medical supplies and food from coming in. They’re stopping everything from coming in and then the US turns around and blames the Maduro government for it.’

The sanctions were formally condemned at the United Nations, with a former secretary of the UN human rights council describing them as akin to a medieval siege and a ‘crime against humanity.’ None of this information has appeared in any mainstream national publication in the US or UK, except in one report for The Independent.

War of altruism

Venezuela is merely the rule, not the exception. Back in February 2011, when conflict erupted between the Libyan government and opposition groups, our news media depicted the actions of the Libyan government as indiscriminate crimes, ordered by the highest levels of government. However, it transpired that the Libyan security forces had not indiscriminately targeted protesters after all, as the UK house of commons later confirmed.

One of just two New York Times articles critical of the subsequent French-led NATO intervention in Libya, identified in a systematic postgraduate study, lamented the ‘folly’ of ‘endless wars of altruism’. They also opposed the war for tactical reasons while ignoring the views of academics critical of the intervention at much more fundamental levels.

It thus hardly mattered for the news media when the NATO intervention, according to a study in the high ranked journal International Security, magnified the death toll in Libya by at least seven times.

Mideast murders

In Egypt, after the military overthrew the country’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on 3 July 2013, protesters occupied Rab’a al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, calling for Morsi’s reinstatement.

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Egyptian security forces killed 817 protesters as they cleared the sit-in of Rab’a al-Adawiya Square in Cairo on 14 August 2013. Photo: Amsg07 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

On 14 August, Egyptian security forces under general Abdel Fatah al-Sisi – a valuable Western ally who would become president in 2014 after a coup – killed 817 people while dispersing the Rab’a al-Adawiya sit-in.

Human Rights Watch called it ‘one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history’ – but it led only to mild rebukes in the Western news media and among the diplomatic community.

Al-Sisi, after all, was considered to be a more stable leader, in the mould of former president Hosni Mubarak. To this day, the New York Times refrains from labelling al-Sisi a ‘dictator’ – despite him now being due to rule until 2034 – instead referring to him as a ‘bulwark against Islamist militancy‘.

Not that the West is opposed to Islamic fundamentalists per se. Another key Western ally, Saudi Arabia, is only now starting to struggle with its human rights narrative. Saudi’s war against the people of Yemen has become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

At the same time, US intelligence concluded that its dictator ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The grisly killing and dismemberment of the Washington Post journalist was widely reported and condemned in the media, but coverage of the war in Yemen has been woeful, especially in the first years of the conflict.

In an incredible rationalisation that passed without comment, the UK’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt recently insinuated in Politico magazine that by being the second largest weapons dealer to Saudi Arabia, the UK is uniquely placed to help stop the violence soon. Somehow, sometime – after four years and counting.

War is peace, indeed.

Red herring

And then there’s ‘Russiagate‘, the jaw-dropping master narrative, long touted by US Democrats, that Russian president Vladimir Putin secretly controls US president Donald Trump by threatening to expose his secrets – and has interfered with ballot boxes and social media to manipulate US foreign policy and fix the 2016 US presidential election.

The long-awaited Mueller report into these alleged dealings substantially weakened the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, even while far more evident influences, such as massive corporations and the Israeli government and, indeed, the enormous influence of the US itself on other countries’ democratic systems, has been softballed.

The ‘Russiagate’ narrative also collapses when we examine the political advertising data. According to Facebook, a Russian firm, the Internet Research Agency, spent about $100,000 on Facebook ads during the 2016 US presidential election cycle. In contrast, the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump election campaigns together spent $81 million on Facebook ads.

Furthermore, unlike the Russian agency, the Trump and Clinton campaign teams also worked with the social media giants to strengthen their performance online. Facebook even sent staff to assist the Trump campaign as it spent tens of millions on the platform.

As communications scholars Daniel Kreiss and Shannon McGregor comment: ‘Facebook’s role during the 2016 presidential election has come under extraordinary scrutiny…. But our research shows another, less discussed aspect of Facebook’s political influence was far more consequential in terms of the election outcome.

The entirely routine use of Facebook by Trump’s campaign and others – a major part of the $1.1 billion of paid digital advertising during the cycle – is likely to have had far greater reach than Russian bots and fake news sites.’ (The $1.1bn includes spending by politicians and groups outside the Trump and Clinton campaigns.)

Yet, the last time a ‘Russiagate’ sceptic was allowed on MSNBC, the most liberal television network in the US, was in January 2017, just as Trump took office.

‘Russiagate’ has provoked a new Cold War. Moreover, the media’s obsession with Russia has shifted media attention yet further away from the Trump administration’s other, more dangerous, actions on issues such as climate change, abortion rights and corporate bailouts.

Not all news values are determined by powerful forces. Nor is it surprising or necessarily harmful that consensus forms around certain ideas. But power is strikingly relevant and consensus views clearly correlate with elite interests.

As global mass movements react to multiple foreign policy failures in an era of misrule, major media institutions still routinely support their state’s narrative lines.

Mass distraction

Perhaps they did so most spectacularly over Iraq and the weapons of mass destruction fiasco. Major studies on US and UK media reporting of the Iraq War suggest that news discourses mirrored the views held by powerful political and military elites. It was hardly on the agenda of the media that the invasion-occupation of Iraq constituted aggression, the supreme international crime in international law.

That said, at least the cameras were rolling when the 2003 invasion began a campaign that contributed to a six-figure number of violent deaths – by even the most conservative estimates.

One might ask where were those great Western pens and lenses in the preceding decade, when sanctions led to an explosion in child deaths – the numbers are still debated but the best indications are that they were comparable to the extremely high casualties caused by the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation.

Similarly, our work suggests that the war in Syria has been reported in a highly partisan fashion mirroring the media’s poor performance during the Iraq War. According to veteran correspondent Patrick Cockburn, ‘Western news organisations have almost entirely outsourced their coverage to the rebel side’ of the conflict.

As a consequence, according to Cockburn, ‘fabricated news and one-sided reporting have taken over the news agenda to a degree probably not seen since the First World War’.

Lies in Syria

To add one further example: the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been tasked to investigate alleged chemical attacks in the Syrian conflict via its Fact-Finding Mission (FFM).

In 2019, anonymous OPCW whistleblowers leaked inside information about the fact-gathering process of the FFM, as well as an engineering assessment that was seemingly suppressed by the OPCW.

These leaks to the UK-based ‘Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media’ (WGSPM), together with other facts assembled by the WGSPM, indicate that some of the OPCW’s reports had been manipulated by the technical secretariat that heads the FFM.

A report by the WGSPM suggests that the technical secretariat has been co-opted by an alliance of state parties led by France, the UK and the US.

It further suggests that some of the OPCW’s reports have excluded or ignored evidence that some of the alleged chemical attacks in Syria might have been staged.

These revelations indicate that Syrian opposition forces might have manufactured atrocities to incite ‘humanitarian’ military intervention by the West.

In fact, one of the alleged chemical attacks whose authorship is now in question was the April 2018 attack in Douma that triggered a series of strikes by France, the US and the UK.

This story of the OPCW leaks has exploded in the independent media but has been largely confined in the mainstream to the columns of Peter Hitchens in the Daily Mail and Robert Fisk in the Independent (the story has also been reported by France24/AFP and Fox News).

Abuse, not truth

National media systems everywhere, far from challenging state-corporate abuses, as they invariably claim, routinely defend them. This is a problem in both autocracies and democracies, and in both the East and West. It is a situation that conforms to the predictions advanced by Herman and Chomsky’s Propaganda Model with regard to patterns of media performance.

Millions do die. These are avoidable deaths caused by powerful individuals and institutions in the West through the predictable consequences of economic and military warfare.

None of this is even to touch on the long-trailing bloodstains left in the wake of certain bloated and coddled industries operating from our shores – notably tobacco, mining, and armaments, or the grossly disproportionate effect that Western militaries have on pollution and global warming, or what fresh hell might be unleashed at any minute over Iran or even China and Russia.

Uncontested contrary facts, reliable analysis and well-presented alternative narratives can be found in a wide range of sources, such as Media Lens, but in even the most laudable corporate outlets they are piecemeal at best.

The media is complicit. And it happens all the time.

In fact it just did.

How this article was censored

We set out in Spring 2019 to write a short and very readable article for the mainstream press, which critiqued the media’s treatment of Western foreign policy. As we expected, our efforts were roundly ignored.

However, as fate would have it, one leading liberal publication was excited by the project. Not only that, they worked closely with us for several weeks to create a version of the piece we all thought was exceptionally well done.

Its editor even generated a uniquely stark headline:

How Western media amplifies and rationalises state-sanctioned war and violence – while millions die’

The article was due to be published on a Thursday morning in April but the head editor intervened as a final check. An hour later, we were called on the phone by the first editor to say there was a problem and delay.

‘While millions die’ had been deleted from the title. All references to Western involvement in East Timor, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Venezuela had been removed. Our references to Ed Herman, Noam Chomsky, and even our own status as scholars of propaganda had been removed.

The head editor was confused by our criticism of the New York Times, supposing that their twisted use of criticism of the NATO intervention in Libya (lamenting the ‘folly’ of ‘endless wars of altruism’) was a ‘good thing’ by our terms. Would it be a good or legitimate criticism of, say, Syrian dictator Assad, we responded, to lambaste him for pursuing ‘endless wars of altruism’?

Our paragraph on the NATO bombing of Libya was annotated with: ‘Needs line in here about nature of Gaddafi regime. Can’t ignore its atrocities.’ In response, we observed that official sources made it clear that it was our side and our ‘rebels’ in Libya, specifically not the Gaddafi government, who conducted large-scale human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing – against black Africans.

Our piece had been extensively hyperlinked to the most thorough and reliable sources available, including our own original peer-reviewed journal articles. We responded to every query raised and maintained weekly contact with the publication for over a month before finally being told that we should take it elsewhere.

Noam Chomsky wrote to us as the events unfolded:

Quite a tale. While these statements [about historical US war crimes] were highly controversial at the time, I thought even the mainstream might tolerate them today – transmuting them to ancient history, mistakes, and so on.’ Amidst Chomsky’s ‘shock’ and ‘surprise’ at the unusually-pointed and clearly-documented nature of our publishing experience, he observed that ‘unfortunately, it’s the norm.”

Dr Matthew Alford lectures in American Studies & International Relations at the University of Bath, UK. Professor Daniel Broudy lectures in Applied Linguistics at Okinawa Christian University, Japan. Dr Jeffery Klaehn is an independent scholar in Canada. Dr Alan MacLeod is a journalist for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and Dr Florian Zollmann teaches journalism at Newcastle University: both are based in the UK.
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DunGroanin
DunGroanin

Today the Groaniad is unashamedly running a fake news story on the Russia Trump fraud and giving even more free coverage to that thug of spin mastery, Alistair Campbell.

They are connected by ‘dodgy dossiers’.

Apparently some texts between the FBI and our Secret Services going back to pre – Trump election are ‘exclusively’ released to the Groan!
No provenance is attributed.
From that they proceed to admit the collusion of our secret services without mentioning many relevant aspects of the conspiracy – no mention of Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, the man originating the lie of Russian dirt on Clinton, the well connected Mefsud and the dodgy dossier put together with the help of a Russian, living in the west …
The lying liars at the Groan are about to be exposed for their own role in the shenanigans !

It probably won’t be long before they start changing the article so read the lies before that happens.

Campbell is moving onto full campaign mode – to stop people voting Labour. Mandy puts the oar in too. They carry on playing the man not the ball – as they move to bypass a general election that would risk a Corbynite government with genuine labour policies instead of the sham they sold to us as socialism.

As we move into a hot war of narrative control – it really is time that Off-G implements a pinned board where the Obssessive Groans daily lies are instantly attacked – that is what Campbell and co will be doing the alt media and if an all out effort to fight them is not made – this sites days will be numbered.

The best defence is attack.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

P.s Steve Bells ‘if’ seems to have been censored – again – just one day into this weeks strip!

It doesn’t even have nitinyounohoo in it!!

The Groan is supporting bobo and the hard brexit bumchums of the neolib/con artistes – their pretend mask of being neutral/socialist democrats is FINALLY being dropped.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Superb comment DG 🙂 and I fully back your initiative, which I recall Admin confirming they are considering, at some point: seriously though, the sooner the better !
We need speed in conveying collective observations & conclusions …

What seems an age ago, I was considering something very similar to that which you suggest, precisely said, the moment that Trump sensationalised the expression !Fake News! …
I imagined the value & idea for publishing factual, wholly evidentiary based,

RAKE’D’News™ or Rake’D’News™

At least something along those lines in terms of design & marketing for OffG: that we may give that appalling Alistair Campbell and the Guardian a damn good raking and scratch their thick skinned epidermis of the charade & fornicating facade from their faces and get quickly to the core of very obvious corruption and ‘D’ notices & blatant censorship…
whadya’ reckon, m8 ?

OffG Rake’D’News >>> Bullet-in Alistair Campbell’s BS 🙂 ScRiPted

Do you wanna’ write to Admin, regarding the sub-section, or shall I ? 😉

IMHO, there’s big mileage in the logistics of this, longterm Transparency …
& as the saying goes ‘You read it here’ …

Globally Warmest regards,
Tim

N.B. to WHB and his Zionist friends, especially, but not exclusively: my offer of this Virgin Wilderness™ owned concept for Rake’D’News™ intellectual property, as a Trade Marked concept for OffGuardian copyright 2019 (f.o.c.) is an exclusive offer: because we are done groaning at your fascist censorship and if you even contemplate exploiting this exclusive offer of a Trade Marked name, for a rival product name anywhere else online, worldwide, I would join OffG immediately in any injunction against ANY OTHER USER plagiarising other’s intellectual property & concepts ! As this name & our concepts for Censorship Free News & Opinion is OUR intellectual property, & we are merely ‘sounding out’, herewith the opinions of dedicated readers >>>
(not feeding fascist parasites megalomaniac delusions of grandiose control):-
and fortunately this post is now date & time stamped, so, you’ve been warned.

Additionally, any court injunctions and the subsequent court case would amount to wonderful advertising for OffGuardian, free of charge ! As I firmly recall warning Sir Richard Branson’s IP Lawyer, on one occasion, when he was most threatening to me & another family member, with High Courts in London, on the small matter of the name Virgin Wilderness™ … Mark James was his name and I’d still welcome the idea of meeting him or Sir Dick & Stick in the the European Courts of Justice, any day, any time: precisely because the Western Mainstream Media support not just State Terror, where millions die, but also the covering up of elitist deviants’ actions and pedophile’s. 😉 🙂

(I’m expecting a thumbs down from a certain parasitic party, financed by deviants,
any minute now, counting 3-2-1)

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

“The truth at any cost, lowers all other costs …”
(Robert Steele)

http://thephaser.com/2019/07/arrests-must-be-made-before-the-election-robert-steele/

I would thoroughly recommend listening to this, if you wish to comprehend what is coming next, which of course means finally, at least much of the essential disclosure of what happened on the …

11th September 2001.

Haltonbrat
Haltonbrat

Read Thomas Suarez’ book “How terrorism formed the modern state of Israel” with 680 detailed references. It is horrifying. Why no mention of Israel in the article. Was that ignored through fear by the author?
Good to see East Timor mentioned. The Labour government were involved in that including Wedgewood Benn who later said he was told to lie. How pathetic.

Gary

Western media has been so convincingly proven to be completely and totally corrupt and dishonest decade after decade that one wonders how anyone can claim them as a source of information pertaining to anything more important than perhaps the latest “low-carb diet” recipe. They are certainly no place to gather information about important events that might occur in the actual real world we inhabit. One might as well be reading tea leaves or consulting chicken entrails as trying to understand U.S. foreign policy by reading the New York Times.

mark
mark

It’s actually far worse than that. The chicken and the tea bush have not been bought by Zionist interests deliberately to deceive you. They’re just passing their time on the planet like the rest of us. They are not deliberately malicious and malignant, like the MSM.

Laugh or cry?
Laugh or cry?

“low-carb diet”

and ‘High Peroxide Lifestyle’.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

When a thousand people are screaming that your sister is a prostitute,
you wanna’ try telling them that you’ve never had a sister … ?
(Ole’ Bulgarian analogy)

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar

Well, I would not get too hoity toity about not getting published. I made three submissions to this site and did not receive even an acknowledgement.

They could not have terrible as Dianne Abbott was clearly forwarded a copy of one of them, which included in part clear evidence that the health of African American boys had been put at risk through Establishment cover up. A polite request to forward it, even having me bcc’ed into the forwarding email might have been nice. Not forthcoming.

Of course, if this site did not forward it, Dianne Abbott has embarrassing questions to answer about unconsented surveillance of citizen emails and which members of the criminal security services (whose abuse of children while running paedophile networks is the single greatest stain on British character in the whole of the 20th century) were supplying her with material. Black skin and being a woman would not save her: OFF with her head!!!

The other two were rigorous submissions about climate, which is politically incorrect at this site. Climate science is neither left wing nor right wing. It is clear headed evaluation of the natural world. The politics emerges with data tampering, control of research project funding, inappropriate computer modelling, and much, much more.

You want to claim about sins of omission, heal thy selves….

Otherwise, an article with much to commend it.

OffG
Admin
OffG

It’s not clear what you mean by “this site”. And what is “they could not have terrible” intended to mean? Clarification seems desirable.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Yes, please clarify … something is perturbing.

William HBonney

I made three submissions to this site and did not receive even an acknowledgement

I am familiar with your ouevre and consider that decision wise.

different frank
different frank

Who cares what you say, hasbara troll.

different frank
different frank

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Kavy
Kavy

Press TV, Exposing Imperialism in Haiti.

One of the most damning videos I have ever seen, and it really does expose the West for what it is.

https://youtu.be/Xl9ZqDhX2c4

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Words will never suffice to describe what the US & Minustah UN forces have done in Haiti, for decades: with the Clinton Foundation to stick the boot in, in recent years … they are criminals, pure & simple and that ‘woman’ deserves to be indicted & imprisoned for life …
on many various charges, quite clearly.

A perfectly pertinent link that wholly relates to the article: an objective documentary that should shame anybody who has ever had anything to do with the constant CIA power grabs & regime changes, especially those parasites in the NGOs & the UN …

As you say, “…it really does expose the West for what it is.”

William HBonney

I share your opinion of Hilary, while still regarding you as an utter dickhead.

different frank
different frank

Hi hasbara

mark
mark

The role of the corrupt mainstream NGOs has not been adequately exposed. Of course, Oxfam was up to its stinking neck in child sex exploitation. The Red Cross managed to set new records in corruption. They received $500 million in donations to build housing for homeless people after the disastrous earthquake. All there was ever to show for it was a dozen scruffy prefabs. The rest seems to have ended up in the Clinton Clan’s Beer Money Fund, aka the Clinton Foundation. Probably paid for Chelsea’s wedding. The Clinton Clan was heavily involved in child sex trafficking from Haiti as well.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

I second all of that, mark. There was even a young woman investigating the sex-trafficking in Haiti, Peterson I think was her name, past tense, she died very mysteriously …
and also not in the MSM, is a guy called Salvatore Cincinelli, who was out partying 1-2 weeks ago, when he allegedly stuck his FBI gun in his mouth and killed himself on the dance floor … He was apparently well respected within the FBI, hard working and had been investigating the finances of yep, you guessed it, the Clinton Foundation … maybe his brother was a bit of a loose cannon cop for hire in the past, so the case is very clouded & shrouded and surely the inimitable FBI will avoid discussing this matter further publicly, presently …

How that woman roams free is way beyond me: my guess is that she has copies of all of Epstein’s videos & other servers and she feels can destroy anybody she so chooses with a criminal demi-goddess psychopathic sense of impunity…

It seems likely that Julian Assange shares our feelings: let us hope …

mark
mark

My reading of what’s going on in Washington is that Trump has been biding his time with uncharacteristic patience until the Russiagate hoax ran out of steam.

Now he is hitting back hard with the Epstein paedo scandal and investigations into the FBI, CIA, and Clintons. If these kick in as intended, it will be like simultaneous atom bomb explosions. Epstein’s little “mishap” in his gaol cell the other day doesn’t appear anything terminal. Just a pity that the UK VIP paedo rings have now been covered up.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

That’s pretty much what Robert Steele thinks and he’s on the Commission.
He also sees clearly the distinct difference between the Jew & the Zionists of corporate fascist control & industrial espionage: fully aware that this all goes back to Robert Maxwell’s computing initiatives for back doors…

If you have a moment to listen, whilst doing something mundane, you might enjoy this …

http://thephaser.com/2019/07/arrests-must-be-made-before-the-election-robert-steele/

regards
Tim

mark
mark

Thanks for that. Very interesting take on events. What we are generally allowed to see doesn’t even scratch the surface.

different frank
different frank

Like Gary Webb, who shot himself twice in the head.
Yeah right.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Gary Webb was the ‘fastest gun in the West’ 😉

Ben Trovata
Ben Trovata

Nicely done!And the Postscript was fascinating.

Gezzah Potts

It seems that lately OffGuardian is attracting the attention of quite nasty trolls. Theres a few I’m thinking of here. Obviously you guys are doing good work to warrant such unwelcome attention. Will take Maggie’s advice: ‘dont feed them’.

different frank
different frank

Call them out as trolls.
Make fun of them, but don’t debate with them

Gezzah Potts

Of course this report had certain sentences deleted, and then the whole thing was rejected for publication. What else would we expect? The media stenographers protect the Empire and the powerful. Thats their role. I would love to know what ‘liberal’ publication it was that rejected this excellent article? Name names!
About 20 years ago I was involved in an East Timor solidarity group, and as the barbarity and bloodbath continued unabated in that country, I approached an editor of my local newspaper to do an article on the situation in East Timor. It was like talking to a brick wall. He tried everything to sidetrack me, and then just ended up saying “we have way too many stories too cover as it is”.
The mainstream presstitutes are not truth seekers. As you mentioned, look at their disgusting role in Syria, Venezuela, and their fully complicit silence on Yemen and Palestine plus many other places; Haiti is another example. I have fairly left wing friends who think the White Helmets are heroic civil defence saving innocent people and babies! I know others who havn’t got a clue what is happening in Yemen.
This is all due to the lies and bullshit and outright censorship by the so called media. Boycott the bastards. Simple as that.

Stygg
Stygg

Absolutely name names — what kind of pushback is this otherwise?

Short Sentence
Short Sentence

I have trouble understanding the first paragraph. It starts with: “When Noam Chomsky first observed …”.

Can someone use very simple English to explain it?
Basic sentence structure would be great.

Much appreciated!

Daniel Broudy
Daniel Broudy

Sorry, but the opener follows basic conventions for referring to someone’s previous observation.

Short Sentence
Short Sentence

Your basic conventions necessitate using extra long convoluted winded gibberish?

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

It does seem to be a sentence that implies that it is following on from a previous paragraph or chapter. One is supposed to know the character.

On the other hand it could be an opening sentence of a great novel. ‘Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)’ or ‘ Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. —Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)’ or some such construct.

However in a non-fictional sense piece of literature seem to imply that you know who the referred personage is and their ouvre. Of course if the reader doesn’t then a query such as yours is a fair question.

I do hope that is in simple english, though i doubt it at this time of night and inebriation.

Ben Trovata
Ben Trovata

And that ~ wasn’t just for the inebriation,nor only for your colorful remarks elsewhere… “1692 — 1792.Semper et ubique fidelis.”

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc

When I was a child, I saw Lawrence of Arabia at the cinema. WWII was over. Us kids in the playground still sung ee i aliao we won the war; hitler has only got one ball, the other is at the free trade hall.

We were quite obviously still bombed out – cos I used to play in bombed out mills on my way home from school when I was 7 years old

From that level (we never starved – we all got free school milk), everything gradually improved.

I kind of assumed, that the British Government, was not only peacefully benign, but also a serious force for good including free education and health care. In fact I thought us British were by far the best in the world. The Americans were O.K., and I loved President John F Kennedy, even if I was only 10 years old when he was assassinated.

What I did not understand at the time, was that us British, were and still are, the most evil bastards on the planet. You can blame the Americans if you wish, or even the unmentionables.

I think there is a lot of evidence, that us British are still wagging the dog.

https://www.voltairenet.org/article206957.html

Extract

“We are continuing the publication of Thierry Meyssan’s new book, « Right Before Our Eyes, Fake Wars and Big Lies ». In this episode, he takes us back to the first semester of 2011, during which, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom, the Muslim Brotherhood approached or won power in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.”

Tony

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Sterling comment, Tony …

Thierry Meyssan’s boots always well grounded.

William HBonney

What I did not understand at the time, was that us British, were and still are, the most evil bastards on the planet

You should travel more

different frank
different frank

What did you say, hasbara troll?

William HBonney

What did you say, hasbara troll?

One of these days, when I can be arsed, I will Google ‘hasbara’. For now, I just regard it as the internet equivalent of an amateurish 88 tattoo, achieved with a compass needle, and a bic pen.

Were you ever ‘inside’, Frank?

willy
willy

Like to Langley trash troll?

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle

The MSM fails at every hurdle: they invariably fall into line when it comes to uncritical support for the west’s version of events (even though this amounts to little more than spin emanating from military and intelligence sources).

They fail to spot glaring holes in ludicrous claims about the rationale for conflict such as western claims about ‘humanitarean aid’, or spreading ‘freedom’ and democracy’ (even when proven war criminal like Elliot Abrams are enlisted to ‘help’).

And after the event when culpability for the likes of Bush, Blair and Obama has been proven beyond all doubt they still fawn over them, providing a media platform so they might pontificate further about political conditions driving the next bout of imperial terrorism.

Yet when proper journalists, like Julian Assange try to explain what is really happening the MSM side with the oppressor rather than the truth teller.

Beside all of that the MSM relentlessly stoke a climate of fear and suspicion against states deemed to be an existential threat when in fact Russians, Iranians or Koreans never give a second thought to the citizens of Stoke, Hull or Exeter but this still doesn’t stop them believing that rougue states are out cause mischief unless they are brought to heel by western military powers.

mark
mark

I remember when I was in America watching the “news” there on the 6 Zionist owned mega media corporations.
It was so mind numbingly awful that I had to switch it off after a few minutes, because my brain literally started to seize up.
It all followed the same routine, some cloned synthetic peroxide bimbo with fake tits and the IQ of a mollusc (the sort that gets appointed UN ambassador), crossing and uncrossing her legs and screeching out AIPAC talking points.
There was one I managed to endure for about a minute and a half, with the strange blend of repulsion and fascination of Victorian visitors to Bedlam. her eyes wide with horror, face contorted with rage, jaw dropping almost to the floor, because somebody had apparently referred to the West Bank as “Occupied Territories.”

Though of course UK media is now scarcely any better.

Brian Harry
Brian Harry

“some cloned synthetic peroxide bimbo with fake tits and the IQ of a mollusc”
Bwahahahahahaha……Welcome to the Western MSM”…….It’s no wonder that we no longer accept their complete utter Bullshit…….

Jen
Jen

Some molluscs like octopuses are actually very smart animals.

But I agree, it is difficult to find a class of animals whose intelligence levels are comparable to those of the typical Western MSM newsreader. Most such groups of animals turn out to be quite intelligent for their evolutionary level.

mark
mark

Yes, you’re quite right, sincere apologies to the molluscs.

George
George

A ‘bulwark against Islamist militancy‘, eh? To replace the old ‘bulwark against communism’. Tomorrow, a ‘bulwark against gerbil infestation’?

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Invasion of the Gerbil Snatchers, starring Rodent Rodham Clinton ?

Mishko_
Mishko_

Bulwark, strong, resilient, threats, security. (is what TM would be sure to mention…)

wardropper
wardropper

I used to blame “Blue Peter” for the initial brainwashing of our young kids:

“Yes, Chris, that’s right, and, do you know, Chris, that the Russians have been our enemies for 8,000 years – yes, 8,000 years!”
“Gosh, Val, I didn’t realize that. Do you think there is a danger that some Russians are living in London right now?”
“Oh no, Chris. Our American brothers and sisters in New York have said that they will always protect us from bad people like Russians and Chinese, and, do you know, Chris, they have hydrogen bombs to make sure we are very, very well protected indeed!”
“See, children. How lucky we are to have America on our side if some foreigners do something our government doesn’t like!”
“Well, that’s all for now, children. Tomorrow, we will be talking some more about hydrogen bombs and our friends in America, and we have some really exciting film of atom bombs going off, so be sure to switch on your TV at the usual time”
“Thank you Chris.”
“Thank you Val.”

But now the entire mainstream media are talking like this to us adults, so that we can, in turn, spare them the bother of passing on such profound knowledge of world events directly to the younger generation. We parents and teachers will simply do it for them.
Nowadays, of course, Political Correctness is a particularly spectacular additional tool for keeping the narrative within manageable borders – isn’t it Chris?

(sigh…)

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle

I got a ‘Blue Peter badge’ for hating Russians – all I had to do was denounce two members of my own family and explain why ‘gooks’ did not have the wherewithal to run their own country.

different frank
different frank

LOL

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

“Get down Shep, get down or i’ll cuff you round the ear.”

Ole’ Noaksey will be hugely disappointed he didn’t get a mention on the PC front 🙂

wardropper
wardropper

You two have the names right, so you’re probably younger than me.
My younger brother was sucked in, I remember, while I only recall a few random names from the diabolical BBC machinations of that era.
It seemed innocent enough at the time, but one grows up . . .
Noakes and Shep . . . LOL

wardropper
wardropper

P.S. If only the world could be that nice…
And it would be too, if the excruciatingly rich didn’t get bored so easily and simply HAVE to find something new to corrupt…

Ending
Ending

Everything is planned in minute details, even maps!

On European maps, the United States and Europe are grossly enlarged, and they “seem unnaturally powerful and intimidating”.

No accident that Western maps shrink Africa.

Marianne Franklin (professor of Global Media and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London) describes this as “power of representation and representation of power”.

Andy
Andy

Main map comparisons … the most accurate looks quite strange 😀 https://geoawesomeness.com/best-map-projection/

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

Excellent piece but why the surprise at the censorship?

The Integrity Iniative, Institute of Statecraft revelations of media control and owned ‘journalists’;
The proof of deep state and aristocratic control from the top of the establishment – the SCL board controls the msm. Their Atlantic Council/cfr bumchums and internet censorship merchants. Clegg at FB.
The unholy bellends spaffing off all over. They are tooling up.

The current blackout imposed on the fall out from the Mueller report, where none of the activities of Steele, Fusion, Dearlove, Mifsud et al, have even been reported. A live censorship. Even as bojo is elevated to try and entertain the populace into ignoring the thugs operating out of the City. They even showed a photo of Johnson hobnobbing with the mysterious Mafsud!

We are not that far off being shot in the streets again. As the GJ have shown in France.

The state purloining of the Peterloo history is sickening hypocrisy. The role of Churchill in deploying troops against unarmed civilians is ignored as bobo the clown imitates him – he has been learning the shtick – but will go off piste soon enough.

The conspiracy to avoid a general election or a coup against the choice of the people will lift the remaining veils off these entitled establishment masters.

We will get on the streets – just like we did in the general strike, in tonypandy, Peterloo… the velvet glove will be taken off and the iron hand revealed once again, we will take blows and massacres.

As always the people will prevail and another small advance will be offered – however due to the efforts of the authors of this piece and the internet places such as this and many others, this time we will storm their City and throw off its centuries long yoke. Finally a freedom from servitude. This time the robber barons will not be left a way back.

We are at the heart of the sick empire and what we do here will spread far.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin

Love it when one or two of us here get a drive by thumb down without any actual counter point! Cat got their tongue?

different frank
different frank

How many “last hospitals in Aleppo”?

JudyJ
JudyJ

I see that the Daily Mail has been promoting another White Helmet propaganda piece in the last couple of days. This time it’s a five year old girl who we see perched on some rubble from a bombed out residential building supposedly reaching out for her younger sister whilst there father watches and cries out to them from just inside the building. We don’t see any more than that but the story then goes that the two children fell and the five year old was killed and her sister critically injured. “All because of the dastardly Russians or Syrians”.

I have studied the short footage we see and a couple of points struck me: first, where the ‘youngsters’ are positioned is relatively horizontal, certainly you would not expect them to fall far if they were to fall. Second, I do not think the ‘baby’ is real. ‘She’ is supposedly 7 months old but is shown with ‘her’ arm and left hand straight down by her side, not reaching out or clutching at anything (conveniently, ‘her’ dress had caught on the corner of a metal girder although we are supposed to believe it is her sister who is preventing her from falling) and ‘her’ head is straight up and doesn’t move at all.

The short video includes footage of multiple White Helmets in their pristine uniforms which, as others have noted, inexplicably have ‘White Helmets, Syrian Civil Defense’ emblazoned all over them in English as they are seen ‘rescuing’ yet another young man covered in dust. I also like the bit where one of the rescuers clearing rubble throws it back on the pile (at about 34 seconds)!

Suspiciously, not one of the readers’ published comments expresses any cynicism.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7287083/Syrian-girl-5-clings-baby-sisters-T-shirt-dangles-edge-bombed-home.html

mark
mark

The rest of the MSM Lie Factory is parroting the same line, BBC, Channel 4, Sky, they’re all singing from the same Zionist hymn sheet.

William HBonney

Such a pity you can’t wear the uniform anymore. The Hugo Boss 37 collection was so smart.

different frank
different frank

Who care what a sad troll like you says

Steve Hayes

Julius Streicher was put on trial at Nuremberg as an example. The corporate media propagandists ought to review his trial, the crimes he was accused of, the evidence against him, the conviction and the sentence.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins

Good point: after I saw the architecture of Albert Speer’s son, in Shanghai, I began to think of re-reading “The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich” , with an entirely different perspective from my college ‘daze’ …