Marjorie Cohn on Brett Kavanaugh, Neil DeMause on Amazon

5 October 2018 — FAIR

Brett KavanaughThis week on CounterSpin: As we record October 4, it looks like Brett Kavanaugh ill be confirmed for the Supreme Court—despite, well, despite so very many things. Why are Republicans so set on pushing through a candidate opposed by a coalition of Christian churches, as well as thousands of law professors, as well as anyone concerned with sexual assault? And beyond his “temperament,” what ought we know about Kavanaugh’s record as a judge? We’ll talk about that with Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Continue reading

Video: The Political Power of Weapons By Manlio Dinucci

5 October 2018 — Global Research

European Markets and Union on alert, opposition on the attack, a reminder about the Constitution by the President of the Republic, all this because the government-planned financial manoeuvre, which has already been announced, would lead to a deficit of about 27 billion Euros. On the other hand, absolute silence from the government and the opposition about the fact that every year, Italy spends a similar sum for its military budget.

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Fake News and False Flags: Pentagon Paid Millions to Create Fake Terrorist Videos By Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith

2 October 2018 — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500 million for top secret Iraq propaganda

A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

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How The U.S. Runs Public Relations Campaigns – Trump Style – Against Russia And China By Moon of Alabama

5 October 2018 — Moon of Alabama

Yesterday several NATO countries ran a concerted propaganda campaign against Russia. The context for it was a NATO summit in which the U.S. presses for an intensified cyberwar against NATO’s preferred enemy.

On the same day another coordinated campaign targeted China. It is aimed against China’s development of computer chip manufacturing further up the value chain. Related to this is U.S. pressure on Taiwan, a leading chip manufacturer, to cut its ties with its big motherland.

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Gaza “laboratory” boosts profits of Israel’s war industry By Gabriel Schivone

5 October 018 — Electronic Intifada

Gaza functions as a live testing area for Israeli weapons manufacturers – Mohammed Zaanoun ActiveStills

After exploring the vast surveillance regime along the US-Mexico border and finding Israeli systems installed at every turn, the author Todd Miller and I were drawn to investigate Israel as the largest homeland security industry in the world. Israel’s arms industry is twice the size of its US counterpart in exports per capita and employs a percentage of the national workforce double that of the US or France, two of the top global arms exporters.

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NATO Coordinates Information War on Russia

5 October 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Editorial

The US, Britain and other NATO allies upped the ante this week with a coordinated campaign of information war to criminalize Russia. Moscow dismissed the wide-ranging claims as “spy mania”. But the implications amount to a grave assault recklessly escalating international tensions with Russia.

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The Lies of our (Financial) Times By James Petras

5 October 2018 — James Petras

The leading financial publications have misled their political and investor subscribers of emerging crises and military defeats which have precipitated catastrophic political and economic losses.

The most egregious example is the Financial Times (FT) a publication which is widely read by the business and financial elite.

In this essay we will proceed by outlining the larger political context that sets the framework for the transformation of the FT from a relatively objective purveyor of world news into a propagator of wars and failed economic policies.

Lies of Our Financial Times [PDF]

The US military’s vision for state censorship By Andre Damon

5 October 2018 — WSWS

In March, the United States Special Operations Command, the section of the Defense Department supervising the US Special Forces, held a conference on the theme of “Sovereignty in the information age.” The conference brought together Special Forces officers with domestic police forces, including officials from the New York police department, and representatives from technology companies such as Microsoft.

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US, UK and NATO allies ramp up anti-Russia offensive over “cyber spying” and Skripals By Robert Stevens

5 October 2018 — WSWS

The US Department of Justice is seeking the arrest of seven Russian nationals it claims worked for the GRU, the main Russian military intelligence agency. They are accused of hacking, with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as the most important target, as well as wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

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Trump Admin Follows Corporate Media Playbook for War With Iran

4 October 2018 — FAIR

John Bolton (BBC, 9/26/18): “Let my message today be clear: We are watching, and we will come after you.”

Three years ago, as Americans debated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran—popularly known as “the Iran deal”—I highlighted a troubling media trend on FAIR.org (8/20/15): “For nearly all commentators, regardless of their position, war is the only alternative to that position.”

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