Special Guest John Pilger on “Approved News”, Syria, Iran, Austerity and Julian Assange

3 October 2018 — Youtube

On this episode of Going Underground, legendary journalist John Pilger discusses Syria and it’s ally Iran and the Trump administration’s policies towards the two countries, the Venezuela crisis, Julian Assange, austerity and the concept of approved news and unapproved opinions!

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US Responsible for Cyberspace Becoming a War Domain Instead of an Area of Cooperation By Alex Gorka

3 October 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Much has been said about the potential dangers of a cyber war. This type of attack could be formidably destructive and is extremely difficult to track to its source. Superiority in this domain offers a great advantage, making it possible to knock out the enemy’s critical infrastructure sites and inflicting damage comparable to a massive nuclear attack. Just imagine the electricity grids, one of the softer targets, out of commission and all the lights out and the computers dead! In 2016 the North Atlantic Alliance officially declared cyberspace the fourth domain of war.

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BBC Newsnight report into disinformation bares hallmarks of information warfare

25 April 2018 — RT
“In the world of information warfare, the Russians are on the offensive,” says a new BBC Newsnight report on disinformation, which bares all the hallmarks of a corporation waging an information war of its own.

In fact, the report comes mere days after a BBC presenter suggested live on air that the British state broadcaster was part of information warfare, and people should be tailoring their message accordingly.

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The Bluffer’s Guide to Bombing Syria

29 September 2018 — 21st Century Wire

Peter Ford, former British Ambassador to Syria, with a rather useful media guide, aptly described as, “The Dirty Dozen: 12 lies they tell you to anaesthetise you for the upcoming bombing of Syria.”

Baby Bomber (Daily Mirror front page)

IMAGE: Jingoist war propaganda image courtesy of the UK Mirror newspaper.

The propaganda mills of the British and American governments – spokespersons, media, think tanks – are working overtime churning out ‘talking points’ to justify the upcoming large scale bombing of Syria on the pretext of use of prohibited weapons. Continue reading

The Battle for Our Minds By Patrick LAWRENCE

26 September 2018 — Consortium News

After reading The New York Times piece “The Plot to Subvert an Election” I put the paper down with a single question.

Why, after two years of allegations, indictments, and claims to proof of this, that, and the other did the newspaper of record—well, once the newspaper of record—see any need to publish such a piece? My answer is simple: The orthodox account of Russia-gate has not taken hold: It has failed in its effort to establish a consensus of certainty among Americans. My conclusion matches this observation: The orthodox narrative is never going to achieve this objective. There are too many holes in it.

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Guardian newspaper condemned for publishing “deliberate lies” about Julian Assange By James Cogan

24 September 2018 — WSWS

On September 21, the Guardian newspaper published claims, based on unnamed sources, that Ecuador, Russia and WikiLeaks had conspired to smuggle Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and transport him to “another country”—most likely Russia.

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Media Lens: Propaganda Blitz – A New Media Lens Book And An Urgent Appeal For Support

19 September 2018 — Media Lens 

When we started Media Lens in 2001, our guiding aspiration was that independent, web-based activism would have a profoundly positive impact on public discourse.

Hard to believe now, but we nurtured hopes that the greater honesty and compassion of thousands of non-corporate media activists would force traditional media to improve. ‘Mainstream’ outlets that continued to sell elite bias as objective Truth would be relentlessly exposed, become a laughing stock – they would simply have to raise their game. Continue reading