Directing the Moderate Rebels: Syria as a Digital Age Crucible for Information and Propaganda Warfare

Friday, 1 July 2022 — Internationalist 360°

Ben Arthur Thomason

Syria prop

A decade into Syria’s catastrophe as one of the deadliest wars of the 21st century, we can take greater stock of its effects not just on geopolitics and Syria itself, but on imperial management strategies, information warfare, and popular culture, particularly when considering the interventions by the West and its regional allies. A key pillar of Western imperialist projects next to the hard power of bombs and economic sanctions is the soft power of diplomatic maneuvering, media and cultural imperialism, manufacturing public consent for war, and inventing realities to maintain ideological hegemony. The complementary dialectic between hard and soft power in the US led imperial project in Syria built on historical ventures in Muslim majority countries and evolved propaganda and civil society hybrid warfare strategies that may become foundational for 21st century warfare.
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Cognitive Warfare: Israel Targets Journalists Who Threaten Its Reality-Creation Tactics

Monday, 23 June 2022 — MintPress News

They were shooting directly at the journalists: New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces”. Thus read a CNN headline on May 26, 2022, for an article describing what may have been a “targeted killing,” – that is, assassination – of Al Jazeera journalist Shirleen Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old highly esteemed Palestinian-American journalist who had covered Israeli repression of the Palestinian population for about 25 years before she was killed.

Jonathan Cook

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Russia Is Running Out Of [Whatever The Media Claim]

Sunday, 26 June 2022 — Moon of Alabama

The main stream media have no problem with contradicting their own reporting:

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The Guardian Churns Out Embarrassingly Awful Empire Propaganda

Sunday, 19 June 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

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The Guardian has put out a smear piece on critics of the imperial Syria narrative that reads like propaganda made by seven year-olds without adult supervision.

The article was initially released under the headline “Russia-backed network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified,” which was then hastily edited to “Network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified,” because the article does not even make an attempt to argue that all of the so-called “conspiracy theorists” it smears are backed by the Russian government. It claims only that the Russian government has at times cited and amplified information about Syria which is inconvenient for the US empire, which, you know, duh. Obviously it’s going to do that.

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The Frontman of Empire: How Bono’s “Activism” Serves the Powerful

Monday, 6 June 2022 — MintPress News

The Spin War

Alan MacCloud

DUBLIN – Bono is again in the news for his political activism. At the behest of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Irish rockstar and frontman of U2 traveled to Kiev, where he performed a few songs with Ukrainian soldiers inside the Khreshchatyk metro station to a crowd of around 100 people – most of whom were journalists. After the concert was over, Bono addressed the Ukrainian people through the media, stating, “Your president leads the world in the cause of freedom right now; …the people of Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you’re fighting for all of us who love freedom,”  while also calling for regime change in Russia.

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‘Damned Fun’ – ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ And The Military-Entertainment Complex

Tuesday, 7 June 2022 — Media Lens

In 1990, Tom Cruise, star of the 1986 blockbuster, ‘Top Gun’, said:

‘Some people felt that “Top Gun” was a right-wing film to promote the Navy. And a lot of kids loved it. But I want the kids to know that’s not the way war is – that “Top Gun” was just an amusement park ride, a fun film with a PG-13 rating that was not supposed to be reality. That’s why I didn’t go on and make “Top Gun II” and “III” and “IV” and “V.” That would have been irresponsible.’

It would indeed, and one can only admire Cruise’s honesty and selfless determination… in 1990…  not to mislead young people.

Why, then, 32 years later, would Cruise decide to appear in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’? The Daily Mail provides a clue:
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Western Media Run Blatant Atrocity Propaganda For The Ukrainian Government

Saturday, 21 May 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

(This article contains reports about child rape which might be intense for some people.)

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The Ukrainian government is quickly learning that it can say anything, literally anything at all, about what’s happening on the ground there and get it uncritically reported as an actual news story by the mainstream western press.

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Israel’s PR Problem, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Saturday, 14 May 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

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Israel’s mounting PR crisis boils down to the fact that its violence and oppression isn’t happening in some far off land as in the case with US wars, it’s happening right at home surrounded by video cameras and enforced by police and soldiers who are not adept PR spinmeisters.

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Army of Secret Propagandists in Ukraine Funded by U.S. to Win Western Hearts and Minds for NATO Policies

Thursday, 12 May 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

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In my previous article on the Kyiv Independent, I touched on the Media Development Foundation (MDF), a “media accelerator” founded in 2013 by the CEO and CFO of the Kyiv Independent, Daryna Shevchenko and Jakub Parusinski.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a CIA offshoot that tries to advance U.S.-style democracy and capitalism in foreign nations, provided the seed funding, and provides about one-quarter of its overall funding. The remainder comes from either North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) affiliated agencies or right-wing groups.
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Watch: James Vasquez Is A Liar and a Fake

9 April 2022 — Youtube

Gonzalo Lira

James Vasquez’s tweet, where he lies about being in combat: https://mobile.twitter.com/jmvasquez1…

Extended livestream where I go through all the James Vasquez lies in more detail: “Propaganda BTFO”
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If It Feels Like You’re Being Manipulated, It’s Because You Are

Monday, 11 April 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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If you’ve got a gut feeling that your rulers are working to control your perception of the war in Ukraine, it is safe to trust that feeling.

If you feel like there’s been a concerted effort from the most powerful government and media institutions in the western world to manipulate your understanding of what’s going on with this war, it’s because that’s exactly what has been happening.

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US Officials Admit They’re Literally Just Lying To The Public About Russia

Thursday, 7 April 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

The War Propaganda Changes Its Shape

Tuesday, 5 April 2022 — Voltaire NetworkOriental Review

by Thierry MEYSSAN

The Nato device

“Subduing the enemy by force is not the highest art of war, the highest art of war is to subdue the enemy without shedding a single drop of blood.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

French General Philippe Lavigne of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) oversees research on new propaganda methods.

IllusionistIn contemporary democratic societies, war propaganda is conceived as an illusionist’s act: diverting the public’s attention in order to hide what it should not know.

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Nazis in Ukraine: Seeing through the fog of the information war

Thursday, 30 March 2022 — Liberation News

Gabriel Rockhill

2015 march in Kiev to celebrate the birthday of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera (pictured on black and red flag)

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin undertook what he referred to as a “special military operation … to de-militarise and de-Nazify Ukraine.” Western bourgeois media immediately decried these stated goals, regularly repeating that the allegations of Nazism in Ukraine are nothing more than Russian “fake news.” Former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, went so far as to flatly state that “there are no Nazis in the Ukraine.” Similar claims resound throughout the mass media’s echo chambers, and the fact that the current president of Ukraine is Jewish is often short-sightedly presented as the only “proof” necessary.

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