CounterPunch: Weaponizing Information

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“I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too…We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war…I don’t want this anymore, I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom…”

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The BBG is apparently in disarray. According to Helle Dale’s submission, on March 4, 2015, Andrew Lack, the newly hired CEO of BBG’s International Broadcasting, left the position after only six weeks on the job. On April 7, the Director of Voice of America, David Ensor, announced that he was leaving.

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Apr 25

Chuck Spinney: Stephen Cohen with the Truth on Ukraine — US Government, New York Times, & Think Tanks Cannot Be Trusted to Know or Communicate the Truth…

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Part 1 of a two part series — This interview with Professor Stephen Cohen provides a very useful, and I believe largely accurate, portrayal of why our policy toward Russia has gone off the rails and could lead to a 2nd Cold War that is even more dangerous than the first — with one serious omission, IMO.  Cohen’s discussion of the reasons for NATO’s expansion, while accrurate, does not include the influence of the arms manufacturers in promoting that expansion.  The MICC had a huge interest in NATO expansion, because adding new countries to NATO had the obvious potential for opening up huge arms markets in the name of NATO’s policy of standardization and interoperability.  That the market has turned out less than predicted in the 1990s does not obviate the power of the motive.  It is part of the mosaic of domestic political impulses to expand NATO that Cohen describes as being so dangerous. CS

The New York Times “basically rewrites whatever the Kiev authorities say”: Stephen F. Cohen on the U.S./Russia/Ukraine history the media won’t tell you

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Apr 20

Robert Parry: Syrian Rebels Caught Doing False-Flag Kidnappings to Discredit Syrian Government

Robert Parry

Robert Parry

Exclusive: In August 2013, when the U.S. government almost went to war in Syria over a Sarin attack, suspicions that it was a rebel “false-flag” were ridiculed. But new disclosures about a rebel role in kidnapping NBC’s Richard Engel several months earlier show the rebels knew such propaganda tricks, says Robert Parry.

Syrian Rebels Caught in ‘False-Flag’ Kidnapping

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Apr 18

Mongoose: Controlling Israel — It’s the Money, Stupid!

Mongoose

Mongoose

Of note.

Counterpunch: Footing Israel’s Bill – Israel Won’t Change Its Ways Until Washington Puts Military Aid on the Chopping Block

ConsortiumNews: Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?

 

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Apr 16