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Big Oil is really scared!

Redacted Tonight   Steven Donziger beat Chevron Oil in court in a case over poisoning the Ecuadorean Amazon and its people. Then Chevron went after Donziger. He's currently one of the US's many political prisoners.  

Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to “weaken Russia,” leaked docs reveal

New leaked documents show Reuters’ and the BBC’s involvement in covert UK FCO programs to effect “attitudinal change” and “weaken the Russian state’s influence,” alongside intel contractors and Bellingcat. by Max Blumenthal Part 3 - “Weaken the Russian state’s influence” The programs exposed through the latest leak of documents operate under the auspices of a shadowy division of the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office called Counter Disinformation & Media Development (CDMD). Led by an intelligence operative named Andy Pryce, the program has shrouded in secrecy. Indeed, the British government has denied freedom of information requests about the division’s budget and stonewalled members of parliament like Chris Williamson who sought data about its budget and agenda, citing national security to block their demands for information. “ When I tried to probe further, ” former MP Williamson told The Grayzone , “ ministers refused to let me have access to any documents or correspond

The disarticulation of pandemic war propaganda

An investigative analysis takes apart a hackneyed piece of propaganda authored by an international alt-right clique with links to the Pentagon.   by Raul Diego   Part 4 - Footnotes don’t make it real After a poorly executed introduction, the other arguments become even more transparent. Perhaps none more than the one that immediately follows the opening salvo, where a visit by Xi Jinping to Imperial College London in 2015 to announce a collaborative research project involving “ nanotechnology, bioengineering… and public health ” between the UK and China ostensibly portends another public health coup by the Asian superpower. Citing the publication of a study five years later reporting the “initial” efficacy of social distancing in the fight against the disease, the authors insinuate that, once again, China has bested the West by introducing the idea of social distancing. Yet the Bush administration was already discussing social distancing and other pertinent public health control measur

How Ecuador’s US-backed, coup-supporting ‘ecosocialist’ candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing

Ecuador’s presidential candidate Yaku Pérez supported coups in Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. His US-backed party Pachakutik and supposedly “left-wing” environmentalist campaign is being promoted by right-wing corporate lobbyists.   by Ben Norton  Part 5 - Non-Indigenous anti-Correa activist from Indigenous party spreads disinformation against Julian Assange   One of the co-founders of Pachakutik, who is not indigenous, Fernando Villavicencio, played a major but under-acknowledged role in the Russiagate conspiracy that consumed official Washington during the Trump era. Villavicencio is an Ecuadorian opposition activist and journalist who dedicated years of his life to destroying Rafael Correa. Besides his work with Pachakutik, Villavicencio established an anti-Correa media outlet to spread disinformation against the leftist president. Villavicencio hated Correa so much that he publicly called for the United States to impose sanctions on Ecuador to punish his government, and

US State Department accusation of China ‘genocide’ relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue

The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their “genocide” accusation against China. A close review of Zenz’s research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods.   by Gareth Porter and Max Blumenthal Part 3 - Cherry-picking and distorting source material, framing free healthcare as genocide Also in 2017, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission announced a $5.2 billion healthcare investment in Xinjiang, stating its intention to strengthen a brittle health infrastructure in impoverished, rural areas of the region.  According to Chinese government statistics, maternal and infant mortality rates in Xinjiang were nearly halved by 2018, while average life expectancy rose as a result of increased public health investments. A 2019 study by Lancet described China’s improvement of maternal health and infant mortality reduction as a “ remarkable success story. ” Another study that year by the Chinese

Aurora police killed without consequence, now their protestors face 48 years for “kidnapping” cops

The cops and the district attorneys want people to see what we are going through — the conditions of our arrests, our experiences in jail, and our legal battle — and to think that this is what you risk when you stand up against them. – Lillian House, Aurora Activist and Defendant   by Alan Macleod   Part 1 Elijah McClain would have turned 25 last week. However, in 2019, the introverted Black massage therapist was killed on the street by police in his native Aurora (a part of the Denver metropolitan area). None of the officers involved have faced charges for the incident. Yet the leaders of mass protests against the killing are now facing up to 48 years in prison on a host of charges they see as retaliation for standing up to police power. Three activists — Lillian House, Joel Northam, and Eliza Lucero face a preliminary hearing on March 9. A fourth, Terrence Roberts, is also facing similar, though more minor charges.  The most serious of the charges against them is that of kidnapping,

Joe Biden is already breaking his promise to end the US’ ‘forever wars’ in the Middle East

by Robert Inlakesh   Part 3 - Breeding terrorism   While the US footprint seemingly expands in Iraq, Biden is also set to make his decision on whether he will follow the previous administration’s deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan and withdraw the remaining 2,500 troops, or stay in that 20-year-long war. He has until May 1 to do the former or face the backlash of breaking the Trump-era accord.  The common argument used for staying in Afghanistan is similar to the argument for remaining in Iraq. The US will argue, with the full complicity of its media, that there will be a bloodbath if they leave, due to militant groups gaining the upper hand. But when it comes to the US and its involvement in these wars, the problems in both Iraq and Afghanistan were created almost entirely by its presence. In the case of Iraq, there had not been a single suicide bombing and no Islamic terrorist organisations, such as al-Qaeda, had operated in the country before the overthrew of Saddam Hussein.  As f

How to spot propaganda

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Why is BBC making fake news against China

CGTN   For BBC, mobs who sabotaged Hong Kong's legislature are "pro-democracy" heroes; professional training institutes in Xinjiang are "camps" full of "systematic rape" and torture. By telling lies and playing a disgraceful role, BBC is making fake news against China.  

Υπόθεση Κουφοντίνα: το σενάριο των επιχειρήσεων προβοκάτσιας από το Μητσοτακικό καθεστώς όλο και πιο πιθανό

globinfo freexchange   Αμέσως μετά τις εθνικές εκλογές του 2019 είχαμε γράψει ότι, ο "σοφός λαός" δεν είναι και τόσο σοφός. Είτε με την ψήφο του, είτε με την αποχή του, έδωσε το ελεύθερο στη χειρότερη δεξιά της μεταπολίτευσης να σαρώσει σαν 'οδοστρωτήρας' τα πάντα στο πέρασμά της. Μετά από τέσσερα χρόνια νεοφιλελεύθερης λαίλαπας, το τοπίο καταστροφής θα έχει κάνει τη χώρα κυριολεκτικά αγνώριστη.   Και τον Νοέμβριο του 2020 επισημάναμε ότι, δυστυχώς, απ'ότι φαίνεται, η πανδημία απλώς θα επισπεύσει αυτή την καταστροφή.   Όπως αποδεικνύεται από την κατάσταση στην οποία έχει περιέλθει το ΕΣΥ, ειδικά στις περιοχές με τον μεγαλύτερο πληθυσμό, η χώρα θα πληρώσει πολύ ακριβά τον ιδεολογικό φανατισμό των στελεχών του καθεστώτος Μητσοτάκη. Ειδικά τώρα, που οι μεταλλάξεις του ιού κάνουν πάρτι και απειλούν να τινάξουν στον αέρα κάθε σχεδιασμό.  Όπως είχαμε επίσης επισημάνει, δεν είναι απλά η ανικανότητα των στελεχών του καθεστώτος που έχει αφήσει ανοχύρωτο το ΕΣΥ απέναντι

Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to “weaken Russia,” leaked docs reveal

New leaked documents show Reuters’ and the BBC’s involvement in covert UK FCO programs to effect “attitudinal change” and “weaken the Russian state’s influence,” alongside intel contractors and Bellingcat. by Max Blumenthal Part 2 - Reuters solicits secret British Foreign Office contract to infiltrate Russian media A series of official documents declassified in January 2020 revealed that Reuters was secretly funded by the British government throughout the 1960s and 1970s to assist an anti-Soviet propaganda organization run by the MI6 intelligence agency. The UK government used the BBC as a pass-through to conceal payments to the news group. The revelation prompted a Reuters spokesman to declare that “ the arrangement in 1969 [with the MI6] was not in keeping with our Trust Principles and we would not do this today. ” The Trust Principles outline a mission of “ preserving [Reuters’] independence, integrity, and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and ne

Facebook hires NATO press officer Ben Nimmo as intelligence chief

It is now difficult to distinguish where the deep state ends and the fourth estate begins and Ben Nimmo’s move from NATO to NATO-aligned think tank to Facebook is just another example of this phenomenon.   by Alan Macleod   Part 4 - Greater control The military escalation has been mirrored by an intensifying online propaganda war, where the U.S. has attempted to isolate China economically and stop advancing Chinese technologies such as Huawei’s 5G network, mobile phone, and semiconductor manufacturer Xiaomi, and video sharing app TikTok.  Nimmo has played his part in ramping up suspicions of nefarious Chinese activity online, claiming the existence of a wide-ranging pro-Beijing bot network encouraging Americans to believe that China has handled the COVID-19 pandemic far better than the United States. That Americans might have come to that conclusion on their own appears not to have been considered. There is an enormous government effort to convince its population of the existence of (f

The disarticulation of pandemic war propaganda

An investigative analysis takes apart a hackneyed piece of propaganda authored by an international alt-right clique with links to the Pentagon.   by Raul Diego   Part 3 - CFR for dummies An open letter published on the web in early January called on “ the federal authorities in Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States ” and the FBI, specifically, to investigate the claim made by the authors that the worldwide lockdowns that have decimated small businesses and left millions unemployed, yet lined the pockets of the richest people and sent stock markets soaring, have been “inspired” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Their ‘case’ begins with the argument that as a result of China’s implementation of a lockdown on the city of Wuhan after the novel coronavirus was deemed a threat to public health by Chinese authorities. and the ostensible iron grip the communist nation has on the World Health Organization, it was able to stealthily transpose its draconian mea

How Ecuador’s US-backed, coup-supporting ‘ecosocialist’ candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing

Ecuador’s presidential candidate Yaku Pérez supported coups in Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. His US-backed party Pachakutik and supposedly “left-wing” environmentalist campaign is being promoted by right-wing corporate lobbyists.   by Ben Norton  Part 4 - US-backed “ecosocialists” ally with right-wing in coup attempt against Rafael Correa   The deployment of ostensibly progressive “environmentalist” talking points to destabilize left-wing governments in Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, and beyond was developed over a decade ago, to weaken the democratically elected government of Ecuador’s former socialist President Rafael Correa. To undercut Correa, the United States and Western European governments funded civil society groups in Ecuador that claimed to support environmental causes and indigenous rights, but ended up serving as tentacles of the right-wing opposition. Throughout their tenures in office, Ecuador’s Correa and Bolivia’s Evo Morales faced heavy opposition to their a

US State Department accusation of China ‘genocide’ relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue

The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their “genocide” accusation against China. A close review of Zenz’s research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods.   by Gareth Porter and Max Blumenthal Part 2 - Genocide or equal treatment in family planning policy? In Adrian Zenz’s 2020 paper for the Jamestown Foundation, he boasted that his findings “ provide the strongest evidence yet that Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang meet one of the genocide criteria cited in the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. ” Zenz was referring Article 2 (d) of that Convention: “ Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group .” But Article II qualifies the relevant acts as those “ committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such. ” But “ preventing births ” by itself cannot be evidence of alleged genocide withou

US, OAS, Colombia try to steal Ecuador’s election from popular socialist candidate, while spreading fake news

The US State Department is pushing a politicized vote recount, overseen by the coup-sponsoring OAS, after socialist Andrés Arauz won Ecuador’s election in a landslide. Meanwhile Colombia’s ex-president warns his country’s “radical right” is “interfering” with “slander” and a “dirty game.”   by Ben Norton  Part 3 - Ecuador’s biased electoral council collaborates with losing candidates against leading leftist   While the Colombian government has openly meddled in Ecuador’s internal affairs, the US government and Organization of American States have been working more quietly behind the scenes to undermine the electoral victory of leftist Andrés Arauz.   On February 12, the same day Colombia’s chief prosecutor arrived in Quito, Ecuador’s National Electoral Council (CNE) held an unprecedented closed-door meeting between the second- and third-place presidential candidates.   In a blatant violation of Ecuadorian law, the CNE hosted a private event where the losing opposition candidates were e

Joe Biden is already breaking his promise to end the US’ ‘forever wars’ in the Middle East

by Robert Inlakesh   Part 2 - When in doubt, blame Iran   Despite the fact there has been no confirmation as to who exactly carried out the recent Erbil rocket attack, the US State Department has vowed a response against those involved.  The group that claimed the attack, Saraya Awliya Al-Dam, has since been linked by the Western press to Iran. The likes of CNN have even called the group an “ Iranian-backed militia ”, for which the network provided no evidence and which is a potentially dangerous assertion, as many Americans will have been given the impression that Iran was somehow responsible. Iran has since denied any involvement in the Erbil attack and says it has never backed the Saraya Awliya Al-Dam militia group.  Following Trump’s ‘targeted assassination’ of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) Chairman Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in January 2020, the Iraqi parliament had voted to expel US forces from the country. Although the expul