Category: CITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDA

Freedom Rider: Yaser Murtaja and Marie Colvin

MARGARET KIMBERLEY—Marie Colvin was killed because she was covering a war zone and was embedded with a group devoted to Assad’s overthrow. Ms. Colvin had already lost the sight in one eye after covering another war in Sri Lanka. She knew the risks of her profession and continued to take them. There is no comparison between her death and Murtaja, a man who was trapped in Gaza with 2 million other people and who devoted himself to chronicling their oppression. Some victims are considered worthy and others are thought to be unworthy. Some are ignored and others are elevated so that the rulers can get away with advocating evil deeds.

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CIA stages gas attack pretext for Syria escalation

PATRICK MARTIN—There is no credible evidence concerning the claimed attack in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma, a few miles from the Syrian capital. There are video clips that prove nothing, since they could have been manufactured at any time and edited to serve the purpose. The sole on-the-spot accounts come from the White Helmets, celebrated by the media as a rescue organization, but affiliated with the anti-Assad “rebels” and largely funded by the United States, Britain, Germany and other imperialist powers. This includes $23 million from the US Agency for International Development, a longtime front for the CIA.

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Daring to go beyond Western propaganda on the Great Leap Forward’s famine

RAMIN MAZAHERI—Hunger should be treated in the same way as a natural disaster; Iran’s biggest curse is earthquakes and, were it not for vast anti-Iran sentiment, many more would learn about our similarly amazing, socialist-inspired techniques for dealing with the aftermaths of earthquakes. The Chinese Communist Party has seemingly done the impossible – ended the scourge of famine in China.

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Marches, Voting and Social Change

GARY OLSON—David Hogg, the Parkland teenager and a spokesperson for the movement, plans to take a “gap year” to work on mid-term elections. But Hogg and others will quickly encounter the system’s recalcitrant resistance to any serious changes. And if a critical mass of students begins vocalizing connections among violence, racism, injustice, and Washington raining death on people abroad, the mass media will abruptly cease its fawning approval and vilification will commence.

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The lies of the imperialist powers over the Skripal affair unravel

ROBERT STEVENS—No less implicated in this criminal affair is the corporate media, especially the New York Times, which has spent the past month disseminating the raw propaganda issued by London and Washington and baying for Moscow’s punishment. At no point did the Times raise a single question about the reliability of the claims of the May government. And now its response to the refutation of the lies is to ignore and bury Aitkenhead’s statement.

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Skripal-Novichok Case: Hiding UK-U.S. Lies Gets Top Priority

ERIC ZUESSE—The issue decided by the vote is that the expulsions of Russia’s representatives to U.S.-allied countries must stand on the basis merely of the UK Government’s allegations of Russia’s guilt, without any evidence being provided to back them up. Essentially, what was at stake in this vote is whether the public, in each of these countries, should believe Russia’s guilt without being provided any evidence that Russia is guilty.

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