Category: CITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDA

Thank the Lazy Clown President This Time

BRUCE DIXON—Cable news coverage never mentions that there are 15 US military bases on Korean soil, housing anywhere from 30 to 40,000 US troops, probably nuclear armed. The largest, Camp Humphreys is in the middle of scandal-ridden expansion plans to hold 40,000 US personnel in that one spot alone, all paid for by South Korean taxpayers, not American ones. South Korean civil society has long resented its American overlords and their military presence.

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Reality Check: The Guardian Restarts Push for Regime Change in Russia

KIT—Our response? Our defense of our “values”? Use the armies of online propagandists our governments employ – their existence was reported in the Guardian – in order to undermine, or undo the democratic will of the Russian people. Rice-Oxley is positing this with a straight face. Russia is such a destabilising threat to “our democratic values”, such a moral vacuum, that we must use subterfuge to undermine their elections and remove their popular head of state.

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Atlantic Council Explains Why We Need To Be Propagandized For Our Own Good

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Russian propaganda is not dangerous. Having access to other ways of looking at global geopolitics is not dangerous. What absolutely is dangerous is a vast empire concerning itself with the information and ideas that its citizenry have access to. Get your rapey, manipulative fingers out of our minds, please. If our dear leaders are so worried about our losing faith in our institutions, they shouldn’t be concerning themselves with manipulating us into trusting them, they should be making those institutions more trustworthy.

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Facebook’s New Censorship Scheme

STEPHEN LENDMAN—Censoring content diverging from mainstream views constitutes a slippery slope toward undermining First Amendment rights altogether, a step toward greater totalitarian rule than already. Facebook considers what it calls “false narratives (content diverging from establishment views) intentionally divisive headlines and language that exploit disagreements and sow conflict” – a vague standard only censors could love, giving themselves latitude to do what they please extrajudicially.

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The CIA’s Big Lie for Gina Haspel

MELVIN A GOODMAN—Morell’s memorandum, written in 2011 as the result of a disciplinary review, “found no fault with the performance of Ms. Haspel” because she drafted the cable “on the direct orders” of her superior and did not release it herself.  Obviously, Morell knows nothing of the Nuremberg principles that support punishment for officials who carry out illegal orders.  He made no mention about her leadership at the Agency’s most notorious secret prison in the war on terror.

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Nazis in the U.S. & Ukraine share symbols, why is the West still in denial?

MAX PARRY—Smearing of those concerned about Ukraine’s Nazis as “Russian propagandists” has been customary since the right wing putsch. The dangerous political climate legitimating such whitewashing has only increased amid the Russiagate hysteria following the 2016 election. A further examination of the mediasphere shows that this denialism of Kiev’s fascists continues, even as the same publications report on domestic Neo-Nazi organizations that use the exact same iconography as groups like Azov.

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