Alexander Mercouris discusses how China is no longer willing to take unending insults from the West, especially the US, and is now organising itself to respond in kind with its own information war capabilities. Also, as Special Addendum: A documentary on China’s transformation by PBS, the supposedly “mature and impartial” platform that never stoops to imperial propaganda. The fact is that PBS has also tangibly degenerated in the last two decades, and its prestige programs such as the Newshour and Frontline (inevitable given their corporate funding, staffing, etc.) have become only marginally less openly tendentious and mendacious than the regular commercial media. So they use the stiletto instead of the hammer, but the results are often the same: the conscious betrayal of truth. Be careful, therefore, as you watch this video. There’s the usual mix of lies and truths, with the latter often further massaged to diminish their impact.
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Like an unrelenting cancer, the sociopathic US empire refuses to let go of Syria. Jimmy Dore and The Grayzone focus on this appalling crime.
AARON MATÉ: So all these admissions by top Biden officials help expose one of the biggest lies about the Obama administration, where many of them served. And that line that we often hear about Obama is that he did not do enough in Syria. He did not intervene enough. It’s the exact opposite. As all these officials have laid out, Obama massively intervened in Syria primarily through a covert, giant CIA program. And that has led to the chaos that Syria is still recovering from today. And it was so cynical that the US was willing to use al-Qaeda and ISIS to advance their goals of regime change.
And this takes me to another Biden official named Rob Malley, who served under Obama and is now Biden’s envoy to Iran in the hopes of possibly reviving the Iran nuclear deal — although whether Biden will do that, is actually unclear. But listen to what Rob Malley told me in an interview we did back in 2018. Contrary to the dominant line that Obama didn’t do enough in Syria, Malley told me that in fact, the US was a part of what fueled the war, rather than stopping it.
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CALEB MAUPIN—Biden’s transition team is liable to be headed by Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, a man known for his fascistic thinking. Contrary to the image of geeks working out a garage and making billions through their sheer genius, Maupin shows that Silicon Valley and the computer revolution were not spawned by free market dynamics, but actually the opposite, a creation of the US government’s most secretive agencies—CIA, NSA, etc.—determined to gain supremacy in the development and control of information technology.
Silicon Valley is so libertarian, so unrooted in any sense of loyalty or obligation to society or the nation, that Trump himself and Bannon, spousing economic nationalism, fear and distrust this peculiar subculture.
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TRUMP LOSES! Now What? That question is surely on the minds of many. Other thoughtful responses can be found on this site, but here’s Jimmy Dore’s, which we regard as (always) among the most lucid and refreshing.
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JON. COOK—Assange faces a terrifying new kind of extraordinary rendition – one conducted not covertly by US security services but in the full glare of publicity and, if the London court approves, with the consent of the British judiciary. If extradition is authorised, a precedent will be set that allows the US to seize and jail any journalist who exposes its crimes. Inevitably, that will have a severe chilling effect on all journalists investigating the world’s only super-power. It will not only be the death of journalism’s already enfeebled role as a watchdog on power but a death blow against our societies’ commitment to the principles of freedom and openness.