Guardian propaganda watch continued

It is hard to keep up with the Guardian’s anti-Russia propaganda.

Here are two examples from recent reports on developments in the Skripal case – the release of photographs of the alleged perpetrators:

Dmitry Gudkov, a Russian opposition politician, tweeted: “Meet Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, suspected by Britain of the poisoning of the Skripals. Possible MPs in the next parliament!”

Gudkov’s tweet was an allusion to Andrei Lugovoi, the former KGB agent who was accused by Britain of murdering the Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko with polonium-210, a rare radioactive isotope, in London in 2006. Lugovoi was elected to the Russian parliament in 2007 and now earns a reported £400,000 a year as an MP. He was also awarded a state honour by Putin. [1]

To describe Litvinenko as a “Kremlin critic” is part of creating the narrative “Putin murders his critics”. In fact Litvinenko was an ex Russian spy, turned traitor, who was working for British intelligence at the time of his assassination. The narrative that Putin murders double-agents doesn’t have quite the same ring to it which is why Litvinenko is described as a “Kremlin critic”.

According to RT which is likely to be better informed than Marc Bennetts for the Guardian a State Duma MP earns about USD 80,000.00 p.a. Marc Bennett’s £400,000.00 “as an MP” appears to be “fake news”.

 

This is a piece of creative writing from Luke Harding.  Whereas the police are content to present the facts such as they have them Harding is eager to join the dots with his fictional tale of a plane “trundling down an icy runway” (yes – it is always icy in Moscow Luke and that’s probably why they have ice in their hearts). “On hostile territory, Boshirov and Petrov operated in the manner of classic intelligence operatives” – that is on their way to a political assassination which would have massive repercussions for their country they allowed themselves to be captured without disguises by CCTV multiple times.

The Russian state may have been responsible for the apparent Skripal poisoning. It may have been a “rogue element” in Russia – or it could have been the work of another intelligence agency setting Russia up. There’s nothing wrong from a journalistic point of view of doing some reportage and arguing for one interpretation of the facts. But we don’t see this in the British press. We see these attempts to spin narratives – narratives which are fed to them by the State Department / MI6 + Downing Street – which they do by being selective with the facts, adding narrative glosses and relying exclusively on the views of Anti-Russia “think-tanks” and dissidents. And this rush to spin the narrative when any reasonable jury is still out should give us pause for consideration.

Notes

1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/05/putin-signed-decree-on-freelance-spies-days-before-skripal-claims

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More Guardian propaganda

This is a lovely piece of Guardian propaganda on Syria.

The author is delusional. It is however a nice example of how the Western media builds its propaganda. A few quotes – from Anti-Assad groups and the UN (to give it a sense of objectivity) are picked out and strung together to build the narrative. Of course; this is just how delusions are developed by psychotics – a few points which are true establish the narrative which itself is delusional. The author no doubt believes his “analysis” and probably thinks he is saving humanity.

Before commenting on a few specific points it is worth noting that the author gets through his whole piece about an upcoming “murderous onslaught” in Syria’s Idlib province without once mentioning who the target of the military campaign is – Al-Nusra, or Al Qaeda in Syria – and affiliated groups. This, Al-Nusra / Al-Qaeda, is the same group who murdered more than 3000 Americans in the Twin Towers attacks in 2001. This group is not mentioned once in the article! That alone tells us we are in the realm of extraordinary propaganda.

A few points:

The author cites something called “The Syria Campaign” as evidence of human rights atrocities committed by Assad/Russia (he doesn’t specify which). A quick glance at the website of “The Syria Campaign” with its banner “We are a human rights advocacy group supporting Syria’s heroes in the struggle for freedom and democracy” tells us clearly which side of the civil war this group is on. As we know “truth is the first casualty of war”. Citing a partisan group for information in the context of a war is reasonable reporting; however to present it as some kind of source of neutral facts is babyish. You shouldn’t even pass the first year of an undergraduate course in journalism if you can’t show that you are assessing your sources for likely bias.

The author describes as “disinformation” and “fake news” recent Russian claims that the militants are planning a chemical weapons “false-flag” operation. He then backs up this claim by referencing “documented evidence” by a group called the Syrian Archive that the Syrian government has committed chemical weapons attacks in the past. (Therefore it is false to say that the militants are planning a false flag attack). Again we are supposed to believe that the Syrian Archive is some kind of neutral objective group. But even one second’s research shows that it is not. The director of this group is linked to the notorious Belllingcat operation – a single person who is linked to Nato’s Atlantic Council [1] and who produces shoddily researched papers based largely on “social media analysis” backing Western positions on various matters (usually Russia bad). (We have analysed his ‘work’ on MH17 here – it is demonstrably technically flawed). What we see here is a nexus of organisations who present themselves as “human rights advocates” and so on but who, in reality, are part of an organised network of groups producing pro-Western narratives. Furthemore; if the Assad regime has on occasion used chemical weapons it does not follow from that that every incident can be taken at face value. It is possible for it both to be true that Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons and militants have staged false flag attacks. In reality this is what happens in the fog of war. On both points then – objectivity of sources and general understanding of how to report on wars author Simon Tisdall’s piece fails elementary tests of journalism. He simply fails to show that Russian claims about an upcoming chemical weapons false flag operation by militants are “fake news”.

Then we have this:

The Russian and Syrian regimes claimed to be solely concerned with fighting terrorism when defending their previous, indiscriminate missile, barrel bomb and artillery attacks on civilian residential areas, hospitals and schools, notably in Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta, which caused mass casualties.

One wonders if Mr Tisdall has any evidence for his claim that Russia has used “barrel bombs” and “indiscriminate missile attacks” in Syria? Probably not. He’s probably just making it up.

The underlying thread here is basically that when Russia is involved in a military operation it is a “murderous onslaught on civilians” but when the West or Israel is it is usually a “targeted campaign aimed to minimise civilian casualties”. To be fair to Mr Tisdall he was one of a few voices questioning the propaganda the public was fed in the run-up to the Iraq war. It seems strange that he appears to have lost his ability to question what the Western corporate-state is telling him on Syria.

Notes

1. http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about/experts/list/eliot-higgins

Barbaric use of isolation in schools

This Guardian article about the use of isolation in schools in the UK is a case study of docile bodies.

Notice the cynical hand-washing statement from the Department of Education. Notice too the connection with OFSTED. That is – the pressure to produce good OFSTED reports is part of the pressure which drives these kinds of excessive punishments.

Notice too the language in the statement from one of the School Trusts: the students will “self-correct”. They might as well be talking about a self-driving car. The distinction between a machine and a human being is lost. Young people are quite literally being treated and trained as efficient automatons. This is the “freedom” and “democracy” we wage wars all over the world to bring to people?

Obviously it is completely barbaric to do this to young people. Strange that in this world where at every breath the authorities claim to be concerned about the welfare of young people and “Safeguarding” this is passed through on the nod.

And finally, we can say as a matter of certainty that a few parents complaining and getting an article in the Guardian is not going to change anything. This is a vicious country and this is just part and parcel of that viciousness.

 

 

 

Relocation of site

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Skirpal – which came first, the ‘training manual’ or the door-knob?

The British government case that Russia was responsible for the poisoning by “Novichok” of ex Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter initially relied on the argument that Russia had the “means, the intent and the motive” to do it and thus must have done it. The public was also told that the substance had been identified as coming from Russia – something which they subsequently had to retract. Subsequently it emerged that Porton Down had not in fact identified the sample they had as coming from Russia.

The government case fell apart. Also – most people can see through the argument that Russia had the means and motive. Yes; they have the means and one can ascribe a motive to them. But many others might have a motive as well. Not everyone who has a means and a possible motive to commit a crime is guilty of that crime. A simple piece of “fake logic”. Following the collapse of their case the government tried to shore it up with a series of placed stories in the press. One of these is that Julia Skripal (Sergey Skripal’s daughter) was under surveillance by Russian intelligence. Of course she was! She is the daughter of one of their major traitors of recent times – and was in touch with her father. Julia Skripal was no doubt being monitored by the British as well. Maybe there was even a hand-over when she arrived on a plane from Moscow? At any event that she was under surveillance by Moscow means zero as to whether or not Russia had a hand in the poisoning (by BZ and/or a nerve agent) in Salisbury of her and her father. Another attempt to fabricate a story out of thin air. [1]

(The fact that the British government is producing all these pieces of ‘evidence’ which any rational analysis can see do not support the claims being made on the basis of them itself shows that something very odd is going on).

The only piece of ‘evidence’ left is the claim that British intelligence has in their possession a training manual from Russia – dated to Russia not the USSR – which specifically discusses carrying out assassinations by smearing a nerve agent of the “Novichok” type on a door-handle – where the nerve agent was allegedly found in Salisbury. It is likely that British intelligence do indeed have some kind of a document which somehow can be construed as a “training manual” and which can somehow be said to be dated from post 1991. It could be anything e.g. a discussion paper of some kind. British intelligence won’t be too scrupulous about the truth.

At any event the question at the heart of this matter is – which came first; the “training manual” or the ‘Novichok’ on the door handle? To spell it out: if you wanted to commit a crime and frame Russia and if you had inside knowledge about this “training manual” and that it mentioned door-knobs – where would you put your (very pure) sample of ‘Novichok’?

See Craig Murry’s post about the British government D-Notice suppressing the key piece of information in this case.

Notes

1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5617783/Denying-Moscow-spy-attack-shows-blindness-reality-says-Boris-Johnson.html

 

 

 

The Nazi bullet

I read somewhere, I don’t know if it’s true, that when the Nazis executed someone they sent their family a bill for the bullet.

In this country if you get a DBS check (an administrative procedure which allows employers in many sectors to bypass the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and, in some cases, to also receive police intelligence outside of any judicial process) you are offered the option to put it (your ‘account’) on the update system. This means that future employers can reference information about you without you having to make a new application. The charge for this is currently £13.00 p.a and is paid by the applicant.

This means the applicant is required to pay the cost of the system which puts him under surveillance. He has to pay for his own surveillance! (The system is run by Capita on a government contract).

Worse. The DBS system is a formal disciplinary system (in Foucault’s sense). It is designed to manage and control the aberrant behaviour it targets. The system of surveillance denudes individuals and society of the moral compass which in the absence of the disciplinary system would control the aberrant behaviour in a healthy way. It pushes the idea that all beings are inherently criminals. It makes no distinction between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Like any other disciplinary system the ‘child protection’ system actually fosters the behaviour it manages. That is; in plain English the DBS system promotes child sexual abuse. By forcing people who want to work with young people to pay the subscription fee for this system they are forcing people to be complicit in their system which legitimizes and normalises child sexual abuse.

 

 

 

 

Bombing Syria was good business

In the recent aggression against Syria Britain used Storm Shadow missiles.

BAE is one of the producers of Storm Shadows.

What has the illegal UK aggression done for BAE’s share price?

On 13th April – when the bombing took place – it was 594 GBX. Today (17th) it is 601.40 – and climbing.

The idea that these obvious rewards do not create a driver for war is an example of the wilful naivety which the corporate and political “elites” in the “free world” cloak themselves in.