Propaganda on the INF

It is essential to blame Russia for the collapse in the global framework of arms control.

It is disappointing but perhaps not surprising to see even ‘senior’ journalists engaged in the work of propagandaising this message on behalf of NATO and the US. This is a piece in the Guardian attributed to the Guardian’s world affairs editor, Julian Borger, and another writer.  Continue reading “Propaganda on the INF”

Lies on Russia in the Independent

The question that interests me is why these Western (Guardian and Independent) journalists lie about Russia. Is it because they think it will help their careers? Because they can’t live without hating something? Because they are all in the pay of MI6? Because they have a kind of tribal mentality and they feel it their duty to write propaganda about Russia because Russian is the enemy of their tribe? Continue reading “Lies on Russia in the Independent”

Journalism or agitating for an interest group?

Journalists should be able to tell the difference between news and the story an interest group wants to tell. This isn’t just the opinion of this author. This is what journalism is. Journalists need to be able to sift through the material which comes into their inbox (Facebook messenger, whatever), proactively check as best they can, find sources other than the interest group which wants you to tell the story their way – and then put together an informed article. In particular if they draw on material from an interest group in writing the story they should alert their reader to this. Continue reading “Journalism or agitating for an interest group?”

We were wrong but Russia is responsible for us being wrong (The BBC’s correspondent on Mueller)

There is sometimes a call that people who peddle hate-speech should be “de-platformed”. We should, it is suggested, deny them the “oxygen of publicity”, which they crave. But when it comes to hating Russia and spreading false stories and myths all is open season. Strange. At least; irrational. Continue reading “We were wrong but Russia is responsible for us being wrong (The BBC’s correspondent on Mueller)”

Russia experts in the West

The Western media touts a bizarre array of so-called experts on Russia. These range from Western academics who simply live in delusional universes of their own making to dissidents who, like most dissidents, know which side their bread is buttered and will say what their new masters in MI6 and NATO require. (The media usually slavishly reports whatever they say without doubting a morsel). Many of these experts work for “think-tanks” with clear links to the Western war machine. Continue reading “Russia experts in the West”

Why tell lies Mr Harding?

There is plenty to criticise about Russia. Even if we take an intelligent approach and start from the position that Russia is a different country, with its own history and traditions and values, and criticism should take this into account, not simply be based on the expectation that Russia should automatically adopt all Western values and trends, even then there is still plenty to criticise about Russia. Continue reading “Why tell lies Mr Harding?”