President Ronald Reagan meeting with media magnate Rupert Murdoch in the Oval Office on Jan. 18, 1983, with Charles Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency, in the background. (Photo credit: Reagan presidential library) Robert Parry is among the great investigative reporters and journalists writing today. His web site “Consortium News” features some of the most incisive writers and commenters to be found on the web. His 6000 word article The Victory of ‘Perception Management’ is a masterpiece of summarizing a vast amount of information ranging from “Iran Contra” to the current Syria and Ukraine crises. The comments which follow his article on “Consortium News” add to the information. I had attempted to summarize his article but it is so rich, I decided to reproduce it completely.
From MSNBC Dec 20 2014 ””’ Back in May 2009, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted surveys and found that the more religious an American is, the more likely he or she is to support torture. More than five years later, not much has changed. Sarah Posner reported this week: A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Americans, by a 59-31% margin, believe that CIA “treatment of suspected terrorists” in detention was justified. A plurality deemed that “treatment” to be “torture,” by a 49-38% margin. Remarkably, the gap between torture supporters and opponents widens between voters who are Christian and those who are not religious.
Ukraine Svoboda march from The Nation Paul Krugman is one of my economist heroes. However his interpretation of recent non economic events is sometimes profoundly wrong. His Putin bashing column today is one of those occasions. Krugman, unfortunately, is often as susceptible to US main stream media hype and propaganda as any other American, about subjects in which he is not an expert. As an antidote I have 1. Copied a May 2012 article (below) by Krugman’s fellow Princetonian Stephen Cohen, the premier US expert on recent Russian history. 2. Below that I have referenced a more recent article (June 30 2014) by Professor Cohen on the facts of the USGovt/UkraineFascist coup ousting the corrupt but legally elected Ukrainian President, and the silence of the US media about the Nazi fascist element of the new Ukrine government.
Image from Wired: Drone casualty Datta Khel, Oct. 18, 2010. Child died a day after this photograph was taken by Behram for Wired. UK Guardian reports on drone strikes. Extract below, emphasis mine. 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground The drones came for Ayman Zawahiri on 13 January 2006, hovering over a village in Pakistan called Damadola. Ten months later, they came again for the man who would become al-Qaida’s leader, this time in Bajaur. Eight years later, Zawahiri is still alive. Seventy-six children and 29 adults, according to reports after the two strikes, are not.
Remains of Malaysia Air MH-17 July 17 2014 A piece by David Swanson from Washington’s Blog, copied verbatim: Putin Shot Down a Plane! Putin Shot Down a … What? Never Mind Posted on December 18, 2014 by DavidSwanson Search for “Malaysian Airlines Flight 17″ on the New York Times website and you’ll find a page promoting three articles from July, two hyping the idea that Russia did it and one just focused on the horror of it. Below that you’ll find 109 articles arranged from newest to oldest. The newest is from December 10th and consists of 4 sentences that convey little. The next is from November and all about an inappropriate tweet. The next half dozen take us back through September and we’re little the wiser for it. Yet the world outside of the U.S. media is full of evidence suggesting that Russia did not do it.
(800 words) While The USGovt is fighting the world, China is creating a new “Silk Road”
In several of my next posts I will be sharing my own and other “bloggers” reactions to the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. Occasionally I will include the comments of a well known foreign writer commenting on America’s domestic horrors and the “Torture Report”. Below is an extract from Tariq Ali’s comment published in the London Review of Books blog on Eric Garner and on the Senate Torture Report. Emphasis is mine. We Can’t Breathe Tariq Ali 11 December 2014 ‘We live in a post-racial society,’ Obama enthused, referring to his own victory, soon after entering the White House. It sounded hollow at the time, though many wanted to believe it. Nobody does today. Not even Toni Morrison. But the response of tens of thousands of young US citizens to the recent outrages in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York is much more important and interesting than the vapours being emitted in DC.
95% of the House of Representatives on December 4th voted for H. Res 758, instructing Obama to send armaments to a bankrupt Ukraine, and perform a number of other anti Russia actions.
For the last seven decades the USGovt has covertly bribed local politicians and editors, planted false stories in local media, created false flag attacks to discredit its enemies, engaged in sabotage and economic blockades to affect elections or cause “regime change” in nations which were not sufficiently “free market” oriented. Measured by the criteria of opening up markets to Transnational Corporations, these “acts of war” were, (with the exception of Cuba, certain Islamic and Eastern European nations eg Ukraine) hugely successful. The biggest success was the implosion of the USSR in 1989.
I have followed the Ukrainian crisis quite closely. I am also familiar with the history of the secret Ukranian and Byelorussian Nazi teams hired by the CIA and (then NATO) to destabilize European countries which showed any tendency to elect a “populist” government. I will be blogging about these teams in future posts. Google Wikipedia “Gladio” and “Gladio Italy” for background. The USGovt is using the successors of these fascist organizations to destabilize Ukraine and to sow terror in the Ukrainian population.