Media Articles from 2017
The $1.6 Billion Dollar Hoax
by Ken Bensinger, Jason Leopold, and Craig Silverman
Posted March 19, 2017
In the third week of January, an Israeli named Yoni Ariel flew from Tel Aviv to Rome carrying $9,000 in cash on a secret mission to bring down Donald Trump.
There, he met with an Italian businessman. Seated at a table toward the rear of a café, away from the street where they might attract unwanted attention, Ariel recalled, he handed over the cash. In exchange he was given a copy of a potentially explosive set of documents.
Its 35 pages told the story of a $1.6 billion wire transfer from petroleum giant ExxonMobil to a European office of a Chinese mining company, which a day later transferred 1.4 billion euros to the Trump Organization, the privately held conglomerate founded by President Trump.
The only problem: The documents were phony. The wire transfers never occurred, and the entire set of documents appear to have been forged as part of an elaborate scam. More…
The “Deep State” and the Unspoken Crimes of the U.S. Empire, Operation Gladio
By Gary Weglarz
Posted March 16, 2017
The key institutions of Western societies have lost their credibility. They fail to merit either the respect or loyalty of the domestic populations they purport to serve.
Testing the validity of this assertion requires examination of Western institutions from a holistic rather than fragmentary perspective. This is easier said than done.
There exists a massive amount of near real-time web based information available for us to process daily if we are attempting to keep abreast of world events. This often leaves us diligently evaluating recent events, while lacking the opportunity to step back and assemble these discrete events into a more comprehensible whole. More…
8,000 Documents Detail CIA Crimes — But US Media Won’t Touch Them
By Paul Kaiser
Posted March 13, 2017
Hats off to our so-called free press. Even with our pragmatic worldview, the western media consistently performs well below our already extremely low expectations.
It’s now been well over 24 hours since Wikileaks released more than 8,000 documents detailing the CIA’s “global covert hacking program”.
And the leaks (known as “Vault 7”) haven’t even finished yet. As the Independent notes, “when taken together, Vault 7 will make up the biggest intelligence publication in history.” More…
Syrian War Propaganda at the Oscars
By Rick Sterling
Posted February 28, 2017
The Western-backed war in Syria, like the invasion of Iraq, was so smothered by propaganda that truth was not only the first casualty but has been steadily suffocated for five years, now reaching the Oscars. The Netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It would not be a surprise despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.
When eastern Aleppo was finally freed from the armed militants, it was discovered that the White Helmets headquarters were alongside the headquarters of Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. Civilians from east Aleppo reported that the White Helmets primarily rallied their “humanitarian” operations when the militants were attacked.
Soon after departing Aleppo in government-supplied buses, the White Helmets showed up in the mountains above Damascus where they allied with terrorist groups responsible for poisoning and then shutting off the water source for five million people in Damascus. More…
The Copyright Barons Are Coming. Now’s the Time to Stop Them
by Josh Tabish
Posted February 18, 2017
Fresh on the heels of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, one of the largest pro-copyright lobbies in the United States is asking the newly elected president to increase the powers held by copyright holders.
In a recent letter addressed directly to Trump, the Copyright Alliance— speaking on behalf of high profile members such as the MPAA and RIAA—suggests the President create new digital borders on the internet. experts note that copyright law was originally intended to ensure creators could make a living, in the modern era, its purpose has largely shifted to maximizing profits for media conglomerates. And the Copyright Alliance letter makes clear their desire to see that shift continue.
Their claim stronger rules will “reward creativity” is highly dubious in a world where copyright is used to silence critics, prevent sports fans from filming a match, take down a video of a child dancing to Prince, or otherwise censor speech online. More…
The Coming War on Net Neutrality
by Thom Hartmann
Posted February 10, 2017
Net neutrality doesn’t threaten freedom or hold back investment — net neutrality keeps the Internet the way we’ve always known it: everyone’s online content and services are treated the exact same way as anyone else’s, no matter whether the creator is a tech-savvy amateur or a giant multinational like Microsoft.
You’re not hearing about this in the mainstream media in large part because MSNBC and CNN are owned by Comcast and Time Warner, two companies that stand to cash in big if net neutrality is destroyed.
A reddit user named Quinky created a graphic several years ago showing how without net neutrality, a fictional service provider named Telco might offer a basic service for $29.95 a month, but that will only get a user access to very, very basic websites. Want to do a little research under Telco’s plan? That’ll cost you another $5 a month to use any search engines. More…
Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works
by CJ Hopkins
Posted January 21, 2017
The primary aim of official propaganda is to generate an “official narrative” that can be mindlessly repeated by the ruling classes and those who support and identify with them. This official narrative does not have to make sense, or to stand up to any sort of serious scrutiny. Its factualness is not the point. The point is to draw a Maginot line, a defensive ideological boundary, between “the truth” as defined by the ruling classes and any other “truth” that contradicts their narrative.
Imagine this Maginot line as a circular wall surrounded by inhospitable territory. Inside the wall is “normal” society, gainful employment, career advancement, and all the other considerable benefits of cooperating with the ruling classes. Outside the wall is poverty, anxiety, social and professional stigmatization, and various other forms of suffering. Which side of the wall do you want to be on? Every day, in countless ways, each of us are asked and have to answer this question. Conform, and there’s a place for you inside. Refuse, and … well, good luck out there. More…
Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day
By David Swanson
Posted January 13, 2017
Supposedly the evidence has been made public and is overwhelming, but try to find it and you’ll come up dry. Ask why, and you’ll be told that of course the evidence cannot be made public as that would risk revealing how the U.S. government came upon the information. Yet the same government feeds the U.S. media with the story that it intercepted communications of top Russian officials just after the U.S. election celebrating Trump’s victory. Did that story not run that risk?
The U.S. government feeds the U.S. media (specifically the “free” press of the Washington Post whose owner makes more money from the CIA than from the Washington Post) that Russia has hacked Vermont’s electrical supply, and — because this was a claim that could be checked by an independent party — the secret methods of the CIA quickly turned out to be these: they had simply made the thing up. More…
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