Just in case any of you haven't heard yet, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of the major German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, has been found dead (it has been reported) at the age of 56. In 2014, he published the book Gekaufte Journalisten (Journalists for Hire) in which he described how the CIA and its foreign satellites bribe journalists to write fact-free, pro-Western, pro-NATO propaganda.
"The ability for technology and innovations to transform global economics and geopolitics is often underestimated, even sidelined in retrospect. However, from the technological achievements that gave the British Empire mastery over the seas, to the industrial revolution that eventually disrupted and unraveled the empire’s carefully constructed global system of mercantilism, the march of technological progress literally governors the rise and fall of global centers of power and the empires built around them."
I like this song, so I thought I'd share it with you. As the lyrics put it, "It's not a good time for God", but you'll have to listen to Martyn's performance—or, even better, read the lyrics—to get an idea of what's being said. In another sense, of course, it's always a good time for God, because time is God's creation, and God is to be encountered even in the direst of times. But then, of course, the song is really about human beings...
John McAfee, founder of McAfee Associates (the company that apparently developed the first commercial antivirus software), appears on RT to give his candid opinion of the so-called "Russian hack" of the DNC.
We all know the old saying: "If you throw enough mud, some of it will stick." Well, now there's an up-to-date, electronic version: "Print some fake news; tweet it; quietly retract it; move on." And it's benefiting, writes Greenwald, institutions like The Washington Post greatly.
After having to sit and listen to a member of my family (who shall remain nameless) go on about how terrible it is that "the Russians" should have interfered with the US election through state-backed hacking, and how "frightening" this is, I read with pleasure the remarks of Craig Murray—former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan—who has a word for the whole story, which I shall not repeat, but which is well-chosen.
I know, you've all heard about it, but I just couldn't resist linking to it here at TMR. You've gotta love the Daily Express. This killer squid shape-shifts, has limbs that can stay alive after being cut off, its victims die with a smile on their face, it can lay 200,000 eggs (perhaps), and Russian President Putin may be planning to weaponise it.
This is an excellent episode of ClandesTime, the podcast by Tom Secker over at SpyCulture.com. I highly recommend that people listen to this. In the show Tom looks at the "false-flag exercise" theory (very popular in alt-media circles); examines the theory’s history in military-deception techniques; considers its origins as a popular conspiracy theory; and asks to what extent it has been encouraged in state-sponsored popular culture.
"Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year."—RT
"As the US-backed offensive in Mosul, Iraq begins, the mainstream US media readies the American people to blame the terrorists for civilian casualties, but the opposite rules apply to Syria’s Aleppo, reports Robert Parry."—Consortium News
The United States is manipulating humanitarian concern in an effort to protect its proxy militias and its imperial regime-change project in Syria. The media and intellectual classes are dutifully falling in line, promoting a narrative of military aggression under the cover of “protecting civilians.” These same “responsibility to protect” arguments led to the invasions of Iraq and Libya, exponentially increasing the massacres, chaos, and proliferation of violent extremism within those countries. They are hypocritical, designed to further interests of conquest and domination, and will lead to more death and destruction in Syria as well.
Here are two very interesting recent interviews with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Does my posting these here mean that I think Assad is a saint? Of course not. Frankly, I'm not confident that I've received enough reliable information about the man from any source to make a judgement as to his moral character. So I won't. But what I will do is listen to what he says, and I encourage you to do so too.
"The world once again finds itself hurtling to the brink of war, and once again the establishment mouthpiece puppet propaganda media is leading the charge. This time around their lies defy description. In the sick world of the would-be warmongers, child beheading terrorist scum are now the heroes. The blood of the innocents that spill from here on in covers the hands of the mainstream media propagandists."—James Corbett
Here's another source that seems to agree in large measure with the views of Dr. Roberts in our recent interview with him. Vanessa Beeley is an independent journalist and photographer who has recently been researching in Aleppo, and she gives a very different view from the mainstream narrative.
The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.
Following our recent interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on Syria, a TMR listener kindly told me about this recording of a press conference with representatives of the US Peace Council at the UN HQ in New York—(at least, that's what the video claims to be, and I have no reason to doubt it at present). It's worth watching, and if the representatives are to be believed—which judgement I leave with you—what they say tends to corroborate much that Dr. Roberts said in the interview.