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Associated Press, imperialist media and CBC fakes photos from Cuba

Government supporters gathering at the Máximo Gómez monument in Havana on Sunday. Photograph: Eliana Aponte/Associated Press

By TONY SEED*

(July 13, updated July 16, 23, 27) – On July 12, 2021 the London Guardian newspaper published a sensational decontextualized article on riots in Cuba. Along with other “serious” newspapers on every continent throughout the world, it claimed that “thousands took to the streets in cities throughout the island, demonstrating against food shortages, high prices and communist rule.”

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Coronavirus alarm blends Yellow Peril and Red Scare

Coronavirus Alarm Blends Yellow Peril and Red Scare

Gothamist photo (1/31/20) of Asian Americans wearing surgical masks, illustrating a story about the absence of coronavirus (at that point) in New York City.

By JOSHUA CHO

As an Asian-American, I’m not surprised that there are numerous reports surfacing of racist and xenophobic responses arising in the US (and elsewhere) as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, where “coughing while Asian” is being compared to “driving while black.” In case there are any doubts that media coverage is being racialized, reports about new coronavirus updates in the US, particularly in areas like New York City, are using unrelated header images of East Asian people wearing face masks to drive the impression that Chinese people are unique carriers of disease, even when they aren’t Chinese. Continue reading

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A CIA officer has a headache. Media blame Russia.

More plausible explanations for these maladies include headaches, crickets, paranoia, mass hysteria or simply lying, rather than a vast global conspiracy using heretofore unknown science fiction weapons in order to mildly inconvenience a few American operatives | ALAN MACLEOD

Julia Ioffe (GQ, 10/20/20) reported that “dozens of American diplomats, spies and government employees” were “targets of what some experts and doctors now believe were attacks perpetrated by unknown assailants wielding novel directed energy weapons.”

A 9,000-word story for GQ (10/20/20) about the mystery ailment of a CIA officer in Moscow has become the unlikely subject of a weeks-long media storm. Continue reading

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Why it’s wrong (and racist) to blame Covid-19 on Chinese ‘wet markets’

New York Times depiction (1/25/20) of a wet market in Shenzhen, which is 680 miles from Wuhan | Lam Yik Fei/New York Times

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Designed to fail: American aggression in Afghanistan

In 2003 I attended a hearing on Afghanistan at the US Senate. During the hearing, at which a serving general and a few other experts were giving their testimony, the then Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joe Biden, leaned forward and said something to the effect of, “I’ve always felt that rather than sending 100,000 troops to Iraq, we should have sent 25,000 troops to Waziristan instead.” Continue reading

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The sanctification of NATO

By GREGORY SHUPAK*

Claims that US President Donald Trump is undermining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by criticizing some of its members and having a cordial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin have sent establishment media into a frenzy to sanctify NATO as a force for peace and democracy. Continue reading

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How the New York Times partook in the plunder of Iraq

Who gave permission to the New York Times to remove thousands of ISIL files from Iraq? | SINAN ANTOON*

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 [AP/Jim Krane]

A US soldier hauls documents during a raid conducted at a community centre in Baghdad in June 2003 | AP/Jim Krane

Many of the precious objects displayed in the global north’s major museums were plundered from their home in the global south. The dubious itinerary and the illegal and unethical practices that facilitated the plunder cannot be found in the laconic texts accompanying these exhibited objects. Continue reading

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Killing Yasser Arafat: Mossad propaganda in the New York Times

By As’ad AbuKhalil

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, 75, who was declared dead in a Paris hospital November 10, 2004 in murky circumstances. Painting by Ismail Shammout

“How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine,” the story in the New York Times, which is part of a book which has come out, is a typical Mossad planted story in the U.S. media. Notice that there is an attempt to show that humanitarian consideration went into planning to kill Arafat.

The most fervent effort by Israel to kill Arafat was in the summer of 1982 during the savage siege of Beirut. As I lived those times, I remember how whole apartment buildings would be bombed by concussion bombs from the air ON THE SUSPICION that Arafat was in the building. Continue reading

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Obama Doctrine: The new US way of war

By Moon of Alabama

usastatesponsorofterrorism-crop(October17) – A recommendable New York Times piece looks at the mostly hidden way the U.S. is now waging wars. The example is Somalia, where the U.S. has been at war with the people of that country for over 25 years. But, as the authors note, the same modus operandi applies elsewhere.

The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies in an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation. Continue reading

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New York Times publishes article on torture in Guantánamo prison

It continues, asserting: “A disturbingly high number of these men were innocent, or were low-level fighters who posed so little threat that they were eventually released without charge. Yet despite assurances from lawyers in the Department of Justice that “enhanced interrogation techniques” should have no negative long-term effects, The Times found that many of the men still suffer from paranoia, psychosis, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder related to their abuse. They have flashbacks, nightmares and debilitating panic attacks. Some cannot work, go outside, or speak to their families about what they went through.

“One doctor compared the psychiatric disorders he saw among the former detainees to what military doctors observed in former American prisoners of war after they came home from Vietnam, Korea and the Second World War.

“Suleiman Abdullah Salim, one of the men profiled by The Times, was an itinerant Tanzanian laborer whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He spent five years in American custody, during which he was hung from chains for days, slammed against a wall, waterboarded with ice water, placed in a coffin-size box — all to extract information that he never possessed.
“They always asked the same questions,” he said. “I say, ‘I don’t know.’ They say, ‘You know.’ Same question, same answer, and two guys would beat you, and same question, and they beat you.”
“It’s no surprise that this sort of treatment — whatever euphemisms are used to hide its true nature — would result in such long-term harm.
“The question now is whether anyone will be held to account for the damage wrought by one of the most depraved periods in American history. For years, the government successfully thwarted lawsuits by claiming the state-secrets privilege. But after the Senate issued its 2014 report on the C.I.A.’s use of torture, confirming that many of the worst brutalities had in fact occurred, Mr. Salim, together with another former detainee and the family of a third, filed a lawsuit against the two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were contracted by the C.I.A. to develop and run the interrogation programs.”

The editorial concludes by noting that “In April, a federal judge in Washington State refused to throw out the lawsuit, and allowed the plaintiffs to depose top C.I.A. officials who held high-ranking positions when the “enhanced interrogation” program was carried out. This case could provide the first-ever opportunity for the justice system to reckon directly with the brutal legacy of the government’s torture policies.”

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The New York Times reveals the corporate influence behind some of its most-used sources

NYT: How Think Tanks Amplify Corporate America's InfluenceFAIR (Aug. 12) – The New York Times (8/7/16) reveals the corporate influence behind some of its most-used sources.

A recent New York Times article (8/7/16) detailed, in often scathing terms, what many media critics already knew: that think tanks are frequently not objective, neutral arbiters of information, but corporate- and government-funded agenda-promoters with an academic veneer to give the appearance of impartiality. Continue reading

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New York Times: Tool of US nuclear disinformation

Alamagordo atomic test (photo: Jack Abbey)

Alamagordo atomic test, July 15, 1945 | Jack Abbey

The New York Times’ longtime nuclear power reporter, Matthew Wald, has announced that he’s been hired as the senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning for the Nuclear Energy Institute, the chief lobbying arm of the nuclear industry. Investigative reporter Karl Grossman wrote a piece a few years ago on the ties between the Times and the nuclear power establishment that go back to the dawn of the Atomic Age.  Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Donald Neff

An American journalist and historian erased from history for reporting on Palestine. ALISON WEIR*

Author, Journalist Donald Neff (1930-2015) | James Buckner

Author, Journalist Donald Neff (1930-2015) | James Buckner

One of the top journalists to report on Palestine-Israel has died.

Donald Neff passed away on May 10 in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania, at the age of 84. The cause of death was heart disease and diabetes.

Neff was a luminous writer and meticulous reporter. From humble beginnings, he had reached the top ranks of American journalism. When he then turned his formidable talents to writing books and articles about Palestine, his contracts with mainstream American publishers dried up, his income plummeted, and his fame faded. Continue reading

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The crimes the New York Times believes should go unpunished

Hypocrisy Laid Bare / The Crimes the New York Times Believes Should Go Unpunished

The New York Times recently published an editorial lamenting the “shameful impunity of the Islamic State” and encouraging the United Nations Security Council to refer the group’s crimes to the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.).

The editorial, titled “The Crimes of Terrorists” (4/2/2015), should more accurately be titled “The Crimes of the U.S. and Its Allies Should Go Unpunished.”

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Human Rights Watch accuses Syria of ‘barrel bomb’ damage created by US attacks

Moon of Alabama (Feb. 27) – Human Rights Watch has been part of a sectarian, anti-Syrian propaganda campaign. It is hyping the “barrel bombs”, allegedly used by the Syrian government, as inhumane weapons. I have yet to see Human Rights Watch equally damning the indiscriminate use against civilians of improvised rockets by the Jihadist “moderate rebels.” Continue reading

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Imperialist geography: Ussians invent new countries and teaches them to live right

By ELENA KOSOLAPOVA

Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located in Central Asia. For 12 years, the country was unique in the world in hosting both US and Russian military bases. But in 2014, the US closed its air base - established in 2001 to support operations in Afghanistan. President Almazbek Atambayev had refused to renew the lease. The US then began to complain about its lack of democracy.

Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located in Central Asia. For 12 years, the country was unique in the world in hosting both US and Russian military bases. But in 2014, the US closed its air base – established in 2001 to support operations in Afghanistan. President Almazbek Atambayev had refused to renew the lease. The US then began to complain about its lack of democracy.

Baku, Azerbaijan (Jan. 9) – One of the US leading newspapers, The New York Times, has recently published an article mentioning a Central Asian country called “Kyrbekistan.”

Later, the newspaper’s editorial staff apologized for the error, explaining that the matter rested in Kyrgyzstan.

Of course, everybody can make typos, even journalists of such an authoritative newspaper as The New York Times. Continue reading

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John Pilger: How the media promotes the lies leading to catastrophic war

The world faces the prospect of major war, but the truth is turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the Iraq bloodbath. JOHN PILGER* 

John Pilger at Ecuador embassy

John Pilger talks to the media after meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he has been seeking asylum for over two years.


WHY HAS SO MUCH journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers? Continue reading

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Freedom of the press, US style: Killing the messenger vs. truth telling

Much of modern American filmmaking is escapist and vapid, but not “Kill the Messenger,” the new movie recounting the brave Contra-cocaine reporting by Gary Webb and his subsequent destruction at the hands of the monopoly media, writes JAMES DIEUGENIO*. His informative article, however, overlooks Webb’s exposure of the CIA’s narco-terrorist Luis Posada Carriles (see here).

Actor Jeremy Renner as journalist Gary Webb in "Kill the Messenger."

Actor Jeremy Renner as journalist Gary Webb in “Kill the Messenger.”

(Oct. 16) – I only met Gary Webb once – in December 1996 at the late, great activist bookstore, The Midnight Special, in Santa Monica, California. I was writing at Probe Magazine then and had covered Webb’s groundbreaking San Jose Mercury News three-part series, titled “Dark Alliance.”

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James Risen’s book, Pay Any Price

Barrack Obama promised a “transparent” administration – but Americans did not know the transparency was a one-way street, letting the government look at the people, and concentrating executive power in the White House and a warmongering “commander-in-chief” as president; meanwhile, using coercive measures and disinformation to block the public’s ability to view issues objectively and work out solutions, a reality described in James Risen’s new book, reviewed by NORMAN SOLOMON.

james-risenNo single review or interview can do justice to Pay Any Price – the new book by James Risen that is the antithesis of what routinely passes for journalism about the “war on terror.” Instead of evasive tunnel vision, the book offers big-picture acuity: focusing on realities that are pervasive and vastly destructive. Continue reading

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That which can never be forgotten

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Disinformation on war against Syria and the dogs of war – think tanks, ‘experts’ and media

The U.S. military complex ties of ‘experts’ and think tanks who justify intervention against Syria and Iraq under the pretext of ‘war on terrorism’

Media-CulpaThe following report by LEE FANG in The Nation documents the military industry ties of selected U.S. media commentators and major think tanks that are participating in media warmongering and disinformation on Syria, Iraq and Islam. They are deliberately paraded as neutral, independent, non-partisan and “third party experts” to confuse the people and put them out of action. Their role is not unique to nor limited to the USA. The disinformation of these American “experts” are also widely broadcast by the media in annexed Canada.  Continue reading

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Israel, Gaza and false balance

Media-CulpaUS monopoly media constructed a false symmetry of violence where none existed. The manipulation of facts included ABC World News presenting photos of a Palestinian family as Israelis. Or the Hamas “strategy to get its own children killed” that was “forcing [Israel] to kill their children.” PETER HART of FAIR*

Striving for a deceptive “balance,” US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured the lopsided nature of the death toll.

This started with the timeline preferred in much of the press. By most media accounts, the conflict started when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on June 12; their bodies were discovered on June 30. The Israeli government immediately declared Hamas responsible. Days after the discovery of the victims’ bodies, a Palestinian teenager was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists, in what was called a “revenge” attack. Hamas rockets started falling in Israel, and “Operation Protective Edge” was Israel’s response. Continue reading

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New York Times, Chrystia Freeland, on Ukraine: ‘This is not a civil war.’

By ERIC ZUESSE

(September 7) – The New York Times  publishes many wildly false articles, and this will expose only one of them, as an example:

According to Christia Freeland, writing there, on September 5th, the conflict in which the Ukrainian Government has since May 9th been bombing the residents in southeastern Ukraine — which is the area that had declared its independence from Ukraine — this “is not a civil war.” Those residents had declared their independence; the Government then bombed them for months; but that’s “not a civil war.” Continue reading

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L.A. Times reporter cleared stories with CIA

Featured photo - The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication

The CIA’s mop-up man by KEN SILVERSTEIN

The Intercept (Sept. 4) – A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

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The true story of Mark Paslawsky, the ‘only’ American fighter with Kiev forces

The American nephew of the notorious Ukrainian Nazi and CIA stooge, Mykola Lebed, is eulogized by the New York Times and Vice News

Mark Paslawsky. Image from facebook.com

Mark Paslawsky | Image from facebook.com

Bryan MacDonald*, rt.com (August 29) – On Tuesday, August 20, a US army veteran named Mark Paslawsky was killed during a battle in Ilovyask, near Donetsk, which is currently held by anti-Kiev rebels.

Fighting on the side of pro-government forces, the American had sprung to prominence because of his Twitter feed (@BruceSpringnote), often sharply critical of Ukrainian politicians, and a fawning video interview with Vice News’ Simon Ostrovsky* shortly before his death.
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CIA messing with journalism again, puts all journalists at danger

The CIA’s use of journalists as agents raise uncomfortable questions about Global Post and James Foley, writes WAYNE MARSDEN*

spystrategic-culture.org (Aug. 28) – THE increasing tendency of the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies to disregard previous prohibitions against the use of journalists as agents puts every legitimate reporter around the world in jeopardy.

The CIA has a checkered past in the use of journalists as intelligence agents. The practice was common in the 1960s and early 70s but was banned by Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. However, when President Ronald Reagan helped reignite the Cold War, the CIA again began using journalists as intelligence agents. The practice put a number of journalists in jeopardy, especially those taken captive by guerrillas groups during the Lebanese civil war. There is nothing to suggest any president since Reagan has discontinued the practice of using journalists as agents. Continue reading

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CNN: Zakaria’s fantastic, expert economic advice

To a startling degree, when you see discussions about the economic policies of other countries in the US press, you’re reading fantasy stories about imaginary lands where peoples are rewarded or punishment according to their adherence to the free market faith, writes Jim Naureckas*, FAIR. Whether it is Venezuela, Cuba or Iran you can read articles about how the economy is in shambles. Every year. In fact, the economy of any country that stands up to the US happens to be in shambles. 

LatinMap-300x199(Jan. 14) – FAREED ZAKARIA presented what he called “another installment of ‘How to Ruin Your Economy in Five Easy Steps’” on his GPS show on CNN(1/12/14): “Last time, Venezuela ticked off all the boxes, but we found another country that is following the same sad path.”

That country was Argentina, which Zakaria criticized for following Venezuela’s lead in “attacking big business,” allowing “restrictions on global trade” and so forth – the basic neoliberal critique of developing economies. Zakaria ends with the moral: Continue reading

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Ukraine: The hysteria of the US monopoly media

Media-CulpaThe U.S. monopoly news media is reaching a new professional low point as it covers the Ukraine crisis by brazenly touting Official Washington’s propaganda themes, blatantly ignoring contrary facts and leading the American public into another geopolitical blind alley, writes former Newsweek correspondent Robert Parry*, editor of cosortiumnews.com.

By Robert Parry

(March 16) – AS THE UKRAINE CRISIS continues to deepen, the mainstream U.S. news media is sinking to new lows of propaganda and incompetence. Somehow, a violent neo-Nazi-spearheaded putsch overthrowing a democratically elected president was refashioned into a “legitimate” regime, then the “interim” government and now simply “Ukraine.”

The Washington Post’s screaming headline on Sunday is “Ukraine decries Russian ‘invasion,’” treating the coup regime in Kiev as if it speaks for the entire country when it clearly speaks for only a subset of the population, mostly from western Ukraine. The regime’s “legitimacy” comes not from a democratic election but from a coup that was quickly embraced by the U.S. government and the European Union. Continue reading

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How the New York Times pleases Israel and eradicates a people

BY PHILIP WEISS

Media-CulpaMondoweiss (Jan. 2) – TWO WEEKS ago the New York Times ran an enthusiastic review of Gazan songbird Mohammed Assaf’s American tour, by Lindsay Crouse, with Reem Makhoul. The story included these points (as Yousef Munayyer reports):  Continue reading

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Obama’s outlaw state: NY Times, Washington Post helped Obama hide drone warfare

Guardian, UK – US news organizations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year. Continue reading

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