20:31 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Andre Vltchek - If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be laughable: the political brigands in North America and Europe are fuming, spitting and rolling their eyes upwards towards the ceiling. They are pointing fingers in all directions, shouting incoherently “China!”, “Russia!”, “Venezuela and Cuba!”, “Iran!”; “You, You, YOU!”. China and Russia are quietly building a new world, which includes brand new infrastructure, factories and entire neighborhoods for the people. Hospitals are being constructed, and so are universities, parks, concert halls and public transportation networks. Both countries are doing all this quickly and noiselessly, and with great determination. And despite sanctions and embargos, they never shout back at the salivating, angry mouths of the Western gurus of brainwashing. The difference between the West and the two mighty allies in the East, is enormous. In fact, it is not a difference, but an outright contrast. It is not that China and Russia are perfect countries.
15:18 [Caitlin Johnstone] (E)
It is China’s fault that humans get sick, and that novel viruses sometimes occur. It is China’s fault that millions of Americans are being thrown off their employer-provided health insurance. It is China’s fault that your government is unrolling increasingly authoritarian measures during this pandemic instead of ensuring financial security through economic hardship. It is China’s fault that manufacturing jobs were shipped overseas. Those jobs and money will definitely come back if you just hate China enough. It is China’s fault that people are scared and confused. It is China’s fault that capitalism isn’t rescuing us. It is China’s fault that you are hurting. It is China’s fault that life is hard for you. It is China’s fault that things never seem to get better in your country, no matter who you vote for. It is China’s fault that it now takes two parents working overtime to feed a family while the wealthy get wealthier and wealthier.
14:38 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Do you know who coined the curse, “conspiracy theory” or accusation, “you are conspiracy theorist!” – It was nobody less than the CIA in the 1950s, to silence those who saw through the lie of the Cold War against the Soviet Union. This was a complete lie by US war strategists, to install fear in the population in general and in Europeans in particular and to boost the American Military Industrial complex – and presenting a constant threat to the communist Soviet Union. A complementary phrase developed in the last years is “fake news” — people who are saying well-founded truths, are being accused of spreading “false news” -and that by the very media that spread the real false news and lies in the first place. A dystopian world indeed, and most of the public doesn’t capture it. The fear factor is always a crucial element in dividing people, and in corralling them into chambers of fear –which allows anything outside to happen –building up armament,faking an arms race –when there was none
10:11 [Donbass Insider] (E)
One of the favourite activities of the Ukrainian “community of experts” is the invention of predictions of Russia’s imminent death and the distribution of medical diagnostics to its leaders. Ukrainian politicians, “ordinary citizens” among the “couch experts”, as well as many “institutions of analysis“, which are a “one-man show” if we exclude the courier and the cleaning lady, enjoy this national pastime. This time, Russia’s rapid and painful sunset is announced by the “Ukrainian Centre for Army Research, Conversion and Disarmament” (CDAKR, where the “D” in the abbreviation stands for “research”).
11:00 [The Real History Channel] (E)
The 86-year old brother of Loony Lizzy Warren died last month -- allegedly due to the big bad Coronavirus. The reason we`re revisiting this now is because your ever-suspicious reporter here just realized something: There are no "big names" (neither nationally nor locally) that have died of Stupid-19. The best the Fake News has been able to come up with was Senatorette Warren`s very old brother. But if Stupid-19 was as deadly as we’ve been led to believe, one would have expected some younger to middle-aged, or even 70-80 something year old muckety-mucks to surely have died from it by now, right? After all, killer viruses don`t discriminate.
11:21 [The Unz Review] (E)
I like conspiracy theories; they attempt to inject meaning into otherwise meaningless sets of assorted facts. They bring Logos into our life, as our friend E. Michael Jones would say. An enemy of conspiracy theories would write in the New York Times denouncing Sir Isaac Newton as a notorious conspiracy theorist: out of totally disconnected facts (apple fall, water pumping, artillery shelling) he concocted the conspiracy theory of gravitation claiming that bodies are mutually attracted proportionally to their mass. This is obviously false, he would say, as you can observe at any beach; if there should be a formula, it is that of inverse proportionality...
16:04 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The New York Times continues its anti-Russia campaign with a report about an old cyberattack on German parliament which also targeted the parliament office of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel Is ‘Outraged’ by Russian Hack but Struggling to Respond
Patience with President Vladimir Putin is running thin in Berlin. But Germany needs Russia’s help on several geopolitical fronts from Syria to Ukraine. NYT Berlin correspondent Katrin Bennhold writes: Chancellor Angela Merkel used strong words on Wednesday condemning an “outrageous” cyberattack by Russia’s foreign intelligence service on the German Parliament, her personal email account included. Russia, she said, was pursuing “a strategy of hybrid warfare.” But asked how Berlin intended to deal with recent revelations implicating the Russians, Ms. Merkel was less forthcoming.
9:50 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Josh Rogin is a neo-conservative hack who carries water for the Trump administration. That administration has launched a `blame China` campaign to distract from its failure to contain the epidemic outbreak in the United States. To that purpose they handed Rogin an old diplomatic cable and told him how to `interpret` it. Rogin dutifully does as he is told.
9:20 [The Washington Times] (E)
The response to the coronavirus is hyped. And in time, this hype will be revealed as politically hoaxed. In fact, COVID-19 will go down as one of the political world’s biggest, most shamefully overblown, overhyped, overly and irrationally inflated and outright deceptively flawed responses to a health matter in American history, one that was carried largely on the lips of medical professionals who have no business running a national economy or government.
15:54 [Gold Goats `n Guns] (E)
Donald Trump was not a Russian agent. What’s clear now is the President Obama’s administration was regularly engaged in illegally using NSA database access to spy on Americans and political opponents. This operation pre-dates Trump by a few years. It was de rigeur by the time the election cycle ramped up in 2016. The timing of events is during that time period paints a very damning picture. This article from Zerohedge by way of Conservative Treehouse lays out the timing, the activities and the shifts in the narrative that implicate Obama beyond any doubt.
10:47 [Caitlin Johnstone] (E)
The Russians and the Chinese are your enemy. Not the oligarchic class in your own country that has been exploiting, propagandizing, deceiving, oppressing and robbing you every moment of your life since you were born. The Russians and the Chinese. The Russians and the Chinese are your enemy.
Not the people who have been engineering and advancing endless bloodbaths around the world at no benefit to you using your money and your resources and your political energy.
8:50 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The Trump administration will continue its efforts to blame China for the novel Coronavirus because the epidemic situation in U.S. will soon become worse: As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of cases and deaths from coronavirus over the next several weeks, reaching about 3,000 daily deaths on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times, nearly double from the current level of about 1,750. The projections, based on modeling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and pulled together in chart form by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases now. There continues to be some infighting between the Trump administration and the intelligence services about blaming China.
18:18 [Consortium News] (E)
By Tony Kevin - The Morrison government will fall reluctantly into line with Beijing, says Tony Kevin, because China is where Australia’s bread is buttered. The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” (Arabic proverb) The Australian government on April 19 rashly embarked on an embarrassingly public no-win initiative as the first responder to U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for an “independent” international inquiry into the Chinese origins of Covid-19 and the questionable role of the World Health Organization. In the U.S., Trump’s salvo against China was promptly echoed by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and most of the U.S. mainstream media, happy to support a new Chinagate false narrative as the U.S. death toll mounts past 65,000. There is nothing like a foreign scapegoat to divert attention and blame.
0:13 [Off-Guardian] (E)
There comes a point in the introduction of every new official narrative when people no longer remember how it started. Or, rather, they remember how it started, but not the propaganda that started it. Or, rather, they remember all that (or are able to, if you press them on it), but it doesn’t make any difference anymore, because the official narrative has supplanted reality.
12:45 [Global Research] (E)
The Western Mainstream Media’s aggressively propagated infowar narrative that President Putin “disappeared” and is “paralyzed” in the face of World War C is factually false because it ignores the Russian leader’s regular video conferences with various officials that are widely reported on by his country’s domestic media, which actually prove that he’s decentralizing state affairs to a degree by delegating important tasks to relevant decision makers, as all responsible leaders should do during times of crisis such as this one.
16:03 [Syria News] (E)
Since the very early days of the Syrian conflict, the western propagandists have worked very hard to demonize the Syrian state while whitewashing all atrocities by the ‘moderate al-Qaeda heavily armed suicide terrorist mainly non-Syrians opposition’, the western pundits ignored the presence of any terrorist group in Syria, many until today deny the existence of such groups, they doubled their work to paint a picture that the Syrian state is isolated with not a single ally, and when allies finally started showing their direct military assistance by mid-2013 and after the Russian direct intervention in aiding the Syrian Arab Army combat international terrorist groups in the country upon the invitation of the Syrian government, the west and its regional mainstream media had to devise new plans to always fake a rift in relations between Syria and Russia, Syria and Iran, Iran and Russia, Hezb Allah and Russia, Hezb Allah and the SAA, even Hezb Allah and Iran!
0:15 [Antiwar.com] (E)
by Dave DeCamp - A rabid anti-China propaganda campaign has spread through the media since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The hysteria seems to be just as contagious as the virus, as Americans are bombarded with anti-China stories from the pages of The New York Times to segments on Fox News. Both Republicans and Democrats are arguing the other side is not tough enough on China as they gear up for the 2020 election.
7:34 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Update (4/25/2020): Taiwan News relays that Japanese media, citing the medical team treating Kim Jong Un, is reporting that the 36-year-old has been left in a vegetative state following a botched heart surgery. A variation of the rumor was repeated by a Beijing television executive whose uncle is a Chinese foreign minister - telling her 15 million followers on Weibo that Kim Jong Un is dead based on a "very solid source." Hong Kong news outlets, meanwhile, begun reporting rumors of Kim`s death.
22:21 [OneWorld.press] (E)
Indian Islamophobia: Hashtag #Islamophobia_In_India Top Trend On Twitter Worldwide Today !
10:01 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
U.S. media went crazy today over a rumor from South Korea which said that the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was near to death:...What the CNN, NBC News and the NY Times did not say is that the `South Korean media report` over grave illness of Kim Jong Un, on which their reporting was based, came from the Daily NK website and was itself based on a single anonymous source allegedly from North Korea...When they published the sensational claims none of the western reports mentioned that the DailyNK is not a regular news outlet. It is a website in Seoul which is run by defectors from North Korea. It has for years been financed by the U.S. government through the National Endowment for Democracy which is a CIA offshot. From the NED`s 2018 grant report:...Earlier records show that the DailyNK has received NED money since at least 2006. Between 2016 and 2019 it received a total of $1,120,000.
22:18 [Jacobin] (E)
... In recent weeks, thirty-three thousand news workers have lost their jobs or had their hours and pay slashed.
11:19 [The Saker] (E)
Maybe the “the Russians did it” narrative is getting stale. Or maybe the leaders of the Empire have finally figured out that China is even more dangerous to the Empire than Russia. But my personal gut feeling is simply that the AngloZionists are freaking out about the “full-spectrum” loss of face they suffered with their massive mishandling (medically and, even more so, politically!) of this pandemic-induced socio-economic crisis and that they now are pointing fingers pretty much at everybody (including each other).
15:31 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
To avoid self-examination of the failures that let the U.S. exceed the covid-19 casualty numbers of every other nation the powers that be decided to blame someone else. Trump`s first attempt was to blame the World Health Organization for not providing all information. But 16 U.S. administration officials were embedded with the WHO in Geneva. They relayed real time updates of all information the WHO received. As the Democrats and the media did not join Trump in blaming the WHO another scapegoat was needed. Everyone then agreed that it China would be the most convenient target. The intensity of the current anti-China campaign reminds one of the run up to the war on Iraq. The people who now claim that `China lied, people died` are the very same who ran the Iraq WMD campaign. But all the reports claiming Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were just fantasy. The reports of Chinese culpability are similar nonsense.
10:21 [China Daily] (E)
The 15 people who were arrested on Saturday actually broke the laws of Hong Kong, interfered in the due legislative process of their own city, and helped to ignite violence that threw their amazing city onto its knees. All this was done under the British and colonial flags, and under the banners of the United States. All this, while the US national anthem was blasted from the portable speakers of rioters. Public property was destroyed and people were injured, with one man killed. The Hong Kong police, which reacted in an extremely restrained, mild manner, was shamelessly smeared by countless Western media outlets. I witnessed this violence, reported on it, and documented it.
10:01 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
To avoid self-examination of the failures that let the U.S. exceed the covid-19 casualty numbers of every other nation the powers that be decided to blame someone else. Trump`s first attempt was to blame the World Health Organization for not providing all information. But 16 U.S. administration officials were embedded with the WHO in Geneva. They relayed real time updates of all information the WHO received. As the Democrats and the media did not join Trump in blaming the WHO another scapegoat was needed. Everyone then agreed that it China would be the most convenient target.
8:24 [youtube/HooverInstitution] (E)
As a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a commentator for Fox News, Kim Strassel is a card-carrying member of the mainstream media. But Strassel is appalled by the media’s treatment of Donald Trump, and not just from journalists from the left.
8:21 [Antiwar.com] (E)
“The costs of the pandemic keep piling up,” writes Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post. “Somebody has to pay for this unprecedented damage. That somebody should be the government of China.” And why, pray tell, should China’s government be punished? ... As a speechwriter for US president George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the first decade of this century, Thiessen was directly responsible for pushing lies that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq and Afghanis
14:01 [Al Jazeera] (E)
by Larry Beinhart - It is easy to spot Trump`s falsehoods and misdirection, so why don`t news organisations do it more? I have a television fantasy. Whenever the US president appears, he gets fact-checked, as he goes, in real-time. MSNBC is one news agency that is claiming to do that with Trump`s so-called "coronavirus briefings". But they don`t. They just let him rant on.
9:49 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Is it safe and reliable to use methodologies taken from intelligence analysts when looking for responsible parties? If a publication like the New York Times publishes a “pointed” misdirection piece, it is safe to assume, based on how outlandish the article is, that intent can be determined, based on analysis, intent, of course, to deceive?
7:41 [Passage] (E)
Davide Mastracci - The anti-China narrative is based on falsities, and serves to distract people from the failure of neoliberalism. In early January, COVID-19 was largely limited to China. Now, just three months later, it has spread far beyond China’s border, and has effectively been halted domestically within the country. There are currently around 1.36 million reported COVID-19 cases globally, with more than 76,000 deaths. China accounts for just 6 per cent of all cases, and 4.4 per cent of deaths.
8:51 [Sputnik] (E)
Anders Ygeman`s claims of an attack on his Facebook page by “Russian trolls” over the future of 5G networks were previously dismissed by the Russian Embassy as paranoia. In reality, the over 2,000 comments turned out to have a local explanation.
22:55 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Tim Kirby - The big pandemic of 2020 has done a good job of blocking any other news from hitting the headlines. However, just because the limited mental space of the Mainstream Media (MSM) is being occupied by a virus, does not mean that other things are not occurring. One very hot issue that is on the backburner of the public’s consciousness is the abuse and possible murder of Afghan civilians by Australian Special Forces. This is yet another round of shocking war crimes that creates a burst of public outrage but then quickly fades… until next time. Ever since cameras were able to show modern war to the public, society should not be so naive as to expect their side to be the good guys whose bullets only hit the right targets and yet this is still how things are. The Mainstream Media is able to skew everything including war crimes towards a false narrative and it is the job of the Alternative Media to try to hammer out the bend which at times it fails to do due to its own naivete.
18:46 [CCTV] (E)
2020-03-20 - Since the outbreak of COVID-19, some U.S. politicians and media have been groundlessly accusing China of deliberately covering up the epidemic situation, endangering global efforts in fighting the disease and causing trouble and losses to other countries. It is an attempt to lay all the blame on China to cover up their own slow and insufficient response to the spread of the virus.
3:07 [Antiwar.com] (E)
The Times service to the narrative was introduced by its February 2017 story headlined, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts with Russian Intelligence.” We now know from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign that the only campaign aide who had contacts with Russian intelligence officials was Carter Page, and those had taken place years before in the context of Page’s reporting
14:36 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
With the US election campaign gaining speed, political opponents of the incumbent President are getting back to their old mantras of Vladimir Putin standing by his old friend and partner – if not his puppet - Donald Trump. This belief remains one of the very few issues on which there appears to be a strong consensus among such different people as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Charles Schumer, and even Bernie Sanders. All of them seem to be convinced that Trump is “Putin’s best friend” in Washington and therefore, the Kremlin will be supporting Trump’s reelection in 2020 with the same vigor and with the same disrespect of the US sovereignty, as it allegedly supported his presidential race back in 2016....Nobody can question the apparent reality that since Donald Trump got to power three years ago, the US – Russian relations have not become any better. In fact, they have further significantly deteriorated.
14:59 [World Beyond War] (E)
When the US invaded Iraq, I was a student in Spain, far from the revolting fervor for war that swept my own nation, the United States. By contrast, in Spain, there was widespread mistrust in the string of lies the Bush administration concocted to justify the war. “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and the propaganda that surrounded it had little sway on the Spanish public.
14:51 [Voltaire Network] (E)
While pretending to protect Turkey, Western propaganda hides its calls for help. The problem is by no means the clashes with the Russian army at Idleb, nor the fate of the families of jihadists, it is much more serious. The world is a cruel place. It is not by blinding ourselves that we will be able to come to the aid of threatened populations. According to the Western press, the tone is rising between Turkish and Russian forces, raising fears of a "dangerous escalation in Idlib". The way in which it treats this subject is in total contradiction with what the actors are saying. This contradiction is an opportunity for us to explain our method of analysis.
8:11 [CounterPunch] (E)
The US corporate media, who had such a long run as relative monopolizers of truth, have been discrediting themselves in serial fashion since 9/11. Their lapdoggery to the Bush regime backfired on them during the WMD lie operation and the resulting war of aggression. Then came their participation in the fraudulent business reporting leading up to the 2007-2009 Wall Street crash, and their big lies afterward that “no one could have imagined.” The next big rupture arrived in 2015-2016, their million-minutes spent on preemptive coronations of Trump as one candidate and Clinton as the other, and their responsibility for the unexpected result, which they have tried ever since to blame daily on a vague, ever-present “Russia.”
16:08 [rt] (E)
CNN readers anxious to get updates on the Syrian war have been treated with a fresh report on the “regime’s atrocities” citing the usual suspects… or it would only seem so, as the network reran a two-year-old story instead.
13:56 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The Washington Post is warming up an old crypto story: For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software...That Crypto AG had been a CIA/NSA/BND operation has been known for decades. One wonders why the CIA history was now leaked to the Washington Post and to the German state TV channel ZDF.
7:42 [globalresearch] (E)
As some of you may recall, around this time last year, Global Research needed your help to “stay afloat”. Our financial situation was in bad shape and we were metaphorically sinking.
7:34 [Consortium News] (E)
They span three generations and give their country reason to be enormously proud, writes Rick Sterling. All have depended on freedom of the press, which is now at stake. Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison). Each of these journalists made unique contributions to our understanding of the world. Although Australia is part of the Western world, each of these journalists exposed and criticized Western foreign policy.
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