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Jul 18 7 tweets 1 min read
The original version of an article written by @AndrewKramerNYT make the glaringly false statement that "World War II began in what is now Ukraine in 1939 with a Soviet invasion into territory than controlled by Poland in western Ukraine..." 1/ In fact, the war began on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany. In response to protests from @nytimes readers over his blatant falsification of history, Kramer's lie has been revised -- though without an acknowledgment of error by Kramer or the NYT. 2/
Jun 5 15 tweets 3 min read
The @nytimes palms off the deep historical and present-day links of Ukrainian nationalism to Nazism and genocide as merely "thorny issues", i.e., a public relations problem for media propagandists who are trying to sell NATO's #ProxyWar as a struggle for democracy. 1/ Image The Times references photographs showing Ukrainian soldiers who "wore patches featuring symbols that were made notorious by Nazi Germany and have since become part of the iconography of far-right hate groups." The NYT admits that the media "quietly" deletes such photos. 2/
Apr 23 7 tweets 2 min read
The @nytimes plumbs the lower depths of pro-war propaganda, favorably reporting Zelensky's signing into law new measures that enforce anti-Russian xenophobia and glorify the heroes of Ukrainian fascism. 1/ #UkraineRussiaWar The Times interviews Vakhtang Kebuladze, a right-wing professor of philosophy in Kiev, who "supports the erasing of Russian names, even those of great writers like Leo Tolstoy." 2/
Mar 18 9 tweets 2 min read
In an interview with Der Spiegel, Prof. @TimothyDSnyder-who epitomizes the self-prostitution of US academics in the service of imperialism-is asked: "In Germany, many fear an escalation of the conflict, a world war or a nuclear strike. Do you not share that concern?" 1/ He replied: "No, I’m ashamed by that entire discussion. Fear of nuclear war is primarily about our own security. In these circumstances, when whole Ukrainian cities have been destroyed, such a worry is pathetic." 2/
Mar 13 6 tweets 2 min read
The Federal Reserve has announced on Sunday yet another another massive bailout to cover in full the potential losses of rich depositors who held accounts at the failed #SiliconValleyBank. 1/ The @washingtonpost bluntly admits that the Fed has decided "to protect the assets of tech firms, venture capitalists, and other rich people in California." As always, this latest bailout of the rich is covered over with the lie that it won't cost the taxpayers a penny. 2/
Mar 6 12 tweets 2 min read
Seventy years ago, on March 5, 1953, Joseph Stalin died at the age of 73. To the extent that the worst defeats of the working class in the 20th century century can be attributed to the crimes and betrayals of an individual, that person is Stalin. 1/ Image As early as 1927, Trotsky described Stalin, to his face, as the "gravedigger of the revolution." That proved to be true in the most literal sense of the word. 2/
Mar 2 5 tweets 2 min read
In his book "American Fascists," @ChrisLynnHedges denounced negotiations with these forces. He wrote that they are beyond reasoning with, hostile to democracy, and "bent on our destruction." Now Hedges justifies his capitulation to neo-Nazis as "political maturity." 1/ On January 16, 2018, Hedges and I held an hour-long online discussion on the issue of Internet censorship and the political crisis in the United States. Watch this to see how far to the right he has moved during the last five years.
Feb 19 10 tweets 2 min read
VP Harris' statement that Russia has committed "crimes against humanity" - repeated today by Blinken - escalates the US propaganda campaign to condition public opinion for the direct deployment of US-NATO troops into the #UkraineRussiaWar. 1/ Harris asserted that the Biden administration knows "the legal standard" for the allegation of crimes against humanity. Presumably, she was referring to the definition of such crimes provided in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. 2/
Feb 18 5 tweets 2 min read
The "red lines" of @ChrisLynnHedges are falling even more rapidly than NATO's. Less than a week ago, in his article defending his presence on the platform of the upcoming #RageAgainstWarMachine rally, Hedges wrote: 1/ "If I had organized the rally, there are some speakers I would not have invited. But I didn’t. This does not mean that there are no red lines: I would not join a protest that included neo-Nazi groups such as Aryan Nations or militias such as The Proud Boys or Oath Keepers." 2/
Feb 17 6 tweets 2 min read
The political views of @ChrisLynnHedges have changed dramatically over the last 15 years. He now insists on the necessity of a "left-right coalition, which will include people whose opinions are not only unpalatable but even repugnant..." #RageAgainstWarMachine 1/ But he argued vehemently against an alliance with the extreme right in "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America," published in 2008. He poured scorn on the self-deluding liberal appeal for dialogue with these reactionary forces. He wrote: 2/
Feb 16 21 tweets 4 min read
The apologetic justification provided by @ChrisLynnHedges for sharing a platform with the right and even fascists in the frauduent Feb 19 #RageAgainstWarMachine rally is hard to equal as an example of political disorientation, outright ignorance and self-deluding demagogy. 1/ To excuse his collaboration with the reactionaries, Hedges offers a political amnesty for his new allies.
“The rally on February 19 is not about eliminating Social Security and Medicare or abolishing the minimum wage, which many libertarians propose,” he writes." 2/
Feb 13 20 tweets 4 min read
Financial Times columnist @gideonrachman has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the more thoughtful journalists employed by the capitalist press. That has been badly damaged by his response to the #UkraineWar, which consists of total acceptance of NATO's propaganda narrative. 1/ Rachman's latest self-inflicted wound to his reputation is a column attacking US academic John Mearsheimer's well grounded claim that the Biden administration's plan to bring Ukraine into NATO created an existential threat to Russia that triggered its invasion last February. 2/
Feb 8 7 tweets 2 min read
The #StateOfTheUnionAddres delivered by Biden last night was delusional and deceitful. It was constructed largely out of lies, which were used to create an image of a thriving America that bears no resemblance to reality. 1/ Just a few quick points: Biden hardly mentioned the central focus of his administration, i.e., the escalating war being waged by the United States against Russia. How can this astonishing omission be explained? #UkraineRussiaWar 2/
Feb 6 6 tweets 2 min read
The 20th anniversary of Colin Powell's infamous 2003 speech before the UN Security Council has passed without comment in the capitalist media for two reasons. 1) It fears that recalling the lies of the past might lead to questioning today's lies about the #UkraineRussiaWar. 1/ And 2) Newspapers like the @nytimes and @washingtonpost, which function as semi-official government propaganda organs, would prefer not to recall how they failed to critically examine and challenge Powell's blatant fabrications. 2/
Feb 5 7 tweets 2 min read
Today, February 5, marks the twentieth anniversary of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s 2003 speech at the Security Council of the United Nations. In front of a worldwide audience, Powell told lies to justify the Bush administration's criminal decision to invade Iraq. 1/ Among the lying statements made by Powell were: 1) “We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails.” 2) “Our conservative estimate is that Iraq today has a stockpile of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agents.” 2/
Feb 3 10 tweets 3 min read
This article, headlined "Soaring Death Toll Gives Grim Insight Into Russian Tactics", is yet another exercise in anti-Russian and pro-war propaganda by @EricSchmittNYT of the @nytimes. The article consists entirely of assertions that are unsupported by documented facts. 1/ Schmitt's article begins by declaring that the "number of Russian troops killed and wounded in #Ukraine is approaching 200,000," a figure based on claims from "American and other Western officials." 2/
Feb 2 7 tweets 2 min read
Three days ago, I outlined the pre-programed steps that would lead to the delivery of F-16s to Ukraine. Step 1: Media report of "discussions"; Step 2: Government denial of such discussions and intentions; Step 3: Announcement that F-16s will be sent. #UkraineWar 1/ It has not taken long for my outline to be substantiated. Today, the #NYTimes writes: "If the usual script plays out, the Biden administration’s reluctance to provide the planes could be temporary, officials say." 2/
Jan 30 6 tweets 2 min read
Ninety years ago today, #Hitler did not shoot his way into power. He became chancellor of Germany as the result of a criminal conspiracy of leading bourgeois politicians and a clique of capitalist financiers and industrialists. 1/
wsws.org/en/articles/20… Nine decades later, the historical rehabilitation of Hitler and the political resurgence of #Fascism is far advanced. The neo-Nazi AfD is a major political party in Germany. Academics justify Hitler's crimes as a legitimate response to the Russian Revolution. 2/
Jan 15 8 tweets 2 min read
Why should it come as a surprise to anyone that "Top Secret" papers were found at Biden's old office and in his garage? He has served the state and guarded its secrets for more than a half century. 1/
wsws.org/en/articles/20… Biden does not know where state functions end and his own existence as an individual begins. He epitomizes the fusion of the state and individual. Biden has been reading "Top Secret" documents for so long that they constitute the entire content of what he perceives as reality. 2/
Dec 25, 2022 19 tweets 4 min read
One hundred years ago, on December 23, 1922, Lenin began writing one of the most politically significant documents in the history of the Soviet Union. It consisted of a series of notes that were to be published as a letter to the upcoming congress of the Communist Party. 1/ These notes, which were to go down in history as Lenin's Testament, included an assessment of the principal leaders of the Bolshevik Party. In the note of December 24, Lenin wrote: 2/
Dec 22, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
Average American #lifeexpectancy fell again in 2021, with every category of the US population being affected by the decline. Life expectancy has now fallen back to where it was in 1996. Men lost eight months of expected life span. Women lost seven months. 1/ USA Today cites family and public health specialist, Professor Steven Woolf of Virginia Commonwealth University, who stated that the decline means that the positive benefit of all the medical advances of the past quarter century have been wiped out. 2/