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May 17 4 tweets 1 min read
In a NY Times article titled, "After the fall of Mariupol, the fates of hundreds of fighters hangs in the balance," the following amazing sentence appears: 1/ "The Azov regiment has been given outsized coverage by the country’s [Russia's] state-run news media, and its connection with far-right movements gave a veneer of credibility to the Kremlin’s false claims that its forces were fighting Nazis in Ukraine." 2/
May 15 11 tweets 4 min read
The @nytimes is memorializing one million US #COVID19 deaths with a feature that combines excellent graphics with dishonest and cynical commentary. An opening section headline reads: "At the start of the pandemic, few understood how high the death toll might climb." False! 1/ Epidemiologists had been warning for years of the potentially devastating consequences of a pandemic. As early as January 2020, there was sufficient information available to know that the spread of #SARSCoV2 would exact a terrible human toll. 2/
May 10 17 tweets 4 min read
The Afterword of @TimothyDSnyder's "Bloodlands" makes staggeringly inaccurate statements. Portraying the #Holocaust as just one element of a territorially-determined phenomenon of mass killing in East Europe, Snyder plays down the extent of West and Central European victims. 1/ He asserts: "German Jews were not very numerous, and most of them survived." In fact, of Germany's pre-Third Reich population of approximately 525,000 Jews, an estimated 160,000 were murdered. The survivors consisted almost entirely of Jews who had left Germany before 1939. 2/
Apr 25 4 tweets 2 min read
Prime Minister #ScottMorrison has declared that the establishment of a Chinese naval base in the #SolomonIslands would be crossing a "red Line" for Australia. “We won’t be having Chinese military naval bases in our region on our doorstep.” 1/
thehill.com/policy/interna… But how does Morrison's declaration, backed by the US, square with the US-NATO insistence that #Ukraine has an absolute and non-negotiable right to join its military alliance, regardless of Russia's objections? 2/
Apr 24 16 tweets 3 min read
This article, posted today on-line and printed in the NY Times Sunday Magazine, is yet another deplorable example of Professor Timothy Snyder's role as a historical falsifier and apologist for Ukrainian fascism. 1/ Snyder mockingly dismisses Russian references to Ukrainian nationalists' mass murder of Poles and Jews during World War II as "a past that never happened" and "nonsensical and necrophiliac accounts of history." 2/
Apr 23 6 tweets 2 min read
The massive US-NATO arms shipments to #Ukraine️ are based on dangerous assumptions in Washington. The FT writes that the Biden administration's previous concerns about Russian retaliation "has been all but discarded." 1/ #UkraineRussiaWar Image According to the FT: "There has also been a reassessment of the threat posed by Russia's nuclear arsenal, a sabre that Putin rattled early in the war but which analysts now believe he is unlikely to deploy." On what is this assumption based? What if they are wrong? 2/
Apr 5 8 tweets 2 min read
Within weeks of the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, it became clear that the claim that Saddam Hussein's had developed weapons of mass destruction -- the critical justification of the war -- was a lie that had been concocted by the Bush administration. 1/ #Propaganda Image The #NYTimes, which had propagated the WMD lies, manufactured, ex post facto, another justification for the war. On April 25, 2003, it published a front page photo of a skull, which it claimed was of a political prisoner murdered by the Iraqi regime. 2/
Apr 5 7 tweets 2 min read
In the aftermath of World War I, there was extensive study of the immense role of #Propaganda in the mobilization of public support during four years of bloody conflict. It was recognized that all the conflicting states made use of propaganda. 1/ #Ukraine The British sociologist Harold Lasswell's 1927 book, "Propaganda Technique in World War I", described propaganda as the "means of converting masses of people to desired view points," making use of "stories, rumors, reports, pictures and other forms of social communication." 2/
Apr 4 4 tweets 1 min read
Thomas Friedman's commentary on Ukraine continues a 30-year pattern of lying justifications for US imperialism. Back in 2003, after it became clear that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Friedman concocted the claim that the evidence had been "scattered." 1/ He also attempted to shift attention away from non-existing WMDs, claiming that the US invasion was a necessary response to atrocities allegedly committed by Saddam Hussein. He wrote on Many 14, 2003: 2/
Apr 4 4 tweets 1 min read
The current barrage of reports of Russian atrocities fall within the category of state-organized propaganda. Claims made by the Ukrainian government and NATO are accepted without a trace of independent verification. There are no reports of Ukrainian atrocities. 1/ The @nytimes is nothing other than an organ of state propaganda, working in tandem with the government intelligence agencies and providing legitimacy to whatever narrative serves the interests of US foreign policy. Its role in justifying the invasion of Iraq is well known. 2/
Apr 1 6 tweets 2 min read
After 15 years of Quantitative Easing interventions, rich investors assume that the Federal Reserve will provide as much helicopter money as needed to bolster the market. "Moral hazard" is no more a concern than it was during the reign of Louis Philippe, as described by Marx: 1/ "The July Monarchy [1830-1848] was nothing other than a joint stock company for the exploitation of France's national wealth, whose dividends were divided among ministers, Chambers, 240,000 voters, and their adherents. Louis Philippe was the director of this company ... 2/
Mar 31 9 tweets 2 min read
Historian Omer Bartov's interview is another example of how easily academics are adapting their scholarship to government policy and media propaganda. Among Bartov's best known work is "Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-day Ukraine", published in 2007. 1/ The book, as described in a review published in The Journal of Modern History, "shows vividly how post-Soviet Ukrainians have 'erased' traces of Jewish existence in Galicia/western Ukraine before the Holocaust. 2/
Mar 29 5 tweets 1 min read
The CSIS, a leading imperialist think tank, has hosted a webinar on Russia's suppression of independent media. The webinar's announcement states: 1/ Image "Following the invasion of Ukraine, authorities in Russia have clamped down on independent media and tightened control of the Internet in an apparent effort to control the narrative about the war and prevent citizens from organizing against it." 2/
Mar 27 7 tweets 2 min read
Of all the lies blasted out by Biden during his Warsaw rant, the most transparently absurd was his claim that the war is "A battle between democracy and autocracy. Between liberty and repression. Between a rules-based order and one governed by brute force." 1/ This is the latest iteration of a lie that has been used to justify every war waged by the US over the last century. In just the past 40 years, it has been used to legitimize attacks on Grenada, Lebanon, Panama, Somalia, Haiti, Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, etc. 2/
Mar 27 4 tweets 2 min read
Biden's speech provided further detailed confirmation that that United States had massively armed #Ukraine for war with Russia. Its non-membership in NATO has been largely a fiction, useful only as a means of denying direct US involvement in a war against Russia. Biden said: 1/ "In the years before the invasion, we, America, had sent over $650 million, before they crossed the border, in weapons to Ukraine, including anti-air and anti-armor equipment. Since the invasion, America has committed another $1.35 billion in weapons and ammunition." 2/
Mar 27 4 tweets 1 min read
Biden's White House handlers are walking back his call for regime change in Russia. It is being said that the statement was merely ad-libbed. But that is why it is so significant. His unscripted outburst revealed the policy aims that are hidden in the official statements. 1/ Biden hypocritically proclaimed that there was "no justification or provocation for Russia's choice of war. It's an example, one of the oldest human impulses, using brute force and disinformation to satisfy a craving for absolute power and control." 2/
Mar 26 8 tweets 2 min read
Professor Hett's hero, Bob Rae, enthusiastically backed the NATO assault on Libya in 2011. He declared in the Canadian House of Commons: "We will intervene. And yes, that intervention may have a military component. And people will be killed as a result of that intervention." 1/ The consequences of NATO's intervention was the obliteration of a functioning society in Libya. Tens of thousands were killed during or in the aftermath of NATO savage assault, which was sold to gullible middle class academics as a "human rights intervention." 2/
Mar 23 7 tweets 1 min read
Ukraine is the battlefield chosen by US/NATO for its long-planned war with Russia.This This was made clear by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference earlier today. He stated: 1/ "Since 2014, Allies have trained Ukraine’s armed forces, and significantly strengthened their capabilities. They are putting that training into practice now, on the front lines, with great bravery. In the last months, Allies have stepped up military support. 2/
Mar 22 5 tweets 1 min read
President Biden made the following extraordinary and chilling comment in yesterday's speech before the Business Roundtable: 1/ Image "One of the top military people said to me in a secure meeting the other day, 60 million people died between 1900 and 1946. And since then, we’ve established a liberal world order, and that hadn’t happened in a long while. A lot of people dying, but nowhere near the chaos." 2/
Mar 21 15 tweets 3 min read
Pabloite leader and pseudoleft opponent of "knee-jerk anti-imperialism" Gilbert Achcar provides readers with yet another example of his own instinctual pro-imperialism, posting his reasons for supporting a NATO victory in its proxy war against Russia. 1/
newpol.org/six-faqs-on-an… Achcar defines Russia as "imperialist" as an epithet without the slightest serious economic content. But even if it were correct (which it is not), this does not justify his support for NATO. Socialist "defeatism" applies to all sides in an inter-imperialist conflict. 2/
Mar 13 8 tweets 2 min read
Today's webinar on the US/NATO-Russia War hosted by the pseudoleft Journal of Historical Materialism was, in its pro-imperialist propaganda, a continuation of the Sunday morning media talk shows. All the presentations concentrated on denouncing "Russian imperialism." 1/ There was no exposure of US and European imperialism for its instigation of the war. No connection was made between this war and the wars waged by the US and NATO over the last 30 years. The attack on Russia was entirely from the the right, not the left. 2/