Mar 24, 2017

Controlling the Main Stream Media aka 'Corporate Media'

Lawyer and Ring of Fire Talk Show Host, Mike Papantonio explains why Corporate America needed to take control of the media to gain power over the “marketplace of ideas.” By doing so, he emphatically states, the return on the investment enabled media domination, closing newsrooms across the world and reduced the American news to nothing more than infotainment.

Mar 23, 2017

MSM War Coverage - Aleppo versus Mosul

Saint Elijah's Monastery, Mosul, Iraq - the ol...
Saint Elijah's Monastery, Mosul, Iraq - the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Excellent article by Roger Bridge, originally posted on RTs Op-Edge website.


The world recently got a crude lesson as to how the Western media machine manipulates its news coverage to fit NATO's regime-change agenda.
During two parallel global events - the Russian-backed liberation of Aleppo and the US-backed liberation of Mosul - viewers witnessed the tragic circumstances of two children, with two radically different media spins.

By now, many people are familiar with the story of Omran Daqneesh. He is the Syrian boy from Aleppo who - seated alone in the back of an ambulance, covered in dust, blood and the flood of flashbulbs - became the Western media's stock image whenever it wished to portray the "Russian-backed Syrian regime" and its effort to free the city of Aleppo from the yoke of terrorism.

Omran's "haunting" photograph, splashed across every front page of every Western newspaper on August 18, 2016, accompanied a self-righteous Western jeremiad against "Russia and the Syrian regime," as opposed to the bloodthirsty terrorists who held the residents of this northern Syrian city hostage to their insane ideology for years.

Would the Western media really stoop so low as to use the image of an injured child as a propaganda device to damage Russia’s efforts in defeating such deranged characters?

Unfortunately, that appears to have been the case.

No time or space for 'Mosul girl'
While much of the developed world knows of ‘Aleppo boy’ Omran Daqneesh, how many have heard of an equally tragic story involving a five-year-old girl named Hawraa, the sole survivor of a US-coordinated airstrike on her home in Mosul?

The girl, with burns over much of her body, is now battling for her life in the field hospital of Iraq Special Operations Forces. No place for a five-year-old child, that's for sure. Yet this tragic story has gone conspicuously missing from the West's "heroic" Mosul narrative.

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Wikileaks: DarkMatter

From Wikileaks:

"Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

Among others, these documents reveal the “Sonic Screwdriver” project which, as explained by the CIA, is a “mechanism for executing code on peripheral devices while a Mac laptop or desktop is booting” allowing an attacker to boot its attack software for example from a USB stick “even when a firmware password is enabled”. The CIA’s “Sonic Screwdriver” infector is stored on the modified firmware of an Apple Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter.

“DarkSeaSkies” is “an implant that persists in the EFI firmware of an Apple MacBook Air computer” and consists of “DarkMatter”, “SeaPea” and “NightSkies”, respectively EFI, kernel-space and user-space implants.

Documents on the “Triton” MacOSX malware, its infector “Dark Mallet” and its EFI-persistent version “DerStake” are also included in this release. While the DerStake1.4 manual released today dates to 2013, other Vault 7 documents show that as of 2016 the CIA continues to rely on and update these systems and is working on the production of DerStarke2.0.

Also included in this release is the manual for the CIA’s “NightSkies 1.2” a “beacon/loader/implant tool” for the Apple iPhone. Noteworthy is that NightSkies had reached 1.2 by 2008, and is expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008.

While CIA assets are sometimes used to physically infect systems in the custody of a target it is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization’s supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments (opening, infecting, and resending) leaving the United States or otherwise."

Mar 20, 2017

Aleppo, Still in the News Cycle

English: Great Mosque of Aleppo
English: Great Mosque of Aleppo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian air forces launched over 100 airstrikes above the eastern countryside of Aleppo on Sunday, the Islamic State’s official media wing, Al-‘Amaq, reported last night.

“More than 100 airstrikes conducted by Russian and Syrian warplanes on the town of Deir Hafer and the village of Maskanah and its surrounding area in rural east Aleppo,” Al-‘Amaq claimed on Sunday night.

This claim by Al-‘Amaq confirms earlier reports by Syrian Army activists regarding the large number of airstrikes over east Aleppo on Sunday.

The Syrian Arab Army is currently on the offensive against Islamic State in the Deir Hafer Plain; they are positioned at the outskirts of the town, as they close in on the terrorist stronghold from three different flanks.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Mar 6, 2017

Yet Another Smear Job on Snowden

Another great piece by Ray McGovern at AntiWar.com. Excellent knowledge is shared with us — We are extremely lucky for this, and I am grateful. I do learn something every read!

Another Hatchet Job on Snowden

Posted By Ray McGovern On March 3, 2017 @ 11:00 pm 

In depicting National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden as a Russian spy, author Edward Jay Epstein acknowledges his debt to the CIA’s famously paranoid counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who specialized in counterintuitive thinking that surely smeared more honest CIA officers than it snared actual spies.
At a recent book signing at the Hoover Institute in Washington, D.C., for How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft, Epstein proudly announced that he learned the tricks of the counterintelligence trade from the now-deceased Angleton. 
But Angleton, like other counterintelligence sleuths, assumed the carte-blanche right to smother a slender fact with weighty assumptions and then weave upon them a hefty garment of allegations, speculation and imagination fitting with the occupational predisposition to detect a spy.
Over the decades, it’s conceivable that this “methodology” may have caught a spy or two (although Angleton is perhaps best known for missing the notorious Soviet spy Kim Philby).But creating a counterfactual, evidence-free scenario seems an irresponsible way to write about Edward Snowden, a whistleblower responsible for the most consequential intelligence leak in U.S. history.
In his new book, Epstein spins his intricate web to prove Snowden’s supposed treachery around the fact that after leaking secrets to Western journalists in Hong Kong, Snowden wound up in Russia. 
The well-known reality is that Snowden never intended to get stuck in Russia but was stranded there when the US government blocked his path to South America. Yet, however clear the record regarding how and why Snowden found asylum there, Epstein sees a more sinister logic. 
As a veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and a private citizen who has befriended many government whistleblowers, I happen to have known Angleton and currently know Snowden (whom I count among my friends).
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Mar 2, 2017

Eva Bartlett On Syria

English: Khusruwiyah Mosque in Aleppo, Syria F...
English: Khusruwiyah Mosque in Aleppo, Syria Français : Mosquée Khosrowiyé à Alep en Syrie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I can't recommend Eva Bartlett's work highly enough! It seems in this day and age, it's the independent journalists, who are doing the real work of reportage. Ms. Bartlett, a fellow Canadian, has made us proud - CBC should hire her (if they want to save their credibility as journalists and be arms length of the Trudeau Government) and give her a very important role! That's if she would accept - Point is we need this kind of journalism now. We are in dangerous times!

Please give Eva's website a visit, and I'm sure she'd appreciate any support one can give - Independent journalism isn't funded by deep pocket entities, like MSM.

In the following clip which was taped in Montreal, this January 2017, Ms. Bartlett discusses Syria. She talks about the beginning of the "Revolution" to East Aleppo. Unlike many "journalists" from our MSM who haven't been to Syria, yet report on it - Ms. Bartlett has been to Syria and the frontlines, several times.

Feb 24, 2017

Fake News Explained

Great story from Antiwar.com by Justin Raimondo, and a very good read in my opinion.


What is the “alternative” media? 

If we look at the phrase itself, it seems to mean the media that presents itself as the alternative to what we call the “corporate media,” i.e. the New York Times, the Washington Post, your local rag – in short, the Legacy Media that predominated in those bygone days before the Internet. And yet this whole arrangement seems outdated, to say the least. The Internet has long since been colonized by the corporate giants: BuzzFeed, for example, is regularly fed huge dollops of cash from its corporate owners. And the Legacy Media has adapted to the primacy of online media, however reluctantly and ineptly. So the alternative media isn’t defined by how they deliver the news, but rather by 1) what they judge to be news, and 2) how they report it.

And that’s the problem. 
There’s been much talk of “fake news,” a concept first defined by the “mainstream” media types as an insidious scheme by the Russians and/or supporters of Donald Trump to deny Hillary Clinton her rightful place in the Oval Office. Or it was Macedonian teenagers out to fool us into giving them clicks. Or something.
Facebook and Google announced a campaign to eliminate this Dire Threat, and the mandarins of the “mainstream” reared up in righteous anger, lecturing us that journalistic standards were being traduced. 
Yet it turned out that the very people who were up in arms about “fake news” were the ones propagating their own version of it. 
WikiLeaks did much to expose their game by publicizing the key role played by the Legacy Media in acting as an extension of the Clinton campaign. However, the real unmasking came after the November election, when the rage of the liberal elites became so manifest that “reporters” who would normally be loath to reveal their politics came out of the closet, so to speak, and started telling us that the old journalistic standard of objectivity no longer applied. The election of Trump, they averred, meant that the old standards must be abandoned and a new, and openly partisan bias must take its place. In honor of this new credo, the Washington Post has adopted a new slogan: “Democracy dies in darkness”! 
This from the newspaper that ran a front page story citing the anonymous trolls at PropOrNot.com as credible sources for an account of alleged “Russian agents of influence” in the media – a story that slimed Matt Drudge and Antiwar.com, among others. 
This from the newspaper that ran another big story claiming the Russians had infiltrated Vermont’s power grid without bothering to check with the power company. 
This from the newspaper that regularly publishes “news” accounts citing anonymous “intelligence officials” claiming the Trump administration is rife with Russian “agents.” 
This from the newspaper that published a piece by foreign affairs columnist Josh Rogin that falsely claimed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s trip to Syria was funded by a group that is “nonexistent” and strongly implied she was in the pay of the Syrian government or some other foreign entity. Well after the smear circulated far and wide, the paper posted the following correction:
“An earlier version of this op-ed misspelled the name of AACCESS Ohio and incorrectly stated that the organization no longer exists. AACCESS Ohio is an independent non-profit organization that is a member of the ACCESS National Network of Arab American Community organizations but is currently on probation due to inactivity. The op-ed also incorrectly stated that Bassam Khawam is Syrian American. He is Lebanese American. This version has been corrected.” 

In other words, the entire story was fake news. Read More:

Feb 23, 2017

Recap of Events in Syria & Iraq for February 22 2017

From Antiwar.com:

What I find most interesting is that reports are circulating (with increasing frequency) of ISIS filtering back into liberated areas. Some blame corruption, others lack of followup security.
U.S. forces were shot at and returned fire in the Albu Saif area in southern Mosul. The number of wounded, if any, was not released. Currently, the town and the nearby airport are the focus of attention for security forces.
Some residents of eastern Mosul, which has been liberated, found notes left under their doors warning them to leave immediately or face death from Islamic State militants. Some in western Mosul are being bused outof town as the fighting nears them. 
Residents of other towns that have been liberated also report ISIS/Daesh activity. Corruption appears to be the main driver allowing the return of militants in other cities.
Turkish airstrikes were reported in the Qandil Mountains.
An Iranian news channel has reported the discovery of a mass grave that may contain 2,400 bodies.
At least 130 were killed and 11 more were wounded in the latest violence: 
In Mosul, a drone killed five civilians and wounded three more. Airstrikes killed 35 militants in southern Mosul, perhaps near the airport.
Three civilians were killed and six were wounded by a blast as they tried to escape Hawija.
In Baghdad, a Sahwa member was killed and another wounded at a checkpoint in Doura
At least 47 militants were killed in clashes with militiamen near Tal Afar. The villages of Ain Tlawi and Sharia were liberated in the fighting. Airstrikes killed another 20 militants.
A missile strike on Kubeisa killed eight militants.

Feb 22, 2017

Yemeni Army & Popular Committees Recapture Mocha City

English: Mocha, Yemen, 1996
English: Mocha, Yemen, 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Yemeni army, backed by fighters from the Popular Committees, more commonly known as “The Houthis/Ansarullah”, have reached the eastern outskirts of the port city of Mocha, which in February was taken control of by forces loyal to the former president Mansour Hadi, and Saudi-led coalition forces.

According to earlier PressTV, media reports, several high-ranking pro-Saudi commanders were among those killed in a medium-range ballistic missile attack carried out by Yemeni forces on an area close to the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

The control of Yemen by pro-Saudi forces has for the most part been strictly limited to southern and eastern Yemen, and some areas along the Saudi border.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز
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