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‘Russian Propaganda’ Is The Latest Excuse To Expand Censorship

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“I’m concerned about Russian disinformation spreading online, so today I wrote to the CEOs of major tech companies to ask them to restrict the spread of Russian propaganda,” US Senator Mark Warner tweeted on Friday.

Since then YouTube has announced that it has suppressed videos by Russian state media channels so that they’ll be seen by fewer people in accordance with its openly acknowledged policy of algorithmically censoring unauthorized content, as well as de-monetizing all such videos on the platform. Google and Facebook/Instagram parent company Meta both banned Russian state media from running ads and monetizing on their platforms in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Twitter announced a pause on ads in both Russia and Ukraine.

“Glad to see action from tech companies to reign in Russian propaganda and disinformation after my letter to their CEOs yesterday,” Warner tweeted on Saturday. “These are important first steps, but I’ll keep pushing for more.”

For years US lawmakers have been using threats of profit-destroying consequences to pressure Silicon Valley companies into limiting online speech in a way that aligns with the interests of Washington, effectively creating a system of government censorship by proxy. It would appear that we’re seeing a new expansion of this phenomenon today.

And the imperial media are pushing for more. Articles and news segments warning of the sinister threat posed by Russian propaganda to misinform and divide western populations using the internet are being churned out at a rate that’s only likely to increase as this latest narrative management campaign gets into full gear. The Associated Press has a new article out for example titled “War via TikTok: Russia’s new tool for propaganda machine“.

“Armies of trolls and bots stir up anti-Ukrainian sentiment. State-controlled media outlets look to divide Western audiences. Clever TikTok videos serve up Russian nationalism with a side of humor,” AP warns.

“Analysts at several different research organizations contacted by The Associated Press said they are seeing a sharp increase in online activity by groups affiliated with the Russian state,” AP writes. “That’s in keeping with Russia’s strategy of using social media and state-run outlets to galvanize domestic support while seeking to destabilize the Western alliance.”

The “different research organizations” AP ends up citing include “Cyabra, an Israeli tech company that works to detect disinformation,” as well as the state-funded NATO narrative management firm The Atlantic Council.

As tends to happen whenever a consensus begins to form that a certain category of speech must be purged from the internet, imperial spinmeisters are already working to expand the definition of “Russian propaganda” which must be purged from the internet to include independent anti-imperialist commentators like myself.

Imperial narrative manager Robert Potter has a thread on Twitter currently calling for me and other anti-imperialist content creators to be labeled “State-Affiliated Media” on Twitter and ideally de-platformed across all western social media, in my case solely because RT is one of the many outlets who occasionally choose to republish some of my blog posts for free.

I am not as Potter claims “an OP Ed columnist for Russia Today.” I don’t work for RT, I don’t write for RT, I don’t submit articles to RT, and I’ve never been paid by RT or the Russian government. RT is just one of the outlets who sometimes avail themselves of my longstanding invitation for anyone who wants to to republish my work free of charge. That RT editors would find my daily rants against western imperialism agreeable is not scandalous or conspiratorial but normal and self-evident.

Yet for agents of imperial narrative control like Potter (who ironically works directly for the US State Department but thinks my posts should be labeled “State-Affiliated Media” by Twitter), even this is enough to justify complete silencing. I will not be in the slightest bit surprised to see a great deal more of these efforts as the new cold war continues to escalate.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate, an empire-loyal NGO ostensibly focused primarily on fighting racism and prejudice, has published a report accusing Facebook of failing to label Russian propaganda as such 91 percent of the times it occurs. The CCDH decried Mark Zuckerberg’s “failure to stop Facebook being weaponized by the Russian state”.

This sudden narrative management thrust has also seen RT taken off the air in nations like Australia, Germany and Poland, with pressures mounting in France and the UK to follow suit.

This despite the fact that all western powers would have to do to eliminate RT completely is simply start allowing leftist and anti-imperialist voices to be heard on mainstream media platforms. It would immediately suck up RT’s entire foreign audience as people who’d previously needed to look outside the mainstream for sane perspectives gravitate toward media made with much better funding and a higher level of talent.

But of course we all know that’s never going to happen. The imperial media aren’t going to subvert RT by platforming voices who dispute the empire’s narratives no matter how badly they hate it, because the exact reason they hate RT is because it disputes the empire’s narratives. They’re not worried about Russian propaganda operations, they’re worried about someone else running interference on their own propaganda operations.

RT’s audience makes up about 0.04% of TV viewing in the UK. This isn’t about RT, it’s about the the agenda to continually expand and normalize the censorship of unauthorized speech. That’s what it was about when they were pretending it was about the need to fight Covid misinformation before that, and when they were pretending it was about the need to fight domestic US extremism before that, and when they were pretending it was about the need to defend election security before that, and when they were pretending it was about the need to fight Russian propaganda the first time before that one cycled back around again.

Whoever controls the narrative controls the world. Humans are storytelling creatures, so whoever can control the stories the humans are telling themselves about what’s going on in the world has a great deal of control over the humans. Our mental chatter tends to dominate such a large percentage of our existence that if it can be controlled the controller can exert a tremendous amount of influence over the way we think, act, and vote.

The powerful understand this, while the general public mostly does not. That’s all we’ve been seeing in these attempts to regulate ideas and information as human communication becomes more and more rapid and networked. An entire oligarchic empire is built on the ability to prevent us from realizing at mass scale that that empire does not serve us and inflicts great evil upon our world. The question of whether our species can awaken to its highest potential or not boils down to whether our dominators will succeed in locking down our minds, or if we will find some way to break free.

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  • All part of the plan. Think of the Hegelian Dialectic as a sawing, slicing pendulum that with each swing between the newly fabricated wars of the east and west, or the sun-setting fabricated pandemic – which will be replaced by a new when the time is right one right on cue – cuts our freedom to shreds.

    All of it is a pantomime play, and in the end we will be slaves in a panopticon prison planet. It goes like this:
    ——————
    The media – both news and entertainment – have now politicized nearly everything in our society as an extremely powerful mechanism of control.

    Politicization is so effective at manipulating the populace because most people emotionally connect their personal belief system to the belief system of their political party, and so then any attack on their party – legitimate or otherwise – is interpreted by their brain as an attack on themselves. Reason and logic then jump out the nearest window as raw emotion takes the helm, thus making them even more susceptible to the predatory controlling influences.

    This is an extremely damaging and misfortunate exploit of human nature. Worse, this exploit is as easy to execute as flipping a light switch for the majority of the population – and it is currently being employed to its maximum effect.

    The largest PSYOP in history is unfolding right before our eyes, armed with incalculable amounts of human behavior data harvested from internet and smart phone usage geared toward manipulating us to walk in lock-step into the incinerator of our own destruction.

    We’re dealing with a captured media and the transparently obvious military grade psychological operations they are relentlessly employing, the millions of sheep that believe their every obvious lie and preach it as gospel, and their near total obliviousness to the self-evident fact that this plandemic is a blatant takeover of the world.

    more here: http://tritorch.com/folly

    • SolarException – 100%, the ruling elite have hijacked, politicized and weaponized a lot of things most people are oblivious to – Video Games, Pop Culture, Education, Professional Sports, Movies, TV, Gambling, various clubs, Religion, Charity Organizations, All Mass Media, National Identity. Basically, they weaponized everything and everything that is of advantage to them in steering the hearts and minds in the direction they require.

  • Keep up the good fight, Caitlin and Tim.

  • Sounds to me like we are moonwalking into WW3.

  • Pretty much true.
    Lesson From Ukraine: Breaking Promises to Small Countries Means They’ll Never Give Up Nukes.
    https://theintercept.com/2022/02/27/ukraine-nuclear-weapons-russia-invasion/

    • You think the agreement was signed with the implication that Ukraine was free to fuck over Russia by joining a pack of jackals dedicated to destroying that country and allowing NATO garrisons right on Russia’s border with missiles 10 minutes flight time from Moscow or St. Petersburg? I’m sorry, but when a shit hole of proven criminals like Ukraine sells out your interests and national security you have a right to defend yourself in any way that is feasible, even if that means invading them, especially if the “small country” threat colluded with the major power (America) to topple their own government and replace it with American puppets.
      ~
      The big difference between Russia and the US on this is that the US will blast another country off the map for a mere matter of money, influence,
      simple convenience, or “keeping score,” because certainly no one is capable of threatening them and yet they invade some other hapless country like clockwork to goose the bottom lines over in the MIC sector. I give no deference to anyone’s opinion on The Intercept since they betrayed their own founder Glenn Greenwald and sold their souls to fascists.
      ~
      Besides, it’s not a matter of a country’s size that determines their ability to acquire nukes. Iran is a major country, fully developed and capable, left to their own devices, of creating a nuke. It should reach 100 million people by the end of this decade, unless attacked again by an American “ally.” It is being blocked for strictly geopolitical reasons from pursuing such a course. In fact, it is being punished for something it has not even done. Israel, a small country, was allowed to steal nuke technology and fuel just as if the US didn’t know a thing about it. India and Pakistan are large enough not to be messed with, especially on their own turf, whether they possess nukes or not. But with such large potential markets, America tries to suck up to them rather than alienate them with a taut rein. Even Afghanistan with their cave man technology wore down the American invaders given enough time.
      ~
      And, by the way, Ukraine is (was) not a small country. Before the breakup of the USSR it had a population of 55 million or thereabouts. Through blatant mismanagement and chronic corruption (wonderful traits that NATO must greatly admire in addition to the Nazi thing) it has lost an estimated 15 million or so. If I hear about “poor widdle Ukraine” one more time I will projectile vomit. They are professional con artists. No paper they sign is worth a thing. Zelensky was threatening to create nukes just the other day. If they are entitled to repeatedly break their word, Russia is entitled to defend itself against the ramifications of Ukrainian criminality.

      • Exactly. Ukraine is not a small country. It had educated population, resources and infrastructure and could have been prosperous.
        It was destroyed by the UK, US and their allies we may not name, or the comment gets blocked.
        The criminals running the financial system are robbing everyone who does not have more weapons then they do.
        Modern monetary system explained in clear terms.

        • The Intercept have become a joke. After censoring Glenn Greenwald’s article about Biden & Son Ltd out of sheer partisanship, they now spend their time crying for money that they allegedly rightly deserve for speaking truth to power and being buried in lawsuits over it. Couldn’t get more ridiculous if they tried! It would already be laughable if they weren’t sponsored by überwoke billionaire and financial founder Pierre Omidyar on top of it. Send him the fucking bills for Chrissakes instead of asking your readers to sponsor your propaganda! :o)

      • Bravo, Realist!

  • Indeed Caitlin … I was appalled to find I could not log on to RT yesterday. I discovered it’s FOXTEL that hosts RT in Australia that cut them out so Aussies couldn’t be assaulted by “Russian propaganda”. Well, freedom loving Aussies, you know what to do. Kick FOXTEL to the kerb.
    Of course we know that the censorship is to block any narrative other than the official US blurb, which is so easy to prove a manipulative lie. Anyone who has been following the Ukraine situation is aware that Russia has exercised incredible patience with this rogue state which has been slaughtering ethnic Russians in the Donbass areas, and of course, there was that horrifying incident in Odessa and the Maidan. For 8 years Russia has been asking for the Minsk Agreement to be honoured by Ukraine without success. On 17 February the Ukrainian forces, buoyed by the influx of weaponry from the West, increased their slaughter in the Donbass and Russia said “enough”. Hear hear.
    Russia has my full support for its actions – if that means anything – and I won’t be shutting up anytime soon.
    “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Never truer words said. Now Russia is doing something. Power to them.
    Oh, and on the way, they have taken out all the US Bioweapon labs set up in Ukraine, and have captured Chernobyl so that can’t be used as a weapon. Urah!

  • Hasn’t Putin proved his reservations about NATO, Ukraine and Washington?
    ~
    He said that NATO was basically a pack of jackals whose only purpose was to harass, threaten and damage the national interests of Russia by any means possible and that they would gang up in concert on his country on the word of any one country in that clique under its article 5. He said that various members of this gang (e.g., Poland, the Baltics, Romania) have already been recruited (nay, volunteered) to serve as staging areas for missile batteries aimed at Russian cities because of their close geographic proximity. He further complains that the legitimate government of Ukraine was deliberately overthrown by secret Western agents (CIA, MI5, NATO) and recruited into NATO to specifically serve as both a trip wire and point of origin for more missiles aimed at Russia, because you cannot get any closer to Russia than right across their mutual border, and because no European country is a fanatically anti-Russian and far right wing (to the point of bona fide Nazi worship).
    ~
    Mr. Putin spelled all this out before the entire world in great detail. Only a fool or an enemy hell bent on Russia’s demise could gainsay the accuracy of his words. After establishing his pretext he offered a simply solution that would cost the Western alliance very little and would guarantee against all of the looming crises he first outlined. To wit, Ukraine would not be given admittance to NATO, eliminating it as both a potential powder keg and staging area for military aggression against Russia and the missile batteries in Poland, Romania and wherever else planned for NATO countries would be dismantled as a 10-minute interval from launch to impact (2 minutes if hypersonic missiles are developed and deployed by NATO forces) precludes any ability to recognise, let alone defend against any attack on Russia by NATO. All these demands were eminently fair as was insisting that NATO members recruited after 1997 (basically Poland, Czechia and Hungary onward) could not serve as billets for permanent NATO armies or large brigades. In other words, no large permanent attack formations in close proximity to Russia.
    ~
    What was NATO’s response (essentially formulated and delivered entirely by the United States)? The whole world took note of it. It was, in so many words, go to hell. We don’t need no steenking badges… or any suggestions from you. We will surround and intimidate you to hell and back whenever we please because we are the exceptional country. We will recruit the Devil himself and his legions from Hell to make your lives miserable.
    ~
    This was quite a barbaric response to hurl at any country, especially one trying to defuse tensions and come to some arrangement that would keep the peace. Putin took it as any straight thinking person would. The Americans cannot be bargained with. They do not want peace with our country. They want war in some fashion. Hell, they have already been conducting hybrid, economic and proxy wars against us for quite a long time even after the so-called Cold War was declared over thirty years prior. He looked and listened and saw Washington and other NATO countries shoveling multi-billions of dollars worth of advanced weaponry at Ukraine while encouraging them to attack the breakaway oblasts in the Donbas who refused to recognise the legitimacy of the Maidan coup d’etat. Over 16,000 ethnic Russians in those oblasts had been reported killed at the hands of incessant Ukrainian terrorists brandishing their Nazi identities with fanatical hubris, and this AFTER signing the Minsk2 Accords which promised to cease their systematic murder of approximately 7 years earlier!
    ~
    Putin, of course, wanted to save those people from further massacre. He tried one last diplomatic attempt at getting Ukraine to stop their wanton murders, implement the peace plan they had agreed to and start living in harmony in a democratic federal republic, rather than a Nazi state run by a cadre of Russia-hating racists. When that failed his last ditch effort was to formally recognise the Donbass republics as independent states. When the Ukrainian army and its Nazi-recruited private militias continued to attack the Russian people of the Donbas he responded to their pleas for help against the mass murderers. He sent the Russian army into Ukraine, not to conquer and exploit it as a resource for the Russian state but merely to rid it of organised murderers, the disgusting ideology of Nazism, and a hair trigger for a major war against his own country that would be precipitated by Ukraine but vigorously carried out by a paranoid United States that actually has a formal doctrine in writing that calls for suppressing the development of ANY country that even theoretically poses to be a competitor of the American state in any area you care to name (i.e., “total spectrum dominance”). This vile document is known as the “Wolfowitz Doctrine” and is formalised in a paper known as the Project for the New American Century. Think of it as the Mein Kampf of fascist America.
    ~
    And here we stand. Putin’s fears and reasons for acting are being vindicated as the pack of jackals, the entire European community of nations has decided to ally totally against Russia in support of a truly heinous nation in Ukraine, ignoring the very real grievances of both Russia and the Donbas Republics, essentially telling them to go pound sand, and for even trying to protect your righteous interests we are going to further persecute you. We are going to threaten, sanction and harass you in every way possible, perhaps even on the battlefield (because they keep making threats of actual hands-on military actions). We are certainly going to pull out all the stops to destroy your economy. The pipeline you built to save the imbeciles in Germany (and probably most of Europe) from an energy crises, you can deep six that, and just try to recover your expenses. Banking with the outside world? Forget it, you’re cut off. Transportation links with the outside world? Ditto, all our airspace is closed to you. Due process in commerce? Go to hell, we are already seizing your ships and their cargo. This is already a full scale hybrid and economic war. The next step is to make it kinetic, which we are on the threshold of perpetrating by personally delivering yet more weapons for the Ukrainians to use against you. The Western world has finally elucidated its genuine plans for interaction with Russia, which is to grievously wound it, cause its collapse as a unified society, dissect it more thoroughly than the hatchet job of 1991, and steal all of its natural resources before China (America’s next targeted victim) has a chance to intervene or take its own piece of the pie.
    ~
    Europe and its pack of NATO jackals may be feeling pretty smug right now, proud that they were able to play Russia for the dupe so long and so effectively until they could spring the trap, capture their prey and start to eat it alive. However, knowing the leadership that controls the United States, I strongly suspect they are the next meal on the menu, especially Germany, which is simply much too competitive in automotive and industrial manufacturing for the likes of our American oligarchs. Oh, the plants may stay in Europe, but the ownership of them just might get transferred around a lot during the impending world depression and bout of hyperinflation. Think the last days of the Weimar Republic.
    ~
    But no one will be able to say that Europe did not deserve what she is about to reap from her dalliance with the American cowboy persona. For nearly 80 years European countries have, understandably, been so spooked by their history of Nazism that to say anything favorable about the ideology, their Fuehrer, their machinations or historical legacy is to commit a criminal offense punishable by prison time and strict fines in many, if not most, European countries. Even Americans who wander into Europe and make the wrong statements about Nazism are subject to prosecution and punishment. With that history and that attitude, it is absolutely a case of mind-blowing hypocrisy for present-day European countries to suddenly reverse engines and embrace the Nazis in Ukraine over the saviors in Russia who prevented a permanent take-over of Europe by the Third Reich. Have you ever encountered such a pack of ingrates? In addition to being jackals. Lord almighty, the Americans seem capable of converting anyone into their evil brotherhood, as long as their is a financial payoff I would presume. Really a sad day for Western Civilisation. This is the day that reason and justice deliberately and conspicuously died. They were murdered in front of your eyes. Who will you believe? The killers or your own lying eyes?

    • So well put … I’m glad to see that so many people are awake.

    • You are right, unfortunately.
      I read in the comments here that Russia paid off its loans to international bankers.
      So now the NATO can keep attacking Russia (via proxies or not) without the loss for its overlords.

      • It looks like a substantial portion of Russia’s foreign reserves may soon be effectively frozen.
        “The reserves — worth $630bn, as of the end of January — are made up of assets and deposits denominated in the world’s major currencies (that is, the dollar, euro, sterling and the yuan). As well almost 2,300 tonnes of gold. …
        The sanctions imposed by the US, EU and UK against the central bank are likely to render a lot, if not quite all, of these reserves useless. …
        In targeting central banks, the authorities have invoked counter-terrorist and human rights legislation, alongside the US International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The latter in particular has proven a potent measure.
        The most direct way to sanction the CBR will be to put it on the so-called SDN list of individuals and institutions that bar US entities from dealing with them. …
        The second chunk of reserves the CBR holds are in the form of currency and deposits. These are worth $152bn. Of this $152bn, about two-thirds is held in official institutions. That includes other central banks, the Bank for International Settlements and the IMF.
        Central banks in the Eurosystem, where about a quarter of the CBR’s assets are held, have already frozen the central bank’s accounts.”
        .
        ‘Russia’s FX reserves slip from its grasp
        Officials in Moscow will be hard pressed to halt a collapse in the rouble. Here’s why.’
        https://www.ft.com/content/526ea75b-5b45-48d8-936d-dcc3cec102d8
        or https://archive.ph/KNMBC (same without paywall)
        [The gold is held almost entirely within Russia.]

        • Yes, yes, I am sure all very “legal.” Just like all the seizures of ships and cargo by American thieves on the high seas. If a man breaks into your house and tries to steal your stuff you are entitled to stop him using force, which can include the use of weapons if necessary. Nice aircraft carrier you’ve got at such and such coordinates. Wouldn’t want it to spring a leak and sink would you? Gimme my stuff back or else. That is the game America will force if it keeps being a gang of criminal assholes. If it persists in being an existential threat to Russia it can be eliminated which would do no one any good. This could go in ways that would change all of our lives even as mere prols. They can shut down the power grid for years, or knock out our communications and weather satellites, just for starters. How would you like your bank accounts wiped clean by cyber attacks? Time for the gangbanger cowboys to behave themselves.

          • Legal or not, and whether Russia manages to regain control of its assets or not, it’s all going to further undermine any remaining confidence in the Western-dominated banking and finance systems, and accelerate moves to develop alternatives.

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              https://www.ft.com/content/f7148532-36cd-4683-8f1b-ea79428488c4

              Russia’s central bank more than doubled interest rates on Monday in an attempt to steady the country’s financial markets, after unprecedented western sanctions sent the rouble tumbling as much as 29 per cent.
              https://www.ft.com/content/f7148532-36cd-4683-8f1b-ea79428488c4

              and https://archive.ph/mis5T

              • Sorry about the rubbish at the start of that comment!

              • Every time I see an article shared from FT it is total bull crap
                They are worried to share their precious wisdom, just like in their illusory power of paper money and Central Bank.
                Friends don’t let friends read FT.

  • “spinmeisters are already working to expand the definition of “Russian propaganda” which must be purged from the internet to include independent anti-imperialist commentators like myself.” Your probably going to think that I’m a Jive Turkey, but I was told by a very close friend, who was very close and dear to the assassination of JFK, standing on the knoll, that I should get off the internet; that in the same way that Hitler had to purge Germany of its Communists, Stalin had to purge Germany of its Nazis, the same way that Putin has to purge the Ukraine of its Nazis, the West will assassinate Putin at the upcoming peace conference, no matter what the political cost. Then whatever is left after the response, you me and many others, for the sake of national security will also have to be purged in exactly the same way.
    Now six weeks ago these Nazis made an attempt on my life and I have no doubt that they will succeed to so within the next three weeks. They aren’t playing; the Nazis are mostly the police, etcetera, they’re here, they’re now. Those of us who care, if we don’t rise up while Putin slaughters the Nazis, we will all lose and be put to death.

    • Liz, I am afraid you are right about that.

    • Niemöller is remembered for the quotation:

      “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
      Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
      Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

      It will keep happening.

  • Should we require a “State-Affiliated Media” label on all corporate media outlets that take billions of dollars a year to spy on their customers for the US government?

  • Carlin you are nothing but a Russian stooge. In other words, you are nothing put a useful idiot.
    I wonder how much Putin is paying you to spread your effeminate garbage. You should go to Russia to be with your Kremlin buddies. You are nothing but a FSB troll.

    • Get lost Nigel, you are a dupe. Brainwashed to a point of idiocy.
      You won’t find many who agree with you here.
      A pox on you.

      • What do you expect from a troll who can’t even spell properly – even the name of the person he’s writing to – , which tells us all we need to know about his grip on reality? He should meditate this aphorism by Marie-Antoinette: “Of all the people who’ve got nothing to say, the nicest ones are those who shut the fuck up!” (Just joking of course for those who might – rightly – dispute that Marie-Antoinette actually ever said that shit :o)

  • I’ve been actively analyzing all MSM dynamics since the beginning of the pandemic. It changed nothing. 2 years of warm up to see if they could through repetition to make you comply with the absurd being presented as solid science. They succeed. Now if you take a look in all MSM in several countries they are one and the same. Hitler would be proud to see how using psychology to control the MSM is a powerful weapon as faith in religion to deflect those who pose a threat as satanists, anti semitic and on. It’s just so few places where you can read something different. Putin put in check mate the whole US-UK empire much time before the unfolding events in Ukraine. It took 20 years of deep critical thinking to think it through overall possible scenarios where he could succeed to make a lonely stand against against the most powerful tyrannical structure of war the world has ever seem. No other country could make it. We’ve seem helpless countries like Yugoslavia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan and many many others helping for an outside help which never came to save them from the US-UK empire war machine. Putin will succeed and the MSM will make even their colossal defeat to be seem to the whole world as a sound and solid victory.
    One more question – Why everyone didn’t show international support for all those fallen countries mentioned above? Sarajevo, huh? No? Nothing.

    • When we started to ask for them to end wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, they moved it to Ukraine.
      It is a huge war apparatus built over 3/4 century and very destructive.

      • True. Changing the topic. The stalemate is on in Ukraine. The west is fumbling about if it’s worth to go with everything counting on the “solid” Ukraine resistance. Ukraine is almost the double area of Iraq. Wide landscapes, fields, swamps, hills. Uncharted hot war scenario because cold is gone now.

        • I think they will need to use foreign fighters for that. They seem to think so too.

    • Some of us did. Our voices were drowned out by the sort of morons who think Elon Musk is a plucky rebel and Neil Young is an agent of tyranny.

      • Is Elon Musk vaccinated?

      • Those were the days when rock and roll was a thing.

  • Caitlin Johnstone wrote:
    > For years US lawmakers have been using threats of profit-destroying consequences to pressure Silicon Valley companies into limiting online speech in a way that aligns with the interests of Washington, effectively creating a system of government censorship by proxy. It would appear that we’re seeing a new expansion of this phenomenon today.
    .
    Yes, for example this is a must-see from Ukraine, stunning details on what is really going on — consistent with the seemingly puzzling known facts — and that the Western corporate media won’t say us:
    .
    What Russia Wants From Its Invasion of Ukraine—and Why Zelensky Is Evil

    • Love Coach Red Pill … hope he’s okay there. He’s taking big risks.

  • This was probably a terrible week to decide to read “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman. It’s depressing to see how obvious it was to see where we were headed. And yet so many refused to see, and happily sped us along.

  • “let each man choose: will he remain a witting servant of the lies, or has the time come for him to stand straight as an honest man, worthy of the respect of his children and contemporaries?”
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    • He was persecuted by the same lot that are in control of the US and the majority of the Western world. Folk just have to wake up … before they end up as bio-sludge fertiliser.

  • The comments here are dreary and whiny for no particular reason other than sulking about helplessness, self-pity and ennui.
    It is an inevitable fact that people want happy facts, and shriek when facts are unpleasant.
    Putin and the boys may have screwed the pooch big-time with this invasion. I think he might get fired.
    Reality is ugly; so is war. The Kremlin klowns have happy-danced themselves into the same stupidity that led to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan X2. And Chechnya, which remains a festering sore on Moscow’s ass, throwing dough to the warlords.
    Countries, not people, are fragile. To forget this is engaging in self-repression beyond any flimsy propaganda, expressed or forbidden.
    Early in US history, there were rules put forth for the purpose of protecting governments from their own suicide.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Those are not maxims for the people; the people can endure. Those are rules for keeping governments from going off the rails.
    Suppression of speech leads governments to ferment in their own bullshit, and I think Putin did.
    Start a war – then wait for everything to work out. What was the endgame? He started a gentleman’s war in Ukraine. But gentleman’s war inevitably fails. It turns feral, or stagnates. And it’s going in the direction of a horrible failure for Putin. The epitaph of so many politicians – drowned in his own bullshit suppression of the truth is a lethal threat to a country. But it’s a drug they all mainline.

    • Don’t underestimate Vladimir Putin. He’s way smarter than you, whoever you are.
      And you have absolutely no idea what is going on in Russia or Ukraine.
      Putin has instigated a military exercise to clean out the garbage … long overdue.
      Biden can see his cash cow being stopped, and probably the entire dirty tricks of the US in Ukraine being outed. Bring it on.
      Quoting the Constitution of the US, which is being violated on a daily basis … for what purpose? We know it was a great idea, we know the US began with a noble purpose, but where is it now? It has become the epitome of what it professed to outlaw.
      Why do you think there are literally thousands of big wheelers driving across the country in protest … and hundreds of thousands if not millions lining the roads to cheer them on?
      The world is at a crossroads. It’s a red pill / blue pill moment.
      WTFU.

      • Summary for you.
        #1 Repression of free speech BAD. Hurts the tyrant worse than citizen. MSM example. US example.
        #2 Putin not in Rambo movie. “Take out the trash,” HAH. Soldiers separate out recycling? Invade country few casualties means coup d’etat-surgical invasion. Greet them as liberators? Hearts and minds. Always fail. Russian strategists know. Putin smart coyote, finally catch roadrunner.

        Better?

    • Notice that in the carefully worded legal language of the First Amendment, freedom of speech and of the press are not enumerated as positive rights that people possess, but rather as activities which only the national Legislative branch may not infringe upon. In the next clause of the amendment, Bill of Rights author James Madison specifically defines peaceful assembly and petitioning the government as rights of the citizenry.
      *
      In eighteenth century legal usage, “freedom” was synonymous with “privilege” or “immunity,” defining something granted (or removed) by civil or clerical authority, whereas “rights” were considered natural and inviolable. Notice also that this amendment provides no protections of these granted freedoms on the Judicial or Executive branches, or on state or local governments or non-governmental agents.
      *
      From its very beginning the federal government had monetary incentive programs to secure favorable reporting in the nation’s newspapers. Much of that funding consisted of printing contracts from Congress and a variety of executive department agencies, to inform the public of new laws and regulations, as mandated by the Constitution`. The post office also provided newspapers with additional funding, in the form of advertisements describing the creation of new postal routes. That agency also granted lucrative mail delivery contracts to favored editors and even appointed some of them as postmasters.
      *
      The Founders were among the most cynical of men. Well they knew from colonial experience there was no such thing as a free press. The ability to publish belongs only to those who can secure the price of a printing press, ink, and paper, and who, most importantly, curry favor from government and business interests.

      • Points well made. Other amendments and decisions fleshed out the incongruities. Read my hero William O. Douglas.

  • Most of the YouTube “left” has been absorbed, and it happened faster than expected, I must say. I thought it would take a week or two, but a couple of nights ago the majority went to bed “progressives” and the next arose as Warriors for the Neo-liberal cause. It was pathetic of me to be caught so off-guard, though. I am, after all, a human that has been posting on a subreddit that prides itself on its awareness for nigh on ten years now, and there was a stretch during the recently departed pandemic where I recieved hundreds of downvotes from my submates for insisting that we recognize two simple facts; one, Ivermectin is a drug that has been prescribed to humans 4 billion times, and two, that Ivermectin is being studied as potential Covid therauputic at various clinics located all over this planet, with results at this moment in time, indeterminate.
    I am afraid that all but a few will be absorbed soon, and the few that remain unabsorbed will be hunted down and eliminated. If not, I fear it will only be for lack of time. Vlad the All-Knowing has put his nuclear forces on high alert for a reason, submarines not his are beginning to park off his coasts, the usual signal that the sanction phase is over, and the real escalation phase has begun.

  • Ditch Facebook. Your close friends will still text.

  • I sometimes forward your emails to a handful of close family and friends. Today, I tried to forward your email, re: Big Tech censoring Russian news, and anyone with a Yahoo email address had the message blocked. It’s never happened before. Yahoo blocked my ability to email my family/friends from my Gmail account.

    • I reside in California, btw.

      • Wow. I hope you have a bug out bag and supplies.

  • Never mind, Caitlin, they will have a hard time trying to shut you up.
    Censors don’t get it easy. Remember the stories about “samizdat,” the illegal circulation of documents in the Soviet Union? By what we were told at the time (before your time perhaps), people with some amount of brains in the Soviet Union weren’t stupid enough to believe the official organs, and used to circulate other material amongst themselves.
    Our owners have the same problem that the ruling class in the Soviet Union had, and that the minions of absolute monarchies had before them: not only does feeding people lies mean that they stop believing you, but keeping them from knowing the truth reduces economic efficiency. Our owners probably know that, which is why they are still a bit reluctant to be too heavy-handed about their censorship. They rely on a sort of censorship by agreement of all the good people, which means all the people who have sucked up the nonsense produced by the education system.

  • It all or nothing for the empire now. They cannot go back. We see them. The inbuilt usury has drawn the banksters’ monetary system to the whirlpool of exponentially increasing fraudulent debt. Purchasing power recedes. The dollar is on its deathbed. They must reset with a different trading system. They, the WEF members, want the planet and they want it on their terms. To get the planet, they need the Heartland from where they’ll arrange to dismember China limb from limb. They need to crush Russia first, of course. Hence the new de facto NATO member, Ukraine, armed to the teeth & constantly spitting fire at the Donbass over the years. The swamp considers that Russia perhaps needs its own Vietnam war. A quagmire just short of a deliberate nuclear intervention.
    How is this insanity to be stopped?
    It seems to me that the major double edged weapon being employed though the decades if not centuries is the [imaginary] Money Weapon that has long been in the Hidden Hands of the Money Power. Their [imaginary] money has to be replaced as the reality of usury-powered late-stage inflation makes it compulsory. The difference is that we should replace it with *our own* non-usurious money issued from a Peoples’ Bank. In one fell swoop without bloodshed the billionaire/trillionaire criminals find they are sitting on a pile of litter and discs of scrap metal owning nothing & being quite but needlessly unhappy since the head of the snake, *Finance Capitalism* with its poisonous usury, would be dispatched off the face of the planet. An early idea for a Peoples’ Bank prospectus can be found here: https://twitter.com/DomeLord/status/1478510162243727366?s=20&t=R3F902LLBXrD6h_XWESnWQ
    Following the mantra: “In a world of PLENTY, there is no need for POVERTY and [INTEREST-] DEBT. We have the technology to feed, house and clothe all people on EARTH without destroying our environment. whatever is physically possible and socially desirable can be made financially possible. This is EVERYONE’S CONCERN and it is URGENT.”
    Lack of [imaginary] money is no longer an excuse. Sorry.

  • A interesting article.

    “Russia had the full legal right to invade the Ukraine from several perspectives: to defend its allies in Donetsk and Lugansk; to defend itself against Ukrainian WMDs, which the Ukrainian president threatened to start producing at the Munich Security Conference; and to stop NATO from continuing its advance toward Russian borders in violation of its previous commitment of “not an inch to the east.” Russia exercised its right of self-defense under article 51 of part 7 of the UN Charter. The Ukraine had forfeited its right to territorial integrity under the 1970 UN Declaration by refusing to honor the rights of its Russian-speaking population. It also refused to renew its Friendship Treaty with Russia and therefore no longer had a defined border with Russia that Russia was obligated to honor.”

    https://thesaker.is/the-situation-in-the-ukraine-predictions-vs-reality/

    • Just a wheezy imitation of Comrade Yakov A. Malik’s justification of the USSR re-liberating Czechoslovakia from the neo-Nazis in 1968. C’mon, plagiarize better stuff, thesaker.is! Where’d you dig up that old speech?

      • Looked like an excellent article to me. Maybe you should pause and put brain in gear before you spit out your spiteful rhetoric.
        I won’t hold my breath.

        • You read Malik’s speech? Good job!

        • On denazification” of Czechoslovakia after WWII as an excuse 70 years ago:
          “ During the “normalisation” about 500 were injured. In one instance, the pacification of an anniversary demonstration resulted in five civilian casualties. During the “normalisation” period (until 1974) about 3,000 people were sentenced in the country, and over 100,000 were declared guilty in absentia because they had fled the country.

          Purges were also used as a tool of repression – those citizens who were deemed enemies of the state lost their jobs. According to the official data, the purges after 1948 affected 28,000 people, but historians estimate this number to be closer to 250,000. Another wave of purges started in 1958 and affected around 50,000 people. Mass purges were also an integral part of the normalisation process; in that era, between 100,000 and 150,000 people were affected. The number of people who were unable to pursue their preferred education or line of work for political reasons is hitherto unknown.”

          were they all Nazis? The term is fluid, a la kulak. Or On denazification” of Czechoslovakia. https://communistcrimes.org/en/countries/czech-republic
          See also kovalev “Sovereignty and the International Obligations of Socialist Countries”
          Summary: don’t walk like a duck. Don’t plagiarize from Brezhnev.

  • “Western dominance” is now WEF Klaus Schwab dominance, since the US is already considering legislation to bring about their CBDC currency system. A successful installation of Technocracy would dissolve nation-states, meaning all constitutional rights, environmental protections, public policy (which could create FDR-style fiscal solutions). Once central banks and transnationals rule, the entire world would be privatized, there would be no freedom to roam, no citizenship, no rights.

    US Congress Taking Revolutionary Steps Towards A Central Bank Digital Currency

    The future of money is here; will the Federal Reserve Board be authorized to use distributed ledger technology for the creation, distribution and “recordation” of all the transactions of a Digital Dollar?

    https://decentralizedlegalsystem.com/us-congress-central-bank-digital-currency/?fbclid=IwAR091lHNWV8LXZDJ3yK6fkMyOtFcx19OcbMMiLNM_ttIJNq1Nsv1PEVpK08

    • If the Canadian Freedom Convoy has shown us anything, it’s that this digital currency scare is a red herring. Your local parliament just has to vote a copycat of Trudeau’s Emergency Act and Bob’s your uncle. Will parliaments do it? You bet! Anything increasing power is a blessing in the new “whack-a-voter” world order. All these elected dudes were ready to renew it in Ottawa when Trudeau decided to suppress it – probably because he read Matt Taibbi’s piece saying it made him look like Ceausescu – and more seriously, probably because it was just a trial balloon, like “let’s see how close we can get these fuckers to toe the line if we need to and test the pushback we get”. After the Facebook and Twitter jails, welcome the one and only Mammon’s Tarpeian Rock!

  • “Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said she supports individuals from the UK who might want to go to Ukraine to join an international force to fight.

    She told the BBC it was up to people to make their own decisions, but argued it was a battle “for democracy”.”

    Well there you have it an English minister sanctioning UK citizens to go and die in a war to defend Nazism.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60544838

    • By “democracy” they mean their modern-day colonies.

      • Can’t stop progress :o)

  • This column is, essentially, the message that I was trying to get across on AOL news. However, it kept refusing my comment, first claiming vulgarity, though they didn’t use that word, and then claiming that my comment included an external link. Neither of those accusations were in the least bit truthful, unless you consider ‘hell bent’ to be vulgarity.
    Still, I removed the word ‘hell,’ so that’s when it changed its censorship complaint. Apparently, the ‘external links’ to which it then referred were a plea for people to learn about the Monroe Doctrine and the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, I offered no link, merely the strong suggestion that, on their own, people should understand the impact of both, mainly that the U.S. will stop at nothing should another ‘alien’ country attempt to have a meaningful presence in the Western Hemisphere. However, it feels that Russia should not have the same assurance where its own borders are concerned.
    The simple fact is that the U.S. and NATO had no intention of ever inviting the Ukraine to join NATO. It was too close to Russia and its allegiance could never be determined to a certainty. Putin, was primarily trying to make sure – with the world stage as eye-witnesses – that Russia could keep its borders safe from additional U.S. military installations (of which there are many throughout Europe) and spy-style fly overs. Had those concessions been made, costing the U.S. and its NATO lackey’s nothing, the war could have been averted. However, the goal of the U.S. was to weaken Russia, thereby driving something of a wedge into the alliance forming between Russia and China, the latter power being the one that the U.S. most fears.

    It is clear that AOL is replying to the same propaganda and pressure that most of the MSM is subject to. That is a shame because Big Brother is watching, especially with the incessant spread of Zero-Click hacking by individuals to a degree, but even more so by governments.

  • This is all so nauseating. There is nothing but anti-Russia propaganda on the MSM and most of social media. The tiny slivers of actual journalism that actually get through have to be condemned as misinformation or malinformation or whatever the latest silly slander is. The truth is too dangerous to allow people even a taste.
    Reminds me of the covid narrative.

  • Gmail and Google blogger deleted my the day Russia entered Ukraine and I blogged about it. We got back on, but now I have a Substack version of the blog, too.
    https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/ukraine-war-sunday-morning?utm_source=url
    https://www.johndayblog.com/2022/02/ukraine-war-sunday-morning.html

    The context of what is happening is important for us, even though we are not yet “combatants” in war. This may be WW-3, or WW-4 as some might classify it.

    We should assume “Rational Actors” in the acts of nations, armies and rulers, not “mad dogs”.

    Moon of Alabama has this:

    In war, truth is the first casualty.
    Gilbert Doctorow:
    The Russian Way of War
    Yesterday anyone watching Euronews on one screen and Russian state television on another would have been perplexed by the totally contradictory coverage of both with respect to the fate of the armed detachment of Ukrainian border guards on one island in the southeast of Ukraine. Euronews carried the address of President Zelensky awarding posthumous designation as Heroes of Ukraine to the entire detachment, which reportedly resisted the attacking Russian forces and were slaughtered. Meanwhile Russian news showed those same border guards seated at tables and signing sworn statements that they voluntarily lay down their arms and awaited repatriation to their homes and families.

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/02/disarming-ukraine-day-4.html

    • Yes, it’s amazing … add to that the photographs from all sorts of conflicts from up to 20 years ago and you have the most despicable load of lies and BS I have ever seen put forward as “news”. An Iraqi friend pointed out photos from the Iraq war and then a few other canny souls were posting all the other MSM lies. As they say, the first casualty is truth. What astounds me is that the general public is not insulted and incensed by this. We get even on this thread a few who want to overcome our opinions with BS.
      Clearly there are trolls assigned to all the blogs that are rooted in reality. A pox on them.

  • There comes a time…… when attempting to explain our world (the world that Caitlyn explains every day) to the masses….. becomes futile. They just don’t care.

    A cornered wolverine (U$$A in decline) will lash out indiscriminately, and without conscience, at anyone that gets too close (to the truth). Caitlyn and other voices will be silenced.

    Many folks are already building their “lifeboats” to weather the coming unrest. It’s time to get serious about being able to take care of oneself and ones community. Withdraw all of your resources from the banks. Stop buying products from the enemy. It’s time to get serious.

  • The Matrix has us

  • “Lying” is one of the books Elon Musk recommended to read.
    “Lying is a 2011 long-form essay book by American author and neuroscience expert Sam Harris. Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.”
    BTW, Ray Dalio also teaches how to be radically transparent in your personal and professional activities.
    These two guys are well known billionaires.
    Apparently, not knowing truth and following lies can cost you billions of dollars.

    • Biden gave us a false choice between “Sanctions” on Russia and World War 3.
      He forgot about PEACE.
      I read in a book Einstein on Peace that World Wars are Imperialistic Wars.
      Surely the Empire wants us to forget that PEACE is not only an option, but it is where we spend majority of our lives.
      So, Joe Biden, please, do not lie to us.
      The choice is not between Sanctions and World War.
      The choice is between Peace or War, in other words: Life or Death.
      This morning I happened to read a poem by an Englishman written during World War 1, he died young in 1918, so he must have been killed in that war.
      He wanted us to know that it is a lie that it is sweet to die for your country.

      • “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Own

        Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
        Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
        Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
        And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
        Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
        But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
        Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
        Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

        Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
        Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
        But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
        And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
        Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
        As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

        In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
        He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

        If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
        Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
        And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
        His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
        If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
        Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
        Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
        Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
        My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
        To children ardent for some desperate glory,
        The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
        Pro patria mori.

        • Indeed. And it should have ended two years before, in 1916 when the Kaiser sued for peace and for all to return to the pre-war borders.
          Every man who died after than was murdered by the not so Great Britain to give Rothschild his “Israel”. 19 million died in that hideous war, in the most appalling manner. The finest Anglo Saxon breeding stock culled, just as they have been doing in every war since, and with these fake vaccines. We are beset upon on every side by the most evil group of devils every spawned. This latest stoush is just another of their tricks, goading Russia into a situation they could no longer tolerate, then turning on them like a pack of jackals. I pray for the day the lot of them are sent to Hell.

      • Wilfred Owen. Read also Siegfried Sassoon, Survivors

        • Sorry that was a copy and paste error.

        • Of course Surviving in a war is better than Dying, but not surviving a nuclear war. Then survivors will be faced with a long painful dying again.

          • Many of those soldiers from WW1 died a long and painful death from gas inhalation. They got to go home, then suffered for decades.

          • Read Sassoon. There were many fine poets then. Owens’ Dulce et Decorum Est speaks volumes. He died at 25 in battle a week before the armistice.

  • I do not usually read RT, but I did a couple days ago because it became all the rage you know.
    Frankly, I did not find anything that got much of my attention. There more factual news on Tass and Gazeta.ru

    It seems they are just crying foul about RT to make it look like they are all taking some kind of action, they all teamed up against Russia (nothing new about this though).
    I heard the writer Aaron Sorkin say that the fastest way for smth to become maudlin is for characters being inactive and fatalistic. The solution is for all the paper soldiers to take up their kind of arms.

    Just so you know, you are all fighting for oligarchic control of the fossil fuels. Go for a walk and save energy.
    I recommend to all to now read mainstream news and only look for the sources, because the MSM literally want you to want to kill Russians.
    Definitely do not watch news on TV: when you are dosing off in front of TV you are highly suggestible, just like in hypnosis.

  • PRETZELATTACK – Me too with Craig’s site. Curious and disturbing.

  • Thank you. I have had the misfortune to know some of these folks, these dominators. They are in fact always planning, even the kookiest of them. Think armed compounds for when the narrative becomes uncontrollable. The yachts and airplanes are not just for status. I know a lady who believes 5G causes COVID and Jesus is the cure, not kidding, and she is powerful and wealthy. They believe they can ride out the tribulations.

    • She could be right …

  • Und dieser Westen nennt sich “Freie Welt”!!!

    • Never believe what people say they are. They always boast the qualities they lack and deny their shortcomings. Who’s got to underscore the obvious? When someone tells me “I’m honest”, I immediately make a mental note never to trust him for anything.

  • i got some kind of notification from a program I didnt recognize about checking my browser, twice, when I tried to access Craig Murray’s blog, now I can reach it without problems, but it was strange, never happened feofre.

  • Yesterday evening I was blocked from accessing the RT web page by a bogus organization DDos-GUARD claiming that they were getting some “suspicious traffic” from my “network”. Now a friend in the UK says that RT has been hacked by Anonymous. I sent them a message to protest this blatant censorship.

      • Makia Freeman’s Freedom Articles, where I discovered your work a few years back, now comes in my mailbox with a red screen saying in essence that this site has been known for phishing and that I shouldn’t read any further. However, when I google the titles of any of the articles, there’s no warning. AI would be better named AS actually: Artificial Stupidity :o)

      • I believe they are a CIA crew … apparently they do this a lot to suck in folks.

    • After I made plenty of comments here yesterday, our internet was turned off – again.

      • Sometimes it’s just a glitch. Panic won’t get you anywhere.

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