Denying freedom of speech

Freedom of speech is under attack. Its enemies are legion. Freedom of speech is opposed by liberals (which is ironic), by politicians, by the corporate media, by celebrities, by scientists (which is beyond ironic), by teachers, by health...

Climate Change predictions

Climate Change science has a history. This is very useful, as one can track predictions over time. Here is a reminder of what the Climate Change scientists were predicting back in 1975. Whatever your position on this issue, knowing something of the...

Hollywood politics

The so called documentary, White Helmets, was awarded an Oscar last night. The smart Hollywood people are either wilfully blind or are knowingly supporting Islamic terrorism. There really is no other possibility.   The White Helmets are a...

Dividing Americans

The Washington Post has a nice hit piece on Donald Trump. It asserts the results of two polls show that the majority of Americans are embarrassed by Trump, think he is dishonest, lacks leadership skills, is hot-tempered, does not share their values...

Washington Post's new motto

The Washington Post has a new motto: Democracy Dies in Darkness. They also have an article celebrating the fact that a survey says that more people trust the media to tell the truth than trust Donald Trump. And of course, they are very happy to cite...

Amnesty International's politics

For anyone who still thinks Amnesty International is a non-political organisation exclusively concerned with defending human rights, a reading of its current Annual Report is strongly recommended. The Report is more concerned with Donald Trump's...

The absurdity of propaganda

It is commonly assumed that the purpose of propaganda is to persuade people to believe falsehoods. Well it helps, but it is merely incidental. The primary purpose is to create a loyalty test. Here's the narrative, the propagandists says, and you have...

Le Pen's political theatre

The term political theatre is often employed in a dismissive fashion. However, sometimes political theatre can be effective politics. Today Marine Le Pen employed a piece of political theatre to great effect.   A scheduled meeting with the Grand...

Russophobia madness

The latest example of the madness of Russophobia is an article in the Telegraph. It claims that Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of Montenegro and otherthrow the government. The "evidence" offered to support the accusation consists of...

Fake news threatens democracy, says NPR

An NPR article by Danielle Kurtzleben argues that fake news constitutes a serious threat to democracy. Contrary to what you might expect, she is not concerned with organisations such as the Washington Post and CNN and the BBC and all the rest pouring...

Seeing the world differently

Yesterday, Donald Trump provided a short notice press conference. It lasted for just over an hour. For the bulk of the time, Trump lambasted the news media. He told CNN's Acosta that he was no longer calling CNN fake news, he was now calling it "very...

Meddling in foreign presidential election

According to the American political-media elite, for a foreign state to attempt to influence a presidential election would be utterly outrageous. I suspect the French agree.   WikiLeaks has published CIA documents which show that the US...

Venezuela brands CNN as fake news

Over the wekend President Maduro branded CNN as fake news. He accused CNN of spreading false stories and attempting to incite violence and undermine the country's sovereignty. He told CNN to get out. Yesterday, the Venezuelan telecommunications...

Trump makes a serious mistake

Donald Trump has accepted Michael Flynn's resignation. This is a serious mistake. It constitutes a victory for the CIA and the Pentagon; one which will only encourage the "deep state" in their attempt to undermine Trump's presidency. This is a victory...

Ukraine on Fire

This is a documentary you should watch. Unfortunately, it is one you are unlikely to watch. The flim provides a brilliant antidote to western political-media propaganda. It focuses on the 2014 coup, locating it in its historical context. In doing so,...

Undermining the rule of law

If political debates were marked for their quality, the current debate on illegal immigration in the US would be awarded a negative number.   The pro-illegal-immigration side cannot even bring themselves to use accurate terminology. Their...

CIA present anti-terrorism award to Saudi prince

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, has presented Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef with the George Tenet award for his work in combatting terrorism and promoting peace and security.   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest sponsor...

Amnesty International and fake news

Amnesty International has produced an expensive report on Syrian crimes against humanity. It is detailed, includes video, and designed to be emotive.   The report has received extensive coverage by the corporate news media. The BBC, CNN, and the...

On freedom of speech

Freedom of expression is not just a right, it is essential. Freedom of expression is fundamental to being human, both as an individual and as a society. Yet, nothwithstanding the fact that everyone says they are in favour of freedom of expression, it...

The undocumented take control of the narrative

In an earlier post I criticised an article by Professor Elliott Sperber. The professor had tried to argue that using violence to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking was actually a defence of freedom of speech - a tricky argument to make, and...

Creating fake news

The corporate news media are masters of fake news. They have many techniques at their disposal. The most obvious, deliberate lying, is the least preferred, as it is relatively weak. It is nevertheless utilised, especially on foreign policy subjects....

Watching the political experts

For anyone who finds the arrogance of political experts amusing, the French presidential election is pure entertainment. First, the experts were absolutely certain that Marine Le Pen could not win the election. They are still saying she has no chance,...

Post-truth

The term post-truth (and its various cognates) has been constantly deployed by the political and media elites recently in a transparent attempt to position themselves as the arbiters of truth. The elites' much avowed commitment to truth is nothing but...

The ruins of the liberal intellect

Counterpunch is a well known journal of the liberal self-avowed left intellectual elite. The current edition is graced with an article by Elliott Sperber. It clearly illustrates the ruins of the liberal intellect.   Professor Sperber's argument...

Numbers really do matter

According to the Soros backed group, Hope Not Hate, Donald Trump has made Islamophobia mainstream. The group has form when it comes to hyperbolic claims about hatred of Muslims. Just over a year ago, it produced a report identifying Islamophobes....