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“Disappeared”: Chris Hedges Responds to YouTube Deleting His 6-Year Archive of RT America Shows

YouTube has deleted the entire archive of “On Contact,” an Emmy-nominated television show by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges which was hosted on the Russian government-funded news channel RT America.

By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!

We speak with Hedges, who connects the YouTube censorship of his show to a growing crackdown on dissenting voices in American media. “There’s less and less space for those who are willing to seriously challenge and question entrenched power,” says Hedges, who says “opaque entities” like YouTube shouldn’t have the power to take down outlets like RT America, despite the channel’s source of funding. “Are we better off not hearing what Russia has to say?” asks Hedges.

Transcript

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.

We spend the rest of the hour with Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who has just seen YouTube delete the entire archive of his Emmy-nominated television show On Contact, which he hosted for six years on RT America, a news channel funded by the Russian government that recently closed down. This comes as Britain announced Thursday new sanctions on 14 more Russian entities and people, including state media organizations behind RT and Sputnik and some of their senior figures, to target those who spread President Putin’s, what they called, quote, “fake news and narratives.” RT’s deputy editor-in-chief, Anna Belkina, told Reuters, quote, “With this action, the U.K. government has sounded the death knell for media freedom in Britain.” Belkina said Britain had tried to silence both RT and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

For more, we’re joined in New York by Chris Hedges, who is just back from London as a guest at the wedding of the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and his partner, now wife, Stella Moris. We’ll talk more about that in a minute. But first, Chris, you wrote a piece headlined “On Being Disappeared” about having your RT show’s archive completely deleted, saying, “If this happens to me, it can happen to you, to any critic anywhere who challenges the dominant narrative.” Chris Hedges, can you lay out what happened?

CHRIS HEDGES: There was no notice. There was no warning. There was no inquiry. It just vanished. It’s not surprising. I think if you go back and look at the 2017 director of national intelligence report, seven pages were devoted to RT. And while they accused RT of disseminating Russian propaganda, all the examples that they cited in that report were that RT was giving a voice to Black Lives Matter activists, anti-fracking activists, Occupy activists, third-party candidates — all of which was true. And so, I think this was the culmination. We expected it.

I was on your show, by the way, when they deleted Trump from the social media, and vigorously opposed it, not because I ever want to read another tweet by Donald Trump, but because we don’t want these opaque entities — and they know everything about us, we know nothing about them — to wield this kind of censorship. What I didn’t expect when I was arguing not to delete Trump from social media was that I would so quickly be one of the victims.

AMY GOODMAN: So, do you have any access to this archive?

CHRIS HEDGES: Through the — the RT.com On Contact site is still up. I don’t know how much longer. So we’ve copied them, so at least I’ll have them. But, no, off of YouTube. And you had hundreds of thousands of views for some of those shows. It’s all gone.

I want to stress that there wasn’t one show on Russia, and the few times that we ever mentioned Putin or Russia was not in very flattering terms. I remember the great investigative journalist Allan Nairn using RT — I’m sure, on purpose — to excoriate Russia for war crimes in Syria. But we broadcast it.

This was a show that, if we had a functioning public broadcasting system, would be on, probably late at night. I primarily interviewed authors — I’m an author myself, of course, have written 14 books — and intellectuals that I admire — Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Žižek. And it was erased for its content, I mean, not because it was Russian propaganda but — it wasn’t — but because there’s been such a marginalization of critics of anti-imperialism, anti-capitalism. I’m a very strong supporter, very public supporter, of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction movement, which, of course, I think was the key issue that saw my great friend Cornel West denied tenure at Harvard.

The walls have just closed in, Amy, since I began as a reporter in Central America in the 1980s. There’s less and less space for those who are willing to seriously challenge and question entrenched power. I mean, you do it. Allan does that. But it’s become a pretty lonely profession. And, of course, Bob Scheer, who I write for Scheer Post, but he doesn’t have any money. He doesn’t have any advertisers — also true when he ran Ramparts. So, it’s becoming harder and harder. I’ve gone to Substack, like Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald, ChrisHedges.substack.com. And if I can get enough subscribers, I will fund the column and fund the show myself. But that’s where we’re left at. And, of course, you pioneered that model for many of us.

AMY GOODMAN: And, Chris, if you were on RT America right now, if it existed, if DirecTV hadn’t canceled, taken RT America off, what would you be saying about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

CHRIS HEDGES: Well, I denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the inception, for the same reason I denounced our invasion and occupation of Iraq at the inception — for which, of course, I ran into conflict and had to leave The New York Times — because preemptive war, under post-Nuremberg laws, is a criminal war of aggression. And I was very clear about that. Now, RT went dark six days later. I don’t — I have hard time believing Moscow would have allowed me to publicly embrace that kind of critique and remain on the air. I mean, I don’t know. That’s conjecture. But, yes, I can’t — it would be deeply hypocritical to lambaste the United States for war crimes and not lambaste Vladimir Putin for war crimes — with this caveat: The invasion of Iraq, occupation of Iraq, was based on lies and fabrications.

I believe — I was in Europe in 1989 covering the revolutions in Eastern Europe. And this, of course, was — we assumed, naively, that NATO would be obsolete. NATOwas created to prevent Soviet expansion in Eastern, in Central Europe. I saw the leaders of — Margaret Thatcher and the Reagan administration, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, all promise Gorbachev that NATO would not be expanded beyond the borders of a unified Germany. Then later, with the Clinton administration, after 13 or 14 states now, of course, have been integrated into NATO, the Clinton administration promised not to station troops. This was another violation. Russia has every right to feel threatened and baited. That doesn’t justify the war crime that they committed. I mean, they pulled the trigger. But again, this kind of understanding of the historical antecedents that led to the attack on the Ukraine — you’ve had Katrina on here. She, of course, knows Russia very well. That’s almost unheard of within the kind of cheerleading from the media, within the mainstream media.

AMY GOODMAN: Katrina vanden Heuvel, the publisher —

CHRIS HEDGES: Yeah.

AMY GOODMAN: — of The Nation. Chris, you wrote the award-winning book, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. What does this war give Russia in terms of meaning?

CHRIS HEDGES: Well, I just read The New York Times this morning, and they’re talking about Putin’s approval ratings going through the roof. That’s what war does. It unleashes all sorts of dark, toxic poisons, including the poison of nationalism, which we imbibed in Iraq and, I think, to a certain extent, are imbibing now, ignoring the two decades of egregious war crimes that we committed in the Middle East. The idea that somehow NATO is a defensive organization would be greeted with ridicule in countries like Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria or anywhere — or Libya or anywhere else. So, yeah, of course, every society is susceptible to that dark elixir. Russia is no exception. They’ve, of course, turned on their press, and they’re drinking deep from it. But we’re as guilty of that sin as the Russians.

AMY GOODMAN: What would you say to critics that say RT America, RT, was an outlet for Russian state propaganda, which is why it was targeted for removal by YouTube?

CHRIS HEDGES: Well, to a certain extent, that’s probably true. But are we better off not hearing what Russia has to say, not understanding why they think the way they do? I was a foreign correspondent for 20 years. My job was to be culturally, linguistically, historically, religiously literate, to step into the shoes of a Syrian or an Iraqi or a Palestinian — and, of course, I spent six years in Latin America and then, later, in Yugoslavia — and explain how the world looked from their vantage point, why they felt the way they did. And oftentimes the grievances they have are very legitimate. I certainly think that Putin’s complaints about the expansion of NATOhave a great deal of credibility. It’s just a historical fact that the leaders of the West lied to Gorbachev, lied to Yeltsin and lied to Putin. That’s just historically true. We’re not a better world by shutting down these outlets and essentially living within our own echo chamber, especially when we wield the kind of military power that we do wield. And this gets into the whole collapse of foreign reporting. It’s kind of gone the way of the dinosaurs. But it’s extremely important, especially when you’re an imperial power.

66 comments

  1. I love the former DN reporter, Aaron Mate, and Max Blumenthal, of Grayzone, and so many others who know this Goodman is part of a huge controlled opposition, Soros money and all. Alas, she is broken, on so many levels as a journalist, and not sure what going on Un-Democracy Now will do for Chris, but I suppose he is making the rounds. As Max Tweeted, “Democracy Now! is indistinguishable from the podcasts of Beltway think tanks when it comes to Syria. Here, they host regime change “intellectual” and longtime US government informant Yassin al Haj Saleh. And as usual, there is no debate or counterpoint. “

    1. Hi Chris, I believe you would be a great guest to have on Tim Pool’s Timcast IRL show. If you can look past the slanderous & insane hit pieces written about him. His show would give you a fair platform to discuss the censorship you are experiencing. He has a wide range of guests, from polarizing politicians, left leaning socialist Authors, You Tube personalities, very controversial Congress members and various people who have been de platformed. No doubt going on his show has it’s pro’s and con’s. Tim himself has been a victim of an ongoing campaign to be de platformed. The show is a long form podcast, 2 hours long, face to face in his studio in the area of DC/Maryland. He has a producer and 2 re occurring co-hosts as well. M-F he does a extra 30-45 minutes show after the YouTube live stream. This allows topics deemed too spicy or controversial to be discussed as a no holds bar. These episodes are uploaded to his Timcast website for members only footage. Tim is always looking for guests with varying opinions to his and his co hosts. I believe you have met him before during OWS. His audience reach has grown much larger, however, he is still the same Tim in regards to letting anyone have the opportunity to exercise free speech without being censored. With that said, Tim does not allow guests on his show to spew antisemitic or racist views, though he is accused of this, it is untrue. Check into going on, please. At a minimum, appearing on his show would reach 500k + people in just a few days time.

      1. Ha! … Chris Hedges doing a sit down with Tim Pool? …
        Your suggestion is interesting, but there are problems here:
        Chris Hedges has ascended to the position of unacknowledged elitist …
        He would rather not identify with populists … he loves talking populism, but only in a very controlled interview arrangement … he now only comments on topics that tend preserve his place in the economic food chain ….

      2. Before people criticize Chris Hedges, I suggest you read his new article on scheerpost: “Let Us Now Praise Courageous Men and Women” and then you can open your mouths.

      3. I read the article this morning … so what? … he deserted the working class two years ago when the lockdowns were declared … ignored the issues stemming from the illegal vax mandates and passports, ignored the Canadian and U.S. trucker convoys, and still has not commented on the Great Reset, the World Economic Forum or the Book the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” … he made token comments on the convoys in last week’s interview with Jimmy Dore … SO WHAT?

  2. In his recent 42m interview with Jimmy Dore, Chris Hedges mentioned the plight of the U.S. working class and suggested there was enough tinder in place to spark a revolution ….but these past two years have proven he does not want to be a player in any working class revolution … and unlike truly fearless journalists Glenn Greenwald, Abby Martin and Max Blumenthal, he will not take sides …

    I’ve read all but one of his books, watched all of his VIDs here on YouTube, subscribed to his ScheerPosts and I regularly watched his show ON CONTACT on RT … I know what he stands for – or at least what he says he stands for … and I believe he is forever obligated to stand behind his publicly-stated words and principles … I also feel obligated to hold him to account because it seems his followers would never dare do so … they comport themselves as cult members – Chris can do no wrong and they can find no fault …

    He has spoken on the importance of grassroots activism many times … he has consistently encouraged us to resist tyranny even when things look bleak …
    In a 2021 speech he said we actually “become free” by merely resisting tyranny …
    Here’s one of his more damning quotes:
    “Let us stand up and resist so future generations will at least say ‘they tried.’ We cannot do this alone … (Truthdig needs your solidarity and support) … Together we have a chance” …

    Ok, so what has he done for the working class since the lockdown was declared in March 2020? …

    1) HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON MANDATES & PASSPORTS … Although he has spoken on the global politics of COVID, he has still not taken a stand on the working class issues posed by the illegal and unconstitutional mandates and passports … Phizer CEO Albert Bourla recently admitted the VAX is “not very good against infections and does not last very long” … but when asked to comment on the vaccinations in a recent interview with Krystal and Kyle, Chris ignored the data that supported increasing breakthrough rates by saying “I don’t think we’re going to stop the pandemic and the mutations until everybody gets vaccinated” … that’s not true and he knows it! … he also made this comment just a few weeks after a FOIA request forced Phizer to release its initial trial data that revealed that over 1200 participants died within the first 10 weeks after getting jabbed … and when Jimmy asked Chris to comment on the VAX, he conveniently redirected the discussion back to COVID global politics … I was also disappointed that Jimmy did not ask him THE big follow-up question: “why have you never commented on the VAX until now?” …

    2) HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THE TRUCKER CONVOYS …In a 2020 interview, he said he told indigenous pipeline protesters to “park your cars in their path, remove the engines and walk away” … but in early January something happened … Canadian truckers formed a convoy and convoys were then organized in the U.S. and other countries … thousands of trucks and many thousands of people participated ALL OVER THE WORLD! … but they were quickly and unfairly stigmatized as being too far-right and too republican … the MSM chose to either not cover them or smear them by saying the organizers were “right-wing extremists” who wore swastikas and promoted vandalism and violence … when asked to comment at the end of this interview, Chris was sympathetic to the plight of the Canadian truckers, but so what? … this is the first time he has publicly commented on these protests … weeks ago when the protests were at their peak, Chris was nowhere to be found … and don’t forget that a U.S. trucker convoy was organized on the heels of the Ottawa protests … the MSM blacked them out and so did Chris … the trucker convoys actually presented an opportunity to unite the working class right and left, and it would have been awesome for a major independent media figure like Chris to at least admit as much … but he chose to hide his head and not say a word about these courageous people, some of which are still in jail and/or have had their personal bank accounts illegally frozen … they followed his advice, practiced his principles and paid the price … beneath it all, the goals of the convoys were to compel the govt to drop the mandates and abandon vax passports … Chris could have written an article, made a comment on his Twitter page or consented to an interview on this topic, but it was all beneath him …

    3) HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THE GREAT RESET …The GREAT RESET is an attempt to diminish the power of the working class and to my knowledge, Chris has never had a word to say about it, the World Economic Forum or its founder Klaus Schwab … I find this very revealing and rather amazing … and most surprisingly, he has never commented on the book THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, which presents the WEF’s plan for re-engineering society … one excerpt from this book quotes Schwab as saying living standards after HIS reset “will enable new forms of surveillance and other means of control that run counter to healthy, open societies” … independent media figures have been reluctant to comment and Chris is no exception … you can read reviews of the book on Amazon …

    I’m disappointed in Chris because I once admired him so much … he’s said many awesome, memorable things that helped me understand and accept our current predicament, but since the lockdown was declared he has offered nothing on what we the people can do to fight back and resist … in my world, he is no longer an activist … he’s now morphed into a cherry-picking elitist … since losing his position with RT, Chris has claimed that he cannot continue his work without our support and I believe him … but I will not help him survive professionally if he will not take the professional risks to help the working class when others are risking their careers and lives to expose the truth …

    Here’s my current list of fearless independent journalists, political analysts, commentators and whistle-blowers …
    In no particular order:
    – Glenn Greenwald
    – Max Blumenthal
    – Dan Cohen
    – Kim Iversen
    – Aaron Mate
    – Abby Martin
    – Jimmy Dore
    – Karen Kingston
    – Stew Peters
    – Jordan Chariton
    – Dr Robert Malone
    – Dr Peter McCullough
    – Dr Michael Yeadon
    – Catherine Austin-Fitts
    – Lt. Col. Stuart Sheller
    – Former Amazon VP Tim Bray
    – Former FDA Officials Philip Krause, Marion Gruber
    – Australian Journalist Maria Zeee

    The list goes on and on … but Chris is no longer on it … last year Lt. Col. Stuart Sheller took an incredibly courageous stand by demanding our military Generals be accountable for their actions in Afghanistan …he posted a 5m video here on YT knowing it could result in jail time and the loss of his military benefits … and only afterward did he tell his wife!

    1. Good stuff from Jack Rasmus,

      The greatest danger to world peace is US imperialist interests now reacting irrationally to growing indications that the American empire is now under threat like never before; that the US global unipolar world order since 1991 can no longer be sustained. With neocons largely in control of US foreign policy since the late 1990s it is likely the US is about to engage in another, even more dangerous adventure in Europe than it did in the middle east in the previous two decades. That conflict ended with a tremendous loss of life, trillions of dollars of wasted US resources, a region left in shambles from Libya to Syria to Iraq to Afghanistan. A repeat of that policy on the Eurasian continent will prove many times more destructive and very likely lead to a tactical nuclear conflict that cannot be contained.

      This proxy war in Ukraine is not at all about freedom or democracy. That’s just bullshit propaganda. It’s about money and power. It’s about restoring US imperial hegemony over Europe, breaking Russia as a global challenger to the US, and a dress rehearsal for then going after China.

    2. To Doug,
      ” … over 1200 participants died within the first 10 weeks after getting jabbed ”
      Here’s my question – how many of those would not have died if they had not gotten the jab?

    3. No man, the trucker convoy was a scam led by white nationalists, barely literate, ultra Christian, racist anti immigration and openly calling for the overthrow of a democratically elected government. And yeah they showed up with neo nazi gear including flags at their protests. Seen it enough times.

      The same people offering to volunteer to smash strikes at CP Rail and Co-Op. They have a deep hatred of organized labour, social safety nets, public healthcare and education. Then they caused disruptions at borders hurting businesses. But yeah, you’ll never catch these guys protesting at a bank, or asking for the minimum wage to go up, or protesting austerity.

      These are all a package deal for for the so called “vaccine protesters”. The last thing the protest was about was vaccines and mandates.

      So why hasn’t Chris Hedges commented yet? I don’t know. Guessing he’ll say the truckers are people surviving to make ends meet and not surprising, will make connections go Trumpers storming Congress.

      As for Jimmy Dore, his backing of the convoy and anti-vaxx stand, did it for me. Watch how he coerces his guests into backing his views. It’s about him, no one else. Day in day out, every episode.

    4. Chris teaches in a prison and does it with inspiration, and has great appreciation and love for his students. He deserves no criticism from anyone. He’s devoted his life to reporting and analyzing the world as it is. We’re better off for his work.

    5. You make many valid points Douglas.
      Chris, like most middle class journalists of the Left and the Right, prefer to defer to science and it’s ‘expert’ sycophants.
      It’s less stressful that way.
      No blowback.
      No naming and shaming.
      No pejoratives from his peers.
      It’s squirmworthy.

      1. You really nailed it! …
        I needed 1700 words to say what you just did with only 100 …

    6. @DGC

      Good to know that Hedges still have the sense to resists COVID conspiratorial nonsense. There might be hope for him yet…

      1. Phizer CEO Bourla recently admitted that “the vax doesn’t work well against infections and it doesn’t last very long” … And a recent FOIA request on Phizers initial trial data revealed that over 1200 trial participants died within the first 10 weeks after getting their jab … these are not conspiracy theories … these are cold hard irrefutable facts!

      1. Done!
        Here’s my updated list …
        – Matt Taibbi
        – Glenn Greenwald
        – Max Blumenthal
        – Dan Cohen
        – Kim Iversen
        – Aaron Mate
        – Abby Martin
        – Caitlyn Johnstone
        – Jimmy Dore
        – Karen Kingston
        – Stew Peters
        – Chris Smalls
        – Jordan Chariton
        – Dr Robert Malone
        – Dr Peter McCullough
        – Dr Michael Yeadon
        – Catherine Austin-Fitts
        – Lt. Col. Stuart Sheller
        – Former Amazon VP Tim Bray
        – Former FDA Officials Philip Krause, Marion Gruber
        – Australian Journalist Maria Zeee

  3. Hmm – well he points out that you can still see his show “On Contact” on RT America – just not on U-tube. Has he been banned from Twitter, FB, etc. as well? All the RT shows produced in this country are gone – they have shut down their operations in the US – but which came first, did they shut down because no US outlets, Direct TV etc would carry them? Or did the outlets not carry them because they cease to be produced? And if they shut down first, why? If they were all Russian propaganda, wouldn’t you think Russia would want to continue them? If it was the outlets who first refused to carry them, why? Where did that pressure come from? I, for one, being a subscriber to DISH, called DISH when I first heard they were considering not carrying it and urged them to continue. Seems to me a good investigative reporter would have investigated the reason –

  4. Let me see, Chris Hedges thinks that we will learn about what Russians think by listening to RT America? Disingenuous doesn’t cover this.

    Also, his critique of NATO is straight out of Putin and Trump’s talking points.

    And Putin’s approval ratings are up? And we know that because Russians are so comfortable telling the truth about how they feel in an autocratic state run by a guy who kills journalists and political opponents. Yeah, let’s trust those polls.

    1. In his recent 42m interview with Jimmy Dore, Chris Hedges mentioned the plight of the U.S. working class and suggested there was enough tinder in place to spark a revolution ….but these past two years have proven he does not want to be a player in any working class revolution … and unlike truly fearless journalists Glenn Greenwald, Abby Martin and Max Blumenthal, he will not take sides …

      I’ve read all but one of his books, watched all of his VIDs here on YouTube, subscribed to his ScheerPosts and I regularly watched his show ON CONTACT on RT … I know what he stands for – or at least what he says he stands for … and I believe he is forever obligated to stand behind his publicly-stated words and principles … I also feel obligated to hold him to account because it seems his followers would never dare do so … they comport themselves as cult members – Chris can do no wrong and they can find no fault …

      He has spoken on the importance of grassroots activism many times … he has consistently encouraged us to resist tyranny even when things look bleak …
      In a 2021 speech he said we actually “become free” by merely resisting tyranny …
      Here’s one of his more damning quotes:
      “Let us stand up and resist so future generations will at least say ‘they tried.’ We cannot do this alone … (Truthdig needs your solidarity and support) … Together we have a chance” …

      Ok, so what has he done for the working class since the lockdown was declared in March 2020? …

      1) HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON MANDATES & PASSPORTS … Although he has spoken on the global politics of COVID, he has still not taken a stand on the working class issues posed by the illegal and unconstitutional mandates and passports … Phizer CEO Albert Bourla recently admitted the VAX is “not very good against infections and does not last very long” … but when asked to comment on the vaccinations in a recent interview with Krystal and Kyle, Chris ignored the data that supported increasing breakthrough rates by saying “I don’t think we’re going to stop the pandemic and the mutations until everybody gets vaccinated” … that’s not true and he knows it! … he also made this comment just a few weeks after a FOIA request forced Phizer to release its initial trial data that revealed that over 1200 participants died within the first 10 weeks after getting jabbed … and when Jimmy asked Chris to comment on the VAX, he conveniently redirected the discussion back to COVID global politics … I was also disappointed that Jimmy did not ask him THE big follow-up question: “why have you never commented on the VAX until now?” …

      2) HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THE TRUCKER CONVOYS …In a 2020 interview, he said he told indigenous pipeline protesters to “park your cars in their path, remove the engines and walk away” … but in early January something happened … Canadian truckers formed a convoy and convoys were then organized in the U.S. and other countries … thousands of trucks and many thousands of people participated ALL OVER THE WORLD! … but they were quickly and unfairly stigmatized as being too far-right and too republican … the MSM chose to either not cover them or smear them by saying the organizers were “right-wing extremists” who wore swastikas and promoted vandalism and violence … when asked to comment at the end of this interview, Chris was sympathetic to the plight of the Canadian truckers, but so what? … this is the first time he has publicly commented on these protests … weeks ago when the protests were at their peak, Chris was nowhere to be found … and don’t forget that a U.S. trucker convoy was organized on the heels of the Ottawa protests … the MSM blacked them out and so did Chris … the trucker convoys actually presented an opportunity to unite the working class right and left, and it would have been awesome for a major independent media figure like Chris to at least admit as much … but he chose to hide his head and not say a word about these courageous people, some of which are still in jail and/or have had their personal bank accounts illegally frozen … they followed his advice, practiced his principles and paid the price … beneath it all, the goals of the convoys were to compel the govt to drop the mandates and abandon vax passports … Chris could have written an article, made a comment on his Twitter page or consented to an interview on this topic, but it was all beneath him …

      3) HE HAS NOT COMMENTED ON THE GREAT RESET …The GREAT RESET is an attempt to diminish the power of the working class and to my knowledge, Chris has never had a word to say about it, the World Economic Forum or its founder Klaus Schwab … I find this very revealing and rather amazing … and most surprisingly, he has never commented on the book THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, which presents the WEF’s plan for re-engineering society … one excerpt from this book quotes Schwab as saying living standards after HIS reset “will enable new forms of surveillance and other means of control that run counter to healthy, open societies” … independent media figures have been reluctant to comment and Chris is no exception … you can read reviews of the book on Amazon …

      I’m disappointed in Chris because I once admired him so much … he’s said many awesome, memorable things that helped me understand and accept our current predicament, but since the lockdown was declared he has offered nothing on what we the people can do to fight back and resist … in my world, he is no longer an activist … he’s now morphed into a cherry-picking elitist … since losing his position with RT, Chris has claimed that he cannot continue his work without our support and I believe him … but I will not help him survive professionally if he will not take the professional risks to help the working class when others are risking their careers and lives to expose the truth …

      Here’s my current list of fearless independent journalists, political analysts, commentators and whistle-blowers …
      In no particular order:
      – Glenn Greenwald
      – Max Blumenthal
      – Dan Cohen
      – Kim Iversen
      – Aaron Mate
      – Abby Martin
      – Jimmy Dore
      – Karen Kingston
      – Stew Peters
      – Jordan Chariton
      – Dr Robert Malone
      – Dr Peter McCullough
      – Dr Michael Yeadon
      – Catherine Austin-Fitts
      – Lt. Col. Stuart Sheller
      – Former Amazon VP Tim Bray
      – Former FDA Officials Philip Krause, Marion Gruber
      – Australian Journalist Maria Zeee

      The list goes on and on … but Chris is no longer on it … last year Lt. Col. Stuart Sheller took an incredibly courageous stand by demanding our military Generals be accountable for their actions in Afghanistan …he posted a 5m video here on YT knowing it could result in jail time and the loss of his military benefits … and only afterward did he tell his wife!

      1. Don’t omit:
        Caitlin Johnstone
        Ben Norton
        Diana Johnstone
        Bob Parry (RIP)
        Stephen F. Cohen (RIP)
        We can learn still a lot from those who are gone.

      2. Try,

        https://thesaker.is/russia-and-serbia-are-projected-to-become-the-empires-white-colonies/

        Unlike the Kaiser, who wanted territorial expansion towards the Middle East and a redistribution of African and Asian colonies, Hitler’s primary goal was to colonize Slavic lands, from the Baltic to the Black Sea for starters and then onward to the Urals.

        In Mein Kampf he writes that the Kaiser was mistaken in pushing Germany southwards. “When in today’s Europe we speak of new soil and land”, he wrote, “we primarily mean only Russia and the peripheral countries subservient to her. It appears that destiny itself wants to show us the way. […] The giant Empire in the East is ripe for its downfall.” (here; 44th unabridged German edition, p. 742-3; compare here, p. 118)

        By the way, Hitler had adopted many concepts from the West. As J. Q. Whitman revealed in Hitlerʼs American Model (2017), race laws in the United States were the legal inspiration for the race laws in the Third Reich. In his book Hitler: The Definitive Biography (2014), John Toland showed how impressed Hitler had been with the system of Indian Reservations, the extermination of the indigenous peoples, the epidemics and starvation policies. According to Toland, when speaking to the German leaders, the Führer frequently “extolled the efficacy of the American extermination of the ‘red savages’ by starvation and in unequal combat” (here, p. 802).

        “As a passionate reader of Karl May’s novels”, writes John Pool in his book Hitler and His Secret Partners (1997), “he would frequently refer to the Russians as redskins. He saw a parallel between his own efforts to occupy and colonize Russia and the conquest of the American West” (p. 272). He used to say that in the European East the Germans “had one single purpose: Germanization by peopling with Germans and treating the locals as redskins”. He even encouraged military officers to read Karl May and learn about all kinds of combat with the natives.

      3. Thx – I will add them to my list … all except Ben Norton, who was on my list as of last year …
        He did a very nasty smear job on the truckers in an interview on the ShadowProof channel 2-3 months ago – he said the convoy was primarily comprised of “right-wing nut jobs” (his exact words) and made absolutely no attempt to substantiate his claims that 1) their motives should draw suspicion because their spokesman – Tom Marazzo, was not a trucker, and 2) the convoy had to be an astroturf campaign because it raised millions in funding … I also posted several questions in their COMMENT section that have still not been answered … Norton basically claimed the intent of the trucker convoy was not valid because the funding sources (he theorizes) were primarily right-wing/Republican … i.e., their goals of compelling Trudeau to drop the mandates and abandon the concept of passports should not be respected because they were supposedly funded by the wrong ideology …
        Here’s the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsyP01t9-ps&t=297s
        Interested in your thoughts …

      4. Get real —
        DIANA JOHNSTONE: US Foreign Policy Is a Cruel Sport
        February 23, 2022

        Bear baiting was long ago banned as inhumane. Yet today, a version is being practiced every day against whole nations on a gigantic international scale.

        https://consortiumnews.com/2022/02/23/diana-johnstone-us-foreign-policy-is-a-cruel-sport/

        +–+

        Pepe Escobar, John Pilger, and, well, hundreds more. Lists are for idiot Letterman Millionaire Childish Shows. But since this the sandbox, here:

        https://covertactionmagazine.com/
        https://hoodcommunist.org/
        Ed Curtain,
        http://www.dissidentvoice.org = many journalists on that site
        blackagendareport.com

        Oh, so so many more!

        https://fergie.substack.com/p/reichstag-fires-white-helmets-and?r=xyql2&utm_campaign=post&utm_source=Reichstag%20Fires%2C%20White%20Helmets%2C%20and%20Russian%20%22Savages%22&utm_medium=ios&s=r

        Laura R = https://laura-ruggeri.medium.com/is-russia-losing-the-information-war-79016e0ee32e

      5. Mr. Carlson,
        I left off the ultimate reporter of all time, Seymour Hersh. If you haven’t read his book “Reporter” yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s great. Oh, yes, Alfred McCoy is generally ahead of everybody else; i.e., can see the big picture. Most reporters are in the present. As for Ben Norton, he is the one reporter who clearly knows and states the real beginning of this war in Ukraine. It began in 2014 and the last 8 years have been the murdering of nearly 15 000 Russian-speakers in the Donbas by the Nazi military (Azov Battalion, Svoboda, Right Sector, and Stefan Bandera-ites). Thanks to Hillary, Victoria, Joe and Barack. And here’s everyone blaming Putin.

      6. Thank you for letting me know about Sy Hersch’s book …
        I’m sure you’ll recall, he had the balls to call out Cheney for the covert assassination service he ran out of his VP office … call me crazy, but I believe Cheney was behind the politically-motivated deaths of both Benazir Bhutto and Matthew Simmons … but in my world, Ben Norton committed an act of journalistic treason with the trashy, unsubstantiated claims he made against the truckers and I will forever question his credibility … that immature, sophomoric, unfair audacious little bastard! … and just so you know, I am not a Q-Trumper … I’m an independent progressive who walked away from the DEM party after the 2000 election and I did not vote for either of those sexually-obsessed bullies in the NOV 2020 PRES race …

    2. You don’t know Putin. Try reading Stephen F. Cohen or Putin himself. Listen to his addresses to the nation. Listen to hours of his interviews with Oliver Stone. Open up your mind and try listening to those other than being inside the bubble of US propaganda. Good luck.

  5. Gawd! More on the disappearance of Hedges’ product from the already unfree press that’s come under even greater systematic crackdown for dissent to plandemic propaganda which he helped promote. And from no less a contemptible tool of philanthrocapitalist control over ‘independent’ and ‘alternative’ journalism than Amy Goodman, whose Demokracy Now show, aka The Quarantine Report (!), has led the way for the worst examples of ‘leftist’ collaboration with the Ministry of Truth and covid-1984.

    1. Give her a break …
      I’ve yet to hear her accuse the Russians as being linked to far-right extremist groups …

    2. I’ve been disappointed in Amy, too. But I will say this for her: She’s genuinely free of any racism. That’s why people of color the world over trust her implicitly. I’m disappointed in ALL the main stream media for not doing their jobs by coming out full force against those responsible for the slow murder of Julian Assange. They are chicken-s–t cowards.

    3. Look, I had a radio show in Spokane, Low Power Radio, community, that had her DN on five days a week, twice a day. I interviewed her. However, she is not a demigod and a-one journalist to end all journalists. She is what she is — a few million in the bank, lots of funding from Soros, and if you do a monthly demographic poll on her guests, well, the show is definitely not the Goy show. She has so many Jewish intellectuals on, book writers, Jews who write about, well, Blacks, Mexicans, the World, etc. This is the controlled opposition, and while Hedges is not perfect, or Sy Hersh, the bottom line is that all of these lefty or righty or wannabe new liberal NPR or CPB folk, they have huge blind spots. And, they have funders and board members, and, well, she’s long in the tooth, has her millions, and she is one of the elites, NY style, so, you get what she “gets.” She was so slow on the Climate Heating story, and then all the time, McKibbeon or Naomi Kleing ad nasum. The Making of Greta Thornberg? Read Cory Morningstar; read Whitney Webb, read John Steppling, read Alison McDowell, read others, please, way outside the inverted pyramid old school journaism.

      Read, https://dilyana.bg/
      Dilyana!

      Pentagon contractors worked in Ukrainian biolabs under $80 million program
      By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva

      1. Greatest reporter to ever write. Seymor Hersh, so don’t include him in any list. Read his last book “Reporter” and you will agree.

  6. Good article, thanks. Chris Hedges has always done a great job reporting on the war crimes of the US, NATO and Israel. Now that he’s finished with RT, it’s encouraging that he’s now discussing war crimes by Russia in Syria and Ukraine.

  7. More good work, not found at Scheer, and these commentators? Sad sacks, almost, one and all (almost all, but not all). Gobbled up the propaganda. Laura Ruggeri

    https://laura-ruggeri.medium.com/is-russia-losing-the-information-war-79016e0ee32e

    Cognitive warfare integrates cyber, information, education, psychological, and social engineering capabilities to achieve its ends. Social media play a central role as a force multiplier and are a powerful tool for exploiting emotions and reinforcing cognitive biases. Unprecedented information volume and velocity overwhelms individual cognitive capabilities and encourages “thinking fast” (reflexively and emotionally) as opposed to “thinking slow” (rationally and judiciously). Social media also induce social proofing, wherein the individual mimics and affirms others’ actions and beliefs to fit in, thus creating echo chambers of conformism and groupthink. Shaping perceptions is all that matters; critical opinions, inconvenient truths, facts that contradict the dominant narrative can be cancelled with a click, or by tweaking the algorithm. NATO uses machine learning and pattern recognition to quickly identify the locations in which social media posts, messages, and news articles originate, the topics under discussion, sentiment and linguistic identifiers, pacing of releases, links between social media accounts etc.

    Such system allows real-time monitoring and provides alerts to NATO and its social media partners, who invariably comply with its requests to remove or ‘shadow ban’ content and accounts deemed problematic.

    A polarized, cognitively disoriented population is a ripe target for a type of emotional manipulation known as thought-scripting and mind-boxing. A person’s thinking comes to congeal around increasingly set scripts. And if the script is arguable, it is unlikely to be changed through argument. The well-boxed brain is impervious to information that doesn’t conform to the script and defenceless against powerful falsehoods or simplifications that it has been primed to believe. The more boxed a mind, the more polarized the political environment and public dialogue. This cognitive damage makes all efforts to promote balance and compromise unattractive, in the worst cases even impossible. The totalitarian turn of Western liberal regimes and the insular mentality of Western political elites seem to confirm this sad state of affairs.

    With the ban on Russian information outlets, the exclusion and bullying of anyone who seeks to explain Russia’s position, the equivalent of ethnic cleansing of public discourse has been achieved and its cheerleaders have a mad grin on their face that doesn’t bode well.

    1. I think you should go for a writing spot on substack ir grayzone yourself.

      1. Thanks, but, I have done SO MUCH pro bono stuff as an educator, social services guy, faculty adviser, and photographer, and WRITER. There’s no renumeration in the game anymore.

        https://dissidentvoice.org/2022/04/everyday-is-domestic-violence-awareness-day-not-just-a-week-in-october/

        Even LA Progressive stopped running my stuff because I question DARPA-Fauci-PHARMA, etc.

        https://www.laprogressive.com/terminal-velocity

        https://muckrack.com/paul-haeder

        Buy my award winning short story collection:

        https://cirquejournal.com/book/wide-open-eyes-by-paul-kirk-haeder/

      2. Paul,
        I will, thanks. Hey, substack writers are well paid, and grayzone, too, I wager. Scheerpost, dunno. In any case, you are darned good. Like other good observers, you won’t be permitted in the MSM, but suggest you try Die Welt in Germany. That’s where Sy Hersh’s proof that Bashar al Assad didn’t use chemical weapons on Syrians was finally accepted after trying the “good” outlets here..

      3. Rob. I am so outside anyone’s frame. Commie at 13 and overseas with old man: Azores the Paris then Edinburgh then … Dive master in Mexico. Smuggler and newspaper reporter and, well Rob Roy, these peeps are sort of dead or shallow or self agrandizing and not very well read or traveled in the ground truthing arena. I think Americanos are the cancer of the world as Jewish writer Sian Sontag says

        I do not belong to any of these tribes, brother.

        Thanks for trying.

      4. Yep, I should have looked at your photo before sending my last note. Your face is as revealing as your writing style. Cheers, Rob

  8. Amy’s Atlantic Council, Bell¿ngcat & CFR puppeteers shorten the strings, if Chris thought she would let him expound on Alphabet disappearing him, because they can silence ALL or ANY contradictory narrative, fact, journalism or whistleblowers being on THEIR internet? Amy is blatantly obnoxious in bullying guests into her ever more blatant ALLOWABLE tropes, permissable perspectives of her petit bourgeois retired yuppie & reactionary, liberal Creative Class™ pearl-clutching virtue-signalling viewership. Echo-chamber, hive-minded cage-rattling for boomers?

  9. To Doug,
    Re 1200 deaths – “…. there is no visible effort made to compare the levels of events to an expected baseline of such events.” That’s the point …
    I don’t blame this pandemic on ” on the un-vaxxed” there are things people could have done, and still can, to slow or stop the spread and they didn’t because it “would infringe on their ‘freedom’ ” – somehow i never thought there was a “freedom” to infect other people with a disease which could kill them, but apparently I missed that in the Bill of Rights.

  10. I watched those Ottawa protests very closely, spent much time with eyeballs glued to the screen …
    Did not see a single swastika! … and would you also care to explain why Hedges also never commented on the problems created for the working class by the mandates and passports … and why he’s never had a word to say about the WEF, the Great Reset and the book THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION? … for many years, he preached the importance of resistance and dissent but the music stopped once the lockdowns were declared two years … he essentially told us to walk the plank but refused to do the same … and we now have the CEO of Phizer admitting, confessing to the world that the vaccines don’t work, but your guy Chris looked us all in the eye and told us a lie … his anti-corporate rhetoric was completely at odds with his of his carefully-calculated silence on these issues … and you’ve proven here that you too are a member of his cult … in your world, Chris Hedges can do no wrong and you can find no fault … he knows you and he played you!

  11. Another cult member with yet another feeble defense of Mr Hedges … He deserves criticism when his actions do not square with his words … he bailed on the working class once the lockdown was declared in March 2020 … he’s morphed into a cherry-picking elitist and he now only comments on those issues that tend preserve his place in the economic food chain … a real spineless turncoat and a real sign of the times!

  12. Good points by Chris Hedges. I don’t think the good old USA is any better off by engaging in censorship. We must have a free press, and a free exchange of ideas, so that we may form a more appropriate opinion of the days issues, from whatever the source. This kind of oppression only serves to make this country weaker in my opinion

  13. Even when compared to his previous imperialist actions in Ukraine, namely the militarized annexation of Crimea and the commence of a guerrilla war against the Ukraine government in the country’s eastern provinces Donbas and Luhansk in 2014, Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine is an extreme escalation of his attempt to impose a conservative, authoritarian, fascistic worldview on the world stage.

    The current ban on RT and Sputnik – Russian State anti-liberal propaganda outlets that had been operating through western media corporate content sites undisturbed for years now – came only after Russia enacted new laws prohibiting publication of news that do not adhere to the Kremlin’s propaganda, including a draconian law criminalizing spread of ‘fake news’, now punishable with “fines of 1.5 million rubles (around €13,000) and prison sentences of up to 15 years.”, the departure of most western media organizations and the closure of nearly all Russian daily newspapers. In other words, despite the fact RT and Sputnik had been spreading misinformation and disinformation throughout their existence, they were not interfered with at all until now, when as part of a global efforts to clarify to Russia that the world would not tolerate the blatant militarization of its international interactions, YouTube decided to deprive its services from two of its primary propaganda hubs in the west.

    Hedges’ pretense that On Contact was ‘disappeared’ because it is a dissenting voice, than, is a blatant lie on every level: the broadcast was not specifically targeted at all, and its absence have absolutely nothing to do with its content or with its author (latest search for Hedges videos still on YouTube yielded about 400,000 individual results); because On Contact is an RT publication, its disappearance is simply a result of that classification, easily achieved through preventing any overt presentation of items carrying that classification or, in other words, the Hedges’ broadcasts were not deleted or even disappeared in any true acceptable interpretation of the term, but simply prevented from appearing on YouTube pages because they are part of the RT trove on YouTube.

    So the real questions are: Is Hedges misrepresentation [sic] (lies) concerning the blockage of RT a result of ignorance, or is it an intentional distortion of facts, meant to accommodate political priorities [sic] (demagogic propaganda)? Is this type of sloppy [sic] (fraudulent) authorship permeate his entire writings in recent years? If so, is it merely a journalistic tendency to (misre)present events and facts through wrapping them with more extreme light than they actually are (the ‘scoop’ syndrome), or a result of the understanding that the reality does not support the radicalized and extreme narrative left-ish pundits have been promoting for many decades now, and hence it is necessary to promote a new set of alternative facts?

    1. Democracy Gone Astray,
      You say, “Even when compared to his previous imperialist actions in Ukraine, namely the militarized annexation of Crimea and the commence of a guerrilla war against the Ukraine government in the country’s eastern provinces Donbas and Luhansk in 2014, Putin’s unprovoked war on Ukraine is an extreme escalation of his attempt to impose a conservative, authoritarian, fascistic worldview on the world stage.” You need CORRECTION: Putin hardly “annexed” Crimea since thousands in the Russian Navy are already there, Sevastopol being a Russian Navy Port since 1873. It IS Russian. It was the Ukraine Nazi Military that killed nearly 15,000 Russian speakers in the Donbas with a war started by the UNITED STATES coup in 2014, thus 8 years of war already in Ukraine before Putin went in in February ’22 to try to SAVE the Donbas. “Unprovoked,” are you insane? The US just had to throw out the last red line, and Putin finally said enough. The US lies, lies, lies, breaks EVERY promise, pact, agreement, treaty, deal every single time. It’s the most blatant liar on earth. See the recently released report from the National Archives showing the endless lies the US told to Russia.

      1. @Rob Roy

        So, according to you, Putin had annexed Crimea (where Ukraine allowed Russia to hold a military naval base since the breakup of the USSR), opened hostilities against the Ukrainian government in the east of the country, and now invaded the country, murdering hundreds of civilians and devastating its cities, as a measure to protect the country from a US Nazi takeover that began with a US coup in 2014?

        I bet you also think, like the megalomaniac Putin, that the Ukrainian people should have welcomed their Russian liberator (from the yolk of the American oppressors) with flowers and cheers?

        As I suspected, it would seem that Hedges’ tendency to invent ‘alternative facts’ to support conspiratorial nonsense is a trend permeating a wider spectrum of left-ish Neo Progressive varied narrating practices. (although, Hedges insinuating that the ban on RT was put in place in order to silence his ‘dissenting voice’ pale by comparison to the insanity embedded in YOUR BS…)

      2. Here’s what I think and why.
        Read “The Bubble of Pretend” by Patrick Lawrence published today on Consortium News
        Then get back to me. I will be interested in your comment then. Rob

      3. Oh, the century of agnotology: “YouTube bans any open discussion about the Bucha false flag”

        Agnotology is the study of wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit, usually to sell a product or win favour. It comes from agnosis, the neoclassical Greek word for ignorance or ‘not knowing’, and ontology, the branch of metaphysics which deals with the nature of being.

      4. Paul,
        Good new word for me. I don’t have to comment if you are commenting. You write what I think. How cool is that?
        Rob

  14. Hedges, to answer you arrogant and very annoying ““Are we better off not hearing what Russia has to say?”” Yes, we are! You think because you were paid with bloody money to keep your little channel going that somehow it gave you the insight into Russian mentality?! Are you serious? Putin has ‘legitimate grievances about NATO expansion’?! and you are a Pulitzer winner, what are joke! How about you come to Mariupol and then talk about grievances. You are nothing, but a fake.

      1. Anna,
        As I suggested to Democracy Gone Astray, please read “The Bubble of Pretend” by Patrick Lawrence on Consortium News today. I will be interested in your take. Rob

      2. Get to this talk with Scott Ritter, UNAC: Important UNAC webinar on Ukraine

        A conversation with Scott Ritter

        Scott Ritter was the UN weapons inspector who, during the Iraq War told the truth that we found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He became outspoken about this, which undercut the main reason the US used to invade and occupy Iraq. As with the Iraq War, Scott Ritter is outspoken about the present war in Ukraine, in which we are again hearing US lies about the reasons for, and the events happening in the Ukraine War. His vast experience and knowledge working in the military and with various international agencies helps expose the truth about what is happening in Ukraine.

        Hosted by Margaret Flowers and Joe Lombardo

        Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 PM Eastern

        https://www.unacpeace.org/home.html

      3. People often talk of the US not “winning” any wars. Got news for those folks. The US’s point in engagement is NOT to win but to go on as long as possible. The longer the war, the greater the income for the war hawks, military weapons makers, congressmen/women who go directly into lobbying for spending more military money. They go crazy spending as fast as they can, so they can go back to the trough for more. Nuclear wipeout and climate change can’t come soon enough, apparently.

      4. The war is on us, communities, and on nature. Goes back to the rise of the dirtiest and most destructive act of humanity: farming. And so polluted air, water, good, everything because of this razing of nature and damming of rivers. War is A Racket to secure food and oils and all that rat crap like sugar and grains grown for animals who then are slaughtered for this rapacious system. Now, farmers in the Klamath basin are paid to not grow cuz the well’s gone dry.

        Ukraine’s Nazi’s are determined to continue the razing and burning. ZioLenskyy’s a billionaire who should have been leashed in for negotiations. So when was the right time for Russia to prosecute Ukraine for 14,000 murders? Hell, ATF or police burning Branch Davidians to charred skeletal ashes and dump a bomb on MOVE apartment building and murder that way. Hmm. Best way to deal with Nazi’s? Ok, Scheer Report is a milquetoast thing. Afraid to say Putin did the right thing? Those words get you not just cancelled but surveilled and rubbed out.

      5. Paul,
        2 questions – 1) how do I sign up for that webinar with Ritter – I went to that url, but saw no place for a sign up 2) I missed the live showing of Ukraine on Fire – went to the site but could find no way to replay it
        Any help with this would be appreciated – I do have, shall we say, “difficulty” navigating sites …

      6. I’m replaying it now as I write this, Rob — the interview AND the film, which is AFTER Igor’s amazing comments and insights.

        https://consortiumnews.com/2022/04/04/watch-cn-live-ukraine-on-fire-screening-with-director-igor-lopatonok/

        Here you go, Rob. And to let you know I am also a poet, here, my piece in the local rag.

        A local rag, twice a week newspaper, and to add to this — smalltown newspapers, several in one town, and dailies, AM and PM in mid-sized towns, they were the backbone of community discourse. Even those journalists get it right covering local politics, planning, zoning, arts , etc. So, do not believe the lie that newsprint and hard copies were never the way to go. This digital dungeon and the Gigabite Gulags of on-line crap are part of the problem.

        National Poetry month:

        https://www.newportnewstimes.com/opinion/everyone-can-be-a-poet-under-just-the-right-moment-of-epiphany/article_f8fe9ca8-b50b-11ec-a05a-bb57ecce4236.html

      7. I was at that corrupt place, Safeway, for essentials, and the card swipe pushes this: “Please donate to Refugees from Ukraine.” Imagine that. And, then there are already Uki’s at the Mexico-USA BOrder. This is bizarre. EU, Poland, Sweden, the lot of them, take these people.

        But Gencidal Joe BIden will take 100,000 now, free housing, free education, free medical, free transportation. Right.

        And YouTube pulls all journalists or otherwise from that CIA social media-video frame if the words False Flag and Ukraine are spoken. Bucha etc.

        Will Safeway ask for help for Palestinians? This is a lot of complext PTSD left untreated! 53,000 Palestinian children detained by Israel since 1967

      8. Good stuff by, by Ramzy Baroud / April 5th, 2022

        Much has been said and written about media bias and double standards in the West’s response to the Russia-Ukraine war, when compared with other wars and military conflicts across the world, especially in the Middle East and the Global South. Less obvious is how such hypocrisy is a reflection of a much larger phenomenon which governs the West’s relationship to war and conflict zones.

        On March 19, Iraq commemorated the 19th anniversary of the US invasion which killed, according to modest estimates, over a million Iraqis. The consequences of that war were equally devastating as it destabilized the entire Middle East region, leading to various civil and proxy wars. The Arab world is reeling under that horrific experience to this day.

        Also, on March 19, the eleventh anniversary of the NATO war on Libya was commemorated and followed, five days later, by the 23rd anniversary of the NATO war on Yugoslavia. Like every NATO-led war since the inception of the alliance in 1949, these wars resulted in widespread devastation and tragic death tolls.

        None of these wars, starting with the NATO intervention in the Korean Peninsula in 1950, have stabilized any of the warring regions. Iraq is still as vulnerable to terrorism and outside military interventions and, in many ways, remains an occupied country. Libya is divided among various warring camps, and a return to civil war remains a real possibility.

        Yet, enthusiasm for war remains high, as if over seventy years of failed military interventions have not taught us any meaningful lessons. Daily, news headlines tell us that the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Spain or some other western power have decided to ship a new kind of ‘lethal weapons’ to Ukraine. Billions of dollars have already been allocated by Western countries to contribute to the war in Ukraine.

        In contrast, very little has been done to offer platforms for diplomatic, non-violent solutions. A handful of countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have offered mediation or insisted on a diplomatic solution to the war, arguing, as China’s foreign ministry reiterated on March 18, that “all sides need to jointly support Russia and Ukraine in having dialogue and negotiation that will produce results and lead to peace”.

        Though the violation of the sovereignty of any country is illegal under international law, and is a stark violation of the United Nations Charter, this does not mean that the only solution to violence is counter-violence. This cannot be truer in the case of Russia and Ukraine, as a state of civil war has existed in Eastern Ukraine for eight years, harvesting thousands of lives and depriving whole communities from any sense of peace or security. NATO’s weapons cannot possibly address the root causes of this communal struggle. On the contrary, they can only fuel it further.

        https://dissidentvoice.org/2022/04/from-korea-to-libya-on-the-future-of-ukraine-and-natos-neverending-wars/

      9. Tonight, 8 PST, 11 Eastern Time:

        Igor Lopatonok joins CN Live! to introduce his 2017 documentary Ukraine on Fire, which is more relevant than ever as the MSM whitewashes the Ukraine story, rendering it a fairy tale. Tuesday 8pm PDT, 11pm EDT.

        With Western corporate media excising the 2014 U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine, Kiev’s war against Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the Donbass who resisted the coup, and the outsized role of Ukrainian neo-Nazis, the documentary Ukraine on Fire is more timely and necessary than ever.

        Produced by and starring Oliver Stone, the film relates the story of Ukraine that corporate media dare not tell. Among those Stone interviews are ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Also interviewed for the film was the late Robert Parry, founding editor of Consortium News.

        Director Igor Lopatonok joins CN Live! to discuss the origins of the film, its production, its brief censorship by YouTube and its extraordinary relevance to today’s events in Ukraine. With hosts Elizabeth Vos and Joe Lauria, produced by Cathy Vogan.

        https://consortiumnews.com/2022/04/04/watch-cn-live-ukraine-on-fire-screening-with-director-igor-lopatonok/

      10. That’s certainly a creepy bunch of absurd statements, but then, America, or Western Disneyland. Infants ….Les Enfants terribles . . . .

        This leaves us in a sad and very parlous place.

        Sad: Is there some state more pitiful than having no genuine connection to one’s own thoughts, perceptions, experience—altogether to one’s life? If Americans are not a profoundly sad people behind all the smiles we see in advertising, idiotic comedy shows, and on Facebook, then I must be missing something.

        Parlous: Over the course of some decades — from the mid–Cold War years, I would say — Americans have been rendered highly vulnerable to the manipulations of those who control the images through which most people have come to live. Anyone who has read a history of the 20th century knows where this can lead.

        The five weeks that have passed since the Russian intervention on Feb. 24 have been shocking on both these counts. The derelictions of the press and broadcasters are without precedent in my lifetime, and with Vietnam, the Iraq War, and the covert operation in Syria among the wreckage in the rearview mirror, this is saying something.

        I will let the American public’s enthusiasm for the sinkhole that is Ukraine, the Azov Battalion, and the ridiculous posturing of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the comedian who is no longer funny, speak for itself.

        Before proceeding to Bucha, the outrage of the moment, I must reproduce a quotation from that propaganda-is-O.K. piece The Times published in its March 3 editions. It is from a Twitter user who was distressed that it became public that the Ghost of Kiev turned out to be a ghost and the Snake Island heroes didn’t do much by way of holding the fort.

        “Why can’t we just let people believe some things?” this thoughtful man or woman wanted to know. What is wrong, in other words, if thinking and believing nice things that aren’t true makes people feel better?

        America the beautiful, or something like that.

        https://consortiumnews.com/2022/04/05/patrick-lawrence-the-us-bubble-of-pretend/

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