Category Archives: psyops and propaganda

feel like a game of…Novichock?

No, no; not the GRU assassins board game!  you remember them: the ones Eliot Higgins’ bell¿gcat ‘crowd-sourced online investigative services’ proved had committed the dastardly Novichok deeds?  Many of you will be able to remember far more than I do about this, so I hope you’ll join the game.   Gawd’s blood, we could we use some jocularity about now eh?  First up:
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Two Exposés on Omidyar Closing Down the Snowden Archives

This is a labor of love and loathing. Yes, it’s long, but it’s by way of a two-fer, and out of necessity I’ve even had to blow by a hella lot of the second essay.  Shall I offer prizes to those who finish it?  ;  )

First: ‘Silencing the Whistle: The Intercept Shutters Snowden Archive, Citing Cost’;  The closing of The Intercept’s Snowden archive will likely mean the end of any future publications, unless Glenn Greenwald’s rather absurd promise of finding “the right partner … that has the funds to robustly publish” is fulfilled, Whitney Webb, mintpressnews.com
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Will We Ever Learn the Truth about the Skripals?

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Skripal: One Year Later Some Things are Clearer’, March 9, 2019, James O’Neill, journal-neo.org

O’Neill first narrates the history of events  of the 12 months after the Skripal’s had become ill in a public space in the center of Salisbury, with Theresa May blaming Russia with no supporting evidence, and Boris Johnson’s having claimed that ‘the substance responsible for the Skripal’s illness had been identified as “A234”, ergo: Russians.  He notes that the UK has not deviated from that assertion, despite a wealth of contradictory evidence and absurd numbers of competing narratives.
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OPCW Final Report on Douma Chemical Attack


Media organization coverage of the report varies, of course.

‘Chlorine ‘likely’ used in alleged Douma chemical attack, no nerve agent – OPCW‘s final report’, RT.com, March 1, 2019

“The chemical arms watchdog refrained from identifying the party responsible for the incident, despite earlier being granted such powers.

There are “reasonable grounds” to believe that “the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon [took] place on 7 April 2018,” the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.

“This toxic chemical contained reactive chlorine. The toxic chemical was likely molecular chlorine,” according to the report.” [March 1 OPCW Final Report: (pdf, 106 pages)]
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Syria Matters

First, and fascinatingly, is Eva Bartlett’s ‘Organ theft, staged attacks: UN panel details White Helmets’ criminal activities, media yawns’, RT Dec. 25, 2018
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More War provocations against Russia and Venezuela


In his Dec. 18 column at venezuelanalysis.com, Nino Pagliccia  asks: ‘Have the Russian Military Aircrafts in Venezuela Breached the Door to “America’s Backyard”?
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‘NATO must prepare to counter a rapid Russia invasion in Europe’

From the militarytimes.com, Dec. 18, 2018:

“Russia is positioned to quickly defeat forward-deployed U.S. and NATO forces and grab land before reinforcements could arrive, according to a new paper from the Atlantic Council, an international affairs think tank.
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