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New York Times is instrument of US state-approved propaganda



New York Times is instrument
"The New York Times is a national disgrace, a lying machine, an instrument of state-approved propaganda, notably on geopolitical issues," writes Stephen Lendman.

By Stephen Lendman

The New York Times isn’t and never was “the newspaper of record” except in its own mind.

It’s a national disgrace, a lying machine, an instrument of state-approved propaganda, notably on geopolitical issues.

It features US intelligence community press releases — rubbish masquerading as “all the news that’s fit to print” that’s unfit to read.

The late Chicago Sun Times reporter Mike Royko once remarked that “no self-respecting fish would (want to) be wrapped in a (Rupert) Murdoch paper.”

The same applies to the Times and other major US broadsheets, manipulating the public mind their mission, journalism the way it should be long ago abandoned.

Last week, the Times stooped to a new low even by its deplorable standards.

It falsely claimed “Russia secretly offered (the Taliban) bounties to kill US troops” in Afghanistan — citing the same US intelligence community that invented the thoroughly debunked Russian US election meddling hoax as its dubious source.

New York Times is instrument of US state-approved propaganda

The Times: “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter (sic), adding:

“The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year (sic).”

Not a shred of credible evidence backs the above rubbish.

Some hard truths suppressed by the Times:

Fact: The Russian Federation is the world’s leading proponent of world peace and stability.

Fact: It seeks cooperative relations with other countries, at war with none, threatening none — polar opposite how the US operates, waging perpetual war on humanity at home and abroad, an unparalleled threat to its survival.

No evidence suggests the validity of what the Times reported because none exists — what Times editors know, yet ignored, publishing Russophobic rubbish, egg all over their faces, another black eye to the broadsheet’s tarnished image beyond repair.

Pro-war, anti-peace, capitalist tool, Russophobic extremist Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a disgrace to the office she holds, expressed approval of the Times propaganda piece.

The same is likely true for at least most House and Senate members, notably anti-Trump Dems, both right wings of the one-party state supporting the US war machine.

Trump and the White House denied the fake news report, stressing no such intelligence community information given DJT.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement, saying:

The report “does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story, erroneously suggesting that…Trump was briefed on this matter.”

New York Times is instrument of US state-approved propaganda

A Taliban statement “categorically reject(ed) the notion of ever planning or carrying out targeted attacks against US or foreign forces at the behest of foreign intelligence or for the sake of collecting bounty…”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry set the record straight, debunking the Times’ propaganda rubbish, a statement saying the following:

“We have paid attention to yet another fake news, released into media space by the US intelligence about Russian military intelligence’s alleged involvement in contracted killings of US troops in Afghanistan,” adding:

“This blunt story vividly illustrates the low intellectual abilities of US intelligence’s propaganda staff, who instead of making up something more elaborate has come up with such nonsense.”

“(O)n the other hand, what else one can expect from the intelligence that has miserably failed to succeed in the 20-year war in Afghanistan” — and all other US preemptive wars on nations threatening no one throughout the post-WW II period.

Afghanistan is Washington’s longest war in modern times. Long ago lost, it continues endlessly.

Conflict resolution talks with the Taliban haven’t succeeded because of unreasonable US demands.

Despite signing an agreement in February to end the forever war, it continues, perpetuated by fake news claims to falsely blame Taliban fighters for Pentagon/CIA high crimes.

For the US, Afghanistan is used as a land-based aircraft carrier against Russia, China and Iran.

Its resources are potentially worth trillions of dollars.

What the US seeks to plunder includes barite, chromite, coal, cobalt, copper, gold, iron ore, lithium and other rare earth metals, natural gas, oil, precious and semi-precious stones, potash, salt, sulfur, talc and zinc.

US occupation revived opium production — what the Taliban largely eradicated in the 1990s.

Used to produce heroin and other illicit opioids, Afghanistan produces most of the world supply — a US government-supported bonanza.

Worth hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenues, the illicit trade hugely benefits the CIA, organized crime and Western financial institutions, heavily involved in money laundering.

US occupation of Afghanistan is also about Washington’s aim to control Central Asia’s vast oil and gas resources.

What’s most important to explain is suppressed by establishment media, notably the Times since its mid-19th century founding — serving privileged interests over “all the news that’s fit to print,” a hollow slogan, notably in the modern era with the rarest of rare exceptions on issues mattering most.

The Times falsely claimed Trump was briefed on the alleged Russia-Taliban connection — what no credible evidence suggests exists other than perhaps efforts to end US forever war in Afghanistan.

Yet the Times falsely claimed that the “White House’s National Security Council discussed the (fake news Russia-Taliban) problem at an interagency meeting in late March…the White House…yet to authorize any step…”

New York Times is instrument of US state-approved propaganda

Not according to US DNI (Director of National Intelligence) John Ratcliffe, saying:

“I have confirmed that neither the president nor the vice president were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting,” adding:

The NYT report “and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

When claims aren’t supported by verifiable/credible evidence, they’re groundless.

New York Times is instrument of US state-approved propaganda

Time and again, the US intelligence community, its political class, and establishment media lie, deceive, and otherwise betray the public trust.

Invented by Obama regime CIA director John Brennan, used by the Hillary presidential campaign and DNC, the colossal Russiagate hoax remains the Big Lie that won’t die.

Ahead of November’s presidential election, it’ll most likely rear its ugly head again in old and/or new forms.

When damning claims aren’t supported by independently verified facts, they’re meant to deceive, not inform.

Stephen Lendman, born in 1934 in Boston, started writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.

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Top US general slams Confederate leaders as traitors, backs renaming bases



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A top US general has censured American Confederate leaders as traitors and withdrawn his support for naming military bases and statues after those who fought in the Civil War era, a viewpoint that puts him on a collision course with US President Donald Trump.

Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed the topic of military bases and statues named after Confederate leaders and said on Thursday that the US military needs “to take a hard look at the symbology” of the 1861-65 Civil War.

“The American Civil War… was an act of treason at the time against the Union, against the Stars and Stripes, against the US Constitution — and those officers turned their backs on their oath. Now, some have a different view of that. Some think it’s heritage. Others think it’s hate,” Milley said.

“The way we should do it matters as much as that we should do it. So we need to have, I’ve recommended, a commission of folks to take a hard look at the bases, the statues, the names, all of this stuff, to see if we can have a rational, mature discussion,” he added.

Milley estimated that minorities account for 43 percent of the US military and at least 20 percent of soldiers in the army are African Americans.

“We’ve also got to take a hard look at the symbology, the symbols, things like the Confederate flags and statues and bases,” Milley underlined.

Top US general slams Confederate leaders as traitors

This comes as Trump has made clear that he intends to block any plans to rename the bases and has made exploiting racial and cultural divisions a key tenet of his re-election strategy.

Trump said in a tweet last month that, “These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage… Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”

The US president also threatened to veto a military spending bill if it contains an amendment that demands the removal of the names of Confederate leaders from military assets.

The US army has been pressured in recent weeks to rename 10 military bases named after Confederate leaders in the wake of the brutal murder of unarmed African American George Floyd in Minnesota.

Top US general slams Confederate leaders as traitors

Milley made the comments at a House Armed Services Committee hearing, which had been called to discuss the Pentagon’s response to nationwide protests over racial injustice following the killing of Floyd while in US police custody and the growing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The death of Floyd on May 25 was captured on video while a white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis.

Moreover, monuments honoring certain historical figures, most of them racism and slavery era icons, have been removed in the United States and around the world following Floyd’s death.

The US National Guard has been deployed to protect Confederate monuments in some states across the country as anti-racism demonstrators have gone as far as taking up arms to make their voices heard. 

A group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

The protesters all carried rifles, including military-type assault rifles, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. African Americans appeared to account for the bulk of the marchers, but protesters of various races, men and women alike, were also among the group.

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US Satanic Temple threatens to sue Mississippi over God reference



US Satanic Temple threatens
Members of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Honor Guard retire the state flag outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi on July 1, 2020.

The US Satanic Temple has threatened to sue the state of Mississippi over using the word “God” on its new design of flag.

An attorney writing on behalf of the Satanic Temple made the warning in a letter sent to Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch.

The US state has decided to change its flag over the Confederate emblem on it in the wake of the latest wave of the nation’s struggle to end police brutality and racial injustice, triggered by the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer.

US Satanic Temple threatens

The letter suggested that if the state “is going to place a religious phrase on its flag, it should include reference to Satan,” instead of “In God we trust” as it is more consistent with the state’s values.

“On the other hand, we can imagine that there would be some Mississippians who would be a bit put off by the words ‘In Satan we Trust’ on the state flag,” the letter continues. “If you can imagine that, then you might imagine how atheists, Satanists, and other people of nontheistic faiths could feel excluded by the addition of ‘In God we Trust’ to the state flag.”

Earlier this month, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill into law to replace the current state flag bearing a confederate emblem.

“We trust that you will take our request under advisement,” the group said. “However, should the state of Mississippi insist on placing  this  exclusionary  religious  phrase  on  its  flag, we do intend to  file suit and seek  injunctive  relief  against  this  act.”

The new design is expected to include the words “In God We Trust” and no Confederate symbols.

Due to their racist origins, Confederate symbols have been a target of the Black Lives Matter activists.

The protesters are destroying the oldest traces of racism and slavery in America after the police brutal killing of Floyd, an African American.

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US first lady Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia



US first lady Melania
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, to lay a ceremonial wreath and observe a moment of remembrance under the Statue of Saint John Paul II on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

A wooden sculpture of US first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of  Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated US Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture.

Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, told Reuters he had the life-sized blackened, disfigured sculpture removed as soon as police informed him on July 5th of the incident.

“I want to know why they did it,” said Downey, who had hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration.

US first lady Melania

In Washington, the office of Melania Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has pledged to take a hard line on anyone destroying or vandalizing US historical monuments, as political activism against racial injustice has swept across the country.

Downey, 39, said he had filed a police report and would like to interview the culprits, if found, for a film he is preparing ahead of his exhibition due to open in Slovenia in September.

“The investigation in this case has not been completed yet so we cannot reveal details due to the interest of further procedures,” police spokeswoman Alenka Drenik told Reuters.

Although the statue’s face was rough-hewn and unrecognizable prior to the fire, the figure was painted with a pale blue wraparound coat resembling the one Melania Trump wore at the swearing in of her husband US President Donald Trump.

The figure was carved with a chainsaw by local folk artist Ales Zupevc from the trunk of a living linden tree.

In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump, designed by a local artist last year, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana.

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