Exporting liberal democracy
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by Justin Wyllie
2h ago
The US embassy in Russia has issued a statement on Friday on Alexei Navalny’s funeral procession, calling the late opposition leader a “shining example of what Russia could and should be.” [Guardian] The US Embassy appears to be confused about which country they are responsible for. Most people might think it was the US. Even if the question was asked “Do you support Navalny’s activities” the response rate in Russia was 9%. [1] Only some of this 9% would have actually voted for Navalny. (That is; a lot of people partly supported Navalny because they liked his exposés of alleged corru ..read more
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Delusions
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by Justin Wyllie
5d ago
Macron is establishing his credentials as a real idiot. The context is that the tap of weapons flow from the US seems to have been turned off, at least for now. Macron wants to show European independence. He has been assuring Kiev that Europe will support them until they achieve a negotiated peace and full sovereignty. Unless I’m missing something that means retaking Crimea and the original LDNR territory. Today he has been mooting sending French troops to Ukraine. This all seems delusion on delusion. Except perhaps a practical realization that without more foreign troops Kiev has no chance of ..read more
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Subverting democracy in US elections
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by Justin Wyllie
5d ago
The progressive-liberals in the US confuse their own political agenda with democracy. They claim to have, and seem to believe that they have, a monopoly on democracy. They do the same thing in their foreign policy, where they seek to impose the values of liberalism, (tolerance of divergent opinions, individual freedom so long as it does not affect the freedom of others, a capitalist free-market, and free speech) on other countries by force. The paradox in both cases is that while liberalism preaches tolerance of different viewpoints, it seems that it is very intolerant of any viewpoint which i ..read more
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AstraZeneca
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by Justin Wyllie
1w ago
This is story in the Daily Mail about people in the UK who died, or were injured by the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. [1] There was a problem with blood clots. According to lawyers 81 people died. I don’t know how reliable that figure is. Clearly some people died. The Daily Mail asked AstraZeneca for a response to the story and they got this: Our sympathy goes out to anyone who has lost loved ones or reported health problems. The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine has continuously been shown to have an acceptable safety profile, and regulators around the world consistently state that the benefits of vac ..read more
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Delusions take centre stage
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by Justin Wyllie
1w ago
It is surely alarming that the state of mind of 90% of the Western political classes, along with the entire management level of the mainstream media, not to mention any number of think-tank and academic “experts” thoughtfully maintained and/or curated by NATO and the corporate sector [1] is simply delusional. 1) This time last year any number of “experts” were given time by the media to gush about how the only question concerning Ukraine’s “counter-offensive” was how far they could go. People were seriously discussing how Ukraine could reach Crimea and then Putin would fall. Politicians appear ..read more
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Propaganda Monthly Roundup
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by Justin Wyllie
2w ago
Times Radio – Times Radio which purports to be a journalistic outlet produces the most astonishing material. This usually takes the form of an expert being interviewed by one of a small roster of journalists. At the end of the interviews the journalists usually thank their guests for their “insights”, at which point any serious observer can only sit in amazement that such uninformed repetition of “State Department talking points” can be seen as analysis. This is, even by the usual standards, an extraordinary example. A Times Radio journalist is interviewing another journalist, David Herszenhor ..read more
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Why was Tucker Carlson given an interview with Putin?
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by Justin Wyllie
3w ago
It seems like this interview has touched a nerve. One European MP has called for some kind of travel sanctions on Carlson. [1] The Guardian and Independent have both run sabotage pieces – citing everything from Tucker’s having interviewed someone about UFOs to his “years of anti-Ukraine vitriol”. The idea is to completely discredit Carlson in advance of the interview – and thus shut down the interview. Carlson apparently incorrectly claimed that other Western journalists have not tried to interview Putin. The Kremlin has stated this is incorrect. The question then arises; why was Tucker Carlso ..read more
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Propaganda Watch – weekly roundup
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by Justin Wyllie
3w ago
1. Shooting the messenger This is a Guardian US story about the US journalist Tucker Carlson in Moscow, apparently to interview President Putin. It illustrates a few common patterns of the more or less insane levels of anti-Russia propaganda in the Western media. Just as power likes to hide itself, so does propaganda. Tucker Carlson is a former mainstream media personality who has gone freelance. He has been, I think, quite consistent in criticising the mainstream media narrative on Russia. Based on the piece Tucker Carlson intends to interview Putin in order to enable the Russian point of vie ..read more
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The US’s awkward ally
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by Justin Wyllie
3w ago
US State Department spokesman when confronted with apparent visual evidence of IDF soldier potentially breaching the Geneva Convention: But obviously it is deeply troubling. I have no knowledge of information as it relates to the circumstances surrounding that incident and I will leave it to the IDF so speak to those specific situations. But we have been clear to them that the respect for basic human rights, the respect for humanitarian law needs to be respected and those who do not comply with that need to be held accountable. Notice that all he asks of Israel is that they respect the respe ..read more
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Eugene – cancelling Russians
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by Justin Wyllie
1M ago
This is just a little anecdote. Maybe it sheds some light on a public mood in the US. I started an online ‘Chat’ today with a sales agent for some software. The company is based in California. It seems they are using IP detection. Once I started the chat I got a message saying something like “we are not supporting customers in Russia and Belarus after the brutal invasion of Ukraine in which thousands of civilians have been brutally killed”. I can’t remember exactly what it said and I didn’t keep the transcript. Just after this Eugene came on the line. He may have manually posted the message. I ..read more
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