Ronn TOROSSIAN: OPINION – Russia and Putin Are Winning the Public Relations War; The Observer, 11.11.2015

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Martin Zeis, 13.12.2015

Dear all,

on Wednesday Ronn Torossian * published an amusing piece plucking the US-media-furor over RT-television-networks, confronting oneself-exiting figures like David Kramer, a member of Senator John McCain’s Institute for International Leadership, with some „unpleasant“ facts. Direct quote Kramer: “The West should take on the Putin P.R. machine.” But:Mr. Kramer advocated freezing RT’s assets, yet overlooked the essential fact that RT is not Russian state property. He further confused RT with Rossiya Segodnya – a completely different and unrelated news agency.“ (Torossian) and so on and so forth …

* Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR agency (see: https://www.pinterest.com/5wpr ). He has been named the Public Relations executive of the Year by the American Business Awards.

Enjoy reading,
Martin Zeis

http://observer.com/2015/11/russia-and-putin-are-winning-the-public-relations-war
THE OBSERVER – NEWS, 11.11.2015

OPINION
Russia and Putin Are Winning the Public Relations War
By Ronn Torossian * 11/11/15 2:30pm

Whether in 2013 when Russia’s President Vladimir Putin successfully pressured the United States not to take action against Assad in Syria, or in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea with little interference from the West, it remains clear today that “in the world of media and public relations, Russian strong man Vladimir Putin is without equal.
see: http://observer.com/2014/12/putins-new-propaganda-invades-upper-west-side-but-at-least-my-kids-speak-russian

When I first wrote that maxim, many were hoping it was untrue. Yet, as we see the events unfold around us, it is painfully apparent that today’s United States is ill-equipped to face-off against the former USSR. This Machiavellian genius is playing chess while America plays checkers.

In this most recent fracas, the United States is targeting RT (formerly Russia Today), a 24/7 Russian state-funded television network which runs cable and satellite television channels worldwide in English. David Kramer, a member of Senator John McCain’s Institute for International Leadership, went on an anti-Russia tirade in The Washington Post this week, penning an op-ed entitled “The West should take on the Putin P.R. machine.”
see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-west-should-take-on-the-putin-pr-machine/2015/10/23/16fdd26c-7442-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

Mr. Kramer advocated freezing RT’s assets, yet overlooked the essential fact that RT is not Russian state property. He further confused RT with Rossiya Segodnya—a completely different and unrelated news agency.

The Russian propaganda arm – a proxy of Putin’s government –
is lecturing America in English about First Amendment rights.

Mr. Kramer seeks to silence a critic by using prejudice and ignorance to create animus. He didn’t bother checking his sights before he started shooting off his mouth. Facts matter in a war of words – particularly against a brilliant Russian opponent.
In a witty op-ed, Margarita Simonyan, editor in chief of RT, responded: “Given that RT’s property is not Russian state property, this (seizure) would be highly illegal… But why bother with facts or legality? When silencing RT and punishing Russia are at stake, anything goes.” Ms. Simonyan further opined, “Ironically, calls to restrict RT often come from the same quarters that exalt the virtues of diversity and democracy. Now, they wish to silence a rare voice that dissents from their favored delineation.”
see: https://www.rt.com/op-edge/320636-washington-post-rt-fear

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DOKUMENTIERT: Ivan KATCHANOVSKI The “Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine – NDS 15.09.2015

Dank eines Hinweises der Nachdenkseiten dokumentiere ich eine Neuveröffentlichung des Canadiers Ivan Katchanovski:

The “Snipers’ Massacre” on the Maidan in Ukraine
This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of “snipers” targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered
various videos and photos of armed Maidan “snipers” and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. Original PDF below
Quelle: Ivan Katchanovski, Ph.D. School of Political Studies University of Ottawa

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(Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association in San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015)

RT documentary MH17: ‚No one deserves to die that way‘ – Russia Insider 21.07.2015

Veröffentlicht am 21.07.2015

Russia Insider – Russian News Without the Anti-Russian Bias http://russia-insider.com
Link to the RI article: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics…
RT documentary MH17: ‚No one deserves to die that way‘
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Ctp…

IMF Humiliates Greece, Repeats It Will Keep Funding Ukraine Even If It Defaults

(in German from DWN after the english text )
IMF Humiliates Greece, Repeats It Will Keep Funding Ukraine Even If It Defaults
One week ago, we were stunned to learn just how low the political organization that is the mostly US-taxpayer funded IMF has stooped when, a day after its negotiators demonstratively stormed out of the Greek negotiations with „creditors“,  Hermes‘ ambassador-at-large Christine Lagarde said that the IMF „could lend to Ukraine even if Ukraine determines it cannot service its debt.“
In other words, as Greece struggles to avoid a default to the IMF on debt which was incurred just so German banks can remain solvent and dump trillions in non-performing loans to US hedge funds and Greek exposure, and which would result in the collapse in the living standards of an entire nation (only for a few years before an Iceland-recovery takes place, one which Greece would already be enjoying had it defaulted in 2010 as we said it should), and as the „criminal“ IMF does everything in its power to subjugate an entire nation, or else let it founder, the IMF told Soros‘ BFFs over in Kiev, that no matter if they default to its private creditors (in fact please do since Russia is among them), the IMF would keep the debt spigot flowing.
Courtesy of the US taxpayer of course.
Fast forward one week when, with Greece one step closer to a full-blown financial collapse, the IMF comes out and tell Ukraine – which already passed a law allowing it to impose a debt moratorium at any moment – not to worry, that even in a default it will keep providing unlimited funds. From Reuters:
Ukraine’s efforts to strike a debt restructuring deal with its creditors will allow the International Monetary Fund to continue to support the country even if the talks are not successful, the head of the IMF said on Friday.
„I … welcome the government’s continued efforts to reach a collaborative agreement with all creditors,“ IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement. „This is important since this means that the Fund will be able to continue to support Ukraine through its Lending-into-Arrears Policy even in the event that a negotiated agreement with creditors in line with the program cannot be reached in a timely manner.
We will pass comment on this latest grand IMF hypocrisy and ask if Greece would rather be in Kiev’s place which at the behest of „Western“ leaders, it sold, liquidated, and otherwise „lost“ all of its gold. Or, like Ukraine, Athens is willing to part with its $4 billion in gold just to appease the Troika as it sells all of its 112.5 tons of official gold to unknown buyers. A transaction which would buy Greece about 3-6 months of can kicking and a few stray smiles from Chrstine Lagarde.
Martin Zeis
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martin.zeis@gmxpro.net
 Meldung auf Deutsch von DWN 20.06.2015:

 IWF demütigt EU: Ukraine ist kreditwürdiger als Griechenland

Der IWF wird weiter internationale Steuergelder in die Ukraine pumpen – auch wenn das Land pleitegeht. Diese Aussage ist eine Ohrfeige für die Euro-Retter, denn der IWF blockiert weitere Kredite für Griechenland genau mit der Begründung, dass das Land auf einen Bankrott zusteuere. (…)
http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/06/20/iwf-demuetigt-eu-ukraine-ist-kreditwuerdiger-als-griechenland/

Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17?

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/18/fake-evidence-blaming-russia-for-mh-17/

Fake Evidence Blaming Russia for MH-17?

May 18, 2015

Exclusive: Pointing the finger of blame at Russian President Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down last July, an Australian news show claims to have found the spot where the Russian BUK missile battery made its getaway, but the images don’t match, raising questions of journalistic fakery, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

An Australian television show claims to have solved the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down mystery – the Russians did it! – but the program appears to have faked a key piece of evidence and there remain many of the same doubts as before, along with the dog-not-barking question of why the U.S. government has withheld its intelligence data.

The basic point of the Australian “60 Minutes” program was that photographs on social media show what some believe to be a BUK anti-aircraft launcher aboard a truck traveling eastward on July 17, 2014, the day of the shoot-down, into what was generally considered rebel-controlled territory of eastern Ukraine, south and east of Donetsk, the capital of one of the ethnic Russian rebellious provinces.(…)

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Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa review – an unrivalled account

theguardian – Thursday 19 February 2015 10.29 GMT
Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa review – an unrivalled account
When Arseniy Yatsenyuk**, Ukraine’s prime minister, told a German TV station recently that the Soviet Union invaded Germany, was this just blind ignorance? Or a kind of perverted wishful thinking? If the USSR really was the aggressor in 1941, it would suit Yatsenyuk’s narrative of current geopolitics in which Russia is once again the only side that merits blame.
When Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, said Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, did he not know that the Red Army was a multinational force in which Ukrainians certainly played a role but the bulk of the troops were Russian? Or was he looking for a new way to provoke the Kremlin?
Faced with these irresponsible distortions, and they are replicated in a hundred other prejudiced comments about Russian behaviour from western politicians as well as their eastern European colleagues, it is a relief to find a book on the Ukrainian conflict that is cool, balanced, and well sourced. Richard Sakwa makes repeated criticisms of Russian tactics and strategy, but he avoids lazy Putin-bashing and locates the origins of the Ukrainian conflict in a quarter-century of mistakes since the cold war ended. In his view, three long-simmering crises have boiled over to produce the violence that is engulfing eastern Ukraine. The first is the tension between two different models of Ukrainian statehood. One is what he calls the “monist” view, which asserts that the country is an autochthonous cultural and political unity and that the challenge of independence since 1991 has been to strengthen the Ukrainian language, repudiate the tsarist and Soviet imperial legacies, reduce the political weight of Russian-speakers and move the country away from Russia towards “Europe”. The alternative “pluralist” view emphasises the different historical and cultural experiences of Ukraine’s various regions and argues that building a modern democratic post-Soviet Ukrainian state is not just a matter of good governance and rule of law at the centre. It also requires an acceptance of bilingualism, mutual tolerance of different traditions, and devolution of power to the regions.
More than any other change of government in Kiev since 1991, the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovych last year brought the triumph of the monist view, held most strongly in western Ukraine, whose leaders were determined this time to ensure the winner takes all.
The second crisis arises from the internationalisation of the struggle inside Ukraine which turned it into a geopolitical tug of war. Sakwa argues that this stems from the asymmetrical end of the cold war which shut Russia out of the European alliance system. While Mikhail Gorbachev*** and millions of other Russians saw the end of the cold war as a shared victory which might lead to the building of a “common European home”, most western leaders saw Russia as a defeated nation whose interests could be brushed aside, and which must accept US hegemony in the new single-superpower world order or face isolation. Instead of dismantling Nato, the cold-war alliance was strengthened and expanded in spite of repeated warnings from western experts on Russia that this would create new tensions. Long before Putin came to power, Yeltsin had urged the west not to move Nato eastwards.   (…)
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Some Things not to Forget, Which the New Greek Leaders Have Not The Greek Tragedy by WILLIAM BLUM

Counterpunch, Feb 25, 2015 — http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/25/the-greek-tragedy
primary source: http://williamblum.org/aer/read/137 — William Blum: The Anti-Empire Report 137, February 23, 2015

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Some Things not to Forget, Which the New Greek Leaders Have Not
The Greek Tragedy
by WILLIAM BLUM *

American historian D.F. Fleming, writing of the post-World War II period in his eminent history of the Cold War, stated that “Greece was the first of the liberated states to be openly and forcibly compelled to accept the political system of the occupying Great Power. It was Churchill who acted first and Stalin who followed his example, in Bulgaria and then in Rumania, though with less bloodshed.”
The British intervened in Greece while World War II was still raging. His Majesty’s Army waged war against ELAS, the left-wing guerrillas who had played a major role in forcing the Nazi occupiers to flee. Shortly after the war ended, the United States joined the Brits in this great anti-communist crusade, intervening in what was now a civil war, taking the side of the neo-fascists against the Greek left. The neo-fascists won and instituted a highly brutal regime, for which the CIA created a suitably repressive internal security agency (KYP in Greek).
In 1964, the liberal George Papandreou came to power, but in April 1967 a military coup took place, just before elections which appeared certain to bring Papandreou back as prime minister. The coup had been a joint effort of the Royal Court, the Greek military, the KYP, the CIA, and the American military stationed in Greece, and was followed immediately by the traditional martial law, censorship, arrests, beatings, and killings, the victims totaling some 8,000 in the first month. This was accompanied by the equally traditional declaration that this was all being done to save the nation from a “communist takeover”. Torture, inflicted in the most gruesome of ways, often with equipment supplied by the United States, became routine.
George Papandreou was not any kind of radical. He was a liberal anti-communist type. But his son Andreas, the heir-apparent, while only a little to the left of his father, had not disguised his wish to take Greece out of the Cold War, and had questioned remaining in NATO, or at least as a satellite of the United States.
Andreas Papandreou was arrested at the time of the coup and held in prison for eight months. Shortly after his release, he and his wife Margaret visited the American ambassador, Phillips Talbot, in Athens. Papandreou later related the following:
I asked Talbot whether America could have intervened the night of the coup, to prevent the death of democracy in Greece. He denied that they could have done anything about it. Then Margaret asked a critical question: What if the coup had been a Communist or a Leftist coup? Talbot answered without hesitation. Then, of course, they would have intervened, and they would have crushed the coup. 1
Another charming chapter in US-Greek relations occurred in 2001, when Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street Goliath Lowlife, secretly helped Greece keep billions of dollars of debt off their balance sheet through the use of complex financial instruments like credit default swaps. This allowed Greece to meet the baseline requirements to enter the Eurozone in the first place. But it also helped create a debt bubble that would later explode and bring about the current economic crisis that’s drowning the entire continent. Goldman Sachs, however, using its insider knowledge of its Greek client, protected itself from this debt bubble by betting against Greek bonds, expecting that they would eventually fail. 2
Will the United States, Germany, the rest of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund – collectively constituting the International Mafia – allow the new Greek leaders of the Syriza party to dictate the conditions of Greece’s rescue and salvation? The answer at the moment is a decided “No”. The fact that Syriza leaders, for some time, have made no secret of their affinity for Russia is reason enough to seal their fate. They should have known how the Cold War works.
I believe Syriza is sincere, and I’m rooting for them, but they may have overestimated their own strength, while forgetting how the Mafia came to occupy its position; it didn’t derive from a lot of compromise with left-wing upstarts. Greece may have no choice, eventually, but to default on its debts and leave the Eurozone. The hunger and unemployment of the Greek people may leave them no alternative. — emphasis, m.z. —

* William Blum is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, Rogue State: a guide to the World’s Only Super Power .
His latest book is: America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy.
He can be reached at: BBlum6@aol.com

Notes
1 William Blum, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, chapters 3 and 35
2 “Greek Debt Crisis: How Goldman Sachs Helped Greece to Mask its True Debt”, Spiegel Online (Germany), February 8, 2010. Google “Goldman Sachs” Greece for other references.

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