Latest Middle East ‘Disinformation, Propaganda, Fake News’…

By Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Alphabet After hitting the “publish” button on over 970 posts on this blog, it seemed remarkable to consider how many of those posts likely match the criteria described in the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” – recently passed after being inserted into the over-$600 billion 2017 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many journalists and writers – especially those associated with the near-200 organizations defamed by the Washington Post recently – believe the new, truly Orwellian law establishing a real-life “Ministry of Truth” has been given the wrong name; many feel the better term would be the “Countering Truth Act”.

Given retired economics Professor Rodney Shakespeare’s passion and outspokenness during a short interview on Iran’s Press TV on the bitter and scandalous reality in the Middle East, it might be safe to say Mr. Shakespeare feels the same disdain toward censorship laws now being enacted in both the U.S. and Europe. Perhaps those who view Mr. Shakespeare’s energetic effort to convey his version of the truth would do well to see his example as something to emulate, or use as a personal action template, going forward into 2017.

It may also serve some benefit for those who listen to Mr. Shakespeare’s talk to compare the size of consequences to human lives his words convey to that of Hillary Clinton in her recent “fake news”/Harry Reid-retirement public address, where she made a pathetic attempt to connect a lone armed man’s walking into a pizza restaurant (and where nobody was hit by bullets or severely injured) to the need for media censorship legislation – “soon” – to combat so-called “fake news”.

“…especially those who serve in our Congress. The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year – it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, to contribute to their communities. It’s a danger that must be addressed, and addressed quickly. Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government’s response to foreign propaganda (emphasis added), and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news. It’s imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives.”

Hillary Clinton made a major error in logic by trying to equate domestic (possibly) criminal affairs in Podesta emails to foreign propaganda. Ms. Clinton and her friends the Podesta brothers apparently didn’t find it necessary to respond publicly to WikiLeaks emails suggesting potential acts of pedophilia, even though they all knew for certain the scandalous story – whether describing real criminal actions or not – had become mega-viral around the Earth on the internet.

Should anyone find it surprising that one of the millions of people who’d become aware of the emails, explosive publicity and reports about the pizza restaurant (along with media, Clinton, and Podesta silence) would end up going to the actual scene? As far as reports thus far have seemed to gather, neither Hillary Clinton or the Podesta brothers have responded to the implications of criminal child sexual abuse in WikiLeaks emails many have expressed concerns about.

Responsible leaders would have immediately clarified the matter(s) which were clearly causing confusion and concern among the citizenry of the nation, precisely to minimize to the greatest extent possible any possibility of violent actions taken by persons who were vulnerable to “fake news”. Clinton and the Podesta brothers chose, instead of clarifying the matter, to remain silent.

The lone armed man who walked into the pizza shop – and who Hillary Clinton used to warn the American people about the “dangers of fake news” – didn’t shoot anyone. In his talk about the Middle East on Press TV, Rodney Shakespeare refers to hundreds of thousands killed in Syria over the past six years, along with millions who’ve become refugees. For any man or woman paying attention, it is clear that Mr. Shakespeare is speaking the truth – and by comparison Hillary Clinton is the morally bankrupt purveyor of “fake news”.

(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)

Call For Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Recounts.

By Jerry Alatalo

“In a democracy dissent is an act of faith.”

– J. WILLIAM FULBRIGHT (1905-1995) American senator

World Map1Alphabet The Green Party’s candidates for President and Vice-President, Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, have taken steps calling for recounts of the 2016 vote in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Given their request includes a “paper trail” to verify the vote counts were accurate and that electronic voting machines in their current technology configurations make that likely impossible, recounts should make what has been highly disturbing for the few who’ve looked into problems associated with electronic voting universally known.

While Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are among those who have apparently settled on the legitimacy of the 2016 election, not acted by questioning the accuracy of vote totals and/or requesting recounts, and look forward, despite disappointment, to a “smooth transition of power” – big questions will become answered, concerns will become addressed, for good or bad in the three states specified.

Supporters of Stein|Baraka had their hopes dashed by results showing them receiving just 1% of the national vote – far short of the desired 5% goal Green Party organizers worked toward – and left many wondering whether there was some form of vote corruption or illegality occurring to lower final Green totals. Given that election 2016 took place during a time when “anti-establishment” sentiments were at the highest ever in America and around the Earth, and that the Green Party’s platform proposals clearly represented the most “anti-establishment” variety of all those in the race, the final results seem in the eyes of many difficult to reconcile.

During the campaign Dr. Stein and Mr. Baraka stated on numerous occasions that they wouldn’t “sleep well at night” if either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton were to become President; recounts in the three (3) states will not result in Green Party candidates winning the White House, so the primary impetus behind the action is more fundamentally in defense of democracy – to (finally) expose defects existing in the U.S. election system, viewed by experts as the worst in the developed world, and the need for long-overdue reform(s).

Some will view the act of calling for recounts as “sour grapes” after the Green Party candidates’ poor showing in the election, or perhaps as an attempt to reverse the election in favor of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine over Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Various responses and perceptions of motivations related to the recount action aside, it becomes difficult for any person moderately informed about the poor state of U.S. national elections to criticize efforts to improve the nation’s democratic process by identifying, acknowledging and then correcting as many problems and deficiencies as possible.

Protecting the will of “we, the people” through vigilance using checks and verification procedures commonly practiced in the accounting profession can only result in an ever-increasing potency and strength of democracy in America. Certainly, actions leading to such a result will receive nothing but the strongest support of current President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Bernie Sanders, their supporters, and all those who believe in democracy.

Knowing their fellow Americans have genuine concerns about protecting the democratic process, willing to act in its defense against manipulation or corruption, and intent upon making their election system the best possible, should rationally become perceived by citizens as completely positive. During Thanksgiving Day celebrations across the United States, people now have another good reason to give thanks.

(Thank you to RT America at YouTube)