eace and truth activists gathered in the United Kingdom recently to discuss media propaganda as it relates to instances of intentional manipulation of viewers and readers, designed for building massive public acceptance for wars of aggression. In the last few years, coincidental to the military violence in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, an increasingly intense struggle has grown between corporate media groups and independent media organizations found largely on the internet.
“Media on Trial” speakers focused solely on the media aspects of war and peace issues, collectively delivering a devastating series of (non-military) blows to what most understand as “mainstream media” or MSM. If one were to imagine MSM owners, top management and editors responsible for what they publish present at the event, and metaphorically “on trial”, those in the audience and subsequent viewers of presenters “making the case” would unanimously return the guilty verdict – for the multi-year, multi-decade serial crimes of premeditated lying to the public, and aiding-abetting in the planning and waging of wars of aggression.
Speakers at “Media on Trial”:
Ms. Vanessa Beeley (21st Century Wire) talked on manipulation of children for war propaganda purposes, the White Helmets, and more.
Former Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Syria Peter Ford shared his experiences associated with the MSM, particularly from the standpoint of speaking the truth and the challenges one faces from doing so.
Professor Tim Hayward of the United Kingdom spoke about the major misconceptions among the public about the term “conspiracy theorist”, and how propagandists use the derogatory term to discredit well-known men and women who speak the truth.
Mr. Patric Henningsen (founder, 21st Century Wire) identified the historical pattern of state-media lies, how they lead to unnecessary and criminal wars, the severe consequences innocent people have endured due to the lies, and why citizens’ rapidly exposing the lies wherever and when they surface is so massively important.
Mr. John Pilger, the widely known and respected journalist with decades of experience through writing, public appearances, and producing many documentary films, was unable to attend due to bronchitis. A 17-minute recorded video of a media-related address he gave recently was presented in his absence.
Professor Piers Robinson of the United Kingdom spoke to the scientific features of propaganda, the history and development of public relations (a “new” name for propaganda), and with a special emphasis on his findings after reading the Chilcott Report – the United Kingdom government’s long-awaited study on the causes, concerns, and unavoidable consequences of the 2003 Iraq War.
The outstanding event featured serious presenters and serious people in the audience, all engaged in an intellectual exercise dealing with a very disturbing set of global problems.
Mr. Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire’s no-holds-barred presentation was captured on the video below. For anyone interested in viewing the other presenters’ equally strong contributions at “Media on Trial”, YouTube channel George Greek Trucker has posted their individualized presentations, readily available by clicking the link. Please consider sharing this important information widely with family, friends, and associates.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The organization is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty based prohibition on such weapons. We live in a world where the risk for nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time. Some states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea
Nuclear weapons pose a constant threat to humanity and all life on Earth.
Through binding international agreements the international community has previously adopted prohibitions against land mines, cluster munitions and biological and chemical weapons. Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition. Through its work ICAN has helped to fill this legal gap. An important argument in the rationale for prohibiting nuclear weapons is the unacceptable human suffering that nuclear weapons will cause. ICAN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from around 100 different countries around the globe.
The Coalition has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders in efforts to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. To date 108 states have made such a commitment known as the humanitarian pledge.
Furthermore, ICAN has been the leading civil society actor in the endeavor to achieve a prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law. On July 7, 2017, 122 of U.N. member states acceded to the treaty on prohibition of nuclear weapons. As soon as the treaty has been ratified by states, the ban on nuclear weapons will enter into force and will be binding under the international law for all the countries that are party to the treaty. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is aware that an international legal prohibition will in itself not eliminate a single nuclear weapon, and that so far neither the states that already have nuclear weapons nor their closest allies support the nuclear weapon ban treaty.
The committee wishes to emphasize that the next step towards attaining a world free of nuclear weapons must involve the nuclear weapons states. This year’s Peace Prize is therefore also a call upon these states to initiate serious negotiations, with a view to the gradual, balanced and carefully monitored elimination of the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world.
Five of the states that currently have nuclear weapons – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China – have already committed to this objective through their accession to the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons of 1970. The non-proliferation treaty will remain the primary international legal instrument for promoting nuclear disarmament and preventing further spread of such weapons.
It is now 71 years since the U.N. General Assembly in its very first resolution advocated the importance of nuclear disarmament and a nuclear-free world. With this year’s award the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to pay tribute to ICAN for giving new momentum to the effort to achieve this goal. The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has a solid grounding in Alfred Nobel’s will.
The will specifies three different criteria for awarding the Peace Prize: 1.) the promotion of fraternity between nations, 2.) the advancement of disarmament and arms control, and 3.) the holding and promotion of peace congresses. ICAN works vigorously to achieve nuclear disarmament. ICAN and a majority of U.N. member-states have contributed to fraternity between nations by supporting the humanitarian pledge, and through its inspiring an innovative support for the UN negotiations on the treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an International Peace Congress.
It is the firm conviction of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that ICAN, more than anyone else, has in the past year given the effort to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and a new vigor.
Thank you very much.
What is your message to the government(s) that has not signed the ban, including the Norwegian government?
The message is that this year’s Peace Prize is definitely an encouragement to them, and it is an encouragement to continue their obligations under the non-proliferation treaty, where they already have committed themselves to the goal of a nuclear-free world, and then in the process, a disarmament of nuclear weapons. We hope that with this year’s prize we can support the great effort that ICAN has made in giving new momentum, a new vigor, to the disarmament debate.
Is the timing the most important reason why you honor ICAN this year?
In one manner … yes. Of course, disarmament of nuclear weapons never go out of date. I have drawn a line back to the first U.N. resolution of 1946. But I do think that there is a popular belief among people all over the world that the world has become more dangerous, and that there is a tendency where we experience that the threat of nuclear conflicts have come closer.
What do you say to those who claim this is a symbolic prize, since none of the nuclear powers are behind the ban?
I disagree in such a criticism, because I do believe in that law matters. Laws, international laws and international obligations have in our experience had an effect, as I mentioned in this statement, that ban was definitely a part of the process when it came to cluster mines, land mines, biological and chemical weapons. The process will not be completed with a ban entirely. ICAN focuses on three steps: 1.) to stigmatize – that is the understanding of how devastating and dangerous these weapons are, and 2.) to prohibit and to eliminate, and 3.) to prohibit and eliminate our related processes, with different processes.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been given to numerous organizations fighting against the nuclear forces, nuclear weapons, but it doesn’t seem to have any effect.
I don’t agree in that statement either, because when you take a historical look it seems like there have been moments where it’s been more engagement among nuclear states to enter disarmament initiatives. I do not believe we are in such a moment today, and we do hope that it will have an impact, and what definitely will not have an impact is being passive and just accepting the state of the world.
The nuclear issue has had many candidates that’s been mentioned before, and I wonder did you consider giving, sharing the prize, between different activist groups or organizations or persons? Why did you land on this specific campaign?
You are correct. In this field there are many organizations and individuals who are active, and this year’s prize is a tribute to everyone, everybody working for disarmament. We have focused on ICAN because we feel, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, that they have taken a leading role in revitalizing this process. And they have managed in admirable manner to combine a popular engagement, almost becoming a grassroots movement, and engaging people of the world who are actually scared of the fact that they are supposed to be protected by atomic weapons. They have also managed to enter the legal playing field and the political playing field, and this work that they have achieved in bringing a new vitality into the debate.
They are outstanding – and therefore have been awarded this year’s Peace Prize.
Reuters. Are you sending, with this prize are you sending a message to any particular political leaders in the world, and also has the risk of Iranian nuclear deal unraveling been a factor in deciding the prize? Thank you. Has the risk that Iranian nuclear deal could unravel being a factor in your considerations? Thank you.
Thank you very much. We are sending messages in fact to all states, but also in particular to the nuclear weapons states, because it is a fact that states are in a different situation. The majority of the states of the world who have signed the ban treaty can do so without an immediate consequence on their armies and there they don’t have to disarm, where of course nuclear states are in a different position, and we do realize that it has to be a slower process for them. But the message we are sending is to remind them of the commitment that they have already made, that they also are obliged to work for a nuclear-free world, and by not entering the ban treaty that will have to be a preliminary position, because we share the final goal.
There has been an American diplomatic pressure on countries like Sweden to prevent them from signing the ICAN treatment, so is this price in a way kicking the leg, as one of your predecessors said, to the American president Donald Trump?
Not at all. I will underline again that this prize is an encouragement to all players in the field, but and I cannot see that it is a controversial prize because it is a shared goal. It will have to be a political process, and it has to be up to each individual state when they choose to enter the treaty. But they will, because the situation is such that it is only a preliminary position to not enter the treaty. We’re not kicking anybody’s leg with this prize; we are giving great encouragement, and we also want to help ICAN and focus on the extremely serious problem that the world is facing. People of the world do not want to be defended by nuclear weapons.
Is it the panel’s opinion that the carefully monitored elimination of weapons by the five original states would prevent proliferation among states like North Korea? (I have problems hearing your question, can you speak up please?) The carefully monitored elimination of nuclear weapons by the five original States … would that help to prevent proliferation among states like North Korea?
I wish I could answer, give a clear answer to that question, but on a general note I would say that when, if we have a development where the stigma really is strengthened as of today, I think it will affect all states in their behavior, both when it comes to disarmament but also from refraining actually to use nuclear weapons.
If I’m not mistaken, the E.U. Vice-president Mogherini also plays a role in ICAN. Will there be a possibility that she actually comes to touch the prize here in Oslo?
ICAN as an organization has been awarded the prize, and ICAN itself has to decide who will represent the organization at the Peace Award ceremony. ICAN has been informed today by its Executive Secretary Beatrice Fihn that they have received the Nobel Peace Prize of this year – and she was delighted
ttorney William Pepper befriended Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) in the last year of King’s life (1967-1968). It was William Pepper’s emotionally disturbing Vietnam photographs and personal recollections while a journalist there, shared with Dr. King, which were the impetus for MLK’s choice to begin strongly opposing the Vietnam War.
Many years after the 1968 murder of Martin Luther King Jr., the King family asked William Pepper to lead a legal effort on their behalf focused on finally revealing the truth of how MLK died. After talking for three (3) hours in prison to the publicly perceived, alleged “lone shooter” James Earl Ray, Mr. Pepper agreed to help the King family. After talking to Ray, he became convinced James Earl Ray was innocent.
The ensuing civil trial took place in Memphis, Tennessee and included over 70 witnesses; the jury finalized the trial in 1999. After all the testimonies and legal arguments ended, the jury returned a judgment declaring MLK was killed as a result of a secret government/state-sponsored assassination conspiracy – as occurred on 9/11, an “inside job”. Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968, killed by a group that organized their covert operation from inside the U.S. government.
The history books America’s grades K-12 students are reading today in 2017, eighteen years after the Memphis trial, still record James Earl Ray as the lone killer of Martin Luther King Jr.. An unacceptable and major historical error, misinforming millions of young people nationwide about real events, has been somehow ignored and perpetuated.
William Pepper served as one of the moderators during the September 2016 conference in New York City – “9/11 Justice in Focus”. During his short address to the participants and attendees he drew a parallel between his experience and the ongoing, difficult efforts to reach the truth about 9/11. The time between the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 and the Memphis civil trial in 1999 amounted to thirty-one (31) years, certainly a very long wait, but fortunately the truth was eventually uncovered.
The murder of MLK and the false flag terror events on 9/11 differ from the standpoint of time elapsed before truth finally becomes known. William Pepper didn’t begin the legal effort on behalf of the King family until the 1980-81 time frame, some 12-13 years after the crime. In the case of 9/11, in the first place the number of men and women who started looking into the events of that day were many, and so the push for truth was not dependent on one attorney. Second, in contrast to William Pepper’s experience, the investigative and research work began immediately, the next day on September 12, 2001.
Imagining a comparative mathematical analysis taking all contributing factors into consideration – number of people involved in investigations, total hours devoted to research, public awareness, etc. – leads one to understand the combined force or energy behind efforts to solve 9/11 add up to a vastly greater level than the power William Pepper had behind him and his associates. To put it another way, the challenges – in the form of those who planned and carried out the mass murder deception – presented to those determined to get to the truth about 9/11 are enormous and unprecedented, while at the same time moral force for justice has grown steadily, and become powerful enough now to decisively turn the tide.
William Pepper, his close friends and associates in the 9/11 Justice movement, and millions more everywhere on Earth are absolutely correct when stating 9/11 opened the way for “a paradigm of endless war”. The accuracy of the assertion has been proven repeatedly in the sixteen (16) years since September 11, 2001, continuously and unceasingly through wars and violence up until today.
Perhaps the time has come for something new on Earth: “a paradigm of endless peace” – and the manifested completion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.
A real investigation of 9/11 can place humanity on the truly blessed path of peace.
“The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self, indivisible, untouched by sin, wise, immanent and transcendent. He it is who holds the cosmos together.”
or whatever historical, cultural, social, religious, or other reasons, discussions about the core elements found in scriptural writings of the world’s major traditions rarely take place, in particular as those extremely profound teachings relate to, and provide real answers for, today’s problematic situations of war, income inequality and greed, indifference to the suffering of innocent others, non-concern for the Earth’s environment, and so on.
Perhaps (re)turning to the spiritual knowledge of those described as “the ancients”, who lived thousands of years before the birth of Christ, can provide no small measure of assistance in effectively dealing with the persisting historical problems of 2017.
The Isha Upanishad* (from the 1987 book by Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999), “The Upanishads”)
(*The Isha Upanishad is one of the shortest of the collective of major Upanishads familiar to all students of Vedanta. Vedanta is the term used for the Upanishads, the last parts or sections of the Vedas, the four major Vedas of Hindu scriptures being the Rig (the oldest), Sama, Atharva, and Yajur Vedas.The first Western philosopher to express widely known appreciation for the Upanishads was the German-born Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), who said: “They have been the consolation of my life, and will be the consolation of my death.”)
The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all. The Lord is the supreme reality. Rejoice in him through renunciation. Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord. Thus working may you live a hundred years. Thus alone will you work in real freedom.
Those who deny the Self (Creator, God, Brahman, Allah, Great Spirit, Great Mystery, Supreme Being, etc.) are born again blind to the Self, enveloped in darkness, utterly devoid of love for the Lord.
The Self is one. Ever still, the Self is swifter than thought, swifter than the sense. Though motionless, he out runs all pursuit. Without the Self, never could life exist.
The Self seems to move, but is ever still. He seems far away, but is ever near. He is within all, and he transcends all.
Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures knows no fear. Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures know no grief. How can the multiplicity of life delude the one who sees its unity?
The Self is everywhere. Bright is the Self, indivisible, untouched by sin, wise, immanent and transcendent. He it is who holds the cosmos together.
In dark night live those for whom the world without (external) alone is real; in night darker still, for whom the world within alone is real. The first leads to a life of action, the second to a life of meditation. But those who combine action with meditation cross the sea of death through action, and enter into immortality through the practice of meditation. So we have heard from the wise.
In dark night live those for whom the Lord is transcendent only; in night darker still, for whom he is immanent only. But those for whom he is transcendent and immanent cross the sea of death with the immanent and enter into immortality with the transcendent. So have we heard from the wise.
The face of truth is hidden by your orb of gold, O sun. May you remove your orb so that I, who adore the true, may see the glory of truth. O nourishing sun, solitary traveler, controller, source of life for all creatures, spread your light and subdue your dazzling splendor so that I may see your blessed Self. Even that very Self am I.
May my life merge in the immortal when my body is reduced to ashes. O mind, meditate on the eternal Brahman. Remember the deeds of the past. Remember, O mind, remember.
O god of fire, lead us by the good path to eternal joy. You know all our deeds. Deliver us from evil, we who bow and pray again and again.
The most precise descriptive word for the Vedic scriptures is mysticism. Writers on the Vedas, the first portions emphasizing rituals and their meanings, and in contrast the non-ritual, mystical portions focused on the inner worlds, have in their books many multiples of words over the Upanishads themselves, in the writers’ attempts to fully explain and/or interpret the deep meanings of these ancient writings.
As an example … in the following lecture, just the 1st of 7 over 1-hour talks by Swami Rama ( (1925-1996), one of the first yogis to become studied by Western scientists) on the 18-verse Isha Upanishad, his detailed exposition makes the deep concepts come alive and practical for people now in the year 2017. One can only wish such profound mystical knowledge became more widely understood; when that occurs, most certainly the world will change for the better.
Palestinians are at the heart of the conflict in the M.E Palestinians uprooted by force of arms.. Yet faced immense difficulties have survived, kept alive their history and culture, passed keys of family homes in occupied Palestine from one generation to the next.
This blog is devoted to legal, historical and human rights matters, in which issues of general concern are addressed freely and spontaneously. It is intended to further an informal exchange of views in the democratic spirit of freedom of opinion and respect for the opinions of others, in an effort to understand rather than condemn, to propose constructive solutions rather than grandstand. The perspective is both from inside and outside the box and the added value lies more in the questions than in the answers.