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Who’s Telling the ‘Big Lie’ on Ukraine?

A former U.S. intelligence official who has examined the evidence said the intelligence to support the claims of a significant Russian invasion amounted to “virtually nothing.

But these doubts and concerns are not reflected in the Post’s editorial or other MSM accounts of the dangerous Ukraine crisis. Indeed, Americans who rely on these powerful news outlets for their information are as sheltered from reality as anyone living in a totalitarian society

ROBERT PARRY: Who’s Telling the ‘Big Lie’ on Ukraine?  Consortium News, December 8, 2021   The U.S. group think still driving the Ukraine crisis began at least eight years ago, as detailed in this article by Robert Parry on Sept. 2, 2014.

Exclusive: Official Washington draws the Ukraine crisis in black-and-white colors with Putin the bad guy and the U.S.-backed leaders in Kiev the good guys. But the reality is much more nuanced, with Americans consistently misled on key facts, wrote Robert Parry.  By Robert Parry Sept. 2, 2014

Special to Consortium News   If you wonder how the world could stumble into World War III much as it did into World War I a century ago all you need to do is look at the madness that has enveloped virtually the entire U.S. political/media structure over Ukraine where a false narrative of white hats vs. black hats took hold early and has proved impervious to facts or reason.  

The original lie behind Official Washington’s latest “group think” was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the crisis in Ukraine as part of some diabolical scheme to reclaim the territory of the defunct Soviet Union, including Estonia and other Baltic states. Though not a shred of U.S. intelligence supported this scenario, all the “smart people” of Washington just “knew” it to be true.

Yet, the once-acknowledged though soon forgotten reality was that the crisis was provoked last year by the European Union proposing an association agreement with Ukraine while U.S. neocons and other hawkish politicos and pundits envisioned using the Ukraine gambit as a way to undermine Putin inside Russia.

The plan was even announced by U.S. neocons such as National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman who took to the op-ed page of The Washington Post nearly a year ago to call Ukraine “the biggest prize” and an important interim step toward eventually toppling Putin in Russia.

Gershman, whose NED is funded by the U.S. Congress, wrote:


“Ukraine’s choice to join Europe will accelerate the demise of the ideology of Russian imperialism that Putin represents.  Russians, too, face a choice, and Putin may find himself on the losing end not just in the near abroad but within Russia itself.”

In other words, from the start, Putin was the target of the Ukraine initiative, not the instigator. But even if you choose to ignore Gershman’s clear intent, you would have to concoct a bizarre conspiracy theory to support the conventional wisdom about Putin’s grand plan.

To believe that Putin was indeed the mastermind of the crisis, you would have to think that he somehow arranged to have the EU offer the association agreement last year, then got the International Monetary Fund to attach such draconian “reforms” that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed away from the deal.

Then, Putin had to organize mass demonstrations at Kiev’s Maidan square against Yanukovych while readying neo-Nazi militias to act as the muscle to finally overthrow the elected president and replace him with a regime dominated by far-right Ukrainian nationalists and U.S.-favored technocrats. Next, Putin had to get the new government to take provocative actions against ethnic Russians in the east, including threatening to outlaw Russian as an official language.

And throw into this storyline that Putin all the while was acting like he was trying to help Yanukovych defuse the crisis and even acquiesced to Yanukovych agreeing on Feb. 21 to accept an agreement brokered by three European countries calling for early Ukrainian elections that could vote him out of office. Instead, Putin was supposedly ordering neo-Nazi militias to oust Yanukovych in a Feb. 22 putsch, all the better to create the current crisis.

While such a fanciful scenario would make the most extreme conspiracy theorist blush, this narrative was embraced by prominent U.S. politicians, including ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and “journalists” from The New York Times to CNN. They all agreed that Putin was a madman on a mission of unchecked aggression against his neighbors with the goal of reconstituting the Russian Empire. Clinton even compared him to Adolf Hitler.

This founding false narrative was then embroidered by a consistent pattern of distorted U.S. reporting as the crisis unfolded. Indeed, for the past eight months, we have seen arguably the most one-sided coverage of a major international crisis in memory, although there were other crazed MSM stampedes, such as Iraq’s non-existent WMD in 2002-03, Iran’s supposed nuclear bomb project for most of the past decade, Libya’s “humanitarian crisis” of 2011, and Syria’s sarin gas attack in 2013.

But the hysteria over Ukraine with U.S. officials and editorialists now trying to rally a NATO military response to Russia’s alleged “invasion” of Ukraine raises the prospect of a nuclear confrontation that could end all life on the planet.

The ‘Big Lie’ of the ‘Big Lie’

This madness reached new heights with a Sept. 1 (2014) editorial in the neoconservative Washington Post, which led many of the earlier misguided stampedes and was famously wrong in asserting that Iraq’s concealment of WMD was a “flat fact.” In its new editorial, the Post reprised many of the key elements of the false Ukraine narrative in the Orwellian context of accusing Russia of deceiving its own people.

The “through-the-looking-glass” quality of the Post’s editorial was to tell the “Big Lie” while accusing Putin of telling the “Big Lie.” The editorial began with the original myth about the aggression waged by Putin whose

“bitter resentment at the Soviet empire’s collapse metastasized into seething Russian nationalism………………..

But the truth is that the U.S. mainstream news media’s distortion of the Ukraine crisis is something that a real totalitarian could only dream about. Virtually absent from major U.S. news outlets across the political spectrum has been any significant effort to tell the other side of the story or to point out the many times when the West’s “fair and factual version of events” has been false or deceptive, starting with the issue of who started this crisis.

Blinded to Neo-Nazis

In another example, the Post and other mainstream U.S. outlets have ridiculed the idea that neo-Nazis played any significant role in the putsch that ousted Yanukovych on Feb. 22 or in the Kiev regime’s brutal offensive against the ethnic Russians of eastern Ukraine.

However, occasionally, the inconvenient truth has slipped through. For instance, shortly after the February coup, the BBC described how the neo-Nazis spearheaded the violent seizure of government buildings to drive Yanukovych from power and were then rewarded with four ministries in the regime that was cobbled together in the coup’s aftermath.

When ethnic Russians in the south and east resisted the edicts from the new powers in Kiev, some neo-Nazi militias were incorporated into the National Guard and dispatched to the front lines as storm troopers eager to fight and kill people whom some considered “Untermenschen” or sub-human.

Even The New York Times, which has been among the most egregious violators of journalistic ethics in covering the Ukraine crisis, took note of Kiev’s neo-Nazi militias carrying Nazi banners while leading attacks on eastern cities albeit with this embarrassing reality consigned to the last three paragraphs of a long Times story on a different topic. [See Consortium News’s “NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War.”]

Later, the conservative London Daily Telegraph wrote a much more detailed story about how the Kiev regime had consciously recruited these dedicated storm troopers, who carried the Wolfsangel symbol favored by Hitler’s SS, to lead street fighting in eastern cities that were first softened up by army artillery. [See Consortium News‘s “Ignoring Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Storm Troopers.”]

You might think that unleashing Nazi storm troopers on a European population for the first time since World War II would be a big story given how much coverage is given to far less significant eruptions of neo-Nazi sentiment in Europe but this ugly reality in Ukraine disappeared quickly into the U.S. media’s memory hole. It didn’t fit the preferred good guy/bad guy narrative, with the Kiev regime the good guys and Putin the bad guy.

Now, The Washington Post has gone a step further dismissing Putin’s reference to the nasty violence inflicted by Kiev’s neo-Nazi battalions as part of Putin’s “Big Lie.” The Post is telling its readers that any reference to these neo-Nazis is just a “fantasy.”

Even more disturbing, the mainstream U.S. news media and Washington’s entire political class continue to ignore the Kiev government’s killing of thousands of ethnic Russians, including children and other non-combatants. The “responsibility to protect” crowd has suddenly lost its voice. Or, all the deaths are somehow blamed on Putin for supposedly having provoked the Ukraine crisis in the first place.

A Mysterious ‘Invasion’

And now there’s the curious case of Russia’s alleged “invasion” of Ukraine, another alarmist claim trumpeted by the Kiev regime and echoed by NATO hardliners and the MSM.

While I’m told that Russia did provide some light weapons to the rebels early in the struggle so they could defend themselves and their territory and a number of Russian nationalists have crossed the border to join the fight, the claims of an overt “invasion” with tanks, artillery and truck convoys have been backed up by scant intelligence.

One former U.S. intelligence official who has examined the evidence said the intelligence to support the claims of a significant Russian invasion amounted to “virtually nothing.” Instead, it appears that the ethnic Russian rebels may have evolved into a more effective fighting force than many in the West thought. They are, after all, fighting on their home turf for their futures.

Concerned about the latest rush to judgment about the “invasion,” the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former U.S. intelligence officials and analysts, took the unusual step of sending a memo to German Chancellor Angela Merkel warning her of a possible replay of the false claims that led to the Iraq War.

You need to know,” the group wrote, “that accusations of a major Russian ‘invasion’ of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the ‘intelligence’ seems to be of the same dubious, politically ‘fixed’ kind used 12 years ago to ‘justify’ the U.S.-led attack on Iraq.”

But these doubts and concerns are not reflected in the Post’s editorial or other MSM accounts of the dangerous Ukraine crisis. Indeed, Americans who rely on these powerful news outlets for their information are as sheltered from reality as anyone living in a totalitarian society.The late investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He founded Consortium News in 1995 as the first online, independent news site in the United States.   https://org.salsalabs.com/o/1868/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=14124&okay=True

December 9, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

5.0-magnitude quake strikes off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture


5.0-magnitude quake strikes off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, no tsunami warning issued, 
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/50-magnitude-quake-strikes-off-japans-fukushima-prefecture-no-tsunami-warning-issuedTOKYO (XINHUA) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture on Wednesday (Dec 8), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The temblor occurred at around 2.29am local time, with its epicentre at a latitude of 37.2 degrees north and a longitude of 141.2 degrees east, and at a depth of 20km.

The moderate quake logged three in some parts of Fukushima prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at seven.

So far, no tsunami warning has been issued.

Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake is not likely to have caused any significant damage, said the website of VolcanoDiscovery.

December 9, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Baseload” generators have had their day, and won’t be needed in a modern grid — RenewEconomy

The decline of “baseload” has been predicted for many years, now South Australia is showing a grid can operate without it. The post “Baseload” generators have had their day, and won’t be needed in a modern grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Baseload” generators have had their day, and won’t be needed in a modern grid — RenewEconomy

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Electrification and renewables could save Australians $60bn a year in energy costs — RenewEconomy

Australian households could save billions in energy expenditure, while slashing emissions, by going electric and renewable. The post Electrification and renewables could save Australians $60bn a year in energy costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Electrification and renewables could save Australians $60bn a year in energy costs — RenewEconomy

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Australia slammed for “dangerous” coal addiction and climate “cosplay” — RenewEconomy

Morrison government slammed for deeply inadequate “climate policy pamphlet” and failure to break Australia’s “dangerous” coal addiction. The post Australia slammed for “dangerous” coal addiction and climate “cosplay” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Australia slammed for “dangerous” coal addiction and climate “cosplay” — RenewEconomy

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“Urgent and extensive:” AEMO updates must-do list as grid charges to 100% renewables — RenewEconomy

AEMO sets out a “must-do” list to fill in knowledge gaps of how to manage a grid heading for “uncharted operating conditions.” The post “Urgent and extensive:” AEMO updates must-do list as grid charges to 100% renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

“Urgent and extensive:” AEMO updates must-do list as grid charges to 100% renewables — RenewEconomy

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One of Australia’s smallest wind farms powers up in Victoria — RenewEconomy

A tiny 7.4MW wind farm in Victoria’s Wimmera region has started power up, registering small amounts of power from its spot on the grid. The post One of Australia’s smallest wind farms powers up in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

One of Australia’s smallest wind farms powers up in Victoria — RenewEconomy

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Record wind and solar pushed emissions and prices lower in 2021 — RenewEconomy

New analysis shows Australia achieving record highs for wind and solar, pushing emissions and prices down. But gas and oil remain well entrenched. The post Record wind and solar pushed emissions and prices lower in 2021 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Record wind and solar pushed emissions and prices lower in 2021 — RenewEconomy

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December 8 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion:  ¶ “Insurmountable Green Hydrogen Barriers In Australia Or Just Minor Obstacles?” • Australia is known to be a dry continent. So a study decrying the huge amount of clean water that is needed to produce green hydrogen is going to get more than a few readers. I see it as another part of the […]

December 8 Energy News — geoharvey

December 9, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Complicity of the corporate media in the defamation of Julian Assange’s character

Assange / December 2021 issue / Human Rights
New FOI responses confirm the British government’s media campaign against Julian Assangeby The Indicteron December 5, 2021  By Nina Cross, Acting chief-editor of The Indicter.

This article revisits the ‘The role of the BBC in the state-sponsored persecution of Julian Assange. Part 1’ in light of relevant FOI responses we have received from the British government (linked to below). They confirm that Jeremy Hunt’s BBC interview on 11th April 2019 was specifically arranged in the Foreign Office for the purpose of commenting on Assange’s arrest.  Assange was arrested for the minor offence of breaching a police bail in 2012 as the result of seeking political asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. He feared persecution by the US government for Wikileaks’ publication of evidence showing US war crimes.

In order to recognise the significance of Hunt’s statement and its impact on Assange, we can measure it against the ECHR’s understanding of how the right to freedom of expression (Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights) can impact on the right to a fair trial (Article 6 of the same Convention):

“Article 10 of the Convention, includes the freedom to receive and impart information. Article 6 § 2 cannot therefore prevent the authorities from informing the public about criminal investigations in progress, but it requires that they do so with all the discretion and circumspection necessary if the presumption of innocence is to be respected…The Court has emphasised the importance of the choice of words by public officials in their statements before a person has been tried and found guilty of a particular criminal offence …As to press campaigns against an accused or publications which contain accusatory aspects, the Court has noted that these may prejudice the fairness of a trial by influencing public opinion and, consequently, the jurors called upon to decide on the guilt of an accused…”

With this clarification by the ECHR in mind, Hunt’s comments on Assange can be examined:

No one is above the law. Julian Assange is no hero.  He has hidden from the truth for years and years and it is right that his future should be decided in the British judicial system.  What has happened today is the result of years of careful diplomacy by the foreign office and I commend particularly our ambassador in Ecuador, and Alan Duncan and his team here in London for their work but also the very courageous decision by President Moreno in Ecuador to resolve the situation that has been going on for nearly seven years I mean it’s not so much Julian Assange being held hostage in the Ecuadorian Embassy, it’s actually Julian Assange holding the Ecuadorian embassy hostage in a situation that was absolutely intolerable for them so this will now be decided properly, independently by the British legal system respected throughout the world for its independent and integrity and that is the right outcome.”

There are no specific facts in Hunt’s statement regarding any charges, crimes or convictions.  His comments “no hero” “hidden from the truth” “holding the Ecuadorian embassy hostage” “absolutely intolerable” are speculative opinion.  His statement is designed to provoke disgust.

As we asked in Part 1 regarding the government’s statements the day Assange was arrested, what possible proportionate and legitimate reason could exist allowing senior ministers to make multiple public statements across government and which infer guilt: “It is only right he is facing justice.” “No one is above the law”.   The issue of public interest could have been addressed with a single objective statement of fact on Assange’s arrest.  But this was not about public interest; it was a strategy to protect the actions of the Ecuadorian government which had unlawfully stripped Assange of asylum.  It was a coordinated campaign by the senior Cabinet ministers to paint Assange as a serious criminal who should “face justice” thereby setting the scene for the US Department of Justice to launch its attack on Assange and set in motion the process to criminalise investigative journalism…………..

Should Assange’s case ever go to the European Court of Human Rights, the malevolent manipulation by politicians should be laid bare.  The extent to which senior politicians have abused their office to interfere with and frame public opinion of Assange should be set out in the Court, as should the role of the British corporate media. The connivance of politicians through the use of the media is further evidence that the persecution of Assange is state-sponsored and has relied on networks and relationships between powerful individuals in public office and powerful media figures and institutions.

The defamation of Assange’s character by the British government is institutional; to this day, over two and a half years after he was rendered by hostile states and placed in high security Belmarsh prison, treated as a terrorist, the government continues its disinformation and smearing campaign against him, as seen on the government website:……….

But only through the complicity of the corporate media has this abuse been possible.  Without its sustained collusion and servility, the powerful would not have impunity; they would not dare attempt what appears to be the slow assassination of a journalist in full public view for exposing their crimes.  https://theindicter.com/new-foi-responses-confirm-the-british-governments-media-campaign-against-julian-assange/?fbclid=IwAR3_g27G5_2LIGeWfWtD-CU4-nuYKQTC9RfseI2GEV-qnzvB2JGpBELEE04

December 7, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties, media, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Don’t put a kind face on “temporary” nuclear waste storage efforts,

Jim Perkins,  https://bangordailynews.com/2021/12/06/opinion/letter-dont-put-a-kind-face-on-temporary-nuclear-waste-storage-efforts/  6 Dec 21

Abigail Curtis’ recent article in the BDN on the development of “temporary” storage capacity for high level nuclear waste accepts the Department of Energy (DOE) whitewashing of the actual history and ignores the complex problems of transportation of spent nuclear fuel from all corners of the nation to a supposedly safe parking lot.

If we really believed such a facility would be temporary, then there will be a future time when those “100,000 tons” of waste would have to be shipped again to somewhere else. Referring to it as “temporary” lifts the burden of having well-thought-out standards and facilities in place.

The DOE’s claim that it and the Biden administration want “consent-based” siting simply means they are willing to pay something to get the local populace to go along or to get a state like Texas or New Mexico to force the local populace to go along. One of the lessons of this year is that it will again be the poor folks, including likely Native Americans, who “volunteer” or more-likely, are volunteered. The idea that, “Oh, no, the Texas Legislature wouldn’t do that,” is laughable.

Putting a kinder face on efforts to force open a repository may help real estate developers on the Maine coast, but it shifts the burden onto all the neighbors of the rail and interstate lines between Wiscasset and the southwest, as well as on the local folks near the “temporary” parking lot.

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Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor — RenewEconomy

Chris Bowen says Labor ready to fight Coalition on climate at next election, and issued a debate challenge to Angus Taylor. The post Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor — RenewEconomy

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Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they? — RenewEconomy

Labor’s ‘solar banks’ policy could break down the barriers to solar ownership for the millions of households who can’t install rooftop solar. The post Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they? — RenewEconomy

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Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter — RenewEconomy

Alinta unveils plans to build 1,000MW offshore wind farm near Portland to help deliver 100 per cent renewable energy supply to local aluminium smelter. The post Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Alinta proposes 1,000MW offshore wind farm to help power Portland smelter — RenewEconomy

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AEMO sets out tender timeline for NSW’s rapid transition from coal to renewables — RenewEconomy

AEMO outlines tender timeline for the wind, solar and storage that will replace NSW’s ageing coal fleet. The post AEMO sets out tender timeline for NSW’s rapid transition from coal to renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

AEMO sets out tender timeline for NSW’s rapid transition from coal to renewables — RenewEconomy

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