Geopolitical conflicts - May 2015

About Amnesty International

Recently, in an on-line forum discussion on , claims by Amnesty International that the n Government of had engaged in human rights abuses were -246556">cited.

In fact, in 1990 Amnesty International peddled the infamous 'incubator babies' lie (see Appendix for embedded 2:47min broadcast) and has repeatedly been complicit in violations of human rights far greater than those claimed violations of human rights to which it had objected.

The death toll in Iraq since the invasion of 1991 that was facilitated by the 'incubator babies' has been estimated be including 750,000 children. This seems consistent with another estimate of the 1,455,590. Other estimates give death tolls from these wars of at least several hundreds of thousands.

So, in the case of Iraq, Amnesty International's actions have resulted in a count of deaths of several orders of magnitude greater than those it had alleged to have occurred and had objected to.

Since the first Iraq War, Amnesty International has similarly provided a propaganda cover for other acts aggression by the the United States and its allies. These include the invasion of in 2011, the from March 2011, in which as many as 195,00 may have died, and the coup in and the regime's subsequent war against the ethnic Russians of East Ukraine. In the case of Ukraine, whilst Amnesty has acknowledged that the Ukraine regime has violated human rights, it has also fabricated claims of human rights abuses by the East Ukraine self-defence forces against the very people upon whom they rely for support. See (23/7/14) by and (10/9/14) by David Garrett.

" id="app1">Appendix: by Barrie Zwicker

About RT

RT" id="txtRT1"> 1 is an Internet news service funded by the Russian government. Unlike the commercial and government newsmedia in the west, which has repeatedly deceived the public about world events through narrow reporting. This has been particularly so for past and present wars in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Iraq. RT, to the contrary, has reported a wide variety of views with abundant documentation about those conflicts. It has interviewed all sides and many different publicly verifiable sources, which the western newsmedia has ignored.

RT gives more detailed attention to geopolitical factors, which are often overlooked by the western media, which tends to reduce political issues to leaders' personalities. Whilst RT is not without flaws and shortcomings, to date it has performed an indispensible service to humanity in its fight against war and ecological devastation.

As we find articles on RT, which we think are of interest to visitors of , we will endeavour publish them on this page ( or or else post links with explantory notes - Ed

RT gives more detailed attention to geopolitical factors, which are often overlooked by the western media, which tends to reduce political issues to leaders' personalities. Whilst RT is not without flaws and shortcomings, to date it has performed an indispensible service to humanity in its fight against war and ecological devastation.

From RT

RT ads were rejected for outdoor displays in London because of their "political overtones." Though posters had to be redacted, the original images could still be seen on them, with the help of a special mobile app.

The censored posters, part of RT's international "Second Opinion" ad campaign, were supposed to feature ex-US President George W. Bush and the former UK prime minister Tony Blair, but will instead show an empty space with a word "redacted" over it.

London outdoor advertising companies have refused to allow the original images to appear on the city's telephone booths and underground stations, citing the Communications Act 2003, which prohibits political advertising.

"RT's slogan is "Question More' and our advertising campaign has been calling exactly for that – to ask yourself a question of how would events develop, if the world media reported on different points of view," said RT's editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, reacting to the refusal to place the company's advertising posters in London. "It's sad that some people do not want these issues to be raised at all."

The theme of the "Second Opinion" campaign is the Iraq war, and the politicians on the posters are the ones who launched the 2003 invasion of the country. The ads recall the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, while the war launched under the pretext that Iraq possessed them led to more than 140,000 civilian deaths.

The RT ad campaign kicked off in August 2014 in New York and Washington, attracting the attention of many media outlets.

It was described as "provocative" by The Huffington Post, which added that it was "a serious dig at the way the US media reported on the Iraq war."

"[With these ads RT] tries to persuade New Yorkers to view it as an alternative to American channels," The New York Times wrote.

In the US, the ads appeared in the form of wild postings.

In London, the redacted posters can be viewed in full with the help of RTplus, an augmented reality mobile app. Having downloaded the application, people in the city will be able to scan the redacted image and see the pre-censored original ad.


" id="fnRT1">1.">↑ 'RT' was formerly considered an acronym for 'Russia Today', but for reasons, which are not clear to me, RT staff no longer the case for. Possibly It is because RT reports on much more than what is going on in Russia.

UK comedian Russell Brand: 'Fanatical, terrorist, propagandist' Fox News is 'more dangerous than ISIS'

Comedian Russell Brand condemned Fox News as a "fanatical terrorist propaganda organization" during a heated, 10-minute tirade recorded on video and uploaded to the web this week.

The 39-year-old British stand-up comic-turned-actor is now making headlines for the video footage, which was uploaded to his personal YouTube channel on Tuesday this week under the title: Is Fox News More Dangerous than Isis?

Throughout the duration of the clip, Brand responded with sheer outrage to recent remarks made on-air by Fox host Jeanine Pirro, a former prosecutor, who said during a broadcast of her program last weekend that the United States should bomb Iraq en masse in order to eliminate the growing insurgency there that has cause an international crisis.

"When they do these bombings, it creates more insurgents, that's what creates them," Brand responded. "Don't think of a bomb as going down there and destroying stuff, think of it as like a seed that goes into the ground, and grows insurgents out of it, it creates more terrorism, doing it."

"I think that the mainstream media likes to control the parameters of debate so important ideas never reach mainstream ideology. Because if people knew what was happening, they wouldn't tolerate it; if people knew how exploited they were. Ignorance is a necessary ingredient for oppression," he said.

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