Less meeting, more reading.
The information I ask chancellor Merkel to read.
Do ministers have advisers ? Consciousness advisers ? Or only economists-advisers ?
I imagine Mrs Merkel very busy, saying “sorry, I have no time. You see here the heads of main-stream media? That is as far as I my reading can go. Another meeting is scheduled in half an hour. ”
On what do responsible ministers and leaders base their decisions ? Phone calls ?
“Equality, fraternity, freedom!”. It’s not a question of wishy-washy wishful thinking, imitating some nice unity gatherings, together with simply obeying financial reports. It demands an interest for knowing more of the things that makes that equality, freedom and fraternity impossible. Of course, Mrs Merkel can not do it all on her own. She can not know everything. So why doesn’t she READ ? Why does she and all other people in similar positions, not take the time to be seriously informed by those who investigate and present reports that go deeper into the facts, beyond completely superficial news, and political stands that are taken without any analysis whatsoever ?
“Independent Investigative journalism” – shouldn’t it be one of the major interests of any leader ?
Some long quotes of this last article, by journalist John Pilger:
“The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News – but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times.
The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia – when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and Nato.
This inversion of reality is so pervasive that Washington’s military encirclement and intimidation of Russia is not contentious. It’s not even news, but suppressed behind a smear and scare campaign of the kind I grew up with during the first cold war.
Once again, the evil empire is coming to get us, led by another Stalin or, perversely, a new Hitler. Name your demon and let rip.
The suppression of the truth about Ukraine is one of the most complete news blackouts I can remember. The biggest Western military build-up in the Caucasus and eastern Europe since world war two is blacked out. Washington’s secret aid to Kiev and its neo-Nazi brigades responsible for war crimes against the population of eastern Ukraine is blacked out. Evidence that contradicts propaganda that Russia was responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner is blacked out.
And again, supposedly liberal media are the censors. Citing no facts, no evidence, one journalist identified a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine as the man who shot down the airliner. This man, he wrote, was known as The Demon. He was a scary man who frightened the journalist. That was the evidence.
Many in the western media haves worked hard to present the ethnic Russian population of Ukraine as outsiders in their own country, almost never as Ukrainians seeking a federation within Ukraine and as Ukrainian citizens resisting a foreign-orchestrated coup against their elected government.
What the Russian president has to say is of no consequence; he is a pantomime villain who can be abused with impunity. An American general who heads Nato and is straight out of Dr. Strangelove – one General Breedlove – routinely claims Russian invasions without a shred of visual evidence. His impersonation of Stanley Kubrick’s General Jack D. Ripper is pitch perfect.
Forty thousand Ruskies were massing on the border, according to Breedlove. That was good enough for the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Observer – the latter having previously distinguished itself with lies and fabrications that backed Blair’s invasion of Iraq, as its former reporter, David Rose, revealed.
There is almost the joi d’esprit of a class reunion. The drum-beaters of the Washington Post are the very same editorial writers who declared the existence of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction to be “hard facts”.
“If you wonder,” wrote Robert Parry, “how the world could stumble into world war three – much as it did into world war one a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness that has enveloped virtually the entire US political/media structure over Ukraine where a false narrative of white hats versus black hats took hold early and has proved impervious to facts or reason.”
I end my quote here, because of its length but please do read the rest of the article. It goes on further not about Russia only, but about the “economic crisis” and the austerity, is goes on about how knowledge is needed, and real journalism too, in order to solve our problems instead of creating wars supported propaganda.
” Method of investigation: as soon as we have thought something, try to see in what way the contrary is true. Simone Weil, “Gravity and Grace” chapter “Contradiction”.