A 70-Year War on ‘Propaganda’ Built by the CIA

Cynthia Chung “Hell is empty and all the devils are here” – William Shakespeare (The Tempest Act 1 Scene 2) War has always depended on a reliable system to spread its propaganda. The Arthashastra written by Chankya (350-283 BCE) who was chief advisor to the Emperor Chandragupta (the first ruler of the Mauryan Empire) discusses…

Mystified Consciousness

Andy Merrifield Like in the 1930s, whiffs of fascism are in the air. Demagogic chauvinism is thriving across the globe and tolerance has undergone core meltdown. Nationalism is alive and apparently well. Borders are getting staked out, walls erected, and mass media—especially social media—saturate us with misinformation morning, noon, night, and much of the time…

The CIA and the Media

Carl Bernstein Global Research, February 18, 2020 After leaving The Washington Post in 1977, Carl Bernstein spent six months looking at the relationship of the CIA and the press during the Cold War years. His 25,000-word cover story, published in Rolling Stone on October 20, 1977, is reprinted below. In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one…

Beating the Western Media Blockade: Ideas, Infrastructure, Solidarity

Jorge Capelán and Stephen Sefton So much confusion and bad faith prevails in the current global information chaos that getting back to basics sometimes seems impossible. But fundamentals never change and merit constant repetition. Above all, anti-imperialist defense of majority world peoples’ right to development against the fascist onslaught of the corporate and political power…

The Slow Death of Investigative Journalism

John PerryThe title of Seymour Hersh’s memoir is simply Reporter. It’s what he did and what he does: dig out and report important facts that need to be seen in the daylight, no matter how much the CIA, a US vice-president or secretary of state, or a mafia boss, may want to keep them hidden….

Final Declaration of the International Communications Congress

The delegates gathered in the city of Caracas, capital of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in the framework of the “International Communications Congress”, after due deliberation have reached the following conclusions: The peoples of the world are subjected to a whirlpool of tensions, conflicts and wars instigated by the capitalist system in its neoliberal phase….

Militant Journalism: The Role of Journalism in Class Society and Revolution

Frank González Gloria de la Riva visits Prensa Latina. Havana, Cuba Frank González is the director of Cuba’s Prensa Latina news agency. This article is based on a December 2006 interview with Gloria La Riva. It provides background on Prensa Latina and the theoretical and practical considerations of revolutionary journalism, including the distinctions between “objectivity”…

Grassroots Communication Fights Back! A Conversation with Jessica Pernia

Cira Pascual Marquina and Jessica Pernia Jessica Pernia is a founding member of Tatuy TV, a community television station in the Venezuelan city Merida. The Tatuy TV team, which is committed to defending Chavez’s communal project, produces a variety of audiovisual and written reports on the struggles of working-class Venezuelans. In this interview Pernia, also…

Greta Thunberg and Big-Biz’ Climate Charade

Tony Cartalucci A 16 year old girl is obviously not behind a “global movement” demanding “climate action” from governments. The massive corporate Western media is. And anything the corporate media is behind certainly cannot be described as “grassroots.” It is the Western media’s daily promotion of this 16 year old that has created “her” movement…