A retired media boss at a major German state broadcaster has admitted his network and others take orders from the government on what — and what not — to report.
National public service broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), which was recently forced into a humiliating apology for their silence on migrant violence and sex assault is being drawn into a fresh scandal after one of their former bureau chiefs admitted the company takes orders from the government on what it reports. He said journalists received instructions to write news that would be “to Ms. Merkel’s liking”. Continue reading
After decades of wielding Soviet-style hard power, Moscow is developing a subtler form of influence.
Vladimir Putin is a news junkie.
The Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, didn’t use that expression when we talked by phone, but that’s what he described to me: a man at the center of an ever-churning machine processing vast amounts of news and data at his command.
“Sometimes we’re wondering what is the limit for a human being for absorbing this huge amount of information,” Peskov told me, “but, well, it’s really a very, very, very heavy job.”
Peskov, speaking fluent English, described the operation. “First of all, the information and press department of the presidential administration prepares digests on print media, on Internet sources, on domestic media—federal and regional. Continue reading
In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.
The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.
And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites. Continue reading
Unpopular opinion going against the grain that is highly interesting and well researched:
The first thing we’re going to do is admit that this is a touchy subject. We know that people will not be happy with us about this information. Nevertheless we hope this information will explain why Ron Paul is a shady choice for President. These are the facts. This is the truth about Ron Paul. But first, in order to understand Ron Paul we have to take a good hard look at his primary supporters. We begin with Alex Jones.
Alex Jones himself has featured prominently on Russian television. RT, previously known as Russia Today, is a government-funded global multilingual television news network based in the Russian Federation. It was founded in 2005 as Russia Today by the government-owned RIA Novosti.
Ron Paul actually raised one million dollars from the Russian government-funded group at RT (Russian Television). A commentator on the Russian government-funded television news network RT boasted of a $1 million “money bomb” on behalf of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
The donation raised legal questions, because while the commentator happens to be an American, allowing him to donate to Paul’s presidential campaign, foreign entities such as RT are prohibited. (see here)
Full article: Ron Paul/Alex Jones in bed with the Russians (PP Simmons)
The world is beginning to undermine and move forward without the Dollar. The US is clearly (and quite literally) on borrowed time.
In contemporary world the real indicator of state power is economy rather than territory, population or army, days of physical warfare are long gone, now is the era of economic warfare. Economy determines the destiny and position of states in international politics. The phenomenon of interdependence in international economy has modified the concept of sovereignty, Terms such as sovereignty are irrelevant to countries with weak economies, and sovereignty cannot be protected unless a country is self-sufficient with no dependency on any other country. One can see that leading countries in contemporary world having a strong position in world affairs are countries with huge economies at their back. Economically powerful countries Such as the United states use organizations like World bank and International Monitory Fund (Which are described by many economists as modern tools of colonization) to further their agenda and influence the policies of strategically important but economically weak countries, there is a very well known phrase in economics that aid of any kind is never without strings attached to it. One of the preeminent things that have happened at December 26, 2011 was the Sino Japan currency deal. Sino Japan deal is the beginning of direct trading in their currencies. Currently yen Yuan are not convertible and for trade between two countries need to buy Dollars that adding up extra expenses. China is the biggest trading partner of Japan, according to static’s of Japan external trade organization; trade volume between two countries was $339bn in 2010, which is expected to grow rapidly after Yen Yuan deal.
Through this deal it is first time that Chinese Government allowed any state to issue Bond in Yuan. Japan bank of international cooperation will issue Bond in Chinese market. Japan Government was interested to buy Chinese Government bond and through this deal a new door of mutual cooperation is open which is beneficial for both states. Japan Government stance to adopt China bond as foreign exchange reserve will assist Yuan’s future role as international currency. Sino Japan deal will be beneficial to get investor’s confidence to invest in China bond that give a credible boom to Yuan in eastern markets. China and Japan has long history of rivalry but they come to an agreement, which is beneficial for both states that will give confidence to foreign investor. Japan is the world’s third and china is second largest economy and the deal clearly depicts that rule of Dollar as global currency is going to end.
Full article: Yen-Yuan trade plan (Pakistan Observer)