The following, eight-minute comedy skit was broadcast on south German state television channel ZDF on September 23, on the program Die Anstalt (The Institute). ZDF is one of the most-watched German television channels.
The skit is titled, ‘Propaganda’ and has been sub-titled into English. Die Anstalt spoofs the avalanche of anti-Russia propaganda surrounding the war in eastern Ukraine this past summer. The program warns its viewers: “Any similarity to the current news is unintended and accidental, but absolutely inevitable“.
If Germans are starting to see through the fog of media propaganda over Ukraine, how long until the rest of the world follows? Be sure to activate the ‘English subtitles’ bar on the top of the viewing screen as needed:
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By Roger Annis, Sept. 22, 2014
The website Vineyard Saker has translated and published a 16-page study into the July 17, 2014 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that was conducted by the Russian Union of Engineers. (Also find the report online here.) The Russian engineers conclude that the flight was brought down by a fighter aircraft operating in the vicinity of the passenger plane and that the only likely candidate for such an attack was an Su-25 or MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukraine armed forces.
MH 17 destroyed cockpit panel image superimposed on aircraft image
The report noted pro-autonomy rebels in east Ukraine do not possess or operate a fighter aircraft. The doomed passenger flight had 298 people on board.
The engineers’ report said the commercial aircraft left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur and was flying 10,100 metres in Ukrainian airspace near Donetsk, likely on auto pilot, when it was attacked by a combat aircraft with 30 mm caliber cannon. The cockpit area of the Malaysia Airlines jet was struck, likely killing its crew and depressurizing the aircraft.
Since the plane was on auto pilot, it continued to fly but began to lose altitude. The attacking aircraft flew to the » Read more..
Introduction by Roger Annis, Sept 22, 2014
Several tens of thousands of people marched in Moscow and other Russian cities on September 21 condemning the Russian government’s actions over the course of the Ukraine government military offensive in eastern Ukraine this
March for ‘peace’ in Moscow, Sept 21, 2014. Lead banner read ‘No war with Ukraine’
year. Billed as “peace” marches, the protests opposed the pro-autonomy and self defense forces in eastern Ukraine that resisted the military attacks by Kyiv and the fascist militias with which it is allied.
According to news reports and photos of the Moscow action, none of the marchers expressed concern about the economic sanctions and aggressive military threats by NATO countries in eastern Europe this year. In other words, the ‘peace’ that the actions advocated was a very selective one.
Enclosed are two news reports of the protest march in Moscow on Sept. 21. » Read more..
By Roger Annis, first published on Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Sept 19, 2014
Petro Poroshenko speaks to US Congress on Sept 18, 2014
Just under 25 years ago, the Cold War ended with a capitalist triumph. The nationalized economies and political structures of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe collapsed and a transition to a harsh, anti-social capitalism began.
In the years that followed, an eastward expansion was undertaken by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the military alliance of the imperialist countries of Europe and North America. Many of the countries of eastern Europe joined the alliance, in explicit defiance of agreements by NATO with post-Soviet Russia not to expand in this way.
A generation later, the world finds itself at the outset of a new cold war. It is directed by the same, NATO military powers and its aim is similar–to stop any advance of anti-capitalist social revolution and to constrict and contain Russia. » Read more..
The war in eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War
In Winnipeg on Sept 25, in Vancouver on Sept 29. With speaker Roger Annis
In Winnipeg: » Read more..
Introduction by Roger Annis, Sept 12, 2014
A very insightful essay/book review was published three days ago in Jacobin magazine by writer and author Daniel Lazare. He reviews Timothy Snyder’s 2010 book ‘Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin’. Lazare’s essay is titled ‘Timothy Snyder’s lies’. It is posted to my website page ‘Ukraine: Articles by other authors‘.
Lazare describes Snyder’s book as part of a rising “double genocide” movement that equates the Holocaust and other atrocities of Nazi Germany with the repressions of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. He then tackles Snyder’s writings on Ukraine, which have been widely published beginning in November 2013. » Read more..
By Roger Annis, published on Truthout, Sept 8, 2014
A ceasefire in the war in eastern Ukraine was announced in Minsk, Belarus on Sept. 5. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko made a simultaneous announcement in Wales where he was a special guest at the summit meeting of the NATO military alliance.
A 12-point agreement was signed in Minsk by representatives of the Kyiv government and the Peoples Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Also signing were former Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma, Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and Heidi Tagliavini of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. » Read more..