Our major, commercial news media lie to us. They always have. They exist to serve their wealthy owners, to make us pay for and serve in their wars, to see the enemies they want us to see - when, in fact, the biggest enemies we have are the owners of those news media.
Publicly-owned news media have been an attempt to bring honest news to us. But they are at the mercy of governments - governments are the puppets of the very wealthy and very greedy - and very free in risking our lives to make themselves wealthier. That's why CBC followed the lead of all the commercial news media, and printed the propaganda story of chemical poison being used by Syria.
For anyone who follows the news closely, the story was an obvious lie from the start. It came from the White Helmets who are a propaganda agency for the west. They have lied to us before on a similar case. But every commercial news source (and the public ones) in the west carried that lie as a major story. Many have since dropped it - but without mentioning that it was a lie in the first place.
Whatever American billionaires think of it, the government of Syria has beaten the U.S., Britain, Isis, and other Muslim terrorist groups. That suggests that the Syrians, whatever we may think, are solidly behind their president. The U.S. has suffered a major defeat in its crusade for world conquest.
Trump's strategy now seems to be to steal the most valuable region of Syria, and to continue to maintain the killing and chaos by drawing in Israel and Saudi Arabia to attack Iran and Syria. (And he may well ask for others - like Canada.)
Any such strategy would force Russia and China to respond. This is an insanely dangerous strategy. But it is, perhaps, the last chance of those very, very greedy among us who are determined to plunder the world for their own benefit.
Oh, I know, I know. You can't trust any news from a Russian source.
Actually, you can trust it more than you can trust most of our news. Any news from Russia is designed to make Russia look good, and our governments look bad. That's perfectly true. But I've learned that the Russians are smart enough not to lie. Instead, they simply skip the stories that would make Russia look bad. And what they print is, then, usually truer than what we get.
An outstanding example of this was a propaganda story about a year ago told by the White Helmets about another chemical attack that never happened. The supposed chemicals were, of course, deliberately aimed at children by those cruel Syrians. Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon to make a movie about it just in time (what a coincidence) to get an academy award.
Most Americans (and Canadians) still believe it's a true story.
The U.S. is fighting in the middle east to bring freedom and democracy. Yes, Yes. That's why one of its closest allies is Saudi Arabia. Great freedom lover and democrats those Saudis.
The tragedy of Palestine is almost entirely ignored in our news media.
Alas! This Haaretz item is only the headline. But it's more news about this crisis than I have seen so far in western news media.
Now, here's an opinion you will never see in this province's very own Brunswick News.
The great crime, perhaps the greatest in history, came after World War Two when we allowed our political leaders to destroy the United Nations Organization as an agency for peace, and turned it into an organization to deliver all power into the hands of western billionaires. In that, we betrayed all we were told we had fought World War Two for. I certainly remember, on Nov. 11, all those who sacrificed. But I also remember with bitterness those who made their sacrifice worthless. And it always disappoints me that The Canadian Legion has never paid any attention to our betrayal of those who served and died.
The world of journalism has no shortage of louts, sycophants and ass-kissers. Fortunately, it also has a few Karl Nerenbergs - formerly the CBC reporter on Parliament Hill.
Universities commonly confer honorary doctorates on assorted louts from the business world. American universities even gave them to Hitler's Naziis with enthusiasm. Of course. The businessmen who dominate a university board of governors typically admire Nazi types.
But God forbid we should give one to a person of intellect who deserves it.
Suzuki already has a real doctorate, one he earned. Too bad he has the wrong politics.
One site today announced the creation of a great memorial to the many African Americans, especially in the 1920s and 1930s who were lynched by white mobs. In fact, those bad old days continue. They just take a different form, now.
We commonly accept the descriptions of people like Syria's Assad as being cruel, murderous, etc. And there are two elements we normally forget. One is the record of murder and brutality of western powers for the last several centuries. The other is the fact that those leaders we attack quite commonly have the support of their own people.
And the abuse of Latin America goes on. It's no accident that Latin American has terrible poverty and the world's highest murder rate.
Puerto Rico, an American territory, is no exception to the rule. Since a dreadful hurricane ravaged that country, the U.S. has extended virtually no help to it. Indeed, Trump has handed over the miserable poor of that country to capitalist private business to take over all essential public services for private profit. Gee. Sounds a bit like New Brunswick slowly handing medicare over to private business.
And Canada - a wagging tail for the American empire.
Canadians should be paying close attention to this story about the water of Flint, Michigan and the Great Lakes. The U.S. is running short of water, especially clean water. And Canada has it. Will Canada make big money out of this? No.
Our water will be taken, by force if necessary. (But it won't be necessary to use force. Justin Trudeau will roll over and kiss-kiss.)
Is Donald Trump in charge in the U.S.? I doubt it very much.
To those eager for war, a caution. The U.S. military performance for the past 70 years or so has been pretty dismal, this despite the fact that it is the world's biggest and most expensive military. Add to that the fact that it cannot get sufficient Americans to enter its military. So it has to rely on mercenaries - hired thugs from all over the world at very high prices - and very doubtful enthusiasm for any tough going.
As well, nobody knows how well or badly some weapons will prove in operation. In World War Two, the major powers raced to build battleships - only to learn that their day was over. The greatest of them all, the Japanese Yamato, went down without sinking even a rowboat. Aircraft carriers took over - but their day, too, may well be over.
To make it worse, clear thinking about military needs and spending is commonly hampered by pure greed for spending and profits and connections.
As well, American economic power, based on pure greed and massive debt, may be at the edge of a very serious decline.
But, hey, no need to worry. Just a have beer and read the trivia of the irving press. It's two, big stories of world news today are 1. That a killer of forty years ago in California got caught and 2. A light airplane had to land on a Calgary road.