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Adam Ramsay: The Atrocities in Aleppo are taking place

“The Atrocities in Aleppo are taking place”:
Syria- two years of tragedy (8642756918)
“The Gulf War will not take place”, “the Gulf War is not taking place” and “the Gulf war did not take place” was a series of essays in Liberation and The Guardian by Jean Baudrillard in 1991. In them, he argued that the difference between the propagandised images of the first war in the era of rolling news, and the actual atrocities taking place in Iraq – with no real scrutiny of death rates, and heavy Pentagon influence over coverage – was so great that they could not be given the same name. If “The Gulf War” was the title given to the fictionalised simulation unfolding on TV; the simulacrum of a war; then we couldn’t also call the actual bombing, blood, death and horror in Iraq by the same name. The Gulf War is merely the title of a show whose screenplay was written in the bowels of the Pentagon building and read by ‘embedded’ CNN journalists to enthralled viewers. What really happened in the Gulf that year was fire, agony and anguish.

It seems to me that the terrifyingly cynical reaction from many to the ongoing atrocities in Aleppo is in part the result of two and a half decades of this media manipulation. People have become so cynical of anything which they believe approximates to the Pentagon line that they end up believing what is essentially the Kremlin line. They are so aware of the power of propaganda that they sneer at genuine footage of humans broadcasting their last, terrified words. As civilians are asphyxiated with poisoned gas, cynicised Westerners sniff the air and say “I smell bullshit”.

The age of cable news has given way to the age of social media; the age of rolling news to the age of scrolling news. There is propaganda, more than ever; from states and those who fight them, from corporations and their billionaire beneficiaries, from Washington and from Moscow. It comes in a different form from 1991, and it’s there more than ever.

We cannot, however, allow the knowledge of that to stop us from believing that atrocities are taking place. We cannot let critical questioning to lead to cynicism and cynicism to mean spirited smearing of those who suffer.

The atrocities in Aleppo are not a simulacrum. They are not a representation of a representation of brutality. They are real. And we can’t let the history of Pentagon propaganda poison us so much that we fail to see the truth when it unfolds, with all it’s powerful horror, in front of us.

Author: Adam Ramsay. Source on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adamramsay/posts/10101967125038061 Shared with permission.
Image credit: In Aleppo, Karm al Jabal. This neighborhood is next to Al Bab and has been under siege for 6 months, 4 March 2013. Credit: Basma via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Syria-_two_years_of_tragedy_(8642756918).jpg

Erstellt am Sonntag, 18. Dezember 2016
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Gastbeitrag: Patrick Harvie, MSP for the Scottish Green Partie, convincing in #indiref TV-debate for the Green YES

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is hailing the vision laid out by Green MSP Patrick Harvie during tonight’s high profile debate on STV and ITV Border.
As the polls narrow, and as momentum for Yes grows, Mr Harvie used the national television platform to say: “Scotland is ready now. Let’s vote Yes.”
Reaction on social media was overwhelmingly positive, with a surge of praise during Patrick’s closing remarks on behalf of Yes.
Mr Harvie, the Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, spoke of the opportunity for Scotland to become one of the world’s leading mediators, promoting peace and international cooperation.
He also highlighted the threat to Scotland’s future in Europe from a Conservative/UKIP agenda, compared to having our own seat at the European table to enable Scotland’s priorities to finally be heard.
Green MSP Alison Johnstone said:
“This debate showed there’s a range of voices on both sides, and without a doubt Patrick presented a hugely compelling vision of a better Scotland, a vision that just simply isn’t forthcoming from the No side. As we enter the final fortnight of campaigning Greens will continue to persuade voters who’re unsure of independence to see the amazing opportunity they have to truly shape the direction of our country.”

Erstellt am Mittwoch, 3. September 2014
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2009 Avrupa Parlamentosu seçimleri programı (alıntı özetler)

Fans near Hauptwache. Bild CC: Travel Aficionado/FlickR

Von Filiz Polat erhalten: Deutsch/türkisch “Auszug aus dem Wahlprogramm Türkei/Zypern” zur Verwendung für euren Wahlkampf. Ganz herzlichen Dank an Andreas Kamphenkel vom KV Braunschweig für dieses Material.

Avrupa Birliği’nin (AB) ”Kopenhag Kriterleri” birliğe girmek isteyen devletler için önkoşulları belirlemektedirler. Somut üyelik tarihleri ancak demokratik haklar, hukuk devleti düzeni, insan haklarının yaşama geçirilmesi ve azınlıkların korunması gibi konularda bütün ”Kopenhag Kriterlerinin” yerine getirilmesi ve ancak AB düzenlemelerinin devralınmasıyla verilebilir. (…)

 

AB yolunda Türkiye desteklenmeli

Biz, Türkiye ile güven verici ve karşılıklı saygıya dayanan üyelik görüşmeleri istiyoruz. Kırk yıl önce üyelik perspektifi verilen Türkiye ile 2005 ‘ten beri giriş görüşmeleri sürdürülmektedir. Bundan geri çekilmek AB’nin sözünde durmaması demek olur ve Türkiye’deki yenilikçi güçleri zayıflatır. Federal Şansölye Bayan Merkel ve Hrıstiyan Birlik Partileri (CDU/CSU) önerdikleri ve savundukları metlikten uzak sözde ”imtiyazlı ortaklık” politikalarıyla işte bunu yapmaktadırlar. Oysa salt inandırıcı bir üyelik perspektifi bu ülkeye demokratik hukuk devleti olma yolunda destek sağlar. Türkiye’yi AB’ye tam üye olarak almak kendi öz yararımızdadır. Zira AB üyesi bir Türkiye krizlerle sarsılıp duran bu bölgede (demek: Yakındoğu) bir stabilizasyon unsuru olabilir. Avrupa’ya verdiği göçle çoktandır bizimle iç içe olan Türkiye, hem Avrupa’ya yüksel ekonomik gelişme olanağı sağlayacak ve hem de genç ve giderek iyi yetişen bir nüfus katacaktır. Türkiye’nin AB üyeliği böylelikle salt Avrupa’nın daha kapsamlı güvenliği için bir kazanç olması yanında, Avrupa ekonomik olarak yararlanacaktır da.(…)

 

Kıbrıs birleştirilmeli

Biz, iki toplum arasında sürdürülen doğrudan doğruya görüşmelerle ivme kazanan Kıbrıs’ın yeniden birleşme sürecini etkin diplomasiyle destekleyen bir AB istiyoruz. AB, bu desteği özellikle sivil topluma vermeli. 1974′ten beri bölünmüş olan Kıbrıs adası anlaşmazlığı, bu arada AB – Türkiye ilişkilerinde hep süregelen bir sorun olmuştur. Türkiye ve Yunanistan bu nedenle engelleme tutumlarından vazgeçip adanın yeniden birleşim yolunu açmalıdırlar.

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Erstellt am Sonntag, 3. Mai 2009
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