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"The revelation by CNN that Norwegian right wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik kept a diary in which he obsessed about the dangers of cultural Marxism, multiculturalism, and the “Islamification” of Europe will remind many Americans of the tactics of our own right wing (only these themes have been taken up by people much more mainstream in the US than Breivik is in Norway!) The movement to ban the shariah, the castigation of a progressive income tax as “Marxist,” the condemnation of multiculturalism as a threat to Western values, are all themes commonly heard in the US Tea Party and in the right wing of the Israel lobbies." For the rest of the story, go to link above.
"In the manuscript Breivik describes his “mentor” as an Englishman he identifies as “Richard”, and says his journey into violent extremism began at a small meeting in London in 2002 where a group of like-minded extremists met to “reform” the Knights Templar Europe, a military group whose purpose was “to seize political and military control of western European countries and implement a cultural conservative political agenda,” reports the Guardian."
Faux News is widely known in the journalistic world of using outright propoganda techniques. So what are they, and how does this work?
"Using analysis techniques first developed in the 1930s by the Institute for Propaganda Analysis, Conway, Grabe and Grieves found that O'Reilly employed six of the seven propaganda devices nearly 13 times each minute in his editorials. His editorials also are presented on his Web site and in his newspaper columns. The seven propaganda devices include:
Name calling -- giving something a bad label to make the audience reject it without examining the evidence; Glittering generalities -- the opposite of name calling; Card stacking -- the selective use of facts and half-truths; Bandwagon -- appeals to the desire, common to most of us, to follow the crowd; Plain folks -- an attempt to convince an audience that they, and their ideas, are "of the people"; Transfer -- carries over the authority, sanction and prestige of something we respect or dispute to something the speaker would want us to accept; and Testimonials -- involving a respected (or disrespected) person endorsing or rejecting an idea or person. The same techniques were used during the late 1930s to study another prominent voice in a war-era, Father Charles Coughlin. His sermons evolved into a darker message of anti-Semitism and fascism, and he became a defender of Hitler and Mussolini. In this study, O'Reilly is a heavier and less-nuanced user of the propaganda devices than Coughlin." See link for MUCH MORE EVIDENCE... Source; http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/5535.html
Another very specific example of yet another Faux News host using Tea Party type tactics and speech;
"It’s a surreal scene: Glenn Beck, all alone on a TV set flooded with a low, blue light. He’s surrounded by an array of chalkboards; like mirrors in a haunted house, they reflect the many, many fears of the chubby, baby-faced excuse for a man who was once the rising star at Fox News. Words like Marxism, socialism, Islamism, political correctness and George Soros cover the boards. Beck circles a word here and there as he rants about the Communist/Islamist/UN caliphate that will soon engulf the Western World. The mind of Glenn Beck is a terrifying place" Source; http://www.middleburycampus.com/2011/03/03/the-mind-of-glenn-beck/
.......................................................................................... NY Times poll reveals Fox News' influence on tea partiers A New York Times poll has revealed that a majority of "Tea Party supporters" named Fox News as the television network they "watch most for information about politics and current events." It should come as little surprise then that the tea party supporters polled also held positions that reflect misinformation pushed by Fox News on a variety of topics including socialism and the federal budget deficit. http://mediamatters.org/research/201004150062
"If the presidential election were to be held this November instead of in 2012, odds are that the Republican contender would be employed by Fox News. That's because, as Politico reported Monday, except for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, "Fox News now has financial deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not currently in elected office." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/27/gop-candidates-fox-news_n_740630.html
What other 'news' organization do you know that hires Presidential candidates, OF ANY PARTY? Oddly enough, this 'fair and balanced' 'news' organization ONLY HIRES TEA PARTY type Presidential candidates, slants all news to be corporate friendly, promotes ONLY local TEA PARTY meetings, and then convinces people watching that it is 'fair and balanced' while doing this, using outright propoganda techniques..
"While North America's airports groan under the weight of another sea-change in security protocols, one word keeps popping out of the mouths of experts: Israelification. That is, how can we make our airports more like Israel's, which deal with far greater terror threat with far less inconvenience. "It is mindboggling for us Israelis to look at what happens in North America, because we went through this 50 years ago," said Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy. He's worked with the RCMP, the U.S. Navy Seals and airports around the world......." for rest of article, click on...
UPDATE on Free Gaza's Emergency Voyage to Gaza Dear Friends of Gaza,
The Free Gaza mercy ship, SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, left port in Cyprus this morning on an emergency mission to besieged Gaza. Aboard the ship are desperately needed medical supplies and 21 passengers and crew, including doctors, human rights workers, journalists, and two parliamentarians from Spain and Italy.
We've just received word from the ship (as of 3:15am UST / 1:15am GMT) that they are surrounded by Israeli Naval gunboats. The warships are demanding that the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY return to Cyprus. We are insisting to reach Gaza and complete our peaceful mission.
The Israelis have not yet attacked our unarmed ship, but it is URGENT that everyone immediately CALL the Israeli government and demand that they STOP threatening the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY!
CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister's office: +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence: +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148 email@example.com
The Israeli Navy Spokesperson: + 972 5 781 86248
January 12 2009
The Free Gaza Movement ship, “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY,” left Larnaca Port at 3:00 pm, Monday, 12 January, on an emergency mission to besieged Gaza .
It is expected to arrive in Gaza at approximately 11am (UST) Tuesday morning. Aboard the ship are 36 passengers and crew, representing 17 different nations. They are doctors, journalists, human rights workers, and five European parliamentarians representing Belgium , Greece , Italy , and Spain (see below for a complete passenger list). The mercy ship also carries desperately needed medical supplies meant for hospitals in the Gaza Strip.
This voyage marks Free Gaza’s second attempt to break through the blockade since Israel began attacking Gaza on 27 December. Between August and December 2008, the Free Gaza Movement successfully challenged the Israeli blockade five times, landing the first international ships in the port of Gaza since 1967.
The Israeli military violently attacked an earlier attempt by the Free Gaza Movement to send an emergency boat filled with doctors and medical supplies to Gaza . In the early hours of Tuesday, 30 December, the Israeli navy deliberately, repeatedly, and without warning rammed the unarmed ship, the DIGNITY, causing significant structural damage and endangering the lives of its passengers and crew. The DIGNITY found safe harbor in Lebanon , and is currently awaiting repairs.
Shortly before the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY left Cyprus today, the Cypriot authorities informed the Free Gaza Movement that the Israeli government had officially contacted their embassy in Tel Aviv, and warned them that they felt “justified” in using “any means available” to forcibly prevent the mercy ship from arriving in Gaza. At the request of the ship’s organizers, the Cypriot authorities searched the ship prior to its departure to certify that it only carried medical supplies.
Fouad Ahidar, a member of the Belgian Parliament sailing to Gaza aboard the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, responded to concerns that Israel may attack the unarmed ship by saying, “I have five children that are very worried about me, but I told them: ‘you can sit on your couch and watch these atrocities on the television, or you can choose to take action to make them stop.’”
Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have injured thousands of civilians and killed over 900 people, including hundreds of women and children. This ongoing Israeli massacre severely and massively violates international humanitarian law defined by the Geneva Conventions, especially the obligations of an Occupying Power and the requirements of the laws of war.
The United Nations has failed to protect the Palestinian civilian population from Israel ’s massive violations of international humanitarian law. Israel has closed off Gaza from the international community and demanded that all foreigners leave. But Huwaida Arraf, an organizer with the Free Gaza Movements, stated that, “We cannot just sit by and wait for Israel to decide to stop the killing and open the borders for relief workers to pick up the pieces. We are coming in. There is an urgent need for this mission as Palestinian civilians in Gaza are being terrorized and slaughtered by Israel, and access to humanitarian relief denied to them. When states and the international bodies responsible for taking action to stop such atrocities chose to be impotent, then we–the citizens of the world–must act. Our common humanity demands nothing less.”
Israel has been notified that we are coming. A copy of the notification to the Israeli Authorities is attached. The Free Gaza Movement will hold Israel responsible for any harm that may be done to the ship or its passengers.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Take Action! CALL the Israeli Government and let them know that the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY is coming to Gaza . DEMAND that Israel immediately STOP slaughtering civilians in Gaza and STOP using violence to prevent human rights and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.
Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s officeat +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264
Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148
Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy:
+ 972 5 781 86248
Official Notification of Intent to Enter
January 11, 2009
To: The Israeli Ministry of Defense, Fax: 972-3-697-6717
To: The Israeli Navy
To: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fax 972-2-5303367
From: The Free Gaza Movement
This letter serves as a formal notification to you as the Occupying Power and belligerent force in the Gaza Strip that on Monday, January 12 we are navigating the motor vessel, Spirit of Humanity, from the Port of Larnaca to the port of Gaza City. Our vessel will be flying the Greek flag, and, as such, falls under the jurisdiction Greece .
We will be sailing from Cypriot waters into international waters, then directly into the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip without entering or nearing Israeli territorial waters. We expect to arrive at the Gaza Port on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.
We will be carrying urgently needed medical supplies in sealed boxes, cleared by customs at the Larnaca International Airport and the Port of Larnaca . There will be a total of 30 passengers and crew on board, among them members of various European Parliaments and several physicians. Our boat and cargo will also have received security clearance from the Port Authorities in Cyprus before we depart.
As it will be confirmed that neither we, the cargo, any of the boat’s contents, nor the boat itself constitute any threat to the security of Israel or its armed forces, we do not expect any interference with our voyage by Israel ’s authorities.
On Tuesday, December 30, an Israeli Navy vessel violently, and without warning, attacked our motor vessel Dignity, disabling the vessel and endangering the lives of the 16 civilians on board. This notice serves as clear notification to you of our approach. Any attack on the motor vessel, Spirit of Humanity, will be premeditated and any harm inflicted on the 30 civilians on board will be considered the result of a deliberate attack on unarmed civilians.
The Steering Committee of the Free Gaza Movement
PASSENGERS & CREW OF THE SPIRIT OF HUMANITY
- Abufalah, Othman Mohammad, Journalist with Al Jazeera Television ( Jordan )
- Ahidar, Fouad, Member of Parliament ( Belgium )
- Arraf, Huwaida, human rights lawyer and Delegation Leader (Palestine/USA)
- Bitsanis, Konstantinos, human rights worker and crew ( Greece )
- Bolos, Nikolas, human rights worker and crew ( Greece )
- Bowden, David, Journalist with SKY TV ( UK )
- Caruso, Francesco, former Member of Parliament ( Italy )
- Dabbagh, Ali, Doctor ( UK )
- Dritsas, Theodoros, Member of Parliament ( Greece )
- Gentile, Alessandro, Journalist with CNN ( Italy )
- Gezelius, Mats, Journalist (Sweden/Finland)
- Giannopolis, Nikolaos, human rights worker ( Greece )
- Jacquier, Gilles, Journalist with France Channel 2 ( France )
- Kampani, Chalent, Orthopedic Surgeon ( Greece )
- Kanellakis, Yiannis, Journalist with Greek Mega TV ( Greece )
- Karatzias, Petros, Journalist with the Associated Press ( Cyprus )
- Kawkuby, Jasir, Doctor and Pediatric Intensive Care specialist ( Germany )
- Klontzas, George, Ship’s Captain ( Greece )
- Muncie , Andrew, human rights worker and crew ( Scotland )
- McLuckie, Garwen, Journalist with SKY TV ( UK )
- Mourad, Maimouni ( Belgium )
- Muir, Alistair, Journalist with the BBC ( UK )
- Nuet, Joan Josef, Member of Parliament ( Spain )
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