There are Three Kinds of Lies: Lies, Damned Lies, And Lies That Could Lead to a Conflict With a Nuclear-Armed Country

Part of me had wondered just how long the neocon fanatics and their legion of useful idiots could keep up the whole Russian hacking, Russian aggression, “Russia is trying to undermine our democracy/way of life/economy/fill in the blank with any garbage you like” meme? The whole thing is so wearyingly tiresome, not to mention dangerously stupid, that the optimist in me had hoped that at some point even those who have perpetuated this nonsense for so long would get fed up […]

Overwhelming Evidence of Russian Interference in 2016 Election for Pugley Mayor, Says Former Councillor

By Theblogmire’s resident Russia expert, Russell O’Phobe. There is “clear evidence” that Russia interfered directly in the 2016 mayoral election in the town of Pugley, one of the candidates has said. Speaking to a gathering of local councillors, Brian Arkwright, the loser in last year’s election, told them that the election had been “compromised by Russian infiltration”. The former town councillor’s comments came after it emerged that a number of councils may have also been the target of cyberattacks during the […]

How the Mainstream Media Launders the News

There are generally reckoned to be three stages involved in the process of money laundering. The first is the introduction of money into the financial system. This is known as placement. The second is the attempt to conceal the illegal nature of the funds by carrying out various transactions. This is known as layering. And then thirdly, the launderer makes “legitimate” purchases with the funds they have placed and layered through the system. This is called integration. Put another way, stage one […]

The Post-Truth, Pre-Truth Society

As we enter a new year, one thing we can say for certain about the old year is that it was truly breath-taking in terms of unexpected political and geopolitical changes. There was the Brexit vote, a result that the British government and much of the media did just about everything they could to prevent, and were genuinely shocked at the outcome. Then there was the defeat of Mrs Clinton at the hands of Mr Trump, and once again the […]

Breaking: Putin ‘Possibly Injecting Journalists’ With Substance That Compels Them to Write Utter Drivel — Expert Says

Experts believe that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has possibly discovered a substance which, when injected into journalists, causes them to write utter drivel. Suspicions have been growing for some time that Mr Putin has been developing such a chemical, but what once might have been consigned to the realm of conspiracy theories can, according to the experts, no longer be dismissed. Confirmation that the theory might be true gained credibility after several media outlets published pieces alleging that Mr Putin has managed […]

Is Theresa May the New Neville Chamberlain? Or is the New Hitler Hogwash?

According to media reports, Theresa May had a phone call last week with the President of the Russian Federation. During the call, which was made at Mrs May’s request, the two leaders apparently discussed the following: Mr Putin congratulated Mrs May on her appointment to the office of Prime Minister They discussed current bilateral issues, with both leaders expressing dissatisfaction with the current parameters of co-operation in the political, trade and economic spheres They agreed to step up joint work […]

Brexit: Be Prepared for the Mother of all Stitch-ups

I don’t usually like to indulge in prophetic utterances, and I’m not sure I would describe this as such an attempt – more an informed hunch – but I believe that the 17,410,742 people who just expressed their opinion in a democratic vote to leave the European Union are about to find themselves involved in what can only be described as the mother of all stitch ups. Brexit just isn’t going to happen!!! What makes me so sure? Well there […]

Putin Weaponises Crosshairs, Foiling Plans to Keep Romania & Poland Safe From Iranian WMDs

At a recent ceremony in Deveselu, Romania, the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) was declared operationally certified — a key milestone in Phase II of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA). According to U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs: This Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System represents a significant increase in the capability to defend NATO European territory from attacks originating outside the Euro-Atlantic area, and is a key milestone in the development of NATO Ballistic Missile Defense.  If […]

Urgent Advice to the Mainstream Media in the Event of Raqqa Being Retaken

This is another letter to mainstream media journalists from TheBlogMire’s resident “Russia expert”, Russell O’Phobe Dear Friends & Colleagues, It’s been some time since I wrote to you all, and you must forgive me if in this epistle I come across as angry. No, angry is not strong enough a word. Furious would be far more appropriate. As you will know, the Syrian Army, backed up by the Russian Airforce, took back the city of Palmyra from ISIS. It is […]

New Online Game: GET ASSAD — A Game of Smokes & Mirrors From @POTUS

The sequel to Kill ISIL: GET ASSAD – A Game of Smokes & Mirrors From @POTUS Aim of the Game You are the President of the United States (@POTUS) and your aim is to topple the Government of Syria to create a failed state. Introduction to the Game As the President of the world’s biggest military spender, you have almost unlimited resources at your disposal to achieve your objective. Not only this, but you also have a number of vassals who you can […]

Note to Mainstream Media: Jihadi John is Not the Name of a Strategic Syrian Airbase

Here’s and interesting game you can play using nothing but Google. Go to the world’s biggest search engine and type in “Kuweires”. You’ll notice that it comes up with a number of different websites all speaking about a stunning victory achieved by the Syrian Arab Army, supported by Russian air cover, in which the strategic military airbase that had been under siege from ISIS for two-and-a-half years was recaptured and hundreds of ISIS terrorists killed in the process. You’ll also notice […]

On Scaremongering and The Importance of Keeping the Real Agenda From the Masses — by Russell O’Phobe

From Russell O’Phobe to all journalists working on Russia-related stories in the media Dear Friends & Colleagues, I want to begin this missive by pointing to some of the success stories that we have seen over the past few weeks, before going on to issue what I believe is a necessary warning about some of the challenges that lie ahead. I must say that it has been particularly pleasing for me personally to see many of the rules I set […]

Reclaiming the Media Narrative After Russian Intervention in Syria — by Russell O’Phobe

For urgent and immediate distribution to the foreign affairs departments of all mainstream media organisations. From Russell O’Phobe. Dear Friends and Colleagues, You will recall that I wrote to you back in September with my Primer on the art of writing Russian scare stories. I had felt it necessary to write back then in order to make sure that you were all on-message, and to give you the confidence and the tools you need to maintain the narrative that many […]

Press Freedoms and Making Europe Safer by Banning Steve Rosenberg for 24 Hours

Wednesday 16th September was a bad day for those who have managed to fool themselves into believing that the Ukrainian Government is somehow characterised by “democratic values”, noble intentions and a steadfast commitment to liberty. Although there was really no excuse for not knowing the real nature of this unpleasant regime before, it still seems to have come as a shock to the western media when certain journalists were, by Presidential decree, barred from entering the country for a year on account of their being a “threat […]

A Media Primer on the Art of Writing Russian Scare Stories

To be distributed to all major media organisations in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. By Russell O’Phobe. Over the past couple of years we in the media have, by and large, risen to the challenge and the need for publishing a good variety of Russian scare stories. That is all well and good, but it is my belief that unless we continue to publish pieces which adhere to the same journalistic standards, the narrative we have been working so […]

MH17 and the Mountain of Fish

Somewhere out there, there’s a huge mountain made of evidence implicating the “pro-Russian rebels” and the Russian Federation in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane crash on 17th July last year. We know this because for the last 13 months, the Western mainstream media has been assuring us that the evidence of their complicity in the crash has been “mounting” to such overwhelming proportions that we now have a peak that would take a blind man to miss it. Here’s a […]

Obama & Co Write Their Own Reality

One of the most important statements made in recent years is this, made by Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff back in 2004: “That’s not the way the world really works anymore…We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and […]

Trident, Wimbledon & the General Election: How to Counter “Russian Aggression”

I must say it was jolly nice of the Russians to suspend their aggression during the UK General Election campaign. In the months running up to April this year, the BBC and other media outlets were awash with headlines involving the Russian threat. There was a Russian submarine just off the coast of Sweden (actually it turned out to be a fishing boat but you can’t be too carful these days); Russian bombers flying in international airspace, if you can believe that; Russian […]

Odessa one Year on: A Day of Infamy; A Day of Shame

Today marks the first anniversary of the massacre in Odessa, one of the most repugnant and shameful crimes committed in Europe since the defeat of Nazism in 1945. The official narrative has it that 48 people lost their lives when the Trades Union building in the city was set on fire. In all probability the number was far higher. How were these people killed? They were herded into the building by ultra nationalists from the Pravy Sektor who then set […]

Remember MH17?

It is now more than 9 months since the Malaysian Airlines plane, MH17 came down in Eastern Ukraine. If you can remember back then, the Western media and governments, without a shred of credible evidence, immediately blamed the tragedy on “Russia”, “Putin” or “pro-Russian separatists” or a combination of all three. You may also remember that the incident was immediately used to bring in a new round of sanctions against Russia. There are still some of us, however, who believe in […]

Are you a Ukrainophobe?

The Ukrainian Security Services Chief Investigator, Vasily Vovk, has just added another phobia to the growing list of fears or hatreds that you or I might apparently suffer from. Speaking on the charmingly named programme, Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech), Vovk was asked to comment on the recent spate of “suicides” and murders of opposition politicians and government-critical journalists that have taken place in his country. This was his response: “I think that in our time, when there is practically a war […]

At Last the Eyes Are Being Opened

Someone once said that trying to supress the truth is like trying to hold a cork under water — sooner or later you will get tired of it and the cork will surface. Here we are, about 14 months after EuroMaidan in Kiev, and slowly but surely the truth about the nature of the nationalist regime there, which has been supressed under a barrage of lies and propaganda, is becoming more and more obvious to more and more people. As I […]

Why the “Putin is Hitler” Line is not Just Historically Illiterate, it is Downright Dangerous

Here’s a link to a really good piece explaining just how stupid and downright dangerous the neocon-inspired “Putin is Hitler” propaganda-fest in the West is. The author is spot on with his assessment of the mainstream media, which he says, “has become a barren desert of propaganda, fear mongering and saber rattling. It is hard to find in the main stream media an oasis of intelligent analysis. Responsible journalists have mostly been sidelined. The main stream media has a lot […]

Obama the Reckless

Robert Parry, the journalist that broke the Iran contra scandal back in the 80s, has been magnificent in his determination over the past year to expose the true story behind what has happened in Ukraine. I strongly recommend his latest piece, in which he gives a great summary of the real story behind all these events, and shows just how reckless Barack O’Bomber has been, to the point that unlike any of his predecessors, he seems to be prepared to […]

The End of the Kiev Junta?

Almost a year on from the illegal coup which toppled the elected government of Ukraine, I think the days of the Kiev junta are numbered. The President, Petro Poroshenko, who took the decision after coming to power last year to carry on the war which had been started by the acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov, now finds himself between a very hard rock and very rocky hard place. On the one hand, his army has been suffering catastrophic losses, after he took the […]

Merchants of Propaganda: BBC or RT?

I wrote yesterday how the new CEO of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, had likened the apparent threat posed by RT to the threat being posed by ISIS and Boko Haram. In that piece, I mentioned that the real threat is not that RT is a Soviet-style propaganda machine, but that it effectively challenges the Western media, which has itself by and large become a huge propaganda machine. Propaganda is sometimes difficult to detect. We might assume […]

RT Must Be Doing Something Right

The new chief executive of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, has distinguished himself with this comment in a New York Times piece, just a few days into the job: “We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram,” he said. “But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in […]

Some More Thoughts About MH17

Dear Amy, I write in response to your recent article in The New York Review of Books, Flight MH17: Will Russia Get Away With It? Thank you for engaging on this topic. I have just a few nagging questions off the back of what you have written. It would be good if you engage with some of these in your next piece for the benefit of your readers: 1. You have painted the Ukraine conflict as entirely the fault of […]

Two Children Dead. But Who Did It?

Here is an extract from a typical report on the BBC, reporting on a recent incident in Ukraine. You can read the whole report here: “Two teenagers died and four were wounded when an artillery shell hit a school playing field as they played football in eastern Ukraine. The attack in Donetsk came as both sides in the Ukrainian conflict accused each other of tearing up a peace deal. A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 5 September, although hundreds […]

The Joe Biden Show: Truth, Deception and “Truthful Deception”

Did someone slip something funny into Joe Biden’s coffee before his speech at Harvard University yesterday? Whilst defending US Foreign Policy, the Vice President came out with a mixture of astonishing claims; a moment of truth, a moment of outright deception, and what I think can only be described as a moment of “truthful deception.” First the moment of truth. In a rare moment of candour, Mr Biden let slip who had been behind the decision of the European Union to […]

As Far as East is From West

Because some people believe much of what they read in the mainstream media, and because the mainstream media portray Vladimir Putin as a crazy insane madman who wants to revive the Soviet Union, build Gulags and probably destroy the world, there are many people out there who think Vladimir Putin is a crazy insane madman who wants to revive the Soviet Union, build Gulags and probably destroy the world. Meanwhile in the West, our leaders are portrayed as calm and rational […]

The Last Day of Being British?

It is the morning of 18th September 2014. My nationality is officially British. Although my passport somehow mentions an entity calling itself the European Union, which I am apparently connected with somehow. I was born British, have lived British and am still British. Yet this time tomorrow morning, I may well no longer be British. I will simply be English. But then again, I was that all along as well. And I guess that pesky organisation calling itself the European […]

A Prayer for our Lying Leaders

So the white trucks which we were all meant to fear meant an impending invasion of Ukraine by Russia turned out to contain what? Armoured Personnel Carriers? Missile launchers? ManPads? Well, no they contained aid to the people of Luhansk, much needed since they have been bombed to smithereens by the neo-Nazi junta in Kiev. What are we to make of the claims of invasion from the West? Even the most naïve and uninformed person getting their news from the mainstream media must be getting […]

“Maybe Putin Didn’t Kill My Son, After All”

The title of this piece is a reference to a scandalous headline put out by the UK’s Daily Mail on Saturday. Less than 48 hours after flight MH17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine, without any proper evidence, and before the investigation began, the Mail published the headline “Putin’s Killed my Son”. I have already commented on the implications of this type of reporting here, and the headline of this piece is more a suggestion for a headline the Mail might like […]

A Refreshing Contrast

In contrast to the shrill cries of Western leaders and the Western media that “It was Russia wot did it”, readers of this blog are encouraged to sit through the entire presentation given by the Russian military on 21st July of what they are saying is evidence relating to the downing of Malaysian plane MH17 on 17th July. Notice that they do not accuse anyone in this presentation. They merely present what they say is evidence, and ask a lot […]

“Putin’s Killed my Son” and the Death of a Free Press

Less than 24 hours after Flight #MH17 came crashing down in Eastern Ukraine, the largest selling British Newspaper, The Sun, ran a headline which said “Putin’s Missile”. Before any evidence had been compiled, and before investigators had even reached the crash site, The Sun knew who was to blame. Such blatant and frankly disgraceful propaganda is par for the course for The Sun, but such headlines were not confined to this trashy tabloid. The following day, The Daily Mail, which would usually have a […]

Beware Our Omniscient Rulers

I was going to write the second part of this piece today. But as Harold MacMillan probably never said, “Events dear boy, events.” Yesterday a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in Eastern Ukraine. This is of course a huge tragedy, and a surreal one at that. Surreal because it is just a few weeks since another Boeing 777, owned by the same airline, literally disappeared without a trace. Surreal also because the tragedy […]

Make Sense of This if You Can

Many of the official narratives given to us by mainstream media ought to leave us scratching our heads in bemusement. Events on the ground often show them to be palpably false and risible. Take this for example. According to the United Nations, around 110,000 Ukrainians have fled this year for Russia and another 54,000 have fled their homes but stayed in Ukraine. This is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the claim that refugees were pouring across the border […]