Fancy Being Pushed Into Another War on Yet Another Phoney Pretext?

One of the most basic duties of any Government is to maintain a military that is capable of defending the country against foreign aggression. However, an equally important Governmental responsibility is to ensure that this military is only used when it is absolutely needful. A responsible Government is one that takes every step it can to avoid war, only engages when necessity compels it to, and when all other options have been exhausted. It would be good if these words […]

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 […]

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 […]

US Intelligence Report is a Series of Hysterical Assertions, Manipulative Propaganda, and Official Obfuscation (SHAMPOO), But it Does Answer the Question of Why Russia is so Big

The recent 25-page report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Assessing Russian Activities in Recent US Elections, was billed as the US Intelligence Community’s evidence of Russian hacking of the US Elections. The easiest way of curing yourself of this notion is to go and read the thing (which you can do here), and as you do so, remind yourself that the agencies that put this together only get annual funding of a mere $80 billion […]

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 […]

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 Referendum Latest: Chicken Licken Joins the ‘Staying in’ Campaign

Once upon a time there was a little chick called Chicken Licken. One day as he was scratching about in the farmyard, he was hit on the head by Government EU Referendum Propaganda. “Oh no,” cried Chicken Licken. “If we vote for sovereignty and independence the sky will fall down. I must go and tell the Queen”. On the way, Chicken Licken met the third little pig who was carrying bricks to build a house. “Where are you going in […]

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 […]

Did Vladimir Putin’s New Year Message Contain a Sinister Coded Message to the West?

This is the latest piece by TheBlogMire’s resident Russia expert, Russell O’Phobe, which was written for the Daily Polygraph. According to some western analysts, the New Year message given by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, may have contained a coded warning about his intentions for 2016. Experts have been analysing the former KGB officer’s body language and words, and believe that behind the message of goodwill to the Russian people his real aim was to send out a veiled threat to […]

How Extremists & Radicals Can Prevent Their Children Becoming Radical Extremists

Growing up under Polish communism, one of the things that sticks out for my wife is the practice of having to “unlearn” some of the things she learnt at school. Often the official version of things collided with the actualité, and so needed some gentle challenging by her parents. This was done, however, on the strict understanding that these little factual corrections were to go no further than the four walls of their house, if you take my meaning. For […]

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 […]

News Corp Australia Inadvertently Puncture Another Hole in the Western Narrative of MH17

News Corp Australia have, I believe, inadvertently released some of the strongest evidence yet as to why the official Western narrative behind the shooting down of flight MH17 is to be treated with the utmost suspicion. Even before any new evidence, that version of events — that flight MH17 was shot down by “pro-Russian” separatists using a BUK M1 missile system supplied to them by the Russian Federation — ought to have raised a number of questions in the minds of […]

World Motherbash Day?

I’m wondering whether the powers that be have just added another Day to the year. No, I don’t mean another 24 hour day onto the existing 365. Even the elites might baulk at pulling that stunt. What I mean is another protest/celebration Day to go alongside the plethora we already have – Earth Day, International Women’s Day, National Brown Hat Day or whatever it is – days where we are all supposed to join in the deafening chorus of demands […]

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 […]

Dave Cameron Finds a use for the “New Mr Hitler”

Last year the British Prime Minister, Dave Cameron, compared the Russian President to Adolf Hitler and Russia to Nazi Germany on at least a couple of occasions. One was in November, just prior to the G20 summit, when he said: “Russian action in Ukraine is unacceptable. We have to be clear about what we are dealing with. It is a large state bullying a smaller state in Europe. We have seen the consequences of that in the past and we should […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eric Pickles Thinks I’m Mean

As I wrote here, being demonised by a member of the British unConservative Party is something I now consider to be a badge of honour. Since they decided to capitulate full-throttle and wholesale to the liberal-leftist aimed at destroying Christianity in these shores, but decided to do so whilst still laughably and deceptively referring to themselves as “Conservative,” I regularly scour the media for signs of their attacks on true conservatives. Back in that article, the attack came in the form of Dominic Raab […]

Barack Obama & the BBC Unite to Burst Their Own Propaganda Bubble

A few weeks ago, President Obama made the following comment in an interview with CNN: “And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine — not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and [Ukraine’s then-President Viktor] Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” There are two significant parts to this comment. The first is the bit about brokering a deal, and the question that some have asked is “which deal?” There […]

Does Kiev Have Any Obligations Under Minsk II?

The leaders of Germany, France, the UK, US, Italy, and the European Council held a video conference on Tuesday. After the talks, the German Chancellor’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, had this to say: “This means the sanctions [against Russia] can only be lifted if the Minsk agreement is fully implemented. At the same time, they confirmed they were ready to apply further sanctions in the case of a renewed escalation.” Ain’t that nice. There was me thinking that Minsk II placed […]

Another Entry for Most Absurd Statement of 2015: Romuald Szeremietiew

The entries for the Most Absurd Statement of 2015 are still trickling in. Just to recap, our list so far, in date order, includes the following luminaries: Pierre Muscovici Yats O’Bomber John McCain Now an entry comes from a less well known candidate. He is Romuald Szeremietiew, the Head of the Academy of National Defence in Poland. Here he is with his entry: “If Russia wants to rebuild its empire, — and Russia says it wants to do it, using lands […]

Squaring the NAZI circle

I’m assuming that you find this sort of thing disgusting? If not, perhaps best to click away as this site is probably not your bag. Actions like this are always sure to bring swift condemnation from politicians, and the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, for example, called it a “vile, anti-Semitic act.” Indeed it was. It’d be astonishing then, would it not, to find that the governments of the US and EU have been wholeheartedly supporting a country which openly uses neo-Nazi battalions to fight for it, wouldn’t […]

All We Are Saying…Is Give Sanctions A Chance

The same week as the first Minsk agreement, the EU went and placed sanctions on Russia. The same week as the second Minsk agreement, the US announced it would be sending in troops in March to train Ukrainian battalions, and now the EU has followed up by imposing more sanctions. Some brief questions off the back of this: 1. What does this tell you about who are the real aggressors in this conflict? 2. How blind would you need to be […]

Passport Pete

Standing on stage at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Petro Poroshenko provided new and incontrovertible evidence of the presence of the regular Russian army in Ukraine: “I take with me the passports and military ID of Russian soldiers, Russian officers who come to us. This is the best evidence for the aggression and for the presence of Russian troops.” Sadly, Mr Poroshenko’s solemn claims have been held up to ridicule on social media, some insidious examples of which appear […]

Obama Admits: I did it. It was me! Well Almost!

In a rare moment of candour, President Barack O’Bomber yesterday said the following in an interview with CNN: “And since Mr. Putin made this decision around Crimea and Ukraine — not because of some grand strategy, but essentially because he was caught off-balance by the protests in the Maidan and [Ukraine’s then-President Viktor] Yanukovych then fleeing after we had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine.” Well, well, well. Of course this doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been seriously following the conflict. The arch neocon, […]

US Special Forces in Ukraine? Out of my Face Please!

So after months of claiming a Russian invasion of Ukraine (laughable when you consider what a real Russian invasion of Ukraine would look like), without so much as a satellite picture of those thousands of Ruskies and their mass of equipment that are allegedly there, at last here is indisputable evidence that some foreign forces are operating in the country. Except that they happen to be … ahem … Western forces. Where is this guy from? Sounds American to me […]

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 […]

Gun. Foot. Shoot. Bang. Ouch!

If you have a neighbour, and he supplies you with goods which you cannot do without, and which you cannot produce yourself, it would be good to try and remain on good terms with him, right? It wouldn’t be very clever to poke him and prod him, make up false stories about his intentions, and equate him with some of the worst people in history, would it? That would be very foolish and it’s possible that after suffering enough indignities at your hand, one day he might […]

Now Where Have I Seen Torchlight Parades Like That Before?

Whilst many of you were seeing in the new year, this was going on in Kiev. Somehow it reminds me of this. Actually, the BBC article in the link above should be framed. This is pretty much the closest that the BBC has come to admitting the existence of extreme nationalism in Ukraine and the part it played in toppling the democratically elected leader, Viktor Yanukovych, in February last year. Yet although this is welcome, their report is still seriously deficient […]

Was This a Declaration of War?

Anyone who has read this blog over the past few months will have been struck by the amount of articles on the Ukraine crisis. Sure, I have written about other issues as well, but Ukraine has featured heavily. Why is this? The reason is that from the outset of that whole crisis, it has been clear to me that this is not really about Ukraine at all. The poor unfortunate dupes in that country who believe that the West is […]

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 […]

Petro Poroshenko: Peaceman or Psalm52man?

If you have believed the mainstream media that Putin is the new Hitler, and that we in the West are supporting the good guys in Ukraine, you may be surprised by this short excerpt from a speech made by Petro Poroshenko in Odessa, just prior to the parliamentary elections. Here he clearly sets out his diabolical intentions for the people of the South East of the country of which he is apparently President, and I have to say he does […]

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 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 […]

“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 […]