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Shut down, but not out: How can Russia Today triumph over NatWest?

“There is an imperialism that deserves all [honour] and respect — an imperialism of service in the discharge of great duties. But with too many it is the sense of domination and aggrandisement, the glorification of power. The price of peace is eternal vigilance”.

— Leonard H. Courtney, President of the British Statistical Society

The ongoing bickering between Russia’s RT news channel and Royal Bank of Scotland subsidy NatWest has polarised into polemics over freedom of speech on one end, and baseless drivel on the other.

Without explaining itself for weeks, then finally citing ’poor ratings’, NatWest officially severed ties with RT, leaving the channel’s employees and supporters reeling in confusion and anger.

“We only wish the UK government and its crony bank would grow a pair, and just admit that they are trying to shut down RT’s operations in the UK because the United States and VP Joe Biden gave then the order to do so,” The Duran’s Alex Christoforou exclaimed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also expressed condemnation:

“Actions of this sort […] by the UK media regulator, OFCOM, are part of attempts to oust from the British media space an internationally popular broadcaster that offers an alternative point of view on global affairs”.

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RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan

It is certainly questionable that 4 billion viewers—over 65 times the UK population before triggering Article 50—qualifies as ‘poor ratings’ by OFCOM standards. Notwithstanding concerns of a post-Brexit economy, NatWest chose falling on its sword over keeping the British economy afloat.

This was evidenced by a wave of solidarity voiced by British citizens, businessmen, trade unions and fans of RT, prompting ridicule and even threats to close NatWest accounts.

“Dear #NatWest you should stick 2 #banking & not try 2dictate our politics. I’ve just closed my account in view of you blocking,” one commentator tweeted.

The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB-ML) even initiated protests in front of NatWest and RBS branches across Birmingham and London, and released a full statement in response.

“The BBC and the corporate media are constantly attempting to prepare British people for a military confrontation with Russia, which would be catastrophic for British workers,” the organisation mentioned.

“We must not allow such blatant bias and propaganda to go unchallenged, [and] fight the interference of NatWest in the affairs of Russia Today which operates legally and fairly in Britain.”

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Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB-ML) cadres protest in front of a Birmingham NatWest Branch [Photo: CPGB-ML]

A London CPGB-ML cadre highlighted during a RUPTLY interview:

“RT is a fantastic source of news that gives a different side of the story from most other media outlets. If you say that you have freedom of speech, democracy, and freedom of the press, it’s important to have a variety of sources […] We saw the same thing happen last year when we saw the Cooperative bank shut down the Palestine Solidarity Campaign accounts.”

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Costas: Will the #PanamaPapers Kill Journalism?

 

Saw this tweeted by #Wikileaks last night and wanted to share it:

“Journalism has to make a comeback; it has to combine the dynamism and moral superiority of the transparency Wikileaks is introducing, with the established values of documentation of traditional journalism. The distance has to be covered by traditional journalism -ICIJ included- and not Wikileaks. Only the coordinated action of these organizations can offer the opportunity to control and document or refute the theory that I believe; that Panama Papers can map the structural corruption of the markets.”

Congratulations, Costas. Your analysis of the contradictions in capitalism are pretty spot-on. However, mainstream media’s problems are much worse than that. Operation Mockingbird and Bloodstone have turned Anglo-European media into a de facto extension of the CIA. Because of this, reporting has become lost to government and business agendas that have nothing to do with revealing the truth. The #ICIJ is just a subsidy of this rabid policy of regime change, character assassination, and business interests.

No one is surprised of this, and mainstream media will not have long before it implodes on itself. It is up to the public to carry the torch of quality journalism so that we can stay informed. The press, regardless of the socioeconomic structure of a society, will always be the most important aspect to maintaining an informed public.

For all of you reading this, remember; you ARE the media now. What you produce will influence the course of our history.

 

Episode #33 – The Great Vaccine Debate with Alan Phillips, JD

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E0033 – The Great Vaccine Debate with Alan Phillips, JD by The Last Defense on Mixcloud

Released 25 March 2015
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On this episode of TLD, Mike Bielawski and Alan Phillips, JD have a heated
discussion on the physical legal ramifications of vaccines. We discuss
in detail the lawsuits surrounding damages caused by vaccines, go in
depth into the history of vaccine use in the US, and cover a list of
other problems that have arisen from the hidden ingredients of the
medical tyranny.