Today I will begin by looking at how the Ukrainian conflict is covered in the international media thanks to this blog's network of 55 correspondents and translators in the following regions: Europe, North America, South America, Middle-East, Russia/CIS, Indian Subcontinent, Far East Asia, Oceania and Africa. Below I am reproducing some reports I selected form those which our correspondents sent me. This is our first try at that, so we ask for your undersanding and patience with us.
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B. reports from North Carolina: all news media is owned and
operated by the usual mainstream conglomerates, occasionally offering
independent regional reports, otherwise merely regurgitating official
propaganda funneled through their corporate news feeds. The
majority of people in this region are exceptionalistically (not a word
but apropos) pro-U.S. first and foremost, pro-NATO/EU to some degree,
although most do not concern themselves with international affairs, and,
of course, anti-Russian, some of whom have retained remnants of fear
from the Cold War era "Red Scare" propaganda campaigns,
especially older Americans. Shortly
after the putsch, I voiced my concern to the NBC/MSNBC newsroom that
their frequent personal attacks and fear mongering against Putin and
Russia could possibly create a backlash inciting fear, hate and perhaps
violence towards Russians living in the U.S. among those so inclined.
A. reports from Washington DC: My local paper, The Washington Post, has several reporters focused on Ukraine: Simon Denyer (LOL…how perfect is that name…you just can’t make this chit up…), Frederick Kunkle, Anna Nemstova, Alex Ryabchyn and Michael Birnbaum. The reporting has been typical of MSM propaganda “Kiev-Junta good/Russia bad” with DOS sanctioned adjectives and plot to reinforce its Euromaidan propaganda meme. Usually I only skim the articles because they follow such a predictable well-worn path I could write them myself. However, lately – and particularly in the last few days -- I detected a subtle shift in the rhetoric. The “facts” are leaking into their reporting. Maybe the horrific scenes in Odessa has pushed this “new” journalistic effort. Not that there was much real reporting on Odessa – and certainly WAPO didn’t publish the horrific pictures – but maybe journalists “on the ground” saw these events and were influenced by them. Today, two pictures on page 1 above the fold show a large crowd of normal, peaceful people voting in Maripol and a woman reacting with concern to the killings (by Ukrainian national guard into a crowd of civilians) in Krasnoarmeysk. The caption/quote read “I am not against Ukraine. My children go to a Ukrainian school. But I want peace, stability and not to be afraid.” This quote was attributed to Elena Voronkova, 39, who voted yes. This is a HUGE shift in the matrix at WAPO on page 1. It’s refreshing. That said, the Op-Ed pages are the same tribal drumbeat BS. In particular – David Ignatius is unreadable. He’s so clearly a CIA/DOS/Zionist tool. It’s embarrassing really. I’m ashamed for him. Lots of folks are waking-up. Facts on the ground speak for themselves. Even the MSM can’t hide TRUTH forever. These little victories are tell-tail signs there’s a HUGE churning on the foreign desk at MSM. Tick-tock.
J. reports from Canada: Many Canadians are very loyal to the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, a
crown corporation, and accept its perspective without much question.
(Perhaps similar to National Public Radio in the US.) Here are four
selected excerpts this morning from CBC news. Notice that while each of
the statements is factually true, it amounts to pro-west propaganda. My
feeling is that most Canadians accept this kind of reporting without
CBC World News, May 12, 2014
There were no immediate signs of any outright intimidation
by pro-Russian forces Sunday, and insurgents near the polls were not wearing
their usual balaclavas. The insurgents in the east have seized government buildings
and clashed with government troops and police over the past month. More than 30
people have been reported killed since Ukrainian forces began trying to retake
some eastern cities from the insurgents. Over the past few weeks, the Ukrainian government and the
West have accused Russia of trying to destabilize the country or create a
pretext for another invasion. Russia — which annexed Ukraine's Crimean
Peninsula just days after voters there approved secession in a March referendum
— has rejected the accusations. "The farce, which terrorists call the referendum, will
have no legal consequences except the criminal responsibility for its
organizers," Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said in a
In Canada The Globe and Mail newspaper is generally considered
sympathetic to big business, government and intellectuals, analogous
perhaps to The New York Times in the US. It is considered one of two
Canadian 'national newspapers.' Following are two selected excerpts illustrating the language used in today's Globe and Mail report about Sunday's referendum.
The Donetsk People’s Republic was declared Monday by Denis Pushilin, a
32-year-old businessman who is accused of having run a pyramid scheme
before emerging last month as the political leader of a pro-Russian
rebel movement whose gunmen seized control of government buildings
around the Donetsk region. Almost immediately after declaring sovereignty, Mr. Pushilin appealed to
Moscow to absorb Donetsk, which he said had “always been part of the
Russian world.” Addressing a packed press conference inside a government
building held by pro-Russian gunmen, Mr. Pushilin bemoaned the collapse
of the Soviet Union as a “catastrophe.”
C. reports from Greece: Most
of the mainstread print media give what appears to be a balanced report
of the situation: in their majority they don't offer their own opinion
on the referendum and quote all relevant stakeholders. The gist they
present is that most of the people in East Ukraine voted in a
"controversial" referendum, amidst violence, which has been declared
illegal by Kiev, the EU, the USA etc. The West, the media report, accuse
Putin of trying to destabilize the region, something which Moscow
denies. So, for the unsuspected reader, this is a more or less balanced
story, easily digestible. However, the choice of titles for the articles
and the language used throughout indicates a pro-American bias. An
example is an article from the newspaper Ethnos, which is entitled The referendum in East Ukraine "a criminal farce with the support of the Kremlin",
using a quote that came out of Kiev
Another is of the major newspaper "To Vima", whose main article is
entitled A controversial referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk
(http://www.tovima.gr/world/article/?aid=594718 . A characteristic
example which further exemplifies this is the coverage of the Odessa
tragedy which, according to "To Vima", citing BBC, started when
pro-Russian activists ambushed football fans heading for the stadium
(http://www.tovima.gr/world/article/?aid=593105). This pro-American bias
is at the same time voluntary and involuntary, I think. On the one
hand, Greece is currently under the occupation of the Troika of course,
so most major media cater to that. On the other hand, the editors
themselves follow it unconsciously. I worked for years at the Foreign
News desk of a major newspaper and saw how they use as their main source
the Anglosaxon news agencies (Reuters, AP etc.) so they automatically
assume their language and approach on those issues. The people in
Greece definitely don't support the EU and the USA in the Ukrainian
crisis; sentiments run very strong against both at the moment. Regarding
Russia, even though feelings are traditionally warm towards it, there
are two different approaches: a) those exposed to the conventional media
(mostly TV) espouse the story of Putin's "aggression" as a trigger in
the crisis and fail to see through the propaganda; b) those who actually
have even an ounce of political thinking know very well that this is
not the case. Alas, the latter are a minority. In general, people who
think politically will tell you that Greece should develop further its
relations with Russia; people of the status quo or those who have fallen
for the propaganda are driven out of fear and will tell you that it's
better to be tied to "the chariot of the West". Which is what the
Memorandum did to Greece.
C. reports from Germany: The German media reported the results truthfully but did its best to
discredit the referendum. Most articles quote one of the freaks in Kiev
to provide the opposing opinion. Furthermore, the German media is
emphasizing that nobody will recognize the referendum citing for example
German FM Steinmeier (Steinmeier: Referendum ist nicht ernst zu nehmen). But it gets even worse. Bild
sent a reporter into eastern Ukraine. He visited several polling
stations with his friend "Vladimir" from Donetsk and "Vladimir" voted at
least seven times to demonstrate how easy it was to manipulate the
referendum (the article is behind a paywall but you can watch a short
video about it here). Der Spiegel is following a similar approach. One Spiegel reporter, who was in Mariupol, stressed that there are no lists of registered voters and therefore everybody could vote multiple times. This was reemphasized in another Spiegel article
today and has been highlighted by several German media outlets. Of
course, nobody mentions the fact that Kiev had refused to hand out these
lists. The Süddeutsche Zeitung published a summary of all the "evidence" refuting the validity of the referendum including this phony SBU recording:
"Was für eine Farce"
Mehrfachwähler, gefälschte Stimmzettel und Busladungen voller Separatisten, die aus anderen Landesteilen zur Abstimmung angekarrt wurden: Nach der Volksabstimmung über eine Abspaltung der Ostukraine werden Betrugsvorwürfe laut. Das ganze Referendum, so kommentieren viele, sei eine Farce.
good news: The majority of the German population is fed up with the
propaganda and understands the Russian point of view. Although most
Germans do not necessarily support Russia in this conflict, they do not
support the U.S. or the EU either. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article for
Boiling Frogs Post about this issue, which deals with the struggle of
the German people against the local oligarchy and AngloZionist
noteworthy development is the recent work of a German satirical
television program, which is aired on ZDF (one of Europe's biggest
public-service television broadcasters famous for its NATO propaganda):
[русские субтитры] - Немецкое телевидение насмехается над Майданом - German TV laughed at Maidan
[русские субтитры] - Новый выпуск немецкого "Дурдома"! О России и Украине
C. reports from France: Articles in the French media about the referendum are without any surprise. They all say the same thing. But there is something really interesting. Since das Bild's publication of the American mercenaries in Ukraine yesterday, the main-stream newspaper and radio have repercuted this information (le Monde, le Point, Le Figaro, Boursorama, radio Europe1, RTL,..)
"L'hebdomadaire allemand "Bild am Sonntag" révèle que des employés de la société américaine privée Blackwater combattent aux côtés de l'armée régulière ukrainienne.//Environ 400 mercenaires d'une //*entreprise militaire privée américaine, Blackwater, *//opèrent en Ukraine aux côtés des soldats et de la police ukrainienne dans des opérations contre les séparatistes pro-russes, affirme le journal allemand//Bild am Sonntag //ce dimanche 11 mai."
The alternative anglo-french blog dedefensa.org gives an interesting analysis of the publication of the Bild http://www.dedefensa.org/article-les_myst_res_de_bild_12_05_2014.html the analysis seems true for the French press. Is it the beginning of the "sifflement du ballon qui se dégonfle" "wistle of the balloon that desinflates"? It should be noted that this information, that alternative media had already given sometimes ago, had never been given by the main stream media.
A. reports from Italy: our main newspapers are Corriere della Sera (the one read in foreing countries, it is like a whasington post), LaRepubblica (leftist, it is comparable with NYT and LeMonde) and Sole24ore (economic newspaper). Also there are IlGiornale and Libero (more rightist and, given they are aligned to Berlusconi, more free somehow) and LaStampa (Agnelli's property).
Summary: as usual Italian media is totally aligned with propaganda. You can find more liberty in not very mainstream media (like the ones owned by Berlusconi - incredible but true). WHat i report below are the main articles dedicated today to Ucraine - which are basically all the same - and an interesting one (last one) by Il, Giornale special reporter with exclusive (but free) videos and audios contents. My personal understanding is that our media stress a lot any facts that can be used, also if ambiguous, against Russia; putting then aside any neutral news. Also, it is clear to me concertation of western medias but this is not a big finding. Italians do not trust anyone (neither each other) especially in this strange times with no values. With many doubts, they are basically aligned to US, in any case. Remember that Italy has a long story of getting into a war on the wrong side. Luckily (and quietly disappointing for other countries) we also have the costume to end wars on the right one. I hope this will also be the case.
Corriere della Sera: The news about Ukrains (may 12th, 11.40 am) are in the middle of the web page, not very visibile. The title is: Ucraina, il referendum chiuso con un plebiscito: 95% di sì Ucraina. First part of the article try to report facts, without biasing them it seems. Then follows the statement that for the west the referendum is illegal. The article add that major of Svatove refuses to organize referendum. Then it is finally written some considerations about the validity of the referendum. The news (like the civilian killed) are reported but not explained to a "normal reader". Also, it is stated that population is knonw about the non validity of referendum but that they do not care, they want to send a signal.
La Stampa: La Stampa, as usual, it is aligned to Corriere and Repubblic in Foreign policy (that is the foreign policy of a country with 300 US bases in its territory, more or a less). It is interesting that the Ukraine news are above on the web site (LaStampa has more sophisticated readers, usually)
ILGiornale: More interesting ILGiornale, which is currently reporting situation FROM Ukraine having sent there journalist Fausto Biloslavo (by the means of crowfunding funded vy readers). This article try to provide a more impartial point of view, just telling what Biloslavo sees.
L. reports from Sweden: Unsurprisingly, there's nothing in Swedish media (Svenska Dagbladet - svd.se and Aftonbladet - aftonbladet.se)
on Blackwater mercs. They follow their old script and pretend the news
doesn't exist; in exceptional cases, such a news that was left out in
Sweden but makes it 'round the world
usually comes back to the local media a few days later as a twisted
one-liner (like "German tabloids have reported that...") with no
significance. However, there are reports by Aftonbladet (they just
translate a story by CNN) on shootings in Krasnoarmijsk with at least 2
the other hand, Balkan media has noticed and reported the "Academy"
news, quoting both "Welt am Sontag" and "The Voice of Russia" (they even
reminded their readers on last week's news proliferated by German media
about "dozens of US alphabet soup agencies' agents counseling Yatz's
referendum, as well as every other news coming out of Ukraine, is
reported on with a pro-Banderastan tone in each and every one of Swedish
media (both papers and TV/radio). Balkan media (I visit mostly Serbian
and Macedonian) are attempting to be more objective and report on
activities transmitted by both sides, though majority of editorials and
guest analyses are pro-Russian (coming out of the pens of people that've
seen enough of the Empire's goodwill).
A. reports from India: Most of the foreign-news reporting in India comes from the
American wire services (AP, Reuters, AFP, etc.) We all know what that
is like. Normally, this is balanced by excellent commentary by retired
diplomats (from the Indian Foreign Service). The IFS corps is deeply
skeptical of Western hegemony. Being diplomats, they have an
institutional bias towards multi-polarity, collaboration, and
negotiation. However, because of the Indian elections, the
newspapers aren't running those commentaries as they otherwise would.
The election results are announced tomorrow (May 16th), so everyone is
focused on that. Overall, India strongly supports Russia regarding the
Ukraine. India has vast experience with Western hypocrisy and deceit
(Kashmir, Pakistan, Bangladesh, nuclear non-proliferation, etc.) Also,
Russia is India's closest strategic partner. There is some wariness regarding the idea of
referenda, in general ... Because India is a large, diverse country,
India is very concerned about maintaining the unity of the country.
This is a red line for India.
S. reports from Kiev: Right now, I can’t say I read in details, I use it as comparative of « how propaganda » works, instead to find real headlines and infos. I confess it can be quite hard to read it, especially comments during Odessa tragedy. Many online news are warning against Russian invasion every x days, especially Paruby who organized in Kiev some bomb alert exercises with citizens. In many area of the city, you have plans and maps where to escape in case of Russian bombing…I
start with Kyivpost which was remarkable during Kiev war but started to
lose all credibility and became quickly a tool of propaganda. FYI, the Post is « Independence, Community, Trust » . Interesting program. I
invite you to read how journalists are trying to prove how Odessa
killing was impulsed by separatists with the blessing of police forces.
I’m always impressed how they create stories from nothing and they only
impulse "news" from the West news agency ( you can see this in the
home page of the online Post):
as you can read in headlines,
you can already have an idea of the editors.
The second online news I started to follow was the « ukrainian pravda » truth… In the home page, nothing about referendum and Donbass.. nothing visible. until you check down, small lines.
Pravda is quite concerned by « suspected coup, attacks from Russians or terrorists again government or country ».
There is also an interesting approach of how Bandera is different than Nazis
Banderas think that story has been rewritten and want to clear it. And some useful « mental jam » of Ukr press
this is « hysteria » online news. just to remind you what is the lower level or propaganda…
The communist party has his online news
clearly anti bandera and nazis,
calling for referendum and federalism but not « pro-russian ».
Journalists are quite involved against the Pravi Sektor and they take
serious position for Odessa Event.
M. in Kiev reports: Responses to the Lugansk/Donetsk referendum is quite predictable here in Kiev and in line with what I reported last time. Any publication that depends on print sales or has an identifiable location within Ukraine is towing the junta’s line. To not do so invites unwelcome consequences. The main English language source in Kiev, the Kyiv Post, publishes only once a week, on Friday, though they do have web updates during the week. I think this headline says it all…
Donetsk, Luhansk steam through another Soviet-sytle vote, so now what?
And this select quote…
“But the votes needed not to be tallied to know the result. It was clear
from the beginning and made even more apparent throughout the day, as
Soviet-style tactics of ballot stuffing, manipulation and intimidation
were observed at polling stations across the regions: the referendums in
the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk would pass.
Lastly, who do the people support? That’s difficult. Throughout this
whole tortured time, I’ve not seen a great outpouring of support for the
junta here in Kiev. Nor have I seen the opposite. Sentiment in social
media runs 90% for, but I don’t believe that’s representative of the
population as a whole. There was a surprising strong turnout for Victory
Day celebrations last week, although there was no official government
support for it that I was aware of, beyond Yats bringing some flowers to
the main celebration site.
No doubt people are tired of the whole thing. And, preparations for the May 25 election is extremely subdued compared to past elections.
F. reports from Nigeria: Most media in this part of the world generally do not concern themselves
with international news, but to keep their readers, viewers, listeners
entertained they usually just copy and edit the BBC or Aljazeera
story... which is pro-Empire and anti-Russian. The biggest newspapers in
most of Anglo Africa and Nigeria are usually by Pentecostal/Evangelical
Christians who are also Christian Zionists. So what you get is the
anti-Russian view. The few big private media that will challenge that
consensus line are the ones owned by the Muslim publishers. The
electronic media owned by the governments usually kiss the boots of the
West since their employers are all Western puppets, private electronic
media follows the same demarcation as the big newspapers i.e
Christian-owned pro-West, Muslim-owned pro-Russia.
C. reports from New Zealand: The reaction in NZ was fairly muted from what I saw. The usual party
line - it's democracy so we can't condone it There was one TV#
broardcast from Donesk region which was a tad bizarre The theme was
there was intimidation by armed men. As we are being told that it's
obvious from the visuals that it was self defense forces GUARDING
polling stations. Then it moves on to "poll won't be credible" due to
turnout being non representative, whilst showing huge crowds of people
young through to very old waiting to vote. Next piece of "evidence" that
polls couldn't be trusted was that voting was taking place without
checks & balances - that ID were not being checked. Mean while on
screen were people in a voting station showing ID & having details
recorded. The whole piece was surreal. The reporter was telling us one
thing and the visuals were basically showing the exact opposite. Believe
the reporter - don't believe your lying eyes !! A back room revolt ???
NZ media are pretty much following the UKUSA meme - Russia bad, we good.
Fairfax Media while still largely following the West's view do try & balance things They run "Stuff .co.nz They run all the main centers papers except Auckland's, our biggest cities (NZ Herald).
E. reports from Australia: It is clear that one valuable benefit with being involved in this
enterprise is the number of voices and perspectives- to say nothing of
facts- one would never, ever encounter save for the right now, stream of
consciousness commentary coming from all the on-the-spot people from
everywhere you are. Very cool. Our Canada rep mentioned the allegiance of Canadians
to the CBC. Here it is the ABC and for the consensus reality in Oz, what
the ABC reports is gold plated. But, they are schizo in their coverage.
Their 24 hour continuous NEWS features regular 15 minute updates
spinning the expected anti-Russia "invasion" "aggression" Putin bad.
Like one of the correspondents mentioned, they report "facts" but the
spin creates confusion and lack of clarity. The drum beat suggestion is
stoic Western powers enduring the irrational, unpredictable and
disruptive influences on the "rebels" "separatists" "gunmen" being
"directed" "supported" etc by Russia, by Putin, ambitious and
unpredictable Putin intent on expanding his power and sphere of
Then, next thing - between the headline report- will come
an interview with a western journalist on the ground where the vote is
on-going and we get a report that is fair, sympathetic and even a bit
insightful about the reality as the people are living it. This schizo
coverage keeps cycling - except when they switch to the scheduled Radio
National stream or the BBC for the official BS line done with classier
accents. The two major newspaper organisations are Rupert Murdocks News Ltd. the Fairfax Group.
News Ltd flagship newspaper is The Australian. News Ltd also runs some regional newspapers around Australia (Aug 7, 2013 - News Corp Australia titles account for 59% of the sales of all daily newspapers, with sales of 17.3 million papers a week, making it Australia's ...) I won't report their take on anything. You know what they say. I don't buy that POS (piece of shit) but checking their on-line version today there is NOTHING on anything going in Ukraine. Hard to believe. The
Fairfax papers are the other major newspaper operation here. Their
website relegates the Ukraine story to a place of little prominence
today BUT their coverage is written by Paul McGeough, the Chief Foreign
Corespondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age [Melbourne,
Australia]. He has distinguished himself covering Iraq and is a man with
clarity and accuracy in his reports that often runs counter to the
accepted and promoted editorial stance. He has done a reasonable job here;
All in all, here in Oz the general thrust is to maintain the ZioAngloAmerican line. But with reports like McGeough's,
the situation is similar to the comments made by the Washington D.C.
Subcor- that "facts" are beginning to corrupt the purity of their false
narrative. We are a long way from the Ukraine and Oz is
an insular place. Our day in the sun will come (prayfully not!) when
the USA calls on us to again (think Vietnam, Iraq) go "All the way with
the USA" as they pivot to China with their new aircraft carrier the USS
Far East Asia:
P. reports from South Korea: will try to give you a brief review on the reactions of the local
press to the referendum that took place in Lugansk and Donetsk, but
before that, I would like to remind you that in Korea, these
international issues are not so important compared to local issues or
issues with neighbor countries. Especially these days, the Korean press
is mainly focused on:
- the Sewol ferry tragedy that occures 3 weeks ago (it is still one
of the main topic on the news, since the incident surfaced a lot of
- the repetitive North-Korean "threats", with these days the investigation of so-called North Korean drones
The main information portal and search engine in Korea is called Naver (www.naver.com), so this is where I read some articles concerning the Ukrainian crisis. From my perspective, some newspapers like Yonhap (Korean version)
just relate the fact quite objectively with graphs, without being too
The other newspapers I regularly follow are:
It insists quite on the "illegimitacy" of the referendum by mainly
quoting Jen Psaki and using sources from VOA (Voice of America), a
pro-US newspaper mainly read by Korean-American citizens.
To conclude, in my opinion, even though South Korea
is completely under American military occupation and often shows
pro-Western opinions on international issues, in the case of the
Ukrainian referendum, I think that the local press was less
West-oriented (especially if I compare to the French one) or simply did
mention much about it. It may be due a will from Korea to reinforce its
relations with Russia like for example, last year in November, an
agreement was sign between Russia and South Korea to facilitate VISA
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I hope that this has been an interesting exercise for you, the readers. For me, it has been a first test and I already see that there is a lot to be improved on, so please be patient with us. With time, I hope that we can do better.
A big THANK YOU! to all the correpsondents who sent in their reports (I hope that this will encourage the others for the next time) .
Kind regards and many thanks,
PS: I am most definitely still looking for correspondents and translators (from any language into English) willing to help the blog. If you are interested, please email me at vineyardsaker at gmail dot com. Many thanks!