The barrage of scaremongering by the British press before the football World Cup, painted the hosts Russia as a tyrannical country unsafe for tourists and football fans alike. But the reality has been very different. Visitors have taken to social media to explain that they’ve found Russia and her people hospitable and friendly. This wasn’t what they were told to expect. So was this media onslaught just a mistake? Or was this the latest instalment of post Cold War rhetoric designed to malign Russia? With relations between the West and Russia at an all time low, where next for this relationship? Joining us to discuss why both sides are locked in this frozen conflict is the writer and broadcaster, John White.
The world’s major superpowers are converging on Syria, the centre of a new Cold War between America and Russia. It’s also a significant source of conflict over a natural gas pipeline connecting the Middle East with Europe. Will the outcome dictate the structure of the next century’s ‘new world order’?
Once again the west finds itself back in a familiar position with the press parroting one assured narrative, while the public is increasingly sceptical about their claims. So what is really going on? And have we not learned anything from interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya? Here to discuss the role of the media in support of the Western headlong rush to war is the economist and political analyst, Shabbir Razvi and former army officer, detective and counter-terrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge.
People do not have much of an appetite for more war, and yet this is not reflected in the pages of the elite corporate media, TV or radio debates and discussions. Daniel Margrain takes a look at the news propaganda around Syria and why it does not stand up to a moments scrutiny.
Many corporate journalists who claimed to have learned hard lessons from the WMD debacle in Iraq are the same journalists who are currently regurgitating the UK government propaganda line in relation to the alleged Russian poisoning even before a speck of evidential dust has settled. Daniel Margrain provides some much-needed clarity around about current ‘free press’.