Articles by Caitlin Johnstone

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Saving Gaza Is about more Than Saving Gaza–It’s also about Saving Ourselves
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jun 2024

11 Jun 2024 – Saving ourselves as individuals. Saving ourselves as a society. Saving ourselves as a species. Saving ourselves from what we’ll become if we just watch this happening right in front of our…

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Landfill Empire
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2024

The moonlight caresses the missile silos in Russia
and the blown out hospitals in Gaza.
The garbage plays in the wind like children.
The exhaust fumes and the sounds of traffic feel like sex in your senses.

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The Media Skew Public Perception by Manipulating People’s Attention
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2024

9 Jun 2024 – “Israel Rescues 4 Hostages in Military Operation; Gazan Officials Say Scores Are Killed,” reads a New York Times headline from yesterday. It’s a very odd-looking headline even if you don’t know anything about the propagandistic tactics being employed in it.

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The US Empire Isn’t a Government That Runs Nonstop Wars, It’s a Nonstop War That Runs a Government
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2024

1 Jun 2024 – It clears up a lot of confusion when you understand that the US empire is not a national government which happens to run nonstop military operations; it’s a nonstop military operation that happens to run a national government.

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Biden Allows Ukraine to Strike Russian Nuclear Defenses with US Weapons
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2024

31 May 2024 – Any of these three new developments has the potential to lead to unpredictable events which spiral out of control into a nuclear war between NATO and the Russian Federation, which would be the single worst thing that could possibly happen on planet Earth.

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There Was a Time
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2024

It’s hard to believe there was a time when I didn’t know what a child’s insides look like. That I didn’t know how limp babies’ limbs go when they are dead, when they are missing parts of their body, missing their head, limbs dangling lifeless as parents hold…

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Opposing the War Machine Is Cool Again, and the Evil Empire’s Getting Nervous
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2024

8 May 2024 – US rapper Macklemore has released a single titled “Hind’s Hall”, the name given to Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall by anti-genocide protesters in honor of the six-year-old Hind Rajab who was murdered in Gaza by Israeli forces.

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CNN Compares Campus Protesters to Nazis in Stunning Propaganda Segment
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2024

2 May 2024 – Propaganda only works if you don’t know it’s happening to you, so hopefully they keep going mask-off like this for everyone to see.

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Israel’s Defenders Talk So Much about Feelings Because They Can’t Talk about Facts
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2024

4 May 2024 – Their position is so gross and indefensible that all they have left is babbling about some select people having upset feelings and holding those feelings as more important than stopping an active genocide.

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In This Dystopia, Opposing a Genocide Is Considered Worse Than Committing One
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2024

25 Apr 2024 – That’s how crazy they need us to be to keep us supporting a globe-spanning empire that literally cannot exist without nonstop violence and tyranny.

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Israel Is Turning Hospitals into Mass Graves While the West Fixates on ‘Antisemitism’
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2024

23 Apr 2024 – The IDF are just attacking hospitals and mowing down civilians and trying to bury the evidence of their crimes, so naturally we’re seeing the western political-media class focus very hard on the problem of antisemitism allegations on college campuses.

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Gen Z just Might Save the World
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2024

28 Apr 2024 – There are so many reasons to feel pessimistic, but Gen Z’s fierce opposition to the Gaza genocide is a massive reason to have hope for the future. 

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In Gaza the Sniper Drones Are Crying like Babies
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2024

22 Apr 2024 – The drones play recordings of crying babies and women screaming in distress in order to lure people out into the open, and then shoot them.

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The Amputated Limbs of Children
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2024

“I want my legs back,” the girl cried in Arabic.“ I want my legs back.” You can’t have your legs back, little girl. They have been eaten by a hungry machine who needs them for fuel to power its gears.

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Gaza Asks Us a Question about What Kind of Future We Want to Have
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2024

9 Apr 2024 – A live-streamed genocide happening right out in the open forces a civilization to start asking questions about itself. [Are 21st century human beings savage under the illusion of being civilized? –TMS Editor]

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Six Months of Hell on Earth
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

3 Apr 2024 – Half a year of insulting our intelligence. Half a year of insulting our humanity. Half a year of unfathomable suffering. Half a year of irreparable trauma.

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Dancing Outside the Concentration Camp
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

Dancing outside the concentration camp, rave music pounding through our bones like bombs. A disco at the genocide, baby. A disco at the genocide.

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AI Lavender Conclusively, Irrefutably Debunks IDF’s ‘Human Shields’ Lie
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

5 Apr 2024 – One aspect of the IDF’s Lavender AI system that’s not getting enough consideration is that it is completely devastating to the narrative that Israel has been killing so many civilians in Gaza because Hamas uses “human shields”.

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Imagine if Russia or China Did the Things Israel Is Doing in Gaza
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2024

28 Mar 2024 – It’s almost cliché at this point to say “imagine if Russia or China did this”, but such comparisons are important for retaining a sense of perspective on just how evil the western political-media class is being about Gaza right now.

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It’s Journalistic Malpractice to Say Gazans Are Starving without Saying Israel Is Starving Them
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2024

19 Mar 2024 – The editors of The New York Times know exactly what they’re doing packaging a story about Israel’s deliberate starvation of Palestinian civilians like it’s a troubling prediction about the weather.

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I Don’t Need Guns I Need Fire Extinguishers
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2024

8 Mar 2024 – Pointing pistols as the man burns, as Gaza burns, as civilization burns, as the planet burns. I don’t need guns I need fire extinguishers.

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So, They’re Experimenting with Military Robots in Gaza Now
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2024

4 Mar 2024 – Haaretz has a new article out titled “Gaza Becomes Israel’s Testing Ground for Military Robots”, which reports that “In an effort to avoid harming soldiers and dogs, the IDF has been experimenting with the use of robots and remote-controlled dogs in the Gaza War [read Genocide].”

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The Most American Thing That Has Ever Happened
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2024

22 Feb 2024 – A man set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington today in protest of the genocide in Gaza. A police officer showed up pointing a gun at the man’s burning body; I guess that’s just what American cops do when they aren’t sure what to do. UPDATE: The protester has died. His name was Aaron Bushnell.

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Crocodile Tears over Navalny while Ignoring Assange
Caitlin Johnstone | Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2024

17 Feb 2024 – If you’re in a country whose government has had a hand in the persecution of Julian Assange, then you can go ahead and shut the fuck up about Navalny.

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Pushing Gazans into Rafah and Then Attacking Rafah, Killing UNRWA Funding without Evidence
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2024

10 Feb 2024 – The IDF has been packing the population of Gaza into the southernmost part of the enclave like toothpaste toward the end of a tube, and now they’re going to attack that southernmost part, but it’s totally not genocide and you’re an evil Nazi if you say it is.

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The Biden Administration’s Absurd Justification for Its Yemen War
Caitlin Johnstone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2024

23 Jan 2024 – The unspoken premise behind this justification is that an active genocide should be permitted to continue with zero economic repercussions of any kind, for Israel or anyone else.

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Many Say They Want Peace When What They Really Want Is Obedience
Caitlin Johnstone | Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2024

24 Jan 2024 – Pay less attention to people’s words about wanting “peace” and focus instead on what actions they are supporting to accomplish that end. This will show you the truth about what they really want.

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They’re Calling Ethnic Cleansing “Voluntary Migration” Now
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2024

2 Jan 2024 – Violently coercing someone into doing something and ensuring that they’ll die if they don’t do it is the exact opposite of what the word “voluntary” means… Hamas is not the target in Gaza. Hamas is just the excuse.

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How the Hell Did We Get Here?
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2024

27 Dec 2023 – Caitlin reminds us what a more mature human family could look like. We’re killing the biosphere while arguing about whether or not it’s antisemitic to oppose an active genocide.

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That Can’t Be True about Israel
Caitlin Johnstone | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2023

Israel’s actions are so horrific and depraved I keep thinking I must be misinterpreting what I’m reading or disregarding a claim as over the top, only to find out it’s true.

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CNN Goes to Gaza
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2023

15 Dec 2023 – Watching the sloppy propagandistic spin of the western press reminds me of how grateful I am for all the journalists in Gaza who’ve been doing the heavy lifting while their lives are in serious danger. CNN’s Clarissa Ward became the first western journalist to enter Gaza independent from Israeli forces since 7 Oct.

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I Will Not Look Away
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2023

9 Dec 2023 – No matter how much human suffering I see by keeping my gaze on Gaza, I will not look away.

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For Refaat Alareer: A Tribute
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2023

9 Dec 2023 – They killed a poet in Gaza on Wednesday [6 Dec]. Well, as much as you can kill a poet, anyway. Plus: A Tribute, by Max Blumenthal

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Israel’s Savagery Is So Shocking It’s Sometimes Hard to Take in
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2023

30 Nov 2023 – If there’s anything positive to be found in this living nightmare, it’s that it’s so earth-shakingly ugly that it just might shake the world awake.

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Putin Was Declared a War Criminal for *Relocating* the Same Number of Children Netanyahu Just *Killed*
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2023

25 Nov 2023 – I am not interested in defending the Russian government but in opposing the murderousness of the globe-spanning US-centralized power structure I live under, and all the lies, double standards and hypocrisy used to keep the murders and infanticide going.

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Israel Has Damaged Israel’s Reputation Far Worse Than Its Enemies Ever Have
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2023

26 Nov 2023 – Israel has done more to damage Israel’s image in the last seven weeks than antisemites did in the last seven decades. Hamas attacked Israel because it is a murderous and tyrannical apartheid regime that butchers children. October 7 was the echo of the violence Israel has been inflicting on Palestinians for generations.

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Israelis Keep Hurting Their Own PR Interests by Talking
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2023

14 Nov 2023 – How the institutionalized dehumanization of Palestinians causes Israelis to say things that non-Israelis will find extremely shocking. As Maya Angelou said, ‘when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.’

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The Ten Dumbest Things We’re Being Asked to Believe about Israel’s War on Gaza
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2023

7 Nov 2023 – Here they are, in no particular order.

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As the Lights Go Out in Gaza
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2023

2 Nov 2023 – A Poem

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There’s Only So Much Propaganda Spin You Can Put on the Murder of Thousands of Children
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2023

30 Oct 2023 – The fact that the US and its allies are helping Israel murder children by the thousands is a giant glitch in the narrative matrix.

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White House Says Continued Civilian Slaughter “Is Going to Happen” in Gaza
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2023

26 Oct 2023 – White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told the press on Tuesday [24 Oct] that the continued killing of civilians in Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza “is going to happen”.

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It’s a Little Bit Bomby in Gaza Today
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2023

It’s a little bit bomby in Gaza today,
at least that’s what the news men say.

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It’s Not the ‘Israel-Hamas War’, It’s the Israel-Gaza Massacre
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2023

15 Oct 2023 – Calling it the Israel-Hamas war creates the false impression that this is a war that is directed exclusively at Hamas when it’s really an ethnic purge that’s directed at all Palestinians in Gaza.

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Journalism Itself Is Locked Up in Belmarsh
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2023

At the 17th anniversary of the creation of WikiLeaks on 4 October, it’s probably worth taking a moment to reflect on Julian Assange and what his persecution means for us and our society.

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They’re Repeating the Word ‘Unprovoked’ again, This Time in Defense of Israel
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2023

8 Oct 2023 – Skillful manipulators make frequent use of a cognitive bias known as the illusory truth effect, a glitch in the way human minds tend to operate which makes it hard for us to differentiate between the experience of hearing a well-evidenced fact and the experience of hearing something that we’ve heard repeated multiple times.

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Dying for Inches in Ukraine
Caitlin Johnstone | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2023

30 Sep 2023 – That weapons systems are being tested on human bodies to the immense benefit of war profiteers over a completely avoidable and provoked war is nightmarishly depraved. 

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The US Air Force Is Clearing Out Jungles in the Pacific to Prepare for War with China
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2023

A Poem

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It’s Hard to Find Fulfillment in a Civilization That Revolves Around Corporate Profits
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2023

18 Sep 2023 – Corporate profits are our life. Corporate profits are our religion. Most of us pour more of our energy into generating corporate profits throughout our lives than the most pious monk pours into worshipping any deity.

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Revisiting John Pilger’s 2016 Warnings about US Warmongering against Russia and China
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2023

6 Sep 2023 – “It’s like listening to a time traveler warning people from the past about a grave mistake they were about to make.”

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NATO Chief Openly Admits Russia Invaded Ukraine Because of NATO Expansion
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2023

During a speech at the EU Parliament on 7 Sep, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg clearly and repeatedly acknowledged that Putin made the decision to invade Ukraine because of fears of NATO expansionism.

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Access Journalism at Its Most Pernicious
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2023

5 Sep 2023 – Modern western national security journalism is mostly just writing what a government official tells you to write and then calling it a “scoop” which you got from a nameless “source” in the government.

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The Joke Is on You…
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2023

… Jack!

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The Last Time a Foreign Military Threat Was Placed Near the US Border, the World Almost Ended
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2023

27 Aug 2023 – To demand that Russia and China tolerate foreign activities on their borders that the US would never even think about tolerating on its own borders is just demanding that the entire world lie down and submit to being ruled by Washington.

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Unipolar Hegemony Is a Freakish Historical Aberration
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2023

25 Aug 2023 – Only the US is instigating wars around the world, circling the planet with hundreds of foreign military bases, starving populations with massive unilateral sanctions and blockades, and working to destroy any nation which disobeys it. No other government has spent the 21st century killing people by the millions in wars of aggression; only the US has.

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Big Brave Western Proxy Warriors Keep Whining That Ukrainian Troops Are Cowards
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2023

19 Aug 2023 – Western officials — under cover of anonymity and from the safety of their desks — are expressing disapproval of Ukraine’s aversion to being killed.

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A Tribute to the Life of Daniel Ellsberg
Caitlin Johnstone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2023

Thank You for Your Service

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Victoria Nuland Has Gone to Africa
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2023

9 Aug 2023 – Victoria Nuland has gone to Africa. Gone to Africa to talk some sense into the Nigeriens and convince them to return to the shackles of Paris. Gone to Africa to harvest blood diamonds and cobalt. Gone to Africa to masturbate on Gaddafi’s grave.

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The Algorithm [ Brilliant! ]
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2023

6 Aug 2023 – The algorithm knows what you want before you do. The algorithm knows you better than you know yourself. The algorithm knew you back before you were a screaming slime child, back before they washed off the uterine gunk and handed you a smartphone and made you get a landlord, back before you knew that war…

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Mainstream Journalists
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2023

4 Aug 2023 – It’s not just the obscenely wealthy owners of the mass media who are protecting their class interests, it’s the reporters–cloistered Ivy League-educated trust fund kids–, editors and pundits as well.

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Profit-Driven Systems Are Driving Us to Our Doom
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2023

13 Jul 2023 – Under our current systems for profit generation, making a quality product that lasts a long time instead of quickly going obsolete or turning into landfill will actually drive you into bankruptcy.

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Today in War Propaganda
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2023

9 Jul 2023 – The New York Times has an article with the headline “Cluster Weapons U.S. Is Sending Ukraine Often Fail to Detonate.” The real story isn’t that the US has failed to send Ukraine its primo mint-condition cluster bombs, the story is that undetonated munitions will kill civilians and keep killing them even long after the fighting stops.

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Fifteen Useful Facts
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2023

2 Jul 2023 – Profound Insights

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Thank You for Your Service
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2023

Thank you for your service.
I say this to the peacemakers.
To the truth-tellers.
To the defiant ones.

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15 Reasons Why Media Don’t Do Journalism
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2023

4 Jun 2023 – Mass Media Employees Act Like Propagandists

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This Is What Dystopia Looks Like
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2023

3 May 2023 – Simpsons characters waving Ukrainian flags; an opera about a drone operator sponsored by General Dynamics; Bono drawing pictures of Zelenksy and Sesame Street working with USAID in Iraq.

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Headless Hounds
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2023

Headless hounds from Boston Dynamics.
Headless hounds from Raytheon.
Headless hounds in our nightmares huddled shivering under US flags

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Imperial Narrative Managers Always Try to Make Peace Seem Unnatural
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2023

12 Mar 2023: Peace as an ABERRATION? – “Australia must prepare itself. Most important of all is a psychological shift. Urgency must replace complacency. The recent decades of tranquillity were not the norm in human affairs but an aberration. Australia’s holiday from history is over. Australians should not feel afraid but be alert to the threats we face, the tough decisions we must make and know that they have agency. This mobilisation of mindset is the essential prerequisite to any successful confrontation of China.” — ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and ‘The Age’

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The Empire Gives People the Illusion of Fighting the Power without Ever Endangering Real Power
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Mar 2023

26 Feb 2023 – For what’s probably the first “anti-war” protest of their lives, US liberals gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to condemn the leader of a government thousands of miles away joined by empire managers like Samantha Power who spoke at the rally opposing Russian warmongering at the capital of the most warlike nation on the planet.

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US Power Alliance Says It’s Preparing an “Information War” against China
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2023

24 Feb 2023 – In an article published last week titled “US working with ‘Five Eyes’ nations, Japan on information warfare” C4ISRNET, a military intelligence and communications publication, reports that the US and its allies are collaborating “to share and sharpen information-warfare techniques in the Indo-Pacific” with the goal of “countering” the “increasingly aggressive China.”

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Free Speech Is for Fighting the Empire
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2023

22 Feb 2023 – My research has led me to conclude that there’s an elite conspiracy to enslave us all and turn us all into brainwashed automatons mindlessly enacting the wishes of our rulers in a cruel dystopia built by the powerful, for the powerful. Haha, just kidding. That already happened.

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Russia and China Draw ‘Red Lines’ on Their Borders; US Draws Them on the Other Side of the Planet
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2023

21 Feb 2023 – Reacting to China’s announcement that it will be putting forward a proposal for a political settlement to end the war in Ukraine, the US ambassador to the UN said that if China begins arming Russia in that conflict this will be a “red line” for the US.

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What We Know about the US Air Force’s Balloon Party So Far
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2023

18 Feb 2023 – The US military only kill foreigners for resource and profits for the military-industrial complex. Turns out it is also used for shooting down party balloons.

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Whatever They Decide These UFOs Are, the Answer Will Be more US Militarism
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2023

13 Feb 2023 – US war planes shot down three unidentified objects in last three days. Yesterday, an octagon-shaped object was shot down over Lake Huron. The day before, a cylindrical object was downed over Canada’s Yukon territory by an American F-22, and on 10 Feb an object “about the size of a small car” was reportedly shot down over Alaska. Unlike the Chinese balloon, there’s no consensus as to what they were or where they came from.

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Just Beneath
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2023

Don’t let the fraudulence of this civilization eclipse the supernova of authenticity hidden just beneath that thin membrane.

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War Machine vs. Balloons
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2023

4 Feb 2023 – US Surrounds China with War Machinery while Freaking Out about Balloons – Maybe Americans should stop watching out for hostile foreign ‘threats’ and start looking a little closer to home.

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US Constantly Provoking China
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2023

24 Jan 2023 – The way the U.S. has been positioning its war machinery around China would have sparked a third world war had the roles been reversed. Nonetheless, talk inside the U.S. empire is all about Chinese “aggression.”

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Kids These Days
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2023

Well you know kids these days they’re so entitled
.
They’ll quit a job just because they don’t like it
,
or because it doesn’t pay enough
, …

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Top 20 Most Cringeworthy Zelensky PR Moments
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jan 2023

14 Jan 2023 – One of the most cringeworthy and degrading aspects of the globe-spanning narrative control campaign surrounding the US empire’s proxy war in Ukraine has been the way the nation’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has been turned into an ever-present corporate mascot for the most aggressive ad campaign ever devised.

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BlackRock Logo to Be Added to Ukrainian Flag
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2023

29 Dec 2022 – Kyiv has announced the addition of a fifth corporate logo to the Ukrainian flag—BlackRock, world’s largest investment management firm–which will be playing a crucial role in the reconstruction of the nation. BlackRock will join Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and McDonald’s upon the blue and yellow flag.

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The Guardian Could Help Assange by Retracting All the Lies It Published about Him
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2022

30 Nov 2022 – The Guardian has joined The New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País in signing a letter from the five papers which collaborated with WikiLeaks twelve years ago to call for the Biden administration to drop all charges against Julian Assange. The Guardian’s participation in this letter is particularly noteworthy, given the leading role that publication has played in manufacturing public support for his persecution in the first place.

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China Keeps Aggressively Surrounding Itself with U.S. Bases
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2022

29 Nov 2022 – Everyone knows the US has invaded countries completely unprovoked very recently and will definitely do so again, but we still have to pretend that Putin is the worst thing since Hitler. I cannot emphasize enough how little respect I have for anyone who parrots US empire narratives about China.

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Let’s Be Clear: If WW3 Happens It Will Be the Result of Choices Made by the US Empire
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2022

7 Nov 2022 – The commander of the US nuclear arsenal has stated unequivocally that the war in Ukraine is just a warmup exercise for a much larger conflict that’s already in the mail.

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Destroying Western Values to Defend Western Values
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2022

1 Nov 2022 – So it turns out the US intelligence cartel has been working intimately with online platforms to regulate the “cognitive infrastructure” of the population according to a new investigative report by The Intercept.

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Love Like There’s No Yesterday
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2022

like you’re the first to ever love
like it’s fresh and for the first time
because it is fresh and for the first time

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Just Two Weeks
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2022

I stand here before you
in my mother’s hand-me-downs,
in this world where mothers must work like they don’t have children
and parent like they don’t have jobs, …

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The Official Narrative on Ukraine
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2022

29 Oct 2022 – If you dispute any part of the official Ukraine narrative, you are an evil monster, and a disinformation agent. Because Vladimir Putin is the same as Adolf Hitler, and you are an evil disinformation agent-Neville Chamberlain-appeasement monster, it is legitimate to censor you, to accuse you of being secretly paid by the Russian government, to swarm you with coordinated astroturf trolls to shout you down…

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Planting Angel Eggs on a Dying World
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2022

Planting angel eggs on a dying world,
at the feet of billboards,
in the clearcut wastelands,

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US Rejection of Moscow’s Offer for Peace Talks Is Utterly Inexcusable
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2022

12 Oct 2022 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that Moscow was open to talks with the US or with Turkey on ending the war in Ukraine, claiming that US officials are lying when they say Russia has been refusing peace talks. Lavrov’s claim was given more weight when US State Department spokesman Ned Price dismissed the offer for peace talks shortly after it was extended.

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Once Upon a Time
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2022

9 Oct 2022 – Just as was the case with the birth of the universe, when life first arrived it was as simple as could be. It remained in that state of radical simplicity for a very long time, like a kind of incubation period, before hatching and exploding into organisms of greater and greater complexity. The story of the universe is a story of expanding perception of the universal consciousness.

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It’s only a ‘Conspiracy Theory’ When It Accuses the US Government
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2022

4 Oct 2022 – The western political/media class dismisses as “conspiracy theories” claims that the US is responsible for the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, while leveling the same accusations against Russia. Which probably says a lot about the way that label has been used over the years, if you think about it.

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The Narrative That This War Was “Unprovoked” Prevents Peace
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2022

2 Oct 2022 – People who believe the empire’s narratives about its official enemies have fewer critical thinking skills than your average Marvel movie viewer. Think. Be a grown up and think. Someone’s benefitting from the aggressively promulgated narrative that peace is impossible and war is the only solution. And that someone isn’t you.

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Our Mortality Should Unite Us
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2022

A jet airliner opens up and sends its passengers falling to earth. You’d expect them to scream, to cry in fear, to prepare for the end, to pray, but instead they turn on each other and start fighting. “I hate you! I hate you!” they scream at each other on their way down. Some try to strangle each other to death. Some try to steal from each other…

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Look with Nature’s Eyes
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2022

Look with nature’s eyes,
with atomic eyes,
with Eden eyes,
with primordial eyes.

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The Ukraine Proxy War Has Been a Propaganda Win for Interventionists
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2022

6 Sep 2022 – Neocon erotica publication The Atlantic has a new article out titled “The Rise of the Liberal Hawks” which is infuriating as much for its sycophantic empire apologia as it is for the fact that much it is entirely correct.

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Who Benefits from US Government Claims That the UFO Threat Is Increasing ‘Exponentially’?
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2022

5 Sep 2022 – The US government’s newly named Unidentified Aerospace-Undersea Phenomena Joint Program Office: someone’s benefiting from this. And it’s unreasonable to expect the most murderous and tyrannical regime on earth to tell us the truth about UFOs when it would stand nothing to gain. We ordinary people should do our best to understand what’s happening for ourselves.

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Free Speech Doesn’t Matter if Propagandists Determine What People Say
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

29 Aug 2022 – None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. None are more hopelessly ignorant than those who falsely believe they’re informed. None are more hopelessly propagandized than those who don’t know they are propagandized.

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We’re Being Trained to Worry about ‘Russian Propaganda’ while Drowning in US Propaganda
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

31 Aug 2022 – Whose Propaganda Is Most Worrisome? – One of the weirdest things today is the way the western world is trained to freak out about “Russian propaganda” while ignoring that we are marinating in billions of dollars worth of US empire propaganda.

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It Is a Good Time to Appreciate the Insects
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

It is a good time to appreciate the insects
and functioning supply chains
and normal weather
and the fact that there are whales.

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They Lie to Us
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

They lie to us all our lives about what soldiers do,
about what cops do,
about what journalists do,
about what presidents do.

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China Threatens the US Empire, Not the US Itself: Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2022

15 Aug 2022 – So many empire apologist arguments depend on pretending the US empire doesn’t exist; pretending the US is just a normal country sitting there minding its own business. If you do that, it really does look like Russia and China are picking on Ukraine and Taiwan completely unprovoked.

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