Articles by Caitlin Johnstone

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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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“Russian Propaganda” Just Means Disobedience
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

6 Aug 2022 – It is not good that propaganda is shoved into our minds manufacturing consent for dangerous escalations between the world’s two greatest nuclear powers while anyone who opposes any part of it is dismissed as a Russian propagandist or a useful idiot of the Kremlin.

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Three Illuminating Quotes about the War in Ukraine
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

12 Jul 2022 – John Pilger, Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges have lent their expertise to the subject of the war in Ukraine with some recent comments that help bring some much-needed clarity to an often confusing and always contentious issue. Here they are:

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Empire to Expand NATO in Response to War Caused by NATO Expansion
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

29 Jun 2022 – Turkey’s President Erdoğan has officially withdrawn Ankara’s objection to the addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO membership, with the three countries signing a trilateral memorandum at a NATO summit in Madrid.

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Silicon Valley Corporations Are Taking Control of History
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

6 Jun 2022 – Twitter has imposed a weeklong suspension on the account of writer and political activist Danny Haiphong for a thread he made on the platform disputing the mainstream Tiananmen Square massacre narrative.

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Empire Solves Ukraine’s Nazi Problem with a Logo Change
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

31 May 2022 – “The Azov Battalion has removed a neo-Nazi symbol from its insignia that has helped perpetuate Russian propaganda about Ukraine being in the grip of far-right nationalism,” The Times of London informs us. Ahh, that’s much better. Problem solved.

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On Bush’s Freudian Confession
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

19 May 2022 – While criticizing Russia for having rigged elections and shutting out political opposition, the 43rd president made the following comment: “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean, of Ukraine.”The bullshit doesn’t get any more brightly illuminated than this, folks. All that spin and narrative management they’ve been pouring into the US proxy war in Ukraine, and Bush undoes it all with the Bushism to end all Bushisms.

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Shitlibs Are Foam-Brained Human Livestock: Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

22 Apr 2022 – If your understanding of world events doesn’t account for the easily quantifiable fact that the US is the most tyrannical regime on earth, nothing else will be fact-based. There’s only one government that is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, continually working to destroy any nation who disobeys it, and has spent the 21st century killing people by the millions. It isn’t Russia. It isn’t China.

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PayPal Blocks Multiple Alternative Media Figures Critical of US Empire Narratives
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

29 Apr 2022 – PayPal has just blocked the accounts of multiple alternative media voices who’ve been speaking critically against official US empire narratives. These include journalist and speaker Caleb Maupin, and Mnar Adley and Alan MacLeod of MintPress News (also blocked).

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Everyone’s Anti-War until the War Propaganda Starts
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

27 Apr 2022 – Nobody thinks of themselves as a warmonger, but then the spin machine gets going and before you know it they’re spouting the slogans they’ve been programmed to spout, waving the flags they’ve been programmed to wave, and consenting to whatever the imperial war machine wants in that moment.

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The US Cries about War Crimes while Imprisoning a Journalist for Exposing Its War Crimes
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

20 Apr 2022 – In what his lawyers have described as a “brief but significant moment in the case,” a British magistrates’ court has signed off on Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, bringing the WikiLeaks founder one step closer to a US trial under the Espionage Act which threatens press freedoms worldwide.

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More Evidence That the U.S. Is Trying to Prolong This Ukrainian War
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

25 Mar 2022 – “Secretary of State Antony Blinken has not attempted any conversations with his counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, since the start of the conflict. So the US government is continuing its policy of refusing to attempt any high-level diplomatic resolutions to this war despite its public hand-wringing

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International Law Is a Meaningless Concept When It only Applies to U.S. Enemies
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

17 Mar 2022 – International law is a meaningless concept when it only applies to people the US power alliance doesn’t like. Neither George W Bush nor Tony Blair are in prison cells at The Hague where international law says they ought to be.

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The US Government Truly Believes the Entire Planet Is Its Property
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

14 Feb 2022 – The irony of the Wall Street Journal yelling about China’s “global expansionism” over a ‘potential’ military base in Equatorial Guinea without applying that label to the US, which has hundreds of times the number of foreign military bases as China. It is ridiculous that a military base some six thousand nautical miles from the US coastline be framed as a threat to North Americans.

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The US Empire Is Evil and You Should Want It to Fail
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

20 Feb 2022 -To rule the world, make it rely on a single dominant financial system you control so anyone who disobeys you can be cut off from the economy you’ve made them dependent on. The challenge isn’t so much obtaining evidence of the depravity of the empire as helping people to really, truly see the evidence we already have.

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The Assange Case Explained Simply
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

16 Dec 2021 – In reality, the complexity of this case is a complete illusion. It only looks complicated because many years of media distortion have made it appear so. The US government is trying to extradite a journalist and prosecute him under the Espionage Act for exposing its war crimes, with the long-term goal of normalizing this practice. That’s it. That’s the whole entire thing.

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In That Final Moment
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Dec 2021

6 Dec 2021 – When the nukes start flying,
when we see the mushroom cloud growing on the horizon,
when reality comes crashing down in the most overt way possible,
when the realization slowly dawns that this really is the end,
none of our old stuff will matter anymore.

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US Cover-up of Syria Massacre Shows the Danger of the Assange Precedent
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2021

15 Nov 2021 – The New York Times has published a solid investigative report on a US military coverup of a massacre in Syria which killed scores of civilians. The second investigative report on civilian-slaughtering US airstrikes by the NYT in a matter of weeks, and if I were a more conspiracy-minded person I’d say the paper of record appears to have been infiltrated by journalists.

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Netflix to Launch WikiLeaks Smear Job Three Days Before Assange Court Date
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2021

14 Oct 2021 – Netflix will begin streaming a brazen hatchet job on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for its U.S. subscribers on October 24th, just three days prior to a significant court date in Assange’s fight against extradition from the UK to the United States on October 27th.

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Washington Kidnaps a ‘Fugitive’ Ambassador– State Terrorism?
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2021

17 Oct 2021 – The US Has Placed Itself in Charge Over Which Nations Get to Eat – The propaganda multiplier news agencies AP and AFP have both informed their readers that “fugitive businessman” Special Envoy and Ambassador to the African Union for Venezuela Alex Saab has been extradited to the United States.

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The Richer You Are the Creepier You Get: Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

6 Oct 2021 – So the Facebook “whistleblower” all the mass media are loudly amplifying today is pushing for regulations that Facebook just happens to fully support, likely because the trillion-dollar corporation knows it will impose costs that make the emergence of future competitors impossible? Cool. That’s not suspicious at all.

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(Français) L’acte d’accusation contre Assange repose sur le faux témoignage d’un sociopathe avéré
Caitlin Johnstone | Investig'Action - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

28 Juin 2021 – C’est une bombe dans l’affaire Assange. Pour faire extrader le fondateur de WikiLeaks, le gouvernement US l’a notamment accusé de piratage. Or, le témoin-clé de cette accusation vient de retourner sa veste dans un journal islandais. Pire, le témoin en question serait une taupe rémunérée du FBI qui avait été reconnu coupable d’abus sexuels sur mineurs et de détournement de fonds. Il admet maintenant avoir menti. Pour Edward Snowden, cette révélation marque la fin de l’affaire Assange.

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“Regime” and “CCP”: Propaganda Tools for Dissociating a Targeted Nation from Its Government
Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

9 Apr 2021 – Have you ever seen a mainstream news report containing the phrase “the French regime”? How about “the British regime” or “the Australian regime”? Ostensibly the word simply means “a form of government” or “a government in power.” In theory its meaning is closer to “a bad or authoritarian government”, and in practice by the western media it means “a government which disobeys the dictates of Washington”.

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May the Unseen Be Seen
Caitlin Johnstone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

May what is unseen become seen.
May the hidden dynamics of oligarchy and empire be revealed to all of humanity.
May the depravity of the powerful be exposed before everyone.

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US Bombs Syria & Ridiculously Claims Self Defense
Caitlin Johnstone | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Feb 2021 – So we are being told that the United States launched an airstrike on Syria, a nation it invaded and is illegally occupying, because of attacks on “U.S. locations” in Iraq, another nation the U.S. invaded and is illegally occupying. It is impossible for its actions in either of those countries to be defensive. The U.S. is always necessarily the aggressor.

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The USA Has No Allies, Only Hostages
Caitlin Johnstone | RT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

25 Oct 2020 – The US-centralized empire functions like a giant blob that absorbs nations and turns them into imperial client states. Once absorbed, it is rare for a country to escape and rejoin other genuinely sovereign nations. The new president-elect of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has told the Spanish international news agency EFE that he intends to restore the nation’s relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran.

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Media’s Deafening Silence on Latest from WikiLeaks about the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Fake Douma Report Blaming Syria
Caitlin Johnstone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

28 Dec 2019 – “Media Silence on This Story Is Its Own Scandal”- WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the OPCW adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that country from the US, UK and France.

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Have You Noticed How Social Media Purges Always Align with the US Empire?
Caitlin Johnstone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

12 Sep 2019 – Twitter has suspended multiple large Cuban media accounts. Earlier this year, Twitter and Facebook coordinated with each other to remove hundreds of accounts they claim were tied to “coordinated influence operations” in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. Cuba, China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and the Catalan independence movement. Noticing a pattern here?

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Twitter Restores Assange Activism Account in Response to Backlash
Caitlin Johnstone | Intrepid Report - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

22 Jul 2019 – After a week of vocal protests from online supporters of Julian Assange, Twitter has reversed its unjust removal of the prominent pro-Assange activism account @Unity4J. It cannot be denied that there is pressure being applied to new media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to forcibly marginalize all perspectives which fall outside the ever-shrinking Overton window of approved political discourse.

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Top Assange Defense Account Deleted by Twitter
Caitlin Johnstone | Dissident Voice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jul 2019

12 Jul 2019 – One of the biggest Twitter accounts dedicated to circulating information and advocacy for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, @Unity4J, has been completely removed from the site. The operators of the account report that they have been given no reason for its removal by Twitter staff, and have received no response to their appeals.

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Syria’s White Helmets Go Global
Caitlin Johnstone – Consortium News, 19 Feb 2018

Syria’s White Helmets have been boosted by the West as a trusted humanitarian organization, but their origins and motives remain murky. Now, the White Helmets effort appears to be spreading to other countries.

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