Wednesday, October 18, 2017

U.S. Meddling Across Southeast Asia

ASEAN faces down new era of colonialism  

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
By Joseph Thomas
10/16/2017

At a time when US political leaders decry with little evidence what they claim is a pandemic of “Russian interference” in Western political affairs from Western Europe to North America, years of documented evidence exist of this very same interference in the domestic affairs of other nations around the world, funded and directed not by Moscow, but by Washington D.C.


Across Southeast Asia alone is an interlocked, deeply rooted and heavily financed network of American-backed agitators and propagandists, operating behind the cloaks of journalism and rights advocacy, working to upend local, independent political institutions and replace them with a system created by and serving exclusively the interests in Washington that created them.

Shedding Light On US Interference In The Philippines



The Manila Times in a recent article titled, “CIA conduit funding anti-Duterte media outfits,” would shed light on US government money being channelled into the Philippines for the explicit purpose of manipulating public perception, particularly regarding politics.

The article cites the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and its grantees, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and the Vera Files.




The article outlines the funding, stating:

NED documents show that for 2015—the earliest year for which data is available—2016 and 2017, it gave the PCIJ $106,900; Vera Files $70,000, and CMFR, $278,000. (Another funder of Vera Files is Reporters without Borders, which is also recipient of NED funds.)

Even if NED wasn’t a CIA conduit, it is an institution funded by the US government, and therefore advances US interests. Shouldn’t we be outraged that the US government is funding anti-Duterte media outfits here?




It also points out that this US interference in Filipino politics fits into a much larger, global pattern of political interference engaged in by the US government. 

The article cites US interference in Ukraine in particular, noting that it was US backing that eventually led to the overthrow of the elected government there between 2013 and 2014.

The article’s author, Rigoberto Tiglao, attempted to contact several of the Filipino US NED grantees, only to be confronted or evaded, a response typical of US NED grantees worldwide when questioned about their foreign funding, the dangerous conflicts of interests they are indulging in and the contradictions of posing as independent media organisations entirely dependent on foreign government funding.




Pressure on the Philippines through US-funded media is only one of several fronts the US is using to transform, direct and determine the future of the Philippines as a nation. It has placed direct political pressure on Manila to cooperate in confronting Beijing over the South China Sea. 

It has also attempted to use Saudi-funded terrorism in the Philippines’ south as a vector to reintroduce a significant and expanding US military presence across the archipelago nation.




The use of terrorism as both a pressure point against Southeast Asian states and as a pretext for a US military presence is a tactic the US is attempting to reuse everywhere from Indonesia and Malaysia, to southern Thailand and neighbouring Myanmar. So is the use of US NED-funded organisations operating under the guise of independent journalism or rights advocacy.

Beyond The Philippines: Thailand And Cambodia 

Thailand faces a similar landscape of compromised opposition organisations posing as independent, yet entirely funded by the US government and US-based corporate foundations. These include Prachatai, Thai Netizens, the New Democracy Movement, the Isaan Record, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and even the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT).

Like their Filipino counterparts, they pose as proponents of democracy and as human rights advocates, but cover current events in a transparently one-sided manner, excusing or omitting abuse and corruption among the opposition and targeting only Thailand’s independent institutions, particularly the military and the monarchy.


Obama and Yingluck Shinawatra

In Cambodia, US government funding goes one step further, funding the entire opposition, hosting them in Washington D.C. and creating an entire media network to skew public perception in favour of this foreign enterprise and the interests that propel it.

Recently arrested opposition leader, Kem Sokha, got his start at the US State Department and Open Society-funded organisation, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR). He would later enter politics, but would continue collaborating directly with the US government, travelling to the United States annually to conspire openly with US representatives to overthrow the Cambodian government.


CIA in Laos and Cambodia

An article published in the Phnom Post titled, “Kem Sokha video producer closes Phnom Penh office in fear,” would quote Kem Sokha, reporting:

"And, the USA that has assisted me, they asked me to take the model from Yugoslavia, Serbia, where they can changed the dictator Slobodan Milosevic,” he continues, referring to the former Serbian and Yugoslavian leader who resigned amid popular protests following disputed elections, and died while on trial for war crimes.

“You know Milosevic had a huge numbers of tanks. But they changed things by using this strategy, and they take this experience for me to implement in Cambodia. But no one knew about this.”

In essence, while the US tenuously accuses Russia of buying Facebook and Google ads, it is openly engaged in overthrowing nations around the world. In Southeast Asia, these efforts are often interlinked, with US-funded organisations in one country supporting and helping to amplify the activities of another next door.

An American Empire’s Success Story: Myanmar 

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) political party’s ascension into power is an example of where exactly US ambitions will lead if unchecked. With the current government in Myanmar quite clearly disinterested in either democracy or human rights, considering the burgeoning Rohingya crisis, it is proof positive that US-funded interference merely operates behind the façade of such principles, and in no way actually seeks to uphold them.

Many NLD party members are former heads of organisations funded by the US government, while others are the recipients of US NED-funded training programmes.





Myanmar is being run by a government handcrafted by US money and interference. It is a government being pressured to turn its back on neighbouring China in favour of US plans, particularly those of its industry and financial institutions. It is also a government currently creating a humanitarian crisis that has opened the door to US-Saudi funded terrorism, a potentially larger conflict featuring brutal violence, all leading to a potential opportunity for a US military presence in a nation that directly borders China.

If allowed to, the US will transform the rest of Southeast Asia into either cooperative client states, or divided and failed states. In either scenario, it will create a united front across Southeast Asia vis-à-vis Beijing that will complicate China’s rise both in the Asia Pacific region and upon the global stage, buying time for the current ruling hegemon to consolidate its position or even reassert itself.

Pushing Back

In many ways, America’s own imagined war against Russian influence gives governments across Southeast Asia the perfect precedent and pretext to push back. Cambodia has already expelled the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a subsidiary of the US NED. It has also tightened laws regarding foreign-owned and foreign-funded media organisations. Opposition members who have openly and for years flaunted their foreign sponsorship are now being arrested and tried while their political parties are being disbanded.




As governments expose and uproot foreign influence from the region, it is equally important for Southeast Asia to fill sociopolitical game board with its own pieces regarding social networks, charity organisations, media (both domestic and international) as well as rights advocates. The price for genuinely putting government corruption in the spotlight and in relative check is easily offset by eliminating the shadows foreign-backed opposition parties have used to systematically undermine regional interests for decades from.

Russia and China, the two primary targets of US interference both directly and by disrupting their peripheries in regions like Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, have implemented a wide array of countermeasures. Governments in Southeast Asia should consider them each in turn and how they could be adapted best to protect sovereignty and stability at home and across the region.



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CNN, NYT, MSM Sink In Polls

CNN, NYT fake news can expect libel and slander suits in the future, their frauds and hacks investigated, exposed and bankrupted  

DAILY WIRE
By James Barrett
06/23/2017

A new YouGov poll on trust in the media spelled more bad news for the old guard establishment news organizations, which once were considered the incorruptible beacons of the truth but are now regarded with widespread skepticism on both sides of the aisle. 


YouGov found that a total of 70% of Americans agree that news organizations report in a biased manner, a view held by majorities in both political parties, though Republicans were far more skeptical than Democrats.

YouGov's poll, published on June 20, found that an overwhelming number of Republicans (85%) agree that "news organizations tend to provide only one side of the story depending on who owns them or funds them," while a majority of Democrats (52%) felt the same.


The polling group found a similar difference between the two political sides in response to a related question: "Do you trust news organizations that have a reputation for objectivity proven by track record?"

Just 21% of the general population disagreed with the statement, including 14% of Republicans and 34% of Democrats. Chart below via YouGov:




Democrats were more likely to say they trusted news providers with strong track records than Republicans. While about two-thirds (67%) of the general public agreed, 83% of Democrats agreed and 58% of Republicans agreed. 24% of the general population disagreed, as did 10% of Democrats and 36% of Republicans.

The clear takeaway from both questions is that Republicans have grown more distrustful of news organizations in general, including those that have been traditionally regarded as reliable sources of information. YouGov's chart of the results below:




YouGov's poll falls in line with trends other polling groups, like Gallup, have been tracking over the last few years: the American public continues to lose more confidence in the Fourth Estate. In one especially galling poll for the national media conducted soon after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Emerson College found that just 39% of American voters trusted the media while 53% considered it untruthful. That same poll found trust in the Trump administration higher: 49% of voters found it honest; 48% found it dishonest. Ouch. 

The real question here is why do so many Americans distrust the media? And why do Republicans tend to be far more skeptical of news organizations than those on the Left? 




The last year has made the answer to both questions glaringly obvious: because the media — particularly those establishment organizations that boast "good reputations" and "proven track records" — have exposed themselves as overtly biased, and largely in favor of leftist ideology and the Democratic Party. It has simply become impossible to ignore — not just for those on the Right, but even for a majority of those who vote Democrat, as YouGov found. 

For a recent example of this bias at work, check out this comparison of media coverage of the shooting of Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords.



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EXPLOSIVE Video From James O’Keefe Blows Lid Wide Open On Media Bias

Tottering, completely discredited New York Times and CNN flail in desperation as their fake news bureaus circle the drain  

ALLEN B. WEST
By Michael Lee
10/17/2017

For conservatives and supporters of President Trump, the media’s bias against him isn’t exactly a secret. 


Although organizations like MSNBC have always been known for their liberal slant, the era of Trump has corrupted formally reputable news outlets like CNN and the New York Times, as well.

While saying that CNN and the New York Times have become biased isn’t surprising, what might surprise some is just how deep the bias goes. Thankfully, James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” has stepped in to shine light on the unfair reporting at these media giants. 



Through his investigative journalism, O’Keefe has exposed the media’s liberal agenda, vindicating Trump’s attacks on these organizations in the process.

Just a few months ago, O’Keefe released an undercover video that showed a CNN producer admitting their Russia narrative was “bullsh*t.” Despite knowing this,

CNN pushed wall-to-wall coverage of the story on its viewers in the early months of Trump’s presidency. No doubt, the goal was to cast doubt on Trump’s legitimacy as he made the initial push for his agenda. The release of the video proved what many already knew, CNN had no plans to cover Trump’s presidency in a fair manner.


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Of course, CNN wasn’t the only media giant in need of being exposed. Just last week, we brought you news of O’Keefe’s “American Pravda” series, uncovering — not shockingly — bias at one of President Trump’s favorite targets (and, with what was uncovered, rightly so) the New York Times.

Now, a second explosive video has been released regarding another staffer at the Times.

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released the latest video in his “American Pravda” series — this time, featuring a New York Times online editor trashing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.




In the video, which seems to have been filmed in a pub, the Times‘ London-based homepage editor, Desiree Shoe, is seen describing Trump as an “oblivious idiot.” She does not care for Trump’s potential replacement, either, describing Pence as “f**king horrible…possibly worse than Trump” because, she says, he is “extremely religious.”

To be sure, people are allowed to have have their personal opinions about public figures, but Shoe admits the Times allows those opinions to seep into its journalism:

Shoe, who is seen describing her job as curating the Times’ front pages, also describes the approach of American journalists towards covering Trump during the 2016 election: “I think that one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is, like, “Oh, if we write about him, about how, like, insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his policies are, then maybe people will read about it and be, like, ‘Oh, wow, like, we shouldn’t vote for him.’” In her description, the Times‘ front page is used to set the media narrative against Trump.


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Moreover, Shoe admits that the Times move to attract liberal readers has been good for the bottom line:

In addition, Shoe is shown talking about the Times attracting liberal readers due to its coverage of Trump, and suggests that the Times feeds the demands of its audience through the tone of its coverage.


While the Times attempted to dismiss the content of a previous video, they will have a hard time explaining away the conduct of a senior editor.

At this point, O’Keefe has clearly shown us that the mainstream media’s biggest companies harbor extreme political bias. As a result, the public’s trust in the media has reached an extreme low.

Clearly, nobody has to wonder why.




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